Re: Looking for family of Israel and Ann Rzezak (Siegel) #holocaust


Hello Sharon, 
I have Rzezak family in my tree. All of them originated from a town called Koniecpol. Should you find a connection back to Koniecpol, please reach out. I am in touch with a couple descendants who are all cousins by marriage.

Alise Kermisch
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Your message re Founding in Tomsk 1942 #russia

Leah Rochelle Ilutowicz

I am responding to your 2020 post on JewishGen about a foundling in Tomsk 1942.

My first cousin was born in Tomsk in 1942. I don't know if it would help to know her family's history, origins, etc., but if so, I am happy to help. The family was from the area of Hrubieszow and Grabowiec, Poland. 

Also, my DNA results are uploaded to Ancestry and most of the other sites.
Thank you. 

With best regards, 
Leah-Rochelle Ilutowicz

ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation

Paul Moverman

I've posted an 1851 Revision List record in Russian for which I would greatly appreciate a translation. It appears as a separate post for the 
left and right side pages on ViewMate at the following addresses ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page. Thank you very much.

Paul Moverman
Milford, NH USA

How to copy Hebrew text in a PDF and paste in google translate #yizkorbooks


I would like to translate (even roughly) parts of a Yizkor book that is in Hebrew. I can access the book via the New York Public Library as a webpage or as a PDF document. I think the PDF was made from jpgs. I can copy the Hebrew text from the PDF, but when I paste it in google translate it looks like nonsense.  I tried to save the PDF as a Word doc, but most (but not all) of the Yizkor book pages were nonsense.

Is there a way to copy Hebrew text and have it remain as Hebrew text?

thanks, John
John C. Swanson

ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation

Paul Moverman

I've posted an 1875 Revision List record in Russian for which I would greatly appreciate a translation. It appears as a separate post for the 
left and right side pages on ViewMate at the following addresses ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page. Thank you very much.

Paul Moverman
Milford, NH USA

Searching for Fried, Korkes and Safran from Russia or Przaeyslauy Ukraine (Poland) #russia


First post and hoping someone can solve the mystery of my paternal great grandparents. My grandfather was Philip Safran Fried and seems to have been born in Ukraine. He later moved to Austria with his half brother Morris Safran and they both emigrated to NY around 1922 where a half sister (Jung?) helped them. They then both moved to Denver.
The searches in this group are confusing and I'm hoping someone would be willing to give a quick Zoom tutorial. We use Zoom for our business so I an provide a meeting link.
Please feel free to reach out to me with any information or if you're willing to help me search.

Thanks so much,
Rob Safran

Re: ViewMate Translation Request—German #translation

Linda Habenstreit

Hi. A short while ago, I emailed the below message to be posted on the Discussion Group. I have since learned that the immigration documents I uploaded to ViewMate are in German, not German or Polish. Please post the following revised message to the Discussion Group. Thank you very much!
I've posted five immigration documents filled out in German by my paternal grandmother’s cousins.
The documents are: 


BACKGROUND: Osias BREIER and his wife, Scheindel FINK BREIER, were living in Vienna, Austria, in 1938-1939 during Nazi occupation. They were trying to immigrate to the United States. They filled out numerous forms that were written in German. The handwriting on the forms and the two telegrams are in German. I would really appreciate it if someone can translate the handwriting into English. 
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page. Thank you very much.


HEBENSTREIT Belzec/Rawa Ruska, Galicia, Austria/Lviv-ska, Ukraine

REITZFELD Rawa Ruska, Galicia, Austria/Lviv-ska, Ukraine

STECKMAN Husiatyn, Galicia, Austria/Ternopil, Ukraine

BACKER/BECKER Galicia, Austria/Ternopil, Ukraine

On Sunday, November 27, 2022 at 01:45:59 PM EST, Linda Habenstreit <lindahabenstreit@...> wrote:
I've posted five immigration documents filled out in either German or Polish by my paternal grandmother’s cousins.
The documents are:
ViewMate - Image 100569 - Translation - German - Austria - Vienna - Hebenstreit - 1938 


