Orange County CA JGS Meeting Sunday July 24th 10:00 am PT with Karen Franklin #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Michelle Sandler

Sunday July 24th at 10:00 am pacific time the Orange County California
JGS is having Karen Franklin speak on What's new in German Jewish
Genealogy. Everyone must register to view the meeting. Please go to to register.
Meeting is free for members and $5 for non members payable on our website.

Michelle Sandler
Vice President of Programming OCJGS
Westminster, California

Re: New brick wall related to: reconciling documents with different maiden names for my maternal gg grandmother #romania

Michele Lock

Was it your grandmother who told you that she didn't have any relatives in this country? Given how large famiies were 2-3 generations ago, that seem a bit odd. Especially since new immigrants often came to live with relatives already here, or the new immigrants' tickets were paid for by relatives here in the US. Who did your grandmother live with when she was a little girl?

Have you traced your grandmother's family back to the old country, via records on Jewishgen? It is possible that the connection between your grandmother and this Bloom family is through forebears who did not come to this country.

I used to think that I did not have any forebears that settled New York City. Except that I had DNA matches whose families only lived in NYC or its suburbs. It turns out that two of my great grandmothers had sisters (who were unknown to me) who came to the US and lived in NYC; it was these sisters' great grandchildren who were the DNA matches to me. 
Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Rabinowitz in Papile, Lithuania and Riga, Latvia
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

Rabbi David ben Moshe of Novarodok #rabbinic

Yonatan Ben-Ari

During many years of the 19 th century a Rabbi David ben Moshe of Kletzk served as  the Rav of Novarodok. I have been in touch with some of his descendants , none of them if had a family name.  As i believe i am a descendant his brother, does anyone know details as to other children of his father, Moshe of Kletzk.

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Re: Jack Hyman- Jersey City, NJ #usa

Brian Kerr

I had done some searching and I used variables, wildcards, etc...

It appears (to me) that the Jack Hyman in question (from the 1930 Census) who shows Anna as the spouse is not the same individual your related to.

I believe that it may be another "Hyman" who either used "Jack" as a nickname, from a middle name, or something else.

I even think that the Jack Hyman in the census may be (another individual) named "Jack Weldon Hyman".

I've encountered similar situations like the same/similar name in a few Census records for the same year & Location.

It also becomes a real challenge when an individual (like Jack Hyman) is common to a specific/around a specific location. Even "if" there's a possibility that a last name was misspelled from other variants like Heiman, Heyman, etc...

This is only my personal opinion/suggestion based upon what I can see.

I do wish you the best of luck in your hunt. :-))

~Brian Kerr

-- ~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<<|

Internet Archive Needs our Help #general

Marjorie Geiser

Hi all,

I received an email from Internet Archive today saying they are being threatened by several publishers, who want to shut them down. For some of you not aware, this is also the site that has the WayBack Machine, where you can find urls that are no longer active.

Here is a link to learn more about what Internet Archive is all about.

I use this site a lot! Often this is the only place where I can find info from a particular book that's out of copyright, but not anywhere else. Some books you can download, some you can 'borrow' for a certain period of time. And all books you can search, if you're looking for a particular word or name.

For that reason, I'd hate to see them disappear! So I thought I'd share that they're asking for donations to help them with their fight. I have no affiliation with them. I'm just a fan.

Again, the url is

Margie Geiser
Arizona, USA


Re: Trying to Fill in Blanks on PARADIES Tree #germany

Elaine Berghausen

Hi Martha,
I am a descendant of the Berghausen line from Luedenhausen. According to my information, Fanny Herz Berghausen, who was born in Luedenhausen, married Simon Jacob Paradies and they had 6 children.  

Kind regards

Elaine Berghausen
Sacramento, California

Re: Ohayon family from Morocco #sephardic


Hello Samuel,

My wife has a friend Michele Ohayon who lives in Los Angeles. Her Ohayon family is from Casablanca, then moved to Israel, where she was born. Her father was ELIE, son of Esther and Avraham/Albert.

