Re: Ridley Road #unitedkingdom


A dear friend of mine and his mother and brothers managed to get out of Austria the same week the Germans arrived. I do not know if they were on the Kindertransport, but they ended up in Cardiff, Wales, where the three boys, my friend, the eldest, 9 years old, were in foster care for about a year while their mother got settled, got a job, etc.  Their father fought in the British Army.  My friend was so traumatized by this experience that he refused to share his story through the Shoah project, though he shared parts with me over time.  Still, he became a man of the world, living on and off in Israel, fighting in the War of Independence there and eventually moving the States with his American wife.  In other words, one did not have to be in a concentration camp or an internee to be badly traumatized for life. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Lew Kampel

Can someone please translate the return name and address (russsian?) and the content in Yiddish.  Written to either my father of his sister (depending on whether that is  an S or an I) from Brest Litovsk in 1940.   
Thank you.
Lewis J Kampel
Kampel, Pisarewicz, Rubinowitz, Gefen, Margolies from Brest Litovsk, Terespol, Pruzhany or Warsaw
Jacobs, Weiser  Munkacs, Polana

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Re: Looking for the son of Itzvan & Teca Schneer of Budapest #general #hungary

Marianna Toth

There was a news in "Új Élet" 1985, 1st June, which reports the funeral of the wife of Abraham Weinstock:

Ábrahámnét szül. Mautner Rózsát mély részvéttel kisérték utolsó útjára a koskeresztúri temetőben. A 79. évében elhunyt asszony koporsójánál Kálmán Tamás főkántor gyászéneke után Hochberger László főrabbi mondott búcsúztató beszédet, amelyben méltatta az elhunyt családszeretetét. A szertartáson megjelent a Bethlen téri körzet vezetősége és főcsoportja is. Gyászolják: leánya Schneer Istvánné, a Bethlen téri körzet tisztviselője, veje Pista, fia Gyuszi, menye Odri, unokája Laci, felesége Éva, két dédunokája. Katika és Tomika, külföldön élő testvére Lili, gora Béla, unokatestvérei..."

it seems from the list of relatives, that a son was called Gyula (nickname Gyuszi), and  a grandchild Laszlo (Laci). (For me it is not quite clear, that Gyula was the son of Abraham or the son of Istvánné Schneer...)

Marianna Toth

Re: ViewMate Translation Request - Russian #translation

Bella Tseytlin

Norm Katz, please note that all above records are from Census that covers only Male Population for Recruits Purposes. It was supposed to include newborn males as well. 


Bella Tseytlin
Melbourne, Australia

JGS Toronto. Virtual Meeting. DNA SIG Q&A Workshop. Gil Bardige and Arthur Sissman. Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 7:30 PM ET. # event #announcements

Jerry Scherer





Featuring our new JGS Toronto members,

Gil Bardige and Arthur Sissman

Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET
Virtual meeting:  View from home 

We are pleased to welcome Gil Bardige and Arthur Sissman, both recognized as experts in Jewish DNA (see bios below), as new members of JGS Toronto. These two DNA mavens will answer your questions and provide general mentoring on your DNA brick walls. 

Here’s an opportunity to submit your DNA questions so that our mavens can try to provide you with guidance by directing you to specific methods and tips to further your research. By submitting your questions for this programme, you agree, if necessary, to give permission to share your screen and the names of DNA matches and family tree members. This will allow others to benefit from observing the techniques used by our experts. We ask that you include as much information as possible with your question and indicate what research you’ve done.

We are pleased to announce that this DNA Special Interest Group (SIG) programme will be open for both members and non-members.  The DNA SIG is scheduled to meet at least 4 times per year. Future DNA SIG programmes may be open only to JGS Toronto members to allow for the interactive presentations and discussions that are the hallmark of our SIG meetings.

