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


Any chance to find on-line digital records from the Rovno (Rivne) region? I am looking for any available records including birth and marriage certificates of my mother's father side: Eiger/Eger/Iger family who resided there from 1850 and until the Holocaust took place in 1941. Any hints will be highly appreciated. Thank you in advance. 

Re: Request translation of extract from family register #germany #translation


Thank you so much! It is likely that this is the closest I can get to learning date and place of marriage since NY did not start vital records until 1847. It also tells me that there was information flowing from NY to Mainz family.  

Diane M. Jacobs

Re: Database of names in messages #names

Judy Kaufman <judykaufman7@...>

For the second link, for the older records, I see a search field for searching all the records at once.  But I don’t see that for the first link, for the newer records? 

Judy Kaufman
Irvine, CA

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

Gary Pokrassa

response to Jim Gutterman

the 1851 and 1858 revision lists are online with 3,469 records indexed and searchable.   Otherwise nothing else specific to this town - and not much in Alex K for the Rovno district in which this town is located
Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division

Re: Zoom events at the Holocaust Education and Learning Centre at the University of Huddersfield #announcements #events #holocaust

Sharan E. Newman

I  visited the Centre two years ago and was impressed with the exhibition.  I would also like to attend the talks.

Re: Jewish Schools in 1880’s in Manchester #unitedkingdom

Joan A. Baronberg

Thanks for bringing up this question. I am interested in North Manchester Jewish life in the 1880s too. I just tried Google-ing both schools and there is related info. at several sites. Here is one:

Joan Baronberg, Denver, CO, USA
Suchostow, Ukraine; Manchester, UK
Master, Mester, Weisser, Friedman

Re: Using DNA matches to find Jewish ancestors #dna


Hi Jesse,

Your dad's results definitely point to one fully Ashkenazi grandparent as the most likely possibility. When this is a surprise, usually it's a grandfather. The most likely scenario is also that one of your father's known grandfathers was not his biological grandfather; this is referred to as an MPE (misattributed parentage event). I personally would not trust MorleyDNA because I've heard haplogroups aren't always correct. If possible, I would have your dad do the following:
  • Test at AncestryDNA because they have the largest database. Determine whether you can find matches to all 4 of your father's grandparents.
  • Have you father test at 23andme. They will give you a basic paternal haplogroup, and if the Ashkenazi Jewish grandparent is his maternal grandfather, he very likely will have Ashkenazi painted on his X chromosome. 
  • You may also want to have known relatives test if your results don't yield any conclusive answers.

I say all of this as a professional genetic genealogist who specializes in Jewish DNA cases such as these. I'm also the moderator of the Jewish genetic genealogy group on Facebook.

If you have any questions, please let me know. 

Take care,
Adina Newman
Sharon, MA

Jewish Schools in 1880’s in Manchester #unitedkingdom


My great uncle David Isaacs writes in his diaries that he and his siblings attended St. Luke’s Primary School in Cheetham, North Manchester in 1888. He also mentions attending the Jews School in Cheetham, North  Manchester In 1891. Does anyone have information about these schools or can tell me if there are any records of attendance at these schools? Thank you
Kathryn Berman, Jerusalem
researching: Lipkin, Zagare. Lichtenstein, kercerovce, (now Slovakia) . Isaacs, Leeuwarden. Isaacs, Manchester. Levy, Falmouth, Cornwall.


Re: What would be a full set of naturalization records in NYC from the 1850's? #records

Steve Stein

On Wed, Sep 23, 2020 at 01:26 PM, Barbara Ellman wrote:
"6 pages on what a great guy he was without any genealogical information"

For those of us who have more than one SOB relative, "what a great guy he was" could be considered genealogical information.

Steve Stein

Re: One Thousand Years Ago and Genetic Defects? #dna

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

The defective gene is not inherited by all Eastern European Jews, but those who have it have the same mutation. This is the same situation with Tay-Sachs Disease and Stanley Diamond's family's thalassemia, and some other blood diseases. Someone long ago had a mutation, randomly, most likely, and it is now common among Eastern European Jews.

The same thing happens in other peoples, with Cystic Fibrosis more common in the English, and some other blood diseases, but Jews are very inbred, ours are very obvious.

There are several Paget's Diseases, my grandfather had Paget's disease of the bone, which is not a cancer; I only mention it because Dr. Paget discovered several diseases.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Re: One Thousand Years Ago and Genetic Defects? #dna

Adam Turner seems like a reasonable starting point.

