Re: Town ID needed #galicia

Rodney Eisfelder


Try Pełkinie which is about 20km north east of Kanczuga.

I hope this helps,
Rodney Eisfelder
Melbourne, Australia

1850/1887 cadastral map of Mielec now on Gesher Galicia's Map Room #galicia #poland #ukraine

Jay Osborn

Today there's another beautiful and useful historical cadastral map on the Gesher Galicia Map Room, this time depicting the town of Mielec near Tarnów and Rzeszów (today in Poland) from land surveys in 1850 and 1887:

It's a complete lithographed final-stage property map, annotated with building parcel numbers and land parcel numbers but not house numbers:

The 1887 update shows many significant changes to parcel boundaries and even to the structure of the town. Besides new buildings added to previously empty areas plus land parcel divisions and joins, large sections of the town center appear to have been completely rebuilt and not on the 1850 building footprints. Histories of Mielec describe a number of disasters in the town and region even before WWI, including floods and fires; it is possible the 1887 survey records town renewal after one or more of these events. The revision also shows many German-language labels changed to Polish-language equivalents.

Although not a large town in 1850, Mielec was already well developed with civil and religious community buildings and lands. By 1887, a new bridge over the Wisłoka River had replaced the earlier ferry, and a right-of-way was granted near the Jewish cemetery for the railroad planned to serve the town.

This digital map was processed and presented in interactive format by Gesher Galicia. The original paper map is preserved by the Polish State Archive in Przemyśl. To see many more historical maps of Galician cities, towns, and villages, visit the Gesher Galicia Map Room:

Jay Osborn
Gesher Galicia Digital Maps Manager
Lviv, Ukraine

Re: Kohen Hands on Woman's grave stone #usa

Odeda Zlotnick

Since my two previous responses were not posted in the order they were sent, and seemed to have been somewhat misunderstood, I'll try to clarify:

We have a case of a widow buried in a Jewish cemetery.
  1. Her maiden name is mentioned (not usual)
  2. Her father's name in not mentioned (not usual)
  3. There is an image of a cohen's hands which usually indicate that a buried person belongs to the tribe of Levi, who supplied the priests (cohanim) for the temple. (not usual on a female's grave)
  4. Her maiden name was Kahn - which usually means there is a long line of males going back to the tribe of Levi - that is back to biblical times.
  5. The emphasis on her belonging to a family with a very very old tradition is in contrast to there being no Hebrew text on the stone.
  6. Her husband who died first is not buried in the same cemetery
  7. Furthermore, she was not buried near her husband either

So I imagined a story:
Was Mr. Dawson Jewish? If not, was she perhaps disinherited by her parents? Some strictly religious parents even sit Shiva on a descendant who marries outside the faith.Is the stone the brothers' way of stating "she does too belong to our family!"?
Let me emphasize: my imagined story and my post about it came first and had nothing at all to do with cremation.
After that I noticed that the husband was buried in a cemetery with a chapel and a crematorium which - I thought -- supports the probability of the story I imagined.

Of course there are Jews who eat bacon, have their bodies cremated, eat bread on Passover, do not fast on Yom Kippur, don't keep the Sabbath, etc. etc. that is not the issue I was thinking of. I did not say - or think - "he was not Jewish because he was cremated". 

If anyone has detailed info about Jewish cemeteries with crematoria, and when these cemeteries were established, I would be very interested in it - you can reply in private.  I did not mean, and do not mean to get into a discussion of who is or is not Jewish.

Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Re: Certificate and record of Marriage in NY city with two numbers causing search problems #records #usa

Brian Kerr

Typically when there's 2 sets of numbers, one set is tied to the "Marriage Certificate" and the other set is tied to the "Marriage License Application".

A majority/most of the Marriage License Applications aren't indexed by name because they typically have 2 or more pages and the electronic indexing system that NYC uses has a bit of difficulty with them as the structure of the Application Documents were different by Borough and Date Ranges whereas a majority of the Certificates were/became standard (in structure) for all the Boroughs.

This is the reason that, when you search using the Marriage License Application Number, those results reflect something that resembles the following example.