Gil Bardige, originally from Chicago, has been a genealogist for over 40 years and a Genetic Genealogist since 2007.  He has tested at the 4 major testing companies and is the Co-Admininsitrator of 3 projects at FTDNA including Jewish R1B and R-A11711 Subclade Projects.  He is Chair of the Columbus Ohio JGS, a volunteer at IAJGS Conferences (including the Program Committee), and Director of the Mentoring Program.  Gil is a firm believer that you can use DNA results as a tool in your genealogy research.  Over the last five years, he has regularly helped people navigate their DNA matches by speaking at dozens of Jewish Genealogical Societies. After his presentations, people say: “Thank you, Gil, I am no longer confused!"

Arthur Sissman has been engaged in family history genealogy since 1999 and genetic genealogy (DNA) since 2015. Arthur has built over 25 family history trees for his various family surname lines. In addition he has tested his autosomal DNA at all the major DNA testing companies, and his Y-DNA and MtDNA at FamilyTreeDNA.  Using his methods in DNA matching, Arthur has found relatives previously unknown to him and has built out one family history tree by 150 persons in 10 days. For information on Arthur’s Jewish Genealogy SIG monthly meetings and scheduled workshops, email genresearch13@....

To register for the 24 May DNA SIG event , please go

You will then receive an immediate acknowledgement plus the link to access the event on 24 May.

Note: the video recording of this event will be available to JGS Toronto members only.

If you would like to ask our speakers one or more questions for this progamme, please complete this questionnaire form and submit it by 16 May.  Our DNA mavens will try to get to as many questions as possible with priority given to JGS Toronto members.

To our guests: consider joining JGS Toronto for only $40.00 Canadian per year ($50 for couples) by Clicking Here, or consider a donation to JGS Toronto by Clicking Here to assist us in continuing our mission of providing a forum for the exchange of genealogical information. (Tax receipts are issued to Canadian donors.)




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Jerry Scherer

DNA SIG Co-Ordinator





Great grandmother from Brody #galicia #records


My great grandmother possibly named Esther Holtzman née Schuck died in about 1903 in Brody. Is there a way to find a record of her death, a grave or other details about her? Thank you
Laurie Tarlowe Kimmelstiel

Looking for the son of Itzvan & Teca Schneer of Budapest #general #hungary

Moishe Miller

Dear Group,
I am looking for a cousin, perhaps you can help me.
My grandmother's brother was Rumi (Abraham) Weinstock of Budapest (perished 1945). He had a daughter, Teca Weinstock (1931-1997) married to Itzvan Schneer, a carpenter by family-trade. They lived in Budapest where Teca was a secretary at one of the synagogues (or Beit Din?). They had a son in Budapest, likely born in the early 1960s. Would anyone know of this family or have contact detail for the son?


Thank you,
Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF #3391

Re: Two Galician towns #galicia

Shelley Mitchell

In general, if your ancestor was born, for example, in Kolomea, the Jewishgen page will state where their mother is from. Have you looked up his birth record to see other towns referenced for him or others in his immediate family. When my great grandmother gave birth to my grandmother and her siblings, Kolomea was the location of birth but her hometown was listed as Monastyryska. Maybe that’s where her mother was. Unfortunately I have no information about her parents. 

Shelley Mitchell, NYC 

JGSColorado presents How to use the "Forverts" (Jewish Daily Forward) for Genealogy Research with Michael Morgenstern. #events #announcements

Ellen Beller

How to use the "Forverts" (Jewish Daily Forward) for Genealogy Research

with Michael Morgenstern.


Sunday, May 15th 2022

10 AM to 12 PM Mountain Daylight Time on Zoom

9:30 AM to 10:00 AM Schmear, Schmooze, and Share

Program starts promptly at 10 AM

Founded in 1897, the “Forverts” (Jewish Daily Forward) was a leading Yiddish language newspaper in the United States throughout the 20th century. Most of this newspaper is available to browse digitally for free through the online Historical Jewish Press database. This lecture will examine hidden genealogical gems within this newspaper, some of which can be found with minimal or no Yiddish skills. Among these gems are personal inquiries submitted by readers seeking information on their relatives, letters to the editor, and the “Gallery of Vanished Husbands.” This lecture will also cover the historical and cultural context of the newspaper, which will help evaluate its relevance to a researcher’s individual family history. The speaker is currently translating genealogically significant segments of the “Forverts.”


