Re: obit help #usa


I found articles on in the Chicago Tribune startingwith the death notice until about , abt 2 months later dealing with 5 year old Robin's custody determination,  I have attached the one about the funeral services below.
Sandra Parker

1717 tax payers record #translation

Ben Forman

Hi JewishGen Community

I'd be grateful for a translation of this document I've posted on Viewmate:

The document is a 1717 Tax Record for the region of Wegrow and includes the names of the "Arendarz" or Lease Holders in the area


Ben Forman
Researching Furman/Forman: Kaluszyn & Wity

Glukhov Family Lists from 1888 Are Translated #ukraine #russia

Beth Galleto

Dear fellow researchers,

Tax censuses (family lists) from the Glukhov uezd (district) in 1888 have now been translated and transcribed as part of the Chernigov Gubernia Document Translation Project.

The lists include 270 families made up of 1,690 individuals. Among these families there are 211 surnames. I have extracted these surnames and attached the list to this email. The original pages can be seen online on the FamilySearch website in FHL film 1409779, item 5. 

So far this project has translated tax censuses from six Chernigov uezds in 1882, and from 11 uezds in 1888. Data from all except the most recently translated of these lists can be accessed through the JewishGen search page.

Search for your surnames of interest from the lists that have been uploaded by entering each name in the JewishGen Unified Search. When the results page appears, click on those listed for the heading "Ukraine Revision Lists". (The tax censuses or family lists are not actually revision lists, but they are similar enough to be categorized under this heading.)  

Those who donate $100 or more to the Chernigov Gubernia Document Translation Project on the JewishGen website are eligible to view the completed spreadsheets before they are uploaded to the website. Please contact me with proof of your donation if you want to see any of the finished spreadsheets. All donations of any size are appreciated and will continue to advance the project. You can donate through the following link:

Next to be translated will be tax censuses from the Mglin uezd in 1888.

Best wishes,

Beth Galleto,
Project Leader

Was there an age rule for children traveling with mother to Ellis Island in 1913? #usa #general


Wrapping up family research, my great grandmother immigrated to America in 1913 with three children.  Two were around 12 and 9 while the other was around 6.  The family was always told that there was some type of obstacle in getting the youngest child through the process at Ellis Island.  There was some kind of worry that she would not get through. One of the main reasons to their understanding, is that she may have been too young to travel. I'm under the impression, that there is no age that would be too young, as long as you are escorted by your parent.  Can anyone confirm this, or shed light on what age issues could be?
Thank you,
Johanna Pertuis

Re: Homorodu de Mijloc Romania/Hungary #hungary #romania

Valentin Lupu

Hi Kathleen,
There are three villages Homorod (in Romanian):
- Homorodul de Sus (Upper Homorod) known as  Felsohomorod in Hungarian
- Homorodul de Mijloc (Midlle Homorod) or Kozephomorod in Hungarian, 1 mile north of Felsohomorod
- Homorodul de Jos (Lower Homorod) or Also Homorod, 3 miles north of Kozephomorod.
All these villages are in Satu Mare County (Szatmar).
Fanny mentioned her birth place as K. Homorod (Homorodul  de Mijloc) in her immigration manifest. These places were in Hungary at the time of her birth. The Szatmar County is part of Romania since the end of WWI (except for 1940-1944 when were returned back to Hungary).
Try the Romanian National Archives - Satu Mare (registrar 103?)

Valentin Lupu

Re: The September 2022 Issue of the Galitzianer: The Journal of Gesher Galicia #galicia

Steven Turner

Happy to write in my column for this issue about my Uncle Paul who made his way from a gulag in Kazakhstan to Mauthausen in 1944-45. Has what you learned about an ancestor in your research ever completely changed your mind about what you thought about that person? That's what happened to me.

It's a fantastic issue. Please give it a read. Kudos to our editor Jodi Benjamin.

Steven S. Turner
President, Gesher Galicia Inc.

