unusual name on tombstone #names

Sandy Levin

I am trying to figure out what the father's name on this tombstone might be.  I can read the Hebrew, but the name is not known to me.  Any suggestions?

Military Uniform, Russian or Polish? #photographs

Margalit Ashira Ir

Hello Genners, 
This photograph of my great uncle, Josef Jekiel (Landman) was taken just before 1917, he was a medical officer in the military.  He died in 1917.  Can anyone tell me if this is a Polish or Russian uniform?.  He was born in Stanislaw in the late 1800's.
Thank you and  stay well

Warm Regards,
Margalit Ashira Ir
Jekiel Landman - Stanislaw, Galicia


ROBERG family from Berlichingen, Germany #germany

ירוחם צבי קינסטליך

I trying to get information  about the Roberg family from Berlichingen, Germany  .thanks a lot


Re: Vetting family tree submissions to genealogy sites for data soundness #general

Max Heffler

Even the imperfect trees have led to amazing discoveries of “lost” branches of my family. Tomorrow morning I get to zoom with my cousin in Denver and our newly-discovered cousin in South Africa. I’ll take all the trees I can get!


Web sites I manage - Personal home page, Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society, Woodside Civic Club, Skala, Ukraine KehilalLink, Joniskelis, Lithuania KehilaLink, and pet volunteer project - Yizkor book project:

Re: Romanian immigrants in Rockland County NY in 1900 #romania #usa #general

Karen Lefkowitz

My husband’s great grandfather bought a farm in Nanuet (Rockland County) probably in the early 1920’s.  He was a tailor on the lower East Side. Prior to buying the farm, he rented one in Connecticut. I believe he received assistance from the Jewish Agricultural Society. I was also told that all the Jewish farmers in the Catskills received help from them. 
Karen Lefkowitz 
Monsey, NY

Resubmitting of record for translation #translation

Lynne Kaffko

Yesterday I submitted a marriage record in Polish for translation.  Somehow the link to the record in my email was corrupted.  So I'm trying again.  The record is in two parts, the top half is at

The bottom half is at

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

Thank you very much.

Lynne Kaffko

Searching for BOROK and BRATSLAVER from Akkerman #ukraine


Benjamin BOROK and Reyza Bratslaver lived in Akkerman, Ukraine from the 1890's. How best to find records for that area and time?

Trying to locate a photo, is it Vienna? #austria-czech

Emma Cole

I have posted a photo of my great uncle who disappeared after 1929, thank you so much of someone could help to work out if it was taken in Vienna, here is the link: 

Re: Looking for MUTCHNIK /MUCZNIK family from Warsaw, Poland #warsaw #holocaust


Could this be the same family? 

Birth of Son Leib Louis Mucznik Muchnik Muchnick(1878–1947)

1 Feb 1878 • in Tiraspol, Kasan, Russia

If so, please email me for more ancestry information. I don't know much but am happy to share what I have. 

David ABRAMOWITZ (?)-Boston, late 19th early 20th cent. #usa

Yonatan Ben-Ari

My great grandfather's brother ,David ABRAMOWITZ left New Haven, Ct.,
sometime around the turn of the 19-20 th. cent. (maybe earlier) to
seek his fortune in Boston. He found work in a dept. store and (after
marrying into family of the owners ?) rose to managerial position.

In the mid1930s my grandfather tried to contact his uncle at the dept.
store and was "brushed off" being told that David was an elderly man ,
not in good health and was vacationing in his winter home in Florida.

David may have changed his family name (ABRAMS?) and most likely did
not lead an orthodox jewish life as my grandfather did and may not
have wanted to have contact with his religious family.

David was one of four orphaned siblings who came to the USA (New
Haven) with their widowed mother Gittle ABRAMOWITZ, originally from
Novarodok (Belarus ?) presumably around 1870-1880. He was probably
close to his sister Sarah (don't know her married name) but she and
her husband lived (or vacationed) on Coney Island, NYC. My late
mother met Sarah on Coney Island during the first half of the 1930s.
Sarah seems to have had a grandson, Tom, who also may have also lived
or studied in college in the 1930s and was my mother's age (then early

The above was wrtten in my mother's autobiography and I am not sure
that all the details are 100% correct.

If the above story sounds familiar to anyone I would be happy to hear from you.


Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

p.s. My great great grandmother was somehow related to Rabbi Isaac
Simcha HUREWITZ who served during the first decades of the 20 th cent.
in Hartford, Ct.

Re: Vetting family tree submissions to genealogy sites for data soundness #general


the commercial sites hold out the promise of magically finding all your relatives, neatly laid out for you by their genealogical pixies, and all you have to do is click on the link (and please have your credit card ready).  many beginners seem to fall for this, and happily glom onto what they think is “their file”.

this reminds me of an old jewishgen infofile, which is good reading, especially for newbies:

Re: Vetting family tree submissions to genealogy sites for data soundness #general


anybody who’s been doing research for more than a few days has come across bad information, because there’s so much of it, and yes, it’s made worse by being copied-and-pasted into hundreds of locations.

i suggest people might want to share tips on how to spot bad information.  i unsourced information is automatically suspect, but not all public trees allow sources.  and sometimes details are a giveaway, like inconsistent dates or spouse’s name, or occupation.  or sometimes there’s a whole lot of duplication of entire sections of the tree.

the other aspect of poor vetting is how to make corrections.  the posters of poorly researched data don’t always want to fix it.  either they’re unable to imagine that they could have made a mistake, or they’re more interested in just having the biggest tree, or whatever.  but suggesting corrections can be a frustrating experience.

