Re: jews in hiding in freezone France #france #holocaust

Daniela Torsh

Just finished reading a terrific non fiction book " A woman of no importance" about an American spy who worked first for Brits OSE and later for Yanks OSS. Her name was Virginia Hall (born east coast USA) and she had a wooden leg! Incredibly brave and resourceful and no one's ever heard of her. She was a Francophile and mostly worked in France to rescue resistance and other supporters of Allies and helped Jews escape too.
Sonia Purnell is author. Recommended background reading for anyone who is interested in the Vichy Govt and France during Nazi time.

Re: Double Surname in Belarus Revision List #belarus #general

Bella Tseytlin

Hi all, 
First of all I should state, that I didn’t work with Belarus Records. Maybe Belarus is  different. 
Therefore, I’m not sure if I will confuse the issue or my email will  answer some of the concerns re: Double Surnames.
In my far too many encounters into Archival Records, I’ve met with the following statements...Yankel (let’s say) Goldberg and then (either in brackets or not) the following is written also known as such & such, where completely different surname is added to the record.
Hope it helps. 

Re: unusual name on tombstone #names

Corey Brand

This intrigued me, so I looked into it. Seems the engraving had a spacing problem. It says the father is Sane haCohen Yelin. Sane (or Sana) is short for Nasan, which would be a Yiddish pronunciation of Natan. In English it would be Nathan.

Re: Austria, Vienna: Exit questionnaire & visa documents #austria-czech

Alex Woodle

Sorry that link failed. The Leo Baek Institute has these Austrian exit questionnaires. Yesterday I linked to them, but they seem to be installing a new system? Contact them by phone to check on their holdings.

Alex Woodle
Groton, MA

Translation of vital record #translation

Stanley Romanoff Jr

Subj: ViewMate translation request - Hebrew

I've posted a vital record in Hebrew/English 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.

Stan Romanoff

SFBAJGS, Monday, June 15, 2020: Adoption and Misattributed Parentage Events: DNA-based Research Strategies (Webinar) #announcements #events #dna


San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
Monday, June 15, 2020
6:00-7:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Online presentation
Adoption and Misattributed Parentage Events:  DNA-based Research Strategies
Speaker: Meredith Sellers
Hoping to shed light on adoption and misattributed parentage events in your own family tree?  Eager to use your skills to help adoptees connect with biological family members?  Join us to discover how the results of direct-to-consumer genetic tests, Leeds analysis tools, and “What Are the Odds Trees” can help solve decades-old mysteries.  The talk will also address the challenges and nuances of these DNA-based research strategies for those of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage.
Meredith Sellers is a genealogist with a passion for integrating traditional archival research with learnings from direct-to-consumer genetic testing.  Most recently, she has applied these interests by serving as a volunteer “search angel” with the DNA Detectives and Search Squad Facebook communities.  Professionally, Meredith is a technical consultant with a doctoral degree in chemical engineering and the author of numerous books, journal articles, and patents.
Register at
This presentation is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.
Janice M. Sellers, Publicity and Programs Director
San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society

Everything turns out all right in the end. If it's not all right, it's not the end.

Re: jews in hiding in freezone France #france #holocaust

Beverly Bienstock Margolies

You should also try contacting the mayor of the towns.  My parents hid in Ceyroux in the French Creuse province. The mayor gave my dad a new identity card to hide his Jewish name.  Even if the mayor was not involved in your family's hiding, s/he should know some of the history and which citizens were involved in the resistance, etc.
good luck in your search.

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