Vital records from Bessarabia. #bessarabia #records


Does anyone know why whenever I search JewishGen for birth, marriage or death records from Bessarabia, only records from Kishinev are found? Where are those records for the smaller towns? I’m mainly looking for records from Soroki and Ataki. I find revision lists and voters lists but not birth, marriage and death records. Do those records even exist but are not uploaded on JewishGen? Does anyone know?

Thank you,
Steve Buzil

BUZILA and KILYAN from present day Moldova  

GRUBER and FEINGOLD from present day Ukraine


PORTNOY, GERSHON and OFSAIOF/OVSAIOVICH from present day Lithuania

MNUSHKIN and KOLVARACHIK from present day Belarus

EISENSTEIN and ZALIO from present day Romania

December 13 Meeting of the Minnesota Jewish Genealogical Society (MNJGS) #announcements #jgs-iajgs


MNJGS is pleased to present a panel discussion of the film The Flat on Sunday December 13 at 1:00 Central Time.
Summary: As the film maker cleans out the apartment that belonged to his grandparents, who immigrated from Nazi Germany, he uncovers clues pointing to a complicated and shocking story.
Panelists are Rodney Martel, documentary film maker, Bradley Prager, Professor Univ. of Missouri, Sheer Ganor, Visiting Professor Univ. of Minnesota. Details of the program can be found at under Events. 

Walter Elias

Re: Large LEVY family (Simon and Lena arrived NYC ca. 1890) #usa #general

Sherri Bobish


Do you know Simon and Lena's original first names?  That may help you to find their passenger manifests.

I have a LEVY branch, and I know how tough it can be to search a common surname.

Please keep us posted. 


Sherri Bobish

Re: Family of Jenny Rosenstein, Neustadt am Rübenberge #germany

Sherri Bobish


Try searching this way at

Put ROSENSTEIN in the surname box.

Put Neutstadt in the keyword box.

You will get 106 hits.

If you do not have an Ancestry subscription than check if your local public library offers it.


Sherri Bobish

Re: Resources for Jewish Refugees who went to Uruguay #lodz

Adam Turner

Hello Leon, 

A question for you - where does this document come from? The same passenger list is indexed at , but the color of the document is very different than what you've uploaded, suggesting that you might have found it somewhere other than the FamilySearch index.

I am mainly curious because I am trying to find possible arrival manifests for my family that went to Uruguay (surname TURNIANSKY - brothers Israel and Menachem, and possibly their parents Beila Henia and Hersch Leib). While I found what I think is likely a departure manifest for Beila Henia from 1931 in FamilySearch, I couldn't find any of their arrivals (almost certainly from before 1930). Is there another source that shows Montevideo passenger lists from the 1910s and 1920s online besides FamilySearch?

Adam Turner

Re: Minsk gubernia town - Chuty, Huta or Choota #belarus

jack nathanson

There is also the town of Kuty in Galicia.

Jack Nathanson

Re: Hebrew translation request #translation



Hello Genners,

The document seems to be a Ketubah (marriage contract) that is partially written in Arameic. 

It was written for – the virgin Bracha daughter of Yosef.

Shalom, Malka chosnek

Re: 1910 Manhattan census - Seward Park Strollers #usa

Sherri Bobish

Hi Mary,

I looked at the 1910 census page.  It is fascinating!  All men, a very wide age range (the youngest being 15), and a lot of info left blank for all of them.  Interesting that at the top of the page where it asks for "name of institution" that Seward Park is written.

Also interesting is that the first man at the top of each of the two pages is labeled "head of household" and everyone else as "partner."

It does look like these were homeless men.  I tried to find some info on a few of them after 1910, but had no luck.

A short history of Seward Park at:
mentions that NYC took over administration of the park in 1903. The Park included a running track.  In 1904, a Pavilion was built with a gym, meeting rooms and the first public bathhouse to be opened in a New York City park.

Please let us know if you learn anything more about this.


Sherri Bobish

Stanley Diamond lecture on DNA-assisted discoveries #dna #poland

Victoria Barkoff

JGS-Montreal presents Stanley Diamond
Nov 23 - 7:30 pm -

Victoria Barkoff

meaning of the word "molitor" #names

Aline Petzold

Hello all:
 The marriage certificate of my father's father states that he was "of the profession molitor".  I am wondering what profession this is-  I know that in German the term refers to a miller.  I am wondering if it could be the same in Romanian?
Aline Petzold
St. Paul MN

