Re: Searching for Yakov Kotlan from Ozorków, Poland - translation required #translation #yizkorbooks #poland


The Ozorków Book of Residents, which is at the Łódź Archive, identifies, by family, the persons who lived in Ozorków from 1901 through 1931.  Among many other things, it includes death dates through at least 1925.  

You can email the Łódź Archive (kancelaria@...) and ask it for pages from the Book of Residents for the Kotlan family.  You can identify the Book of Residents as Księga ludności stałej miasta Ozorkówa (39/2379/0).  If the Archive finds the family in the Book of Residents, it will email you instructions for about making a small payment to get a copy of the record.

Jeff Wexler
Los Angeles

Re: One Litvak family, two surnames? #lithuania #names

Odeda Zlotnick

In my family, tradition has it that my paternal grandmother's paternal grandmother gave each of her sons -- or had them registered - with a different surname, in order to keep them safe from conscription.
And that is why, said my paternal grandmother (from Minsk), it's no use searching for ancestors with her Dad's surname -- since it was fictitious.....
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

One Litvak family, two surnames? #lithuania #names

Michele Lock

My maternal great grandmother was Rochel Frieda Trushinsky of Dotnuva Lithuania; her family surname was also written as Trisinski. Most of the birth records for her children are on Jewishgen, except that her original surname and those of her siblings are listed as Sturisky (or Shturisky). I've had a native Russian speaker look at several of these birth records, and he has confirmed the name is Sturisky. 

However, my great grandmother, her sister Rose Trisinski Goldberg, and their nephew Bene Trisinski never used the name Sturisky here in the US, and it appears that they did not use this name back in Lithuania. For instance, on my great grandmother's 1908 ship passenger list, she said her nearest relative back home was her mother Leah Trushinsky.

I have found one US record of a Trushinsky/Trisinski acknowledging the second surname. A son of Bene Trisinski was born in Dotnuva in 1912, with his name recorded as Efroim Sturisky:

On this person's 1938 naturalization petition, he has both this birth name (now spelled Sturinsky) and the name he eventually used, Frank Trisin:

When he signed his name at the bottom of the petition, he did it three ways: Frank Trisin, Frank Trisinsky, and Efroim Sturinsky.

Has anyone come across this situation before, of a family in the Russian empire using one surname themselves, but having a different surname in their Russian/Hebrew records? This isn't the situation like in the Austro-Hungarian empire, of persons having to use their mother's original surname rather than their father's, due to not registering the marriage with the civil authorities. Could it be that my Trushinsky forebears simply didn't like Sturisky, and tried to change it, but weren't allowed to? There are a few other Sturisky families in Lithuania on Jewishgen, most in Seduva, though my Trushinsky/Sturisky clan does not appear to be related to them. There are a few instances of Trushinsky/Trisinski (and the like) on JRI-Poland, though I've also found that it is a Polish Catholic surname as well. 

I'd appreciate any thoughts on this odd situation.
Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
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

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


Dear Jewish Gen community,
I am in need of English translation of two pages written in Polish, and possibly, with some Russian into English. Attached are the two pages. Thank you.
1-Page 27
2-Page 45 No. 12
Richard Eden
Towns/Area Researching: Lomza
MODERATOR NOTE: Please reply privately

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


Could this be Przemyślany?

Oxford, UK

ViewMate interpretation request -- English #translation

Ketura Persellin

I've posted a 1854 Mississippi marriage record. I am seeking help deciphering the writing, particularly the first names. It is on ViewMate at 
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much!
Ketura Persellin

Help with gravestone translation #lithuania


I would appreciate any help with translation of my great-grandfather's gravestone. He emigrated from Lithuania to the USA in 1885 as "Beryl Pres" when he arrived at Castle Garden. He subsequently lived in Iowa and died in 1924. It appears to me that there is no patronymic on his headstone. He did have a wife, children and in-laws at the time of his death in Iowa, so it is interesting to me that there is no patronymic. I have hit a stone wall in my search for information about him prior to his emigration.
Any help or insight greatly appreciated!


