Otillie Boaz from Schwerin, Mecklenburg, Germany #germany

Ted Kotzin



I want more information about Otilie Boax, said to be born in Schwerin, Mecklenburg in 1850, married to David Neumann of Frankfurt in 1875 in London (or Berlin?), tom\ Baltimore about 1881  and then to Edenton NC; ,a cousin, Daniel Boaz, also came from Schwerin and eventually became an optometrist in Atlanta.  Is anyone familiar with this family?


Ted Kotzin

Torrance CA

JGS #5406



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Re: Yiddish Names-Kadshevitz Family From Anyksciai, Lithuania #names

Carol Gurstelle

Thanks Richard.  It is the same person and I have the information about his birth and death dates.  He and Mary had at least four children: Ida, Morris, Lawrence, and Louise.

Carol Gurstelle
Roseville, MN

Re: Rebbetzin Rivka bat R' Nachman Tzvi EPSTEIN ABD of Kolomyya #rabbinic

Aaron Slotnik


I wanted to repost this on the new discussion group and in case there are now members who may have additional information . . . please see the below questions.  If indeed this Rebbetzin Rivka was buried in Safed, I think she died before around 1845.  Are there any sources for old Safed burials, either online or in print?

Aaron Slotnik
Chicago, IL

On Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 02:13 PM, Aaron Slotnik wrote:

I'm trying to find out more information about Rivka who was a daughter
of Rabbi Nachman Tzvi EPSTEIN (1740 - 1829), ABD Kolomyya. According to
Meorei Galicia, her first marriage was to R' Menachem Mendel ROSEN.
After he died in Iasi on their way to Eretz Yisrael, she continued on
and married a prominent Sephardic Rabbi.

Who was the Sephardic Rabbi? When did she die and how old was she? For
some reason, I think she is buried is Safed but I can't find the source
so I could be mistaken.

Re: military records Austria Hungary first WW1(1914-1918) #galicia #russia

Ummy74@... grandfather served in the AH Army. I was able to locate, what I believe,  are his records at these two sites: &
Try them & good luck

Susan Deutsch Forman

1939 Refugee Routes from Poland #poland


Trying to find the details of the transportation of 200 Polish refugees from Piraeus, Greece to Marseilles, France in September 1939. The Polish freighter, MS LEWANT, was in port at Piraeus from 4-26 September 1939 before sailing for Marseilles where they arrived on 29 September. Antwerp may have been their intended destination but the journey terminated at Marseilles given situations in the Low Countries and at sea at that time. What happened when they arrived at Marseilles remains to be found when French archives reopen, unless of course, someone happens to know about the Lewant or procedures upon arrival at Marseilles. 

But, the question here is the likely route refugees traveled from Poland to Greece, arriving at lands end in Piraeus. Were there organized routes of escape to the south and east? Would traditional ties to Galicia have made a route through Ukraine natural? Then there was  the problem of the Soviet invasion of 17 September but given their presence in Piraeus by 26 September would mean they cleared Ukraine before the Soviets entered.

Many thanks for any information readers can pass along.

Dennis Whitehead

Re: Apparent Change to Ancestry Messaging #dna

Angie Elfassi

I am not happy with Ancestry messaging system. Because, as has been stated, they dont always advise about new messages, and very often people dont look to see if they have new messages!

Angie Elfassi
Yehud, Israel

SGJC will host Anita Friedman Vainberg, Chairperson World WIZO in a special interview #events #israel #latinamerica #education


Sociedad Genealogica Judia Colombiana (Colombia's JGS)

Chairperson, World WIZO
Sunday, March 21, 2021 - 4 pm ET

Mrs. Friedman will share with us her life story, and talk about her roots, Alia, and leadership!
The interview will be conducted in Spanish

To join please click:
(Be sure to identify yourself with your full name)

For more information contact us at info@...

Lia Sragovicz

Re: request gravestone hebrew translation #translation


Hebrew name is Moshe son of Nachum. The rest is the same as the English portion.

Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

Re: Hebrew Tombstone Translation Request #translation


Binyamin son of Getzil.

Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

Re: Hebrew Tombstone Translation Request #translation


Good morning,


Here lies or here is buried (abbreviation within the star of David on top)

Binyamin son of Vetzel

Passed on

28 Tamuz 5707

May his soul be gathered in eternal life (abbreviation – last line)

Shalom, Malka Chosnek



ViewMate translation request - Yiddish #translation #yiddish

Harlene Rosenberg

Hello!  I'd greatly appreciate assistance in translating these 2 letters from Yiddish to English. They are from a packet of documents and letters belonging to my grandparents. 
The first letter is at the following addresses:
The second letter:
Please respond via the forms provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you, in advance, for your time and expertise!
Harlene Rosenberg
Researching:  ARONSON (Kolno, Poland & Cleveland), GAVURIN (Slonim, Grodno, Poland), GANCEVITZ (Neshvis, Russia), ZARETSKY (Gomel, Belarus)