Doesn't sound like same immediate family but PM me if you want to get in touch with her.

Bill Elkus
Park City, Utah

Re: Avotaynu Publication and Nu?hat's New? #usa

Fay Bussgang

That is very sad! It is a great loss to the genealogical world. I hope someone else will pick up the slack and publish such a journal. Gary is to be commended for having published Avotaynu for so many years. It has been a great contribution to the growth of Jewish genealogy.

Fay Bussgang
Dedham, MA

JGSColorado presents: New!! Intro to Jewish Genealogy at No Cost. #events

Ellen Beller

New!! Intro to Jewish Genealogy at No Cost.  

Open to members and non member of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Colorado 


Register Once

2 Sessions  2 Different days  Same ZOOM Link


Session 1  Monday Night, August 1, 2022 7:00 - 8:30 PM on ZOOM


Session 2 Monday Night, August 8, 2022 7:00 - 8:30 PM on ZOOM

Intro to Jewish Genealogy

This class will explore the basics of Ashkenazi Jewish genealogy, including Jewish genealogy myths, specialized records and general genealogy resources. We'll look at the fundamentals doing an accurate family history and how to get going.

"By the end of this two-class workshop, you'll be ready to get a strong start.



"Mark Fearer is a professional genealogist with Ancestral Discovery, and has pursued family history since 1984. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society and several local genealogy societies. He has completed courses of the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research, and Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and is a graduate of the ProGen Study Course. Although specializing in Jewish genealogy, he conducts family history research for both Jewish and non-Jewish clients. Mark has taught a number of genealogy courses, and has lectured at numerous venues, including at national genealogy conferences, such as IAJGS. He also writes a monthly genealogy column for the Intermountain Jewish News ( His website is


To register for all members and nonmembers please go to 
Ellen Beller President JGSCO 


Can you translate this Yiddish note? #translation


This was cut from a postcard written to my grandfather on October 13, 1935 by his sister, Lusia Altman Lowinkrohn, from Dziedzilow (Jew Town) near Novvy Yarchiv (Jaryczów) then in Poland, now in Ukraine. Tsvi was my grandfather’s Hebrew name.
The other side of the postcard is a photo of Lusia, who looks about 25 years old.
Can you translate the Yiddish? Thank you so much!
Best wishes,
Nina Schwartz


Nina Schwartz

Nina Schwartz

Searching for Itacow in the Russian Empire #russia

Jean Lachaud

In this Declaration of intention (, the applicant’s birth place is listed as “Itacow, Russia,” in 1894.


Most likely, this place was in current-day Poland.


I know that plenty of places changed names, at times several times, and/or became part of larger places.


Any lead is welcome.


Thanks in advance.


Jean Lachaud



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Re: New brick wall related to: reconciling documents with different maiden names for my maternal gg grandmother #romania


I had a similar problem with my great great grandmother, and several different last names came up. I finally figured out that her mother remarried, and some documents had her birth father's name while others had her mother's second husband's name. To compound the issue, her sister lived with her and was actually a half-sister whose maiden name matched the second husband's, after Americanization (GRUNFELD -> GREENFIELD). Not all documents made that clear, some censuses just had "sister". So that's one possibility.

Another case involves ancestors with three last names. They used one name in "Russia" (Latvia at the time), moved to England and used a different name but seems to be an Anglicized version, then some of the children went by Cohen. Once in the US, there were some other name shufflings.

And of course, people adopted whatever name in the US if they wanted to "fit in". Also, do you know for certain that she was never married previously?
Jeff Goldner
Researching Goldner, Singer, Neuman, Braun, Schwartz, Gluck, Reichfeld (Hungary/Slovakia); Adler, Roth, Ader (Galicia); Soltz/Shultz/Zuckerman/Zicherman (Vitebsk, maybe Lithuania), Wald and Grunfeld (Secovce, Slovakia fka Galszecs)

Kalman ABRAMOWITZ, death 1944 #israel

Yonatan Ben-Ari

I have a picture of the tombstone of a Kalman ABRAMOWITZ. The
tombstone, which is in hebrew (alone) notes that he deceased in 1944,
that his parents were Yitzchak and Zlata, and that he was "Ish
Yerushalayim" ( man of Jerusalem).