L-M-1910-00019624 Not Indexed

I hope I had explained this okay via text...

Good Luck!

-- ~Brian D. Kerr, Esq | SSG, U.S. Army (Retired) | SSA, Brigade G1, U.S. Army (Retired) |>>Known Family Surnames (Researching): Dessler, Walk(Valk), Mahler (Maler), Paradisgarten (Paradisegarten), Tomasy (Thomashy), Gluck, Preisz (Priess), Steinhardt (Steinhart), Grossman (Grosman), Sholtz (Shultz), Kaplan, Bloom, Fischer (Fisher), Levy, Baum, Duwidewic, Meisal (Maisel)<<|>>Known Family Locations/Regions (of Surnames): Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, Lithuania<<|

Seeking genealogist recommendation in San Francisco Bay Area #ukraine #galicia


I’d like to enlist some professional help in order to get more traction on my tree and breaking through some walls. My kin are from Przemsyl, Galicia, Kamenents Podolsk, and Minsk.

Can anyone recommend someone to assist me?— or suggest a good place to look?I live in San Francisco and would prefer to be able to meet in person to conduct the research together. 

Thanks in advance!
Adam Morrison

Certificate and record of Marriage in NY city with two numbers causing search problems #records #usa

angel kosfiszer

Is there a look up table that links the two numbers (19545 is cutoff on the top) and 19624, on some of the Certificates, as shown in the image?. The index of marriages available on provides only one number, so does And the Historical Vital records of NY images is indexed by the 19545 series. Why do they have 2 numbers?

Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

Town ID needed #galicia


I would appreciate your help in identifying the last word on this cropped portion of a death record from Kanczuga. I think it is a name of a town but am having trouble deciphering the handwriting.
Thank you,
Tammy Weingarten

Searching for family of Heddy GLEICH born in Vienna 1924 #austria-czech #unitedkingdom

George Fogelson

Max GLEICH had a daughter Heddy Gleich born 11/30/1924 in Vienna. I believe she married Henry Brook in London. I have family photos from Vienna I would like to share. 
I may be reached at:
Redondo Beach, CA

Discussion Group Chat with Avrohom Krauss #announcements

Avrohom Krauss

Just a friendly reminder to all those IAJGS conference attendees who may be interested in joining a Discussion Group chat- "All About Death Records” that we will convene this upcoming Sunday, Sep 11 at 2:00 PM (Eastern). Please go to the Conference Chat Room and look for "Discussion Groups." Click on plus sign and search for "All About Death Records.” Click “join” to join the text chat and then click to enter the video chat. It will be an open forum (for conference attendees only) to discuss my recent presentation on the subject of death records or your own thorny problem. Bring your questions, comments and experiences with you. See you there!
Avrohom Krauss
Kiryat Yearim (Telz-Stone) ISRAEL
Researching: KRAUS, GOTTFRIED, MONAT from PRZEMYSL (Galicia) Poland/ KINSTLICH, GREENBERG, SCHMIDT from Tarnobrzeg, Rozwadow, Ulanow (Galicia) Poland
KLOTZ from Telsiai, Lithuania/ ROGOZIN, KAPLOWITZ, from Vyazyn, Ilya, Vilyayka, Belarus /LAPIDUS, SOKOLSKY, ROGOZIN, Maladzyechna, Belarus

Avrohom Krauss
Kiryat Yearim (Telz-Stone) ISRAEL
Researching: KRAUS, GOTTFRIED, MONAT from PRZEMYSL (Galicia) Poland/ KINSTLICH, GREENBERG, SCHMIDT from Tarnobrzeg, Rozwadow, Ulanow (Galicia) Poland
KLOTZ from Telsiai, Lithuania/ ROGOZIN, KAPLOWITZ, from Vyazyn, Ilya, Vilyayka, Belarus /LAPIDUS, SOKOLSKY, ROGOZIN, Maladzyechna, Belarus 

Commemorating the Jews of Tuchyn: A Holocaust history exhibit – by Saskia Lascarez Casanova #holocaust #ukraine


For those who might be interested from the field of Public History. Main story at the link below. 

