Announcement: AncestryDNA10 Matching Workshop - Wednesday, Oct 19 from 1:30-4:30 pm EDT Zoom RSVP requested. #announcements #jgs-iajgs #dna

Arthur Sissman



AncestryDNA10 Matching Workshop - Wednesday, Oct 19 from 1:30-4:30 pm EDT Zoom RSVP requested. 

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  • If this workshop is not for you, but you know someone who would benefit from this workshop, forward this to them and have them contact Arthur Sissman at genresearch13@... 


Hi AncestryDNA testers (if you are one?!),


Barry C. (requested this workshop) and I are inviting you to a AncestryDNA Matching Workshop as noted above ⬆︎.


How do I know if I should come?

  1. Just got your test results, have worked with the results for 2-3 months  and are confused!
  2. Confused about manipulating all the pages/features on the website? How do they relate to each other and to my research?
  3. What do all the terms mean - Shared DNA, centimorgan, segments, unweighted shared DNA, Extended family, etc
  4. What matches should I be excited about and what matches should I forget?
  5. Help?

If you answered “Yeah, that’s me!” to any of the statements/questions above this AncestryDNA Matching Workshop may be for you!



  1. Learn to use multiple devices: follow Arthur on Zoom while using my own data to learn how to manipulate the AncestryDNA Matching website on your own computer.
  2. Learn how to up-date your profile to communicate better with other researchers - see Arthur’s as example: AS profile on or scroll down the page here.
  3. Learn how to make a Profile Tree on Ancestry .com (Ex: me, my parents, and ancestral grandparents as far back as I can go) to put on other websites to attract matches.
  4. Learn how to use terms like: Shared DNA, segments, Longest segment, centimorgan, Shared matches, Triangulation, Full cousins, Half cousins, Endogamy, Generation of Connection (MostRecentCommonAncester -MRCA) etc.
  5. How to use filters, notes, etc.


If you want to participate in this workshop (limited to 15 people), send an email to genresearch13@....  

  • This workshop is for people who have worked on the website 1-3 months.
  • You will receive an acknowledgement.
  • As soon as the class is formed you will receive a handout.
  • The handout will guide you through the preparation for the Workshop.
  • If you choose, you don’t have to do anything, but you will not get as much out of the workshop.
  • This is not a DEMO, you will be following along and working with you own data on your own computer.


Questions or comments - email genresearch13@... or call 954-328-3559.  Oh, did I mention the Workshop is FREE?!

Sign up today - only 15 slots remain!  If you want to come, please request with the following info: Name, email, location, phone - WhatsApp if out of USA.



Arthur Sissman

Naples FL


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Researching: ZISMAN/ZYSMAN/ZUSMAN (Belarus); TELESHEVSKY (Belarus); CHANUTIN, (W. Russia), BRODY, (Hungary); FRIEDMAN, (Hungary); GRAUBARD, AARONSON (Romania/Ukraine)



Arthur Sissman

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Researching: ZISMAN/ZYSMAN/ZUSMAN (Belarus); TELESHEVSKY (Belarus); CHANUTIN, (W. Russia), BRODY, (Hungary); FRIEDMAN, (Hungary); GRAUBARD, (Romania/Ukraine)




Re: Notation on ship's mamifest #records

David Oseas

The notation you mention was made when the immigrant exhibited some medical or physical condition that the authorities wanted to screen for & the immigrant was held for observation.  Starting around 1903, additional details were added -- for example, my great-grandmother arrived in 1911 and in addition to "hospital" it states "conjunctivitis".

If a passenger had died, an entry would have been made in the "Date and cause of death" column, immediately to the left of where "hospital" was recorded.

There are no additional records available regarding hospitalizations of passengers except for those hospitalized at Philadelphia ca. 1882 to ca. 1902; those records are at NARA, Philadelphia.

David Oseas

Re: World War II #holocaust

Barbara Stack

On the subject of Jews not being "white," over time I've collected a few documents supporting this view and have posted them here:
Barbara T Stack
ALTSTEIN                       Mlawa, Poland
ALTSZTEJN                     Nowy Dwor, Mazowiecki, Poland
CHRZADOWSKI             Brzeziny, Poland
CHSHUNSTOFSKY         Brzeziny, Kikol, Lipno Poland
DROZDOWCIZ                Nowy Dwor, Mazowiecki, Poland
OLDSTEIN                       England, US, Australia
RESNICK                         Volhynia, Ukraine
SCHLEGER                      Lokachi, Ukraine
STACHOWITZ                 USA
STASIOWICH                  Nowy Dwor, Mazowiecki, Poland
THORNER                        USA, Plock, Poland
TORUNCZYK                  Warszawa, Poland
YECHT                             Lokachi, Ukraine
ZLOTNICK                       Nowy Dwor, Mazowiecki, Poland

🍎🍯 Download Now! JewishGen High Holiday Companion 2022/5783 🍎🍯 #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

Dear JewishGen Family,

We are pleased to present the JewishGen High Holiday Companion 2022/5783, which contains inspirational vignettes about how Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur were observed in various communities. This year's collection includes towns in Poland, Ukraine and Belarus, and includes the account of Holocaust Survivors observing Rosh Hashana in their hometown after the war - a town which did not have even one standing synagogue for them to pray in.

