May 2021 Summary of IAJGS Records Access Alert #general #jgs-iajgs #records

Jan Meisels Allen

As mentioned previously, every month I post a listing of the IAJGS Records Access Alert topics from the previous month for you to see the variety of issues…some were posted on this discussion group but most were not—all postings are included below.  The following are the summaries for the month of May, 2021.  In order not to miss out on important information it is worthwhile for you to be subscribed to the Records Access Alert.

Without records, genealogists cannot do genealogy –making certain that we retain access and gain access where it is impaired is every genealogists' responsibility.


Ancestry Acquires Forces War Records

(Australia) To Save Historical Documents National Archives of Australia Launches a Crowd Funding Site

(Canada) 2021 Census day Is Almost Here--May 11th

(Canada) 2021 Federal Budget Calls for Hiring New Data Commissioner and a Digital Service tax

(Canada) C-10 Amends Broadcasting Act to Regulate Streaming Services

(England) England's National Health Service Plans to Share Patient Records with Third Parties

(European Union) Amazon Wins EU Tax Appeal in Second Highest Court

(European Union) EU Commission Proposes New Ambitious Business Tax Agenda

(European Union) EU Parliament Voted Infringement Against Ireland Data Protection Commission--CJEU Rejects Facebook's Petition

(European Union) US Companies Storing Data In European Union-Microsoft

(Germany) Federal Cartel Office Launches Probe into Google About Anti-Trust

(Germany) Privacy Regulator Bans Facebook From Gathering Data on WhatsApp Users

(Great Britain) Planned New Law Would Fine Social Media Companies for Failure to Remove Online Abuse

(Ireland) Activist Max Schrems Complains about Irish Data Protection Regulator to Parliament Committee

(Ireland) Facebook Loses Court Fight With Irish Data Regulator Over Transferring Data to US

(Ireland) Proposed Legislation Will Give Adoptees Access to Birth Certificates

Microsoft to Stop Internet Explorer Browser-June 2022

MyHeritage Purchases the French Genealogy Company

(New Zealand) National Library of New Zealand Project to Digitize 130 Years of The Press Archives

(Netherlands) Family Cards 1919-1939 Are Available Online

(Portugal) President Enacts Charter of Human Rights with Right to be Forgotten and Social Tariff for Internet Access

(Russia) New Database Documents One Million WWll Citizen Heroes Who Defended Moscow

(United Kingdom) England and Wales Marriage Certificates to Include Mothers' Names

(US) More on Litigation Over 2020 US Census

(US) National Archives and Virginia Tech Working on Digitization of Records

(US) National Archives On Track To Release 1950 US Census

(United States) National Archives Proposed Rule on Extending Selective Service Record Requests

(US) USCIS Withdraws Proposed Regulation on Collecting Biometrics Requirements

(US-FL) HB 969 The Florida Privacy Protection Act Dies on Final Day of Legislative Session

(US-FL) Governor Signs Bills Reigning In Social Media Companies

(US-FL) Senator Rick Scott Introduces Data and Algorithm Transparency Agreement Act

(US-NY) Legislation Introduced About Privacy Issues Around Criminal DNA Profiles


The IAJGS Board of Directors approved opening the Records Access Alert to anyone who is interested in records access. This was announced previously.  We now have subscribers from many genealogical organizations not previously able to subscribe. To be on top of what is happening you are encouraged to register for the Records Access Alerts to receive the information in a timely manner.  If you are interested in any of the above items, please register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert and look at them in 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 you belong to-a society, SIG  or a subscriber of JewishGen, AVOTAYNU, Legal Genealogist  etc. You will receive an email response that you have to reply to, or the subscription will not be finalized. The alerts are archived and once you register you may access the archives at:


The IAJGS Records Access Alert is not a daily announcement list. Depending on what happens worldwide, there may be no postings for several days and other times there may be several in one day.