I have a great greatuncle by this name whose father was Yitzchak and
he lived for several year in Jerusalem but there are several
differences between our records and the tombstone: Our Kalman's mother
was Gittle (not Zlata) and my uncle died in 1941.

I don't know if the two are one and the same and either the head stone
may be mistaken or our records are incorrect. Also, does "Ish
Yerushalayim" mean the the deceased was born in Jerusalem or had lived
here. My uncle immigrated to the usa from Novarodok and spent a few
years in Jerusalem (he was married to a woman from the Rivlin-Porush
family of Jerusalem) but most of his life lived in New York.

I would be happy to hear from anyone who knows that he is related to
the above Kalman ben Yitzchak and Zlata ABRAMOWITZ who died in 1944.

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Chislavichi and Monastyrshchina of Mstislavl Uyezd, Mogilev gubernia #russia

Shlomo Gurevich

Re: Wrong name for my mother #germany #names

Lee Jaffe

I have to say I'm stunned by this comment suggesting it's "disrespectful" to include the ancestors of a 3rd cousin in my tree.  This seems backwards at the very least.  I worked my way up my tree to my 2x great-grandparents, entered all of their children – my great-grandfather's siblings – and then worked my way back down their trees to identify by grandmother's 1st cousins, and my mother's 2nd cousins and ... voila, my 3rd cousins.  This seems like such a fundamental part of genealogy,  I can't imagine how you could do otherwise.  Am I missing something?

Lee 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


Re: New Jewish DNA From 14th Century Erfurt #sephardic #dna #germany

Adam Cherson

To Those Studying the Erfurt Data:

I did some modeling this evening which may be of interest on the topic of Khazar and Avar inputs into Erfurt.

I'm not sure what to make of these results because they suggest an Avar input into both the Erfurt1 (Middle Eastern) and Erfurt2 (European) groups; and the Venosa samples show a possible Avar gene flow into the Benevento area (in samples also showing Yamnaya input), at a time when the Longobards were there (and possibly when there were also Jews in that region as well).

Here are all the Erfurt samples available as G25 profiles admixed to representative Avar, Khazar (proxies), Yamnaya, and Modern Sephardic samples (I also included two S. Italian samples from circa 710 CE):

And here are the source populations showing their primary references:

If these images don't appear well, here are the files:!AuwT-4qnkJLBnleJchVHGMwpU63s?e=ocmvCt

If someone can think of better samples to use as the Khazar representatives, please let me know. These two from Karluk are the closest thing I could find on the G25 Ancient database to something actually identified as Khazar I'd be glad to run this model again using actual Khazar samples, if available..

Good Evening,
Adam Cherson

ViewMate Translations - Yiddish and Russian #translation

Avi Lichtenstein

I've have posted the backs of three photos with handwriting on the back in Yiddish and Russian for which I need a translation. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses.  In Yiddish:

And in Russian (I think):

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Avi Lichtenstein 
North Bethesda, Maryland

ViewMate request for translation of a birth record from Zurawno, Ukraine #ukraine #records #translation

Paula J. Freedman

I've posted a birth record for which I need a translation. It's on ViewMate at

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

Many thanks!


Paula J. Freedman
New York, NY

ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation

Barbara Ellman

I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation/information on the notations . They are on ViewMate at the following addresses ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Barbara Ellman
Secaucus NJ USA
ELLMAN, COIRA, MAIDMAN - Minkovtsy, Ukraine
KAGLE, FASS - Ulanow, Poland

Re: Free Latvia Newspapers #announcements #latvia

Marion Werle

These newspapers are accessible and searchable from the Periodika section of the National Library of Latvia website, as documented under "Other Resourcess" on the Latvia & Estonia SIG website. See the paragraph beginning with "National Library of Latvia" for details and a link.

Marion Werle, Co-Director, JewishGen Latvia & Estonia SIG

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