Samuel Markusz SMULYOVICS/SMILOVIC of Patskan'ovo #subcarpathia

Jacob Heisler

Hi everyone,

my uncle's grandfather was Samuel Markusz SMULYOVICS/SMILOVIC
(1887-1945). He was born and raised in what was then known as Patkos,
Bereg County, Hungary (today Patskan'ovo, Ukraine), although after
World War One he moved to the nearby city of Munkács (today Mukacheve,
Ukraine). My uncle heard two pieces of family lore about Samuel he'd
love some firm documentation on, and I was hoping someone on here
could help me find something on them. The lore in question is:

1. Samuel served in the Austro-Hungarian Army during World War One.
This fact repeatedly came up in my uncle's father's memoir, but it
never said anything about what he actually did during the War or where
he served. Does anyone know if there are any surviving military
records that could shed light on Samuel's military service, and if so
how I can access them?

2. Before and during WW1, Samuel was mayor of his native town of
Patkos. It was a fairly small place at the time, with about 1276
people and 129 Jews in 1910. Allegedly, Samuel's wife Hani SCHVARCZ
also served as mayor in Samuel's absence during the War (although I
suspect it was unofficially). Is there any way to find documents that
could not only confirm he was the mayor, but learn something about his
time as mayor?

Thank you in advance for any help people here can provide.

Jacob Heisler
Norwalk, CT

Re: Leopold Hoschander Mystery Update #records


Hi AJ, 

Here are some thoughts, 

- the fact that Leopold gave his address as the US consulate in Moroni does not necessarily mean that he was a diplomat. Most probably he gave that address for contact while he was residing there. 
- the Comoros in 1971 were still part of France. That means that maybe you will have to search in French records in order to find more information about his death. 
-According to his sister's obituary dated from 1965 Leopold's permanent residence was in Austria. It is more probable that his wife made the arrangements to have him buried there. Maybe search also Austrian records. 

Good luck with your research. 
Giannis Daropoulos 


Ed Vogel

I have tried searching jri-poland directly, and only found the same records I found with jewishgen.  Are there records that have not yet been made available online?  Do I have any other options?


Ed Vogel 

RANBAM Family From UMAN #usa


An ITZIG RANBAM (b. ca. 1888) immigrated to the U.S. in 1909 listing his wife JENTE RANBAM as living in UMAN. Itzig lists Uman as his last residence and place of birth (possibly SARNY).

He also lists my great great grandfather S.A. Krone (from Teplyk) as a cousin. The manifest is attached (see row 9).

I cannot find anything about Itzig or the Ranbam family in the United States or elsewhere. I would be grateful for any information in order to determine the relationship between the two.

Kind regards,

Dan Schley

Seiden and Bock family #usa

Neil Rosenstein

Looking to make contact with the family of Abraham Seiden (married
Feige, daughter of Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik Langner, Admur Stratyn, born
in 1875 and died in New York on July 19, 1949 and includes their
children - Aaron Seiden and his sister Lillian who married Alfred
Sweet) and Feige's sister Taube who married Jacob Meir Bock of
Brooklyn (mother of Gladys Kugler (Harold), Norma Bock, Howard Bock,
Seymour Bock and Claire (married Jacob Goldman).
Neil Rosenstein

Brazilian Jewish Ancestry #latinamerica

Geoff Kaiser

Hi All,
I have located a document that shows a direct relative of mine (Martin Kaiser) emigrated to Curitiba in Brazil in March 1960 where his parents (Josef and Vera (Lichtenstein)) were living.  What are the best resources for researching in Brazil?
Geoff Kaiser
Melbourne, Australia

Seeking information of my late Mother’s real family #poland

Marilyne Rose

My mother was in the Jewish Orphanage in Pinsk, Poland between 1920 and 1924. I am trying to find her
real family name.  Her first names were SORAH BASHA,  but I don’t know her real family name.
I believe her details are in the archives relating to the children who were in the Pinsk Jewish Orphanage ,
and these archives are stored in Brest or Minsk.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
MARILYNE ROSE, istanlyrose@...

