Re: Photos of Gravestones in Phila and NY #usa #photographs

Diane Jacobs

Have you tried calling the cemeteries and asking if they will take a photo for you. It is either free or a small charge.  They have more time to do this in the winter when they are not busy with landscaping.

Also have you searched JOWBR on Jewishgen
and or FindAGrave for a pic of the tombstone.

Diane Jacobs

On Jan 7, 2022, at 1:31 AM, Marc Lipoff <Mlipoff@...> wrote:

I’m looking for some help getting some photos of gravestones in these cemeteries. I can send details on the specific graves. I’d be very thankful.

Har Nebo, Philadelphia
New Montefoire Cemetery, Suffolk County NY
Mount Zion, Queens NY

Marc Lipoff

Diane Jacobs, Somerset, New Jersey

Re: AncestryDNA #dna

Paul A. Auerbach

In addition to sorting my Ancestry DNA matches from newest to oldest, I always click the "Shared DNA" button at the top of the page and enter a custom cM range starting with 40 cM.  That eliminates dozens of small, likely endogamous, matches and leaves me with a manageable list of new matches.
Paul Auerbach
Sharon, Massachusetts, USA


ARONSON /ARENSON (Podolia (Gubernia), Ukraine), ATTELL/ETTEL (Krakow, Poland),  (AUERBACH / AVERBUKH / KHAZEN-AVERBUKH (Chisinau, Moldova), BARR (Kreslavka, Latvia),  
BECK (Krakow, Poland), BENJAMIN (Ostrolenka, Poland), BLODEK/WLODEK (Krakow, Poland), CALKE / SELKA (Ostrolenka, Poland), CHAKIM / KHAKIM (Maisiagala / Musninkai/ Vilnius, Lithuania), 
DAVIDSON (Traby, Belarus), DREYEK (Krakow, Poland), HALTZMAN/HOLZMAN (Chisinau, Moldova), HURWITZ / HURVICH (Musninkai, Lithuania), ITCHOFF (Lechowitz, Belarus), 
KAPLAN (Dzyarzhynsk / Minsk, Belarus), KUKLA (Rezekne, Latvia), LAZAROWITZ / LEISEROVICI (Iasi, Romania), LEVINE /LEVIN / LEWIN (Traby, Belarus), MESCHER/MEZAK (Odessa, Ukraine), 
MINKIN (Rezekne / Kaunata, Latvia), NEEDLE / NUDELL (Odessa, Ukraine & Lechowitz, Belarus), NESIS / NESSIS (Zinkiv, Ukraine), PELICAN / PELIKAN (London, England & Tarnow / Krakow, Poland), 
PINCUS/PIKUS (Dzyarzhynsk / Minsk, Belarus), ROSENLICHT (Krakow, Poland), SHAFFMAN (Lechowitz, Belarus), TAFFET (Krakow, Poland), WEINER/VENER (Vilnius, Lithuania)

Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records #ukraine #records #russia

Ronni Nass

Gary, I’m surprised that you don’t know of Ladyzhin/Ladyzhin in Ukraine as that town has a page on JewishGen.  There is another page with info on Ladyzhyn 
that I’m attaching.  I’m very interested in records from Ladyzhyn as is Wendy Kalman as my paternal grandfather comes from there.  Thanks!

Ronni Schwartz Nass
MILKIS-Ladyzhyn; SCHWARTZ; JELEN-Zambrow; EPSZTAJN-Plawno; CHOJNOWICZ-Radomsko; ZYLBERMINTZ-Wloszczowa & Lodz; LEWENBERG-Secemin, Wloszczowa & Lodz

Fw: Please join me in a talk about Bessarabia #bessarabia

Cassio Tolpolar


I'll be a guest speaker at the Minnesota Jewish Genealogical Society event on January 23rd - regarding my documentary film Mamaliga Blues (about a Brazilian family looking for its Jewish roots in Bessarabia/Moldova).
Register at the link below, thanks!

