Re: Help with German script REDER birth registry in Czernowitz #translation


I know that the official procedure to such requests is to answer on ViewMate.  However, if I do this, others will see that there is a "response" and assume that it is a complete reply to your request and won't bother taking a look.

I do not currently have a complete response, but I do have some comments/suggestions:


This item is in German.  I suggest that you change the category to "Translation -- German".  

Also, whenever posting an item such as this, it is extremely helpful to include the column headers (in a separate post if need be).  For example, you ask if some names are witnesses.  Without the column headers, there is no way of knowing for sure.  These records sometimes include the name of the midwife, the name of the Mohel (person who did the circumcision), etc.  

To answer two of your specific concerns:

In the entry that begins Hinde Gingold, it says Hinde Gingold, daughter of the merchant from Alt-Zucska, Hersch Gingold and Feige.

I do not see the names Rubel or Luft anywhere.

If you still want the rest of the information, I would suggest adding a new ViewMate post with the column headers, and in your comments say that these are connected to ViewMate image 100519.
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Re: Name change petition in NYC #usa

Professor Ryesky

From 1896 until 1912 (except, it seems, from 1895 - 1897) the name changes were listed in the New York Miscellaneous Reports (just about any law student or lawyer in the USA knows what New York Miscellaneous Reports are).

Before becoming preoccupied with making Aliyah, one of my pastime activities when I was not gardening or swimming or delving into other hobbies was indexing these [Reclaim the Records responded to my inquiry on the subject (not inappropriately so) that what I wanted to index was already made public, and their focus was fighting the authorities for items that remained obscured from the public.].

I did not get too far with the project, what with the court libraries hang-ups about allowing members of the public (and lawyers such as myself from outside the county) access those dusty volumes, and what with the 25 cents per page charge on photocopy machines that often were in kaputt mode.

I got as far as photocopying the relevant pages from 1893 - 1895.  See attached.

Ken Ryesky,  Petach Tikva, Israel     profryesky@... 

GERTZIG, BRODSKY; Yelizavetgrad, Ukraine
IZRAELSON, ARSHENOV; Yevpatoriya, Ukraine (Crimea)

Re: Name change petition in NYC #usa

Ira Leviton

The previous answers are correct, and I can make some additions.

In New York, name changes are done in Supreme Court.  The locations in Manhattan are at 60 Centre Street (the Civil "part" of Supreme Court) and 111 Centre Street (the Criminal "part").  I mention the addresses because the only way to look at the ledger books is in person.  You have to go to the main window at the court, give the clerk your driver's license or other official identification, and they give you the ledger book to take to a desk.  At one of courts, the ledger books are fairly small and cover only one year, so it's a few trips back and forth to the window to exchange books.  Considering that at most there are only a few hundred name changes in each book, most immigrants did not go through this court process, which also cost a few dollars.  One clarification to a previous post - the newspaper notices were for the purpose of announcing the intended name change so that anybody could object to it if they had a valid reason (not that that our immigrant ancestors - or anybody else except lawyers would be reading the legal notices in the newspapers, it was to fulfill the legally required public announcement and to help ensure that the name change was not being done for fraudulent purposes, to avoid the police, or to avoid paying debts).  So if you find a name change, look at newspapers in the weeks before it was done.  However, the case file will have all the information that was in the newspapers.

The execution of name changes are by court orders - the same technical process that declares a person a citizen, so often at the end of naturalization papers and sometimes overlooked, there is a statement of a name change, even if the person had been using his "new" name for years or even decades.


Ira Leviton

New York, N.Y.

Re: Volunteer Wanted translation in Russian and Hebrew #translation

Odeda Zlotnick

Hi Elliot
  1. The image you linked to is from November, as are the images numbered. 650 and 651.
  2. You have to teach yourself a bit more about using Family Search's unindexed image books.
  3. Image scan downloaded as image files from the upper right hand corner of the screen.
  4. I highly recommend you upload images to Jewishgen's dedicated image sharing / interpreting site ViewMate - Instructions ( They'll stay there for a week, and you can always upload them again. 

Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Re: Kastoria synagogue and Sephardic community in Brooklyn #sephardic

Michael Hoffman

The following is the website for the synagogue that you are looking for 

Michael Hoffman


Help with German script REDER birth registry in Czernowitz #translation


The item is on ViewMate at the following address

It shows sculptor Bernard Reder's mother is Hinde Gingold from Alt Zucka.  What does the rest say? Hersch Gingold her father and ?? Feige? What about the columns to the right? witnesses? I am hoping to find a link between Gingold and Rubel [or possibly Luft] in Czernowitz

The link for the item is

Please respond using the online ViewMate form.

Many thanks,

Ines Garin

Re: Name change petition in NYC #usa

Michael Moritz

There are two different courts that have name change records in Manhattan: the Supreme Court and the NYC Civil Court. I have looked at the ledgers in both locations. There is an index at the Municipal Archives on Chambers Street as well as on Familysearch for the Supreme Court name changes but no index for the Civil Court ones. 

Michael Moritz

Director, Romania Research Division


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Re: Translation needed - info on Sura Alpern's death? #poland


On Sun, Nov 20, 2022 at 08:39 PM, Esther Landau wrote:

In Russian:



Состоялось в Посаде Raciąż 17-го (30-го) мая 1904 года в 12 часов дня. Явились лично Абрам Кржановский, 63-х лет и Шентель Янкелевич, 43-х лет, оба - торговцы в живущие в Посаде Raciąż и объявили, что вчера в 4 часа утра умерла в Посаде Raciąż Сура Алперн, урожденная Вайзенберг, 90 лет, дочь неизвестных родителей. По настоящему удостоверяем о кончине Суры Алперн, урожденной Вайзенберг. Акт сей свидетелям прочитан, нами и ими подписан.

Содержащий акты гражданского состояния Подпись

Абрам Кржановский

Шентель Янкелевич


Translated into English:


It took place in Posad Raciąż on May 17 (30), 1904 at 12 noon. Abram Krzhanovsky, 63 years old, and Shentel Yankelevich, 43 years old, both merchants living in Raciąż Posad, appeared personally and announced that Yesterday in 4 in the morning died Sura Alpern, nee Weisenberg, 90 years old, the daughter of unknown parents. We truly certify the death of Sura Alpern, née Weisenberg. This act was read to the witnesses, signed by us and by them.
Containing acts of civil status Signature
Abram Krzhanovsky
Shentel Yankelevich

Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Boynton Beach, FL

Re: Volunteer Wanted translation in Russian and Hebrew #translation


To get to a site You need an access with password and user name.
Please make a copy in JPG or PDF format and i will translate for You
Michael Ryabinky
Boynton Beach, FL

Re: Kastoria synagogue and Sephardic community in Brooklyn #sephardic

Alan Shuchat

Dear Rivka,

Please accept my condolences on your loss. There may be other ways to find your late husband’s Hebrew name. It would have been on a ketubah. Also, if he was named for his grandfather or his great-grandfather, you can find the name on his grandfather’s tombstone.

Good luck in your search,

Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

SHUKHAT (Talnoe, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Odessa, Balta (Abazovka), Pogrebishche)
VINOKUR (Talnoe), KURIS (Mogilev-Podolskiy, Ataki, Berdichev)
ZILBERMAN (Soroki, Kremenets), BIRNBAUM (Kamenets-Podolskiy)
KITAIGORODSKI (Zvenigorodka)

Re: Where is Sugoricz, Russia and.. #russia

dprice dprice

Could be Lugorisz meaning Lugoria,, in Italian riviera, Lugurian Sea (Genoa)

David Price researching PRAJS of Kielce/Bieliny; GORLICKI of Chmielnik; KUSZNER/BADASZ of Grodno, Belarus

Re: Please identify the last City or town listed #translation


search made on: lugoriz

Full text of "Geographia Blauiana [Mapas]" - Internet Archive

... Domino Pleícovix MA, Magno Duci Smolenlcoviz,Onveriz,lugoriz: Per: mix Wiarkiz, Bulgari etc : Tera Domino het MagnoDuci Novogardís Inferiorís etc: ,/ 7% ...