These are listed alphabetically not chronologically.  Each month the locales covered differ.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee






JRI-Poland search results now link to online images on the new Polish State Archives website - A huge challenge met. #records #poland

Stanley Diamond

Researchers finding records of interest in the JRI-Poland database for which there are
links are now seeing the digital images on the new 
website of the the National Digital Archives (NDA) division of the Polish State Archives. 
The transition to the new system happened behind the scenes and has been seamless, 
but this didn’t happen miraculously. What you need to know is the story behind how this 
transition was made possible. 
It starts with the NDA’s need to use a totally different system to identify each image.
While file names for images on the old website were numbered chronologically, file 
names for images on the new site are randomly generated number strings. 
Thus, all the links for the more than two million records in our database with images 
were basically useless. Notwithstanding that JRI-Poland is the only organization 
currently direct linking search results to online NDA vital record images, we received 
extraordinary cooperation from our partners in building tools to make the transition 
seamless.  It took several months of planning, multiple exchanges of data files and 
extensive correspondence to enable the changeover to happen with minimal hiccups.
(Several image links are not working but will be fixed; if you come across any, please
report to webmaster@...) 
We are truly indebted to our colleague, JRI -Poland database manager Michael Tobias 
and our suburb partners at the NDA for pulling it off so successfully. For all of us on the 
JRI-Poland team, a hearty Yasher Koach to Michael and a huge thank you to the NDA.
Enjoy continued use of the direct linking to online scans!
Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.  (Montreal, 514-484-0100)
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.

Special Inquiry proceedings Deportation 1909 #records


Hi All:

It appears that a great uncle of mine was deported after arrival in Ellis Island in 1909.  Does anyone know how to find any Special Inquiry records if they do survive.  How would a 7 year old boy be sent back to Poland?  My great Uncle Abe did return to the United States and lived out his life in New York

“New York, U.S., Arriving Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. “ (  Arrival of Isrelsky Family on November 17, 1909 aboard the Zeeland.   Note that  son Abe was deported curvature of the spine.

  ( Records of Aliens Kept for Special Inquiry Pessche Israebsky b 1879, Chaje Israelsky b 1898, Beile Israelsky b 1900, Abram Israelsky b 1902, Schmuel Israelsky b 1905.

Page 224 -The Israelsky family -Index Group 54.

Thanks for your help
Jay Filan
Brooklyn, New York

Thanks for your help

Jay Filan
Brooklyn, New York

Re: Index of Holocaust testimonies #holocaust

Peggy Mosinger Freedman

The Breman Museum of Jewish Heritage in Atlanta also has a number of Holocaust recordings.  The museum is in the process of making these available on their website here:
Collection: Esther and Herbert Taylor Oral History Collection | The Breman Museum ArchivesSpace

The JGS of Georgia indexed these interviews and the index was just placed on JewishGen last week.  The entire list of oral interviews can be searched from the USA Research Division database.  The Holocaust testimonies can be searched from both the JewishGen Holocaust database and the USA database.

It is a great project.  I encourage other groups to index and submit the index to JewishGen to make all these records more widely available.

Peggy Mosinger Freedman
Atlanta, Georgia USA

Re: Family Tree Magazine Has Come Out With its 2021 Best Websites #announcements #general

Nancy Siegel

JewishGen is listed as one of the “Best European Genealogy Websites” on the Family Tree Magazine 2021 list.

Nancy Siegel
Director of Communications
(San Francisco, California)

looking for sescendants of German Refugees in Dominican Republic #germany #holocaust #latinamerica



I am writing on behalf of someone who has done extensive research on the way a few hundred German refugees found refuge in the Dominican Republic. Now the topic is their stay there, between 1938 and 1945.
She is now looking for descendants of those refugees.

I hope someone can help.

Best wishes!

Gershon S. Lehrer
Antwerp, Belgium

Yizkor Book Report for May 2021 #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates




Quite often I am contacted by people looking for information on the ancestral community of their parents. In quite a few cases, I am able to point them in the direction of a translated Yizkor book of the very community they are looking for which assists them in learning more about the community and, on occasion, even about their own family.


Of course, we are not fortunate enough to have all of the Yizkor books translated but this is certainly  our goal. The information is waiting in these books, hidden behind the Yiddish and Hebrew, till we are able to translate it into English and other languages and enable a much wider audience access to its contents.

The thing is, of course, someone needs to lead the translation of these books and, fortunately, there are many dedicated volunteers who have taken on the task of leading the translation of these books. Still, there are many, many more of these books out there, just waiting for someone to take on this sacred task and if you would like to know more about what is involved, I would be pleased to hear from you.

