Re: Unable to identify town in "Russia" #russia

Frank Szmulowicz

Other than sz, this combination of letters is not Polish; in particular, Polish has no v and no Polish word ends on szr, unless it is an abbreviation. 
Frank Szmulowicz

Border Crossing Manifest Card #canada #records


This is a 1945 manifest for a Canadian border crossing.  This immigrant
is admitted for permanent residency.  On the fourth line down, left side
is the title  "C.I.V. No."  and the entry 162  I believe I.V. may be an
abbreviation for Immigrant Visa.  Can anyone suggest a meaning for the
initials C.I.V. ?   I have looked up Mexican border crossings and the
same card is used, with the same title "C.I.V No."  in this same block.

David Rosen
Boston, MA

Re: Pope Orders Online Release of WWII-era Pius XII Jewish files #announcements #general #holocaust

Susan J. Gordon

Kerzter has written many excellent books. I recommend The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, (1998) about a 6-year old Jewish boy in Bologna Italy in 1858 who was taken away from his family because (it was said) he was secretly baptized by a Catholic servant.

Susan J. Gordon
New York
ZBARAZ - Bialazurker
SKALAT - Lempert, Schoenhaut

Translation of Hebrew on tombstone #translation



Passed 23 Elul 5692

Here lies or here is buried (first two letter abbreviation in 2nd line) old man may  G_d avenge his soul

(2 letter abbreviation) reb Avraham son of reb

Ari Teitelbaum from Tshartakov

May his soul be gathered in eternal life (last line abbreviation)

Shalom, Malka Chosnek



Re: Compound last names from Detmold, Lippe Germany #germany

Hazel Dakers

My GtGt Grandmother was Henriette Michaelis-Jena b. Detmold 1820 m Israel Heinemann Heimann 1842 and d 1850 in Luegde after giving birth to four children.
A generation back and several sibs were Michaelis, one Michaelis-Badt and Henriette's father Michaelis-Jena One more generation back and one brother is Jena and the other Michaelis!
I have a note but don't remember from where - that it was a way of distinguishing different branches of the family and is mentioned in histories of Westphalia.
There is a similar pattern in my Heimann family from Luegde where brothers take different surnames.

Jena is a town in Thuringia to which I have not come across a connection.

As we clearly both descend from Joseph MJ and Brendel Gerso. Treuenfels , I should be most interested to know more about the Ritschenwalde connection.

Hazel Dakers, London UK researching
BIRNBAUM &GOLD (Zgierz, Poland), HEIMANN (Luegde Germany & South Africa), MICHAELIS-JENA (Detmold ), NORDEN/NORDON/NORTON (London & South Africa) www

German Jews incarcerated in England/Scotland during WW2 #unitedkingdom #holocaust

Elana Broch

My father and his brother (both born in Cologne and traveling on Czech passports) were detained in Pentonville Prison upon their arrival in the UK in June 1940.  My grandmother (also born in Cologne) was detained in a different facility.  I have looked through FindMy Past and tried Kew but can find no record.  Any advice?  

Elana Broch
Lawrenceville, NJ

JGS Cleveland presents “Patronymic Naming and Cemetery Research - Their Importance in Jewish Genealogy” with Nolan Altman, Wed, July 6, 7 pm ET on Zoom #announcements #education #jgs-iajgs

Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland

Join the JGS Cleveland for our next Zoom program on Wed, July 6, 2022, 7-8:30 pm ET: “Patronymic Naming and Cemetery Research - Their Importance in Jewish Genealogy” with Nolan Altman.


Program: Headstone inscriptions provide one of the most important tools for those researching their Jewish genealogical history, patronymic naming. This presentation will familiarize the attendees with the evolution of family surnames and the practice of patronymic naming. Recognizing the components of patronymic naming, participants will learn how to take advantage of these clues to link their family through generations. Nolan will go through an actual case study using headstone inscriptions and will show participants online resources to help find headstone information worldwide.


The next part of the presentation will show examples of headstones and what you’ll find if you take a trip to the cemetery. Nolan will explain the meaning of symbols that you will find on stones so you can understand the inscriptions even if you can’t read Hebrew. He will also show many examples of inscription trends, some odd inscriptions, and errors in inscriptions … even well-known ones. With a presentation on cemetery records, you wouldn’t expect to leave laughing, but he guarantees you will.


