Beltsy, and Beltsy district Vital records #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan

Dear Bessarabers,

I want to update you on Vital Records for town of Beltsy and Beltsy district.

We received these records 2-3 years ago, and now we are completing them:

-Birth records - 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918  - all done and available on JG
-Marriage records - 1911, 1912, 1916 - done and available on JG, 1914, 1915, 1917, 1918 - completed and will be loaded to JG in December of 2022
-Death records - 1913 - done and available at JG, 1914, 1917 - in progress and will be available and uploaded to JG in December of 2022

We have acquired a few months ago more vital records for Beltsy and district:
-Birth records - Beltsy 1919, 1920, 1921 and for Vadu-Lui-Vlad 1919, 1920, 1921
-Marriage records - Beltsy 1919, 1920, 1921; Aleksandreny 1919, 1920, 1921 and Vadu-lui-Vlad 1919, 1920, 1921
-Death records - Beltsy 1919, 1920, 1921; Aleksandreny 1919, 1920, 1921 and Vadu-lui-Vlad 1919, 1920, 1921

These new records written in Romanian.  If you can read handwritten Romanian, and want to help translating records, please let me know.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan
Bessarabia SIG Leader and Coordinator

This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks #ukraine #JewishGenUpdates

Bruce Drake

This week’s Yizkor book selection is an excerpt from a chapter titled "The Judenrat in Mizoch Had a High Moral Standard, But…"
The role played by the Judenrat during the Nazi occupation is one of the most controversial aspects of the Holocaust period. The Jewish councils often performed a balancing act: on one hand, they felt a responsibility to help their fellow Jews as much as possible, on the other, they were supposed to carry out the orders of the Nazi authorities - often at the expense of their fellow Jews.
In some Yizkor book accounts, the Judenrat are portrayed with bitterness and even hatred depending on how they conducted themselves. Yehuda Broinshtein, who wrote this chapter, had a somewhat measured view of the Judenrat from his experience with them in Mizoch (Ukraine), as evidenced by the title he chose for the chapter: “Of course, we also did not exactly have it easy with the Judenrat, but the relationship we had with the Judenrat was ideal in comparison to that of other places.” He says they “did not lose their humanity and even kept their morality and righteousness,” but balancing the demands of the Nazis and trying not to harm Jews “could not be done.” And he relates events that illustrate this.
The Germans would promise personal safety and comfort to the members of the Judenrat but ultimately, after fulfilling their duties, Judenrat members were killed together with the rest of the Jews.

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

Re: Help with Dutch Translation #translation #records



Uit het Register van den Burgerlijken Stand berustende in het Archief van het Koninklijke Landsgericht te Cleve

No9       Geboorte Oorkonde

Burgemeesterij Rheinberg Kreis Geldern               Regerings Departement Düsseldorf

In het jaar 1800 twee en veertig, den tweeden Februari, des voormiddags 10 (?)2 uur, verscheen voor mij Peter Paul Verspecken, wethouder van Rheinberg, gedelegeerd als Ambtenaar van den Burgerlijken Stand,

Elias Lehmann Gompertz, 32 jaar oud, slager, woonachtig te Rheinberg, regerings Departement Düsseldorf die mij een kind van het mannelijke geslacht vertoonde en mij verklaarde, dat dit kind den tweeden Februari achtienhonderd twee en veertig des nachts om 2 uur geboren is van hem Elia Lehmann Gompertz en van Charlotte Lehmann, zijne huisvrouw, -----------beroep, woonachtig te Rheinberg in de Rheinstraat in het huis No29, en verklaarde verder aan dit kind de voornamen Bernhard Elias te geven.

Dit veronen en verklaren heeft plaats gehad in tegenwoordigheid van Wilhelm Schmitz, 40 jaren oud, banketbakker woonachtig te Rheinberg, en van Laurentz Pfeil, 33 jaren oud, blauwverver, woonachtig te Rheinberg.

Na gedane voorlezing hebben al de Comparanten den acte ondertekend,

(?) Gompertz, Pfeil, W Schmitz, Verspecken

The original may have been in Dutch. Borders used to change, and the official language around the time may have been Dutch.
The language is a bit oldfashioned, so I hope your translation service can handle that. If you send it to me I coul make corrections if needed.

