Re: Russian army recruits 1880s #russia #general


My GGF Aron Dovid BARAK KANTORCZY's story with conscription into the Czar's army was a little different from these others.  He was not an only son.  They lived in Khotyn, Bessarabia.  In 1860 when he was 17, he received a draft notice.  Conscription into the army was considered akin to a death sentence.  The entire immediate family fled across the River Prut to the Austrian Empire, settling in Storozynetz, Bukovina. 
Marc M. Cohen
Los Gatos, California

BARAK/CANTORCZY: Khotin, Bessarabia; Strorozhinets, Bukovina, Ukraine; CHOMITZ/HAMETZ: Ionina (Janina), Greece; Ignatovka, Ukraine; Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine
COHEN: Dinovitsi (Dunayevtsy) Ukraine; Roman/Tirgu Frumos, Romania; KORNITZKY: Kiev Gubernia, Stepnitz/Stepantsy, Ukraine
RÎBNER: Storozhinetz, Costesti (Costyntsi), Drachinets, Cabesti, Bukovina, Ukraine
ROSENBERG: Tirgu Frumos, Roman, Romania; ISRAEL; WEININGER: Cabesti, Costesti, Drachinets, Czernowitz, Bukovina, Ukraine

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh Presents: "Ask The Experts" on October 31st at 1pm Eastern (US) #general #jgs-iajgs #announcements #education #events

Steve Jaron

On October 31st at 1pm Eastern (US) The Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh will be hosting "Ask The Experts" with Tammy Hepps, Caitlin Hollander, Jarrett Ross, and Michael Waas for our International Jewish Genealogy Month / Family History Month Program. As there is a deadline for submitting questions please be sure to register before October 15th. After this date we will send registrants a Google form to submit their question. 
Registration is open until the time of the program however. 
Cost for this virtual program is $10 USD for non-JGS of Pittsburgh members and Free for members.

Please visit the event page for our panelists bio's and areas of expertise. 

To register for our program please click here
Membership in the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh is $18 a year and includes free access to all programs, subscription to our newsletter, access to our members only portal, and access to our private Facebook group.

For more information about the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh and membership please visit our website -

Steven Jaron
JGS of Pittsburgh President

Dzialoszyn records question #poland #records

Steven Granek

I’ve been looking at the new town pages on JRI-Poland (nice interface folks!). I am aware that there are - to date - very few records from the town. At the bottom of the page there seems to be an inference that there is a project to extract civil vital records from 1908-1925, also 1828 and 1837. Are there additional records that have NOT been extracted (or is that an ongoing project in the event more are discovered?). My grandfather was born there per his US entry ship manifest (and his siblings as well, I am assuming).

Thank in advance for any insight.

Steve Granek
Columbia, MD USA

Family Reunited 75 Years Post-Holocaust, Thanks to JewishGen! #holocaust #ukraine

Lara Diamond

We knew my great grandmother had first cousins who were killed in the
Holocaust. Except it turns out that not all of them were. Here's how
I've recently discovered living relatives in Ukraine and England,
thanks to a tip from JewishGen!

Lara Diamond
Baltimore, MD, USA

Re: Translation needed - Benjamin Lipson #translation




Here lies or here is buried (abbreviation on top)

Baruch son of reb Avraham

Passed 27  Sh’vat 5713

Happy Sukkot , Malka Chosnek



Find the household info from Revision Lists #belarus #records


Is there a way to find all information about a complete household? allows searching by names and towns. I think if someone in the family has a different surname, it's possible to miss that person in the case when that surname is not known.
I am looking for a household from NHABMinsk/2151/1/170 document (Revision List 1858 from Rogachev, Belarus).

Vadim Kreynin
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Re: German Jewish Community: Grötzingen, Alb-Donau-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany or Grötzingen, Durlach, Baden, Württemburg #germany


Dear Connie

Some digitized records for Grotzingen (near present day Karlsruhe) are available here :

Records for the jewish community start in 1811.

You might be able to find traces of siblings who stayed in Grotzingen, if any.

Best Regards
Daniel Mayer, Paris

Rose Edith Ostroff #usa

Steve Pickoltz

Rose Ostroff was born in Phila. on June 24, 1913.  She was a twin.  Her parents were  Benjamin and Rebecca (Wininsky) Ostroff.  She may have been married more than once.  Her last known married name was VEZEAU.  
I am interested in learning all her husbands names especially the last one Vezeau.  Also where and when she may have died and where she is  buried.  Lastly , did she have children?
Steve Pickholtz
New Jersey


Marcia Lloyd

My maternal grandfather, JACOB ROTH, gave birth to ISAAC, who married MATL SCHWARZ, and they lived in CHODOROV in the LVIV Provence. ISAAC also was in KNIKENYCHE, but I’m not sure whether he lived there or worked there as a tailor. I think they were both born in 1861. Their children were HANCHA (Anna), later ANNA LIBATER; MECHL (Max), MORRIS (I don’t know his Yiddish name), and SIMA (Sadie, Sydelle, Syd), married name Syd Winthrop. They were in Vienna during WWI and came to New York via Boston, landing on February 14, 1921. They lived first on Hester Street and then in Brooklyn. If anyone is connected to them or has any information, please email me. Thanks!

