Re: Anyone know of any database of foreign volunteers who fought in Spanish Civil War? #general

Professor Ryesky

Judith Berlowitz has done extensive research on the Spanish Civil War.

Ken Ryesky,  Petach Tikva, Israel     kenneth.ryesky@... 

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

Re: The Jews in the Well, Norwich, England #dna

Jeff Lieberman

According to FamilyTreeDNA (Big Y-700 test), I share a common direct paternal line ancestor (Y-DNA Haplogroup J-ZS4297) with the 0- to 3-year-old boy (SB604) found in the well. Our common ancestor lived around 550 CE. My ancestry is 100% Ashkenazi.

Jeff Lieberman

Re: Workman's Circle headstone does not mention wife and daughter of the deceased. Why? #usa

Jack Berger

I believe there is great liberty in the carving of headstones.
In an older era, it was not unusual to see a piece of poetry (usually in an acrostic of the deceased name).

Jack Berger, Mahwah, NJ

Re: Can you read this street name on the left side? #records

Rick Luftglass

You might find this interesting:

I lived in Jackson Heights, but not until the 1980s so huts (and barracks) were long gone. 

Rick Luftglass
Brooklyn, NY


Locations of interest.
Pcim (Myslenice county), Poland
Oswiecim, Poland
Andrychow, Poland
Gdow, Poland
Narajow (present-day Ukraine)
Namestovo (present-day Slovakia)
Bogopol (present-day Pervomaisk, Ukraine)

Re: Request for signatures translation-Hebrew #translation

Irwin Keller

In the first signature, you see first the letters kaf-heh, with slashes over the letters (meaning abbreviation), which often stands for k'vod harav, meaning something like "the honorable rabbi." Then it looks like the letter resh-bet after it, which could just be spelling out the rest of the phrase harav. Or the whole four letters with slashes could be an abbreviation for k'vod harav rabenu baruch – "the honorable rabbi, our blessed teacher." Presumably Shimon happens after those 4 initials, outside the screenshot? (As Odeda says, it seems there should be more going off to the left.)

What an exciting find!

Irwin Keller
Penngrove, CA

Re: The Jews in the Well, Norwich, England #dna

Jill Whitehead

In reply to Graham Lewis, he might like to download the article in Current Biology where there are several archaeological maps and diagrams. The well was just immediately south of the area in which the Jewish community lived. This would seem to make it likely that it was a well used by them,  but if none of them survived the progrom, they would not have been able to use the well in any case.

Norwich was the centre of a medieval blood libel where Jews were blamed for the murder of a young boy William of Norwich - his shrine is in Norwich cathedral but apparently there is now an apology to the Jewish community in the cathedral for the distress caused by the blood libel.  

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: NYTimes Article About September 18-20 Ken Burns documentary about U.S. and Holocaust #holocaust #usa

tzipporah batami

I've emailed Ken Burns about his complete revision of FDR and America's actions toward Jews in the Holocaust and have received no response. Perhaps if others wish to join to express their shock that someone with such historic resume could mislead in this regard it might help. Feigie Teichman

Announcement: Jewish Genealogy SIG (JGSIG) Sept meeting - Tues June 13 2022 1:2:30 pm EDT on Zoom RSVP #announcements #events #jgs-iajgs

Arthur Sissman

Announcement: Jewish Genealogy SIG (JGSIG) Sept meeting - Tues June 13 2022 1:2:30 pm EDT on Zoom RSVP 
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Hi JGenDigester,
We have a guest presenter this month! I Michael Snyder.  Michael will speak on 2 topics - and you will get to ask questions.
Topic 1 - Smart Copy
Tool for copying genealogical data into Geni.
SmartCopy is a web browser extension that helps Geni users copy and update information and profiles from various sources into Geni.
Topic 2 - Face Compare Tool at JGSGW developed by I Michael Snyder.  Try it ahead of the meeting so you can ask questions! 
I will be sending out a Resource Guide for Geni and Face Compare to all who sign up for the meeting.
Please request a Zoom link by sending an email to Arthur Sissman, genresearch13@... 
If you are new to the Jewish Genealogy SIG, I need the following info to send you a Zoom link and the handout(s):
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Re: Looking for Researcher/Genealogist #slovakia #translation

tzipporah batami

Moshe Miller. He is often a consultant on Jewgen and is a relative so we share relatives in Eastern Slovakia, including Zborov. I wish you best of luck. Feigie Teichman

Re: Genealogy Brick Wall due to Name Change #ukraine


Here is the image of the manifest that David Rosen found at
Lee Goodnan
Vermilion, Ohio YSA

Re: NYTimes Article About September 18-20 Ken Burns documentary about U.S. and Holocaust #holocaust #usa

Adam Cherson

Thanks Jan. I look forward to watching this documentary.

My own grandparents were part of this story. They were able to immigrate to Cuba circa 1930 after the US quota system, but before the St. Louis incident. I remember my grandfather telling me about how he and my grandmother went to the pier in Havana to protest, to no avail.

The SS St. Louis wasn't the only disaster of this type. There was also SS Struma: sunk by a Soviet torpedo after being denied entry to Palestine by the British and to Istanbul by the Turks. Approximately 740 Jews attempting to flee from Romania drowned in that incident. And of course there is the story of the SS Exodus 1947 ( ), where 4,500 refugees were denied entry into Palestine due to British enforced quotas there, eventually being returned to Europe.

