Re: Town in Galicia #galicia

Joyce Eastman

I would have to agree, that it is more likely that the C is actually an E, and indeed an abbreviation for Oesterreich (Austria).

Joyce Eastman
Orange City, FL

Photograph from Alsbourg/Switzerland 1944 #photographs

Dani Livni

The photograph says 1944, Alsbourg, Canton of Aargau, Switzerland. Can anyone tell me more? My father was in a labor camp in Switzerland in 1943.Who are these people? 
Daniela Calo' Livni

JGS Toronto. Free Virtual Meeting. Preserving the Past – Protecting the Future: Who Will Inherit My Family History Research? Sunday, 30 January 2022, at 10:30 a.m. ET. #announcements #jgs-iajgs #events

Jerry Scherer

Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto


Preserving the Past – Protecting the Future:

Who Will Inherit My Family History Research?


Sunday, 30 January 2022, at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Virtual Meeting: Join from Home


Virtual doors open at 10:20 a.m. ET


The Program Committee of JGS Toronto regularly receives requests to organize a session entitled “Who will inherit my genealogy research?” As we age and discover that our children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews do not display the same burning interest in our family tree, this becomes a key question.


In response we have assembled a panel of inspirational speakers, primarily from our membership, to talk about their “legacy” plans.


Henry Blumberg will outline how he has developed an interest among his sons and grandchildren through travel to ancestral towns, creating a website with their help, and visiting museums and Holocaust sites.


Henry Blumberg is a barrister in Toronto. He is on the Board of JGS Toronto, has served three terms as convener of the international Latvia SIG, and two terms on the Board of Governors of JewishGen. Henry has presented at twelve IAJGS Conferences and was a speaker in Riga at the “Names and Fates Project” in June 2008, as well as at International Conferences on “Jews in a Changing World” in 2011 and in 2014.


Adena and Harvey Glasner will talk about completing the Family History template that they received from their granddaughter (called “My Grandmother's Life"). They will talk about how they started this project of documenting their family histories for their children and grandchildren.


Harvey and Adena are long-time members of JGS Toronto, and were both very active in the 2011 production of the anthology, Tracing our Roots, Telling our Stories, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of JGS Toronto. Harvey is a former President of JGS Toronto, and Adena served as the Society’s Secretary for several years.


Jerry Scherer will outline how, on Fathers’ Day, 18 June 2017, he gave a PowerPoint presentation to his children and grandchildren about his parents’ Holocaust stories. Each of his children then received a book on his talk so that they would never forget the stories of their grandparents. Jerry will demonstrate a creative technique he used to update his book for future generations.


Hersz (Jerry) Scherer, son of Holocaust survivors, was born in Siberia, USSR. He and his parents spent three years in a displaced persons camp, housed in the former barracks of the Waffen-SS in Germany, before emigrating to Montreal in 1949. Jerry has conducted a vast amount of personal genealogical research, meeting with great success. He is an active Board member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto, currently serving as Vice-President, Communications.


Cyril Gryfe, a long-time JGS Toronto member, will talk about the website, populated with family stories, documents, and photographs, that he has created for his family.


In 1910, Sam Gryfe arrived on the shores of Canada from his hometown of Botosani, Romania. One hundred years later, more than 100 people from four generations of his family reunited to celebrate his life, and to meet and reconnect with long-lost family. Cyril played an instrumental role in connecting the family tree, which he posted at the reunion for all the relatives to see.


Les Kelman will talk about the Digital Scrapbooks that he has completed and is still working on.


Les is a former President of JGS Toronto, and is the current Program Coordinator, a role he has held for many years. Les sums up his genealogical journey with a birth history. His father was born in Ukraine, Les was born in Scotland, his children were born in Israel, and his grandchildren were born in Canada.



To register, please go to


You will then receive an immediate acknowledgement plus the link to access the event on 30 January.


The presentation will be recorded. It will be available to JGS Toronto members in the “Members Only” section of the Society website a few days after the event. It will also be available to non-member registrants for one week after the event in the “Registration” location.


To our guests, consider joining our membership for only $40.00 per year by Clicking Here or consider a donation by Clicking Here to assist us in continuing our mission providing a forum for the exchange of genealogical knowledge and information. (Canadians receive a CRA tax receipt.)







