Hinde BEIN (nee Zucker) #names

Karol Swanson

I'm trying to contact a Mordechai Zucker or anyone else who is searching for the above person.

I look forward to hearing from you.
K. Swanson

Deceased researcher. #ukraine,

yael polat

I wanted to contact the researcher Marcia R. Kahn (#8876), but sadly enough, she is noted as deceased. 
Maybe some one in this forum has been in touch with her in the past or knows how to contact her family?
Yael Polat
Researching especially the village of Khashchuvate

Stillborns #names #usa #general

Corey Brand


I found that my third great uncle Louis Miller and his wife Mollie Edith Goodman, did have one child, a male stillborn on 21 May 1914 in Los Angeles. The child was not given a name on the birth and death certificates. The child also seems to be buried in a non-Jewish cemetery in Los Angeles. 

In the religion, are Stillborns given names and proper funerals? I was shocked to find out the cemetery wasn’t a Jewish one. Maybe it’s a mistake? 

I haven’t been able to find Louis’ passenger manifests. Seems like the date and/or ship on his Massachusetts naturalization papers weren’t too accurate (1 or 15 Mar 1903, from Hamburg to NYC, on a ship called Deutschland). Something along the lines of Meller was the true last name. I assume he was Leib(a), after his paternal grandfather (he had many cousins named Louis). His grave doesn’t say a Hebrew name, and the Louis and Mollie are buried in a Jewish Cemetery. 

Any incite is appreciated. Thanks,
Corey Brand
Fort Lauderdale, FL

MELLER, MILLER, and many other spelling variations
Family hailed from Krekenava, in modern Lithuania and settled in Boston, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles. 
Other names in the MILLER family: WEINER, from Kovno (unsure if from city or gubernia); LIBMAN/LIEBMAN, from Panevezys; GOLDBERG from Krakes; SHER from Krekenava. 

Looking for details about Vashbein from #bessarabia


My late grandfather, Moshe Vashbein was from Calarash and immigrated to Israel in the 20s.
After his death I've found out he had 2 brothers and 2 sisters, of whom or whoever was left I had no knowledge.
I know that one of the sisters immigrated to New York.
I'm looking for relatives of any degree.
I also know that a niece, named Pessy, was living in Lima, Peru.

Shahar Klein

American Jews and the Civil War--Conversation with Jonathan Sarna #usa

Jan Meisels Allen


Each week during Jewish American Heritage Month the National Museum of American Jewish History will have a lecture by an historian. On Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 6 PM ET the Museum’s chief historian Jonathan Sarna, Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis university will be discussing American Jews and the Civil War. Tune in on Facebook, you do not need a Facebook account to watch. The program is free.  Go to:


The Civil War divided the American Jewish community much as it did the nation as a whole.  Learn about Jews on both sides of the struggle, Jews and slavery, Lincoln and the Jews, and the lasting impact of the Civil War on American Jewish life in this informative conversation with the museum's Chief Historian, Jonathan D. Sarna


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Ancestry Announces Hosting a Virtual Memorial Day Parade of Heroes to Commemorate 75th anniversary of End of World War ll; Free Access Ancestry and Fold3 #events

Jan Meisels Allen


Ancestry has announced in honor of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War ll they will host a Virtual Memorial Day “Parade of Heroes”.  This will stream online Monday May 25th  11AM ET (8 AM PT) on Ancestry’s Facebook Page. Via Watch party. It will be  hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford. The “Parade of Heroes” will bring to life stories that honor those lost, through interviews with veterans of all ages and the lost veterans’ families, including a special feature reflecting on World War II.


To watch the stream see:

You do not have to be a Facebook subscriber to access the site.

After live stream will be available at

Free Access


There will be free access May 21-May 25 on with more than 550 million military records. You will have to register with your name, email and password.


Starting now through June 1, there will be free access to 500 million records and images from the National Archives and Records Administration on Ancestry including all 36 million of the nation’s World War ll young man’s draft cards . Go to:  Registration including your name, email and password is required.


To see the list of featured categories covered under this free access offer see:


To read more see:


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


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Translation of Hebrew and Yiddish phrases #yiddish #translation


The very last phrase in 20. Is הי״ד an abbreviation of השם יקום דמו, which means “May God avenge their blood”. 