"Roots of Resistance: The Tuchyn Story is a hybrid exhibition about a Jewish uprising in the Tuchyn Ghetto against Nazi occupiers in Tuchyn, Ukraine, during World War II. When nearby refugees arrived in Tuchyn, they warned Jews of the dangers coming towards the town. By arming themselves, the Jewish people of the town executed a plan to resist by setting their homes and synagogue on fire and escaping into the nearby forest. Out of 2,600 who escaped from the Tuchyn Ghetto, only 69 survived.


The exhibition originated from the personal family history of Dr. Anne E. Parsons, director of public history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Parsons discovered that some relatives had migrated to the United States from Tuchyn after World War II. Setting out to unearth her family’s larger history, she created a project for the 2022 MA in History/Museum Studies cohort." 

Theresa Koenigsknecht, MA in Public History and Family Historian

Progressive marriages #general


Hi everyone. I'm new to the group, and while I've been doing genealogical research as an amateur for twenty years, there are still things I run across, don't know about, and need help with. So here's one I came upon recently: "progressive marriage." Looking for a definition of what this means, what I mostly find are either 1) references to marriages among "progressive" (i.e., Reform or Reconstructionist) Jews; or 2) usages that assume the readers already know what the term means. What does the term mean, and whAt is the difference between "progressive marriages" and ordinary ones in 19th and 20th century Poland?

Thanks for the help!

David Fischler

JGS Toronto. Free Hybrid Meeting. Join us to honour Henry Wellisch, our President Emeritus, on his 100th Birthday. Sunday, 18 September 2022, 10:30 AM ET. #announcements #jgs-iajgs #events

Jerry Scherer


Join us to honour Henry Wellisch, our President Emeritus, on his 100th Birthday

Henry Wellisch will respond to questions from Neil Richler, and then to questions from the audience


Participate in person at Sha’arei Shomayim, Toronto ON


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Sunday, 18 September 202210:30 AM ET


Henry was born in Vienna in 1922. He fled Vienna, with his parents, in December 1939, after the outbreak of World War II. They sailed down the Danube to the Black Sea, and then to the Mediterranean, trying to access British Mandate Palestine. Detained by the British, they were sent to Mauritius where they stayed for the duration of the war. In 1945 Henry joined the Jewish Brigade, and fought briefly in Europe before arriving in Palestine in 1946. He joined the fledgling Israeli army and served during the War of Independence in 1948. In 1952, age 30, Henry came to Canada where he has lived ever since. Henry will share some of his many experiences with us.


There will also be a brief presentation by Daniel Horwitz on behalf of the Israel Genealogical Research Association, outlining genealogical resources in Israel covering the 1939–1952 period.




If you will be participating in person, please let us know by e-mailing program@...


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The presentation will be recorded. It will be available to JGS Toronto members in the “Members Only” section of the Society website a few days after the event. It will also be available to non-member registrants for one week after the event in the “Registration” location.


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DP CAMP VIENNA SEPTEMBER 1949 #austria-czech

Caty Zyzek

My parents flew Hungaria in september 1949. Illegally. It seems with the help of the "Bricha" Organization.
They were taken to Rothschild Hospital upon arrival.
Is there a way to discover who helped them? And the details about their flight? 
As well as their stay in Vienna.
Thanks for any help possible
Caty Zyzek

Expelled from Spain-Megourché Séfarad-Hungary #sephardic #slovakia

Caty Zyzek

My father told us that in his family there is a tradition that we descend from the Jews expelled from Spain.
Is there a way to find documents, proofs of this tradition? Is there a possibility to go back in our ancestry?
My father's family is ADLER from Szalakusz, Nyitra region, Slovakia
Thanks for any help possible
Caty Zyzek

Re: Translation from German to English #translation

Omri Arnon


For some reason the post was mixed with another post. Please post this email again.


I've posted a vital record in German for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

The original document is here : on pages 201-212

I would greatly appreciate any additional details in the pages mentioned, that could bring to light my ancestor Israel Wolf.