Ron Peeters(NL)

Re: Looking For Help With A First Name On A Marriage Certificate #names


I agree with Diane Jacobs.  It's Annie Cohen.   All the i's elsewhere in the document have the dot for the i at an angle to the right of the upright.  Comparing the other letters to elsewhere on the document it is clearly Annie.

Lesley Edwards
Cheshire, England

Translation Request from Polish #translation

Leon Goliger
Dear Fellow JewishGeners:
I am looking for any possible assistance with translation of the two images listed above that are posted on Viewmate. These images are the front and back of a postcard from the home of my great grandfather Leib Goldblatt in Jaslo, Poland to my maternal grandmother in New York. 
It apparently has some information regarding my grandmother's sister who relocated to Buenos Aires, Argentina. 
Any assistance with as thorough a translation as possible given the limited quality of these images from a postcard that was written in the 1920s would be greatly appreciated. 
Thank you, 
Leon E. Goliger, M.D.
Researcher 7730

Re: Movsha Volk descendent #lithuania

Michele Lock

I take it you have already looked in Jewishgen for any birth and marriage records for the six Volk siblings. For example, the birth records for any of the six siblings,or  marriage records for any of them if they married in Lithuania, and any birth records for children born to any of the siblings in Lithuania. From my (somewhat limited) experience, I don't recall ever seeing a Russian/Hebrew marriage record where the father of the groom and father of the bride were not listed.  And for any birth records, for the father of a child, his father's name would also be listed. 

If you have located at least some of these birth and marriage records, and still don't see the mystery father's name, then I believe you have a different question to ask here on this discussion board: What might be the reason(s) that a father's name would not be listed on either Russian/Hebrew records, or on US records, especially in the Hebrew portion on a gravestone and on death certificates.
Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Rabinowitz in Papile, Lithuania and Riga, Latvia
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

Re: Kastoria synagogue and Sephardic community in Brooklyn #sephardic

Emily Rosenberg

There is an active Greek synagogue in Manhattan. Maybe they will have some clues for you.  Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum Museum@...
Emily Rosenberg
Oakland, California

KESNER in Amsterdam, London, Chicago
STODEL in Amsterdam, London, USA
KAWIN in Suwalki and Poland
RUBINSKY in Suwalki and Poland

Translation needed - info on Sura Alpern's death? #poland

Esther Landau

Hello all! I'm trying to figure out if this Sura Alpern might be a relative of mine from Raciaz. Can anyone tell me which paragraph here refers to her - and what it says? Thanks so much, hive!

Esther Landau

Re: Name change petition in NYC #usa

A. E. Jordan

-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Stower <rstower@...>

I am looking for suggestions as to what court in NYC would handle name change petitions.

Several people already suggested that name changes were often associated with completing the naturalization process. A lot of the others seem to be someone simply wake up and saying "Today my name will be ...." Remember people were living with a lot less documentation in those years like social Security or Passports, etc.

Most of the name changes I found were done for business reasons and then they had to go to the court and explain why they wanted to change their name and then they had to publish a notice in the newspaper announcing the name change. AS lot of them were in the legal newspaper as opposed to the general consumer newspapers. The notices tell what court the process was being done in.

There's a name change bureau in Manhattan that has a lot of the records. Offhand I do not recall its official name ... I want to say it was/is on Worth Street. I went there and they have the ledgers, They are by year and surname. I went through them and found one I needed from the 1930s and they were able to retrieve the file while I waiting. The bureau serves the same function to this day so there are people in there who have married, etc. who are filing legal name change petitions currently.