Particularly during this troubling time throughout the world, we hope that this companion will inspire you to connect with previous generations, and to help preserve and perpetuate the values which they held most dear.

There are two ways to read the High Holiday Companion:
(1) Click here to download as a PDF
(2) Click here to read it online.

I hope you will enjoy reading these articles. If you have any feedback, or would like to help sponsor a future addition, please contact me at your convenience.

Shana Tova, Happy New Year, and THANK YOU for being part of the JewishGen family. We are looking forward to a GREAT year ahead.


Avraham Groll
Executive Director
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ViewMate translation needed - family GOLD #translation

David Buford

Please help me translate postcard below.

Linda Gold Buford

                      Kobryn, Belarus Belarus - KAMENETZKI - KAMIENKA
                      Russia - SALIMAN, SCHREIBER, SEGAL, WALDMANN
                      Israel - PALTER

Re: World War II #holocaust

JoAnne Goldberg

For a different perspective:

I also found the book Gentleman's Agreement, published in the late 1940s, a fascinating albeit fictional look at the general perception of Jews. It's also well known that colleges/universities changed their admissions policies beginning in the 1920s to limit the number of Jewish students.


JoAnne Goldberg - Menlo Park, California; GEDmatch M131535


Re: World War II #holocaust


On Mon, Sep 19, 2022 at 12:33 PM, <shlasky@...> wrote:
In addition, many Americans were almost completely anti immigration believing in "replacement theory", which was new at that time.  Back then, replacement theory meant that white Protestants would be replaced by nonwhites and/or people of other faiths. 

According to Ken Burns' first episode in the currently running PBS documentary mentioned above, a lot of Americans thought that Jews were not "white."  This was also a time when Jews were not welcome at social and country clubs, some elite schools of higher education and other places. I remember Jews being unwelcome at local country clubs where I grew up in SC during the 1950s and 1960s. Later, they begged some to join.  
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Nitra ( Slovakia) cemetery #slovakia


Could anybody advise me on how to locate a grave ( my great grandfather's) in the Nitra ( Slovakia ) cemetery? We only know that he died in Nitra in 1929 .
Thank you
Judith Wolff

Notation on ship's mamifest #records

Steve Pickoltz

My family arrived in the USA on May 9, 1890 in NYC, aboard the SS Russia.  The part of the family I am questioning is BERNSTEIN, which consisted of Bluma, wife (line 203); David, son, 11 mths (line 205); and Hersch, son, 9 (line 204).
On the line for Hersch it states --- HOSPITAL.  What would that be refering too and where could I get info on it????  
My problem besides the above is the fact that after they arrived in May, that is the last mention of David.  Did he die, where is he?  He just vanished.  Hersch is my grandfather.  Therefore,  I am wondering if the notation was written for the wrong child. 
Regardless, what does that notation mean, and if he died, where is the body buried?
Open to all suggestions.
Steve Pickholtz
Tabernacle, NJ

Re: Question of where immigrants were processed between 1897 fire at Ellis Island and reopening of immigration center a few years later at the end of 1900 #usa

David Oseas

Warren Blatt addressed this topic in post #429602 ( ) -- some E.I. administrative records were destroyed in the fire, but no passenger manifests were lost.

New York passenger manifests, whether Castle Garden, Ellis Island or the Barge Office are typically put into a single collection on the popular genealogy websites, so a NY passenger search should include all of the records.

On Steve's site, the Gold form is the best one for NY passengers arriving between 1892 and 1924.
David Oseas

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

Re: Question of where immigrants were processed between 1897 fire at Ellis Island and reopening of immigration center a few years later at the end of 1900 #usa

Sherri Bobish


If they arrived at the port of NY the records are not separated by whether they landed at Castle Garden, the Barge Office or Ellis Island, but rather by the year they arrived.

Steve Morse has a wonderful search portal that covers 1820 to 1957 arrivals at the port of NY.

Also, keep in mind that people landed at many other ports in The U.S., and many landed in Canada and than crossed to The U.S., and also there are Eastern European arrivals from Mexico into The U.S.