Marcia Lloyd

Re: Impossible Brick Wall Next Steps DRAY? #usa

Sherri Bobish


Try searching for obituaries in old newspapers.  Hannah's maiden name may have been mentioned.

Many are digitized and searchable.  Try this site (newspapers are arranged geographically):


Also, check if either Hannah or Samuel left a will (probate record.)  If so, pay attention to any name mentioned in the will, you may potentially find a clue there.  I have seen wills where money was left to family back in Europe.

Look for vital records (birth, marriage, death) of Hannah's children, as her maiden name may be listed.

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: WEINTRAUB, BARTNOFSKY in Mogilev, Belarus #belarus

Sherri Bobish


If either of them naturalized in 1929, or after, than a photo will be on the nat papers.  Not all nat papers are on-line, but many are, so try searching their names at:

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?)

Need photo of my Grandfather's grave at Canton Hebrew Cemetery Canton, Stark County, Ohio #photographs #usa


This is the first time I've posted here. Would someone be able to take a photo of my Grandfather's grave at Canton Hebrew Cemetery in Ohio?  I'd be happy to pay any expenses. 
Happy Succos
Jimmy Curtis

Re: Torah scroll the Nazis Stole for their post-Holocaust 'Jewish museum' Returns to Service in Prague #austria-czech #holocaust


+Thank you for sharing this with us.  It touched by neshoma today even though I have known about this for many years.  
Ronald Kaplan

Short letters for translation--Hebrew #rabbinic #translation


I've uploaded 4 handwritten documents to ViewMate.  They are each one page.  

I believe they are  related to the Alperstein family (Rabbi Abraham Alperstein or his wife Bertha/Beila Alperstein).  I would love to get complete translations of each document.  Any help you can provide would be much appreciated.

You can view and add your translations by clicking each link.  Here is a list of the 4 documents:

1917 bill from Emanuel Gross, first paragraph in Hebrew (rest is Yiddish):

1923 note from Rabbi Glick (Palestine):

1926 note from Rabbi Margolies (New York):

undated note from Rabbi Margolies (New York): 

Please add your suggestions by using the form under each image.  Thank you!

Sharon Fingold

Translation needed - Benjamin Lipson #translation

Deborah Friedman


I need a translation of the hebrew on the attached photo of a headstone.
Thanks very much

Deborah Friedman

Walnut Creek, CA

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Re: Russian army recruits 1880s #russia #general

Sarah L Meyer

My family story is that my great grandfather bought papers under the name Fishel Meyer to avoid the Czarist conscription.  He came to the US in 1884.  According to family information our original family name was Perchik, and that he had two sisters (1/2) who also came to the US.  One sister has living descendants that match me on DNA as expected based on our original name being Perchik.
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

Re: WEINTRAUB, BARTNOFSKY in Mogilev, Belarus #belarus


Hello Marcia,
I have Barnofsky/Bartnovsky on my family tree.  They came from a town called Wolkowysk.
I believe most are related.  Please feel free to contact me.
Rishy Savin

Re: Impossible Brick Wall Next Steps DRAY? #usa

Ian Rothman <ianrothman@...>

If your relative applied for U.S. citizenship, there may be a record of her application for citizenship with the federal government. Have you considered going down that avenue?

Ian Rothman
Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

Recent Discovery Sheds New Light on Messianic yDNA #general #dna

Adam Cherson

Greetings Ancient DNA Enthusiasts,

I've posted a new pre-print article in the realm of speculative genetic genealogy, this time involving the Messianic patriline of David HaMelekh:

Please enjoy, and if you wish, discuss.
Adam Cherson

Re: Boston US Synagogue Records 1886 #records


Good Afternoon Dave,

I am curious where you located an index showing a marriage between Rachel and Joseph H. Hausman.

There is only one record of a marriage for Rachel Simon in Boston in 1886.  I am attaching a copy of the record that indicates she married Charles Pizansky.  The parents names appear on the record.

There is also only one marriage record for Joseph H. Hausman in Boston in 1886.  He married Anna B. Emerson.  Both of these records are accessible for free on and are part of "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915."

I hope that this is helpful.
Paul Moverman
Milford, NH USA