Searching for information Zlotchover and Blechner Families from Cernicvic and Skora and Winstein from Poland (Ozno) or Ukraine #poland #ukraine

alizah hochstead

I am quite inexperienced and trying to find information about my parents and grandparents families. As I am the oldest and know nothing I need help.

Alizah Frayda (ZLotchover) Hochstead from Beitar Israel.

Re: Frunze (now Bishkek), Kyrgyzstan near Kazakhstan Holocaust #belarus #general

Michael Hoffman

Hi Harry,

Have you done any research for Boonin in the UK?
If not I would suggest to you the following search at the UK's National Archives at 
there are 6 entries that you may be interested in, including a marriage at the British Consulate in the Soviet Union. You should do a search for Birth, Marriage and Deaths on the following website, 

Best regards,

Michael Hoffman
Borehamwood, Herts, UK.

Re: Russian Town Of Kostopol #russia


Meir Razy
Kisfajn / Sfard / Rothenberg / Ruttenberg / Rojtenberg in Rovno,Volhynia
Ross in Dubno,Volhynia

Re: Szymaki, Poland #poland

Frank Szmulowicz

Here, the name is Szymaki  in Podlasie Voivodeship (there are other places named Szymaki elsewhere)

Frank Szmulowicz

IGRA Webinar Series - Mark Halpern: Understanding Your Galitzianer Family through Vital Records #events #galicia

Garri Regev

Please join IGRA at our upcoming webinar on June 20 at 7 pm Israel time (noon EDT) as Mark Halpern will be speaking on Understanding Your Galitzianer Family through Vital Records. Advance registration is required:

A great many Galician researchers have acquired copies of family records from repositories in Poland and Ukraine or online images provided by the State Archive or Genealogical organizations. Over the last twenty years, the work of Jewish Records Indexing - Poland and Gesher Galicia has made these records more readily available to all Galician researchers.

This session offers an in-depth examination of vital records along with a strategic framework to help researchers in acquiring Galician records to further their research. We will provide a historical perspective covering the regulations that governed Jewish recordkeeping. We will make sense of the regulations covering civil marriages that impacted the legitimacy and surnames of children. Close examination of sample birth, marriage, and death records will reveal the information contained in the records, identify the records having the most genealogical value, and discover surprises found in many of these records.


Mark Halpern: While on business in Poland, Mark visited Bialystok, his mother's birthplace. As a result of this one day visit, he became interested in his Bialystok and Galician roots. Now retired, Mark works with JRI–Poland, JewishGen, IAJGS, and Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia (JGASGP) helping others research their roots. Mark serves on the Board and Executive Group of JRI-Poland, is the founder of Bialystok Area Jewish Genealogy Group, is on the Advisory Board of Gesher Galicia, and is past President of JGASGP. Mark chaired the program committees for the 2009 and 2013 Conferences and served as advance coordinator for the 2018 Warsaw Conference. Mark was honored in 2018 with the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award.

Garri Regev 
President, IGRA

Podhorini a village near Munkach Hungary #hungary #general


Looking for any information about the Jewish community in Podhorini a small village/town about 3 kilometers from Munkach, Hungary
Thank you
Nissim Neuman

Re: Ancient Ashkenazic DNA Admixture #announcements #israel #dna

Adam Cherson

Referring to a previous side-discussion in this thread, I saw a scholarly book today which I believe discusses the history of Jewish intermarriage in some detail: Shaye J. D. Cohen,: The beginnings of Jewishness: boundaries, varieties, uncertainties. Berkeley 1999,
Adam Cherson

JGS Toronto. Free Virtual Meeting. BRICK WALLS AND BREAKTHROUGHS. Wednesday, 16 June 2021, 7:30 p.m.. ET. #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Jerry Scherer




VIRTUAL MEETING: View from home

Wednesday, 16 June 2021, 7:30 p.m. ET.



Four members of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto give a brief report to their fellow Society members and guests on their recent successes. 



