Never Again Education Act Passes Congress En Route to President #usa #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen


The US Congress passed HR 943, the Never Again Education Act—unanimously by the Senate this week and House  393 – 5 on January 27th.  The bill was authored by Rep. Carolyn Mahoney, (D-NY)-Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens). There were 22 original co-sponsors but now 302 co-sponsors.  The act will fund the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) $10 million over the next five years. The funds will allow the museum to increase teacher access to their educational programming and resources, maintain a museum website containing curriculum materials on Holocaust education, and support professional development programming.


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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


The Genetic Genealogist Detective Series Change of Premiere Date to June 2 #dna #usa #events

Jan Meisels Allen



As previously posted the ABC network, presents a new prime time series the Genetic Detective staring Cece Moore. The premiere date has been changed to June 2  10:00-11:00 PM EDT.


ABC News presents a new prime-time series, “The Genetic Detective,” that follows investigative genetic genealogist CeCe Moore and her work with DNA technology company Parabon NanoLabs. In the series, Moore and her team are revolutionizing crime solving by working with police departments and accessible crime scene DNA to help trace the path of a criminal suspect’s family tree, uncover their identity and bring them to justice.


For the past decade, Moore, a self-trained genetic genealogist, has pioneered genetic genealogy techniques utilizing a growing body of genetic data in conjunction with traditional genealogical records to help adoptees find their birth parents and to solve family mysteries. Since 2018, Moore has used her unique research skills to transform the face of crime solving, helping to identify more than 100 violent criminal suspects.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


How Rachel Sir (Zoltak) does is my father cousin? #names #israel #poland


My name is Joseph Godlenik (Godlenik). I live in Israel. My father, Haim and his family lived in Siemiatycze, Poland. He immigrated to Israel in 1936. We lived in Petach Tikva and there was a woman named Rachel [Rashke] Zoltak [married to Heizyk Sir]. I assume that Rachel was my father cousin but I never knew how. In a letter sent by my father's parents from December 1938, they also ask about her. I post this request to Dr. Sidney Joshua (Shie) Zoltak, who his (as I know) Rachel nephew, but never got respond.


23andMe Publishes New BRCA Study-Ashkenazi Jewish Results #dna

Jan Meisels Allen

The DNA testing company 23AndMe has published a new BRCA study.  The BRCA gene is not specific only to breast cancer but ovarian, prostate and more.  Many people who carry a BRCA genetic variant associated with an increased risk for breast, ovarian, prostate, pancreatic and certain other cancers do not have a strong family history of cancer, according to a new study from 23andMe.

The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, ( )could help inform the on-going discussion around broader access to BRCA genetic testing.  The title of the study is: Identifying Ashkenazi Jewish BRCA1/2 founder variants in individuals who do not self-report Jewish ancestry.

Of the 1,967 carriers who provided self-reported ancestry information, 21% did not self-report Jewish ancestry; of these individuals, more than half (62%) do have detectable Ashkenazi Jewish genetic ancestry. In addition, of the 343 carriers who provided both ancestry and family history information, 44% did not have a first-degree family history of a BRCA-related cancer and, in the absence of a personal history of cancer, would therefore be unlikely to qualify for clinical genetic testing. These findings may help inform the discussion around broader access to BRCA genetic testing.


The prevalence of pathogenic BRCA1 and BRCA2 variants is estimated to be between 1 in 300 and 1 in 800 in the general population1,2. Among individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, three BRCA1/2 founder variants — 185delAG (c.68_69delAG), 5382insC (c.5266dupC), and 6174delT (c.5946delT) — are present at a frequency of ~1 in 401.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Konigsberg -East Prussia #russia #germany

Rodney Eisfelder

There is an enormous amount of data from Königsberg on line at in the form of scanned microfilms. Unlike many other places, most of these microfilms are viewable from home. The bad news is that the scans are not indexed, so you have to view them to find the events you are interested in. The other bad news is that the microfilms were of rather poor quality - some pages are grey on grey rather than black on white, the registers were filmed in a strange order, left hand pages first, then right hand pages in reverse order, and there are some missing pages, usually the ones you need.
There are some records going back to the late 1700s, and birth death and marriage record up to the 1870s. Just in the last few days I found a burial record for my great-great-great-grandfather, who died in Königsberg in 1870.

Start with:
and click on "Jewish Records".
 I've been exploring "Matrikel, 1769-1880"  but there are other collections that may be of interest, that I haven't looked at yet.
Under the matrikel, there are multiple versions of births, deaths and marriages. Some are ordered by date, others by surname, so a missing page in one collection is not always fatal.

Also, ancestry has civil records from Königsberg starting about 1874 in a collection called "Eastern Prussian Provinces, Germany [Poland], Selected Civil Vitals, 1874-1945"

Good luck with your search!