It should be noted that what you've communicated about your conversation with your doctor appears to be a rather muddled version of the facts:

  • there is no single "defective gene for breast cancer." Breast cancer is a number of different diseases which have a multitude of different causes, and only a small minority of breast cancer cases are attributable to genetics. Your doctor was probably referring to tumors that result from having a bad copy of the BRCA1/BRCA2 tumor suppressor genes, which are indeed attributable to genetics and are disproportionately prevalent in Ashkenazi Jews, but there are other genes (p53 and several others) which also have been found to cause breast cancer.
  • Ashkenazi Jews are nowhere close to 10% of all global breast cancer diagnoses. There are about 2.1 million breast cancer diagnoses per year globally, and I am pretty confident that there are not 210,000 diagnoses per year among the 5 million or so Ashkenazi women in the world. Maybe they are 10% of all diagnoses among the small subset of breast cancer diagnoses associated with BRCA1/BRCA2 mutations, although I am inclined to doubt this also, and I'm too lazy to try and hunt down the exact numbers right now. I suspect that your doctor might have been referring to a different statistic with the "10%" figure: Out of all the breast cancer diagnoses per year among Ashkenazi Jewish women, about 10% of those are attributable to BRCA1/BRCA2 mutations.
  • BRCA1/BRCA2 mutations were not inherited by all Ashkenazi Jews. Only about 1 in 40 Jewish women have a mutation in one of these genes.
  • Ashkenazi Jews are not the only population with BRCA1/BRCA2 mutations, but the reason for this is not "some non-Jewish person a thousand years ago was the first human being on Earth to have the mutation, and then they or one of their descendants converted to Judaism, resulting in both Jews and non-Jews being susceptible." Rather, there were dozens of different (though still rare) mutation events affecting the same BRCA1/BRCA2 genes that occurred at various times to people of a whole bunch of different ethnicities, and it's simply that for a variety of reasons (chiefly, that Ashkenazi Jews were a small and historically insular population), the single mutation that occurred in an Ashkenazi person centuries ago has been unfortunately conserved among Jews to a degree that other mutations to the same genes have generally not been when they occurred in people of other ethnicities. There is a chart of all the different identified mutations to BRCA1/BRCA2 that have been associated with people of dozens of different ethnicities: Dutch, Japanese, American Indians, etc. at
Adam Turner

Re: New JewishGen Partnership with USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive® #JewishGenUpdates

Phil Karlin

This is great news. The USC Shoah Foundation Archive is wonderful. It's a great resource. 

I've been trying to get in to a local partner to view one of the interviews that are not online. Covid is preventing for now.

Phil Karlin

Re: ViewMate translation request - Polish/Russian? #translation


It is Russian not Polish

Re: Need translation of postcard German #translation


Dear Feigie Teichman
Although I am not German [but Dutch-born] I could translate this card for you. It does not give any info on conditions at Michalovce or the camp. Did Arthur write to "Martusch"? He seems very fond of her. He seems to think that she is still in Michalovce.
Since I have to reply privately, please respond, unless you already have a better translation offer from a German-born person.
Kind regards, Nick Lambrechtsen

Re: ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation


In Russian:



Состоялось в посаде Вышков 11-го (24-го) января 1911 года в 10 часов утра. Явились Ицек Бронштейн (професия не ясно), 54-х лет и Ицек Цимбаль, религиозный учитель, 52-х лет, живущие в  посаде Вышков и объявили, что вчера, в 4 часа утра,  умерла Рейза-Рухля Дыбнер, 70-и лет от роду, дочь Мошки-Герша и Песи, урожденной неизвестно, жительницы деревни Сувин, оставив после себя овдовевшего мужа Ицека . По настоящему удостоверяю о кончине Рейзы-Рухли Дыбнер.  Акт сей присутствующим прочитан и ими подписан.


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Translate into English:


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It took place in the settlement of Vyshkov on January 11 (24), 1911 at 10 am.  Itsek Bronstein (the profession is not clear), 54 years old, and Itsek Tsimbal, a religious teacher, 52 years old, living in the settlement of Vyshkov, appeared and announced that yesterday, at 4 o'clock in the morning, had died Reiza-Ruhla Dybner, 70 years old, daughter of Moshka-Gersh and Pesya, born unknown, a resident of the village of Suvin, leaving behind her widowed husband Itsek. I truly certify the death of Reiza-Rukhla Dybner. This act was read and signed by those present.




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Translated by Michael Ryabinky

Cannot find my G Grandfather #unitedkingdom

Peter Bush

My G Grandfather Maurice Cooper (originally Mozes Wolf Kupfer from Kalisz, Poland) was married in Liverpool in 1886. For the last 35 years I have been trying to find a record of his death and his burial, without success.
He was living in Sheffield in 1911-1912 and is mentioned as next of kin on my Grandfather's war records.
My G Grandmother seems to be living alone in London in 1916 and I feel that Maurice died in 1915-1916, but do not know where.
I have checked all the usual resources. Can anyone suggest anything else?
Many thanks,
Peter Bush, London plbush1@... 