BACKGROUND: Osias BREIER and his wife, Scheindel FINK BREIER, were living in Vienna, Austria, in 1938-1939 during Nazi occupation. They were trying to immigrate to the United States. They filled out numerous forms that were written in German. 
The handwriting on the forms and the two telegrams may be in German or Polish.
I would really appreciate it if someone can translate the handwriting into English. 
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page. Thank you very much.
HEBENSTREIT Belzec/Rawa Ruska, Galicia, Austria/Lviv-ska, Ukraine

REITZFELD Rawa Ruska, Galicia, Austria/Lviv-ska, Ukraine

STECKMAN Husiatyn, Galicia, Austria/Ternopil, Ukraine

BACKER/BECKER Galicia, Austria/Ternopil, Ukraine

Re: Looking for information on the families of TAL HURST and STONEMAN #unitedkingdom


Problem is, Tolhurst (or Talhurst) is not a dutch name at all.

I found her in the census 1911 as adopted daughter of George and Ada Stoneman, there are several Ancestry trees with her name. Her first name definitely not Dutch.
In a London election register and in the civil death register (birth 14 dec 1904) she has a middle name: Ellie. That is a dutch first name. I see no Ellie with a dutch surname, BUT:

There is the birth of an Elly Den Hartog-Jager, on the same page as Elly Jager. Registration Mar Qtr 1905 Edmonton, so that could be the registration of a birth in the last months of 1904.
This suggests a mother Jager who was not married to the father den Hartog, but someone registered the birth as if the mother called herself mrs. den Hartog-Jager. Or it was the father who registered the birth. Probably the certificate shows an amendment about the name-change into just Jager. The informant and the address of the birth could give clues.
The name den Hartog could originate from an ancestor Hartog. Jewish Hirsch - could that sound a bit like Hurst?.
A quick search for other records for an Elly den Hartog or (de) Jager: no results. Which could mean several things: they left England or the mother married someone else and the daughter was known by a new name, or the child was adopted and given a new first name.
With the first names in the birth certificate it is may be possible to find where father, mother and child went to. If this Elly never shows up anywhere, an adoption is likely.
The double surname den Hartog Jager also exists, but that would contradict the registration of Elly Jager.

Loes Buisman, Amsterdam

Re: Free Sunday meeting: Cohen de Azevedo - Tracing a Sephardic Family #events #sephardic

Tina Isaacs

My great-great-grandfather, Abraham Isaacs (1838-1910) married Louisa Cohen d'Azevedo (1844-1889) in London's Great Synagogue on 24 April 1863.  The marriage certificate lists Louisa's father's name as Joseph Cohen d'Azevedo.  Their son, Emanuel, emigrated to the US, where my grandfather Harold was born.  I grew up in the US, but moved to London in 1994.  I hope to join the Zoom conversation this evening.
Tina Isaacs
London, England

JGSColoradp [resemts 'Budapest Jewish History and Hungarian Jewish Genealogy’ with Karesz Vandor #events #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Ellen Beller

Speaker :  Karesz Vandor

'Budapest Jewish History and Hungarian

Jewish Genealogy’ 

Sunday December 11, 2022

Program 10 AM to 12 PM Mountain Time

9:30 AM to 10 AM Schmear, Schmooze, and Share



 The main part of this presentation will be about the development of the Jewish community of Budapest, including anecdotes about significant Jews  and their contributions to the cultural, economic and religious life of the city.

     Also included will be a short history of Hungary with maps and showing border changes, and a Holocaust timeline as well as an overview of how to do genealogical research in Hungarian related areas such as present day Slovakia, Transylvania, northern Serbia, Subcarpathian Ukraine, Burgenland Austria and Hungary proper. 



     Karesz Vandor is a professional Jewish Hungarian historian and genealogist. Besides his native Hungarian he is fluent in English, Russian and also speaks Hebrew, Yiddish and German.  His language proficiency and his Jewish background led him to start his professional genealogy company “Hungarian Roots” In 2003.   He was the editor-in chief of two Jewish genealogy related books.  

