Re: help with translation please #translation


"Here lies an important and modest woman, who performed good deeds. 
"At old age, 76 years old, Mrs. Chaya daughter of R' Yehuda Aron [UNCLEAR] in the month of AV, in the year 5622 (1922), The lower inscription says (in abbreviation): "May her soul be linked to the chain of the living"  

Rafael Manory

Re: Translation from "Russian? " to English. #translation


In Russian:



Вы (не ясно) мое обещание написать бам где я буду в праздники, оказывается я очутился в Версале, во дворце Людовика XIV.  Везде организованное общество русских екскурсантов и так каждое воскресенье.  Мы ездили осматривать города и древние городища.  Оказывается, что между русских я заслуживаю симпатию во время выборов.  Сегодня меня выбрали секретарем.  Вот вам буду посылать (не ясно).  Я стою рядом с президентом общества: второй, русский журналист Луначарский.  Мы осматривали дворец Людовика и оно объясняет всё подробно.  У меня уже имеются много (не ясно).  Я ваш весь и жду в (не ясно) вас.  Подпись


Translated into English:


                                                      The president

You (not clear) my promise to write bam where I will be on holidays, it turns out I found myself in Versailles, in the palace of Louis XIV. Everywhere there is an organized society of Russian cadets and so every Sunday. We went to inspect cities and ancient settlements. It turns out that among Russians, I deserve sympathy during the elections. Today I was elected secretary. Here I will send you (not clear). I stand next to the president of the society: the second, the Russian journalist Lunacharsky. We visited the palace of Louis and it explains everything in detail. I already have many (not clear). I'm all yours and I'm waiting in (not clear) for you. Signature


Translated by Michael Ryabinky


Need Help in Downtown Brooklyn NY #records


Is there anyone who works in downtown Brooklyn or has occasion to be there who could go and retrieve a record for me.  It is a property record (grantor-grantee) from the 1920s.  It is only available on microfilm at the county office of the Dept of Finance.  I have the info on address, times, etc. but cannot get a phone number to check more.  I'd truly appreciate it if someone could do this relatively easily.  I've done these before, and it isn't hard but I can't go from Boston to NY at the moment!
Thanks in advance,
Carol Isenberg Clingan
Dedham MA

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Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records #ukraine #records #russia

Susana Rubin

Shana Tova!
thank you Gary for all the help. My paternal grandfather came from Ukraine. His oldest sister was born in Belaya Tserkov and married in Odessa, One of his younger sisters was born in Nikolayev, Kherson. I would like to find birth records for all his siblings and or census in Belaya Tserkov (1880-1886), Bohuslav (1856-1862) and Odessa (1884-1900's). Are these digitized or accessible in any form?
Thank you!!!
Susana Rubin

Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records #ukraine #records #russia


Thanks for helping so many of us.
Are there any records for Husiatyn?
I have a family tree that goes back to around 1800 there.
Peter Silverman

Re: Bukofzer / Oppenheimer in France FRENCH records #france

David Selig

Hi Corinne

Many thanks again!
The tables annuelles are still by Arrondissement.  I have the address from AFTEr the war, just not sure before.   In any case, for the years of 1937, 38, 39, 40, I cannot find their marriage in the likely arrondissements.   I will continue to look in the others, but expect to find the ifnormation in the Naturalisation file, from the Archives Nationales.  Which are just now being moved! and likely aailable again within one month.
Marta'a card from Mannheim does NOT mention a second marriage. 
The Bad Mergentheim records, I do have.   Thank you again

Best wishes, David Selig

Re: Searching: photo records of synagogue in Fellheim, Bavaria, Germany #germany #photographs


Dear Marcelo, 
thank you for your answer and the link.
I am actually looking for photos of the INTERIOR of the synagoge which do not exist in any "official" channels like website or museums. My dad is hoping to complete the collection.
Best regards
Sarah Mueller

Re: Struggling to find Immigration data for Rosen cousins #usa #poland #canada #russia

Thak you very much for your help.  this was terrific!   Barbara Zimmer found the mother's immigration record and sent me the inforation in another response to my request.  The immigration she sent indicated that the family had more than one boat recrod with a health problem.  The final arrival record had the mother arriving with four of the six children.  Your information led me to the Canadian arrivals which showed that tow of the chidlren, ages 12 and 16 arrived in 1907 in Halifax, Canada with a destination of Montreal.  However, it was stamped "hospitalized".   Thanks to both of you, I have now located the immigration records for the whole family! 
Avivah R. Z. Pinski ,  near Philadelphia, USA

