Putting up a tombstone for an ancestor in Lodz Jewish Cemetery #lodz #general

Natan Finkelstein

Greetings, I have recently uncovered through JewishGen the digital record of the location of the grave of my relative, who perished in the Lodz Ghetto, in the Lodz Jewish Cemetery. My family, from abroad, would like to arrange the putting up of tombstone for him to honor his memory. I have tried to contact the leadership of the cemetery through phone and email, to no avail. I tried contacting a member of the Jewish community there, but they did not understand the mapping well enough to locate the grave. I even tried contacting a local tombstone service there to no avail. Does anyone have any experience with this, understand the mapping of the graves there, or have any tips?
Natan Finkelstein
Memphis, TN

Help deciphering family names and town name on passenger manifest #records #usa

Adam Block

I have been trying to find information about a relative Barney Stein.  He passed away in Chicago, in 1943.  I believe that I found a record for him and members of his familiy at Ellis island, and a section of the document has been attached.  The first names of the family members were transcribed as follows:  Girta, Jtrig, Leis, Schmere, Bonze, Chatzkel.  Also, the last place of residence was transcribed as Tushalaby.  I attempted to search for Tushalaby and was unable to identify such a location.  Also, some of the names sound unusual, and I am curious if they may be a type of "slang", or whether there may be a more common form for the names listed?

Thank you.
Adam Block



How do I find Duff Wilson, the FTM expert? #general

Marilyn Golden

I am trying to locate Duff Wilson. Years ago he helped my colleague from the Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society with her corrupted Family Tree Maker program.
The program and her tree are corrupted once again. Is there anyone who knows how to contact Duff Wilson?
Are there any FTM experts who can offer assistance?

Please contact me.
Thank you,
Marilyn Golden
Membership VP

IOBA Lodge group photo circa 1895; #usa #photographs


I've posted a photo, circa 1895, of an IOBA Lodge (Independent Order of B'rith Abraham, founded 1887 according to No specific question - I'm just sharing this photo for anyone interested in IOBA lodges or groups like them.  
It is on ViewMate at the following address

My great-grandfather was ID'd by someone (Joseph Salwen; originally Solowejczyk; immigrated in 1882); he lived in Manhattan at the time. This is a scan from our family's original copy, which I restored a bit.  I don't know which NYC lodge it is, but thought someone out there might collect such photos or know more about these lodges or of a repository that might like to have the photo. 
I've learned a lot from this group; thanks to you all!
Naomi Kleitman

MODERATOR NOTE:  Thanks for sharing

My uncle's first wife #usa

Steve Pickoltz

In doing research on my uncle Jack Hyman, I found him listed in the 1930 census living in Jersey City, NJ, with a wife named "ANNA". She is news to me. The info on my uncle seems correct as far as birth and occupation. Based on the census info it looks like they were married in 1925.

I would like to find out who this ANNE is (maiden name),parents name, where they married, divorced, or death. I have tried to find all of the above with no luck. I am also looking for any info on my uncle prior to this 1930 census.

I know all about his second marriage to my aunt, when, and where it took place.

Steve Pickholtz
New Jersey

Info on uncle's first wife #usa #general

Steve Pickoltz

In doing research on my uncle Jack HYMAN, I found him listed in the 1930 census living in Jersey City, NJ at 177 Orient Ave.   However, it also list him as married to a wife named "ANNE".  This is news to me.  The other info listed for my uncle seems to be correct.  Base on this info, it looks like they were married in 1925.

I have looked up marriages, deaths and divorces with no luck.  For his second marriage to my aunt, I have all the required up to date info.

Could someone help me find ANYTHING on this ANNE?  Anything on my uncle prior to marriage #1, would be appreciated also.

Steve Pickholtz
New Jersey
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Re: Help deciphering a town name on passenger Manifest #records #belarus

David Levine


I received two direct messages, one suggesting it was a poorly written version of Slutsk as "there is no location within 30 miles of Slutsk that starts with Rus* or resembles Ruszk.
And, the other was the possibility of Kletzk 

Any other thoughts?

Best Regards,
David Levine
San Francisco, CA, USA
Weinstein -> Solotwina, Galicia | Frisch, Hilman, Jungerman, Schindler -> Rozniatow, Galicia | Golanski, Kramerofsky/Kromerovsky -> Kiev | Lefkowitz -> Petrikov, Belarus | Shub, Rosen Hlusk, Belarus | Levine, Weiner, Zamoshkin -> Slutsk, Belarus 

Re: Family from Roman Romania #romania


My last name is Scharago. It is certainly similar to the name that you were referring to. It is my maiden name on my fathers side. I know his family came from Romania to New Jersey. My grandfather‘s name was Harry or HerschelAnd his wife’s name was Fanny
It would be very interesting if we were somehow related. Phyllis Scharago

ViewMate photo Identification: File VM # 93716 #translation

Amoz Chernoff

I've posted a photo of a German ring, for which I would be interested in information about its possible origin.

It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.

Amoz Chernoff
Silver Spring, MD

ViewMate Translation Request - Warsaw Court, 1948 #translation

Yaron Wolfsthal

Dear Group,
I'd appreciate you help in deciphering this text (or part thereof), extracted from a relative's submission to a Warsaw court in 1948:

Many thanks!
Yaron Wolfsthal

ViewMate translation request: Yiddish VM93759 #translation

Amoz Chernoff

I've posted a vital record in Yiddish for which I would like a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Amoz Chernoff

Subj: ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation

Mel Werbach

Subj: ViewMate translation request - Polish

I've posted a death record in Polish for which I would very much appreciate a translation. Just a translation of the essential facts would be fine.