Cassio Tolpolar

Re: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State invites you to a free genealogical presentation ""No, You Don't Really Have 7,900 Fourth Cousins: Learn How to Make Sense of Your Ashkenazi Jewish DNA Results"" this coming Monday evening,1/10/2022, 5 pm PT featuring Jennifer Mendelsohn #announcements #education #events #general #jgs-iajgs

Arthur Sissman

This is an outstanding presentation by Jennifer Mendelsohn - very informative, pragmatic, actionable.  Will help you narrow and save you time. If your ethnicity is from an endogamous population, you usuable matches could to from 200,000 +/- to `100 +/-.  Read this article she wrote in 2017 on the topic and her vibrant talk will reinforce your new understanding of the complexities of Jewish genetic genealogy -

Well worth Zooming late for us EST persons, you need to see this!  


Arthur Sissman
Naples FL

Jewish Genealogy SIG of Collier/Lee Co FL


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Join our FB page at Jewish Genealogy SIG:

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




Re: The Ghiron's route from Gerona, Spain to Italy #general

David Mendoza

How far back have you traced? Tuscany has quite good records. I think there are also notarial records.

I suggest asking in The Sephardic Diaspora group on Facebook, which is Sephardic genealogy's hive mind. Also watch Luca Ascoli's talk on Jewish surnames in Italy, on the Sephardic Genealogy channel on YouTube.

Best wishes,

David Mendoza

Re: Russian translation request on Viewmate #poland #translation



In Russian:



Состоялось в губернском городе Лублин 10-го (22-го) сентября 1868 года в 12 часов дня. Явились евреи Тобиаш Либерман, рабочий, 35-и лет и Давид Шварцштейн, служитель при Люблинском еврейском попечительстве, 66-и лет, оба жители города Люблин и объявили, что вчерашнего числа,  в городе Люблин, в 10 часов вечера, в доме под номером 612, умерла Юдеса Арбейтман, 34-х лет, жившая с мужем в городе Люблин, дочь Якова-Лейзера и Гинды, супругов Фукс, оставив после себя вдовствующего мужа Якуба. По настоящему удостоверяю о кончине Юдесы Арбейтман.  Акт сей присутствующим прочитан и ими подписан.


Тобиаш Либерман

Давид Шварцштейн

Чиновник Гражданского Состояния Подпись


Translated into English:



It took place in the provincial city of Lublin on September 10 (22), 1868, at 12 noon. Jews Tobias Lieberman, a 35-year-old worker, and David Schwarzstein, a 66-year-old Jewish trustee in Lublin, both Lublin residents, showed up and announced that yesterday, at 10 a.m., in Lublin, at the house number 612, died Judes Arbeitman, 34, living with her husband in Lublin, daughter of Jacob-Laser and Hinda, Fuchs, leaving behind a widowed husband, Jacob. I hereby certify the death of Judas Arbeitman. This act was read and signed by those present.


Tobias Lieberman

David Schwarzstein

Civil Status Official Signature

Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Boynton Beach, FL

Help with place name on 1921 UK census form please #names #unitedkingdom #poland


Hi everyone,
My GF Simon ROSEN is listed on the 1921 UK census but I can't figure out his birthplace. All help welcome.
His only sister listed her birthplace as Biala (which I believe to be Biala Podlaska) if this helps any.
Ruvane Bernstein.

(Efrat, Israel)

Re: Cause of death 14 year old Russian Jewish boy - from British death certificate ? #records

Alan Cohen

"primary anaemia" in 1927 was most likely due to starvation in a 14 year old Russian. The circumstances of his death would probably give a clue to exact cause. 
It is now an out-dated concept as all anaemias are secondary to a cause and not primary.
Alan Cohen 

Re: 1848 and 1857 Hungarian Censuses #slovakia #hungary

Peter Absolon


The 1857 census images are linked to the records, just click on the underlined surname. The 1848 census images can be requested from JewishGen (ask Vivian Kahn or Eric Bloch).

