Re: Arolsen Archives #holocaust #records


I continue to volunteer to digitize Buchenwald records through The ones they were asking for Auschwitz a few months back appear to be done. Anyone who wants more digitized records from Arolsen or other keepers of records should volunteer!

Marijke Bekken

Re: Child of holocaust survivors seeks to obtain Polish citizenship #general #poland


My kids would like to do this because their grandfather was the only one in his family to survive. He was born in Pruzhany when it was in polish hands. The problem is how to find a birth certificate. All I have is his attestation at the DP camp after the war. Any ideas on how one might locate a birth certificate for someone born in a small town when that town freely submitted all its Jews? He was never able to get one, nor any reparation for his family's house and mill.

Marijke Bekken

Re: Are "Muni" and "Munya" nicknames? For what name? #names

Rick Luftglass

From everyone’s responses here, it sounds like Muni and Munya were often males. Interesting that my Munya/Munia/Muni, was a female - my great aunt.  She was born in 1885 in Bogopol, in the Podolia region in today’s Ukraine, and moved to Montreal. Her formal first name was Anna.

But perhaps that was an anomaly. 

Rick Luftglass

Re: Why Did Jews Marry Christians? #general

Odeda Zlotnick

I would rephrase the question:
Could a Jewish woman in Lvov preserve wealthy family assets by marrying a Russian Orthodox man?
And I would research the subject by trying to learn about the relationship between females and their family assets in Galicia, and then to try focus on what this means for a Jewish female.

Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation

Terry Ashton

I believe the document I would like translated, contains information as to the death of my 3 times great grandfather, Meir Praszkier. I would like a full translation of the document please, and would like to know who his widow was and her maiden name if possible.

It is on ViewMate at the following address:

Please respond using the online ViewMate form.

Thank you very much,
Ms Terry Ashton, Australia

Searching for Herbert SILBERMANN born 1897 in Breslau and Helene GERSTL born 1917 #france

George Fogelson

Searching for Herbert SILBERMANN born June 28, 1897 in Breslau and Helene GERSTL born August 16, 1917 in Segesvar. They lived as common law husband and wife in Paris in the late 1930s and had a child then.
Both were arrested by the Vichy in 1940 and imprisoned. Herbert Silbermann survived the war and was a film producer. He died in 1957 in Freiburg im Bresisgauin. I do not know what happened to Helene GERSTL or if they ever married. 
I would like to connect with any living family members and find out what happened to their child. 
Redondo Beach, CA

Re: New York City Death Record Questions #general #records #usa

A. E. Jordan

-----Original Message-----
From: finejeffy@...
I am trying to request the death certificates for some likely distant cousins, Julius Fine and Samuel H. Fine, who are buried near other of my Fine relatives in the Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Queens. They died in the 1954 and 1956.

Absolutely no exceptions to the rules and even sometimes if you fit the rues you have to argue with them, Genealogy is a dirty word to the NYC Health Department.

Try checking the newspaper, NY Times, to see if there are obits.

Try asking the cemetery for what they know about the people. Especially see if they know if the person died inside or outside NYC.

1950s is a long shot but you can also ask if they know the name of the funeral home as the homes keep recornds but 70 years is a long time.

When we get past the current pandemic restrictions you can try checking to see if there are probate records if you an figure out where the people lived.

Good luck

Allan Jordan

Was it common for relatives to move far away from their families? #lithuania #ukraine

Chloe Kogan

My question could be a very general one relating to the whole Pale of Settlement at any time pre-WWI, or, if the answer depends upon specific times and places, I would specify Lithuania and Ukraine around 1900.

Here's my question: Which scenario would have been more common?

  1. Relatives all live close to one another, in the same or neighboring communities (a day's walk at most from a central place).
  2. Relatives scattered to distant areas or other countries, needing to journey multiple days by railroad or cart to visit each other.
I've been wondering how far I should search for relatives from a town that I know was a primary home for a family. For example, a group of my Fisher ancestors lived in Utena, Lithuania, and they all remained there until emigrating to the Americas -- all except for one son who married a woman from Anyksciai and apparently moved to that town to start their family. Those two towns are roughly 35km apart, but, as I understand it, they were connected by a railroad line and so maybe they were considered "close" at the time? Should I broaden my search radius to 40km around Utena and expect that most if not all Fisher relatives would be captured within that boundary? Or is it likely that individual family members could move 50 km away, or 75km, or to the other side of the Pale even, for marriage or work or other reasons?

If family members tended to live within, say, 40km of a primary home town like Utena, then I would focus all my energy on Fishers inside that circle, rather than needlessly broadening my search to the entire country of Lithuania for little or no gain. On the other hand, if there were no rules as to where family members might move, then I would accept that I have to search the whole country and beyond to look for the needles in a much bigger haystack.

I hope this question makes sense! Thank you in advance for your thoughts and feedback.

Chloë Kogan
Arizona, USA
Email: 802ben@...

  • KOGAN & BERCOVICI: Romania (Iasi/Jassy), Moldova, Ukraine (Sekuryany, Akkerman)
  • FISHER / FISERIS & MARGOLIS: Lithuania (Anyksciai, Kupiskis, Skapiskis, Utena)
  • Many emigrated to Canada (Montreal) & the U.S. (Massachusetts)

Re: help reading Ukraine letter #translation #ukraine


The response is that the vital records are not available for the 1869-1874 period.

Mike Vayser

Re: New York City Death Record Questions #general #records #usa

Barbara Ellman

The NYC Board of Health changed the length that the vital records could be held without being transferred to the archives.  For death certificates, it is now 75 years.  For birth records, 125 years.