     As a military historian, he has been researching the Soviet air force presence in Eastern Europe since 1991 and is now the only researcher studying this topic.  His research covers Jews in the Soviet Army as well.  

     Karesz lives in Budapest where he has been running Jewish Heritage tours for nearly 20 years. His work often includes threading clients’ genealogical research into their tours; guiding them through historical landmarks related to their families; and, for some, taking them to the site of their family’s roots including relevant towns and cemeteries. As a genealogist he has been commissioned to research family origins for the descendants of Hungarians whose ancestors migrated around the world.  


All members and non-members must register!


Members at no charge 

Non Members are $5

Everyone attending must register at 

Ellen Beller President JGSColorado 

Re: Emigration to England #unitedkingdom

Jill Whitehead

1874 is too early for records of migration to Britain - there are very few records available.  My family all arrived between 1865 and 1875 either via Hull on the East Coast of England or Leith in Scotland, but there are no official records to show this.

Naturalizations are the best way to find approximate date of arrival in Britain, as applicants had to get sponsors to say they knew them from such and such a  date, and they had to give their previous addresses in the UK and the dates that applied .  However, not all people naturalized as it was not compulsory, and it was expensive, and some people re-migrated again to North America, South Africa or Australasia. 

Dr Nick Evans of Hull University is the expert on migration from the Baltic/North Sea areas to and from Hull (and UK generally) and we hope to have him at IAGJS in London in 2023. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

JewishGen's Weekly News Nosh November 27, 2022 #JewishGenUpdates

Phil Goldfarb

The Weekly News Nosh

JewishGen Weekly E-Newsletter

Phil Goldfarb, Editor

Date: November 27, 2022


“A Family Without The Understanding Of Their Past History, Foundation And Ethnicity Is Like A Tree Without Roots”



Another good week to nosh on the latest Jewish genealogy, Jewish history and Jewish culture news. Enjoy!




1.      Interesting Resources from International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) Member Societies. Emily Garber, a IAJGS Director has put together a terrific list of resources from around the world that are interesting, useful, fun and educational that she is using for her upcoming RootsTech presentation. Check it out here first:


2.      The Tip of the Week. A Guide to Interpreting Passenger List Annotations. Speaking of Emily Garber…at her recent JewishGen Talks Webinar (Available on the JewishGen YouTube Channel: JewishGen Talks: Enemy, Alien, Declarant-Grief: Learning from Missteps in the Naturalization Process - YouTube this past Wednesday, I picked up a new nugget of information. (It seems that at each and every JewishGen Talk, I learn something new to use) That is… passenger lists or ship manifests arriving in the US dating after 1892, which are frequently found to have a variety of markings, codes, and annotations squeezed into the margins and small blank spaces above and behind information written in the list form's columns. JewishGen has web pages that are intended to provide a comprehensive reference guide to interpreting the markings, or annotations, found on immigration passenger lists. It is written for researchers with a U.S. passenger list in hand. To view, go to: Manifest Markings Home (


3.      Upcoming Free JewishGen Webinar: The next JewishGen Talk Webinar will take place next Wednesday, November 30th, at 2:00 PM Eastern Time. The topic will be Practicing Safe Computing presented by Hal Bookbinder. Along with malware infecting your computer and hackers attempting to con you, your data on the Web is also at risk from breaches beyond your control. This talk discusses the risks, the myths, ways to reduce the likelihood of being hacked and how to minimize the impact of hacks and breaches that do occur. You can register here:


4.      Findmypast Friday Announces the Release of 150,000 New Records this Week.  Unusual United Kingdom records from parish records to paupers including new newspaper titles and updated newspaper titles. Read the story from their blog: Discover everything from parish records to paupers with this release | Blog |


5.      JewishGen Ukraine Research Division adds 200k New Records. This major project update doubles the total number of Ukraine Revision Lists available on JewishGen since September. Notably, these 200k new records include links to the original images. You can easily search these records, for free, by visiting If you locate an image that you would like to fully translate, JewishGen suggests utilizing ViewMate ( where you can seek assistance from other members of the JewishGen community. 