Searches for many of these ports are at and also has databases of manifests from many U.S. ports.  Ancestry, however, is a subscription site, although many public libraries offer free access to Ancestry on their computers.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala, Lith.); LEFFENFELD / FINK / KALTER (Daliowa & Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA / BLEIWEISS (Tarnow & Tarnobrzeg, Pol.); WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne, Pol.)
LEVY (Tyrawa Woloska, Pol.); SOLON / SOLAN / SOKOLSKY (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH / BLUMENKRANZ / APPEL / WEINER / ROSENBERG (Vysoko-Litovsk, Brest, Biala Podlaska)

Suwalki #lithuania

Jody Tzucker

The Suwalki District Research Group of LitvakSIG has added three files
of births, marriages and deaths for Wizajny, Suwalki. These files are
available immediately to contributors to the Suwalki DRG in
spreadsheet form, and will be added to the freely-searchable All
Lithuania Database in about 18 months. The years of births and deaths
are 1808-1880, and marriages from 1809-1880.
#Suwalki #Wizajny

Jody Tzucker, Suwalki Coordinator
Carmel IN

Wedding Traditions? Photo of Wedding in Indura, ~1905 #poland #belarus #photographs

Tracy G.

Hi all -

I was lucky enough to come into possession of the attached photo from ~1905 in Indura, Grodno, Poland (now Belarus). I know that the people circled are my family members (great-great grandparents and two of their children), but I know nothing else about the photo. Does anyone know anything about wedding traditions from that time in the region?  Are there any interesting details that capture anyone's eye?  I am so, so curious about this picture and the people in it!

Thanks so much!
Tracy Grigoriades

Wayne, PA

Researching: Greenberg (Pasvitinys, Lithuania), Slevitz (Subate, Lithuania), Adler (Wytkor, Galicia), Friedlander (Skadvile, Russia), Blinder (Pocotilova, Kiev, Ukraine), Savitt (Grodno, Belarus), Newman (Zemplen, Hungary), Weissman (Kamenetz, Ukraine)

Was there an age rule for children traveling with mother to Ellis Island in 1913?#usa


In response to the question about immigrants arriving in Philadelphia:
Ellis Island/New York was by far the most common port of entry for immigrants to the United States (about 70%), but it wasn't the only one, even in years that the facility was functioning.  There were six secondary ports: Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans, Galveston, and San Francisco, and lots of tertiary ones.  In principle, any place a ship could dock was a potential port of entry, so I would expect some immigrants arrived through ports from Portland, ME, to San Diego, CA.
--Yale Zussman

Re: Was there an age rule for children traveling with mother to Ellis Island in 1913? #usa #general

Susan J. Gordon

Immigration continued through 1897 - 1900, in lower Manhattan. I wish I knew, for sure, the answer to Johanna's question (above) but there are good responses here, - 

Re: World War II #holocaust


I watched the first part of the Ken Burns documentary and there were huge rallies, protests, and marches all over the US. Christians as well as Jews participated. Rabbi Stephen Wise was very influential in getting people on board.

The problem for Roosevelt was that he was dealing with millions of Americans who were pro Nazi and thought Hitler was a great man coupled with the resurgent KKK, also with millions of members and supporters.  Plus, there were people who believed that Roosevelt was Jewish and had changed his name from "Rosenberg" despite the fact that it was well known at the time that the Dutch had settled New Amsterdam in the early 1600s. 

In addition, many Americans were almost completely anti immigration believing in "replacement theory", which was new at that time.  Back then, replacement theory meant that white Protestants would be replaced by nonwhites and/or people of other faiths.  Catholics were not all that more welcome than Jews.  On top of that, the absurd theory of eugenics was widely believed.  Despite the efforts of scientists and some politicians to debunk it, people believed that where you came from made you more or less intelligent and worthwhile.  Naturally, the whiter people, those from the UK and Scandinavian countries, were deemed to be superior.  Of course, those were generally Protestant countries with the exception of Ireland and the Irish weren't especially welcome because they were Catholic.

Stephanie Shlasky

Re: ViewMate translation request - Yiddish #yiddish


Would be happy to provide a small stipend for your time if anyone is available. This is not a vital record, it is a poem. 

Theresa Koenigsknecht 

Re: World War II #holocaust


"None is too many" from the preface to the book: [This] is a story best summed up in the words of an anonymous senior Canadian official who, in the midst of a rambling, off-the-record discussion with journalists in 1945, was asked how many Jews would be allowed into Canada after the war … ‘None,’ he said, ‘is too many.’
Ruth Chernia
Toronto, Canada
searching for
TSCHERNIA of Copenhagen, Denmark, & Genichesk, Kherson Oblast, Ukraine
SHLAMOWITZ/SZLAMOWICZ/BIRENCWEIG of London, England; Lodz & Jezow, Poland
SEIDLER/ZAJDLER/LANDAU of Lodz & Sulejow, Poland
ROSENFELD of Raków, Kielce, Poland
SHKOLNIK/TICK[ER] of Ladyzhyn & Bershad, Vinnytsia, Ukraine

Re: Kahal Chassidim synagogue in Prestwich, UK #unitedkingdom

Michael Sharp
Michael Sharp
Manchester UK

Re: Advice sought on DNA for beginners #dna