David ABRAMOWITZ-New Haven/Boston-early 20th cent. #usa

Yonatan Ben-Ari

My great great grandmother, Rivka ABRAMOWITZ, came to the USA as a
widow with 4 orphaned children. To the best of our knowledge-we have
no records of any kind-she came around 1870-1880 to New Haven. Her
children were ;David, Sarah, Mayer and Kalman.

Her eldest son David, who was in his late teens went to Boston to
"seek his fortune". According to family lore, he changed his family
name at some point. Went to work in a department store and rose to
management level. Supposedly, around the mid 1930s his nephew, Chaim
Yitzchak ABRAMOWITZ, son of Mayer (and my grandfather) who had
emigrated from Israel to the states tried to contact his uncle David
and was repulsed by David's office stating that he was elderly and
sick and was recuperating at his Florida home.

Sarah probably had ongoing contact with her brother but I have no
information regarding any of Sarah's or David's descendants. Except,
and again according to family lore, Sarah and her husband lived on
Coney Island in the mid 1930s and she had at that time a grandson,
Tom, who was going to College in Boston.

My great grandfather , Mayer was sent to Jerusalem as a youth as was
his younger brother, Kalman. Kalman it seems was to young to be
without his mother and so returned shortly to the USA while Mayer
stayed, lived and died in Jerusalem as did his children.

Most of the above is based on an autobiography of Mayer's grand
daughter who specifically states that her book is a story rather than
a book of records so some of the "facts" above may be surmises. We
have contact with Kalman's descendants who don't know more about
David's and Sarah's descendants and base their family history on the
above autobiography.

The difficulty in finding more facts about Sarah and David is that if
it is true that avid changed his family name it could be anything
especially if he wanted to distance himself from Jewish tradition. And
as to Sarah, we don't know her married name.

I am hoping that someone may have a similar background and thus may be
we can share some information.


Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Re: First name of Zelik #names

Adelle Gloger

My father, born in 1906 in Tarnopol, was given the Hebrew name, Zelig. His given name was Zigmund. Later, Sigmund in the USA.
Adelle Weintraub Gloger
Beachwood, Ohio

Re: Manifest Mystery #names

Lawrence Weintraub

Neither "Yrlja" or "Irlja" generated an idea for me for a Yiddish name (not that I am an expert) or a likely American one.  She was going to a brother, B. Edelstein at 15 Genesee Street in Boston.  Attempts to utilize the 1910 Census or the 1906 Boston City Directory did not prove helpful.
Lawrence Weintraub
Old Bridge, NJ

Re: Future of Holocaust Research In Poland Hinges on Libel Case #holocaust #poland

David Cherson

Perhaps we should be thankful to the pandemic for putting at least a temporary halt to travel to Poland, Ukraine,  What appeared to me most cynical were the developments in Poland in having "celebrations of Jewish culture and food", and attempted revivals of Judaism in Poland. The semi-fascist governments of Poland and Hungary are an example of the warts that were existing underneath the cover of communism in Eastern Europe.  We shouldn't be surprised by the example of the (so-called) Law and Justice party.

Now I know that there were many righteous gentiles throughout Eastern Europe who did save Jewish lives, etc.  But this does not negate the underlying nature of the societies there.  

And FYI, Adam Cherson and I are not related.

David Cherson

Re: Article of Interest on DNA Testing #dna

Jx. Gx.

One of the key takeaways from this article is the following:

"Is genetic information protected?

In some places (like the European Union), genetic data is protected as personal information. In others (like the US) it's a different story. In America, protections are strong for DNA if it's submitted to a doctor, but non-existent if it's posted off to a commercial genealogy website."

The lure of possibly uncovering some morsel of family history blinds many people to the potential dangers of giving away one's DNA.  Many years ago I railed against giving out one's Social Security number on applications that had no business asking for that data. People I spoke to at the time seemed to think I was paranoid.  Now we see how SSNs can be used to steal one's identity.  I don't trust any company that makes big promises to protect your DNA,  For the right price they will turn on that promise. 

