Bergman family in Toronto #canada

Neil Rosenstein

Subject: Bergman family in Toronto
Trying to make contact with the family of Selig Bergman (died in
Toronto in 1988) and his wife Miriam (died in 2018). His father was
Lazar Bergamn who married Leb, daughter of Esther (nee Eichenstein of
that Chassidic Dynasty) and Issachar Shual Teichman. Their children
are Allen Bergman, married Beverley and Helen, married David
Spiegelman of Toronto.
Neil Rosenstein

Re: Naturalization record index cards #records


Hello all

I have been trying to find records for my great grandparents who came to England from Brest 1905-1907 roughly. I've looked at Ancestry's ship records etc, nothing to be seen here .... Has anyone got any pointers? 

Thank you in advance 
Mandy Molava
Researching Brest Slovakia Hungary and much more ! 

Re: Coordination between and JewishGen #general



I believe Family Search hold all the records that Ancestry have or had and have made them into documents that make more sense at times too I believe. Have you tried Family Search ? It's completely free and easy to get around. I think I have located my Great grandmothers birth certificate for 1877 in Slovakian church records there. 

Mandy Molava 
Researching Brest, Slovakia, Hungary and much more ! 

Kamienczyk during WWI? #poland #general

David W. Perle

My grandfather--who died before I was born--was a boy in Kamienczyk, Poland, during WWI.  A story passed down involves how he nearly died when a foxhole that he was in during WWI fighting caved in.

I'm not looking for a lot, but I'm trying to find other references/accounts of anything specific that occurred there during WWI.  I've Googled.  Another other leads/insight?

David Perle
Washington, DC


Re: Niveravitzk, Russia - Can anyone help with identifying this place correctly? #russia

Ina Getzoff

I wonder if "Niveravitzk, Russia, is possibly Neshvitz, which was in Belarus in the 1890's and early 1900's. Belarus, now, of course, is an independent country but was part of Russia at one point, part of Poland at another point and finally became independent. Unfortunately, their records are still very hard to get.
Ina Getzoff
Delray Beach, Fla.

Re: Death registration in 1916 Warsaw. Where would I locate a "street map" to locate the addresses? #warsaw

Sherri Bobish


You can find addresses by looking up names in old digitized city directories here (many cover Poland):


Sherri Bobish

Re: How do I use the "Declaration of Intention" to find the actual naturalization papers? #records

Moishe Miller


You indicate Sam is your brick wall and you want to find his death record and burial. I presume this is to go back in time. I too could not find Sam after the 1930 census. 

It would seem that this is Sam's 9 Jun 1924 marriage to Ceil Hahn: 
It indicates his parents were Pesach Katz and Freida Greenberg.
Why do I think this might be his record and his parents?
The 1922 declaration of intent you supplied indicates he arrived via the Finland and that he was born in Bucharest. It does mention a "blank" day in August 1906 for his arrival. The attached is the 1 Aug 1906 ship manifest, and on line 18 there is a Samuel Katz.
Also, paging forward  in the Ancestry version of the declaration of intent book does show the attached 1925 court notice, giving his address as 366 South 1st Street, not the 66 Rivington  address. This matches the 1 Jun 1925 census for a Sam and Ceil Katz, off by one house number, at 364 South 1st Street, per attached, bottom left, rows 47-50, showing Sam from Romania, Ceil, and twins. Strangely, there is only a 7 May 1925 Manhattan birth record for Lila, but not Leonard, as per attached. Confusingly, perhaps the Lila listed in the attached, is NOT the Lila born to Brooklyn parents Sam and Ceil, but rather the Manhattan parents of Nathan and Ida Katz ( 

Based on the detail of Sam's parents, this is the 1915 census record, which in Ancestry can be found here:

The 1914 marriage of Sam's brother Abraham (listed with him on the ship manifest) shows his parents as the same Pesach and Freida. See
This Pesach passed in 1919. See either

Pesach's parent were Shabsi (Shopse) and Anna. You can locate the exact plot here:
Good luck and stay safe, 

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF #3391

Re: Naturalization record index cards #records

Moishe Miller


Bob Silverstein asked:
How can I use the naturalization record card to find the naturalization
petition and related documents?

Depending on the county, he may be able to leverage the scanned
petitions on FamilySearch. An example of how to do this can be found for
some of the NYC courts, here:

Bob's signature indicates he is from Illinois. The FamilySearch catalog
would be the place to start. As an example, there are 18 recordsets for
United States, Illinois - Naturalization and citizenship

Stay safe,
Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF #3391

Coordination between and JewishGen #general

David Izraelevitz


I remember that there was some agreement between and to coordinate databases, I believe with some delay to give priority to JewishGen donors, but I wonder whether this is still in force. There seem to be quite a few JewishGen records that are no longer "linkable" via Ancestry.

Happy New Year, and thank you to the community for sharing your knowledge and passion through these pages!

David Izraelevitz
ISRAELEVICZ (Tauragnai/Utena), LEWO, PRUSKI (Varena, Alytus), MIKHLES (Vilijampole), SHVARTZ, KHAIKEL (Kaunas, Kedainiai), MEDINZ (Seta/Kedainiai)

Searching for Betty Levi family from Hessen Kassel in the 1800s #germany


I am trying to find the names of my great great grandmother's parents or siblings.  Betty Levi was born in 1837 in Hessen Kassel, but I don't know what township. She emigrated, possibly alone, to America in 1853 at the age of 16, and lived in both Baltimore and Cumberland, Maryland. She married Harmon White from Austria in 1866 and they raised their family in Cumberland, Maryland until separating in the late 1800s.  Betty died in Baltimore in 1913.  I would appreciate any suggestions for this search.
Joan Norris

Does anyone have this individual on their family tree? SCHWARTZ, Kalman #romania

Roy Ogus <r_ogus@...>

Does anyone have this individual on their family tree? 
Name:  SCHWARTZ, Kalman
Born:  ~1880 in Vaslui, Romania
  Father: Kalman (not 100% sure of name)
  Mother: Mina FRAERSTEIN
Died in 1932
Let me know directly if you match this information on your family tree.  Many thanks!
Roy Ogus
r_ogus at
California, USA

Re: Help with extra person mentioned in Slutsk Chevra Kadisha record #belarus #records

Gerald and Margaret

I suggest you contact The Together Plan, a Jewish charity based in London and Belarus, which aims to help remaining Jews become self sufficient.  One project is genealogical research.  They have the huge advantage of speaking many languages plus a lifelong experience of the local bureaucracies  !!