Malcov and Stropkov records are on FamilySearch (Malcov in books of Bardejov rabbinate, Stropkov in its own books). Bardejov is indexed on FS, Stropkov is indexed on JG. But both towns don't go further back than 1842 (Bardejov) or 1851 (Stropkov).

Peter Absolon
Kosice, Slovakia

Re: Rugowitz #russia

Sherri Bobish


I found a few possibilities at:
JewishGen Gazetteer
Native names in BOLD) Feature Type Coordinates
(Click for JewishGen Resource Map)
Map Country Distance/Direction
from reference point
10 mile radius
Rogowiec Pustkowie populated place 51°16' N 19°18' E G Poland 99.5 miles SW of Warszawa 52°15' N 21°00' E
Rogowiec populated place 51°50' N 20°15' E G Poland 43.2 miles SW of Warszawa 52°15' N 21°00' E
Rogowiec populated place 51°17' N 19°18' E G Poland 98.9 miles SW of Warszawa 52°15' N 21°00' E
Rogowiec populated place 49°59' N 18°20' E G Poland 194.3 miles SW of Warszawa 52°15' N 21°00' E  

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Searching: RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala / Ragola, Lith.); WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne / Istryker, Pol.)
LEVY (Tyrawa Woloska, Pol.); LEFFENFELD / LEFENFELD / FINK, KALTER (Daliowa/ Posada Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA / BERGER (Tarnobrzeg, Pol.); SOKALSKY / SOLON / SOLAN / FINGER(MAN) (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH / APPEL (Odessa?)

Photos of Grave Stones in Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic) Jewish Cemetery #austria-czech #photographs

Susan Lauscher

I know that some gravestone pictures from the Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic) Jewish Cemetery have been posted online (and it is not one of the cemeteries included in the Chewra Project), but those of my relatives are not included.  Does anyone know of any Czechs who will go to the Cemetery, find the relevant gravestones, and take pictures?

Thanks in advance.
Susan Lauscher

Re: Translation from Hebrew needed #translation


Good evening,

Here lies or here is burried (abbreviation on top of both)

On the right--

Idit  (or Edit) daughter reb Yitz’hak

Passed 29 Av 5716

On the let-

Reb Yitz’hak son of Binyamin Z’L

Passed 5 Sivan 5694

May his/her soul be gathered in eternal life (last line abbreviation on both)

Shalom, Malka Chosnek



Photos of Gravestones in Phila and NY #usa #photographs

Marc Lipoff

I’m looking for some help getting some photos of gravestones in these cemeteries. I can send details on the specific graves. I’d be very thankful.

Har Nebo, Philadelphia
New Montefoire Cemetery, Suffolk County NY
Mount Zion, Queens NY

Marc Lipoff

Re: Translation from Hebrew needed #translation


ISAAC: "Here lies Yitzhak, the son of the late Binyamin, who died on the 5th of Sivan 5694" (May 19, 1934)
IDA: "Here lies Idit, the daughter of Yitzhak, who died on the 29th of Av 5716" (August 6, 1956)
Steve Goldberg
Jerusalem, Israel
Sagan/Shagan family from Veliuona (Velon), Lithuania
Goldberg family from Vidukle, Lithuania
Susselovitch/Zuselovitch family from Raseiniai (Rassein), Lithuania

Ancestry to Raise US Subscription Prices February 1, 2022 #announcements #records #usa

Jan Meisels Allen

Ancestry has announced they are raising their subscription prices for U.S. monthly subscriptions for existing customers to $24.99 for U.S. Discovery subscription and All Access Memberships will cost $49.99 per month. To explore all their options or to change or cancel your membership visit your account settings to contact Ancestry at:  There was no information if Ancestry will be raising their Canadian, United Kingdom, Australia, French, or other subscriptions.