Re: Struggling to find Immigration data for Rosen cousins #usa #poland #canada #russia

Thank you greatly for your help.  This was terrific!    The Mother's name was Chaia (Chia was a misspelling).  She became Ida in the US and nobody whom I have reached in the family knew yer as anytning but Ida. As you noted, she arrived with four of the children.  Another member  sent me the Canadain arrival lists.  That revealed that the second and third of the children John and Sarah, arrived in Halifax in March1907 and were hospitalized. .  I am  really grateful and awed by all the help I have received from the group. 
Avivah R. Z. Pinski ,  near Philadelphia, USA

Federal Court Judge Blocks USCIS Fee Hike Planned for October 2 #announcements #records #usa

Jan Meisels Allen



On September 29, 2020 US District Court Judge Jeffrey White of the Northern District of California found “serious questions” as the legitimacy of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) fee increase because the acting Secretary for the  Department of Homeland Security was not properly appointed to the position. The final rule in its entirety was stayed pending final adjudication.  Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Wolf and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary of DHS Cuccinelli and all persons under their direction are enjoined from implementing or enforcing the Final Rule or any part of the rule.  The IAJGS Public Records Access Alert published about the USCIS final rule on July 31, 2020 and was published in the Federal Register on August 3, 2020. While the final regulation addressed genealogy fees, the majority of the regulation was about citizenship application fees and qualifications for a fee waiver.   Judge White was appointed to the Federal Court by President George W. Bush.


Judge White found the plaintiffs met their burden because the federal government did not disclose data and relied on unexplained data or outright ignored data in the record. Further Judge White noted Homeland Security has not been gathering data over the years on price increases and how those would impact applications for immigration benefits.  White also agreed with the plaintiff’s argument that Homeland Security’s reliance on statistics or data on prior fee increases is not an accurate comparison because the latest proposed fee increase combines price hikes with “a correspondent decrease in the ability to obtain waivers of fees, a variable not relevant to past fee changes.”


The agency failed to show why it needed to make such a significant departure from past practice on asylum fees, Judge White found.


The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court of Northern district of California- San Francisco as that is where Immigrant Legal Resource Center’s principal place of business is in San Francisco, California, and East Bay Sanctuary Covenant’s principal place of business is in Berkeley, California. Other plaintiffs are also located in California.


The ruling may be read at:


To read more see:


To see previous postings about the USCIS and the fee increases,  go to the archives of the IAJGS Records Access Alert at: You must be registered to access the archives.  To register go to:  and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical  organization with whom you are affiliated   You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



The BELZ Yizkor (Memorial) Book has been translated!! #yizkorbooks

roe kard

Jack BERGER has now completed the translation of the Belz Yizkor Book (Memorial Book) and I had the honor of editing it. It is his sixteenth Yizkor Book translation. Yizkor books are the books that Survivors and Emigres from a town compiled in the 1970’s to memorialize their town.
The Belz book is ~250 pages long and includes the history of the town, stories about the town and the relations between the Hasidim and those who broke away, stories about people from the town, a lot about the 1930s, the time before the Holocaust, the Holocaust and post Holocaust. It is profound and includes citations of many, many Belz families.


For personal reasons, Jack chooses to do his translations on a voluntary basis and outside of the aegis of JewishGen. Hence, the book will not be available online at the JewishGens website or any other website and a few will be available to the general public, but only in the libraries to which people donate copies.


He expects to be going to print in mid-October, printing the number of books that have been ordered. It will then take about 8 weeks for the books to be printed and shipped to him and then about 2 weeks for him to mail them all out. He will be printing only as many copies as have been ordered.


If you are interested in ordering copies please send me a note and I will forward it to Jack. JewishGen rules preclude me from including his contact information in this message. And, i am always happy to answer any questions i can: roekard@...