Loes Buisman, Amsterdam


JGSLI meeting September 7m 2022 7:00PM Mapping Your Family History: How to Create a Customized Google Map #announcements and #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Barry Goldberg



When: Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 7:00 PM


Location: Zoom Prerecorded – see registration info below


Mapping Your Family History: How to Create a Customized Google Map

Alex Calzareth

Create maps with your own data on Google Maps. This presentation will teach you how to create a custom map, import location data associated with family history events or source records and then customize the appearance of that data on the map. Custom maps can be used in many ways, including visually conveying family migration patterns, showing the location of regional cemeteries, or which towns hold certain vital records. 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. Professionally he is a CPA working in commercial real estate in New York City.

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


We look forward to seeing you all!

Posted by Barry Golberg member-at-large JGSLI

Seeking Old Photos from Przedecz, Poland #poland


My name is Nina Schwartz. I am a volunteer graphic designer working with JewishGen on Yizkor books.

Do you have old family photos from when your relatives lived in Przedecz, Poland? The English translation of the Memorial Book of Przedecz will soon be ready to print, and photos are needed for the book cover. 

It is difficult to find good 1880-1947 photos online, and JewishGen cannot afford to license them from Getty Images, Alamy, USHMM, etc. 

I am looking for photos that show:

1. The Jewish part of town, with Jewish buildings such as synagogues, study houses, marketplace, shops, houses, schools, etc. Old postcards may be used. 
2. Non-family groups, such as a class, zionist group, factory workers, professional group, or just people at work or play (outdoor photos preferred).
3. Single portraits and family groups, 1-20 people (outdoor photos preferred).
4. Modern photos of the old Jewish area, where some old structures remain, such as synagogues, cemetery headstones, houses or other Jewish buildings. Or a panorama or aerial view of the town.
5. Damage and destruction caused by the Holocaust and the Second World War.

Images must be in good focus, but do not have to be in perfect condition. I may even be able to repair fading, rips, blotches and other problems, making your photo more useful to you.

If you have old photos, please don’t send them yet. Write to me at artstop@... for instructions on how to scan them in high resolution, or re-photograph them. 

I look forward to hearing from you soon. Many thanks in advance for your kind help!

Nina Schwartz

Re: Help with nyc surrogate/family court #usa

Professor Ryesky

Shelley, I am not talking about child custody or divorce cases, I needed access to relevant, ordinary, garden-variety decedent estates.


-- Ken Ryesky
Petach Tikva, ISRAEL

Raisky, Shkolnik(ov), Aronov, Aerov (Gomel)
Brodsky (Odessa)
Gertzig (Yelizavetgrad)
Arshenov, Israelson (Yevpatoriya)
Vasilesky, Silberman (Odessa)

Re: Landsmanschaft societies in New York #usa

Fred Kolbrener

Another possible location could be YIVO.  Some of the landsmanchaften records were donated to them.  Check their site or send an email.  To see their holdings, you will most likely have to set up an appointment with an archivist.  For my family’s records, they had membership lists, photos, and some correspondence to members plus the minutes of meetings and information on operations.  
Fred Kolbrener
Woodbridge, VA

Researching: KOLBRENER (Lezajsk); SCHWARTZ (Glogow Malapolski); ZINDEBAND (Minsk); LIFSHITZ (St Petersburg/Minsk); JABELOW (Minsk); BOHRER (Lezajsk); POLLACK (Minsk); BLUMSTEIN/BLUMSZTEJN (Goworowo); FRETER/FRATER (Czyzewo)

Re: Occupation "Private Soldier" - Russia 1873 #russia #general

Jules Levin


On 8/26/22 4:44 AM, joelbnovis@... wrote:

As an aside, note that Jewish conscripts, even those who served for 25 years, only very rarely were promoted beyond the rank of private.

Jews could reach the highest non-com rank, and many were sergeants, including my gg-cousin who was one of the founders of the Finnish Jewish community after his release.  For many years the Sergeant-Major of the Russian Army was a Jew--his photo is available on line.  Jews on release kept their arms and could settle where they were discharged, and send home for brides, even outside the Pale.  They started the Jewish communities there.  Many received posts as town postmasters, etc. 

Jules Levin, Los Angeles




Joel Novis

Seeking Help with Transcription and Translation from German to English #translation

Dave Baron

Shalom friends, I’m looking for someone who can help with transcription and translation of my grandfather’s handwritten documents in German and happy to discuss this service for a fee. It’s approximately 4 different documents and about 38 pages in total.  Please reply privately if you’re interested as I can share a sample page, thanks in advance, -David Baron, Baltimore. 