Kenneth Golish raises the question: “Why Did My Grandfather Return to Poland After Settling in America”?  Before his father’s death, Kenneth heard the story of his grandfather’s return to the Kielce area of Poland.  Never knowing the real reason behind the return, he spent several years researching this question until the truth was finally revealed.
Kenneth is the son of Holocaust survivors, Chaim and Miriam, who emigrated to the Bathurst Manor neighbourhood in Toronto.  He has been working on his family tree for over twenty years.  Kenneth is a lawyer who lives in Windsor with his family. 


Howard Goldstein presents “From Silver to Slapak”, a very recent discovery that was forty years in the making. One document finally pulled all of the pieces together, providing evidence of the original surname, the town of origin and connections to family in Montreal and Massachusetts. 
Howard is a third generation Montrealer who began his research in 2013 in the areas of Ukraine, Belarus and Romania.  He serves both as Secretary of the JGS Hamilton and Co-ordinator of the JGS Toronto Cemetery Project.


Marla Waltman shares “A Twenty Year Question Mark Resolved”, a major breakthrough on her maternal line, the Organik-Organkiewicz-Organ family from small towns in the Kielce-Radom region of Poland.  Marla recently discovered a DNA link that could not be connected with the necessary paper trail. After working on her family tree for decades she has now found proof that led her to discover a large maternal branch in the USA. 

Marla is an active researcher and writer who has served on the Executive Committee and the Board of JGS Toronto.  She has also served as President of our Society. 


Henry Blumberg tells the story, “The “Elusive” Crazy Uncle”, a deep dive into a rabbit hole, taking five years to emerge and discover the true relationship.
Henry is a barrister in Toronto and has been an avid genealogist searching and connecting with family all over Europe, America, the UK and South Africa.  He has presented at a dozen conference and JGS meetings.  Henry is a Board member of JGS Toronto and has served as convener of the international Latvia SIG for three terms.


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Viewmate Translation Request-Russian Script #translation

Jessie Klein

I've posted a vital record(Akt 8) in Russian for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page. I think it is a marriage document for Czaena Estera Karbowicz and Dawid Ickowicz
Thank you very much.
Jessie Klein


Frunze (now Bishkek), Kyrgyzstan near Kazakhstan Holocaust #belarus #general

Harry Boonin

Hello. Part of our family escaped from Slutsk, Slutsk Uezd, Minsk Gubernia, before June 26, 1941 when the Nazis captured the town, and made it all the way east to Central Asia. I have two letters in Russian that were sent to a cousin in 1967, which indicate that they continued to live in Frunze (the capital of Kyrgyz) from 1941 to 1967. My cousin gave me the letters about two decades ago. I have no idea if they or their children, or grandchildren are still there. The capital was named Frunze from 1926 - 1991, when the name of the capital was changed to Bishkek. The surnames I am looking for are BUNIN and BOONIN from Slutsk. I think my grandmother's brother, Alter (Raphael) Boonin, his wife Gitel and their eight daughters, or part of this family migrated to Lenningrad in 1949. Whether they all left Frunze/Bishkek is unknown. Information of any of these unknowns would be greatly appreciated. My grandmother, Matla and her husband Noson were first cousins and both their surnames were Boonin.
Harry D. Boonin
Warrington, PA
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Looking for the birth, marriage, death certificates for Esther & Abraham Toledano #sephardic #records


I am trying to find any birth, marriage or death certificates for Esther Toledano (1719 - 1791) and Abraham Toledano (1710 - 1784) who lived in Gibraltar. I believe Esther was born in Gibraltar while Abraham was born in Morocco. They had four children, Jacob, Moses, Maimon and Hannah. Any advice on how to find the original documents in both Gibraltar and Morocco would be appreciated. 

Chris Wilson
West Sussex, England

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Translation from Yiddish to English#translation#yiddish

Herman Salmenson

The four pictures in my Viewmate are from my grandfathers machzor. I would appreciate the translation to English.
Viewmate 94045
Viewmate 94044
Viewmate 94043
Viewmate 94042
Thanks in advance.
Herman Salmenson
Member 703301