Rodney Eisfelder
Melbourne, Australia

Re: Research Maurice Leizerson, family of Claude Pasquier and Kronental, Sternis or Berliner #france #poland


Hi Danielle 

I think I found Paul Parczewski twice on passenger lists in 1938 (ship Champlain) and 1939 (ship Champlain). He went to his brother A. PARSKY in New York, and his wife Marjem remained in Paris, 83bis rue Lafayette. In 1942 I found another passenger list of the ship "Serpa Pinto" from Casablanca to New York. Marjem Parczewski nee Glajchmann and Claude Jacques Benjamin Parczewski are on it. Bajla Glajchmann was Marjems mother who lived in Ogrodowa, Warsaw, Poland and they went to Marjems husband Paul Parsky in New York.

You can look at this three passenger lists on familysearch, each list contains two pages.


Corinne Iten

Re: Unable to find names on passenger lists #names

angel kosfiszer

The strategies are many. I use Steve Morse one step gold page to search immigration records. It provides better filters, including name of the town, boat name, etc. I would start with the first 3 letter using the gold page and add on and test if any name shows up. It can also give you the microfiche records of NARA. Hope you have more info that the name only. Good luck

Ukrainian Police Official Instructed Communal Leaders to Supply List of Names, Addresses and Phone Numbers of All Jews In Kolomyia #ukraine

Jan Meisels Allen

A police official in Koloymia, Ukraine has instructed communal leaders to supply a list of all Jews in the town with their names, addresses and phone numbers.

















In a letter to the head of the Orthodox Jewish community in Kolomyia,--about 500 miles west of Kiev, the police wanted details about Orthodox Jews in the city.  Signed by Mykhailo Bank, a senior police official in the Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine, the letter demanded a copy of the community’s charter, together with “a list of community members with addresses and mobile phones” and “a list of Jewish students in universities of Kolomyia and Ivano-Frankivsk.”


Bank explained that he required the information because his department was “engaged in the fight against transnational and ethnic organized groups and criminal organizations.” The community responded that the charter was available n the state registry also informing him that the “religious communities are separate from the state” and pointing out that “personal data of community members can be provided only in the case of registered criminal cases.”  This was reminiscent of the roundup of Ukrainian Jews by the Nazis and local collaborators following the German military invasion in June 1941 according to the head of the Jewish community.


The regional  head of  Ukraine’s Intereior Ministry apoogized on behalf of the leadership and stafff to the entire Jewish community for the situation. The head of Ukraine’s national police has ordered an official investigation.


A group of 40 parliamentary deputies signed an April 30 letter to Ukraine’s prime minister and interior minister urging Bank’s dismissal.


Settled by Jews from the early part of the sixteenth century, the present size of the community in Kolomyia is less than 1,000. During World War II, most of the city’s Jews were deported to the Belzec concentration camp.  According to some estimates, as many as 1.5 million Jews were killed on Ukrainian soil by Nazi forces during World War II.

To read more see:



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


The Genealogist Offering Two Record Sets for Beginners for Free for Three Months #unitedkingdom

Jan Meisels Allen



The Genealogist  is offering two of their record sets for beginners for FREE for three months with no credit card details, no subscriptions no catches! 


The two record sets are the Census for England and Wales 1891, 1901, 1911; and

Birth, Marriage and Death records index for England and Wales 1837-2005.


You need to sign-up. Once they have your email address they will send you a link to access this service.

Go to:  You will need to provide your name., email and password.

To read more see:


During this offer you may also view and download several issues of their journal, Discover Your Ancestors.


After the free access time period, if you try to search their site you will be invited to subscribe.


I have no affiliation with The Genealogist and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland Free Access Until May 21 #unitedkingdom

Jan Meisels Allen


The Arts and Humanities Research Council and Oxford University Press are providing free access to the Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, starting on the 15 and continuing for a week, until 21 May.  Go to:

Original url:


The reference work on family names of the UK, covering English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, and immigrant surnames. It includes every surname that currently has more than 100 bearers, and those that had more than 20 bearers in the 1881 census.


Each entry contains lists of variant spellings of the name, an explanation of its origins (including the etymology), lists of early bearers showing evidence for formation and continuity from the date of formation down to the 19th century, geographical distribution, and, where relevant, genealogical and bibliographical notes, making this a fully comprehensive work on family names.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Minsk vs minsk #belarus

David Oseas

Post-1907 naturalization documents and WWI draft registrations are the best sources for the town name of your ancestor.  If your grandfather wasn't of draft age, then look for a son or nephew born in the old country and of the correct age range.

Occasionally, Landsmanshaftn (burial societies) cover a specific enough geographic region to distinguish between two towns of similar names.

David Oseas

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

MINSK - Gubernia or City #belarus


Mary Ellen,

Try the “JewishGen Belarus Gubernia Databse" <>, specifically the Minsk Gubernia lists of Births/Marriages/Deaths/Residences/Yizkor Books, etc. Data files.