6.      The Genealogist (U.K.) releases 1881 Census on Map Explorer. Where did my ancestors live? Were the shops, churches and pubs nearby? These questions and more are now easier than ever to answer using TheGenealogist. This online family history website has just linked all of its 1881 census records of England, Scotland and Wales to its powerful Map Explorer™ so that users can see the locations of houses plotted on georeferenced historic and modern map layers. Read the story from Dick Eastman’s EOGN: Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - 1881 Census on Map Explorer (


7.      Holocaust survivor left on a bench as a baby finds new family at 80. Eighty years after her parents left her on a train station bench just before they were taken by the Gestapo to their deaths at Auschwitz, Alice Grusová discovered that she was not the only family member who survived. . It was June 1942, and this was the last desperate act by Marta and Alexandr Knapp to save their daughter as their attempt to escape ended in disaster. The couple had fled Prague, but when their train drew into Pardubice, eastern Bohemia, Nazi soldiers boarded in search of fleeing Jews. Thanks to MyHeritage's Smart Matching™ technology, she traveled to Israel from the Czech Republic recently to meet her cousin for the first time. Read the story from CNN: Holocaust survivor left on a bench as a baby finds new family at 80 | CNN You can read more about MyHeritage's Smart Matching™ technology here: What Smart Matches™ Are And How To Make The Most Of Them - MyHeritage Knowledge Base


8.      Artificial Intelligence (AI) is Helping to Identify Victims in Holocaust Photos. A new facial recognition website is putting names to faces. A Google engineer has built a website that uses facial recognition to identify previously anonymous faces in Holocaust photos — and Holocaust survivors and their descendants are using it to find themselves and their relatives in historical archives. Read the story from Freethink: Facial recognition tech IDs people in archived Holocaust photos (


9.      MyHeritage Adds New Themes to AI Time Machine. Last week I wrote about MyHeritage’s new feature…the AI Time Machine. Since then, it has garnered a huge following and exploded on social media. People all over the world are having a blast as they transform themselves into different figures throughout history. They just added 17 new themes, making the time-travel options even greater than before. Read the story from their blog: New Themes Added to AI Time Machine™ - MyHeritage Blog


10.  Historical Jewish American Newspapers Online. There are a lot of Jewish-American newspapers that have been published over the last hundred or so years that may help you find some information and stories about your ancestors. The Ancestor Hunt has provided an excellent list: Historical Jewish American Newspapers Online – The Ancestor Hunt


11.  Birthright Israel to Scale Back Again, Slashing Number of Free Trips by up to a Third. Last week I wrote about how Birthright Israel participants feel closer to Israel and Judaism after an analysis from the Pew survey. This week finds that Birthright Israel is making substantial cuts in their program amid what the organization said is a mix of financial pressures: inflation, heightened travel expenses in a post-COVID world and dwindling fundraising support. It plans to make added appeals to its top donors but still expects to heavily reduce its Israel trips in 2023 to as few as 23,500 participants, down from 35,000 this year and 45,000 annually pre-pandemic. Read the story from JTA: Birthright Israel to scale back again, slashing number of free trips by up to a third - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (


12.  Giving Thanks in Synagogue. In the late 19th century, when Thanksgiving was a new holiday, American Jews created religious services to mark the day. They didn’t last. Read the story from Tablet Magazine: Giving Thanks in Synagogue - Tablet Magazine


13.  10 Yiddish Words That Went Mainstream. When Ashkenazi Jews immigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe, they brought with them the Yiddish language. Over time, fewer of them spoke Yiddish at home, but many Yiddish words and phrases came into use in American lexicon. Read the story and discover the 10 from My Jewish Learning: 10 Yiddish Words That Went Mainstream | My Jewish Learning


14.  Have You Ever Heard Of Sigd…An Ancient Ethiopian Jewish Holiday? This special holiday is celebrated by the Jewish community in Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Jews in Israel. Sigd is celebrated 50 days after Yom Kippur. This year it was on November 23, 2022, the day before Thanksgiving in America. Read the history about the Ethiopian Jews and about their holiday from Aish: Celebrate Sigd: An Ancient Ethiopian Jewish Holiday - Eats, Featured, Jewlish