....... tom klein, toronto 

Immigration to US of Avram/Abraham BERCOVICI/BERKOWITZ from #romania

Mike Grossman

I have searched major sites for arrival information of Avram/Abraham BERCOVICI/BERKOWITZ born in Romania around 1884, arriving in US around 1903/4, and settling in Philadelphia (appears there in 1910 US Census) . Also searching for arrival information of wife Pepi/Bessie BRODER (nee)/BERKOWITZ born in Romania around 1884 and arriving in US around 1903/4, because daughter Pearl born 25 December 1903 (one records show 1902) in Romania and was 7 in 1910 US Census. Other 3 children were born in Philadelphia: Dora/Dorothy on 09 Aug 1904/5, Jacob/Jack on 20 Sept 1905/6, and Ella/Alice on 7 July 1907.
I'm stuck, and any information leading to the arrival dates/ships for Avram/Abraham, Pepi/Bessie, and Pearl will be much appreciated. I've searched arrival records of NY Ellis Island, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Canadian Border. The closest hit I get is Abraham Berkowitz (but he still went by Avram Bercovici in 1907) , arriving on the ship Saint Louis on 18 July 1904, but with no family.
Thank you.
Mike Grossman
Urbana, Illinois, USA

Re: Searching FERTEL in America #ukraine #usa

Emily Garber


I have been doing a long-term community study of the town of Labun (called Lubin in Yiddish and now known as Yurovshchina, Ukraine), which is 18 miles from Shepetivka. In 1921, a family of five children (Mania, Jankiel, Chaim, Mojze and Usla Fertel) arrived in the United States heading for their uncle Hyman Boris. They had all been born in Labun. Their parents were Abraham and Fannie (likely Feiga) Fertel. In the United States, the children took the surname Fetell. My research also indicates that they had an uncle in the United States named Ben Fetell.

My blog contains two posts regarding Fetell family members: (Adell Fetell Norflus had been Usla Fertel)

If you think this may be your family, please contact me privately and I will share more information and records.

Emily Garber
Phoenix, Arizona

GARBER, MAZEWITSKY, MALZMANN, KESSELMAN - Labun, Volhyhia Gubernia, Russian Empire
LIEBROSS, WENKERT - Zaleszczyki, Torski, and Ustechko, Galicia and Radauti, Bukovina
WiLENSKY, EPSTEIN - Kasan (Kozyany), Belarus

Re: Vetting family tree submissions to genealogy sites for data soundness #general


JoAnne can we "chat" offline and compare families? jerome-yankowitz@...


Shalom,   found Sussel's  birth record,

Anybody knows,where is this archive ?

I understand,this is  sub carpatia 
but where can i see the records?
I am trying to check it with Lvov's archive,but it takes too long time.

Any information is appreciated.

Thank you very very much .
Jenny Kanadov Bukowsky
jenya. kanadov@...


Re: Vetting family tree submissions to genealogy sites for data soundness #general


Not the site but the Submitter. The keyword is Submitted. The submitted information is only as good as the quality check done by the original submitter, not the site itself.
Matches and Hints are suggestions. Double check. Others might automatically add a "hint" or "match" to their own tree, not realizing the information is not correct or a completely different person with a similar name.
Over the years the issue is compounded by more trees copying the same misinformation.  
 So always track back to the source to confirm. 

Re: FTJP-Family Tree of the Jewish People #general #courland

Christine Hills

I transferred from My Heritage because my tree got too big for free membership.  I am now with WikiTree and find it excellent, it  is totally free.  A different format from most of the sites but the tools menu allows a traditional tree view.  Like Geni it is a worldwide tree so there is only one profile for each person however many people share the ancestors; that might not suit everyone, but I have been with them since 2014 and find it great.
Christine Hills tinasusanamy@... Resident in Dublin Ireland, previously London England


1. Looking for grave of my paternal grandfather,Yehuda Leib SCHECTMAN, buried probably in Volchiniz, near Ataki, Bessarabia, died 1922.
2. Looking for grave of my paternal grandmother, Raissa Levenson SCHECTMAN, buried probably in Volchinitz,near Ataki, Bessarabia, died in 1917
3. Seeking immigration for SCHECTMAN relative, who arrived from Atkai, Bessarabia, to US, before 1909 (maybe late 1880's).

Elise Goodman

Lindheims of Rennerthausen, Hessen #germany #general

Susan Lindheim

I am hoping to figure out relationships between the Lindheims of Rennerthausen.  Many came t the US in the late 1880s but others did not.  There also seem to be a couple of step families as well.I am having a hard time figuring out birthdates and marriages.  Any info would be appreciated.  Thank you