From the projects that have been taken on I am fortunate, from time to time, to be able to announce the complete translation of a book and this month I can let you know about the following:

Berehove, Ukraine (The Jews of Berehovo - Beregszasz in pictures) This book which was single-handedly translated by Dorothy Gross Nadosy and, as the book name suggests, contains a great deal of pictures from life in the community before the Holocaust. We are very grateful for Dorothy for providing us with the translation and pictures, providing a glimpse into a community that was and is no longer.


And now for details of what was carried out in May:


Yizkor Book updates

This month, 31 existing projects were updated and they were:

·  Berehove, Ukraine (The Jews of Berehovo - Beregszasz in pictures)

·  Będzin, Poland (A Memorial to the Jewish Community of Bendin)

·  Braslaw, Belarus (Darkness and desolation)

·  Dzyatlava, Belarus (A memorial to the Jewish community of Zhetel)

·  Edineţ, Moldova (Yad l'Yedinitz; memorial book for the Jewish community of Yedintzi, Bessarabia)

·  Hrubieszow, Poland (Memorial Book of Hrubieshov)

·  Jaroslaw, Poland (Jaroslaw Book: a Memorial to Our Town)

·  Kalisz, Poland (The Kalish Book)

·  Kamyanyets, Belarus (Memorial Book of Kamenets Litovsk, Zastavye, and Colonies)

·  Kolomyya, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Kolomey)

·  Krynki, Poland (Memorial Book of Krynki)

·  Kurów, Poland (Yiskor book in memoriam of our hometown Kurow)

·  Kutno, Poland (Kutno and Surroundings Book)

·  Lesko, Poland (Memorial book; dedicated to the Jews of Linsk, Istrik and vicinity who perished in the Holocaust in the years 1939-1944)

·  Lviv, Ukraine (A memorial library of countries and communities, Poland Series: Lwow Volume)

·  Mlyniv, Ukraine (Mlynov-Muravica Memorial Book) 

·  Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland (Ostrowiec; a monument on the ruins of an annihilated Jewish community)

·  Radom, Poland (The book of Radom)

·  Radomsko, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Radomsk and vicinity)

·  Sarny, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Community of Sarny)

·  Siedlce, Poland (On the ruins of my home; the destruction of Siedlce)

·  Slutsk, Belarus(Slutsk and Vicinity Memorial Book)

·  Stowbtsy, Belarus (Sokolievka/JustingradMemorial volume of Steibtz-Swerznie and the neighboring villages Rubezhevitz, Derevna, Nalibok)

·  Tarnogród, Poland (Book of Tarnogrod; in memory of the destroyed Jewish community)

·  Tarnow, Poland (Tarnow; The Life and Destruction of a Jewish City)

·  Telšiai, Lithuania (Telsiai Book; memorial epitaph of the Holy community)

·  Tyszowce, Poland (Tiszowic book)

·  Ustilug, Ukraine (The growth and destruction of the community of Uscilug)

·  Valozhyn, Belarus (Wolozin; the book of the city and of the Etz Hayyim Yeshiva)

·  Zolochiv, Ukraine   (The City of Zloczow)

·  Zyrardów, Poland (Memorial Book of Zyrardow, Amshinov and Viskit)

New book

The following is a new book placed online:


  • Kupiškis, Lithuania (This is Kupishok that was: Idylls from the life of our forefathers in Lithuania)


New Yizkor Books in Print

The never disappointing  Yizkor Books in Print Project team has, again, provided us three treasures:

If you are interested in these books or any of the others that have been made available, please go to the YBIP main page using the link shown below. 

Important links

Before ending this report, here are some important links to note:

All the best,

Lance Ackerfeld

Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books



Sunday, June 13 - JGSNY Zoom: Scandals, Shandehs and Lies #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Phyllis Rosner

Jewish Genealogical Society NY Meeting
Sunday June 13, 2021 at 2 p.m. EDT
Zoom Webinar

Scandals, Shandehs and Lies: The Stories Families Don't Tell

Speaker: Renee Steinig

In the course of decades of genealogical research Renee Steinig has uncovered many a "skeleton in the closet" — cases of mental illness, illegitimate birth, infidelity, abandonment, and even murder, all hushed up for decades. A Viennese refugee whose baby was born in a New York State psychiatric hospital; a suburban businessman who led two lives; a Romanian immigrant hanged — or so his family thought — for "stealing horses"; a Jewish GI's love affair in Belgium during World War II; a young woman who married, had a baby, then vanished... Renee will talk to us about these family secrets, the research tools that uncovered them and the reunions and reconciliations that followed many of her discoveries.        