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

Thank you very much.

Omri Arnon

British veterans of the Spanish Civil War #unitedkingdom

jeremy frankel

Dear Genners,

Following on from the recent discussion about the people who volunteered and fought in the Spanish Civil War, those with an interest in British veterans may like to know about an article that appeared in the most recent issue of “The Volunteer,” the newsletter of the American non-profit, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA). The article is entitled “Remembering the IB in Britain.”

The IB, or, the IBMT to give it its full title — the International Brigade Memorial Trust, was set up to keep alive the memory of those British volunteers, who fought in the Spanish Civil War. The IBMT is about 20 years old.

If anyone is interested in seeing the article, it can be seen here:


Jeremy G Frankel
formerly Edgware, Middlesex, England
now Sacramento, California, USA

Searching for:
FRANKEL/FRENKEL/FRENKIEL: Gombin, Poland; London, England
GOLDRATH/GOLD: Praszka, Poland; London, England
KOENIGSBERG: Vilkaviskis, Lithuania; London, England; NY, USA
LEVY (later LEADER): Kalisz, Poland; London, England
PINKUS, Poland; London, England
PRINCZ/PRINCE: Krakow, Poland; London, England; NY, USA

Re: Who was Rashi's maternal uncle? #rabbinic

Ittai Hershman

For completeness, from Grossman, “Rashi” (Littman, 2012), pp. 13-4
“There are numerous folk legends about Rashi's birth, especially the miracles wrought for his mother during her pregnancy, and about his father and his father's journeys outside France and meetings with various sages, including Maimonides. None of these legends is reliably documented, however, and nothing can be gleaned from them about the events of Rashi's life. They grew as a result of the widespread reverence for Rashi and the luminous halo that became part of his image. They also reflect the cultural world of Jewish society in the late Middle Ages--a time that saw the composition, in Jewish circles as in Christian, of numerous hagiographical works recounting the miracles performed for holy men.
Reliable information about Rashi's parents likewise is lacking. He appears to mention his father once in his commentary on the Talmud: 'the words of my father and teacher, may his rest be honoured' (on AZ 75a, vela peligei; but it is uncertain whether Rashi wrote that himself or it was written by his grandson, Rashbam, who was referring to his own father, Rabbi Meir). Had Rashi's father been a great and renowned sage, Rashi might be expected to have mentioned him more often in his commentaries on the Bible and the Talmud and in his hundreds of responsa, as was the practice of the sages of the time. In the passage from MS Parma quoted above, Rashi's father is referred to as the holy Rabbi Isaac';, but it is doubtful that this tells us anything about his character. Most likely he was so designated because he had a son as distinguished as Rashi. The writers appear to have been Rashi's students, as they call him the great rabbi [teacher] rather than 'the great exegete', as he was known in later times, and it is possible that they were acquainted with his father and referred to him as 'the holy' because of his qualities. In one of his acrostic liturgical poems, Rashi refers to his father as ribi yitshak (Rabbi Isaac), lending further support though hardly unambiguous proof to the premise that he was a scholar. In any case, it is evident from the sources that Rashi was not a scion of one of the distinguished Ashkenazi families of the time. It may be assumed that his father was a poor man, for he does not appear to have supported his son, as he might otherwise have been expected to do, during the latter's studies in Germany. Rashi says he struggled for food and clothing for himself and his family, as we shall see below.
We have no information about Rashi's mother either. His considerable concern for the dignity and rights of women allows us to infer, however, that his mother was devoted to her son and that he loved and esteemed her. Rashi's maternal uncle was a renowned scholar, whom Rashi referred to as 'Rabbi Simeon the Elder. It is not known for certain who he was, but chronology makes it evident it was not Rabbi Simeon ben Isaac ben Abun, the greatest liturgical poet of early Ashkenaz. The uncle studied with Rabbenu Gershom in Mainz, Germany. Rashi relied on a halakhic work he had written and probably studied with him. It is quite possible that the uncle's influence contributed to Rash's decision to travel to Mainz and study in its yeshiva. Several other of Rashi's relatives are mentioned in various manuscripts, but their identities are unclear.
No information on Rashi's wife has come down to us, and we do not even know her name. In one responsum, he writes that she sent a messenger to the synagogue on the eighth day of Passover to tell him that a non-Jew had sent him a gift of food. It is not known whether she took an active part in supporting the family, as was the practice of many Jewish women in Germany and northern France at the time. They had three or four daughters, two of whom — Jochebed (known as the pious'") and Miriam — were married to great scholars. Jochebed married Rabbi Meir ben Samuel, and their four sons, Rashi's grandsons, went on to become great scholars too. Two of the grandsons — Rashbam and Rabbenu Tam —  are among the leading French tosafists. Miriam married Rabbi Judah ben Nathan (Rivan). The third daughter, Rachel, was apparently married to a Rabbi Eliezer, of whom nothing else is known, but they divorced after a brief while. There may have been a fourth daughter who died in childhood.
Over the generations, Rash's descendants played important roles in community leadership and were among the most prominent tosafists. Of particular note is his great-grandson, Rabbi Isaac ben Samuel of Dampierre, known as Rabbi Isaac the Elder (hazaken), who was the leading tosafist of the last quarter of the twelfth century. The existence of families of scholars and communal leaders, whose descenants exercised multi-generational communal leadership, was widespread in other Jewish centres in the Middle Ages and was also common within the Christian world. The fame of Rashi's family and the esteem in which it was widely held led many people over the ages to try to identify themselves with it. Many documents attesting to that pedigree record unsubstantiated traditions and cannot be relied upon.”