I'm referring to "line 57," namely the top half of the page with the Sejnenski information.

It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Mel Werbach

help finishing translation Viewmate #translation

Debby Gincig Painter

I've posted a 3-page vital record in Polish for which I need help translating. Using Google, I've translated some of it but need help with the rest. I have pasted what I've done directly onto the documents so you can see what's already been done and save some time. The documents are on Viewmate at the addresses below. 

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.

Debby Painter
Researching Klinger, Lustig, Weitz, Stockhamer, Gincig/Ginzig and many more.

Jewish Daily Forwerts #yiddish

Allen Koenigsberg

  I am trying to get an improved copy of an old advertisement from the JDF, specifically from the April 22, 24, 26, 1902 issue (p. 7 or 8/ upper half page). At the moment, I am using the online version of this newspaper, so parts are hard to read.
 Is there some magic way to get a sharper image, or (one can dream), perhaps access to a hard-copy of any of those pages that can be xeroxed, or individually scanned, etc. The Ad was for the Standard Phonograph Co. which was a pioneer in making the first Yiddish recordings.
Allen Koenigsberg

MyHeritage Purchases the French Genealogy Company #france #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen



MyHeritage has purchased the French genealogy firm, According to CompGen, there was a fierce bidding war with Geneanet but MyHeritage’s bid was substantially more.  The shareholder’s meeting was on May 21, 2021 and the sale is expected to be finalized by the end of this year. was originally launched under “” and then under “”.  The website NotreFamille,.com was also sold. offers most of France’s  civil status documents in indexed form as well as many other collections.  In April 2020 founded a genetic testing company under the name "Origines" in Estonia, since genetic testing is banned in France. In the event of a sale to MyHeritage, intends to maintain this activity with three employees in Paris and two in Estonia.


To read more see:


If you use Chrome as your browser it automatically translates into English. Otherwise use a translation service such as




As reported previously, In February, MyHeritage itself was purchased by a San Francisco private equity firm, Francisco Partners.


Thank you to Jeanette Rosenberg, JGS Great Britain for sharing the information with us.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Re: Translation from German (maybe Polish?) #poland #names

Valentin Lupu

1st column: Consecutive number: 282

2nd column: Birth
Day: 12; Month: July; Year: 1897; Place: Schodnica

3rd column: Circumcision
Day: 19; Month: July; Year: 1897; Place: Schodnica

4th column: About the child
Name: Eisig; Gender: male

5th column: illegitimate (means that the parents were married in a religious marriage only , my note)

6th column: First and last name of the father as well as employment and place of residence: 

7th column:
First and last name of the mother, her place of residence then the first and last name of her parents

Sara Rifke Efrusi.....Moses Eichenstein rabbi....Tartakowie

8th column: Godfathers or witnesses
Moses Eichenstein rabbi

9th column: the circumcising
Baruch Rothberg

12th column: Note

Please note that I neither know German nor Polish. I used Google Translate. The handwriting is in cursive Polish so I didn't understand much of it.

Valentin Lupu

Re: How do I find out why my great-grandfather emigrated from Lithuania under an assumed name? #lithuania

Perry Shorris

Thanks for the detailed and useful information.  One other wrinkle in the story is that my great-grandfather Max Shorris (“Jossel Flink”) came in 1898, and his wife and two daughters came in 1901.  According to Lithuanian records, they had a son born in 1893, but the son did not come with either of my great-grandparents to America.  Sadly, the apparent son (who went on to marry and have five children) died at the hands of the Nazis in 1941.  I have no evidence that my grandfather (born later in America) or anyone else in the family knew of this additional sibling.  It makes me wonder if there is some sort of connection between Max using an assumed name and the son that was being left behind.

Perry M. Shorris

Re: Help Linking a 1915 New York Death Index to the Actual Record #records

Stephen Weinstein

On Sat, May 22, 2021 at 09:48 AM, David Levine wrote:
I have the Death Certificate number from the Index for a 1915 Death Record in Manhattan, NY

Is the place to find it this source only available in a LDS Facility?:
You can get it from the New York City Municipal Archives.

Go to

Fill in the certificate number, gender, date of death, etc.  Where it asks for name, enter the name of the deceased person (not your name).  Skip the part about additional years to search, because you already know the exact year.

Do NOT check the box for "Letter of Exemplification"; you don't need it for genealogy.

Select "Manhattan (New York County)", 1 copy, mailed copy, "add to shopping cart".

On the "Department of Records Shopping Cart" screen, select "domestic" shipping and then "checkout".

On the next page, you enter your payment information and shipping address.  On this page, you enter your own name (not the name of the deceased person).  The rest of the process is should be like ordering anything else online, except the delivery time.
Stephen Weinstein
Camarillo, California, USA

Re: Help Linking a 1915 New York Death Index to the Actual Record #records

Sherri Bobish


Some of the death cert info is transcribed at FamilySearch:
Name: Max Levine
Sex: Male
Age: 32
Residence Place: New York City, New York
Address: 30 Montgomery St. Manhattan
Burial Date: Nov 1915
Burial Place: New York City, New York
Death Date: 2 Nov 1915
Death Place: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Death Place (Original): Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Birth Year (Estimated): 1883
Birthplace: Russia
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Carpenter
Race: White
Father's Name: Julius Levine
Father's Sex: Male
Father's Birthplace: Russia
Mother's Name: Mollie
Mother's Sex: Female
Mother's Birthplace: Russia
Certificate Number: cn 31174
Cemetery: Maron Hirch Cem.
Note: Presbyterian Hospital

Also, there is a photo of Max Levine's tombstone at Baron Hirsch Cemetery at:

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish


Virtual Conversations with an Expert #education #general #announcements

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