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Jerry Scherer

Vice President, Communications



Ancestry to Apply Handwriting Recognition AI to Create Searchable Index for 1950 U.S. Census #announcements #records #usa

Jan Meisels Allen



Ancestry has announced they will be using proprietary Artificial Intelligence (AI) handwriting recognition technology to deliver a searchable index of the 1950 U.S. Census to customers faster.


When the 1950 census is released on April 1st, it will not be indexed. Ancestry anticipates the indexing of the 1950 Census to be completed and available on this summer, with states released in real time upon completion.


Crista Cowan, Ancestry’s Corp[orate Genealogist said, “the 1950 U.S. census contains the details of names, ages, birthplaces, residences, and relationships of more than 150 million people. This glimpse into American households at a critical time in U.S. history will help people discover even more about the effects the Great Depression, World War II, and the beginning of the Baby Boom had on their families. Many of our customers will see themselves, parents or grandparents' names in this census for the first time, which will bring even more family stories to life.”


Ancestry partnering with FamilySearch to evaluate the handwriting recognition extraction and ensure a complete and accurate index. 

To read more see:


To read previous postings about the 1950 U.S. Census , and more, go to the archives of the IAJGS Records Access Alert at: You must be registered to access the archives.  To register 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.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee




Re: Archives Collection - the Unread LETTERS of 1941 from KAMIANETS PODILSKYI #ukraine



I did skim the list as I have a relative who lived in Kamianets-Podilskyi but her name wasn't on the list. The name I have is Mania (or Manya) Horowitz (Gorovitz). She has sisters named Ida and Gussie/Katya (who is my great-grandmother) and a couple of children, one named Bronya (or Branka) and two referred to in letters as "Zhenechka" and "Zonechka".

I have an envelope somewhere in my files with Mania/Manya's handwriting but haven't had the time to dig it out and compare. I don't know Russian so even if I did dig out the letter it would be a challenge for me to try and compare.


Gary Ehrlich
Rockville, MD
SCVIRSCI, Zhivotov, Ukraine; WASHLIKOVSKY/WASHALKOWSKY, SATER, Bialystock, Poland;
LIFSHITS/LIFSHITZ, GOROVITZ, HOROVITZ, Lvov, Ukraine; Ufa and Moscow, Russia
YAGUDA, Albany, NY

Searching descendants of Louis Korn and Rachel Rae Braun #dna #galicia

shaul berger


Louis  Korn is a close relative based on DNA comparison. I am searching for his ancestors and descendants to improve my relevant family tree branch. Louis Korn was bron in 1897   and was married in 1922 in New York to Rachel Rae Bram (b.1899). Based on 1940 census they had 3 children Edith (b. 1923), Seymour (b.1925, d.2006) and Norman (b.1931) . There exists 3 person family tree on MyHeritage which is useless. Ancestry claims that Louis is on their  Rettig/Cooper family tree (I am not member).

Louis Korn has also very strong match with Robert  Greenwood  who is my second cousin. My DNA is posted on FTDNA, Geni, GEDMatch and MyHeritage.

Any help is appreciated

Shaul Berger
BRUMER, RETTIG, WATTENBERG (Zolkiew, Rawa Russka),
HUTTER, KIFLIG, HERZIG, WATTENBERG (Rimavska Sobota, Jaroslaw, Przemysl, Dobromil),
BERGER & SPITZER (Szecseny, Shirkovce, Prague)
POSNER, LICHTSZAJN (Warsaw), EHRENREICH (Warsaw/Miechow), SCHELL & RIEGER (Gorlice),

Re: What became of the Suwalki-Lomza group run by Marilyn? #lithuania

Stanley Diamond

- has just completed a massive project to fully extract all surviving Grajewo 
records, and work started this week to fully extract the Szczuczyn Jewish vital records.

For more details contact town leader Aaron Roetenberg for both towns.  To send a message
to Aaron, go to the Town Explorer page for each of the projects on

Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.  
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.
Re: What became of the Suwalki-Lomza group run by Marilyn? #lithuania
From: Esther Brill
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2022 12:31:12 EST
Does anyone know where we can buy these journals? or get online access -- 
most of the places having these journals in their library are not near me.   

My paternal gp's came from the Lomza area - specifically Grajewo and Szcucyn - 
names include Jablonski, Golberg, Grossman. 