Jeffrey Gee
Arizona, USA

Canadian Cohens: Do you have Goldstein/Shateliss relatives? #canada


Canadian Cohens: Do you have Goldstein/Shateliss relatives? Looking for descendants of Isaac Cohen (likely from Toronto) who hosted Grandfather as he migrated from England to U.S. (1910-1913.)

Thank you.

Mindy Yochelson



Re: Article of Interest on DNA Testing #dna

Sarah L Meyer

I do not believe that the author of this article is familiar with US health insurance law, which prohibits the results of DNA testing to be used in health insurance.  
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

#russia #russia



Is there anybody who could explain to me how to send an international banking withdrawal to the Historical Archives in Sankt-Petersburg in Russia, please. Thank you very much for your response. Patrice Markiewicz. Email: patrice.markiewicz@....

Translation: Language unknown #translation

Ron Miller

Requesting translation of names noted on attached family group photo, believed to be SKOLNIK or KAPLAN family members.
Thank you.

Ronald Miller
MELAMED KARPMAN (Minsk, Mozyr, Rechitsa, Minsk, Ukraine, Belarus, Kiev) 
SHARGORODSKY WEISBERG  (Kiev, Rusacki, Devemususke, Ivankova) 
KRASNITZKI and variation spelling (Rechitsa, Minsk, Ukraine, Belarus, Kiev)
SCHARGORODSKY  CHARGO (Carlos Caseras near Buenos Aires, Argentina) 
GOLDENBERG (Tulchin, Ukraine)

Re: Need help in researching in Portuguese and Spanish #latinamerica #ukraine

angel kosfiszer

-- FamilySearch and Ancestry are two different genealogy sites and I do not expect you can connect them.

Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

Re: Future of Holocaust Research In Poland Hinges on Libel Case #holocaust #poland

Adam Cherson

In the course of my genealogical research I've read personal testimonies about atrocities against Jews committed alongside or on behalf of Germany before and during WWII by its political confederates in Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, Italy, Austria, and elsewhere. Many common folk and peasants in these countries jumped on to this bandwagon of scapegoating Jews for their own miseries and then participating in the killing and theft of property, both personal and real. Many local folk in all these places also risked their own safety by aiding Jews. So to say that all Poles were aiding and abetting Germany is false. However a book documenting specific instances of such aiding and abetting is merely describing the truth, which by definition cannot be libelous.
Adam Cherson

Re: #dna Question about genetic groups on My Heritage & Ancestry #sephardic #dna

Jill Whitehead

Hi Mandy

All the DNA companies give completely different results - they are not reliable for Jewish sub groups. I am on FTDNA, 23andme, Ancestry and My Heritage and none of them agree - some give me as one eighth Sephardic. But others give this as North African, whilst others give this as Eastern European. You would be better getting an in depth K16 analysis from a specialist company. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: Article of Interest on DNA Testing #dna

Adam Cherson

Many of the issues raised are magnified by Full Genome Sequencing. The types of limited testing done for genealogical purposes produce only a narrow band of genetic data.

Whether the pros of genetic genealogy outweigh the cons is a personal decision. In my experience the primary psychological benefits, greater  and more accurate self-knowledge, and meaningful social connection with fellow researchers and previously unknown family, have exceeded the risks/costs enumerated in the article.
Adam Cherson

Re: #dna Question about genetic groups on My Heritage & Ancestry #sephardic #dna

Adam Turner

AncestryDNA does not currently list "Sephardic Jewish" as a region in its ethnicity analysis. Full list of all of the regions they report here: 

Presumably, until Ancestry updates the product to include a distinct Sephardic Jewish ethnicity (likely contingent on their being able to find reliable markers of who is Sephardic Jewish vs. non-Jewish Spanish, Greek, Moroccan, etc.), people of Sephardic origin end up with their AncestryDNA ethnicity estimate as some combination of various Southern European, Levantine, and North African regions.

All that said, you may want to take caution and review some of the posts in this forum which discuss the perils of taking consumer DNA ethnicity analyses - especially those produced by MyHeritageDNA - too seriously. Here's one recent thread:  

Adam Turner

Re: Anyone know places called Kajankow and street Richeliewsca - Odessa #ukraine


Rishelievskaya street is one of the main streets of Odessa, named after the first mayor of the city and the future Prime Minister of France, Armand-Emmanuel de Vignerot du Plessis, duc de Richelieu.  During the Soviet time it was renamed to the Lenin street and then renamed back to Rishelievskaya in the 1990's. 