Re: Jammal Family from Aleppo, Syria in the 19th Century #sephardic #israel


It will probably not help much, but when I was pregnant with my son (next week he will be 40!), I worked in Jerusalem with Jammal
, his family came from Aleppo.  He lived in Jerusalem but I think many members of his family lived abroad.

Vivian Silbermann Cohen
Mevasseret Zion

Re: Homorodu de Mijloc Romania/Hungary #hungary #romania

Theo Rafael

Hi Kathleen,

Back in 1880 that was part of Austrio-Hungarian Empire and the Hungarian version of the name is Közéf-homoród in the county of Satu Mare (Szatmár in Hungarian). After WW1 Transylvania became part of Romania which it still belongs to today. 
Many of the birth registrations from that period can be searched on Jewishgen. I think you can also request to see the original registration for a fee.

Many of the original registration books are also available on Ancestry where they can be searched via index and also looked at as they are available in scanned format online. You can get the 2 week free trial or pay for a lengthier membership there.

The third and much more complicated way of accessing those is to write to the Romanian Archives but I would avoid that if possible. You can read details on this lengthy process on relevant Romanian Genealogy groups on Facebook....

Theo Rafael

Re: Seeking information on POLLAK, ADLER, SELIKOS Hungary-Slovakia #hungary #slovakia

Peter Absolon

Hi Judith,

Regarding the BARKANY surname - The original surname was BARKAN means "thorn" in Hebrew, and the bearers of that surname came to Humenne and later to Presov area from Holesov/Holleschau in Moravia.

Peter Absolon
Kosice, Slovakia

WAJSBROD, Chęciny, Poland #poland

Yale Reisner



Dear JewishGenners:

The September 13, 2022 edition of the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza carried a legal notice indicating that the Regional Court in Kielce, Eighth Civil Division, is considering a request from one Rafał Małecki of Plac 2-go Czerwca in Chęciny for a court stipulation that the following individual is deceased without heirs:

Izrael Wulf WAJSBROD (or WAJSBROT), son of Symcha Hersz (or Szmul Hersz) WAJSBROD & Brandla (née HAJT), born in Chęciny on July 19, 1930.

The Court asks that anyone with information regarding the fate of Izrael Wulf WAJSBROD or his living heirs please contact the Court directly within three months of the publication of the notice; otherwise, the Court will rule i favor of the claimant, Mr. Małecki.

In contacting the Court, interested parties should make reference to Docket No. VIII Ns 113/20.

Best wishes,

Yale J. Reisner

Warsaw, Poland

JGFF #913980


obit help #usa

Trudy Barch

Hi genners,


Harold Sher, his wife Frieda ‘Fritzie, and daughter Lynne Dee were on their summer vacation when a drunk driver hit their car.  The 3 family members died instantly (as the family story goes).  This was August 22, 1956 in Martin, Minnesota.   The funeral was in Chicago, Illinois at Rosehill Cemetery.  Do not know when the burial was.


I found an obit article but it is impossible to read.  I was hoping that you might have a clearer copy.  Also the picture of the stone was fuzzy.  Hopefully you will have a clearer copy of it.   As I have been told there were many articles about the accident and law suit that followed in the Chicago Tribune.  I can not find them.  Any further suggestions where I might look?   I tried Chicago Tribune August 1956 and Martin, Minnesota.


Thank you for your help.    Trudy Barch,   FLorida


US Returns 2000 Year Old Looted Coin to Israel #israel #usa #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen


2,000-year-old Jewish coin that U.S. authorities have returned to Israel


American authorities have returned a rare, 2,000-year-old Jewish coin to Israel nearly two decades after it was looted, smuggled and put up for auction in the United States, Israel’s antiquities authority announced Tuesday.  The quarter shekel silver coin, made in the year 69, is one of just two confirmed to exist. The other has been in the British Museum’s collection for a century.


The Manhattan District Attorney issued a press release regarding the return which can be read at:


Year Four Quarter Shekel, the second such coin known to exist from “The Great Jewish Revolt” that began in 66 C.E. The Quarter Shekel, which was minted in 69 C.E., signaled independence from Rome during the revolt that ended with the siege and mass suicide at Masada in C.E. 73. The Quarter Shekel. It is valued at more than $1,000,000 and was returned at a repatriation ceremony attended by Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan, Director General of the Israel Antiquities Authority Eli Eskozido, Israel’s Consul General in New York, Assaf Zamir.


