Looking for info on Hyman (Chaim) Siegel [c1870 Lithuania - 1935, Baltimore] #lithuania #usa

Yossi Jalas

Hyman (Chaim) ben Chazkel Siegel came to USA from Russia/Lithuania in the early 1890's and lived in Baltimore up until his death in 1935. His wife was Sora Faige (Fannie) nee Lubowski (originally from Anyksciai/Panevezys and the couple had 8 children in Baltimore. I'm trying to figure out 3 crucial details about Hyman, hopefully someone here can help.
1) What was his mother's name? 2) What was his town of birth? 3) Did any of his relatives come over to America?

The state of my current research:
A) According the Maryland censuses he arrived to USA in 1890 or 1891 but thus far I cannot locate his ship manifest.
B) His death record does not record his mother's name nor his town/city of birth (see attached).
C) The family has a "Certificate of Citizenship" from 1930 (attached) which says that he was naturalized in 1893. I got from the state archives a copy of the 1893 record but there is virtually no info there (attached). I asked the archivist if there is any more info in the file and got this response: "This document was the only reference we found for Hyman Siegel in the naturalization index. So, unfortunately, this would be the only document that exists for his naturalization process. This could be because he was considered a minor at the time"
D) On Jewish-Gen (Litvak-Sig) I found a marriage record in Panevezys 1883 for a cousin of Hyman's wife to a certain Abram ben Chatzkel Segal from Viesintos.
This might be Hyman's brother and if so the family came from Viesintos but I'm looking for some proof. The data on Litvak-Sig for the town of Viesintos is extremely poor.

I would be most grateful for any help in overcoming this brick wall!

Yossi Jalas
New York, USA

Gayle Schlissel Riley z"l #general

Renee Steinig

I was saddened to learn of the death of Gayle Schlissel Riley, who passed away on 7 October 2020, at age 72.

Gayle, a lifelong Californian, was an active participant on the JewishGen Discussion group for over 20 years and a frequent attendee at Jewish genealogy conferences. A dedicated researcher, she generously shared with fellow genealogists the sources and records that she discovered.
After exploring magnate landowner records on a trip to Poland in 2001, Gayle introduced many of us to what was then a little known resource. (See for articles, databases and documents related to magnate records.)
Gayle's article about her trip, published in the November 2001 issue of Gesher Galicia's journal, The Galitzianer, described another discovery -- the "miracle of [her] trip" that came when she visited the home of a local historian in Tarnobrzeg:
"I had been discouraged at not finding more records that day. So that evening we all climbed the five stories of the old Communist-era apartment building to be welcomed with ice cream cake and the old Jewish death register for the town, containing deaths from 1903 until 1928."
Gayle was moved to see that the book contained the names of four of her great-great-grandparents -- Chaim Josef and Hudesa Eder and Moses Isaak and Glika Eder Schlussel. The next day, the oversized 300-page volume was photocopied and in time its entries were made available on . Other Tarnobrzeg records that Gayle obtained are on JewishGen's Tarnobrzeg KehilaLinks page ( 
In addition to her Eder and Schlissel families from Tarnobrzeg, Gayle's interests included ancestors from
Iasi, Romania; Uzlyany, Belarus; Lubny, Ukraine; and Tsimkavichy, Belarus.

Gayle is survived by her children, Deanna and Joshua; by siblings Marcia, Janice and Steven; and by her two beloved grandchildren. 
May her memory be for a blessing.


Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY

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

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay

Thank you, Rose! I searched for but didn’t find his name. However, I see that this database has just under 4,700 names, which is only a fraction of those who served in the International Brigades. There’s no information there about the source of the list. Where did IGRA get it from? You said those in the list are  from around the world — are they people who ended up in Israel? I’d welcome a bit more information about the source and scope of the list please.

Thanking you and all the best,

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay,
Raanana, Israel.

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

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay

Thank you, Richard. I didn’t find his name there but this link is very useful for general historical information and for names of some British Jews who served in the International Brigades.  

All the best,

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay,
Raanana, Israel.

IGRA Free Webinar ““Prenumeranten: What We Can Learn from Subscription Lists in Hebrew Books” #events #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Elena Bazes

Join the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) for our upcoming free webinar “Prenumeranten: What We Can Learn from Subscription Lists in Hebrew Books” by Rabbi Elli Fischer on September 18, 2022, 7 pm Israel Time, 12 pm ET.