Specific names can be found on Ancestry and My Heritage 

Esther Levine Brill 

Re: Book - list of Jewish military died 1ast WW #germany


Thank you kindly Irene, 
I hadn't looked into access about the Wuerttembergian and I will try again with the Grossenhain local newspapers and archives to see if they survived. Being so close to Dresden a surface level search made me have my doubts, but newspapers may be worth the effort! 
Thanks again, 
Theresa Koenigsknecht 

Re: Tulchyn, Vinnytsia, Ukraine #ukraine

Michele Lock

You can comb through US records to discover more about the ethnic background of the aunt Sophie, nephew Leonid, and other family members. Most of the census records for 1930 and earlier ask about the native language a person speaks, as well as the language of their parents (whether the parents immigrated to the US or not). For Eastern European Jews of that time period, the language would be Yiddish, rather than Russian or Polish, etc. On ship passenger lists, "Hebrew" was the ethnic classification for Jews (which was called 'race' at the time).

In the event that your nephew decides to go the DNA route, it's best to test the oldest descendents of the sisters Nadejda and Sophia, since those descendents will have more of their DNA. If you test at 23 and me, the Jewish DNA category is called by that company 'Ashkenazi Jewish'. On AncestryDNA, the Jewish DNA category is called 'European Jewish', and is basically equivalent to Ashkenazi Jewish.
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

Re: Free fillms in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day #announcements #holocaust

jack nathanson

Actually, you don't have to register or pay to view the films. When you reach the page for the films, do not sign in or register! You will see an image of each of the six films available. Click on the image of the film you want to view, and you will be brought to the page for that film. When you reach the page for the film, scroll down a bit, and you will see an image of that film. Click on that image, and you will be brought to a third page where you will see the online player to watch the film. It's a bit complicated, but it works.

Jack Nathanson

Jews of Tukum #courland


Can anyone cite a reference for informationnabout the Jewish community of Tukums during tge Holocaust.
janice Apple Malett
Somers, New York

Re: Tulchyn, Vinnytsia, Ukraine #ukraine


Klassovsky last name is not found among Eastern-European Jewish names at  There are 4 instances of people with this last name found in the Russian WWI database ( and none of these are Jewish.  Olshevsky name is more common and it was used by Poles, Russians, Ukrainians, as well, but there are 21 instances of this last name for WWI soldiers from the Podolia governorate and none of them are Jewish. Tulchin was part of the Bratslav uezd within the Podolia governorate.
Further, Leonard's petition for citizenship lists his race as Russian, every form that I've seen for Jewish people lists race as Hebrew.  He is buried at the Forest Lawn cemetery in LA, not next door at Mt. Sinai.  These 2 points in combination with everything else point away from a possibility of Leonard being Jewish.
Perhaps, his nephew is convinced based on some information which we are not privy to and you can share it with us.

A DNA test from one of the major companies should be able to easily clarify the situation.

Mike Vayser

Russian translation Please. willing to compensate or donate to Jewish Gen. #russia #translation

Mary Manderfeld

Could someone please translate these birth records for me?
1893= Aron Kon
1895= Jankel Moszek Kon
Thank you
Mary Manderfeld

Sosnitsa Family Lists from 1888 Are Translated #ukraine #translation

Beth Galleto

Dear fellow researchers,

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

The Sosnitsa lists include 425 numbered families and 2439 individuals. Among these families there are 270 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 1222347, item 15, continuing through FHL film 1409779, item 1.

This work is possible because of generous donations from so many who are interested in records from the former Chernigov gubernia. 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 completed spreadsheets. All donations of any size are appreciated and will continue to advance the project. You can donate through the following link:

Family lists from 12 uezds in the Chernigov gubernia, some from 1882 and some from 1888, have previously been translated through this project. The information from all but the most recent  of these has been uploaded to the JewishGen website. They can be searched by entering your surname of interest in the JewishGen Unified Search. When the results page appears, click on those listed for the heading "Ukraine Revision Lists". (The tax censuses/family lists are not actually revision lists, but they are similar enough to be categorized under this heading.)

Next to be translated will be tax censuses/family lists from the Konotop uezd in 1888.

Best wishes,

Beth Galleto,
Project Leader


Re: Town in Galicia #galicia

Sherri Bobish


Check if Aaron & Dora are buried with a landsmanshaftn.  These societies were often shtetl based, although one could be with a society of a town they did not come from, the society may be a clue.  Their death certificates may have a clearer spelling of a town of birth.