Shumsker family from Zhytomyr #ukraine


I am looking for links to the Shumsker family from Zhytomyr. Some of the first names are; Sima Leah, Rivka, Shulim, Shlioma & Khaia (Chaya)

Re: ship records back to Europe from New York #usa

David Oseas

There is very little in the way of records available on so-called "Birds of passage", who returned to Europe.  The only collections that I'm aware of are located at NARA in Philadelphia -- see the article  "NARA Coast to Coast: Emigration Records at the National Archives at Philadelphia, Part 1" (I don't think they ever got around to publishing Part 2):

You may get lucky and find their outbound journey at a connecting port, such as LIverpool -- try searching for them on a site that specializes in European records, such as FindMyPast.

Regards,   David Oseas    <doseas@...>

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

Re: Help identifying a Jewish Soldier from 1919 #latvia #lithuania

Joyaa Antares

Hi Team,

Jack Gelman wrote,
Attached is a photo of my Grandfather. His name was Iossel Gernov. I believe it was taken around 1918-1919.   
He was living in Riga, Latvia at the time, but originally was from Lithunaia.    Any information you can provide based on whether the uniform was Soviet or Latvian, the military division, rank or other relevant information would be appreciated. .. // … snip ... //

I have been in a similar situation in the past and I joined the War Relics forum, and posted to the relevant group.  The response I got exceeded my expectations.
… I would think that one of the following groups will help:

Good luck!

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Researching ZAUSMER, ZOUSMER, ZESMER, CHOUSMER, CHAUSMER, TSOUZMER etc, MARCUS, DAVIDOFF in Polangen, Kretinga, Darbenai, Libau, Riga, Memel
SCHORR, SCHERZER, JURIS and DAWID in Buckaczowce, Ottynia, Nadworna, and Kolomyya
ZUNDER in Buckaczowce and Ivano-Frankivsk
KEMPNER in Berlin, Lodz, Warszawa and London
MOSES (often MANSELL) in London and South Africa
LEVY, BADER in Berlin, Schwerin, Friedeberg

Re: Unusual Polish (?) surname - RUSZDIZAN #names #poland #unitedkingdom


A very similar surname,RUDZIAN, was found in Eisiskes, near your village.

Judy Baston, Coordinator,
LitvakSIG Lida District Research Group

ViewMate translation request - German (Prague birth record) #translation #austria-czech

Bob Lenk

I am requesting help reading is a page from a Prague birth register from 1883, posted to ViewMate at . I am interested in a transcription and/or translation of entry #4 - specifically the fields for place of birth, place of circumcision, and mother (name - Cacelia STEINER). Also, I would be interested in any explanation of the citation under the child's name (Rudolf) that appears to be H28941/82.

The page can viewed directly, with pan and zoom, at

[Replies via the ViewMate system only, please.]

Bob Lenk    <boblenk@...>

Were "nephews" sometimes really cousins? #general

Erika Gottfried

I have a number of photo postcards, written to my husband's grandfather, Max Rubin, an immigrant from Ostrowitz, Poland.  The postcards are written by different individuals (n both Yiddish and English) each of whom refers to himself as "your nephew."  The problem is that Max didn't have as many nephews as there are senders.  I'm trying to figure out what's going on here.

I know it's common in many families for older relatives to be referred to honorifically as "aunt" and "uncle" when they're not literally the aunt or uncle of the person addressing them.  Were there similar instances in which there were honorific "nephews" who were really younger cousins?

Erika Gottfried,  Teaneck, NJ     <erikagottfried53@...>

Belaya Tserkov, Ukraine #ukraine #usa


My grandfather, Morris (Moishe) Davidson (Davidsohn) was born in Belaya Tsekov, Ukraine on April 10, 1893 and died August 25, 1968. He came to the United States on December 1913 and was married to Rebecca (Reba) (Rivke) Mazis (Meyer) in 1916. His tombstone and death certificate indicates his father's name was David. He is buried in Mt. Sharon Cemetery. There is a David buried there who was born  in 1870 and died in July 1944. However, I can find no evidence, tying that David to Morris. At the moment, it seems as if I am at a dead end. Any suggestions?

<jmdavid@...>      Signature:  Please “sign” your posts and replies by including your full name at the end of your email.ature: 

KANTOR descendants of Reb. Chaim of Volozhin #israel #ukraine #rabbinic

Yonatan Ben-Ari

I am trying to confirm a family written story which states that my
great grandmother , Bracha KANTOR/SCHECHTER was a descendant of Reb.
Chaim of Volozhin (or at least another member of his family).

Bracha's mother, Sarah Hinde KANTOR married to Reb. Shlomo KANTOR, a
Chazan in Karlin (Pinsk) during the second half of the 19th cent. The
above "story" includes a comment that Reb. Itzaleh, Reb. Chaim's son
took Sarah Hinde or her mother to her chupa (wedding canopy) as her
parents had died before her wedding.

