Szymaki, Poland #poland

Bob Silverstein

I am looking for information on Szymaki, a small shtetl about 45 km east of Bialystok.  Does anyone know anything about this community?

Bob Silverstein
Elk Grove Village, IL

Researching Kaplan (Krynki, Poland) Tzipershteyn (Logishin, Pinsk, Belarus), Friedson/Fridzon (Pinsk, Cuba, Massachusetts), Israel and Goodman (Mishnitz, Warsaw, Manchester).

Re: Request English translation from Polish and Russian #russia #poland #translation

Frank Szmulowicz

File Number 109 (in Russian)
The top paragraph is in Russian

The Polish part:

It took place in the town of Kolno on the eight day/November 20, 1866, at 9 in the morning. Chaim Rabinowicz Brykman appeared, a blacksmith (kowal), domiciled here in Kolno, forty-two years old, having in the presence of 
Aron Judkowicz Abkiewicz, a wood merchant, thirty-two years old, and Moszek Ickowicz Chludniewicz, an inn-keeper (publican), fifty-seven years of age, both domiciled in Kolno, and showed us a child of male gender and declared that the above was born in Kolno on the first day/thirteenth of the current month and year at four in the morning of his wife Rochla nee Abramowicz(?), thirty-six years old. During circumcision the child was given the name Szmul.  This document (akt) was read out to the declaring party and the witnesses and, subsequently, was signed by us and the witnesses. Abram Brykman, the father, declared that he does know know how to write. The signatories: Aron Judkowicz Abkiewicz, Moszek Ickowicz Chludniewicz, and Antoni Klodecki, the mayor in charge of civil registry and the collegial registrar (rejestrator kolegialny). 

The rest is in Russian.

Frank Szmulowicz

Looking for Lena nee Poritz and Max Blumberg Family #general #usa

Sharon Ann Dror

Looking for Fannie nee Goldstein and Nathan Poritz’s 2nd child: Lena 

Fannie and Nathan had: (the last two children were born in New York while the rest were born in Russia) - I have all 6 families tree completed. I have all 6 tombstone pictures with their death dates and their father’s name in Hebrew inscription, and marriage certificates.
No one knows anything about Lena and her family.
Ida & Sol (Klein) Grossman (my great grandmother)
Harry & Ida nee (Fried) Kaplan
Jack Jacob & Evelyn nee Sweetbaum
Bessie & Louis Freed
Rose & Max Madans
Samuel (died at 6 years old in 1900 and buried in Silver Lake Cemetery)
Based on Jacob Poritz’s daughter, Shirley who is still alive, 100 years old!!! She has a sharp memory, she knew my great grandmother and some of her siblings and mentioned Lena. I said I didnt have her in my tree. She said yes, she grew up with her in NYC with her family and she married  to a Max Blumberg. Sure enough I found their marriage certificate on May 6, 1901 in New York and it matches her parents names Fannie and Nathan Poritz. I kept getting dead ends in trying to find out who their family is. Shirley said she remembers one son ALFRED. Doesnt remember the others as it has been over 50 years since everyone passed away. 
Per the marriage certificate, it is her first marriage while it is a second marriage for Max.
HEADS UP - there Is another document: Naturalization with the same name Lena and Max Blumberg on April 2, 1921 BUT it is Lena nee Gurian. Their children are listed as they all born in New York:  
George Apr 29, 1902
? Rebecca Dec 25, 1904 
Esther Aug 10,1906
Elsie Nov 10, 1908
Jacob Mar 7, 1910
Elenor 20, 1915
This is NOT Lena nee Poritz. Max was born in Kovno, Russia on March 14, 1877 and moved to Liverpol, England then immigrated to the United States with their six children,
Please let me know if you know Lena nee Poritz and Max Blumberg’s family.

I got four tombstone pictures at Mount Lebanon, NY for two LENA and two MAX, all are the wrong people.

Thank you
Sharon Ann Dror

Re: Finding descendants of relatives who died in the Holocaust #holocaust

Susan Lubow

Never give up!  when the Yad Vashem Database came on line I wrote to one person who had submitted a page of Testimony and found family with whom I have become very close.    Much later, in 2011, I wrote to another submitter who never replied - until this past January!  So, 10 years after my first and only effort to reach out to relative #2, I got a reply!  And now, I have newly found family in Switzerland.