Re: ViewMate translation request - Polish/Russian? #translation


In Russian:



Состоялось в посаде Рационж 3-го (16-го) июля 1905 года в 10 часов утра. Явились Ионас Липинский, 46-и лет и Абрам Кжечановский, 64-х лет, оба торговцы в посаде Рационж и объявили, что вчера,  в посаде Рационж, в 4 часа утра,  умерла Сура Нейман, 15-и лет от роду, дочь Хаима-Шулима и Ханы, урожденной Гольдберг. По настоящему удостоверяю о кончине Суры Нейман.  Акт сей присутствующим прочитан и ими подписан.


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Translated into English:



It took place in the settlement of Rationzh on July 3 (16), 1905 at 10 am. Ionas Lipinsky, 46 years old, and Abram Kzhechanovsky, 64 years old, both merchants in the village of Ratsionzh, appeared and announced that yesterday, in the village of Ratsionzh, at 4 o'clock in the morning, had died Sura Neiman, 15 years old, the daughter of Khaim-Shulim and Hana, née Goldberg. I truly certify the death of Sura Neiman. This act was read and signed by those present.


Containing acts of civil status Signature

  Signature Signature

Translated by Michael Ryabinky

issues of DNA privacy #dna

Judy Petersen

    I would like it if someone could address issues of DNA privacy.  I have relatives who refuse to test for various reasons, all involving some aspect of privacy.  I can give them an answer as to why testing is important from a genealogical standpoint, but I can't give them good answers as to how their privacy is safeguarded.  They read lots of articles from non-genealogy sources as to how dangerous it is to have your DNA floating around "out there" and I don't know how to refute them. this a legitimate issue that is not currently being addressed sufficiently by the genealogical community?
     Thank you!
               Judy Petersen

Re: New JewishGen Partnership with USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive® #JewishGenUpdates


Dear Avraham,

It's a great news but can you please tell me when will that be effective?

When I get on the USC website to look at athe testimony of my aunt, it still says that : 

This testimony video is not viewable in the Visual History Archive Online. Testimony videos not viewable in the VHA Online can be viewed onsite at many institutions around the world.
Find an access site near you, where all testimony videos can be viewed.

But the link does not work, I have sent a message to them to ask where I could watch this but I had no answer.

Thanks for your help,

Best regards,
Sébastien TORIO
Paris, France

Le jeudi 24 septembre 2020 à 00:46:00 UTC+2, Avraham Groll <agroll@...> a écrit :

Dear JewishGen Community,

We are pleased to announce a partnership between and USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive® (VHA) whereby an index of data from nearly 50,000 Jewish Holocaust survivor testimonies found in USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive will be accessible via JewishGen.

The biographical data is discoverable via more than 250,000 possible names and aliases — which in turn contain information on more than 600,000 additional relatives identified in survivor questionnaires. Data provided in the interviews contains potentially valuable sources of genealogical and family information, with details that can include: Name, Place of Birth, Date of Birth, Relationship to Interviewee, If individual survived the Holocaust, Place of Death, and Date of Death.

All individuals listed in the database link back to USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive portal. More than 4,000 of these interviews are viewable in video format via the internet, while the remaining links lead to biographical pages that may contain slideshows of photos, maps, or additional information essential to those searching for relatives, tracing their lineage, or studying the Holocaust.

Thank you to E. Randol Schoenberg (Director of Austria-Czech Research) and Logan Kleinwaks (Director of Danzig Research) for all of their assistance in adding this data to our collection. Finally, thank you to everyone at the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive® (VHA) who has worked so hard collecting the testimonies over many years, extracting the genealogical data, and for making this incredibly valuable information accessible to the thousands of JewishGen researchers who visit our site each day.

This collection can be searched via the JewishGen Holocaust Database ( or via the JewishGen Unified Search (

Wishing everyone much success in researching this meaningful collection.

Avraham Groll

Executive Director

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Re: Request translation of extract from family register #germany #translation

Corinna Woehrl (nee Goslar)

Hello Diane,

in order to correctly transcribe the text it would be helpful to provide the whole document - as transcribing often includes comparing letters. Also posting this in ViewMate would be better, as any translation will be revised or discussed by fellow researches.
I'm not absolutely sure as the context is missing:

Soll seit 1846 an Carl Schiff, Schreiner zu New York verheirathet sein

Is said to be married to Carl Schiff, carpenter in NY

Regards from Germany

Corinna (Wöhrl, nee Goslar), Hoisdorf near Hamburg

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