Speaker: Nolan Altman is the Director of Data Acquisition responsible for growing JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR), JewishGen’s Holocaust Database and Memorial Plaques Project database.  His genealogy experience and expertise is extensive serving in many capacities with a wide range of organizations over the past several decades including president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island, coordinator of the JewishGen “Holocaust database” with JewishGen, Inc. & the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and at-large member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Associations.  The recipient of the 2021 IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award, Nolan is an internationally recognized speaker and writer on a variety of genealogy topics.


Registration: Required and free - Send an email to rsvp@... by 12 Noon ET on July 6th to receive a Zoom link.  If you are NOT a JGS Cleveland member, please include your name, email, and complete mailing address.


Go to for more program, speaker, and membership information.




Contact: Deborah A. Katz, JD, PhD

Vice President, Programming

JGS Cleveland

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

Adam Cherson

Thanks Kevin,

This covers just about all of the y hgs from the study. There is one more I14846, called simply J(xJ2b) in the paper, with only 58k SNPs, so probably nothing further to be seen there.

It seems that most if not all of the y hgs are consistent with a strong Mediterranean input into the mix, both in the Erfurt1 and Erfurt2 groups.

The mt hgs are preponderantly K1a1b1a, followed by a smattering of various others.

Adam Cherson

New Visitors Guide to Jewish Cemeteries in Austria #announcements #austria-czech

Jan Meisels Allen


The National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism published a bilingual English and German, “Visitors’ guide to the Jewish cemeteries in Austria” jointly with the  Jewish religious communities and grassroots initiatives. It includes all known Jewish cemeteries as well as Jewish sections of cemeteries throughout Austria. It includes information on over 60 Jewish cemeteries and completed restoration projects. It can be accessed via the website of the Jewish Cemeteries Fund. FOGIS, the geo-information portal of the National Fund, also provides a chance to explore the cemeteries on interactive maps using GPS. In addition to the most important historical facts, information on visiting a cemetery, photos and maps, the guide also provides contact details for arranging guided tours.

There is a link that downloads the table of contents-- This is free.

The guide itself is not downloadable. It is available for purchase and there is a link to order the 145 page publication. office@... 

To read the notice and access the link go to:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Maharam of Rothenburg Matches 14th Century Erfurt Sample #dna #germany #rabbinic

Dan Rottenberg

Meir of Rothenburg died in 1293 in the Emperor Rudolf's castle in Ensisheim, Alsace, where he was held captive for the last seven years of his life. Many of his relatives relocated there after he was arrested and remained in Alsace long after his death. See, for example, the family of the composter Kurt Weill.

I'm pretty clueless about DNA, but as far as I know, Meir had two daughters but no sons.

I have long theorized that anyone with any variation of the name Rothenberg is likely descended from Meir of Rothenburg or one of his disciples. See my letter to Avotaynu (Spring 2004), or contact me privately and I'll send a digital copy to anyone who's interested.
Dan Rottenberg
Philadelphia PA 

Help With Hebrew Gravestone Translation Please #translation

Harry Moatz

I would appreciate help translating the Hebrew content of the Abraham Teitelbaum's gravestone.
Harry Moatz
Potomac, MD, USA
MODERATOR NOTE: Please reply privately   

BRODESKY - Berdichev
GOLDMAN / PASNIKOW - Hadiach or Gadyach
KESSLER - Pruzhany
KLAUBER - Sambir or Sambor
SCHWARTZ / SCHWARZ / SZWARZ - Monasterzyska and Stanislawow
TEITELBAUM - Yazloweic or Yazlovets
WARECK and MEYER / MEER - Dembitz or Debica

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

Bruce Drake

“The Fortune Teller,” from the Yizkor book of Sadagora (Ukraine) reminded me of a famous article in the New Yorker by Joseph Mitchell in 1942 about the gypsy population on the Lower East Side in which he described the livelihood and strategems of the “dukkerers,” or fortune tellers who “preyed mostly on ignorant, middle-aged women” who were worried about their health, their futures or what their husbands might be up to behind their backs.
The chapter tells the story of “a sly old Ukrainian woman (who) could read the past and the future from the lines on a hand, read a fortune from playing cards and kernels of corn, show an old maid her future husband at midnight in a mirror, and – when necessary – procure magic bottles from the devil.” Sometimes, her “readings” are helped by several of her shady assistants who pick up gossip they heard in the town about a client and give her a convincing card to play.
One such customer bemoans her husband Metro who stole ten kroner from her and got drunk.
“I know that,” lied the babushka rapping with her magic staff on the table. “Be still! I know everything, and now just listen … Here is a magic bottle. When Metro sleeps, rub it on his hands so that he will drink and steal less.” She rapped her magic staff on the table and the session came to an end.
As might be expected, the old fortune-teller had run-ins with the police which she quickly solved by bribing them and saying, “One hand washes the other, and both wash the stupid people.”

