Re: Visas issued overseas (Riga, Latvia) in 1926 #latvia

Sherri Bobish

Hi Ellen,
Another thought.  Have you checked if they possibly obtained a U.S. passport for the American born child before they returned to Russia?  You can search the passport application database:
Database covers through 1925.  A passport application may contain valuable information.

Regards,  Sherri Bobish, Princeton, NJ

Re: (US) USHMM Days of Remembrance - Yom Hashoah #announcements #events #holocaust #usa

Barbara L. Kornblau

Something else has changed re: the US Holocaust Museum and Yom Hashoah remembrance.... I live in the DC Metro area. Every year during the weak of Yom Hashoah, people go to the Museum to read names of victims of the holocaust. Most are given a list or names to read and some bring their own names. I go to the Museum every year with my list of family member victims and victim names of members of Jewishgen who have given me their family names over the years. All kinds of people would come to the museum to read victims names all week.
I contacted the museum and they said there is no provision to do that this year.... To me that doesn't comport with "Never Forget." My grandfather's first cousin died 2 days after liberation from Bergen-Belsen. A British soldier gave her a potato. She died with food in her stomach. It pains me to think of not honoring her and what she went through
I am thinking of maybe setting up a zoom meeting with friends and relatives to read the list of names so holocaust victims from friends and family, will not be forgotten this year. If you might be interested in reading your family names, please contact me....Maybe we can organize something for a group of us. Thank you and be well. 
Barbara L. Kornblau

New set of records found from 1860s #bessarabia #romania

Yefim Kogan

Hello researchers,

I want to introduce you to a new set of records I found among Revision lists.
Before doing this, I want to go back to history of our region.

You probably remember that in 1812, by the Treaty of Bucharest, the Ottomans
gave to Russia Empire the eastern part of the Principality of Moldavia
(Moldova), and also parts in the South which were under Turk ruling. That
territory constituted Bessarabia.
I would suggest to check out an article about History of Jews in Bessarabia
15-19c at:

The Budjak part of Bessarabia (South-west part) went back to Moldavia
Principality in 1856 and returned back to Russia in 1878. You can see at the
article I references on page 4 "Map7-Southern Bessarabia 1856-1878 - part of
Moldavia Principality/Romania."

You can see a south-western part of Bessarabia with towns on the map - Cahul
and Chilia under Moldavia Principality, later Romania. This part of
Bessarabia with towns of Cahul (Kagul), Chilia (Kiliya), also Izmail, Leovo,
Reni, and some smaller towns went from Moldavia Principality to Russian in
1812, back to Moldavia Principality in 1856, and back to Russia in 1878.

Records we found are exactly from that region from that time.
This is "List of residents of that Southern region in 1860 who relisted
[probably moved] to different places in Bessarabia and got all privileges
and monetary allowance".

What is interesting is that the list has Jewish records together with
non-Jewish. That is a very rear case. I think I only found another small
set like that.

Records unfortunately do not have towns people lived or/and moved too. It
is possible that they even did not move, but lived in the same towns, and
had "Russian" protection of sort. There is though amount of money they
received. It is usually 35 rubles per person. Also there is a column Who
signed when receiving money. In some cases it was the person who got the
money, but in many cases it was somebody else, because a person was not literate.

We are going to translate all what is in these pages. If anyone is interested in working on this documents, please let me know. It is total of about 10-12 pages handwritten in Russian.

All the best, be safe and healthy.      Yefim Kogan

Tracing my van Millingen family from Rotterdam #names #unitedkingdom


The earliest story of van Millingen family is that my direct ancestor, Samuel van Millingen’s brother, Michael van Millingen spent about 20 years in Batavia, East Indies where he later made a fortune. He returned to Holland in 1763 with his Batavian born wife Elisabeth Westplate Cool, of Dutch family, and they soon settled in London where they had five children, raised as Anglicans. This family was known as the Anglican branch whilst my ancestor’s family was the Jewish branch. We have early family records that evidence that Michael was born a Jew.  His brother, Samuel settled in London long before Michael’s arrival in London in 1764.

