Re: Potato Latkes...are you Litvak or Galitizianer? #galicia #lithuania

Eric Davis

Your family and most of mine are considered Litvak which usually preferred sweet to savory. Litvak is based on the Polish term for the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Litwe which is pronounced as Litva. Also included is the eastern most part of Poland including Bialystok which was switched from the Grand Duchy part of the Commonwealth to the Polish Kingdom part by Stefan Bathory as Lithuania weakened.

Sent from my Android phone with Mail. Please excuse my brevity.

Re: Trying to figure out which Radomyshl" my family is from #ukraine #poland


It might help to include surname(s). And IIRC, there are two Radomyshls in Poland. My ancestors came from Radomysl nad Sanem, but there's also a Radomysl Wielki.
Judi Zimmer

Request translation of Barnett HOROWITZ matseva #translation

Susan Goldsmith

Request complete translation of ViewMate 83845, matseva of Barnett HOROWITZ.
Thank you,
Susan Goldsmith
San Francisco Bay Area, CA



Lithuania: Seta, Kaunas, Jonava, Ukmerge,Vandziogala, Kedainiai, Merkine,Vilijampole,

Adutiskis, Zemaiciu Naumiestes


Belarus: NovyySverzhen, Stowbtsy,Yasevichi, Mir

GUREWICZ,DROZNIN Belarus: Dauhinava, Vileika 


Poland: Sandomierz, Ostrowiec

SONNENBLIK Galicia Poland: Lancut, Kanczuga

DAVIS(D), HAFNER Romania: Botosani,Roman


Susan Goldsmith
San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA
Researching GOLDSHMIDT, F(P)ILVINSKY, SHLIOMOVICH, GITTES (GADIE,GADYE, GIDUSH, GITES) Seta, Jonava, Kaunas, Adustiskes, Zemaiciu Naumiestes, Keidainiai, Ukmerge, Vandziogala, Lithuania
HOROWITZ, DRASNIN (DRASNE) Dauhinava, Belarus; TOBIAS (TOUBES, TOBES, TAUBES) Novyy Swerzhen and Stowbtsy, Belarus; ROZANSKY, BILINSKY, MIRANSKY Iasevichi, Belarus
DAVIS, HAFFNER Botosani, Romania
WAXMAN (WAKSMAN), KOENIGSBERG Sandomierz, Ostrowiec Poland

ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation


I've posted a vital record in Russian for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
There are two records of what we think are twins in the Brzezinski Family

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

Thank you very much.

Max Wald

ViewMate translation request - Yiddish to English #yiddish

Wendy Newman

Hi there,
I am requesting a translation of a small card that I believe is written in Yiddish.  It is on ViewMate at the following address:
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page and thank you in advance!
Wendy Newman
researching Nudelman and Edelstein in Pulawy

Potato Latkes...are you Litvak or Galitizianer? #galicia #lithuania

Joan Parker

Recent posts about Galicia brought to this senior's mind from the distant past... what you put on your latkes showed from whence the family came, or so the story vaguely goes for me.  Apple sauce?  Sour Cream?  Something else? Having a sweet tooth my choice was applesauce, but others used sour cream as far as I can remember from way back when..  Applesauce  = ???  Sourcream = ???  Something else = ???
My family is from Brest (Litovsk), Belarus; Grodno, Russia; Russia-Poland.  My in-laws were from  Berezin/Bresin, Kodima, Minsk, Belarus.
Stay safe and well,
Joan Parker
Past President/Archivist
JGS of Greater Miami, Inc.
1) GOLDBERG/ GOULD, GOODSTEIN/GUDSTEIN, BERGER, GERBER/CRAWFORD, JAGODA-Lipno, Plonsk, Plock, Poland-Russia; Warsaw, Poland-Russia; Galveston, TX; Bronx and Brooklyn, NY, Portland, OR, Los Angeles/Hollywood, CA.
2)  PARKER/PINKUS, WINOGRAD, (GERSHO-BEROVNA?)., R0SEN, -Brest (Litovsk), Belarus; Grodno, Russia; Bronx and Brooklyn, NY. WEISS, NEIKRUG, DEL PINO--Brooklyn, NY.  RABWIN--Hollywood, CA, Salt Lake City, UT. CLAYTON-California.
3) GELFAND, KRITZOFF, KATZ, TROCK --Berezin/Bresin, Kodima, Minsk, Belarus, Bronx, NY, Miami and Miami Beach, FL.