Re: family name meanings #ukraine

Molly Staub



Zhitomir name


Dear Genners, I've been searching for my maternal ggm's maiden name for decades, with no results. She was known in the family as Riva the Booba (meaning midwife). She married my ggf Yishea/Ovshiy Berensohn and they then lived in Krasnoye, Podolia Gubernia, Their son, my gf Shmuel/Sam Berenson was born there in 1880. I know she delivered Harry Loigman(1892), Ida Loigman (1893), and Victor Loigman (1904) in Krasnoye. There was a large group in Philadelphia, the Gershmans, who attended all our family functions. I never knew how we were related. They came from Zhitomir and the farthest back I've gotten was Leib Gershman. In Pennsylvania, my aunt Rive/Rebecca Berenson was born in 1915, so I assume she was named after my ggm Riva -- who presumably died between 1905 (when an older sibling was born) and my aunt's birth. Does anyone who is researching Zhitomir find any of this familiar?
Many thanks, Molly Arost Staub 

BERENSON (Krasnoye, Ukraine)
SHTOFMAN (Bessarabia)



Molly Arost Staub

Boca Raton, FL




Molly Staub

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Re: JGSLI Virtual meeting on Wednesday June 16 at 7:00 PM Eastern #events #announcements #education

Bonnie Birns

We have increased our Zoom capacity for this meeting, so we will no longer be livestreaming it on YouTube. 

Register in advance for this meeting:
Bonnie Birns
President, Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island
Jericho, Long Island, NY researcher #59766

Translation from Yiddish - Ushpol, Lithuania #translation #lithuania

Linda Cantor

I have a 2 page letter written to me by a survivor from my ancestral town of Uzpaliai (Ushpol), Lithuania in 1995.  I would love to know what the letter says, as I believe that I’ve never had it translated.
Viewmate files
94102 and 94103
Please use the Viewmate form.
Thanks in advance.
Linda Cantor
New York, NY

Re: Szymaki, Poland #poland

Alexander Sharon


Szymki (Polesie) on the Belarus border was identified as a village within the Zubrzyca gmina (community), Sokółka powiat (district). Within Szymki two large "folwarks" (homesteads) owned by landlords Trzeciak and Aleksandrow were located. Researched by you ancestors were most probably employed in folwarks of those landlords.

I couldn't locate any more data on Szymki, but the nearby Zubrzyca and Sokółka with large Jewish population should have the records.


Alexander Sharon
Calgary, Alberta

ViewMate translation request - Russian #russia #translation #poland

Greg Tuckman

Hello everyone,
I've posted 3 vital records in Russian for which I need translations. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses ...

1.  Birth record of Cadek FELD:

2.  Birth record of Maryja FELD:

3.  Birth record of Jakob FELD:

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Greg Tuckman
Phoenix, Arizona USA

Pogroms in Polonnoye 1918-1919 #ukraine

Diego Schvarzstein


I am researching the pogroms in Polonnoye, Ukraine during the period
1917-1920. I have some documents from YIVO, but that is all I could
obtain until now.
My great grandmother Fanny Kantor, along with her sister-in-law Bruche
Schwarzstein were killed there, we believe between 1918-9. If you have
any leads, it will be very helpful.
Also if you know of any other family from this area who had their family
murdered in those years.

Diego Schvarzstein
Reserching Schvarzstein from Polonne and Lyubar, Fainsod from Bialystok

Re: Can two brothers--alive at the same time--be named Abram and Abraham? #names

Angie Elfassi

I have a friend whose ancestor had two wives (one died) and he had children with the second wife and called them by the same name as the children from the first wife. Therefore, Avraham and Abraham might have been half brothers.

Angie Elfassi

Re: looking for birth place of Phillip and Rachel Davis born in Poland . #poland #unitedkingdom #general

Michael Hoffman

Hell Angel,

Go to this website of the UK's GRO (General Register Office) for Ordering Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates 

I have done a search for you and this website indicates that the Mothers Maiden Name before marriage was Levy.
All the births took place in the following Registration Districts, Whitechapel, Mile End Old Town and St Georges in the East. 
Only Order Certificates from this official government website, the cheapest certificates which are not certified are pdf files which are sent as attachments to an email.

The marriage took place between Phillip Davis and Rachel Levy on 28/12/1890 at the Sandys Row Synagogue, you can obtain the Chief Rabbi's Marriage Authorisation Document from the United Synagogue at this record would hopefully have the place and
country of origin of both of the parties to the marriage.   


Michael Hoffman