Starting in the last quarter of the 18th century, many Hebrew and Jewish were published with lists of subscribers, whose prepayments funded the book’s publication. These lists of subscribers, or “prenumeranten”, are a gold mine of information on historical reading habits, names, growth of communities, travel routes, local institutions, and more. Of course, they are also a treasure trove of genealogical information. Yet the lists have been largely overlooked by scholars until now. Rabbi Elli Fischer will discuss the Prenumeranten Project, an attempt to organize and digitize these lists into a functioning database, and present findings of particularly genealogical interest.

Rabbi Elli Fischer is an independent writer, translator, and rabbi. Previously, he was the JLIC rabbi and campus educator at the University of Maryland. He holds BA and MS degrees from Yeshiva University, rabbinical ordination from Israel’s Chief Rabbinate, and is working toward a doctorate in Jewish History at Tel Aviv University. He is editor of Rabbi Eliezer Melamed’s Peninei Halakha series in English and cofounder of HaMapah, a project that applies quantitative analysis to rabbinic literature. He is a founding editor of The Lehrhaus, a web magazine of contemporary Jewish thought, and his writing has appeared in numerous Jewish publications.

Advanced registration required:


Elena Biegel Bazes

IGRA Publicity Chair 




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

Victoria Fisch

Here's something that might make it even more difficult.

My uncle was in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, and many years ago I spoke on the phone with Milton Wolf in Berkeley, who had access at that time to many records for the group.
( ). He told me that many Americans who went over used aliases because they were not permitted by our government to fight over in Spain. We tried to think of all sorts of aliases that my uncle might have used - but never could tell what was accurate.

Thankfully my uncle did return, but I thought I would share what could be another stumbling block to finding relatives who went overseas to the conflict.

Victoria Fisch
Sacramento, California

Re: Meaning of Bz in obituary? #usa

Brian Kerr

I personally think that it may/might have been a typo that might have meant "Ne".

It could have been intended that Marvin was born with the Surname "Fennimore" and its now "Fein".

Just a personal opinion... :-))

-- ~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<<|

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

Ronnie Hess

Dear Miriam,
From my cousin in England who has done extensive research in this area. See attachment below, first notes to me last.
Ronnie Hess (she/her), Madison, WI, USA
Researching: HESS, HIRSCHLAFF (Germany); KESSLER, ROSNER (Austria-Hungary; Ukraine -- Transcarpathia); ADLER, DAVIDOWICZ (Russia)

On Sep 3, 2022, at 4:09 PM:
Richard Baxell has done a lot of work on the archives and it would be worthwhile for Miriam Bulwar David-Hay to contact him.
Using the online Moscow files - Richard Baxell
----- Forwarded message -----
Try this?
Guide to the International Brigades Archive, Moscow - NYU
Is her uncle on this list?
How much research has she tried to do? There seems to be quite a lot online about Polish volunteers, starting with this:
Polish volunteers in the Spanish Civil War - Wikipedia
Tthe archives she wants would not necessarily be Spanish, as the International Brigades were the brainchild of the Comintern. I find it hard from her request to assess how far or how hard she has looked, which makes advice difficult. It's odd that a professional journalist should say this: 
"However, I haven't been able to find any database, website or archive that might list these foreign volunteers through searching online. "
 - as there is a wealth of information online where she could at least start. In general there is supposedly more published material about the Spanish Civil War than any other conflict ever, so plenty to look up as a starting point.
There's a database of people who fought in the International Brigades in the Moscow Archives. Of course many who volunteered did not join the Brigades, but it's a start.
Various people have researched the database and can provide advice. I suggest that Miriam Bulwar David-Hay should contact Alan Warren, who runs a Facebook page called International Brigades Remembered, and/or contact the International Brigades Memorial Trust (IBMT) - or even joins them. They can give access to people who have researched huge anounts of information. There's also a fairly recent book about the International Brigades by Giles Tremlett which will give potentially useful sources in the references and notes. 
A complete list of everyone who fought in Spain may not be possible to compile because some joined the POUM rather than the Brigades or may have gone to to Spain independently and latched onto various militias or joined the Spanish army.
But this lady is looking for a specific individual and I think one or other of the above may be a good place to look for further advice. If her great-uncle was in the Communist Party she should say so when she contacts people as this may well make it easier to track him down and would certainly make it probable that he joined the International Brigades rather than went to Spain in some other capacity.
I take it she has tried googling her great uncle's name and adding "Spanish Civil War," or the date he went to Spain, or "International Brigades"?

