Where is Zarsenik (or Zargenik) Russia? #russia

Marilyn Feingold

This is where my grandmother’s brother was born and I can’t find the shtetl anywhere.  My grandmother was born in Bila Tserkov, near Kiev,  so I assumed her brother was also born there.
Hopefully some of you have heard of this shtetl or can suggest where I can find it listed. Thank you for any ideas or suggestions.
Marilyn Feingold

MILGROM (Tulchin, Obodivka, Kishinev, Argentina, Australia), Tashkent, Kiev, Israel
SCHLAFFER (Camenca,  Shpikov, Sorocca, Teleneshti, Odessa), Israel
ITKIS/ATKIN (Bila Tserkov)
LEIBOWITZ, Liebowitz(Balta)

Avotaynu DNA project #dna


I sent my DNA a couple of years ago to the Avotaynu DNA project.  I have not received any info and when I go to Avotaynu and click on the link for the project, it just takes me to FTDNA and I cannot find the project, any personal info, or the results of the project.  Does anyone know how to access this?
Thanks for any info.
Robin August, Ph.D.

Edward McMahon husband of Rose Bearnstein #records

Steve Pickoltz

I have solved the problem of why I couldn't find info on Edward.  Thanks to Brian, who located Ed's death cert #27504, the reason was simple.  Believe it or not, the death cert has his last name spelled as McMann.  However, on the Medical Examiners' Return, his wife Rose (my aunt) signed her name as McMahon and listed her husband as Edward McMahon.
Advise--- look carefully at all documents.
Steve Pickholtz
Tabernacle, NJ

Re: Wrong name for my mother #germany #names

Lee Jaffe

You can add alternate names in Ancestry and mark one as preferred.  Then all the names will be search.  I generally use the quotes to indicate a nickname.
The alternative name option in Ancestry sounded ideal, but when I tried it, the record wasn't found when searching for the alternative name. 

Using quotes does work. 

Brackets and slashes cause names marked in that way not to be found.

My great-grandfather was born Menachem Mendel Szteijnsapir, booked passage as Mendel Sapier, lived in the US as Mendel Stein, buried as Menachem Mendel ben Aryeh Leib. 
Therefore my entry for his given and family names in my Ancestry tree read Menachem Mendel and Stein Sztejnsapir.  

I have saved alternate names for Mendel Stein, Menachem Mendel Sztejnsapir, and Mendel Sapier.  

Though I chose not to use quote marks in any of the above entries, I will consider using quotes for some nickname when I think it helps clarify the record.

Lee David Jaffe
Surnames / Towns:  Jaffe / Suchowola, Poland ; Stein (Sztejnsapir) / Bialystok and Rajgrod ; Roterozen / Rajgrod ; Joroff (Jaroff, Zarov) / Chernigov, Ukraine ; Schwartz (Schwarzstein) / Ternivka, Ukraine ;  Weinblatt / Brooklyn, Perth Amboy, NJ ; Koshkin / Snovsk, Ukraine ; Rappoport / ? ; Braun / Wizajny, Suwalki,  Ludwinowski / Wizajny, Suwalki


ViewMate translation request - German #translation

Ross, Phil

I''ve posted a correspondence record in German for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.
Philip Ross

Consanguinity and stillbirths #general

Richard Stower

I am not a doctor or a geneticist so I have not dived deeply into the subject but I have notices that in several branches in my family tree an unusually high incidence of stillbirths. What could possibly be the cause of one woman have seven still borns out of fourteen births?

Was it really that common that first cousins would marry each other? Did anyone back 250/200 years ago make a connection between stillbirths and consanguinity? Did the insular Jewish community discourage it? Aside from the inbreeding it surely must have been devastating to the mother.

Just wondering.

Richard Stower
Yarmouth, Maine
Dobrowa Tarnowską: KANNER, SCHMIDT

ViewMate translation request - Russian. Vital records for surnames Machkind and Potasznik from Terespol #translation

Raina Accardi

I've posted 5 vital records in Russian for which I need a translation. For surnames Machkind and Potasznik from Terespol
They are on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much!
Raina Accardi 
Saugerties, NY
Poland: GEVIRTZMAN in Kobylin; JESINOWITZ/YESNOWITZ in Mszczonów; FELSENSTEIN in Parysów.
Belarus: GUTTWOCH/GOODMAN and ZISSERMAN in Volchin; BUSHMITZ in Vysokaye.
Ukraine: TRAUB and JANOVSKY in Kolki, Sofievka, Radomysl, and Zhytomyr; WEISMAN or ROSENBERG.