15.  Our Ancestors' Dental Care. Life in the “good old days” wasn’t always so good. For instance, one has to wonder about dental care as practiced by our ancestors. Ready-made toothbrushes and toothpaste were not available until the mid-1800s. Prior to that, everyone had to make their own. Throughout the Middle Ages, most people simply rubbed salt on their teeth. Some people made up their own dentifrice and rubbed the resulting powder on their teeth with a small stick, called a "toothstick," with a rag over one end. This was the forerunner of the toothbrush. By the 1700s medical knowledge improved to the point that doctors began to understand the importance of proper dental care. Toothpaste, properly called dentifrice, was made at home. Read the story from Dick Eastman:  Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Our Ancestors' Dental Care (


16.  Holocaust-era Instruments Will be on Display in Chicago in Effort to Give Music of That Time New Life. The Jewish Community Centers of Chicago is organizing concerts and educational programs to accompany the instruments played by Jews during the Shoah. From April through September of 2023, JCC Chicago will bring a private collection of more than 70 lovingly restored violins, violas and cellos played by Jewish musicians before and during the Holocaust to the Chicagoland area and around Illinois through cultural exhibitions, performances and community education. Read the story from JNS: Holocaust-era instruments will be on display in Chicago in effort to give music of that time new life -


17.  The Jews of Oz: A History of the Australian Jewish Community. There have been five “waves” of immigration that have planted the seeds of the Australian Jewish community. Read the full story from Aish:


18.  The Jews of Iraq. We go from Australia to Iraq this week! Explore one of the oldest and most significant diaspora Jewish communities of all time. While some identify the city of Ur, the birthplace of Abraham, in modern-day Iraq or Babylonia, the history of the ancient Jewish community is generally considered to begin in the sixth century BCE. In that early period, from 587-538 BCE the Jews were held captive as slaves in Babylonia upon the conquest of Jerusalem and destruction of the First Temple by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. Read the story from Aish:


19.  A Small Victory Against Erasure: The Three Minutes That Bring an Exterminated Jewish Past to Life. A new documentary extends 200 seconds of home-movie footage shot in Poland in 1938 into a forensic examination of a community obliterated by the Nazis. The man with the camera was a New Yorker visiting Poland in August 1938 and he took the film in Nasielsk, a small town about 30 miles north of Warsaw. The people he photographed were Nasielsk’s Jews, who made up nearly half the town’s population, and who, like the rest of Europe’s Jews, would soon be sentenced to death by the Nazis. Read the story and watch the trailer from The Guardian: ‘A small victory against erasure’: the three minutes that bring an exterminated Jewish past to life | Movies | The Guardian Thanks to Brian Hyland for passing this story along to me.


20.  In ‘Mapping Jewish San Francisco,’ a treasure trove of Bay Area Jewish history goes on display.  A show of documents and photos displayed in a new, online exhibit from the University of San Francisco called “Mapping Jewish San Francisco.” Much of the historical material is being seen publicly for the first time. The San Francisco project was inspired by “Mapping Jewish Los Angeles,” a UCLA endeavor that for more than a decade has been bringing multimedia stories of L.A.’s diverse Jewish neighborhoods to life. Read the story from JTA: In ‘Mapping Jewish San Francisco,’ a treasure trove of Bay Area Jewish history goes on display - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (


21.  Anniversary of Anniversaries: 150 Years of the twin-towered synagogue in Krnov, Czech Republic. The twin-towered synagogue in Krnov, in northeastern Czech Republic on the border with Poland, was inaugurated on  June 5, 1872. It is one of only three remaining synagogue buildings in CZ’s Moravian-Silesian Region (the others are in Nový Jičín and Český Těšín).. The inauguration was a festive event that demonstrated the pride and prosperity of the local Jewish community and its standing within the community at large. Read the story from Jewish Heritage Europe: Anniversary of Anniversaries: 150 Years of the twin-towered synagogue in Krnov, Czech Republic - Jewish Heritage Europe (


