DNA analysis solves mystery of bodies found at bottom of medieval well #dna

Bob Silverstein

I will leave you to read this surprising story.
Bob Silverstein
Elk Grove Village, IL

Researching Kaplan (Krynki, Poland) Tzipershteyn (Logishin, Pinsk, Belarus), Friedson/Fridzon (Pinsk, Cuba, Massachusetts), Israel and Goodman (Mishnitz, Warsaw, Manchester).

NY's Center for Jewish History Appoints New CEO and President #announcements #usa

Jan Meisels Allen

The Center for Jewish History, whose five partner institutions make up the largest collection of Jewish history and culture holdings outside of Israel, has named Gavriel Rosenfeld as its next president and Rio Daniel as its next chief executive officer.


Rosenfeld, who will begin his role on Sept. 1, currently serves as the director of the Judaic studies program and a professor of history at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn. He specializes in Holocaust studies, including the history of Nazi Germany, counterfactual history and Holocaust memory.


The center’s five partner organizations are the American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Basis for inclusion of George Barnett #records

Christine Hayes

Investigating a family rumor about a Jewish ancestor, I was excited to find my great-great-great-grandfather, George Barnett (1799-1874) listed in JewishGen.

My question is: What is the evidentiary basis relied upon for
including George Barnett in the JewishGen database? What kind of records, documents, etc. were used by the researcher in this instance?

I contacted the researcher whose name appears by the entry to ask how she knows that George Barnett was Jewish (since all subsequent offspring do not identify as Jewish and were christened), but she replied that she was incorrectly listed as the researcher and does not know anything about George Barnett.

I would appreciate any help in knowing the basis for attributing
Jewish ancestry to George Barnett, or his wife Elizabeth Bacon, though I note that Jewish Gen has incorrect dates for her.  JewishGen has 1814-1876, but I know for a fact that Elizabeth Bacon (Barnett) was born in 1812 in England and died and is buried in 1859 in Tasmania. (George and Elizabeth were both transported to Australia where they met and married and had 6 children; I am Australian).

Thank you,
Christine Hayes

Re: 1921 Czechoslovakia Census of Subcarpathia - Indexing Project #subcarpathia #ukraine #hungary



Thanks very much for this! Does anyone know if it's possible to search for surnames in the documents without going through each page as there are hundreds! I have tried to do so but it doesn't seem to work...

Many thanks in advance, 

Jamie Romer

Disner and Vdig #russia


I believe your ancestors almost certainly came from Vidz (now called Vidzy) - the former home town of my grandparents. In the body of your post, you spell the town's name Vidg which is the giveaway. As I understand, the locals pronounced the name of their town "Vidg" to rhyme with the English words "Ridge" or "Fridge".
Disner would refer to the shtetl Szarkowszczyzna of  Dissner/ Disna County (Oyezd). located just 33 miles due east of Vidz.  It's longest street was Disner Street.
Vidz was a small town of 6500 souls at its peak, about 2/3 Jewish. Szarkowszczyzna was even smaller with a population of just 1500, also 2/3 Jewish. Both are now located in Belarus.
Jeff Malet
Washington D.C.
email: maletphoto@...

MARGOLIN, RUBIN from Dolginovo
WOLFSON from Zeimelis; KARASIN from Dvinsk; CARTER from Halifax

Descendants of Rabbi David ben Moshe of Kletzk 19th cent. #rabbinic

Yonatan Ben-Ari

Further to my request for details as to Moshe of Kletzk, father of
Rabbi David, who was the Rabbi of Novarodok during the 19th cent. and
authored the "Galya Mesechet", I was given a partial family tree
(descendants of Rabbi David) in the hope of being able to identify
other children of the above Moshe of Kletzk.

Rabbi David had a had son-in-law, R' Yitzchak RABINOWITZ (who
published R'David's above book). Name of his wife unknown. Yitzchak
had a son R' Shmuel b. 1820 died 1908. Shmuel had a daughter Leah
and son Shaya. Leah seems to have married (A)Golnick, and had a son
Joseph father of the late Arthur (A)Golnick.

Shaya had children (daughter?) Robbins .

If the above tree is connected to you AND you have information as to
other children of Moshe of Kletzk, please be in touch.


Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Re: Variations on Solomonski? #names


My family was also variations of your own Solomonski.  I found ours coming from the area of LIda, Belarus and Eisiskis, Lithuania.  The name I found furthest back was Solomianski.  All but one sibling of my grandmother's emigrated to Toronto, Canada and the name was changed to Salamansky, Salem, Saunders, etc., and even a few used their first names as their last.  If you or any others responding to this message would like to see my tree in the hope we have a connection, please let me know.  Leslie Gut-Reiken, Switzerland

Re: Kittsee, Austria tombstone inscriptions, Reb Zusche Kinstlicher #austria-czech

Yehuda Horovitz

Unfortunately Rabbi Zushe  Kinstlicher passed away in the Korona times.
His institute Zikaron still operates
the Email is: alyzecharon@...
Yehuda Aharon Horovitz

Re: Acquiring records from Kaunas (Lithuania) Regional State Archives #lithuania

Jody Tzucker

Use to transfer money. It is cheaper than a wire transfer. And write to them in English providing the archival reference to the records you are seeking. 

Jody Tzucker
Carmel Indiana

Re: Why would a teenager flee his Hassidic rabbinic roots? #galicia #poland #rabbinic


If his name was Philip Eisig, wouldn't his fathers name be a variant of Isaac?

Loes Buisman, Amsterdam

Re: How do I Obtain Old Record (Prior to Spring 1950) from the IDF? #israel #records

Moshe Davis

We were able to get a copy of the 1949 discharge paper of my father-in-law Sabeto (Shabtai) Yahia (Yichya) who at the age of 17 volunteered to fight the Israel war of independence in 1948. He was one of a group of boys from Cuba who volunteered, and were onboard the ship Altalena when it was attacked by Ben Gurion's troops, led by Yitzhak Rabin. These volunteers had nothing to do with the internecine rivalries that led to the attack, but two of his friends were killed, both shot in the head. Sabeto could never understand how Jews could shoot at other Jews. He went on to fight in an IDF unit in the Negev, manning a WW2-surplus Czechoslovakian anti-aircraft gun. 

 All such IDF personnel records should be stored in the records of the IDF personnel office called "מכ"א 50". (loose translation: IDF Human Resources - Section 50)

On Mon, 29 Aug 2022 at 23:14, Brian Kerr <KerrBrianD@...> wrote:

I believe that the following link is to the IDF in question that you can obtain their contact information for some guidance.

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<<|

David (ABRAMOWITZ ?)-Manager/owner of Dept. Store, Boston, early 20th cent. #usa

Yonatan Ben-Ari

According to family lore, my great grandfather's brother, David
ABRAMOWITZ (seems to have changed his name), who was born in Novarodok
, and emigrated to New Haven, Ct. with his widowed mother, in the
second half of the 19th cent. moved from New Haven to Boston and
worked in a department store. Supposedly rose to the rank of

Again according to family lore, by the late 1920s or early 1930s he
was elderly and was commuting between Boston and Florida (don't know
where in Fl.).

David had a sister Sarah ( I don't know her married name) who lived in
NYC (possibly Coney Island or nearby) and two younger brothers , Mayer
and Kalman . Mayer was sent to Jerusalem as a young man . Kalman , as
a child, grew up in Jerusalem had married a Jerusalem woman and moved
to NYC where he died about 1943-4.

I have contact with Mayer's (my great grandfather) and Kalman's
descendant but none of us know anything about David's (or Sarah's)
children. If the above sounds familiar to anyone I would be happy to
hear from you. I repeat that all the information I have on David and
his sister Sarah, is family lore .

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

New and Updated Databases on IGRA’s Website #announcements #jgs-iajgs #israel

Elena Bazes

The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) has just released new and updated databases on its website. There are now close to 2.5 million records available in our databases. With each release we provide a variety of records to our collection.

A preview of the databases is available at

New Databases

Marriages Rishon Le’tsiyon
1888 - 1927
340 listings

Residents Jerusalem - Shaarei Hessed
177 listings
Private Collection

Donations by Teachers to Keren Hayesod
445 listings
Israel State Archives

Village Registries (Ein Gev, Degania A’,  Yavneel, Sarona, Hazorim & Migdal)
1941 - 1947
11,371 listings
Israel State Archives

Jewish Displaced Persons and Refugee Cards
1943 - 1959
4,167 listings Update
JDC Archives

Voters Constituent Assembly 1949
Towns & Settlements
9,128 listings Update
Israel State Archives

1,419 listings
Israel State Archives

Histadrut Candidates (General, Farmers & Female Workers)
9,807 listings
Historical Jewish Press
National Library of Israel

Updated Databases

Jewish Displaced Persons and Refugee Cards
1943 - 1959
4,167 listings Update
JDC Archives

Voters Constituent Assembly 1949
Towns & Settlements
9,128 listings Update
Israel State Archives

Before viewing and searching the databases, please register for free on the IGRA website:

To view/search the databases, go to the database tab on the website.