Looking for cemetery in London for Horowitz, Moskowitz #unitedkingdom

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to find out in which cemetery in London are buried Rabbi Judah
(Yidele) Horowitz, Admur Dzikov-Jerusalem, who died in London in 1989
and R. Shalom (Schulim) Moskowitz, who died in London in 1958.
Buried near or next to them are the couple, Hentche (nee Rubin of
Ropshitz) and husband Naftali Zvi Parnes. Is the couple buried in the
ohel (mausoleum) of the rabbis or just nearby or in their own
Neil Rosenstein

Viewmate Translation Request - Russian #poland

Greg Tuckman

Hello everyone,
I've posted 5 vital records in Russian for which I need a translations.
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
 They are on ViewMate at the following addresses ...

1.  Death Record of Wolf Ber UNDFLESZ:

2.  Death Record of Wita UNFLAJS:

3.  Marriage Record of WAJSBLECH & FRYM:

4.  Birth Record of Dawid WAJSBLECH:

5.  Death Record of Fajga Hinda BEKERMAN nee BIBERGEIL:
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Greg Tuckman
Phoenix, Arizona  USA

Looking for Descendants of Phillip and Leah WALTER #poland #usa #warsaw

Peter Dreifuss

For collaborative purposes, I am researching descendants of Phillip and Leah WALTER, both of whom where married in or near Warsaw, Poland around 1903 and immigrated to the US in 1804 and 1905, respectively. Phillip and Leah had seven children all born in Newark, New Jersey. More information is available on request. One of the children, Max was a nationally known commercial artist.


Phillip Walter was the oldest sibling of the family of Israel and Sarah Walter who lived in or near Warsaw Poland. My wife’s grandfather, David Walter was the second oldest.

One my interests is to elaborate upon the possible connection of Phillip and David Walter's mother Sarah and Leah Walter's father, Jacob. Both Sarah and Jacob shared the surname which sounded like Filo.

Any leads would be greatly appreciated.

Pete Dreifuss
Silver Spring, MD

Re: Help Finding Listing/Ads/Pictures of Lodz Shoe Store, early 1900s #poland #lodz

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,

Dear Andrew,

Lodz was a large industrial and modern city mostly involved in textile manufacturing to Russian market.

This market was lost after WWI (due to German occupation, 1916, then Bolshevik Revolution, 1917, and last but not the least, by Soviet-Polish war, 1919-121).

In 30', one third of Jewish population was living on welfare.


Due to its size, Lodz' "yellow pages" directories (of course whithout phone) were edited as early as 1900 to help people to find who and where they could contact for business.

Lists are sorted by kind of activity, then names.

You can find some shops & business ads within these directories.

Last directory was 1937-1939.


You can find them at


Enter your parents' name and place of Lodz to focus your search.

You download full scan (all pages) of these books, then look at indexed page with your "names".


Another important data is available in Lodz, as this city hadn't been destroyed during WWII and all archives (including vital records, ..) are available.


During interwar period, each shop, each company had to be registered to get authorization to do business.

So you could get copy of business registration file of your GGF.

To get mine (an Irish pub in main street), I was lucky to be connected to a local genealogist specialized in Jewish genealogy.

She could find these copies ... and all my vital records from 1850 to 1939.


An astonishing conclusion: these companies had not been closed by Shoah and were still registered after WWII.

In early 70's, Polish administration sent official letter to their address: as nobody replied (...), they closed the registration!