It can't hurt to write to old addresses, to use Facebook or Google to find people - anything may or may not work, but if you don't try, you'll never know.

Good luck.  
Susan Lowy Lubow

Anyone else having issues with FamilySearch today, June 11? #general #records

Adam Turner

FamilySearch is not down, but I'm having problems with it today that I think might be a bug. Specifically, every film I've tried to view (either by clicking "View the original document", or by following a permalink I saved previously) is not displaying anything when I enter the URL into my browser. 

This appears to be happening both on my laptop as well as on my Android phone. (I tested the behavior both in and out of incognito mode in Chrome, and it's occurring both ways, so it's unlikely to be a cookie issue on my end.) Anyone else having similar problems?

Adam Turner

Re: Announcing the publication of the Yizkor Book of Żarki, Poland #poland #yizkorbooks

Susan Rosin

The Yizkor-Books-In-Print Project is proud to announce its 127th title:
Żarki Jewish Community Memorial Book (Żarki, Poland).
This is the English translation of Ḳehilat Z'arḳi : ayarah be-ḥayeha uvi-khilyonah

Żarki is a town located 30 kilometres south-east of Częstochowa. At the outbreak of World War II, it is estimated that Żarki's population stood at around 5,000, 60% of whom Jews. The Germans created the Żarki ghetto in February 1941, in which 3,200 Jews were confined. The liquidation of this ghetto began on 6th October 1942. Around 300 Jews were executed in the local cemetery, some were selected for work in the Radom ghetto and the remainder were transported to their deaths in the Treblinka extermination camp. The exact number of Żarki Jews, who survived the War, is unknown.
In 1959, the Organisation of Żarki Jews in Israel published this Yizkor Book. The articles were written by Survivors, most of whom, at the time of the publication of this book, are no longer with us. It is for this reason that the World Society of Częstochowa Jews & Their Descendants decided to include it in its "Częstochowa Yizkor Book Project" - to have it translated into English, for the first time, accurately and in its entirety. Through this book, those Survivors can continue to speak to us and to future generations "from beyond the grave". The "Częstochowa Yizkor Book Project" is funded by the Wolf & Dora Rajcher Memorial Fund.
This Yizkor book contains many first-hand accounts and personal remembrances of the survivors and immigrants from the town and serves as a fitting memorial to this destroyed Jewish community and in addition bears witness to its destruction.

For the researchers, this book contains a wealth of both genealogical and cultural information that can provide a picture of the environment of our ancestors.

For ordering information please see:

For all our publications see:

Susan Rosin
Yizkor Books In Print

Seeking surname variations for PAKORNOV #names

Tracy Fish

Hi everyone,

Last year I came across the name/surname for my 2XGG: Helen PAKORNOV which was written on my Great Grandmother Esther's death record. I know depending on who gave the info there could be spelling errors. I have not been able to find any records with the surname PAKORNOV. I was wondering if anyone knew any other spellings or possible surnames that could be potential leads.

In case it is useful:
My great grandmother Esther Fisch nee. SKOVRONSKY/SKOWRONSKA was born in 1882 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and died 25 JUN 1971 in Brooklyn, NY.
Esther's father and Helen's spouse: Eli/Elya/Elijah/ Eliasz SKOVRONSKY/SKOWRONSKI was born 20 OCT 1846 in Klodawa, Poland, and I presume died in Saint Petersburg.

Thank you,

Tracy Fish
Nevada/Brooklyn, New York
IG: @tsfish


New Records for Three Districts in Volhynia JewishGen Project #records #ukraine #JewishGenUpdates

Mary-Jane Roth

We just sent the first batch of complete translations (not just indices) from the 1858 Revision List of Jews of Novohrad Volynskyy District to JewishGen for inclusion in the database.  There were more than 4000 names in this batch mostly from Korets. Two other batches covering Novogradvolinsk (4250 names) and Polonnye (3570 names) are nearly ready for release. The remaining sections of the Revision List (covering Mirapol, Rogachev, Berezdov, Baranivka, Romanovka, Krasnostav, Gorodnitsa, Novo-Chartoriya and Lubar ) await translation.  In addition to names, the lists can contain information on family relationships, occupational group (merchant, handworker), and other comments such as “absent since 1854, whereabouts unknown” or “enrolled as agriculturalists in Rovno district in 1855”.  The most generous donors to our JewishGen project Records of Three Volhynia Gubernia Districts received their own copies of the spreadsheets that are complete, we need funding to complete the sections of the 1856 list mentioned above. When those are complete, there are several other complete Revision Lists and supplemental lists for these three districts (Novohrad Volynskyy, Zaslav and Starokostyantinov districts) waiting to be translated. 