ViewMate translation request - Yiddish postcard #translation

Sylvia Fleck Abrams

 I've posted a vital record in Yiddish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

This is the first of a series of postcards addressed to Jacob Green (1853-1939), who came to Cleveland, OH from Hunsdorf, Hungary (in Galicia) in 1879. The postcards were discovered in 2018. They are written by members of the Landerer family. Hopefully, we may learn who the Landerers are and why the family corresponded.
Thank you very much.

Sylvia Abrams

Announcement - JGSIG August Meeting Tues Aug 9 2022 1-2:30 pm ET Zoom RSVP #announcements #education #jgs-iajgs

Arthur Sissman

Announcement - JGSIG August Meeting  Tues Aug 9 2022 1-2:30 pm ET Zoom RSVP 

(TimeConverter -

Announcement and save the date!


If you cannot come but know someone who might benefit from this meeting - ask them to sign up providing the info below and I will send them the link! Thanks!


Jewish Genealogy SIG

Hi all,


Its summer and it is still hot in FL, hope it is better where you are.


The July JGSIG meeting will feature a variety of items.


  1. We will continue to explore the use of spreadsheets and csv files to download and process genealogical info.  A Spreadsheet Handout for your use and review will be sent to attendees.  If you are using spreadsheets in your research, Please send me an example you can share or a template you have created or downloaded to show.
  2. We will continue to explore how to be more efficient in using tabs in (mainly) the Chrome browser to  help make your research “more faster” and efficient.  There are 2 Handouts will be sent to signed up attendees on the Efficiency topic - one general and one specific to tabs.
  3. There will be a recording send to attendees as well.


If you want to attend, send an email to genresearch13@... 


If you are NEW to the Jewish Genealogy SIG, I need the following info to send you a Zoom link and the handouts:

  1. Your name
  2. Your email address
  3. Your location
  4. Your phone # 


You will receive an acknowledgement and the link will arrive 2-3 days before Tues 8/9/22!



Arthur Sissman

Jewish Genealogy SIG of Collier/Lee Co FL


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Researching: ZISMAN/ZYSMAN/ZUSMAN (Belarus); TELESHEVSKY (Belarus); CHANUTIN, (W. Russia), BRODY, (Hungary); FRIEDMAN, (Hungary); GRAUBARD, (Romania/Ukraine)




ViewMate translation request - Lithuanian #translation

Julian & Sharon Peerutin

I've posted a vital record for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

Please help me translate this date (in words). It apparently it is the date of birth. The language, I assume, is Lithuanian. I especially would like to know if there is a day of birth.





Julian Peerutin



VELER/WELLER & SARFINOVICH/SHARFINOWITZ Linkuva/Kupiskis, Lithuania; CINDEL/TSINDEL Kupiskis, Lithuania; LEVIN Rokiskis/Kupiskis, Lithuania; PICK/PINK/PEEK Birz, Lithuania; DIAMOND / ORELASKY Siluva, Lithuania; DRUKER / PENN Dvinsk, Latvia; HIRSCHSOHN / LEVENBERG / LEVINSOHN / MANDELSTAMM Kuldiga/Pilten/Liepaja, Latvia; TAL Jaunjelgava (German: Friedrichstadt); NYMAN/NEIMAN Poland; PEERUTIN/PIRUTIN/PIRUTINSKY Kraslava/Dvinsk, Latvia; Vitebsk, Belarus


The JewishGen Weekly News Nosh July 31, 2022 #JewishGenUpdates

Phil Goldfarb

The Weekly News Nosh

JewishGen Weekly E-Newsletter

Phil Goldfarb, Editor

Date: July 31, 2022 

“A Family Without The Knowledge Of Their Past History, Origin And Culture Is Like A Tree Without Roots”


On behalf of JewishGen, we hope that you are enjoying the free, Weekly News Nosh. The comments from last week’s initial newsletter have been very positive and starting this week, we will implement a suggestion                    of putting all of the JewishGen and genealogical stories first followed by the Jewish history and cultural stories.