If the name you’re seeking comes up at all, you’ll soon see whether it’s in the “city” of Minsk or some other town in Minsk Gubernia.

Shel Bercovich

Looking for a researcher who lives in Vitebsk #belarus


I am looking for a researcher who lives in Vitebsk to go into a Vitebsk archive to get me a copy of a document. I will provide details to the researcher when one is found.


Hymie Reichstein Ottawa, Ontario

Re: Need to have a Stenographic Shorthand Note Deciphered #translation

Mark Halpern

Thank you David. This shorthand was written in America.

Best regards,


On 2020-05-15 1:56 pm, W David Stern wrote:

In the early 1920's my mother worked as a secretary in Germany.  She 
knew of at least two German shorthand systems. The one she used was Stolze-Schrey (spelling?).  If the document in question here is indeed 
from Germany, then you might want to pursue this.  
Googling "german shorthand systems" brings up several other systems, including Gabelsberger, which is the other system that my mother would mention.
-=David Stern=- in California

Re: Unable to find names on passenger lists #names


On Thu, May 14, 2020 at 10:23 AM, Peter Bush wrote:
Boezowicz----The spelling may be off---do a "blind" search on for the last name and see what comes up. 

Re: Unable to find names on passenger lists #names


Hi Peter,
I have had that same problem but have figured out a strategy that panned out.
1. If your relatives came from Poland or the Galicia area of Austria, I have found several male relatives who came under their MOTHER's maiden name----probably to avoid military conscription or some other reason. If you know for sure that they lived in NYC, that is lucky because NY State and Federal Naturalization records should be available for them and they will tell you if the person came under one name and is also known as another. Try to find as many documents other than passenger list to look for clues.
2. Use website to search for passenger lists. I would suggest doing a broad search (meaning the earliest and latest dates available---1892-1924 on the Gold Form) for JUST THE LAST NAME of the person. It will show you all the people with that name (with alternate spellings), with their LAST KNOW PLACE OF RESIDENCE. This is a great way to see all the first names. Perhaps they were misspelled, etc.---You may find other relatives that traveled with them or other things. I tried this and the best choice seemed to be (is Phonetically). 
3. Have you been able to find ANY records of him in NY? You may want to expand where you are looking. The LDS Church ( is a useful site.

Re: Unable to find names on passenger lists #names

David Brostoff

On May 14, 2020, at 10:05 PM, Joel Weintraub <jweintraub@...> wrote:

You needed to do one more step after finding them on the Hamburg list (and the name of their ship and when they left that port and where they were going). . . . If your ship came into the U.S. from 1906 on, the names of all the passengers and their page/line numbers can often be found on the Ship Book indexes, which will point you to a ripped nameless part of a page. Also the WPA cards might also have passenger information including ship name, and page/line numbers for a passenger.
Are the above lists included in searches on

Otherwise, where are they available?

Thank you,


Seek relatives of Hermann ERB and Bertha MOSES? from Germany #germany #unitedkingdom


Looking for relatives of Hermann Erb and Bertha Moses?of Germany.They immigranted to England around 1860

Wendy.  wendyboulton30@...>

Re: Minsk vs minsk #belarus

Diane Jacobs

Moderator Note:  The JewishGen Belarus website has a map and lots of informaton.
A good first stop searching for family from either Minsk.
You may never k ow without finding a record.
My grandmother said she came from Minsk Gubernia but she actually came from Pinsk  which is in Minsk Gubernia
Diane Jacobs 
Date: 5/15/20 3:00 PM (GMT-05:00)    Mary Ellen <memsp@...> wrote:
I have a relative who says her grandfather was born in Minsk. I see on the map that there are 2 Minsk"s.
One seems to be a region/state and the other a town by the same name in that region. How am I to
know which Minsk my relative is referring to.  Thank you.

Looking for Information on Harry FEINGOLD and Bessie WEISS, from Poland to Phoenixville, PA and NYC 1890s #poland #usa

Maria Krane

Hello Genners,
     I am helping a cousin research her great grandparents, Harry (Aryeh Chaikel) FEINGOLD and Bessie (Basia) Weiss who emigrated from Poland (town unknown) to Phoenixville, PA and a few years later to Manhattan. They had 10 children, Hyman, Bella, Sarah, Jenny, Morris, Anne, Benjamin, Ephraim, Mamie and Naomi.  We've been unable to find any town of origin information for either one.  We've not found ship manifests, or naturalization records to date. Bessie was the daughter of Bernard (Baruch) WEISS and Freda (maiden name unknown). We suspect that FEINGOLD might not be the original surname as we have found scant documents on Harry.  If anyone knows of this family, or has any hints on how to research the Philadelphia area, I'd be most appreciate for the assistance.

Maria Krane,  Florida   <mariakrane@...>
Researching (for my cousin): FEINGOLD / FINEGOLD / WEISS from Poland

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