Dutch East India Company (VOC) records show that Michiel van Millingen became a free citizen and private merchant in Batavia in 1753. I then discovered that Michiel went to Batavia as a soldier from Rotterdam in 1744 under the name of Michiel van Meijningen – the same and one person as Michiel van Millingen. I learnt that the place name of Millingen in Holland listed for other VOC employees was also spelled by the VOC clerk at that time as Meijningen.

According to Hambro (London) Synagogue records Samuel van Millingen (diamond merchant) and family were named either as Millingen or Millingham. The Hebrew name variants are Millingham, Millenheim, Millinheim, Milingheim and Melingham. The Hebrew name for Samuel van Millingen’s father is Natan Millingham (or Millinheim). The burial record (1820) is the only record that show Samuel’s father’s Hebrew name as Natan.  Michael van Millingen died in Paris in 1806; it is not known if he was buried with Jewish rites there.

After many years of extensively researching  I have come to a complete dead end on van Millingen origins that remain elusive.

Is Natan also a patronymic name? Would we be related to Nathan family in Holland? There is no virtual record found of any Jewish van Millingen/Meijningen families in Holland (or even Germany).  The question is this. Were Jewish VOC employees forced to adopt a surname after their placename when they started to work for the VOC?

One story is that there is a family connection with Castle Millingen in Germany. 
It is also said that we are descended from Count Heinrich Hendrikson van Millingen who died in 1643 in Defthaven near Rotterdam, originally from Overjissel where there were van Millingen chieftains in the 15th century, whose coat of arms are a raised hand in gauntlet, holding a sword – in the coat of arms of Michael van Millingen’s descendants in London. So far, there is no definite link found between these early Dutch van Millingen families and us. Attached is a copy of Hambro Synagogue burial record that shows the Hebrew name for Natan Millingham. Can anyone check if Natan is the correct name

Brian Johnston, Sydney, Australia

moderated Do you know of descendants of this family #lithuania #translation #yiddish

Michael Herzlich

Previously I posted a photo card with a family picture on the front and a Yiddish inscription on the back.  Thanks to the jewishgen community I received a translation identifying the family and further identifying the stamp on the card as coming from a DP in Germany.  The card came from the collection of the late Miriam Magilner born Meri-Leje Sapockaite in Merkine Lithuania and was from a cousin Luba Shapira husband Lazar and child born Boris, but now called Bern'le.  Then I recalled there was a letter in Miriam's artifacts from Luba Shapiro (born Merikanski) with a Haifa return address.  Bern'le would be 74 today.  So on the outside chance that descendants or relatives of Luba and Lazar Shapiro can be found I have posted the envelope with the Shapiro's return address in Haifa and the letter which I assume is in Yiddish.

the envelope with address in English can be seen at

the letter in Yiddish (rather long)  can be seen at

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page and if relatives can be found let them know.
Thank you very much.
Michael Herzlich
Delray Beach, Florida USA

Galicia (Poland, Ukraine) - HERZLICH, TREIBER

ViewMate Translation Request - Hungarian #subcarpathia #hungary

Rhoda Miller

I've posted a an 1867 birth record from Brod, Bereg, Hungary, now in Ukraine. I am interested in the last two paragraphs at the bottom of the document.
The document is in Hungarian and posted at:
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate page.
Thank you very much!
Rhoda Miller
Babylon, NY
Searching: Eisdorfer (Brod), Grosz (KIsAlmas and Munkacs), SubCarpathia Hungary, now Ukraine.

Viewmate translation request #translation #yiddish

Michael Herzlich

I've posted a picture card with Yiddish on the back for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

The inscription looks to be Yiddish.  I can make out in Latin leters what looks like the date of Feb 18, 1948 and Ulm which was the site of a DP camp in Germany. 