Bernard Flam

Archives & history of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring (Bund, Workmen Circle of France)


Re: What's a Cutter? #usa #general

Alan Greenberg

Larry, I hate to disillusion you, but electric
cutting machines have been around for over 130
year (

Watching them in action (just as they were when I
was in the business 6 years ago), you understand
why many cutters were and are missing parts of
their fingers and hands - and

Alan Greenberg
Montreal, Canada

At 2020-08-16 10:03 AM, Larry Gaum via wrote:
Barbara Singer speaks of â?o Machine Operators?â?�
In 1910? When the bulk of Eastern European Jews
came to USA and Canada? No such thing.
Suits,(garments) were made by hand. The
Schneider (Tailor), cut the cloth with a
pattern, put it together, did the sowing, fabricated a suit ,
And Voila, all done. This man, or woman, were tailors, Schneiders. Period.
In the late 1920s-30s, made to measure hand made
garments gave way to the machine or ready made
suits putting lots of Schneiders out of a job.
Including my maternal grandfather, Louis Marshall, who lived in Nova Scotia.
Larry Gaum

Trying to link SIEDNERs from late 1700's Upper Silesia #galicia #poland

Debbie Fleischhacker Wayler

Hi   I am a descendent of Jacob Siedner abt 1810-1870 from the Upper Silesia area, probably around Bytom.
I have come across several names that I am trying to connect.
Lobel Siedner born 1779 and Bernhard Siedner born 1797.  I was wondering if they may be brothers.
Also Simon Siedner 1750 ? father.
I would appreciate any help/ideas on how to research this.  Thank you

Debbie Wayler  Boston, MA

Trying to figure out which Radomyshl" my family is from #ukraine #poland


Good Afternoon,

I'm hoping someone can help me out here. I've discovered some family immigration records from the turn of the 20th century. I know who the family members are and can figure out their names. However, I have run into a slight issue - the immigration paperwork says they're from the town of Radomyshl. However, in my research, I've discovered that there are several towns called Radomyshl, one in Ukraine and one in Poland. They're about 700 km apart.  I doubt the early 20th century American immigration officials really knew which Radomyshl my ancestors were coming from, but I am trying determine which one - my  (now deceased) family members listed Russia as the country of origin, which leads me to believe they are from the Ukrainian one. But I am not sure, because we've always heard that we were Galitzianers, which would lead me to think Poland. 

Any tips or guidance would be greatly appreciated! 

Thanks, Ben (Washington, DC)

Seeking PANE, Joseph Daughter, NYC attorney in 1977 #names #usa

JoshPane Sacramento

i am seeking daughter ( my sister by another Mother ) of PANE Joseph jr. of Sacramento CA.  In 1977 she was an attorney in NYC and she sought to meet her father, PANE Joseph via a card. 

We don’t know her name. 

josh pane
brother in Sacramento CA

Teresa Pane of Bonny Doon, CA
Sister by a different Mother

Isaac KATZOFF,KATSOF-died1934 #canada

Yonatan Ben-Ari

While researching my paternal forefathers I came across on FTJP a
Isaac KATZOFF-KATSOF who I believe may be connected to our family.
Interestingly he is listed with the same exact spelling as our family
,KATZOFF, though his descendants spell it KATSOF. The data I saw was
from 2000 so possibly the contact person is not the same person today.

He had a son Joe (died 1984) whose wife, Rose died in 1981 . They may
have spent some time in Montreal.

If anyone is doing research on this family I would like very much to
share information.


Yoni Ben-Ari (Katzoff), Jerusalem

Re: "Holy Silence" Documents Vatican's Role in the Holocaust #announcements #holocaust


Try using a different browser.

Jeri Friedman

On 8/16/2020 10:08 AM, Mark Shernicoff wrote:
The link to see the movie doesn't seem to be working.?? I registered as
requested and then clicked on Click to Watch and a still picture comes
up with no way to view the movie.
This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.