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


Richard Beach: Thank you for posting the link!

As a teen I was told by my parents that a close friend of our family had served in the Lincoln Brigade.  He was a sweet, gentle man who had married my mother's childhood friend and one of the last people I would think of volunteering for war. He and his wife were childless and loved to travel to far-away places. They would bring me a dolls from the places they visited.

Ages ago (jewishgen time) another list was mentioned that had Americans who went to fight.  I looked at that list but did not find our friend there.  But I did find him in this list.  I just wonder what "WW2" at the end of his entry meant--That he later fought in WW2?

Jessica Schein

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

Nancy Reicher

What about the Alta Lena incident?
Nancy L. Reicher
Kansas City MO

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

Albert Braunstein

Historian Henry Abramson discusses the Jews of Norwich on YouTube
Albert Braunstein
Melbourne, Australia

Number 10 Roginsky handwritten notes #records


Good afternoon. On my latest entry to the digest, the 10th item about Fanny Ridge and ski is listed in short form but I do not see the expanded message appearing. I see number nine message including expanded notation. Can you re-enter and resend it in the next digest?  Thank you for your attention. Please advise. Irene karpman Lerner

Re: Meaning of Bz in obituary? #usa

Renee Steinig

BZ Fennimore must be Marvin's current wife or partner. See

BZ is a nickname; lists her as Beatrice.

According to several newspaper articles that can be found on, Marvin married Katherine L. Hagg in 1975. They may have divorced. 

Some of the grandchildren named in the obituary may be BZ's children from an earlier marriage. Sara, I'll write more privately.


Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY

On Sat, Sep 3, 2022 at 3:05 PM Sara Spiegel <> wrote:

I have an obituary that reads in part:

Fein, Dorothy (Abrams). Age 92, on Wednesday, December 31, 2008. Loving mother of Marvin (Bz Fennimore) Fein.

I don't understand what the "Bz Fennimore" refers to. Any guidance would be appreciated!

Many thanks,
Sara Spiegel - Redwood City, CA
Researching WEISBERG, DUGAN/DUGIM, GOLDFARB in Pittsburgh, PA

Meaning of Bz in obituary? #usa

Sara Spiegel

I have an obituary that reads in part:

Fein, Dorothy (Abrams). Age 92, on Wednesday, December 31, 2008. Loving mother of Marvin (Bz Fennimore) Fein.

I don't understand what the "Bz Fennimore" refers to. Any guidance would be appreciated!

Many thanks,
Sara Spiegel - Redwood City, CA
Researching WEISBERG, DUGAN/DUGIM, GOLDFARB in Pittsburgh, PA

Re: Variations on Solomonski? #names

Esther Landau

All great ideas, thank you, but I have zero paperwork on her, just two photos and my late dad’s word that her surname was Solomonski. I may need professional help finding any documentation. I am not even sure if she was Solomonski when she immigrated or if she had married before that. I can’t find any marriage records, any obituaries, just her listing as Sara Landau in city directories. 

I will do some more comprehensive searching on all the name variations, for sure. 

Thanks to all who weighed in!

Esther Landau

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


On Fri, Sep 2, 2022 at 06:14 PM, <Lmeyer8090@...> wrote:
It is also possible that the street still exists, but has been re-named. ...I also found this map from 1949, which shows that 69th street north of Northern Avenue was also called 12th Street.

It's possible, but in 1949, as in 1950, the street was still named 12th Lane. Given what some have sent me privately, I suspect the streets were reconfigured when this housing was demolished to make way for more modern housing. We moved from NY at that time, so I have no idea what was actually built in that area. 
Thanks so much for your assistance, especially the maps and other references. 

Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Follow up on Roginsky surname: can anyone read the three lines to the far right of entry number 15 for a Friade (Fannie)Roginsky. #records


.  Again, many thanks to the discussion group members for your invaluable assistance.

Irene KARPMAN Lerner
email address ILernem@...

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

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