The picture of a child is on the front and can be viewed at

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Michael Herzlich
Delray Beach, Florida USA

Galicia (Poland, Ukraine) - HERZLICH, TREIBER

ViewMate - Russian to English (marriage records) #translation

charles goldenzon

Trying to locate graves for BERNSTEIN couple in London #names

Daniel Gleek

Can anyone please help me find the resting place for:
Nathan BERNSTEIN b 1840 Russia - d 15.12.1890 in Whitechapel
Sarah BERNSTEIN nee Kaufman b 1831 Russia - d 1881 in London (approx. years)
I’ve had no luck with the Federation, United or Trees on Ancestry.
Also the website address I have for the Western just hangs for me. I have
Can anyone advise what the correct site is to search, or what I am doing wrong?
Thank you,
Daniel GLEEK in London


Daniel GLEEK in London
Searching for: GLEEK/GLICK (Beisagola, Lithuania), ISOWITSKY/KUPCHIK (Dotchener, Poltava & Vorontzowka),
GLIKMAN/GLUCKMAN, WEITZENSANG & LIDRAL/LEDDA (Warsaw,Poland), MARCUS (Varniai, Lithuania) etc.

Re: News from GenAmi, France #france

Sam <yo_sam2077@...>

I heartily endorse DeepL as a translation app. I use it for both my EN-FR and EN-GER email correspondence.

ViewMate translation request -- Yiddish #yiddish


I've posted a vital record in Yiddish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much. I'd also like information on who the sender and recipient were.
Alana Lipkin

Re: MAIMON family from Rădăuţi Romania - but which Radauti ? (there are two) #romania

Valentin Lupu

I believe you are right. Probably your Maimon family was originally from Radauti-Prut, a small town in the Dorohoi district. The large Radauti (Bukovina) town became  Romanian only after WWI. The Dorohoi Yizkor book mentions an "old" Maimon family from Radauti-Prut. There are also  a couple of testimonies at Yad VaShem regarding people of Maimon family from Radauti-Prut.

Valentin Lupu

Re: MAIMON family from Rădăuţi Romania - but which Radauti ? (there are two) #romania

Yossi Yagur

Regarding Radautz / Radauti in Bucovina:

The surname MAIMON / MEIMON does not appear on cemetery headstones, but there are few such entries in the BMD records, to be found in in index prepared by Martina and Edgar Houster, see

Of course, Radautz-am-Prut / Radauti-Prut is a different place, for which I have no information.

Yossi Yagur


Re: BAUMAN from Kutno district #poland

Richard Goldman

I have an index to all volumes of the Kutno BOOK OF RESIDENTS (BOR).  I could not find any direct reference to BAUMAN or anything similar, but did see  a notation which I can't interpret:  On a detailed listing for my GOLDMAN ancestors in Kutno that our researcher sent to me, in Volume III-77-81 there is a listing for Goldman, Chaja nee' Hodys b. 1870 with this cryptic notation where they usually indicate a son of or daughter of someone else in the BOR.  It says "1. Bauman 2. Kiersztajn, 2nd w/o".  Tracing that particular family unit, it seems she was married to Uszer GOLDMAN b. 1868 and the son of Matys Ajzyk GODMAN. This doesn't tell you that much about a BAUMAN family other than someone with that name or who married a person with that name, was in Kutno.  It does not seem that any BAUMAN was a head of a household and listed in the BOR which covered a long period.  Volume III, for example dates from 1872 and was last updated in July, 1931.

