Using New York City's Free Records NYG&B Program Free to Attend, Must Register November 9 2022 7:00 PM EST #announcements #records #usa

Jan Meisels Allen


The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) is holding a  program open to the public on Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00PMPST/6:00PM Central Standard Time/5:00PM Rocky Mountain Standard Time/ 4:00PM Pacific Standard Time  on Using New York City’s Free Records.  It is free at attend. One must register.


As many of us have history with New York City I am posting this.


The presenter is Susan R. Miller, NYG&B’s Director of Programs and Publications.  The program is to discover both online and onsite sources openly available to everyone.


To register go to:


Susan R. Miller is the Director of Programs and Publications at the NYG&B. Sue has been with the NYG&B for over 25 years, researching her family history in New York and New England.

Sue is the editor of the NYG&B's award-winning publication the New York Researcher and the managing editor of the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer.


In full disclosure I am a member of the NYG&B.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Close DNA relationships - finding the link #dna

Susan Watchman

I have one branch kind of like this. Between DNA and US records, have established the link, and that their grandfather was likely a cousin (or 1c1x ) to my grandfather. My suspicion is my GGM was their GGf's sister(he died before their GF immigrated, & based on 2 unreliablec references to a possible maiden name for my GGM) or  half sister, but it could be my GGF was the brother or half brother of their GGF. All we know is they were all from "Kiev" - the one vague hint on town/district has not panned out. And not the era for on site research. But I'll keep looking as long as my brain holds out!
Susan Watchman
Phoenix, Az

Yizkor books #yizkorbooks

Tony Hausner

I have been dealing with several Yizkor books over the years.  For the towns where my family or my wife's family has lived, I see books for several towns in Galicia and in Poland.  For Lithuania, I see a book for Vilnius, but not for Kaunas.  I do not see for Vienna and for none of the Czech towns where my family lived.  Would welcome advice on this.  

Tony Hausner
Silver Spring,MD
Tony Hausner

MyHeritage vs Ancestry Ethnicity estimates differ significantly #dna

marlene finkelstein

Which one of the following is more likely to be accurate?
MyHeritage result 89.8% Ashkenazi Jewish, 5.2% Balkan, & 5% Middle Eastern.
Ancestry result 98% Jewish peoples of Europe, 1% Levant, & 1% Southern Italy.
Much thanks in advance for any advice that can be given.
Marlene Finkelstein

BLOCH, SCHUPAK Kursenai & Papile, Lithuania
KAMENCHEIN Kunev & Ostrog present day Ukraine

Re: Ritchie Boys to be put up for Congressional Gold Medal #usa

Marla J Schreffler

I thought my reply was posted..if so, forgive the repeat. I just discovered that my relative, Erick Liebenstein was a Ritchie boy. Also, he was a hero as I read that he and two others captured a group of armed German soldiers. Erick's father has his own wonderful story, he managed to escape from a concentration camp. I am trying to connect with Erick's son, Howard, who lives in Florida. I am so proud of my family!
Marla J. Schreffler- Rhode Island

Re: Ritchie Boys to be put up for Congressional Gold Medal #usa

Alan Cohen

We should remember that the American Ritchie Boys were based on the British X-Troop founded by Churchill two years earlier in 1942 and composed of mainly German-speaking Jewish refugees who could infiltrate behind the German lines to carry out commando warfare. They were so well trained that one who was captured was even interrogated by Rommel who didn't realise he was a Jew.
Unfortunately it was the Americans who got all the kudos.
Alan Cohen

Re: Need help with spelling of 1939 city name in eastern Poland #poland

Yale Reisner

The “c” at the end is not a “ch” sound, but rather a “tz” sound:  Gawłuszowice is pronounced Gav-wu-show-VEE-tze. 

BTW - Polish uses a modified Latin alphabet as do, for example, French or German. Do you consider those to be different alphabets?  Russian actually does use the entirely different Cyrillic alphabet associated with the Orthodox Church.  Even in this bunch of inquiries, there is, once again, someone saying that a document is in either Polish or Russian.  Even those who don’t know either language, should be able to distinguish between the two if they just keep that in mind. 

Best wishes,

Yale J. Reisner
Warsaw, Poland 

Deportation from Vienna #holocaust

Robert Fraser

Dear Friends - My grandfather, living in Vienna, was sent to a labour camp, 'Arbeitslager Wendefurt', in April 1938 (a few days before his son's wedding!)

We know that he was deported, with his wife, on a transport from Vienna to Riga on Dec 3 1941; presumably from 'Aspangbahnhof'. He was never seem again and is presumed to have died in the massacre at Bikernieke woods near Riga..

My research shows that the Wendefurt camp inmates worked on dam construction.