Best regards,
Karen G.Rosenfeld Roekard
of the Rawa Ruska ROSENFELDs and the Belz ROKARTs

help with translation please #translation

Barry Yunes

Subject: help with translation please

Could someone help me translate this stone please? I am looking for the parents names for Ida here. (or any geneology help)
Thanks in advance! 
Barry Yunes
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Re: Identifying where an ancestor is from #russia #ukraine #romania

Alan Shuchat

It's hard to answer without knowing more details, but here is an example. My grandmother was born in Soroki when it was in the Bessarabia gubernia (governorate) of the Russian Empire. When she came to the United States she entered under the Romanian quota, because Soroki had become part of the Kingdom of Romania. Later Soroki was in the Moldavian SSR and it is now in Moldova. So she could have answered "Where were you born?" or "Where did you live?" in many ways.
Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records #ukraine #records #russia


Does anyone know of any records for Novo Ushitser, Ukraine or surrounding towns? My maternal father's family is from there. Names are Swerlick: Solomon (1905-1990), Herman (1910 to 1995), Irene (1907 TO 1911), and Evelyn (1919 to ?). all born between 1905 and 1920. I have no maternal maiden names but Solomon, et. al.'s parents were Simon (1881-1963) and Gertrude (1883 - 1938). Simon's parents were David (?-?) and Ruchel (1815-?). And that's as far back as I can go.

Bob Rosenthal

uman birth records #russia #ukraine


Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2020 13:05:25 -0700
Subject: Uman Ukraine records #records #ukraine #russia
I have not been able to locate the Birth records for my grandmother and her sisters. Family name us Nissengold.
first names Sarah, Puia and Chana.
Their dad Eliezer Nissengold died there in 1915 and I'd like to know which cemetary.  All in Uman.

Linda Elkins

Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records #ukraine #records #russia

Ellen Garshick

Hi Joel,
Our group has already translated all of the Revision List records for Radzivilov that Alex Krakovsky has posted. You can search these at
All the records are indexed there. Records that have been proofed are fully posted at JRI-Poland.
Ellen Garshick
Co-Coordinator, Kremenets Shtetl CO-OP/Jewish Records Indexing-Poland
an activity of the Kremenets District Research Group
Researching BAT, AVERBAKH from Kremenets, Shumsk, Katerburg, and Folvarki, Ukraine; GERSHIK, HURWITCH from Staryye Dorogi and Bobruisk, Belarus; ROTHKOPF (ROTKOP), GOLDBERG from Bialystok, Poland, and Baranivichi and Slonim, Belarus

Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records - Kitai Family in Zdolbunow and Rovno #ukraine #records #russia

Ellen Garshick

The name Kitai shows up about 140 times in records indexed for the Kremenets district, not far from Rovno. You can search our records at
If you find anything of interest, let me know.

Ellen Garshick
Co-Coordinator, Kremenets Shtetl CO-OP/Jewish Records Indexing-Poland
an activity of the Kremenets District Research Group
Researching BAT, AVERBAKH from Kremenets, Shumsk, Katerburg, and Folvarki, Ukraine; GERSHIK, HURWITCH from Staryye Dorogi and Bobruisk, Belarus; ROTHKOPF (ROTKOP), GOLDBERG from Bialystok, Poland, and Baranivichi and Slonim, Belarus

Re: Yiddish surnames related to 'Morrison' #ukraine #names


My paternal grandfather was born in Odessa in 1876. Around 1900 he transliterated his surname from Cyrillic MEEPCOH to Roman MEERSON, and remained Michael Meerson for the rest of his long life. Sometimes when I spell my surname to English speakers they write "Merrison" because a double r comes more naturally than a double e and I often have to spell it twice. From "Merrison " to "Morrison" is not a stretch.
Daniel Meerson
Thetford, VT

Re: Need suggestions for how to search for misspelled family names #records

David Brostoff

On Sep 28, 2020, at 9:58 PM, Dahn Cukier via <> wrote:

Then I found on his daughter-in-law's naturalization papers that her
husband (my grandfather) was naturalized on (date) and the
number was xxxxx. After not finding anything indexed on
FamilySearch or Ancestry, I found that one of these have unindexed
records. I went courthouse to courthouse (via internet)
Where are these records accessible?

Thank you,

David Brostoff

Re: Seeking Advice for Hiring the Best Latvian Researcher #latvia

Rosalind Finkelstein

I had my family researched by the State Archives about 14 years ago.  I even picked up my results in person at the Archives office in Riga.  Recently I found out that my father had another sister who was not mentioned in the report.  Likewise I also learned that my grandfather had more siblings than the Archives mentioned.  Of course this was a while ago and hopefully they are doing a better job now with modern technology.  The benefit of dealing with the Archives is that they have set rates.  None the less I feel safe having them do my research.
Rosalind Finkelstein

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