Barry Press

JGASGP Meeting announcements: Sunday June 13th 1:30 EST "How to Utilize the JewishGen Discussion Group Effectively" #announcements #education #jgs-iajgs

Marilyn Golden

The next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia:
Date: Sunday, June 13, 2021
Time: 1:00 check in, chat, and schmooze.
Official program starts promptly at 1:30
Guest Speaker: Phil Goldfarb, Founder and President, Jewish Genealogical Society of Tulsa
Researching genealogy for 35 years, Phil is the founding and current President of the JGS of Tulsa which started in 2005. He has lectured extensively on various topics in genealogy, published articles on genealogy in numerous periodicals, and authors a monthly column in the Tulsa Jewish Review. He has written two books titled A Page of History: Passport Applications 1851-1914 and A Page of History: Passport Applications Volume II 1915-1925. Phil is a member of the Leadership Team for JewishGen as well as being the Lead Moderator for the JewishGen Discussion Group.
Topic: How to Utilize The JewishGen Discussion Group Effectively
• What the JGDG is all about.
• Ways the JGDG can help you.
• Advantages of the new JGDG platform.
• Discussion Group Rules and Guidelines.
• How to join the JGDG.
• Group settings.
• Options for Group Message delivery.
• How to change an e-mail address or message delivery.
• Two ways to post a message.
• How to find archival messages (back to 1998!)
• Hashtags: how/why important to use them.
• How to "mute" hashtags to only get certain messages.
• How to create an automatic signature.
• How to reply to a message individually or to the group.
• Why messages are rejected or deleted.
• Success stories from the JGDG.
• Need help or are confused? Who to contact?

Our meetings are for active members of our society. If interested In joining, please go to our website. Meetings are recorded for members only.
Please contact me for more Information:
Marilyn Golden, VP Membership

June 28: Researching your Historical LGBTQ+ Relatives webinar from the Center for Jewish History #events

Moriah Amit

Family History Today: Researching your Historical LGBTQ+ Relatives
Presented by the Center for Jewish History in honor of Pride Month 2021

Monday, June 28, 2 PM Eastern Time 


You may have heard family rumors about the “bachelor uncle” or the aunt and her “roommate.” Perhaps, you identify as LGBTQ+ and want to know if there were others like you in your family tree. Professional genealogist Janice Sellers will show you how to pursue this avenue of family history research. In addition, she will discuss ethical concerns you should consider, and why an understanding of gay history is critical to finding and understanding information about your LGBTQ+ forebears.


Tickets: Pay what you wish; register here to receive a link to the Zoom program.


This program is sponsored by the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at the Center for Jewish History. It is funded, in part, by a Humanities New York CARES Grant, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Moriah Amit
Senior Genealogy Librarian, Center for Jewish History
New York, NY

Looking for Galician town or village named Premeplenm #galicia


Hello,  My great grandmother recorded her residence as Premeplenm. I cannot find record of this place. Has anyone heard of it?

Thank you,
Alexis Soltice
Alberta, Canada

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

Beth Erez

If you send me a copy of the testimony you found, I would be happy to look up for you more about the person who submitted the testimony. 2014 is quite recent in there might be information on the internet about him/her.
Beth Krevitt Erez
Hod Hasharon, Israel

Obermayer Awards nominations #general #germany

Karen Franklin

Nominations for the 2022 Obermayer Awards are now open! The Obermayer Awards honor Germans who have documented, commemorated, and breathed new life into Jewish communities that were destroyed by the Nazis, as well as innovators who have found creative ways to use the lessons of history to prevent contemporary bigotry and foster understanding among different groups. The awards program has two tracks that each recognize extraordinary work done by Germans (typically non-Jews living in Germany) and/or German organizations.

  • The history track honors those who have illuminated the vital role Jews played in German society for hundreds of years before the Nazis tried to exterminate them. This work has included restoring cultural sites, researching community history and genealogy, storytelling, community building, working with students, developing programs and publications, and creating artworks and public exhibitions.
  • The anti-prejudice track seeks to honor those who fight against current prejudice (including anti-Semitism) and racism through innovative efforts, using the lessons of history and a connection to remembrance. Awards in this track will be given to people or organizations in Germany that are taking noteworthy steps to combat prejudice, as well as foster the kind of understanding among different groups that prevents prejudice from taking root. 

Together, those we honor exemplify how acknowledging a country’s dark past can become a motivation to improve the present and future. The awards were founded in 1999 by Dr. Arthur S. Obermayer (1931–2016), an accomplished American entrepreneur, scientist, and activist whose grandparents all came from southern Germany. The awards are administered by Widen the Circle, a nonprofit supported by the Obermayer Foundation, with co-sponsorship, support, and organization of the ceremony in Berlin provided by the Berlin Parliament. The awards are also co-sponsored by the Leo Baeck Institute (New York).