North Adams, Massachusetts - early Jewish settlers #usa

Andy Monat

Has anyone researched the early Jewish settlers in North Adams, Massachusetts? It is a small city in far northwestern Massachusetts, in northern Berkshire County among the Berkshire Mountains. My relatives (from Orsha, in what was then Mogilev guberniya Russia, and now is in Belarus) arrived in North Adams certainly by the late 1890s and probably by the early 1890s.

Congregation Beth Israel in North Adams maintains a web page about its history ( which says "An unsigned history found in the synagogue indicates that the first Jews arrived in North Adams in 1867...we've discovered newspaper accounts of their High Holiday services in 1888." If it's true that Jews first arrived in 1867, then I assume a systematic review of US census records from 1870 and 1880 is likely to find them (presumably other records would be of use as well, such as vital records, town census books, etc).

 Andy Monat <amonat@...>

Researcher in Warsaw wanted #warsaw

Amos Sobel 4X4MF

I am looking for a researcher which will be able to overcome the following statement: 
" i
n response to the e-mail letter of 3 July 2020, I kindly inform you that the registry offices in Poland do not carry out genealogical searches and records of related persons and the register of civil status (births, marriages and deaths) kept in the registry offices are not publicly available. [1] Genealogical research is only possible after the civil status books have been transferred from the registry office to the territorially competent state archive, since only after the state register has been transferred to the public archives that they become publicly available. [2] The deadlines for keeping the books in registry offices are 100 years for the books of birth and 80 years for marriage and death records respectively. "

Which was made by:

Registry Office

Capital City of Warsaw

3rd Faculty of Registration of Civil Status and Zabużański Books

Zabużański Books Section

I need the researcher to find the birth records of my cousins born in Stryj and Rozniatow , Galicea between 1925 and 1942 before the records are 100 years old and I am gone.

All help will be appreciated

Amos Sobel
Haifa Israel


Re: What's a Cutter? #usa #general

EdrieAnne Broughton

Larry Gaum, 
 Let's talk about how a suit is put together.  There is, even today, no completely machine-made garments.  Since the middle of the 19th century there was some kind of mechanized sewing machine that still had to be operated by a skilled sewer.  Some of the steps at the time and even now have to be done by hand. At first they were driven by steam power, later by electricity.  Home sewing machines came out for housewives in the mid to late 1800s, using foot treadles, and those switched to electricity in the mid 1900s.  Even today our garments are made by some poor lady in a third world country, paid next to nothing so we can wear jeans that look already worn out.
   Cutters in the major garment making areas of the US usually referred to someone cutting a pattern from some kind of fabric (cloth, leather, felt, etc).  Those who cut gems usually specified 'gem cutter'.  Cutters might take a design from the person who had the original idea and add 'ease' to the areas we require to be able to move in a garment.  This is a very intricate process, say an inch here and 1 1/2 inches there.  Less if they are tight fitting jeans, more if they are slacks that have to fit well at the top and fall straight to the floor.  It's a science called pattern drafting and can take years to learn.  Other cutters (most of them) take the drafted pattern and make the most of the fabric at hand.  
    I was 5 ft 8in by the time I was 12 (Mom was barely 5 ft).  I learned to draft patterns really young.  Then I married a man with a large chest and shoulders and a very small waist.  I've been drafting patterns for more than 50 years so he wouldn't look like a pregnant lady, or have lots of material bunched into his waistband.
                            EdrieAnne Broughton, California

Utah JGS August 17 Meeting #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Banai Lynn Feldstein

For our August meeting, UJGS has invited Emily Garber, brand new IAJGS Board member, to speak to us.

Her topic is very timely: Learning Our Craft: Online Opportunities for Improving Our Research Skills.

We invite anyone interested to join us for our webinar:

The webinar is scheduled for two hours, but it should be about one hour; we just like to give ourselves the extra padding.

Banai Lynn Feldstein
Utah JGS Webmaster