There were many Jews inside of Europe did not themselves believe what they were being told by their own co-religionists about the camps, and willingly packed their bags for what they thought would be a holiday in the country. There was an enormous dis-information campaign being conducted to deceive the world as to what was occurring (cf. eg. Theresienstadt), and as the saying goes, the first casualty of war is truth. Nobody wins wars. Factors such as "public indifference, bureaucratic red tape and restrictive quota laws" also heavily impacted the tragedy, but one must not underestimate the nefarious force of Hitler's propaganda machine.

I am hoping the program sheds some light on our current immigration dilemmas here in the US vis a vis for example Ukrainian, Aghan, and Latin American refuge seekers and quotas. What are the lessons for today of the WWII experience? How sustainable will a US open door policy be, in view of the oncoming flood of refugees from global environmental degradation? We in New York City are now dealing with over 7,000 Mexican asylum seekers bused here by the governor of Texas. We have accepted them and are doing everything possible to ease their burdens, but of course doing so requires resources and time taken away from the other many problems facing city residents.

Adam Cherson

Re: Request for signatures translation-Hebrew #translation

Odeda Zlotnick

The name is Aharon the next two characters mean "son of" the other four could be an abbreviation preceding his father's name.  It could be "the respected Rabbi, Rav" but the abbreviation marks are the usual ones.  Perhaps that's the way they marked in that place at that time.  
In Jewish tradition, a person's name consists of their given name, and their father's given name.
Thus, in example no. 1 in the first image, you're showing us only part of the full name.

In the second image,  the name is once again, Aharon, then you have "son of".   It's possible that the next word stands for "HaRav Shimon".  HaRav means "the rabbi".

Some of the letters in example no. 2 are in Rashi script.  Please improve the image resolution.

Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Myska, myskova #austria-czech

Shaun Murphy

Hello again. I found some more names if you can help. I'm looking for any records of a Marie myska,myskova,Mischka variation in bohemia. Mainly in vodnany.  Her parents are Louis Martin and Sophia.  Thank you so much for helping me with this .
                                 Shaun Murphy 

Re: Utah JGS Meeting - Deep Genetic Genealogy: A Survey for Researchers of All Levels by Adam Cherson #dna #events #rabbinic

Adam Cherson

New URL for slideshow:
Prior URL is discontinued.

Adam Cherson,NY, NY
Genomics Publications and Presentations:

Re: Can you read this street name on the left side? #records


It is also possible that the street still exists, but has been re-named.

I have no knowledge of Queens street history, so take this with a large grain of salt.  I found a couple of resources indicating that streets were renamed in Queens.  See Steve Morse's description and his list of changes.  I also found the description from NY1 interesting.

I also found this map from 1949, which shows that 69th street north of Northern Avenue was also called 12th Street.  

If that isn't the street, I would guess it was in the same vicinity.

Larry Meyer
Kensington, MD
Looking at a 1949 Map of Jackson Heights I found online, it appears that 69th Street was also referred to as 12th Street at this time. This seems a possible solution.


It seems the Czech National Archives stopped using that domain. All the data should be now in the database at
Or you can check the archives menu at 
Unfortunately it seems the new URLs are constructed differently so it is not possible to use the paths from the old links to access the specific scans or images.

Dana Polakovicova
Czechia / Slovakia

Redesigned Library and Archives Canada Website #canada

Marion Werle

The Library and Archives Canada website has been redesigned. The home page is different, and the genealogy portal has moved. The full URL to the genealogy page is (I have purposely not shortened it). There are links to five major sections: Census search, Immigration records, Citizenship and naturallization, First World War - Personnel records, and Employment records. Towards the bottom of the page, there is a section called "Research guides and other resources," which includes a link to Jewish Canadians, and several more pages that link to  sections which will look familiar if you are a regular user of the website.

It is a shock when you first see it, but once you find the genealogy page, it is quite straightforward.

Good luck!
Marion Werle

Re: Grave photo request - Acacia Cemetery, Queens NY #usa

Sherri Bobish


A photo of his stone is online at

I've attached the photo.

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)

Re: Can you read this street name on the left side? #records

Sherri Bobish

Hi Barbara,

I have a friend who lived in those Jackson Heights Quonset huts as a child.

There was an airport in Jackson Heights, Holmes Airport, that went bankrupt in 1940.  After WW11, the empty site was used to build 1,874 Quonset huts for emergency housing for returning veterans.

This site has an old map that shows where Holmes Airport was located.

The Quonset hut that you lived in was somewhere on the old Holmes Airport property.  The boundaries of the Holmes Airport are clear on the map, between Astoria B'lvd. & 31st Ave.

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)

Re: Book: Tears Over Russia: A Search for Family and the Legacy of Ukraine's Pogroms #ukraine

Shelley Mitchell

My 1 year old mother and her parents left Kolomea in 1920. My grandmother’s 2 brothers fled to Shanghai at some point during WW Ii. They kept a lot of Holocaust information from their sister before and after they came to the US. But when you asked my grandmother about pogroms, her face turned red and she spoke with fear and anger. Our personal experiences shape us in so many ways. I don’t think she would have survived the Holocaust. Thank the Lord she didn’t have to try.

Shelley Mitchell, NYC 

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