Potok Zloty cemetery #ukraine

Milton Koch

I am undertaking an attempt to save and restore parts of this small cemetery in Potok Zloty-now Zolityi Potik (Ukraine).
There is a website from the Center for Jewish Art, in Jerusalem, with many pictures (pages) of matzevot from the old cemetery. The pictures are thumbnails, so asking for help with interpreting postings via Viewmate is not likely to be helpful due to poor quality of uploads.
I am attaching the link to the site with the entire collection of matzevot and some of them also have Hebrew translations.
Please reply privately to me if you can help, advise, make any suggestions, etc.
Thank you very much.
Milton Koch
Bethesda, MD, USA

Young Galician boys forced labor for Russian army during FIRST World War #galicia

Sharon Taylor

Has anyone heard of young men and even boys used as forced labor for the Russian army during the FIRST Word War? I know they were often used to dig trenches, etc. This happened in our family and I’m wondering if anyone else has heard a similar story.

Sharon Taylor
Oreland, PA

Re: Surname Alhadeff from Greece #names

Louis Zetler

There are ALHADEFFs in Cape Town, originally from Rhodes. Some came via the Congo - Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) to Cape Town.

Yokneam, Israel

Hebrew translation request #translation

Joan Lampert

Viewmate Translation Request -Hebrew. #Hebrew  #Translation Joan Lampert
Joan Lampert, PhD, MBA

Viewmate Translation Request - Polish, Russian #translation #poland

Elissa Burnat

I've posted 3 vital records for which I would appreciate as full a translation as possible.
I would especially like to know if Estera Gitla's mother Ena was alive when the birth was registered and if
Estera Gitla's father Adam was alive when when she was married.

Estera Gitla ZUMERFELD Birth in Polish

Shmuel Yitzchak ENOWITZ and Ester Gitel ZUMERFELD Marriage in Russian

Ick ENOWITZ Death in Russian

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.


Thank you very much.
Elissa Burnat 


Re: Margolioth/Margulies rabbinic family from Galicia #rabbinic #galicia

Dan Rottenberg

This is encouraging news. I consider R. Meir Wunder the ultimate authority on Galician rabbis, especially the Margolioth line But I don't read Hebrew well enough to trust my reading of his text. So thanks for this valuable evidence that Yosef Margolioth may have been in Zbarazh at some point.
My question: Is this Yosef Yoska Margolioth the son of Alexander Sender Margolioth (1730-1802). If not, does Wunder identify Yosef's father or any other relatives?
Many thanks.
Dan Rottenberg

Re: Looking for Pesach LANGSAM connection to my LANGSAM branch #galicia #dna #names


Dear Adam and Moishe,
Belated thank you for providing the information on LANGSAMS, DNA and rabbinical lineages.
I am quite behind the curve when reading DNA stats, but hopefully one day there will be additional male LANGSAMS who can share more insight into the possible connection between Pesach and Mendel LANSAM families.

Kind regards,
Brooklyn, NY

NEGER, SPINRAD (Dynow, Poland)
TOLPEN (Suchostaw, Poland/Sukhostav, Ukraine)
DISTENFELD, ADLER, WILDER (Kamionka Strumilowa, Poland/Kamianka-Buzka, Ukraine)

Translation request - Polish to English #translation #poland

Elizabeth Jackson

The attached pdf file contains several pages from a Holocaust Testimony file.  I am only asking for translation of the two handwritten pages (p2-3)  Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!
Elizabeth Jackson


maccabi inWloclawek #general #poland

Relly coleman

I am looking for any information about Maccabi in Wloclawek before the war.  History, description of operation, names of memers.  
Help appreciated.

Relly Coleman

FELD, Dobrzyn nad Wisla

Re: Wanted: WWII Era European Railway Maps #general

Robert Murowchick

The David Rumsey Map Collection at Stanford University is a terrific source for high-resolution scans of historical maps of all periods in all languages. I did a quick search for railroad maps that might be useful to you and found a very nice 1914 Russian railroad map that covers eastern Europe and western Russia

and a 1933 Swiss map that shows Europe's railway connections with Switzerland

Here's a 1948 map of Central Europe showing the railway lines during WWII

From a different collection, a Russian 1941 map showing the USSR railway network can be found here

Bob Murowchick

Robert Murowchick    <robertmurowchick AT>
Needham, MA

Researching these family links:
MUROWCHICK/MURAWCHICK/MURAWCZYK etc (David-Gorodok, Belarus, New Jersey, Chicago)
KUNECK/KONIK/KYONIK (Kozhan-Gorodok, Belarus)
EPSTEIN/EPSTINE (Gavish/Gavieze, Liepaja, Latvia)
SEGAL/SIEGEL (Tilsit, Koenigsburg, Germany; Baltimore; Chicago)

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