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

LIJGS presents What's New in Family Tree Maker Q & A Discussion Wednesday July 20, 2022 7:00 PM #jgs-iajgs #announcements

Barry Goldberg



When: Wednesday, July 20, 2022  7:00PM






Location: Zoom – see registration info below


What’s New in Family Tree Maker Q and A Discussion

Speaker:  Mark Olsen


Join us for a live Q and A discussion to answer all your questions about Family Tree Maker, the latest version, updates, features and more. This is an interactive session. We love to see you and discuss all your Family Tree Maker questions. We will also talk about Family Tree Maker partner products - Charting Companion and Family Book Creator - both are amazing plug-ins that can help you create amazing charts, graphs, and books. We will even show how you can make additional finds with your DNA test results. This class is for all levels of genealogists whether you are just getting started or very experienced.


Mark Olsen is the Family Tree Maker Ambassador to historical and genealogical societies around the world working to support their members as they use Family Tree Maker. Mark is a graduate of Brigham Young University and holds a bachelor's degree in Family History with a Spanish records emphasis. He has been working in the genealogy industry since 2007 and has been the Family Tree Maker Ambassador since 2016.



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To Register for the Zoom meeting

Join us for a live Q and A discussion to answer all your questions about Family Tree Maker, the latest version, updates, features and more. This is an interactive session. We love to see you and discuss all your Family Tree Maker questions. We will also talk about Family Tree Maker partner products - Charting Companion and Family Book Creator - both are amazing plug-ins that can help you create amazing charts, graphs, and books. We will even show how you can make additional finds with your DNA test results. This class is for all levels of genealogists whether you are just getting started or very experienced.


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

We look forward to seeing you all!


And don’t forget on June 26, 2022 2:00 PM by Zoom our meeting Jewish Genealogical Resources In the Archives of Southern and Southeastern Ukraine

This message was posted by Barry Goldberg, board member LIJGS



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

Moshe Berman

That’s really fascinating. I’m not judging at all, but am curious who gave this ruling or where it’s sourced. Here’s why:

I wonder if identification purposes would be permitted if the identification was for moving the body to what is considered a “family plot.“

I asked someone who moved a body on behalf of R’ Moshe Feinstein ztv”l about moving a grave. I understand there are several reasons for permitting exclamation and moving a body:

1. “Kivrei Avot” burial on a family plot with 3 or more other relatives.
2. To be buried in Israel 
3. If a cemetery is in danger
4. if a cemetery isn’t an honorable place. (A Jewish cemetery that becomes nondenominational for example It’s forbidden to say Kaddish in front of a cross, or the like.)
5. If someone is buried alone in a forest. 

One further loophole might be to exhume and rebury in Israel, and then you only have to hope you find detached teeth.

Anyway, thanks for sharing, and if you have more context I’d be fascinated to learn more.

Moshe Berman

Re: Saskatchewan Cemeteries Project link #canada #names

Dave and Melanie Bloom

The Lipton Hebrew Cemetery is missing from this list.   I have photos of all the grave sites as well as general photos of the cemetery and some limited historical information about the area.  Feel free to contact me about Lipton. 

David Bloom

Beth Moses / Wellwood Cemetery photos (West Babylon, NY) #photographs #usa

A. E. Jordan

I posted the offer below ... I most probably should have said Beth Moses and Wellwood since they are sort of together. I have to see how many requests I have and how much I can cover but they are together of sorts or at least under one management.

If you want to add Beth Moses requests I will see how many I have and how much I can get done on Sunday

Allan Jordan

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Sent: Tue, Jun 21, 2022 8:29 am
Subject: [] Offering Wellwood Cemetery photos (West Babylon, NY) #photographs #usa

I am starting to plan a photo trip to Wellwood Cemetery in West Babylon, NY on Long Island likely for this coming Sunday June 25
Process I follow is fairly simple in offering to take photos for people.
You ID the grave from the cemetery's online database and send me the details. I take a photo and email it to you and in turn I appreciate a few dollars to help defer the expense of doing this for everyone, ie gasoline money.
I am happy to help out where I can, but please don't send me a generic name and ask me to find the person at the cemetery and please don't send me around the cemetery to find the 20 people named Jack Cohen because one of them might possibly be your long lost cousin. The cemetery is massive and a few people have asked me to do that and it is a very slow process that takes a lot of time and gasoline, etc.