To continue this work, we need funds.  We cannot finish this list or start another document until we have the funds..  Any amount is useful and appreciated.  If you can, please go to the donate tab at and under Research divisions/Ukraine select our project.  Your generosity will mean a lot.


Mary-Jane Roth

Alexandria VA

Re: Translation from 1869 Hungarian Census #hungary #translation

Jan Meisels Allen

Shana Millstein was inquiring about a record and questioned "Kellemes". 
Sebes Kellemes in Hungary between the two wars was called Šarišské Lúky; in Slovakia. My paternal grandmother, Hani Reich Meisels was born there in 1879. Today it is known as Presov. According to the article on Sebes Kellemes.
There is more about the town from Beit Hatfutsot in Israel- the Museum of the Jewish People now called Anu Museum

Jan Meisels Allen
Agoura Hills, CA 

 REICH, WALD, ZUPNIK, Presov, Mestiszko, Szivdnik; Salgo, Sebes Kellemes, Slovakia (formerly Hungary)


 KLAJNMAN, MICHELBERG, SYK, SZLANG, TYKULSKIER Sochaczew, Chorzele, and Zakroczym Poland



 GUTFARB --Zambrow, Poland ASZ, Nasielsk, Poland  ELION, Suwalki Lithuania



Brooklyn Jewish History Project #usa

Adelle Gloger

While "noodling" around the Brooklyn NY Library site I came across the Brooklyn Jewish History Project. No library care is needed to access.
There are many pages of family photos and documents. As an example there was a 1905 passport for Josel Silin. 
Some of the documents and photos are labeled, some are not. However, if the photo or document is clicked-on, there is a complete explanation with name, date, etc.
Perhaps those who are looking for Brooklyn family will find something here.
Adelle Weintraub Gloger
Beachwood, Ohio

Re: Looking for Galician town or village named Premeplenm #galicia

Hap Ponedel


Are you certain that this location was within the province of Galicia? 
Using the JewishGen gazetteer I was not able to find any name, even close to this. I think Jon's answer below would be the closest spelling for any location. Is there any corroborating information?
I have done a lot of mapping of Galicia, and this is a rather odd spelling.

Hap Ponedel
Eugene, OR

Re: Looking for Galician town or village named Premeplenm #galicia

Sherri Bobish


Can you locate another record which may state what town you ggm was born?  Perhaps the writing and/or spelling would be more precise in another document.

The following two towns are just a guess:
Przemyśl [Pol], Pshemishl [Yid], Premslau [Ger], Prömsel [Ger], Peremyšl [Ukr], Peremyshl [Rus], Praemislia [Lat], Pshemishel, Premishla, Premisle, Prezhemisel, Pshemishel, Pshemysl, Peremyschl, Peremyshl'

Region: Lwow

Peremyshlyany [Ukr], Przemyślany [Pol], Premislani [Yid], Peremyschljany [Ger], Premishlan, Pzhemyslyany, Przemysliane, Peremyshliany, Peremysljany

Region: Tarnopol


Sherri Bobish


Re: "Tribunal" in 1874 marriage record from Kalisz gub. #poland

Sherri Bobish


Could this "tribunal" be in reference to a divorce being formalized before this couple could marry?

Just a thought,

Sherri Bobish

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

Bruce Drake

I never thought I’d encounter the word “discotheque” in a Yizkor book. But there it was in a section with the subhead “Vishnevets Discotheque” from a chapter in the Yizkor book of this Ukraine town titled “Vishnevets in a Trick Mirror.”
As you might have guessed, the author used the term to project back in time to what he considered to be the equivalent of a discotheque when he lived in Vishnevets.
“Properly speaking,” says M. Averbukh, “in those days no one had any concept of anything called a ‘discotheque,’ even in the most modern, avant garde countries in the world. In the early 20th century, God protect us, but according to the mode to this very day, in Vishnevets there was a place of amusement suited to that generation's tastes.”
I’ll leave it to the actual text to describe the pleasures of a discotheque-like place where young men and women gathered together after a week of work to satisfy their Sabbath rest. As a bonus, I’ve added a short excerpt from the “Book of Klezmer” that describes dances that were popular at the time, although it’s hard to summon up the vision of a discotheque of our era featuring a Klezmer band.