It is assumed that he was returned to Vienna at some point, so my question is - how long might he have remained in the camp? Can anyone theorise what might have happened? We have no family stories on what might have happened between these dates.

Please respond privately, unless the response is of general interest.

Shabbat Shalom

Robert W Fraser, Perth, Western Australia
Researcher 6342

Sunday meeting - A Trip to the Dutch Wild Coast: A 1658 Sephardic Expedition #events #sephardic


A free online meeting this Sunday, from the Sephardic Genealogical Society.

Jeosua Nunez Netto and Joseph Pereira, two Portuguese-born Jews, left a
fascinating account of their trip from Amsterdam to Pomeroom (on South
America's Caribbean coast) in 1658. Their goal was to establish a Jewish
colony on the Essequibo River. The authors appear to waver between
commercialism and salvation, Portuguese and Dutch identity. The account
captures an important moment in Sephardic history after the loss of Dutch

Jonathan Schorsch holds the Chair in Jewish Religious and Intellectual
History at the University of Potsdam (Germany). Among his books are Swimming
the Christian Atlantic: Judeoconversos, Afroiberians and Amerindians in the
Seventeenth-Century Iberian World (Brill, 2008) and Jews and Blacks in the
Early Modern World (Cambridge University Press, 2004). With his colleague
Sina Rauschenbach he co-edited The Sephardic Atlantic: Colonial Histories
and Postcolonial Perspectives (Palgrave, 2018).

This meeting is on Sunday 6 November 2022 at 11am in LA, 2pm NYC, 7pm
London, 8pm Paris/Amsterdam and 9pm Jerusalem. Patrons can join us on Zoom.
The link is shared at our Patreon page at:
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channel. It helps us a lot.

Over the last two and a half years Sephardic World has become the leading
forum for learning about Sephardic history and genealogy. We have no
commercial sponsorship or public funding. There is no charge to attend our
meetings or to view our content. If you are not a patron and can afford it,
please consider supporting our work.

Best wishes,

David Mendoza
Sephardic Genealogical Society

Re: Ritchie Boys to be put up for Congressional Gold Medal #usa

Josh Freeling

I made a typo in my original post. I said "about 2000" when I should have said "about 2600" according to the information I have. My mistake. I have seen estimates that say 1/5 were Jewish, but that number seems to apply to just those who completed the 8 week course, where the figure is around 20% who are Jewish, but those numbers do not tell the whole story. Some did not finish, due to grades and the like. Others however may not have graduated because the Army urgently needed them, so they pulled them from the course. According to the research by Dan Gross, from 7/27/1942 to 9/20/1945, there were 19,669 who graduated any course at Camp Ritchie. Approximately 3800 did not graduate.

Just over 2100 Jewish Ritchie Boys were sent overseas. Just over 220 were known not to have been sent overseas.

The three largest birth place among Jewish Ritchie Boys were:
America: 781
Germany: 1103
Austria: 339
Those three countries alone account for 2223 Jewish Ritchie Boys


Josh Freeling
North Carolina

JGS of Greater Boston November Zoom Program #jgs-iajgs #announcements #russia

Jessie Klein

Nov. 13 1:30-3:30 PM EST The JGS of Greater Boston presents Dr. Kelly O’Neill – Into the Archive: Voyagers from the Russian Empire to the United States

Free for JGS of Greater Boston members, $5 for non-members.  Information at

Jessie Klein
JGS of Greater Boston

Re: Belgium #general


Dear Mr. van Frank,

One of my relatives spent a year at Hospice de Scheut home located at 32, rue de l'Orphelinat in the commune d'Anderlecht in Brussels ( She was arrested in August 1943 and brought to Kazerne Dossin in Malines/Mechelen prior to being transferred to Scheut because of her age (she was 66 yeas old by then) while the rest of her family perished in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Could that information be of any help to you ?

Here is some information I found about the Home de Miravalle in Boitsfort :

Best regards,
Philip Hesske, Paris (France)

Re: Ritchie Boys to be put up for Congressional Gold Medal #usa


Like many others I have seen the movie and read the book.  What I was surprised to learn in Josh's writeup above was a) how many Richie Boys there were and b) that the vast majority were not Jewish.  I had always presumed that it was practically an all-Jewish unit.  Live and learn.  
Herschel Sheiness
San Antonio, Tx

My Cousin was Possibly Euthanized in Vienna: Looking for Hospital File #austria-czech #holocaust

Steven Turner

Hoping that somebody here can help me with this issue. I recently through probate records obtained information on Leon Prager, who was my first cousin, the son of my father's sister. He was born in Vienna in 1929 although the IKG has no birth record for him. He was born deformed and was institutionalized his whole life.
After the Anschluss my father went to visit him and he was not there and nobody in the hospital knew what happened to him. We suspect he was euthanized.
The IKG found a burial record (attached) for him at Zentralfriedhof IV and I had this picture taken of what was an unmarked grave. The cemetery said they put up this plaque a few years ago. The burial record said he died on January 2nd, 1939 at the Steinhof Hospital.
I have engaged with a professor who is an expert in this field and he asked me to get the hospital file of Leo. I applied to the Municipal Archive but have had no luck.
Anybody have any idea how I can get this file? Thanks so much.