Enjoy this week’s Nosh!



1.      JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry database (JOWBR) Grows to 4.25 Million Records. This July update adds approximately 73,500 new records and 51,000 new photos.  The database is adding and/or updating 437 cemeteries.  This brings JOWBR’s holdings to 4.25 million records and 953,000 photos from approximately 10,000 cemeteries / cemetery sections representing 144 countries. To read more see: JOWBR Database Update July 2022 (

2.      JewishGen Memorial Plaques Database Grows to More Than 230,000 Records. This update added approximately 4,600 records and 4,000 photos from 15 new organizations and 3 updated sets. This update brings the Memorial Plaques holdings to 230,400 records and 154,600 photos from 432 synagogues, institutions and memorials representing 43 countries. To read more see: Memorial Plaques Database Update July 2022 (


3.      JewishGen Yizkor Book Project Summary for July 2022. This past month, 28 existing projects were updated, and two new books were published. To read the specifics and see some important links, go to: Yizkor Book Project Summary for June 2022 (

4.      Vilnius household registers. LitvakSIG announces that batch 18 of the Vilnius household registers is now available to qualified donors, bringing the number of available lines to more than 90,000. The registers were created between 1919 and 1940 when Wilno (Vilnius) city and Wilno voivodeship were part of Poland. The registers contain detailed information about everyone who lived in Wilno at that time, including children. The data fields for typical entries include the full name, maiden name, names of parents including the mother's maiden name, place and date of birth, place of most recent residence, marital status, and more. For more information about the Vilnius household registers, including a list of all addresses completed to date see:

5.      MyHeritage members can now manage multiple sets of parents in their online family tree. MyHeritage users can now specify up to three sets of parents for any individual in the online family tree: biological, adoptive, and foster. For example, if an individual was adopted and his or her biological parents are known, both relationships can now be accommodated in the family tree. Read their blog on this story: New: Managing Multiple Sets of Parents in the Online Family Tree - MyHeritage Blog

6.      Create A DNA Kit for Deceased Ancestor? Use GEDmatch Lazarus Tool. Using GEDmatch and DNA kits from relatives of an ancestor, you can recreate part of their genetic code using the Lazarus tool.  Watch the video from GEDmatch:

7.      Oshpitzin Jewish Museum in Oświęcim, Poland, the town in southern Poland were the Nazis built the Auschwitz death camp, launches online digital catalogue of all of its holdings. The digital catalogue project took 18 months to complete and entailed surveying and cataloguing 1,378 artefacts, 8,058 photographs, 18,165 documents, 744 multimedia pieces and 4,096 books. Read more from Jewish Heritage Europe:


8.      The Concise Dictionary of American Jewish Biography is available online. Researchers can use this online version of The Concise Dictionary from the American Jewish Archives in two ways: browsing by letter or by downloading it in its entirety.  Go to Thanks to Jewish Genealogist Ethan Starr who passed along this story to me.


9.      Have you heard of Synagogues 360?  It is a visual and historical record of Synagogues from around the world.  Synagogues 360 brings you a unique visual and historical experience of synagogues across North America, Europe and Asia from small, remote villages to cosmopolitan cities. This photo archive includes synagogues older than two thousand years to those of the most modern architecture as well as neo-classic, Byzantine, neo-Gothic, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and many vernacular design styles as it includes 584 synagogues from 38 countries. This website preserves these unique historical legacies and presents them in 360-degree panoramic, interactive photos. Go to the website and explore: Synagogues360 | ( On a personal note: this project is truly magnificent and a must see.