Since Aaron's mother and his bride have the same surname than they may have been cousins, or from the same shtetl.  Try searching for a town that has both ROSNER and SPANIER residents.

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?)

Re: Book - list of Jewish military died 1ast WW #germany

Irene Newhouse

The WWI German army was divided into 3 sections: Prussian, Bavarian & Wuerttembergian. The Prussian military archives were in Berlin & were mostly destroyed in WWII. Very little of the military records remain. The Bavarian muster rolls survived. They have been digitized & indexed & are searchable on Your family member does not necessarily have to have been born in Bavaria to have enrolled in that section of the army. I have several distant relatives from Silesia who served in the Bavarian army. The records of the Wuerttembergian army also survive, but have not been digitized. I do not know about access. My only experience has been: my greatuncle Rabbi Georg Wilde served as a field Rabbi. A local publication I found digitized online from a name search indicated he had been awarded a particular Wuerttembergian medal, so I wrote the archive asking if there were records indicating what he had done to be awarded this medal. They were unable to find the information.
I recently learned that two other relatives had been awarded Iron Crosses 2nd class because it was announced in their hometown newspaper - which happened to be Berlin, therefore the papers have been digitized, indexed & are searchable online. It's virtually certain that in smaller towns there werealso such announcements, but the newspapers are orders of magnitude less accessible.
You can check to see if your relative's home town has a city archive with a google search (use a translation extension for your browser) and write them to see what it would take to learn if your relative was awarded a medal in WWI from a local newspaper report. If the locality is too small for its own archive, google its name only, find out what district/county (Kreis) it's in & look for the archive there.
The Wiener Library has papers of the Reichsbund Juedischer Frontsoldaten: but it doesn't seem likely they contain service records. 
Irene Newhouse
Kihei HI 96753

Re: Tulchyn, Vinnytsia, Ukraine #ukraine

Sherri Bobish


Try doing phonetic searches on surnames KLASSOVSKY and OLSHEVSKY at:
The JewishGen Unified Search:
You can search on surname only, town only, or surname and town at once, and other search combinations.

Be prepared to see the names spelled differently than you may expect.  Also, people moved from town to town for various reasons, so it's possible to find people in a different town.

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?)

Help in finding BOROK relative from Ukraine #ukraine #latvia


Seeking information on my great uncle Lova BOROK. He was born in 1885 (either in Dvinsk, Latvia or Akkerman, Romania/Ukraine). His son Robert was interviewed and noted that his father fought in various battles, including pogroms, Kotovsky brigade, WWI (he was in the White Army) and awarded 3 Cross of St George medals. He lived in Akkerman, Odessa and Kharkov. His name does not appear anywhere in JewishGen, so I'm wondering how can I learn more about this man and where to look.
Donna Borok Moss
San Rafael, CA
 Searching: Borok, Lipschitz, Novogrodski, Braverman, Mischel

Update on the Yedinitz Yizkor Book Translation Project #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates


Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year to our fellow Yedinitzers!
The Yedinitz Yizkor Book Translation Project team has made tremendous progress since our last Zoom meeting in December 2021.
At that time, we had completed or assigned less than 70% of the pages. Now, we are at 85% completed or assigned. The assigned status means that the original articles are in the hands of our translators and will be completed in due time.
We have less than 150 pages left to be assigned out of a total of 1026 pages. This is something we are looking to achieve in the next few months.
We want to thank all of you for participating in this journey together with Yvette, Ed, and myself.
For those that have donated towards this project, we thank you again.
Please consider donating as part of Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Please enter the amount in the Yedinitz box.
As a reminder, donations of $ 250 will allow you to provide a personal dedication to any article. Total donations of $ 500 will provide you with a free published book. 
Please send me an email at bassfish4@... to advise when you have donated so I may reconcile with JewishGen.
Please read what is available online and let us know what articles you have read with interest.
Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you.
Yvette Merzbacher, Ed Berkowitz, and Allan Bass

Re: What became of the Suwalki-Lomza group run by Marilyn? #lithuania

Esther Brill

Does anyone know where we can buy these journals? or get online access -- most of the places having these journals in their library are not near me.   
My paternal gp's came from the Lomza area - specifically Grajewo and Szcucyn - names include Jablonski, Golberg, Grossman. Specific names can be found on Ancestry and My Heritage 
Esther Levine Brill 

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