Renee Steinig began to do genealogical research in the 1970s, inspired by a cousin who made it look easy. Many family trees and some 18 years later, she began to accept client work. Her specialties include New York research, locating lost family, and due diligence for probate cases. She is member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has testified as an expert witness in several New York City Surrogate's Courts. A past president and longtime trustee of the JGS of Long Island, Renee is also a director of Gesher Galicia and its discussion group moderator and Family Finder editor.    

All are welcome; attendance is free, but registration is required:

Click here to register at our website

Submitted by:
Phyllis Rosner
JGSNY VP Communications
New York, NY

Re: Finding Marriage Record from Ukraine and Finding Their Parents Given Names #ukraine #general

Madeleine Isenberg

My thoughts for the given name of Tsal, is that it is a shortened form of the Hebrew name Betzalel.  In records I have looked at in Slovakia and Poland, sometimes it looks like Zalel.  Perhaps this might help.
Madeleine Isenberg
Beverly Hills, CA
Researching: GOLDMAN, STEINER, LANGER, GLÜCKSMAN, STOTTER in various parts of Galicia, Poland
(Nowy Targ, Nowy Sanz, Wachsmund, Dembno, Lapuszna, Krakow, Ochotnica) who migrated into Kezmarok or
nearby towns in northern Slovakia and Czech Republic (i.e., those who lived/had businesses in Moravska Ostrava);
GOLDSTEIN in Sena or Szina, Szkaros and Kosice, Slovakia; Tolcsva and Tokaj, Hungary.
GOLDBERG, TARNOWSKI in Chmielnik and KHANISHKEVITCH in Kielce, Poland

passenger record number from "United States Russians to America Index, 1834-1897" #records


Thanks to Sherri Bobish for locating the elusive manifest.

Turns out the passenger's name was transcribed incorrectly. The first letter, "B", was transcribed as "D," and the passenger was indexed accordingly. Thinking outside the box was the key.

I also learned that NARA's AAD (Access to Archival Database) entry for this passenger indicated his destination as Philadelphia. Technically that was correct, but I assumed incorrectly that that's where the ship landed. He actually debarked in NYC and proceeded to Philadelphia.

By the way, I didn't see the passenger record number on the manifest. It was a seven digit number (6258129) found on the AAD entry. Still wondering what it means and if it's useful in finding out more information.

Evan Fishman
Evan Fishman
New Jersey
FISHMAN--Terespol, Poland
FINKEL-- Brest Litovsk, Belarus

Re: Index of Holocaust testimonies #holocaust

Jake Jacobs

Very useful, thank you. Does anybody know of a master index, where all of these testimonies are listed together?

Diane Jacobs
Austin, Texas

Re: HALPERN brothers in Brooklyn, NY #usa #general

Renee Steinig

Linda Wolfe Kelley <lkelley49@...> asked for help finding the
descendants of Sam Halpern (1910-1987), who lived at 7255 Bergen
Court, Brooklyn, and of his brother Abraham.

A search for Sam's address in NYC property records on ACRIS
( brings up a record of the house's
sale in 1991. The two people listed appear to have been Sam's
executors. Possibly they were his children. To repeat the search,
click "Search Property Records," then "Parcel Identifier (Borough,
Block, Lot). On the next page, enter Brooklyn /Kings, Block 08362, Lot


Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY

This week’s Yizkor book excerpt on JewishGen’s Facebook page #poland #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates

Nancy Siegel

Bruce Drake has posted this week’s Yizkor book excerpt on JewishGen’s Facebook page:

Jews did not only suffer pogroms and other forms of violence and repression in the years just before the Holocaust. The Poles with whom they had lived aggressively put an economic squeeze on them in the form of boycotts of Jewish shops and many of those who picketed outside them were people who the owners had known. There were also young men from peasant families who came to town to try their own hands at business and grew jealous of the greater success of the more experienced Jewish merchants.

In “Wysokie on the Eve of the Holocaust” from the Yizkor book of that Polish town, these events helped convince the chapter’s author to depart for Israel. For a while, he wondered if it was the right thing to do, “fleeing from a sinking ship.” But as he heard more depressing reports of the decline of Jewish fortunes back home, he began began to view Wysokie differently than he had as a young person. “This was a romantic, unhappy Wysockie. I sometimes think that the blue–painted wooden houses are sinking, and shrinking, and I hear the cry of young people seeking emigration to the Land of Israel for creativity and a better tomorrow.”