10.  Forthcoming Ken Burns Documentary: "The U.S. and the Holocaust" The film, directed and produced by Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein, will air on PBS on Sept. 18, 19 and 20, from 8 to 10 p.m. ET. Check your local listings. "The U.S. and the Holocaust" is 90% black and white with archival images and interviews. In a recent interview Burns stated: "I will not work on a more important film." To read more about the documentary go to: THE U.S. AND THE HOLOCAUST to Premiere September 18, 2022, on PBS

11.  Stone inscription in southern India reveals evidence of region’s oldest synagogue. An inscription on a stone pillar found in a small village in southern India may reveal new information about the oldest synagogue in the area and possibly shine a new light on the early history and trade activity of Jews in the region. Based on the writing style, researchers say the inscription dates back to the 13th century. Read the story from JTA: Stone inscription in southern India reveals evidence of region’s oldest synagogue - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (


12.  How Jewish Doctors Secretly Documented Starvation in the Warsaw Ghetto. A singular act of resistance through science. Exactly 80 years ago, a group of starving Jewish scientists and doctors in the Warsaw Ghetto were collecting data on their starving patients. They hoped their research would benefit future generations through better ways to treat malnutrition, and they wanted the world to know of Nazi atrocities to prevent something similar from ever happening again.  With death knocking on the door, the doctors smuggled their precious research out of the ghetto to a sympathizer who buried it in the cemetery of the Warsaw hospital. Less than a year later, all but a few of the 23 authors were dead. Read the story from Slate:

13.  Photos That Helped to Document the Holocaust Were Taken by a Nazi. An article in the New York Times discuses a Dutch photographer, Herman Heukels who took photos of people who would soon be deported to concentration camps. They would be the final images of many people, 5,500 sent that day from Amsterdam to Westerbork transit camp then on to the “east”. The vast majority would not return. These photos are strong visual evidence used by historians to illustrate the Holocaust in the Netherlands. The Netherlands’ Holocaust took 102,000 of the estimated 140,000 Jewish civilians who lived in the Netherlands before World War II. Heukels intended to depict Jews in a demeaning light—but in the end he documented as a witness to the atrocities of the Third Reich. To read the article, see: The New York Times is a subscription publication but allows up to three free articles. Thanks to Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson of the IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee for this story.

14.  Linguist Isaac Bleaman receives National Science Foundation award to study language of Holocaust survivors. The five-year $470,000 grant will support research that documents the Yiddish language as it was spoken by survivors who were interviewed for the Visual History Archive of the USC Shoah Foundation, an organization that was founded by film director Steven Spielberg in 1994. Read the story from the Forward:

15.  Oldest Artifact Ever Found in Jerusalem, Revealed. Found on Mount Zion, a flint arrowhead is not only the oldest, but the smallest complete object of this kind ever found in Jerusalem. n artifact from the Neolithic period, at least 7,000 years old, has been found in ancient Jerusalem – on Mount Zion, no less. The artifact is an arrowhead about the size of one’s pinkie nail, fashioned from white flint with delicate pink veins. Read the story from Harretz: Oldest Artifact Ever Found in Jerusalem, Revealed - Archaeology - 


16.  New Exhibit: At the Terezin Memorial in the Czech Republic. Opening September 8 and running through November 30. It is about Jewish Olympic athlete and Holocaust survivor Kurt Epstein and his family which dates back at least three centuries. You can read more at: Kurt Epstein: Czechoslovak Olympic Athlete, Army Reserve Officer and Holocaust Survivor - Terezín Memorial (

17.   Going to the Big Apple? Yiddish “Fiddler on the Roof” returns to New York this fall for a seven-week run. “Fidler Afn Dakh,” the first-ever North American performance of the Yiddish version of the 1964 Broadway musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” premiered at the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene in 2018. It was an unexpected smash success, and eventually moved Off-Broadway before plans for a national and international run were halted indefinitely due to the pandemic in early 2020. It will again be directed by Oscar and Tony award winner Joel Grey. Read more from JTA: Yiddish ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ returns to New York this fall - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (


                                                               Hurry, it is not too late!                                                                                                                               You can still register and attend the 42nd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy which is being held virtually from August 21-25. Go to:


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BRUNHOLTZ, RACHEL Yad Vashem Item ID 8978597 + File No. M.31.2/10065 #holocaust

xan madera

Buenas dias, yo encontre datas muy interesantes en relacion con mi familia BRAUNHOL(T)Z de Polonia y Ucraina.
es possible de enviar mis preguntas a Yad Vashem en Israel porfa.
Kiero saver si RACHEL BRUNHOLTZ ,nee HELD tiene hijos y donde ella fue despues de la liberacion.
Por favor, pónganme en contacto con las personas y familiares que la ayudaron.
La pagina Yad Vashem contact no funciona correctamente.