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

Family Search Now Filming Ukraine Records #ukraine #JewishGenUpdates

Chuck Weinstein

Alex Krakovsky has now reported that Family Search is now actively filming records in several archives throughout Ukraine, including archives he is not able to get to.   These records will eventually be added to their online catalog.  While this is great news it highlights the fact that we already have a large number of records that Alex has filmed and provided to us that need to be transcribed into Excel spreadsheets for inclusion in the JewishGen Ukraine database. These records are only of use to most researchers if they have been transcribed in English and added to the searchable database. If you can help translate these handwritten Cyrillic records or are interested in setting up a fund-raising project to hire translators for a town of interest, contact the Ukraine Research Division's Director of Data Acquisition Gary Pokrassa, at gpokrassa@....  He has a long list of places for which we have records now that are in need of transcription.  Donations for translation projects through JewishGen are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

Chuck Weinstein
Towns Director, JewishGen Ukraine Research Division

New translation project #yizkorbooks


When my mother told me that she and her family were from a town in Romania, I was immediately interested in learning more; about their journey and about the town of Yedinitz.  I thought all the towns where Jews lived in Europe were gone forever.  I am proud to know that this town was once a thriving and intelligent community of people.  It lives on in its descendants. – Allan Bass
Yizkor Books are a unique source of information on the once vibrant Jewish life in shtetls and towns in Europe before the Holocaust. The Yizkor Book of Yedinitz contains a first-hand account by those who lived there and knew the Jewish community before its destruction in the Holocaust. Written after World War II by émigrés and Holocaust survivors, this Yizkor book contains narratives of the history of the town, details of daily life, personal testimonies, religious and political figures and movements, religious and secular education, and gripping stories.
The value of this book is that all the contributors are gone. Moreover, a translation of this book will reveal names and biographical details that are not available anywhere else. This is of a tremendous genealogical value as often the names of individuals who were taken to extermination camps or were murdered in the forests, are not recorded elsewhere.
A new project to complete the translation of the Yizkor book for Yedinitz to English is underway, with Allan Bass as coordinator together with the assistance from Yvette Merzbacher and Ed Berkowitz. Only a small portion of this Memorial Book has been translated. It is imperative that all the remaining pages be finally translated.
As descendants of those from Yedinitz, it is our responsibility to understand the life and feelings of Yedinitzers, both who lived before and after the Holocaust.  As we started the translation, we were all choked with emotions as we read the first words by one of its authors, Yisrael Zemura; “I admit and am not ashamed: for many years since I came to Israel, I thought that I had deleted all my ties to the past and that I am no longer bound to the country in which I was born and to the place where I grew up and received my education. I thought I was an Israeli and nothing else. As the years went by, I learned to know that this was not the case.  A person cannot deny his past, since the past is one of his foundations, whether he wants it or not.”
We all need to support this project and contribute towards the translation of this book that was written for us, the future generation of these survivors, and for our future generations.  We want to hear the voices of our ancestors today and make it eternal.  When questions arise in the future this important book will provide the answers. We want to make this translation available to Genealogists, Holocaust researchers, historians, and students of Jewish history.
Even after obtaining several volunteer translators, we still require hiring professional, paid translators.  The book is over 600 pages, and it is written in a beautiful, high-level Yiddish and Hebrew.  We estimate the cost to complete this project at $15,000.
Your donations for this project can be made at:
If you live in the United States donations are tax-deductible.
Moreover, in lieu of a donation, we would be delighted if any of you with expertise in Hebrew or Yiddish translation to English can volunteer to translate a section of the book.
We can include a mention with the translation “Donated by… or in Memory of…” to people who donate a minimum of $250 for a particular article of the book. People donating $500 or more will be entitled to a complimentary copy when the book is published.
You can view the original book online:
You can read the English Table of Contents for the book here:
Many warm regards, 
Allan Bass, Yvette Merzbacher and Ed Berkowitz

Re: Request English translation from Polish and Russian #russia #poland #translation


In Russian:



посад Граево

Состоялось в посаде Граево 7-го (19-го) апреля 1888 года в 10 часов утра.  Явился лично Янкель Штейн, равин Граевского религиозного округа, проживающий в посаде Граево, в присутстсвии свидетелей евреев Арона Малаховского, учителя, 72-х лет и Янкеля Вреника, банщика, 64-х лет, жителей посада Граево и объявили, что вчера, в 8 часов вечера был заключен религиозный брачный союз между Шлёмой Кендзиореком, холостым, 20-и лет, родившимся в деревне Калиново Ломжинского уезда и проживающем у родственников в посаде Граево в течении нескольких лет, сыном умерших Боруха и Ривки, супругов Кендзиорек, с Эткой Левинштейн, девицей, 19-и лет, родившейся и живущей с матерью в посаде Граево, дочерью умершего Менделя и живущей Соры-Шейны, урожденной Волошинской, супругов Левинштейн, рабочей в посаде Граево.  Браку этому предшествовали троекратное оглашение в Граевской синагоге - 30-го января (11 февраля), 5-го (17-го) и 13-го (25-го) февраля 1888-го года.  Ни каких препятствий присутстствующих лично при заключении брака и сего акта родителей и родственников новобрачных не было и было заявлено словестно.  Новобрачные заявили, что предбрачный договор между ними заключен не был.  Религиозный брачный союз был совершен местным равином Янкелем Штейном.  Акт сей по прочтении равином новобрачным и свидетелям, ими и нами подписан. Новобрачные заявили, что писать не умеют.

Равин Янкель Штейн

Арон Малаховский

Янкель Вреник

Чиновник гражданского состояния       Подпись


Translated into English:


Posad Graevo


It took place in Posad Graevo on April 7 (19), 1888 at 10 am. Yankel Stein, a rabbi of the Grajevo religious district, who lives in the settlement of Graevo, personally appeared in the presence of Jewish witnesses Aron Malakhovsky, a teacher, 72 years old, and Yankel Vrenik, a bath attendant, 64 years old, residents of the settlement of Graevo, and announced that yesterday, at 8 hours in the evening, a religious marriage union was concluded between Shleoma Kenziorek, single, 20 years old, born in the village of Kalinovo, Lomzhinsky district and living with relatives in the Graevo settlement for several years, the son of the deceased Borukh and Rivka, the Kenziorek spouses, with Etka Levinstein, a girl , 19 years old, born and living with her mother in the Graevo settlement, the daughter of the deceased Mendel and living Sora-Sheina, nee Voloshinskaya, the Levinstein spouses, a worker in the Graevo settlement. This marriage was preceded by a three-fold announcement in the Graev synagogue - on January 30 (February 11), February 5 (17) and February 13 (25), 1888. There were no obstacles present personally at the conclusion of the marriage and this act of the parents and relatives of the newlyweds and was declared verbally. The newlyweds said that the prenuptial agreement was not concluded between them. The religious marriage union was carried out by the local rabbi Yankel Stein. This act, upon reading by the rabbi to the newlyweds and to witnesses, was signed by them and by us. The newlyweds said they could not write.

Rabbi Yankel Stein

Aron Malakhovsky

Yankel Vrenik

Civil Status Official Signature

Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Boynton Beach, FL

Re: Translation from 1869 Hungarian Census #hungary #translation

Marianna Toth

11. Lanczman Johanna, woman,  born in 1859, Jewish, maiden, born and lives in Sáros county, Kellemes (??), profession: merchant trainee, visitor here, foreigner, presence is provisory (less than a month), can write and read

12. Szomatár Anna, woman, born in 1835, Jew, maiden, servant, cook with annual salary, born in B. keresztúr, local,  can’t read and write

13. Zomborin (??) Anna, woman, born in 1845, Roman Catholic, servant with annual salary, born in Szepes (??), (Mócország= ??), local,  can’t read and write

Marianna Toth

Re: Finding descendants of relatives who died in the Holocaust #holocaust

tzipporah batami

Yad vashem was very helpful. Esp if it is a close familu like if you are a survivot or child of survivors. You can ask them for full name and tel number and also on form it asks how you are related to person you are testifying about. That info is in hebrew and they can read it to you. So if it says sister or achot then you can learn more how related to you. Ive done it many times successfully but i am close relation. Otherwise you can google for site that gives israeli phone numbers and put in name and address. Its in english. Small print. Feigie Teichman


What route did Jews from Poland took to get to India at the beginning of the 20th Century?