Margaret Levin
London UK

Re: Wolk family #lithuania

David Wolk

Mike Coleman,

Thanks for your suggestion.  Unfortunately the name of the sibling who is believed to have gone to England is unidentified.  When the mother, Lena, emigrated to the U.S. in 1908, the papers she completed upon arriving in New York indicated that one of her daughters remained in Lithuania.  Unfortunately this information was written illegibly so the name remains unknown.  There are, to my knowledge, no other existent documents covering that daughter.  
Details have now been located for the daughter who went to the U.S.

David Wolk

Re: Deciphering Gravestone #translation


You should be able to us Gimp , a free open source image editor.
The most useful tools for tombstone photos are brightness adjustment and contrast enhancement.

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 12/28/2020 4:54 PM, Mark A. Roseman via wrote:

Can anyone recommend photo editing software to make it easier to read a tombstone? I understand that such software exists.--
Mark Roseman

Re: How do I use the "Declaration of Intention" to find the actual naturalization papers? #records

David Oseas


If you do a keyword search of the FamilySearch catalog (ex: "new york southern declaration"), you will see that they only have two collections of Declarations from the US SDNY court: 1845-1911 and 1924-1925, so your grandfather's declaration in 1922 is not available at FamilySearch.

You can pay to receive a copy from NARA NY once they resume services, post-Covid:

PS: I used the information that you provided and did a search to see if I could locate his final naturalization papers (petition) and could not find anything, so it is likely that he did not complete the naturalization process.

David Oseas

HYMAN/HEYMAN/HEIMOWITS/CHAJMOVITS: Zemplen-Dobra, Hungary > New York;  KLEIN: Satoraljaujhely (Ujhely), Hungary > New York > Los Angeles
Hungary > New York;  OSEAS/OSIAS/OSIASI/OZIAS: Iasi, Romania > Chicago > Milwaukee > Los Angeles
SCHECHTER/SHEKTER: Kishinev, Bessarabia > New York;  SHERMAN: Iasi, Romania > New York > Los Angeles
STRUL:  Iasi, Romania > Haifa, Israel;  WICHMAN: Syczkowo (Bobruisk), Belarus > Milwaukee > Los Angeles

Re: Old Montefiore cemetery gravestone pictures #usa #photographs


These people are buried in Wellwood Cemetery - Long Island, NY

First Name Last Name Date of Death Section Block Row Grave Div Society
ABRAHAM J. GRAZERSTEIN 8/6/1973 3 52 2 10R SOU Twersky Rabbi Foundation
GITEL GRAZERSTEIN 2/20/1990 3 52 3 5-R SOU Twersky Rabbi Foundation

Dassy Wilen

Re: Good New Tool: Thru Lines on Ancestry #general #announcements #dna #education

Max Heffler

This current thread made we decide to go check it again this morning after months and months and I was able to identify one more cousin I did not know about and then added her to my tree.


Max Heffler

Houston, TX


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Subject: Re: [] Good New Tool: Thru Lines on Ancestry #announcements #dna #education #general


Sometimes it is accurate and other times not.  I was looking at it where it had a woman and her daughter with identical names and no data for the other side of my "match".  I did have success once at removing a completely erroneous match.  

Sarah L Meyer


Max Heffler
Houston, TX

Need Translation #translation

Coblentz Northwestern Administrative Services

I need this decipher a translate as best as you can.
Thank you,
Howard Coblentz 


Searching: KONIGSBERG AND GLICKLICH from Poland #poland #records

Baker Rosalie

Seeking death records for my paternal grandparents.  My grandfather, Fajwel Konigsberg was born in 1873 in Kresge, Poland.  He died very young in Tarnogrod, Poland.  My grandmother, Majta Konigsberg (nee Bergerman was born in 1870, probably Bilgoraj, Poland.  She, too, died very young.  They probably died between 1904 and 1918 and I'm guessing closer to 1910.

Also seeking my mother's birth record.  Her name was Feige Malke Konigsberg Glicklich.  She was born in Tarnogrod between 1899 and 1903 and emigrated to New York in 1920.  
I've found records for some of my mother's siblings on JRI-Poland but haven't found her birth record.

What office in Poland would I contact via email that might have the above records?  

Also, which Jewish Gen group do the towns Tarnogrod and Bilgoraj belong to?  Thanks so much.

Niveravitzk, Russia - Can anyone help with identifying this place correctly? #russia

Steven Granek

On my Grandfather's Declaration of Intention to become a US Citizen, he lists the birthplace of his wife as "Niveravitzk, Russia" (in 1891).   I cannot make heads or tales of this place. Nothing from Google, nothing in JewishGen databases.  Nothing even suggestive.  I suspect (but do not know for sure) that was in Vohlyinia as my Grandfather was born in Poritzk Poland/Russia (modern name Pavlivka). But I don't even know whether they knew one another in 'the old country' so that's uncertain.

Thanks in advance

Steve Granek