Please note, the IGRA databases are now searchable to all registrants. The search results page is also available to all registrants. Additional details regarding most databases are available only to paid IGRA members. Certain exceptions exist due to requests of the specific archives.

Elena Biegel Bazes
IGRA Publicity Chair

Moshe of Kletzk, father of David of Novarodok 17-18 cent. #rabbinic

Yonatan Ben-Ari

I am still trying to research children of Moshe of Kletzk, besides his
son R' David, Rabbi of Novarodok (author of the "galya Mesechet")
during the 19th cent. I believe that this Moshe was not Rabbi Moshe
(of) Eisenstadt.

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Re: Why would a teenager flee his Hassidic rabbinic roots? #galicia #poland #rabbinic

Jill Whitehead

The Ephrussis were a famous and very rich family who went from Odessa to Vienna and Paris, and they had a fabulous villa near Nice in the south of France, which is a tourist hotspot.  I visited it in 2019, when Vogue magazine were doing a photoshoot there. The Ephrussis married into the Rothschilds in France.  They were made famous in the book, "The Hare with Amber Eyes"  written by a British descendant of the Ephrussis, now a famous ceramacist Edmund de Waal. See

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: What was it my grandmother's sister did to make a living in New York in 1950's census? #usa #general

Alan Cohen

In 1950 in New York there must have been hundreds of English women married to returning GIs. They all would have been used to the term charwoman as it was and still is used here. Perhaps she was employed by one of these GI brides.

Alan Cohen

Re: Why would a teenager flee his Hassidic rabbinic roots? #galicia #poland #rabbinic

Albert Braunstein

The Rebellion of the Daughters: Jewish Women Runaways in Habsburg Galicia
by Rachel Manekin investigates the flight of young Jewish women from their
Orthodox, mostly Hasidic families, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Albert Braunstein
Melbourne, Australia

Re: Why would a teenager flee his Hassidic rabbinic roots? #galicia #poland #rabbinic

Annette Weiss

FYI, Philip is not solely a Christian given name. I had a paternal uncle Philip and his parents were Orthodox.

Also, there were also females from Kohen and Levite families who "broke the mold and left the fold," and my maternal grandmother was one. She came from a long line of Kohens and Levites who intermarried with each other throughout many generations in Lithuania. She came to the US in the early 1900s and married a non-religious Galitzianer, and was disowned by her family.

Annette Weiss
New York City, NY
Searching for:
Cohen, Katz and Segal/Siegel from Lithuania
Teiksler, Zweifler, Kessler and Schwartz from Ukraine
Wajs/Weiss, Pakula and Dziedzinsky from Poland

JGS of Santa Cruz invites you to Preserving your Family Photos and Documents: Resource Guide with Center Jewish History: #announcements #general #education

Leah Kushner

Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society 

EventsPreserving your Family Photos and Documents: Resource Guide

Thursday, September 8, 2022 , 2 pm Pacific Time/ 5pm EST

Speakers: Resource Librarians Center for Jewish History’s Lillian Goldman Reading Room

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Description:  Have you been meaning to get your family photos and documents under control and to ensure that they will be preserved for future generations? While it may seem like a daunting process, it’s not insurmountable if you tackle it step by step. In an interactive online presentation, the Center for Jewish History’s reference librarians will explain how you can organize, digitize, and safely store your family photos and documents through manageable, affordable steps. Then, they’ll answer questions about your specific preservation needs and challenges.

Bios: Tyi Marx, Sara Belasco, and Cassia Kisshauer are Reference Librarians in the Center for Jewish History's Lillian Goldman Reading Room. They help patrons gain access to the library and archival collections of the Center through virtual and in-person reference interviews, digitization of archival and library material, and by providing virtual presentations, such as the one you are in attendance of today.

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Re: Disner and Vdig #russia

Yehoshua Sivan

Maybe Vidz or Vidzy, where my family came from.  One of the nearby big cities was Dvinsk, but this does not sound like Disner.
Yehoshua Sivan

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