Nancy Siegel
Director of Communications
(San Francisco, California)

passenger record number from "United States Russians to America Index, 1834-1897," #records


Thanks to Sherri Bobish for locating the elusive manifest.
Turns out the passenger's name was transcribed incorrectly.  The first letter, "B", was transcribed as "D," and the passenger was indexed accordingly.  Thinking outside the box was the key.
I also learned that NARA's AAD (Access to Archival Database) entry for this passenger indicated his destination as Philadelphia.  Technically that was correct, but I assumed incorrectly that that's where the ship landed.  He actually debarked in NYC and proceeded to Philadelphia.
By the way, I didn't see the passenger record number on the manifest.  It was a seven digit number (6258129) found on the AAD entry.  Still wondering what it means and if it's useful in finding out more information.
Evan Fishman

Evan Fishman
New Jersey
FISHMAN--Terespol, Poland
FINKEL-- Brest Litovsk, Belarus

Rabbi Abraham ABRAMOWITZ-Jerusalem-Chicago early 20th cent. #usa #rabbinic

Yonatan Ben-Ari

There was a Jerusalem born rabbi in Chicago during the early-mid 20th
cent. who may have been related somehow to the CHARLAP family. I
believe he was born around 1890-1900. My grandfather, Chaim Yitzchak
ABRA MOWITZ was also born in Jerusalem in 1895 and my family (not my
grandfather) lived in Chicago in the mid 1900s but surprisingly we
did not meet the other family.

I would be happy to be contacted by members of the above Abraham
ABRAMOWITZ to clarify certain other similarities between our families.

Shabbat Shalom (or shavua tov as the case may be)


Yoni Ben-Ari (Katzoff), Jerusalem

Re: Looking for Great Uncle in France #france

Joel Ives

These are the birth dates:  They appear to be much earlier than the people you are looking for.

Joel Ives
Fair Lawn, New Jersey USA

Re: Skerniewitz-Rawa association #unitedkingdom #poland #general


Dear Jeremy,

I am the JRI-Poland Town Leader for Rawa Mazowiecka. My ancestors came from Rawa and Skierniewice too.

I don't know anything about the London Rawa association I'm afraid (I would be interested to know more), but I would hope to be able to help you with some Polish records.  Please feel free to email me.

Best wishes,

Naomi Leon
Brighton, UK


Re: Looking for Great Uncle in France #france

Joel Ives

I checked the Filae records for Illys.
The people listed in the Filae database were born in the 1600's to 1800's far earlier than the person you were looking for.
Joel Ives
Fair Lawn, New Jersey USA

Re: Family Tree of the Jewish People - Code #general

Israel P


Israel Pickholtz

June 10th Deadline for EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT for IAJGS 2021 All Virtual Conference on Jewish Genealogy #events #jgs-iajgs

Judi Gyory Missel

To ensure you receive the Early Bird Discount and be part of the latest virtual adventure, please go to and register now for the 1-5 August 2021 Conference. Pricing and options are described on the website. This 41st international conference on Jewish Genealogy will feature:

·         Appropriate Sessions for Beginning Genealogists and Experts of all Ages!

·         50 Live Sessions with lectures from the top Jewish and Worldwide Genealogy experts

o    Keynote Speaker: Prof. Michael Hoberman, of Fitchburg State University, speaking on “The Uniqueness of Jewish American Literature”

o    Topics Ranging from DNA to Family Artifacts, from Inherited Recipes to How to Map Your Family Travel Routes

o    Genealogy “Death Match” Game Show – wildly popular at last summer’s conference!

·         100 Additional “On Demand” lectures that are pre-recorded for your viewing convenience

·         New!   Zoom chat rooms with colleagues on shared topics where you can see each other!

·         New!   Virtual Vendor Exhibit Hall

·         New!   Virtual Resource Room with Links to Special Websites

·         New!  “Who Wants to Be a Rothchild” Game Show from our clever and entertaining duo, Ron Arons and Jordan Auslander

Join us at this special conference! Register NOW to join this exciting annual adventure in Genealogy!

Judi Missel
IAJGS 2021 All Virtual Conference on Jewish Genealogy