The courts also have records I was told but I never pursued it into those archives. The Supreme Court record room up on the 7th floor of the same building as the Municipal Archives had them indexed on a computer and the old ones in the index cards. 

If you are going to try to find them it helps to narrow the date range. Use the census and other records, even city directory, to see when the name changes.

Odds are though unless the person had a business associated to their name that they did not go through the legal process of name changes 100 years ago. It is sort of a needle in a haystack search from my experience but I did find a few.

Allan Jordan
New York

Pew Study Shows Birthright Program Brings Participants Closer to Israel and Judaism #israel #usa

Jan Meisels Allen


The Pew Research Center did a study in 2020 which was reported on previously to this forum.  Now an analysis of the survey conducted by researchers at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University has commented that U.S. Jews who participates in Birthright trips to Israel are more highly identified and engaged in communal life than peers that did not. While only 39% of respondents said they were more likely to have a spouse who is Jewish, that figure rose from just 15% before the trip – marking an increase of 160%.


Birthright Israel, is a program that since 1999 has brought more than 800,000  2.6 million eligible Americans--Jewish adolescents on a ten-day, all-expenses paid trip to Israel to introduce them to the Jewish state’s ancient historical and cultural roots.

In 2004, Birthright Israel Foundation was created in order to help raise the funds needed to ensure this trip would be available today, tomorrow, and always.

To learn more about Birthright Israel go to:

To read more about the analysis see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

JGSLI Program December 11, 2022 2:00 PM Breakout sessions: "New Online Sources You Need to Know" sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island P #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Barry Goldberg

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island invites you to our upcoming meeting

Sunday, December 11, 2022


 Location: Zoom– see registration info below

Topic:  Breakout sessions: "New Online Sources You Need to Know"

Speakers:  Bonnie Birns, Alex Calzareth, Alec Ferretti

1. Latest Developments in DNA -- Ancestry and MyHeritage updates, new tools from Gedmatch 1. Historical Vital Records (Alec Ferretti)- Focusing on the NYC Municipal Archives' new website, with online access to images of over 10 million NYC birth, marriage and death certificates.

2. The 1950 U.S. census, (Bonnie Birns) which became available online in April 2022.offers many insights to life in the post-WWII era.

3. WebSurrogate (Alex Calzareth) - Indexes to probate cases in 51 of NY State's 62 counties, including Bronx, Kings, Queens, Richmond, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland; plus many images of files created from Feb. 2014 on.

4. Latest Developments in DNA (TBD) –updates on the major commercial companies offering DNA testing plus new tools available on GEDMATCH.


Register for our Zoom Meeting

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


1. Alec Ferretti--Alec Ferretti is a New-York-City-based professional genealogist, who works for the Wells Fargo Family & Business History Center, researching family histories for high net-worth clients. Alec specializes in the genealogy of 20th century immigrants to the United States.

 2.Bonnie Birns—Actuary by day, genealogist by night (and all other times). Has been an actuary for 35 years and attained Fellowship in the Society of Actuaries, June 2012. She is the Past President of JGSLI, serving from 2018 to 2022 and has run our Family History Workshop for 10 years.

 3. Alex Calzareth is a genealogist focusing on Southwest Germany, the Czech Republic and Southern Italy who began researching his family roots over twenty years ago. He is a board member for Reclaim The Records and the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island, serving as JGSLI's webmaster. Alex is also the JewishGen Research Director for Germany.


We look forward to seeing you all!


Please note: Most JGSLI meetings are open to all, but meeting recordings are available only to members, in the Members Only area of our website.  Occasionally, some speakers do not allow recordings of their lectures. For information on membership, see

Please note: Most JGSLI meetings are open to all, but meeting recordings are available only to members, in the Members Only area of our website.  For information on membership, see .


Posted Barry Goldberg, board member JGSLI