Michael Morgenstern is a native of Los Angeles, California. After completing an undergraduate degree in history at Loyola Marymount University, he worked as a researcher on TLC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" history and genealogy show. Since 2014, he has worked as an educator at Holocaust Museum Los Angeles. He has been an avid genealogy researcher since he was 16 in 2006. He has volunteered genealogy research to Holocaust survivors, focusing on those who do not have any prewar family documents or photographs. Lately, he has translated segments of the "Jewish Daily Forward" from Yiddish to English for JewishGen.

Members are at no charge
Non Members are $5
Everyone must register at

Ellen Beller JGSCO President 

(US-NY) Mid-Level Appeals Court Halts Family DNA Searches for Crime Suspects #dna #usa

Jan Meisels Allen



A mid-level appeals court in  New York halted the use of a DNA crimefighting tool that has helped crack cold cases and put murderers behind bars, but has also raised privacy and racial discrimination concerns, because state lawmakers never approved the practice.  Familial DNA searching, the technique allows law enforcement agencies to search the state’s DNA databank for close biological relatives of people who have left traces of genetic material at a crime scene.


Three of the panel’s five members voted to suspend the searches, which were challenged by a group of Black men who worried they could be targeted for investigation because their biological brothers were convicted of crimes and had genetic information stored in the state’s DNA databank. The Court’s majority, noted that familial DNA searching is useful in investigating crimes — including in identifying serial killers in Kansas and California and a recent Bronx cold case arrest — and that the court’s decision to stop the practice was based on concerns about government separation of powers.  Judge Gische wrote, “We find that the overwhelming policy issues inherent in authorizing the use and limitations upon familial match searches of DNA information collected in the New York State databank warrants a conclusion that it is an inherently legislative function and that the challenged regulation cannot stand.” A spokesperson for the Division of Criminal Justice Services said they are reviewing the decision next steps.


The ruling pertains only to the state’s DNA databank, which is populated with samples from people convicted of crimes in the state, not databanks that are maintained by private companies such as Ancestry and 23andMe for genetic genealogy research. 


Authorities have, for decades, found suspects by matching crime scene evidence to convicted offenders’ DNA. Familial DNA testing comes into play when there’s no match. It looks instead for people similar enough to be closely related to whoever left the crime scene DNA. From there, investigators can look for family members who fit as suspects and, if they find one, pursue enough other evidence to bring charges.


The state legislature authorized the creation of the state’s DNA databank in 1994, but only allowed the collection and searching of samples from people convicted of crimes. In 2010, the state authorized the release of partial-match information to law enforcement, but not the technique of searching specifically for relatives of people in the databank.


Regulations on searching the state databank were adopted in 2017 by New York’s Division of Criminal Justice Services, part of the state’s executive branch, and the independent Commission on Forensic Science.


To read more see:


To read previous articles on the NYC DNA Profiles, familial DNA and criminal suspects,  and more see the IAJGS Records Access Alert archives at:  You must be registered to access the archives. To register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert go to:  and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical organization with whom you are affiliated .  You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.

It is required to include your organization affiliation (genealogy organization, etc.)


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee






Family connection between Rabbi Yitzchak HUREWITZ and Rabbis SOLOVEITCHIK #rabbinic

Yonatan Ben-Ari

Researching my own connection to the HUREWITZ and SOLOVEITCHIK
families I am wondering (and presume there is) if there is a
connection between Rabbi Yitzchak Simcha ben Yosef dov Halevy HUREWITZ
(d. 1935) who served for many years in Hartford, Ct. and the
SOLOVEITCHIK family who are also Leviim.