ViewMate translation request - Hungarian #translation #hungary


I've posted a marriage record in Hungarian for which I need a translation. I don't need a full translation as my main interest is the placenames. I am particulary interested in the placename underneath the names of the groom's parents and also his residence in the next column.
It is on ViewMate at the following address ... Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page. Thank you.

Ruth Bloomfield

Leopold Hoschander Mystery Update #records

AJ <the_ravaj@...>

The SSDI information I have found gives Leopold Hoschander's last address as the US Consulate in Moroni, Comoros. When Leopold emigrated to the US, he gave his profession as a salesman working in the field of egg produce. There is no record of his moving on into a diplomatic career. Can anyone kindly explain what this could mean?

Meanwhile, in trying to access more information about Leopold's death, having checked several years' worth of the reports online of the deaths of US citizens, I then sent an inquiry to the National Archives, and was informed that death-related information must be sought from the place where he died, i.e., the "appropriate state, territory, or local bureau of vital statistics". They kindly gave me this link to begin that search. However, there does not seem to be an option to request anything about deaths that occurred outside US sovereign territory. All suggestions for further research options gratefully received!

AJ Friedlander.

you are cordially invited over to my blog

Invitation: Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami Sunday, September 26 at 10:30 am #jgs-iajgs #announcements

Paulette Bronstein


Newsletter from the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami
Submitted by Yoram Millman (JGSGM Programming Chair)
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami (JGSGM) will present
Libby Copeland, award winning journalist, discussing
on Sunday, September 26 at 10:30 am
The Cultural Phenomenon of Home DNA Testing (Virtual presentation)
Libby Copeland: is an award-winning journalist who has written for the Washington PostNew York magazine, the New York Times, the Atlantic, and many other publications. She specializes in the intersection of science and culture and will explore with us the extraordinary cultural phenomenon of home DNA testing, which is redefining family history. It will draw on Libby Copeland’s years of research for her new book The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are (Abrams, 2020), which The Wall Street Journal calls “a fascinating account of lives dramatically affected by genetic sleuthing.” With more than 37 million people having been tested, a tipping point has been reached. Virtually all Americans are affected whether they have been tested or not, and millions have been impacted by significant revelations in their immediate families.  The presentation will discuss the implications of home DNA testing for Jewish genealogy, as well as the unique challenges of genetic genealogy for Ashkenazim.
Program cosponsored with Temple Beth Am Sunday Salon.
Registration required
Paulette Bronstein
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami

Re: Looking for Professional Genealogy Help for Vienna Records #austria-czech

Sam G.

Contact traude.triebel@...
-Amnon Gronner, USA

Re: Seeking help in interpreting a Viennese death record from 1941 #records

Evelyn and Christopher Wilcock

I do not know the situation in Austria, but in Germany all Jews were eventually obliged to register with the  Jewish Community, including Jewish women who were married to non Jewish Germans.  For the history in detail there is the excellent book by Beate Meyer, "A Fatal Balancing Act, The Dilemma of the Reich Association of Jews in Germany".
Nazi Officials and the Gestapo did indeed try to keep up to date records of all Jews. The  Jewish census of 16 May 1939 was the basis of this. In my own family the only  unrecorded Jew was one who had never been a member of any synagogue nor any Jewish organisation and left Germany before 1939.

A further example of Jews who avoided registration is the autobiographical novel  by Ralph Giordano, Ralph, Die Bertinis. This was not translated into English but was the basis for a German TV series which may possibly be on line and have English sub titles.

Re: ViewMate translation request - Old German Kurrent, #translation

Nicole Heymans

The link you provided takes me to my own MyViewmate page, not to yours.

Please repost providing the full URL (copy-paste it into your message).