Hello, I found an amazing family stuff in relation with my family BRAUNHOL(T)Z from Poland and Ucraine.
Can you send it to the correct person at Yad Vashem.
I like to now if RACHEL BRUNHOLTZ ,nee HELD has children and where she was after the liberacion.
Please set me in contact with the persons and relatives who helped her.
The Yad Vashem webpage contact did not work right.
cheers +saludos
shavua tov
Jan Braunholz-Frankfurt/M

ver annexo

[Hungarian Translation] Prison Record #general #hungary #translation

Moishe Miller


I hope you are all doing well. 

My gg-uncle, Moses Emanuel Stern (son of Tzvi/Herman) from the town of Ilok (present-day Croatia) shows up in what I think is a Hungarian prison record. 
Can someone translate this prison record and tell me what it says?

Thank you for your time and effort,
Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF #3391
MODERATOR NOTE: Please reply privately

Re: DNA analysis #dna

Robert Hanna

I've been doing the same.  I color coded and starred each of my known matches.  I've gone through each of my 2nd to 3rd cousin matches and checked to see which of my known matches we share.  Then, it's a matter of looking at their family trees and writing to them.  So far, some good results.

Robert Hanna


Re: Wrong name for my mother #germany #names

Elynn Boss

You can add alternate names in Ancestry and mark one as preferred.  Then all the names will be search.  I generally use the quotes to indicate a nickname.

Elynn Boss
Frisco, Texas, United States
Searching: Abrahams (New York); Gichtin/Gechtin/Gertin (Buffalo, New York and Canada); Dreishpoon (New York, Russia, France), Danovitch/Daynes (New York, Massachusetts, Poland/Russia) and associated branches.

Re: Wrong name for my mother #germany #names

Elise Cundiff

I have just in the past few days stopped using the parentheses and slashes for these alternative versions of given names and surnames as I am building a new family tree. I discovered that Ancestry wasn't returning search results for the alternatives otherwise - I have to search each separately.  That results in a lot of searches per individual when I have alternative spellings, various permutations, and sometimes completely different names for a person. Listing them as, for example, "Sarah Sora Sally", mostly works to bring up any one of the 3.
I may be mistaken, but it seems to me that wasn't quite such an issue with Ancestry previously

Elise Cundiff

Ship manifest for Pinkas Birenkrant #galicia

Penina Weiss

Hello friends
I would like to find a ship manifest for Pinkus Birenkrant. I believe he was from Galicia. Died in 1975 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 
Father was Mordechai Birenkrant
Pinkas married Rywka Necha Huzems (born 1893 Ostrowice Poland and died in 1979 in Buenos Aires Argentina)
One son Abraham. Possible other children.
Thank you very much
Penina Weiss

Ship manifest for BIRENKRANT #galicia

Penina Weiss

Hello friends
Looking for a ship manifest for Izaac Mayer Birenkrant (1904-1952). He came from Galicia and destination was Buenos Aires Argentina.
His father was Ephraim Birenkrant.
Izaac's wife was Freida Zimmer (1917-2000)
They had two children both born in Buenos Aires
Rosita (1939-2021) who married Luis Sardal
Armando (Avraham) (1943-2017) who married Elsa Nelida Litichiever (1947-2014)
Other Birnkrants came from various places in Galicia... Sanok/Lutowiska/Lesko/Dobromil. 
I don't know where in Galicia 
Izaac came from.
Thank you!
Penina Weiss

Re: Looking for Rapoport relatives #latvia


I suggest you to add the information
which is real (based on any documents from Latvia or
mentioning Latvia).

Mr. Gints Neiburgs
in Riga, Latvia

Re: PBS Three Part Documentary on Holocaust to Air September 18-20, 2022 #announcements #holocaust

Frank Szmulowicz

Beaucoup d'entre nous ici ont des histoires similaires et partagent votre douleur. Beaucoup d'entre nous ici ont trouvé du réconfort en faisant des recherches sur la vie des êtres chers et en célébrant leur vie.
Frank Szmulowicz

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