Shavua tov

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Margolis, Kaufman,Pumpenai, Pusalotas #courland #hungary #lithuania


Need info on my great grandmother Etta "Itka" KAUFMAN(N) b. ~1849; d.
1/5/03 Chicago; m. Hillel "Eli", "Gilel", "Hirsh", "Abelovich",
MARGOLIS b. ~1849; d. 1/5/03 Chicago. She had a brother Ephraim and
a sister Mrs. Pompain who lived in Baltimore, MD and perhaps other
siblings. The family story says that she was born in "Kourland". Is
this why I find no family members with that surname living in the
district of her husband? Her husband Hillel and his ancestors are
found in several records in the Panevezyz District, including
Pumpenai, and were property owners in Pusalotas.

Thanks for you help
and please reply privately. So where was Etta's family from?

Sincerely, Janet Margolis Damm
Searching Lithuania: Pusalotas-Pumpenai-Valbolninkas
Names: Margolis, Kaufman, Pompain

Re: Ridley Road #unitedkingdom


Fascinating debate, and yes, there is some validity in all the comments so far. The late Martin Gilbert had some interesting things to say in his "The Holocaust: the Jewish tragedy", about the uphill battle that Winston Churchill faced in the House of Commons in London, especially during WW2, when confronted by the determined opposition he faced from Anthony Eden and senior civil servants when trying to do his damned best to rescue Jews from the Holocaust in mainland  Europe. And yes, the US arguably entered WW2 somewhat too late in relation to the playing out of the Holocaust. You also have to consider Britain's policies and actions - as colonial 'overseer' of the Palestine Protectorate - in relation to attempts by fleeing European Jews trying to enter eretz Israel, especially during WW2 and the years leading up to it.
Michael A Hutchinson
Gloucestershire, UK

Re: Ridley Road #unitedkingdom

David Cantor

Alan, for sure mistakes and bad judgements were made, Britain was fighting for survival almost alone.  However, the actions of the rulers of England over 700 years ago shouldn’t be mistaken as indicative of the population as a whole.  Englishmen, Irishmen and Jews, my father included, did all they could to thwart the madness of people like Oswald Molsey, unlike, well you know where.  I regret that someone living in New Jersey, part of the world that sat on its hands for two years, two months  before confronting fascism, and passing judgement is presenting a highly skewed point of view.

David Cantor

1930 Czechoslovakia Census Update #slovakia #austria-czech #hungary

Vivian Kahn

Thanks to the efforts of Peter Absolon and his team of volunteers, we're happy to announce another update to the 1930 Czechoslovak Census records. This addition of 13800 new records brings the total number in the JewishGen database to 46,723 records! This batch includes Levice, Banovce nad Bebravou, Galanta, Sered, Banska Bystrica and many others. Please refer to up-to-date map at and see the list of list of all processed towns at

If you don't find the names you are researching, don't worry because they may be included in the next update. If you want to know when your favorite town will be processed, there are two possible answers: 1) when they become available or 2) when YOU or another volunteer picks it up from the backlog queue.
The records were in test mode as of this writing but should be available to search as of beginning of next week.

Vivian Kahn, Director
JewishGen Hungarian Research Division
Vivian Kahn, Santa Rosa, California
Researching families including:
BERKOVICS/BERKOWITZ/ROTH/GROSZ. Avas Ujvaros, Hungary/Orasu Nou, Romania
KAHAN/JOSIPOVITS/DUB, Sziget, Kabolacsarda, Nagyvarad, Hungary/Sighet, Ciarda, Oradea, Romania
KOHN/Zbegnyo/ Zbehnov, Tarnoka/Trnavka, Slovakia; Cleveland  LEFKOVITS/Kolbasa/Brezina, Slovakia
MOSKOVITS/Honkocz, Szobranc, Osztro, Kassa, Hungary/Chonkovce, Sobrance, Ostrov, Kosice, Slov., Nyiregyhaza, Hungary
ELOVITS/Hornya, Hungary/Horna, Slovakia
NEUMANN/Szeretva, Kereszt, Nagymihaly, Miskolc, Hung./Sobrance, Kristy, Stretavka, Michalovce, Slov. 
POLACSEK/Hunfalu, Hungary/Huncovce, Slovakia
SPITZ/Nikolsburg/Mikulov, Prosnitz/Prostejov, Moravia/Czech Republic; Kismarton/Eisenstadt, Hungary/Austria; Hunfalu,Hungary//Huncovce, Slovakia