Nicole Heymans, near Brussels, Belgium

LitvakSIG #lithuania


Hi Ann,

Have you tried the Special Interest group in LitvakSIG.
You can pay for the region that you are interested in. I found it very helpful in researching my Lithuanian family in the Telsiai region. 
Marlene Walker
Toronto, Canada
Orla, Poland; Ruzhany, Belarus; Zidikiai, Lithuania

Re: Help in explaining an inconsistency #usa #records

Linda Kelley

Hello, Giannis,
I checked Clara’s children, and none died in 1985. That must have been the year Clara filed to receive Social Security payments. Or else it is an error. The original form is not available for viewing.
Linda Wolfe Kelley
Portland, OR, USA

Russian Passports #russia

June Genis

My grandparents Jacob Morris and Minnie Rivke Genis emigrated to the
US about 1891 according to their naturalization records. In 1901 they
apparently made a visit back to Ukraine (then still Poland I
believe). They must have been traveling on Russian/Polish passports
as my grandfather did not file a Declaration of Intent for US
citizenship until 1918. Is it possible to obtain copies of their
Russian passport or their application for a passport? I have not been
able to find any US arrival records for them in 1891. They emigrated
from Dubno just after marrying. Their Naturalization Petition
indicates that they arrived from Rotterdam, Holland.

June Genis, Hemet CA
June Genis, 650--851-5224
Hemet, CA
Researching: GENIS, OKUN, SUSMAN, ETTINGER, KESSLER/CHESLER (Russian/Polish Empires)

Re: ViewMate translation request - handwritten Czech #translation #austria-czech #subcarpathia

Mark Friedman

Hello Mike, 

Try contacting Mr. Béla Huber from Ungvár. Hi is a local researcher, specialist in translating Hungarian, Czech or Slovak handwriting. 
He is also listed on Jewishgen researchers list. 
His email : huberbelay@...

Wish you good luck,

Mark Friedman

looking for "Braun, Francisk" Ben Ami 30 Aco, Israel (originally from Szatmar) #hungary #names #romania #israel

michele shari

Hi all,
I have a list of relatives that my grandparents stayed in touch with when they went to Israel and she came to the US. The note with the above relative is that they are a cousins from Szatmar, so they would have to be related to my grandmother, Etel (Elsie) Stauber or my grandfather, Mayer (Miklosh) Farkas, as both families had links to that area. I am trying to figure out how they are related to either side of my family.
Thanks for all hints and help!
Michele Farkas
Boynton Beach, FL (formerly NY)
researching: Farkas, Jakab, Weiszhauz, Weiszhaus, Taussig in Tasnad, Carei, Marghitta and surrounding areas
and Stauber, Stojber, Stamber (and other spellings), Ganz, Herstig, Hershtik, Teszler, Davidovici, Fishman (Dragomisteri) and Mallek, Malek, in Also visso (Viseu de Jos) and surrounding towns.

Re: Where candlesticks are from #general

Victoria Fisch

My candlesticks are quite similar, and I know for a fact that they were brought over from Bialystok in about 1895. However, if you Google these items you'll find a Judaica website that has photos and dates for many candlesticks that look like this. Mine unscrew at the bottom, as did others, and they were cast.

Victoria Fisch
Sacramento, California

Trying to get information on the wife and family of Elchanan Livenberg or Levenberg, lived on Chasan Sofer 17, Bnei Brak, Israel. #names #romania #hungary #israel

michele shari

Hi all,
I have a handwritten note that Elchanan Livenberg's wife was a first cousin to my grandmother, Etel (Elsie) Stauber (married name Farkas). I don't have her first name or if her last name was the same as my grandmother's, Stauber (also spelled Stober or Stojber, or in Israel, Shtauber). My grandmother passed away years ago but I found this note recently. She kept in touch after the war when they went to Israel and she was sent here before the war. I have pictures of the Livenberg family, they had twins, a boy and a girl and Mrs. Livenberg would send my grandmother notes and pictures. I would love to find them and be in touch or just know her name. My grandmother's family lived in Viseu de Jos (Also Visso) and the surrounding towns.

Thanks for all hints and help!
Michele Farkas
Boynton Beach, FL (formerly NY)
researching: Farkas, Jakab, Weiszhauz, Weiszhaus, Taussig in Tasnad, Carei, Marghitta and surrounding areas
and Stauber, Stojber, Stamber (and other spellings), Ganz, Herstig, Hershtik, Teszler, Davidovici, Fishman (Dragomisteri) and Mallek, Malek, in Also visso (Viseu de Jos) and surrounding towns.