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Re: Landsmanschaft societies in New York #usa

Geoffrey Weisgard

The following book may help


Daniel Soyer, ‘Jewish Immigrant Associations and American Identity in New York, 1880-1939’; Wayne State University Press, 1997.


Geoffrey Weisgard

Manchester, UK


Special interest in Krakow


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Re: Variations on Solomonski? #names


Hello. My gg aunt Emilie Davidow married Joseph Salamonski and possibly for interest my ggg grandmother was Rachel Landau who married Chief Rabbi Salomon Abraham Tiktin.
Karen Saunders
Melbourne, Australia

Re: Occupation "Private Soldier" - Russia 1873 #russia #general


The Russian term -- still in use -- is рядовой солдат /r'adovoy soldat/, the lowest rank.  The literal meaning for рядовой in other contexts is "common, ordinary".

As an aside, note that Jewish conscripts, even those who served for 25 years, only very rarely were promoted beyond the rank of private.

Joel Novis

Re: The Forward "Seeking Relatives" advertisements #announcements #translation

tzipporah batami

Would be nice had they continued to this day, seeking fellow survivors. It's still needed. Feigie Teichman

Search for parents Gudes Bursztyn (Ciszinsky) #warsaw

Jane Leusink

Dear members, I am looking for information about the parents of Gudes Bursztyn, grandmother of my late husband Leo Cukier. Father Cecil Leib Bursztyn, mother Ryvka Szaindle, born Ciszinska/Ciszsinki.
Gudes was born in Warsaw, house 31/10, Praga, March 13, year 1896. Registered Birth Registries for Israelite Confession of the Commissariat 12 of the State Police of the Capital Warsaw on April 8, 1896. N0. 119. 
She died in Sobibor april 1943, came from Holland. It is possible that WWII has destroyed all information about inhabitants of the district Praga. Any information (house, street, police) is very welcome.
Thank you.
Jane Y. Cukier-Leusink, The Netherlands

Re: Help with nyc surrogate/family court #usa

Sherri Bobish

Divorce cases in NYC are not sealed forever.

In NYC divorce cases are closed for 100 years.  I was able to see the 1913 divorce papers of my husband's grandfather.  I did have to wait a number of years until the 100 year mark to see them.

Sherri Bobish

Variations on Solomonski? #names

Esther Landau

Hello! I’m brand new to this list serve. I’ve been finding little info on my GGM, Sara Landau, née Solomonski. I’m wondering how many variations there are on the spelling of that name because as it is it seems rare. How likely is it that it was originally, say, Slonimsky? Thanks in advance for your help!

Esther Landau

Kunis related rev. list entries to translate-Thanks! #translation

david perkins


Please see some excerpts from two Volyn (Polonne)  revision lists


  1. Do any of them refer to the surname: Kunis/Koones or similar?
  2. If yes, I would most appreciate a translation if possible.















Sincerely and thanks so much


David L. Perkins

David L. Perkins
Perkin and Segan (Belarus, Grodno and Slonim)
Paris/Poris and Seigel (Ukraine/Poland, Bilozirka, Kupil)
Schneider Shnayder Greenberg Litwack (Bessarabia/Moldova, Teleneshty) 
Peterfreund Loeffelholtz  Pippersberg Federbush Englander (Galicia Nowy Sacz Krakow) 
Podolski Lauffer Wahl (Galicia Krakow Tarnobrzeg)

Looking for the Family of Edouard ABADI From Alexandria #france #sephardic

Abuwasta Abuwasta

Dear Genners,

I am researching the Jewish families which lived inn Alexandria, Egypt during the 20th Century ( google Jacob Rosen Alexasndria Index).

Trying to locate the family of the late Edouard ABADI who was born inn Alexandria in 1925 and died in Bobigny, France in 1995. Did not manage to find any obituary  about him. Please respond

privately, Thanks.

Jacob Rosen


Re: Help with nyc surrogate/family court #usa

Shelley Mitchell

Cases involving children are always closed because they are minors. The Court is there to protect. Similar with Divorce cases. Contents are confidential. Too much personal information which could readily be misused.

Shelley Mitchell, NYC 

Re: 80 years old Holocaust survivor found his father's identity - Happy end #holocaust


Just an update, re my previous post: "Amazing story at: How do I contact Jackie Young or one of the researchers - Jennifer Mendelson or Dr. Adina Newman?"...

Well, good news, I have established contact with Jackie Young and we concluded that we are 3rd cousins once removed, all ancestors in our common branch were
from Lackenbach, Austria. We are both very excited.   
Melbourne, Australia

Researching (main surnames):

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