Researching the published trees of Reb. Chaim, the closest similarity
that I found was that Reb. Itzaleh in fact had buried his own daughter
and her husband (LANDAU) and that in fact they had an unmarried
daughter. Unfortunately I do not find my ancestress in any of the
trees. I know that many rabbinical family trees often do not included
children who were not Rabbis or married to one. In fact a member of
the SOLOVEITCHIK family,(descendants of Reb. Chaim) wrote me that his
branch was not included since they did not go into the rabbinate.

Well known descendants of my great great grandmother are Chaim Dov
KANTOR, who was the mashgiach (kosher supervisor) of the yekev
(winery) in Zichron Yaacov (Israel) and Rabbi Yacov Meir SCHECHTER of
Chassidut Breslev. I had asked R' Yacov Meir as to the reliability of
his father's above story and unfortunately he could confirm or not
confirm it. Chaim Dov's (who died in the 1940s) descendants also
couldn't confirm the above story.

I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has a complete listing of
Reb. Chaim's descendants if he can confirm the connection between our
families.                      TIA.       

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem    <yonibenari@...>

Re: ship records back to Europe from New York #usa


Hi  Lisa B       <n2dzine2@...>

Do you only have the record from the Hamburg Passenger lists or also the record of the arrival in New York?
On the Passenger Manifest of the arrival in New York, there must be a second page which contains useful information.
Did you search for his entries in the United States census lists? New York has some for 1910, 1915, 1920, 1925, 1930,
the other States for 1910, 1920, 1930. You can find all this records on familysearch.
As far as I know records for the travel back to Europe can only be found on ancestry, and only if he changed ship in Great Britain.

Regards,   Corinne Iten   <itencorinne@...>

Feige GLASS-Tel-Aviv -early 20th cent. #israel

Yonatan Ben-Ari

My father-in-Law, Rabbi Moshe (Morris) YERUSHALMY had a relative Feige
GLASS who lived on Shderot Chen during the mid 20th cent.. She was
also family with Dr. Yitzchak REFAEL (VERFEL) who was a minister in
several Israeli governments, representing the Mizrachi/Mafdal party.

We would like to review the exact relationship between the JERUSHALMY
and GLASS family.


Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Translation of the Memorial Book of Bolekov, Ukraine at reduced price #yizkorbooks #ukraine

Joel Alpert

Memorial Book of Bolekhov

Yizkor Books in Print is happy to make this book available at severely
reduced pricing by ordering through JewishGen

List price: $47.95, available from JewishGen for $32

For more information and directions for ordering go to:
Go toward the bottom of the page below "Available at:" for the link to
start your order.

For information on the other 95 other Yizkor book we publish, go to:

Joel Alpert, Coordinator of the Yizkor Books in Print Project

Re: Need for education on how to post [Find it at:] #guidelines

Peter Lebensold

With regards to posting standards, I'd like to see more emphasis being placed on all family names (and nothing else) being written in all-capitals and making sure that every post is signed with at least a last name.  Ideally, the Moderator(s) would return-to-sender any posts that do not comply with these long-standing standards.

It would also be very helpful - to those of us scanning the daily digests - if anyone asking for a translation (whether via ViewMate or other means) of a document would please include the (known or presumed) family name linked with that document, so that most of us don't need to go to ViewMate to see if the document might be of personal interest.

Peter Lebensold,  Toronto

Researching: GELBFISZ/FISH/GOLDWYN (Warsaw, Los Angeles), LEBENSOLD/LIBENSCHULD/and variants (anywhere), SZAFIR/SHAFFER/ and variants (Warsaw, Brazil, New York, Texas, elsewhere in USA), KORN (Poland, Philippines, San Francisco), BORENSTEIN (Poland, USA, Canada), WERNER (Poland, Glasgow) ...

Seeking info on ZALMAN family from Moinesti Romania #romania #usa


Hello- I am trying to get more information on my great-grandfather's family in Moinesti, Romania.
His name was JACOB ZALMAN.
He immigrated to Pittsburgh, PA sometime in the early 1900's & married my great-grandmother Sophie ABRAMOVITCH from Bucarest.
At some point he became a merchant seaman and there's a possibility he returned to Romania, but I am not certain as he left the family.

Any info on ZALMAN family specifically from Moinesti would be appreciated.   Thanks!

Alexandra  Sokol,    alexstuffbox@...

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