There is no "special" arrangement for genealogy.
Barbara Ellman
Secaucus NJ USA
ELLMAN, COIRA, MAIDMAN - Minkovtsy, Ukraine
KAGLE, FASS - Ulanow, Poland

help reading Ukraine letter #translation #ukraine

David Syner

received a Letter back from State Archives of Dnipropetrovsk Region. But for some reason this time. Google translate isn't able to let me know what it says in English.
Any help!?

David Syner
Los Angeles, CA


Family website

SINER / ZINNER / ZINER New YorkBialystok

SCHMALTZ / SCHMALZ/SZMALZ New York, Luna, Grodno, Stoll, Rudman, Carbella ;Russia ( Grodno is now Hrodna, Belarus ) SCHULTZ TENN, AVES, Russia  POUSNER / POSNER, New York,Russia BERLIN Detroit BELENKY / BIELINKA / BELLINSKY Libau, Latvia , Mohilew  NEWMAN Detroit NEIMAN / NUONAW/ PENICA / PENITZ Krasosielc, Poland, Warshaw  MELTZERDetroit, Katrinslove or Poltavia or Gatrinslove (sp), Russia, or Yekahnislaw or Ekaterinoslau (Ekaterinoslav is now Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine) DEITCH, Russia   RACHATAN/RACHIDSON /RUSICHAU / RUSICHAN / KrasechanDwinsk,Russia( Dwinsk is Daugavpils, Latvia) BELIAK/ BIELAK / BELAK Toronta, CanadaBreslaw, Slobotka,  Riga, Dwinsk

Re: Koschmin, Posen, Prussia, Germany-Is there a group or site that specializes in this town? #germany #poland


Yes there is. Look to a project on Geni that is for Krotoschin or Krotoszyn for more information. 

Dan Brockman
JewishGen member 50584
622 Shoreline Road
Barrington, IL

Re: conscription #lithuania


My name is Tim Sherrod.
My father, John Sherrod (aka Jake Schatz) had seven uncles. They all changed
their names and one was Kotler.
 They all came from Postov (Pastavy). Please see the attached family history
for more information.
Feel free to contact me. We are probably cousins.

I can be reached by phone at 970-420-2415 or email at tsherrod001@....

Headstone Translation #translation

Laurie Sosna

I'm hoping someone can help with a translation for the Hebrew on this gravestone.

Thank you,
Laurie Sosna
San Francisco, CA

Re: Why Did Jews Marry Christians? #general

Jules Levin


On 4/8/2021 12:41 PM, Sarah L Meyer wrote:
In the 19th century Jews married Christians either for marriage or to
protect their family from antisemitism or for economic reasons - to
get a "good" job, enter college, etc.

A granduncle born in St. Petersburg c. 1880, married an Irish girl in
Chicago around 1902.  The family was devastated.  But they were
consoled by a little bundle of joy arriving about 6 or 7 months after
the wedding.  (This was found by researchers thru Jewishgen; the
generations of my family coming after that date never knew about it.) 
  Another example: *Oscar Venceslas De Lubicz-Milosz*, 1877–1939),
French poet, mystical writer, and diplomat. Milosz, who was born in
Chereya, Belorussia to a Lithuanian nobleman and the baptized daughter
of a Warsaw Hebrew tIeacher....
In the introduction to his poetry in Lithuanian I read that his father a
Polish cavalry officer in the Russian service, rode through  a village,
and his eyes met the eyes of a beautiful Jewish maiden. He swept her off
her feet and rode off with her.  Let us not forget eros as a motivation
for intermarriage!

Jules Levin

Los Angeles

Re: Replying in private - no need to publish your email #guidelines


If I think anything I say may have wider usefulness, I will continue to share publicly.  I'm sure moderators can determine if I am mistaken.
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Assistance Needed to translate the Hebrew on Family Gravestones #translation

Aimee Smythe

I am interested in getting your  help to  translate the Hebrew on these family gravestones . Ancestors  are thought to be from Lemberg, Austria emigrating to US in 1880s, buried in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Thank you,
Amelia Bartel Smythe
Tucson, Arizona

Looking for Family of Rut Sokol - Brooklyn NY #usa

Steven Granek

I am trying to locate relatives of a Rut (Ruth?) Sokol who lived (by her Yad Vashem testimonies) in Brooklyn NY in 1993. Rut is/was my newly discovered 2nd cousin from a part of my family whose existence I am just uncovering. Her father was Daniel Ecksztajn and grandmother Freyda Eksztajn (nee Orum), the latter my Great Aunt (who no one ever had told me about). While Damiel and Freyda apparently dies in the Holocaust, Rut apparently made it to the US and was married. And I believe she had children who are my relatives. All help appreciated.

Steve Granek
Columbia, MD USA

Re: Are "Muni" and "Munya" nicknames? For what name? #names

Chana Bonn

The only Munya I ever knew was also an Emanuel. 

Chana Bonn, Philadelphia 

Re: Viewmate translation Russian - surname for bride, no surname for groom? #lithuania #records


the name is listed as Yankel Efroimovich, which might mean either "Yankel son Efroim" or "Yankel Efroimovich" (as in someone's last name).  In this case, I think they didn't list his patronymic, just like record #14 - Toder Freynk (а 73 y.o., who married a 43 y.o. and gave 300 (!) rubles, as opposed to others on the same page, who only gave 42 or 84 rubles)
Shulke's father's name is Eliash.

Here is a twofer for you :)
Her brother is listed in the record above, #16 - a widower, Abram son of Eliash Ordman, but I can't make out name of his bride.  It starts with letters "RA", her father's name is Meyer.

Mike Vayser