There may be some OCR errors: I did a phone scan from my paperback copy and lightly edited primarily to fix formatting.

Ittai Hershman
New York City


TUCHMAN, Jawornik Polski, Poland #poland

Yale Reisner

Dear JewishGenners:
The September 6, 2022 edition of the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita carried a legal notice from the Regional Court in Przeworsk, First Civil Division, indicating that one Zbigniew Sinkowski has submitted to the Court an application on behalf of Józefa (née Kowaliło) Sinkowska to claim title over a property in the village of Jawornik Polski.
The property in contention is nr ewid. 438/1 consisting of 0.2652 hectares (0.655 acres) offered as a substitute for dz. 3492, created on the basis of land parcel 3323/5 a/k/a LWH 331 gm. kat. Jawronik.  There are numerous co-owners of record, pnly one of which appears to be a Jew:
Naftali TUCHMAN.
The Court asks that anyone with information about Naftali TUCHMAN or his legal heirs contact the Court directly within three months of publication of the notice.  If no heirs come forward, the applicant's request will likely be granted.
Best wishes,
Yale J. Reisner
Warsaw, Poland
JGFF #913980

Re: Who was Rashi's maternal uncle? #rabbinic

Dan Rottenberg

Adam, Yossi,

Many thanks for the Grossman citation and this translation from Grossman's Hebrew. To my mind, our exchange epitomizes what the JewishGen discussion group Group is all about. Thanks to the Internet, in the space of a day we have accomplished what might have taken medieval scholars years!
Incidentally, my own interest in Rashi's genealogy stems from my recent discovery that Rashi was probably the ggg-grandfather of my ancestor Meir ben Baruch of Rothenburg (1215-1293). Meir's mother, Gutlin bat Eleazar of Worms, was descended from Rashi through her mother, and also from the Kalonymus family through her father, the celebrated mystic Eleazar ben Yehuda Kalonymus of Worms (1160-1238). The Kalonymus family was both prolific and ubiquitous! 
Dan Rottenberg
Philadelphia PA USA

Re: Volunteer Russian Transcriber Needed #ukraine #translation #russia

E Feinstein

A Dr. Joseph ASH responded to our post about Russian transcribers.  However, your/his email in his response came out as gibberish.
Can you please send me another email and include your contact information again however in the text of the email so we can be in touch?
Thank you.

Moderator note: Please send the information requested back to Eric directly instead of to the entire Discussion group. If you do not know how to reply directly to an individual, please see:



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