Nominations must be received by July 31, 2021. To download an application, please visit

Karen S. Franklin
New York NY

Re: Searching for Great Aunts #belarus #general

Beth Erez

HI Stephen

You really have not given enough information for people to try and help you.   Were the  sisters already married when they arrived to the US?  Alone, or with children?  Do you know their husbands names?  If they were not married yet, what was their maiden name?  I looked for example at Julie (or Julia) Simmons arrived in that time period on FamilySearch and found such a long list that there was no way  for me to narrow it down.  Also, they may have entered with Yiddish names and changed their names later.  I suggest you start at FAmilySEarch and see if that helps you. You might find the Stephen Morse website as a help to you to link easily to the right places in FamilySearch for the various potential ports.

Searching Various Ports of Arrival for Free in One Step (

Beth Krevitt Erez
Hod Hasharon, Israel

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

Wayne Frankel

Dear JG’rs,
A volunteer recently and very kindly provided me with a read of a mid-January 1874 Cyrillic marriage record from the Kalisz gubernia of Russia/Poland.
Bride’s name was Roza FROM.
One line on the record reads as:
"Tribunal Dec 22, 1873 #4678 with Mosiek FROM, town of Dzorzbin, gm. Zbierek, Stawiszyn district”
I would like to know what this Dec 22 “tribunal” refers to; I thought it might be a bann, but I am told that the bann is already in another part of the document.
I am trying to connect two FROM clans - someone by his name from the same region is the patriarch of another the other clan. If a relationship can be inferred between the bride and this Mosiek FROM based on what this ’tribunal’ is about, that would be most helpful.  I do know that it is not the bride's father. 
Thanks for your help!

Yankelsohn/Yakobson gymnasium Odessa around 1880. #ukraine

Boruch Fishman


My great-grandmother Schindel/Molly Yankleson/Yakobson/Yanklevitch/Josephson from Kishinev attended a gymnasiym in Odessa between 1875 and 1885. Does anyone know how I could access Odessa gymnasium records from that era?
Boruch Fishman MD
Tel Aviv
Searching for family names:
Gerber, Fichte, Jacobson, Yankelsohn, Josephson, Greenberg, Rifkin

Re: survivors of Mir Yeshiva in Shanghai #general

Howard Orenstein

Try these links,  which might contain info on how to find the existence of such a group.

History of Mir Yeshiva:

Story about a Mir survivor, Rabbi Yankelewitz, who died at 104 y.o.:

Mir Yeshiva, Jerusalem:

Howard B. Orenstein, Ph.D.

McDaniel College
Founded in 1867 as Western Maryland College
Westminster, MD 21157

Explore Your Jewish Heritage in Wyszków, Poland

Explore Your Jewish Heritage in Serock, Poland

Re: survivors of Mir Yeshiva in Shanghai #general

Joyaa Antares

Hi Evan,
Your friend may wish to join the facebook group "Shanghai Internees And Jewish Refugees Group 1945"

Best wishes, Joyaa ANTARES
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Re: Searching for Yakov Kotlan from Ozorków, Poland - translation required #translation #yizkorbooks #poland


I don't sorry. The only official document I found for them was in Russian.  I have had Kotlian suggested as the Russian way of spelling it but that found nothing in English language searches.
Laura Harrison

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

David Lewin

At 17:42 08/06/2021, Avi Lichtenstein via wrote:
Recently, I found on the Yad Vashem testimonial site the names of
relatives who died in the Holocaust (Shapiro family from
Starokonstantinov, Ukraine). The submitter's relationship to the
individuals indicated that he too is a relative. I contacted Yad
Vashem who told me that they had no more information on the
submitter other than his address (in Israel) in 2014. Yad Vashem
suggested I use JewishGen, Magen David Adom's tracing service, or
the State of Israel's Ministry of the Interior. Because I do not
live in Israel, I am not sure if I am able to use the Israel-based
agencies. Has anyone had similar experiences?

Kindest regards,

Avi Lichtenstein

Avi - do the search in Hebrew rather than English

If you cannot, I can help
David Lewin

Search & Unite attempt to help locate people who, despite the passage
of so many years since World War II, may still exist "out there".
We also assist in the process of re-possession of property in the
Czech Republic and Israel.
See our Web pages at

Re: Index of Holocaust testimonies #holocaust

tzipporah batami

To addend to my previous list of additional annotated testimonies please note the shoah foundation website, called iwitness, and the zachor foundation website again if all these places including library of congress for books would cooperate with jewishgen and share it would be less.likely for us to meet with obstacles in trying to get access. Thank you. Feigie Teichman