Dick Goldman
Boynton Beach, FL

searching: SPITZ #hungary #rabbinic


Searching for information, relatives, re: Rabbi Jacob Spitz, born 1822 or 1815 or 1809 in Bekescsaba,Bekes,Hungary or Mezokeresztes, Borsod, Hungary and died 05 Mar 1893 in Chicago, Illinois.  May have immigrated 05 Jul 1872.  Lived in Louisville for a while. Married to Rachel (Rosalia, Rozi) Ungerleider born 1821 or 1825 in Csaba, Borsod, Hungary and died 13 Apr 1861 in Hungary.  They had children Celia Leni, Moritz, Louis, Marton, Josef, Zanok, Wolf, Samuel, Benjamin, Hani and Louise all born in Hungary between 1845 and 1860 and most likely immigrated to US.
Thank you.
[Unsigned from sykdad@.... ]

Lvov Ghetto Database #lodz #announcements #holocaust


The USHMM has linked digitized documents to the 10,513 name records in this existing Holocaust Survivors and Victims (HSV) collection:  Lvov Ghetto Database, (  The documents are available for requests.
Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.

Visas issued overseas (Riga, Latvia) in 1926 #latvia


The post about Lodz passport correspondence reminded me of a question I have about visas issued overseas.

My grandparents, with their infant son, went back to Russia from the U.S. sometime in 1925.  They probably stayed with my grandfather's parents in Shklov, Mogilev province in what is today Belarus.  But the political environment was not what they had hoped it would be, and they decided to return to the U.S.  A passenger manifest shows that they traveled from Rotterdam to New York aboard the SS Volendam, arriving on Dec. 4, 1926.  The manifest also indicates that visas were issued for them in Riga, Latvia on Oct. 1, 1926.  

What agency would have issued those visas?  Neither of my grandparents was a U.S. citizen at that point, although my uncle (the infant son) certainly was, having been born in NYC.  Would copies of the visas be available somewhere?  A recent Genealogy Index Search Request that I submitted to the USCIS yielded no information on my grandfather that I didn't already have.


Ellen Morosoff Pemrick

Re: MAIMON family from Rădăuţi Romania - but which Radauti ? (there are two) #romania

Peninah Zilberman

Dear Carola Murray-Seegert,


The info. you read in J.G. documents are as per

that period they were registered.

However, all are the same location.

If you check in today info. you get the info. below.

This situation has occurred due to the fact that the

Regions have been renamed, either during the

Communist Regime or after the 1989 Revolution.


Rădăuți is a city in Suceava County, north-eastern Romania.

It is situated in the historical region of Bukovina.

Rădăuți is the third largest urban settlement in the county,

with a population of 23,822 inhabitants, according to the 2011 census.



I trust that now the location is better identified for you in order to continue your research.

Good Luck and Happy Holidays.


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Peninah Zilberman

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(US) USHMM Days of Remembrance - Yom Hashoah #announcements #events #holocaust #usa

Jan Meisels Allen

The other day when I posted about commemoration services for Yom Hashoah,  I mentioned that there was nothing on the United State Holocaust Memorial Museum’s (USHMM) website that would be affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. That has changed.


On April 21, 2020 at 11 AM ET The USHMM is having a virtual commemoration to reaffirm their commitment to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive.  It will take place on the Museum’s Facebook Live channel. You do not need a Facebook account to participate. You will receive an email shortly before our programming begins on April 21, at 11 a.m. ET, reminding you to watch.



Join from your home: see:


There are several videos and audios that can be accessed:


“memory is What Shapes us”Memory is what Teaches Us”


Live Digital Program: Resilience after Liberaton  April 14, 9:30 AM ET


Survival Amid the Chaos: Warsaw Ghetto Uprising A Survivor’s experience 77 years ago  Listen


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: BAUMAN from Kutno district #poland


Hi Michael

Thanks for telling me about I've never heard of it before.

I had already found a few UK documents and censuses for my grandfather in the UK (I'm subscribed to Ancestry). Israel (Gerald) was my father but he knew almost nothing about his father's life and family in Poland. It's the Polish records that I can't find for him or any other members of his family. I had hoped to find his grave on Findagrave or Billiongraves because that would tell me his and his father's Hebrew names which might give a clue to the names they used in Poland. But it is not listed (yet). Do you know of any other documents where I might be able to get this sort of information?

Many thanks

Lesley Fenton

Gers, France (born London)

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