Researching on the surname Kram for birth/marriage recordsbetween 1850 and 1880 #courland #latvia

Malcolm Kram

I have been researching for the past several years on my great grandfather Yeshaya Meyer Kram. While I have been able to uncover birth and cirucumcision documents for his children in Mitau, now Jelgava Courland I have been unable to establish where Yeshaya was born as Naturalization documents in the US ( Media, PA) state only that he comes from the Russian Federation. Most recently on my opening page posted the following information with his birthdate and place of birth as Latvia , Primorsky, Russia. Are there sources available in English that I could access to verifty this recent clue. Any assistance would be welcomed.  Malcolm Kram babkakugel@... see the Ancestry posting below

Early Registration is OPEN for IAJGS Conference #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Judi Gyory Missel

The 42nd International Conference of Jewish Societies (IAJGS) will be held virtually from August 21 through August 25, 2022. Early Bird Registration is OPEN! By registering before May 31, you win the first ever Early Bird Bonus presentations. You will have pre-Conference access to special videos from our sponsors – My Heritage, Ancestry, and Family Tree DNA.

If you have completed your registration, thank you and congratulations – you are already a winner! Your Early Bird bonus presentations will be available soon.


Go to the Conference Website – Registration Overview for all the information you need! Early Bird pricing is now OPEN on the website -     


You only have until May 31, 2022 to be an Early Bird!

Judi Gyory Missel
Conference Lead Co-Chair
Mesa, Arizona

Free Birds of a Feather session for Lida and Oshmiany Districts May 22 #belarus #lithuania


Researchers with connections to towns in the Lida and Oshmiany Districts (see list below)
are invited to a free “Birds of a Feather” Zoom session for the LitvakSIG Lida District and Oshmiany District
Research Groups, at noon, Eastern time, Sunday, May 22. It is free, but registration is required.

 To register for this session, go to


You’ll be sent the Zoom link shortly before the meeting. This session is part of a series that LitvakSIG is holding for its
District Research Groups.

We’ll have the chance to discuss new translations for Lida District and Oshmiany District towns, as well as the nearly
200,000 records translated through the LitvakSIG District Research Groups for Lida and Oshmiany District towns.

We'll also review the many other valuable Internet resources for researching these two Districts, and provide
an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about Lida District and Oshmiany District research.


Towns in the Lida District are Belitsa, Eisiskes, Lida, Novy Dwor, Orlya, Ostryna, Radun, Rozhanka, Shchuchin,
Vasilishki, Voronova and Zheludok.


Towns in the Oshmiany District are Derevna, Dieveniskes, Golshany, Ivye, Krevo, Lipnishki, Naliboki,
Oshmiany, Smorgon, Soly, Traby, Volozhin, Vishnevo, Zaskevichi, Zhuprany.


Hope to see you on May 22,


Judy Baston, Coordinator,

Lida District Research Group

Oshmiany District Research Group




Re: Lublin Archives Announces New Scans Available on PSA’s National Digital Website #poland #records

Robinn Magid

--Actually, I did post a bad link - so sorry ----> the link to the LAC Temporary website directly is:
Best wishes!

Robinn Magid
Berkeley, California

Assistance Reading Two Entries in Vienna, Austria Birth Records #austria-czech #galicia #translation


Hi All,

Is anyone able to provide assistance in reading/translating two separate entries in Vienna, Austria birth records? The first entry is #839 for my grandmother, Lili Grünberg. The second entry is #221 for her brother, Alfred Grünberg. The two files are attached.

Thank you so much!

Isaac McBride