Also if you are asking for an infant or child's grave please tell me. They are mostly in separate areas of the plots and a lot of those graves do not have markers.
Wellwood has an online database. It is better if you search the name on their database versus the commercial Find a Grave because the position information and data is better at the cemetery's page.
Feel free to ask me questions via email and ask about other NYC area cemeteries because I will visit most of them as the summer progresses. There's a few I do not go to because of distance or safety issues.
Please respect the discussion group and send your specific requests to me privately by replying to this email or my email address aejordan at aol dot com.
Allan Jordan
New York

Korytnica #ukraine

Mendel Horowitz

I am interested in locating any prewar documents or photographs from Korytnica (Ukrainian: Коритниця ) - a village in Ukraine in the Volodymyr/Volyn region. The village is situated on the Bug River, opposite the Polish Bereżnica. My family descends from the Rubinstein, Wagman, and Kleiner families.
Thank you,
Mendel Horowitz
Mendel Horowitz, MS, CGP
Writer | Psychotherapist | Group Psychotherapist

Jena in Ritschenwalde - Re: Compound last names from Detmold, Lippe Germany #germany

Corinna Woehrl (nee Goslar)

Hello Lew and Listreaders,
You probably won't find the surname Jena in Ritschenwalde before 1840, since in Posen the obligatory adoption of surnames for Jews was only introduced in 1833.
It is very unlikely, that the bearers of the name in Detmold/Westphalia should be related to those in Ritschenwalde. In almost every larger Jewish community, there will have been people with the name Jena, just as the surnames Berlin/er, Hamburg/er, Frankfurt/er, or others are common (e.g., also my maiden name Goslar). Simply because former places of origin were chosen as family names when the name was adopted.
For further research, I would first search the Polish Archival platform:
If the link fails to work, try: 
and enter 'Ryczywól' as the search term and select 'scans only'.
If in doubt, I would write to the regional polish archive to see if they have any specific records. There are only fractions of archival records online in Poland and Germany, others will have to be searched locally.
It is essential first to orientate yourself on the facts and the known regions, otherwise, the search will very quickly lead you astray.
On the following German website of the non-profit association '' the name Jena in Ritschenwalde can be found
Here is (in German - perhaps read with google-translate) information about the Jewish community in Ritschenwalde
Incidentally, it was very common after the name adoption that the previous patronymic naming was retained for the first names, i.e. the patronymic became the middle name. 
It also became customary over time to choose a more "German" first name for the children and a second more traditionally Jewish one, which was perhaps only noted in the lists of the Jewish community.
I sincerely hope that one of the tips is helpful.
Good luck with your further search
Corinna (Wöhrl, née Goslar) from Hoisdorf, near Hamburg, Germany

Re: World War II - "Liberal" #usa

Shlomo Katz

The pictures are, indeed, taken at an airfield, so that fits.
Thank you
Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring, MD

The Moroccan Jews of Cabo Verde - Preservation of Memory #events #sephardic


Many Sephardic Jewish families migrated to Cape Verde from Morocco and Gibraltar in the mid-19th century. Carol Castiel learned about this history while working at the Africa-America Institute. Many of her grantees came from Jewish families such as Levy, Benchimol, Wahnon, and Anahory. Inspired by her students to learn more about Cabo Verde’s connection to the Jewish world, Carol travelled there in the early 1990s and joined forces with Januário Nascimento (Auday family of Tangier) who was pressing for the restoration and preservation of the country’s small Sephardic burial grounds. The Cape Verde Jewish Heritage Project was established in 2007 to honor the memory and document the contributions of the Sephardic Jews of Cabo Verde.


Carol Castiel is Director of Current Affairs Programming at the Voice of America. She hosts and produces a newsmaker interview programme, Press Conference USA, and a discussion programme, Encounter. Carol also oversees the production of Issues in the News, Voice of America’s roundup of the week’s top stories. She holds an M.A. degree in International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and is proficient in French and Portuguese. Before joining the VOA in 1999, Carol previously worked as a consultant/freelance journalist. She was also a contributing editor to the London-based West Africa Magazine. From 1984 to 1992, she managed scholarship programs for Portuguese-speaking Africa at the Africa-America Institute (AAI) in New York City.


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