Re: request gravestone hebrew translation #translation

Dubin, David M. MD

Here lies (abbreviated)
moshe son of mr nachum 
died 6 Shevat (5)685
72 years of age. (One more phrase I can’t read)
May his soul be bound in the bonds of (everlasting) life (abbreviation)

the stone does not contain the info you seek

david dubin
Teaneck New Jersey 

Re: Hebrew Tombstone Translation Request #translation

Dubin, David M. MD

In star: here lies (abbreviated)
Binjamin son of Mr Getzel
died on the day of
28 Tammuz (5)707
(abbreviation: may his soul be bound in the bonds of life)

getzel is a Yiddishized Eliakim 
“The day of” probably does not necessarily mean he died during the day. It’s likely just formulaic. 

david Dubin 
Teaneck New Jersey 

Ethnicity on My Heritage #dna #general


Has anyone unlocked on My Heritage? Wondered what your thoughts are on the new Ethnicity feature?

I know it's just an estimate, but are we still considering the 1.1% as noise? 
Greece has appeared now, compared to Ancestry. 

Mandy Molava
Researching Brest Belarus Russia Galacia

Re: Soviet Union Military Records #russia

Risa Heywood

Thank you for your reply, Mike. The obd-memorial site has wonderful information but is specifically for those who died. I did check the site, just in case. There were over 4000 people born in Poland in the database and 128 born in Hungary. But I am searching for information about someone who lived.

I'm still interested in knowing if any records were kept by the Soviet Army for those from outside the Soviet Union who fought and did not die.

Risa Daitzman Heywood

Re: Apparent Change to Ancestry Messaging #dna


I manage another member of the family's Ancestry as well as mine. Mine is highlighted now if it's not been replied to, which for me makes it easier as I know what ones to keep an eye on especially, but the one I manage isn't. Also theirs show cms and segments on matches, but not %, don't know how it's not across the board, I usually give them feedback if the box pops up, but it's not been there for a while either.

Pet hate is when people don't use their same name across all sites, it's harder to analyse. Are you GEDmatch comparison site? Great for everything IMHO.

Mandy Molava
Researching Russia Brest Belarus Galacia and much more!

military records Austria Hungary first WW1(1914-1918) #galicia #russia

Rzeszow research group

I am interested to find out about the military records of Jewish regiments in Austria-Hungary army 1914-1918,notably the regiment of my father. Jeremiasz Barth born Rzeszow October 21, 1894.It was the the 40 infanterie regiment that fought in Luck against the Russian Army.
Information is welcome
Jacques Barth,

Re: JGSWS presentation re Alex Krakovsky - handout #ukraine

Family and DNA

I didn't see the presentation due to time zone issues, but I am very familiar with the listings Gary presented.

In fact, the Wikipedia Ukraine pages we are looking at were "adjusted" recently, and pretty much all links changed.

All of the interior pages are now in the directory "archive" (Архів) instead of the formerly-used "archives" (Архіви).

So far, only these 2 pages are unchanged, & this was perhaps incorrect in Gary's PDF:
* main listing of archives (Архіви)
* main 'shtetl' page (Архіви/єврейське_містечко)

In addition, the pages in the archives now have addresses with a colon rather than a slash.

As an example, on the shtetl page you see there are 1897 census records, but since there are hundreds they're not listed there and you're directed to a Wikipedia page devoted to fond 384 of the DAKO archives where all the various 1897 census records are. The new address isАрхів:ДАКО/384 (it used to beАрхіви/ДАКО/384).

Hope this long-winded explanation helps somebody!

Juliana Berland
Rennes, France

On 3/9/2021 5:03 PM, Gary Pokrassa via wrote:

Last night I presented to the JGSWS regarding Alex Krakovsky's work - which was an update on my presentation last summer at IAJGS - I distributed a handout to go with my presentation-- I have been requested to post this handout on the JG digest for a larger audience - it has many useful links. 
Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division


Re: Apparent Change to Ancestry Messaging #dna

Adam Turner

I noticed this too, but my guess at the moment is that it is probably just a bug that they will get around to fixing (hopefully soon) and not is an intentional product change on Ancestry's part. One reason I think this is that if you hover over the conversation on the left-hand sidebar at that shows all the messages you've sent to various people, a dialog box pops up with your complete message displayed in it - and the dialog box shows the carriage returns completely intact. Also, as you mentioned, the messages you've received still display as normal - suggesting that at least the recipients of your messages are still seeing them with the paragraphing that you intended.

Regarding the lack of notifications sometimes: designing a robust, completely bug-free, 100% real-time notifications system seems to be the bane of many a Silicon Valley software engineer. (Facebook, in particular, seems to have its notifications system constantly going wonky.) Probably there are a million different bits of interacting code that can and do go wrong occasionally, leading to missed notifications and other little glitches.

Adam Turner 

Re: Soviet Union Military Records #russia

Mike Coleman

Hi Risa.

I've found very good records on the obd-memorial site for someone (a Pole) who fled Poland for the U.S.S.R. when the Germans invaded and ended up fighting for - and sadly being killed in - the Red Army in what is now Latvia.

How he came to be conscripted is unclear.

So the answer to your question would appear to be yes!

Mike Coleman  London U.K.