Steven S. Turner

Re: Ritchie Boys to be put up for Congressional Gold Medal #usa

Josh Freeling

Absolutely overdue, in my opinion.

If anyone is interested in reading the text by Congressman Trone, it can be viewed at


Josh Freeling
North Carolina

Chaja Doba Palarz #poland


I am searching for information on a relative, Chaja Doba Palarz(Paliarz/Palasz/Palash/Pallas). This family name appears in all these variations in records. She was born in 1878 in Nowy Korczyn, Poland. Her parents were Abram Iser Palarz and Chana Roza Chopfenberg(Hopfenberg), also born in Nowy Korczyn.Her sisters were Sura Estera Palarz, born 1885 and Malka Palarz born 1889. Both Esther and Malka were married and living in the UK by 1913. I have not found any further information about Chaja Doba, other than her birth record, and a photo with her sisters in Lodz, sometime before they both left Poland. If you might know anything about Chaja Doba Palarz,I would appreciate any information. Thank you.
Sharon Shulman

Re: Ritchie Boys to be put up for Congressional Gold Medal #usa

Edward Stone

In the late 80’s I went to Novato, California to meet a distantly related cousin. He talked about immigrating to Chicago in the late 30s and graduating high school there. He then enlisted and was sent to a special school which would teach him to use his German language and culture to work for the Allies behind the lines in Germany. He never mentioned the term Richie Boys but when I made the association, I found him on the lists of those who had served as Richie Boys. His name was Walter Monasch.


Edward A. Stone

6718 Rolling Vista Dr.

Dallas, TX 75248

(214) 392-3600



November 10 on Zoom: Finding Clues in your Family Photos with Sherlock Cohn, presented by the Center for Jewish History #announcements #events #photographs

Moriah Amit

Family History Today: Clued In - Case Studies from Sherlock Cohn, The Photo Genealogist

Thursday, November 10, 5-7 pm Eastern Time (U.S./Canada) 

At its core, genealogy research is detective work. In this fun and informative talk, Sherlock Cohn, the photo genealogy sleuth, will explore how and why it is important to find the clues our ancestors left for us in our family photos. Participants will learn what clues an expert looks for in photos, how to organize your approach to dating and interpreting photos, and how to match photo information with vital records. Additionally, Sherlock will present how she solved “The Case of the Mistaken Date,” demonstrating how accurate dating, photo identification, knowledge of fashion, and records matching can illuminate our ancestors’ lives and help us solve some of our vexing genealogy mysteries.  At the conclusion, she will help attendees begin the process of analyzing their own family photos. Note: The deadline to submit a family photo for potential analysis has passed. 

Tickets: Pay what you wish. Register to receive a Zoom link here
This program is sponsored by the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at the Center for Jewish History. 
Moriah Amit
Senior Genealogy Librarian, Center for Jewish History
New York, NY

Re: Location please, help - where is Jaroszowka Russia, and Faroozowka, Russia #records

Hap Ponedel


This has been a good puzzle. I assume the Jaroszowka you speak of is the town as named when your ancestor was on the move, so before WWII, at least. Thus I would search for these locations on historical maps. Searching for the first two locations provided above by Sherri turn up nothing on historical images. So searching for the third location, first from the modern Google map takes me to a location in the former area of Austrian Galicia. This is contradictory to your suggestion of a location in Russia. But take a look at this screenshot from an 1878 map: 

The spelling is pretty clear. This village is east of the town of Gdow, (G'dov) a few miles. Here is a larger screenshot:

Notice Jaroszowka in the lower right corner. 
Here is a link to the map:

I hope you find this useful.

Hap Ponedel
Eugene, OR

question of what the debate between socialists and communists in the Lower East Side was in the mid 1920's #usa


I am putting together a keepsake of my ancestors and a relative said of my great-grandfather: "He loves Saturdays and attends shul religiously.  After shul, he returns home to a nice lunch, takes a nap, and heads downstairs to argue his socialist views with his communist neighbors." 
I would like to put this into context and have tried to look into this, but would like to know if anyone can explain in a nutshell what the discussion at that time between socialists and communists in the Lower East Side in the mid 1920s.  Thank you so much.

Johanna Pertuis