Mike Vayser

Re: Meeting Place in Brownsville Brooklyn #usa


There are many ways they could have met. My parents lived on opposite sides of Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, were 3 years apart in age, and went to different high schools with no friends overlapping, but met at a party.

Alex Skolnick

Exhibit of Romaniote Jews in New York City #announcements #photographs #usa

Jan Meisels Allen

Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue is a two-story building constructed of buff-colored brick with cast stone detailing with a modest peaked parapet that subtly creates the effect of corner towers. Moorish influence can be seen in the cast stone cusped arch over the front entrance. In addition, traditional Jewish motifs were incorporated in the cast stone tablets of the Ten Commandments placed above the entrance and stained-glass windows.



In September 2019, I posted about a photographic exhibit by photographer, Vincent Giordano, Romaniote Memories- A Jewish Journey from Ioannina, Greece to Manhattan being shown in the Greek Consulate in NYC and the Greek Consulate in Washington DC. The exhibit features over 100 photographs presented in 10 thematic sections, including the synagogue’s art and architecture, religious rites and celebrations, as well as photographs taken during the High Holidays in Ioannina, Greece, in 2006. Now the exhibit is at Queens College in New York City and there is a Zoom program  for an opening reception featuring a conversation with the curator, organizer and others scheduled for February 11, 2021 at 5:00 PM ET/2PM Pacific Time.


To register for the Zoom program go to:


In 1999, Brooklyn-born photographer Vincent Giordano made an unplanned visit to the Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue on New York City’s Lower East Side. Built in 1927, the synagogue housed a congregation (kehila) founded in 1906 by Jewish immigrants from the town of Ioannina (Janina) in northern Greece, who followed the Romaniote rite.


Launched as the multimedia project “Before the Flame Goes Out,” Giordano’s efforts to chronicle the Kehila Kedosha Janina community would prove critical to preserving Romaniote culture, with the synagogue being its only representation in North America.


Over 80 percent of Greece’s Jewish population perished in the Holocaust, decimating the country’s historic Romaniote communities. Of the 1,960 Jews who were deported to Auschwitz from Ioannina, Greece, 110 survived. The Romaniote language, a Greek dialect that combines words and phrases from Hebrew and Turkish, is endangered, without preservation efforts to maintain or revive it. As of 2019, only a small number of Romaniote Jews remaining in Ioannina, Greece, spoke the language.


Giordano’s photographs are a permanent exhibition within the HAP museum and maintained by the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library’s Special Collections and Archives.


To see the photographs go to:


To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: In one Microfilm digitized by FamilySearch. #bessarabia #records

Yefim Kogan

Kagul or Cahul (modern name) at some point in history in 19 century was uezd, and it is also a center in that uezd.

Yefim Kogan

Bessarabia Revision Lists and Bessarabia Vital Records uploaded to JG and available #bessarabia #records

Yefim Kogan

Dear researchers,

12,306 Bessarabia Revision List records

4,174 BessarabiaVital Records

are uploaded to JewishGen Database and available for all of you.

Please let me or Inna V. know if you have any questions, suggestions.
All the best,
Yefim Kogan
JewishGen Bessarabia Group Leader and Coordinator

Ancestry Announces New CEO Deborah Liu #announcements #records

Jan Meisels Allen


Ancestry has announced its Board of Directors has appointed Deborah (Deb) Liu as its Chief Executive Officer and a member its board of directors effective March 1.


Previously, Ms. Liu was at Facebook where she created and led Facebook's Marketplace product group. Prior to Facebook, Liu held leadership roles at eBay and PayPal. Liu is actively involved in promoting diversity and women in technology and co-created the Women in Product​ nonprofit. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Intuit Inc.


To read more about Ms. Liu’s appointment see:


Last week IAJGS posted about Ancestry’s appointment of Mark Thompson as Chairman of the Board of Directors.


To read previous articles about Ancestry see the IAJGS Records Access Alert archives at:  You must be registered to access 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 with whom you are affiliated   You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



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