This coin was looted and smuggled through several countries and sold with false provenance to unwitting buyers,” said Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York Acting Special Agent in Charge Ricky J. Patel. “This recovery was only possible through the expertise and investigative work of HSI agents across the world, working together with antiquities experts and our partners at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and in Israel, to ensure we could reclaim and return this important artifact to the people of Israel.”




In 2002, the Israel Antiquities Authority learned through multiple informants that the Quarter Shekel had been looted in the Ella Valley, Israel. The Israel Antiquities Authority spent the next two decades attempting to locate the coin. During this time, the Quarter Shekel circulated within the illicit antiquities market in and around Israel until it was smuggled from Israel through Jordan to the United Kingdom. In London, false provenance papers were prepared to export the Quarter Shekel from the United Kingdom to the United States, where it was offered for sale at the Heritage Auction’s World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction scheduled for August 3, 2017, in Denver, Colorado.

The antiquity was administratively seized by HSI Denver in 2017, and the investigation was taken over by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Antiquities Trafficking Unit (ATU) in 2022.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


American Jewish University Bel Air (Los Angeles, CA, USA) Campus Sold #announcements #usa

Jan Meisels Allen

Earlier this year I posted about American Jewish University (AJU) announcing it is selling its Bel Air Familian Campus. It is now been disclosed that the sale is  to the EF Education First an educational organization that offers language learning  and international degree programs. AJU will continue to house its administrative offices at the Familian Campus until September 2028. The university’s 2,700-acre Brandeis Bardin Campus in Simi Valley, which hosts the annual Camp Alonim summer program, will not be affected by the sale and will remain under AJU’s management, university officials confirmed.


At the time of the earlier posting, they said the decision was a “strategic investment in the future of AJU hat will “generate significant endowment funds for a range of academic offerings and community programs that are tailored to our world — and the Jewish community’s needs — today and tomorrow.”


The president of the university said since 2018, said that “the cost of maintaining our Bel Air campus” during the COVID-19 pandemic had run counter to the university’s mission to “advance and elevate the Jewish journey of individuals, organizations and our community.”


AJU has established a working committee to oversee the process of transitioning out of its Bel Air campus and planning for the future, according to university officials, and will provide regular updates to the community.


EF Education First is a family-owned international educational organization established in 1965 that offers students language learning, educational travel, cultural exchange and academic degree programs. EF plans to use the property for an EF International Language Campus, which will bring students from more than 75 countries together to learn English through a fully accredited program. EF has similar schools globally and across the U.S., including campuses in Pasadena, San Diego, San Francisco, and Santa Barbara.


To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


The September 2022 Issue of the Galitzianer: The Journal of Gesher Galicia #galicia

Gesher Galicia SIG

We are delighted to announce the release of the September 2022 issue of the Galitzianer, the quarterly research journal of Gesher Galicia. Among other things, this issue includes some compelling family narratives, such as the story of a Galician-turned-American who fought on both sides of WWI and a granddaughter’s discovery of her grandmother’s hidden Jewish past. Here is a list of the articles in this issue:

·         The Baron Hirsch Schools of Galicia by Barbara Krasner

·         Chyrów’s Jewish Legacy by Bogdan Syvanych

·         A Life Befitting a Name by Evan Rosenfield

·         Memories of My Father: From Galicia to Philadelphia by Jacob Aufschauer

·         Sabina from Lwow by Agnieszka Michalik

·         President’s Page by Steven S. Turner

The Galitzianer is a membership benefit of Gesher Galicia. To join, visit our website at Members and nonmembers alike are invited to submit articles to the journal on Galicia-related themes. For details, please review our submissions policy at and contact me at submissions@....

Jodi G. Benjamin
Editor, The Galitzianer
Gesher Galicia

Send all inquiries to submissions@...