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Need Help Finding Death and Burial Records #usa

Sandy Kaplan Schepis

My granduncle, Sam Kaplan, is giving me a run for my money, so I would welcome help finding his death and burial records.
Sam's parents were Yakov Mikhel Hacohen Kaplan and Hinda Rubnitz. He arrived at Ellis Island from Starobin, Minsk, now Belarus, in 1912. He married Ida Paskovat (various spellings) who arrived at Ellis Island from Slonim, Belarus in 1914. They had two children: Max Kaplan (1915-1992) and Anne Kaplan Stern (1916-1970).
I have been able to trace Sam pretty well though Federal and NYS censuses from 1915 -1940, but am not sure of what I have for the 1950 census where the ages fit the earlier DOB but the wife's name is Yetta instead of Ida. An easy mistake? They lived in Manhattan, Elizabeth, New Jersey and Brooklyn. 
I have searched in Ancestry, FamilySearch, and others, but have not been able to find death and burial records or obituaries for Sam and Ida. Sam's naturalization papers list his DOB as October 12, 1896 but his ship manifest and all census records point to a DOB from 1891-1893. Sam is not buried near his son or daughter, nor does he appear to be buried in any of the large Jewish cemeteries in the New York metropolitan area. If I can find Sam, I am hoping that Ida will be right next to him!
I have posted links to the relevant 1940 and 1950 censuses below.
Thanks for your time and willingness to give this one a try!
Sandy Kaplan Schepis

Re: Jewish soldiers in the Austrian army through the WWI #austria-czech


Maybe this could be helpful:

Austria-Hungary casualty lists 1914-1919

Elona Avinezer

Re: Jewish soldiers in the Austrian army through the WWI #austria-czech


Shalom ,
Here is a digitized version of the 1940 edition of
Magyar Hadviselt Zsidok Aranyabluma:

Elona Avinezer

Assistance please with location in Russia #russia


Notation on a couple of documents:marriage certificates and census lists a village in ‘Russia’ as either Cholnie or Kolny.  By verbal history, this family is either from Kyiv or Minsk; however, no specific proof. Any thoughts or specifics would be greatly appreciated. Scott Bolhack

my grandfather's brother Jacob Zalman RUCH IN Massachusetts #usa

Walla Walla

I am looking for information about my grandfather's brother/ whose grave I found in Joishgen Jacob Zalman RUCH in Massachusetts
I wanted to know if he had children and a family and if there was a way to find the information
Thank you for the help in the search about my grandfather's brother Jacob Zalman RUCH
Ruch Pinchas

Re: Emigration to England #unitedkingdom

Arlene Beare

Hi Rick

Ancestry has passenger lists for incoming to UK as well as the Hamburg passenger lists. I think the Hamburg lists definitely should be searched. You do need a Worldwide subscription on Ancestry to do the search. Also check the England outgoing passenger lists as they or members of the family may have travelled from England at a later date.  

Arlene Beare UK
Trzmil Kohn  and Dembinski Zychlin Poland.
Samuels UK  Dorfman Birzai Lithuania
Bloom and Sher Pandelys Lithuania  and Riga Latvia

Re: Need someone to write a letter in Russian for records from Siberia #translation


I can do it. Please send me an English version and i will translate it into Russian.

Michael Ryabinky
Boynton Beach, FL

Re: Emigration to England #unitedkingdom


Try the National Archives. They record all naturalisations and are a great, if expensive, resource. If you can find the right record, not so easy when there maybe several people with the same name, you can purchase a copy of the file which may give a few interesting nuggets of information.  From a great aunt’s file I found out my Olesinksa great grandparents owned a restaurant in Poland pre War; a fact unknown to any living member of the family.

you can also try the BMD registers if you have some idea of the relevant dates but the transcription errors can make that difficult sometimes. 
Genene Collins
Bushey, Hertfordshire, UK
Poland, Baum, Berman, Heuberger, Kapelner, Kohs, Szylit, Olesinkska