Ancestry has added new record collections. Over the last decade 20 billion records have been added to their site, bringing their total to more than 30 billion.




Remember, in the U.S. and Canada that many public libraries have Ancestry subscriptions. While for the past two years ProQuest made the Ancestry Library edition available remotely, the remote access ended on December 31, 2021. However, while  the remote access terminated, one can still access the Library edition at those public libraries that have the subscription in person at those libraries. Best to check with your library.


I have no affiliation with Ancestry and am sharing this information solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee




Identify building and location of an early group photo? #photographs #usa

Jeffrey Knisbacher

The photo below includes my maternal grandmother Pearl GELSTEIN Lehman (originally LIMONCZYK) seated 6th from right, counting from the woman with a child on her lap at the extreme right, then four more women, then my grandmother. She was an early Zionist and feminist, one of the founders of the Golda Myerson (Me'ir) chapter of Pioneer Women (today Na'amat) in Baltimore in 1927. She arrived in the U.S. from "Russia" (Orinin, Ukraine) in 1914 just after the start of WWI and married my grandfather (her second cousin) in Baltimore in 1918.

The group picture below might be of an early picture of the Labor Zionist group to which she belonged before the founding of the Pioneer Women chapter (since it includes men). Or it might be an educational group picture. Or it might be none of those. If it was taken in Baltimore, I was never able to find the matching building anywhere around East Baltimore where the family lived. Of course it could be a building that has long since been torn down. Then again, it might not be  in Baltimore since she had relatives in Philadelphia, Washngton DC and Montreal, and possibly more.

Has anyone else seen this picture or know anything about it? It is hard to judge my grandmother's age here but I would guess it was taken either in the mid to late teens or the 1920s. Hope to share information with any and all who have any knowledge of it.  
Jeff Knisbacher, Bradenton, Florida

Harry (Yitzhak) Grobstein, possible great uncle #russia #records

Nancy N. Smith


I’ve been researching the Grobstein family, as my great grandmother was Shirlee Grobstein Cohen. I have quite a bit of information from other researches, but I don’t have anything about Shirlee, except that she was killed in Russia, circa 1904-1906. According to his naturalization documents, Harry was born in Bobruisk, so I would “assume” Shirlee was also.
Do you know if any marriage/death records were kept? Or a way to possibly search cemetery records?
Her husband, Harry Cohen, is another person I’m looking for. He came to the states in 1906, but I can’t find a manifest, or naturalization documents. I’ve heard that, if someone was in steerage, they wouldn’t be listed on a manifest. Is that true?
Thank you!

Nancy Newmark Smith

Re: Cause of death 14 year old Russian Jewish boy - from British death certificate ? #records

EdrieAnne Broughton

Cause of Death was Primary Anemia to use modern American spelling.  
EdrieAnne Broughton, Vacaville, CA

Re: Cleveland Jewish Orphan Society #usa #records

Elise Cundiff

Many if not most of the records were lost/destroyed by flooding while stored in the basement of the administration building (so I was told by personnel at the former JOH, now Bellefaire JCB) but they do still have one box with a limited number of admission cards.  My father's and uncle's cards from the early 1930s were fortunately among the surviving cards kept there.

The Western Reserve Historical Society also has some documents and records, including many of the newsletters published by the alumni association in the 1980s-2000s.  You might possibly find something written one of those that talks about your father's time period - I recall that there were several former residents who regularly wrote of their memories of their time there, but perhaps all from a later period than when your father was there.  I found a mention of my father's admission in the minutes of the board that are part of the collection there.  Finding aid for the Bellefaire Records, Series III (

WorldCat lists some other resources:  Jewish Orphan Asylum (Shaker Heights, Ohio) [WorldCat Identities]

Good luck!
Elise Cundiff

Markus, Katz, Zieve, Glickman (Cleveland, OH & Lithuania)

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