Adam Cherson

A new idea just occurred to me. There is a renowned professor who is here in the USA and therefore more accessible, I hope: If anyone can help surely it will be Professor Behar.
Adam Cherson,NY, NY
Benyakonski, Kherszon, Rubinovich, Solts, Grodsinski, Levine, Cohen, Kaplan, Lubetski, Karchmer, Horwitz, Rabinovich, Zussman (Lida, Voronova, Dieveniskes, Konvaliski, Smarhon, Vilna)
Genomics Publications and Presentations:


Israel Jacob Weinberger/ Anna W. Geller, both of Cleveland (and Galicia): Seeking descendants #usa

Alice Glasner

I would be grateful to communicate with descendants of this brother and sister, siblings of my great-grandmother. I’m interested to learn family history, before and after settlement in Cleveland prior to 1900.   Please reply to me privately. 
Thank you,
Alice Glasner

Moderator note: As requested, please reply privately. If you do not know how to reply directly to an individual, please see:


Re: Comparing people in photographs #photographs

Jeffrey Grossman

I just heard a presentation about this photo comparing tool developed by a member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington:

Jeffrey Grossman
Redmond WA


I emailed the Patronato (in Spanish) asking about immigration records but there was no reply. I did see that Facebook has a page for the Patronato but the information about it is sketchy. I tried posting on that but nothing happened. I don't think the contact person mentioned in this discussion group for the Patronato is the contact anymore (I used the organization's email address, not a person's).

There are articles out there about the Cuban Jews but they speak generically about the immigration experience and don't provide clues to where there may be data. I've tried researching the potential ports of embarkation (Bremen, Hamburg, etc.) but so far no luck. None of the major genealogy portals have their names as immigration ship passengers. The portal called Cubagenweb only has Havana disembarking passenger lists from ships prior to 1900s. I've also looked at collections of Cuban newspapers, most notably the major publication El Diario de la Marina, which is digitized but not indexed so that one cannot search within the collection nor within each edition. 

If disembarkation lists are lost, I have to believe that embarkation lists still exist somewhere. However, it's been like searching for a needle in a haystack. I wish some of the scholars or leaders of the Jewish community could take up the search for the 1920s. Many of those Jews immigrated twice in their lifetimes (1) out of Europe in the early 20th century and (2) out of Cuba in the 1960s mostly into the U.S.

Eugenia Bachert

Seeking information on POLLAK, ADLER, SELIKOS Hungary-Slovakia #hungary #slovakia


This is the first time I am posting a message.
I am trying to find information on our ancestor Rav  PINHAS ELIAS ADLER Ben Avraham  also called Hevesi. He came to Abony (Hungary before 1792 ).Was he connected to the 3 brothers Stern , Fruchter and Adler who came to Marmaros and greeted the Emperor?
I am also trying to find information on my paternal grandmother Ernestine Pollak (Married to Heinrich Adler ) , born in Tapolcsany in 1853, we cannot find information on the Pollaks of Tapolcsany  (her mother was Johanna)
Does anybody have information on SZALAKUS near NITRA where my paternal family (ADLER;we don't know if they are connected to rav Pinhas Adler ) comes from ?
We recently heard of AVRAHAM SELIKOS (HOF),connected to Rav Mordekhay Schoenfeld from Nitra .Would this rav Avraham Selikus originate from SZALAKUS?
Does anybody know the origin of the name BARKANY (HUMMENE)
Thank you to all the wonderful people who take the time to read and answer
Judith Wolff

Re: Obtaining Austro-Hungarian army Records #records


Some such records are in the genealogy Web sites. lists the following sources:

Germany and Austria, Military and Marine Unit Histories, 1760-1933 (in German)
Germany & Austria, Directories of Military and Marine Officers, 1500-1939 (in German)
Das K.K. Österreische Auxiliarcorps im russischen Feldzuge, 1812 (in German)
Ruhmeshalle der k.k. österreichischen Armee (in German)

Miles Rind
Seattle, Washington, USA