Re: The Alter Rebbe Schneur Zalman BORUCHOVITCH of Liadi, founder of Chabad #latvia #rabbinic #russia #belarus

Ian Samuel

I am a well documented direct descendant of Shneur Zalman of Ladi, the Alte Lubavitcher Rebbe, he being my fifth great grandfather. I have a database of the descendants of the Alte Rebbe taken from two genealogical books written in Hebrew. The first was written in the 1950s and the second in the 1980s. I will reply privately to those seeking information on their family connections.
Shabbat shalom

Ian Samuel OAM
Melbourne, Australia
Mobile:0416 044881
Email: ian@...

23and Me To Go Public Through Merger with Virgin Group Acquisition Firm #announcements #dna

Jan Meisels Allen



23andMe has signed an agreement to merge with the VG Acquisition Corporation.  VG acquisition is a special-purpose acquisition company sponsored by Virgin Group and the ultimate purpose it become publicly traded through Virgin’s acquisition on the New York Stock Exchange. The transaction is estimated to be complete during the second quarter.


The merger places 23andMe's enterprise value at approximately $3.5 billion, the company said. The transaction is expected to deliver up to $759 million of gross proceeds through the contribution of up to $509 million of cash held in VG Acquisition's trust account and a concurrent $250 million private placement of common stock, priced at $10 per share. Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson and 23andMe Cofounder Anne Wojcicki are each investing $25 million in the placement, and will be joined by leading institutional investors, including funds managed by Fidelity Management & Research, Altimeter Capital, Casdin Capital, and Foresite Capital.


As part of the transaction, 23andMe's existing equity holders will roll 100 percent of their equity into the combined company, and current shareholders of 23andMe are expected to maintain 81 percent proforma ownership of the combined company, the firm said.


To read the press release go to:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Where in the World is Joe LEVINE (stage name: Joe EVANS)?? #events #announcements

Pieter Hoekstra

I did an Australia-wide search on Findagrave with the date 1950 +/- 10yrs and found only one grave record. Could this be him?
The birth date (1881) is not quite the same but I was always told to never trust the data supplied on death.
Expanding the search to +/- 25 years did not yield anymore names.
Pieter Hoekstra  <sold@...>
Moss / Moses, De Costa - London and Brighton
Barnett, Da Costa, Lazarus, Joseph, Judah, Solomon - London

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



  Autosomal DNA is unlikely to be helpful 8 generations back(or at least extremely challenging)  for anyone.  For someone with an endogamy issue like Jewish DNA typically is, there's not a lot of hope there. 

However, you might get someplace with YDNA, depending on having an appropriate male to test in the line or lines you are looking at. 
Vivs Laliberte

Orange County, California

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

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

You get 50% of your DNA from each parent - 50%
They each get 50% of their DNA from each parent - 25%
Same for ggrandparents - 12.5%
Same for 2nd ggrandparents - 6.25%
Same for 3rd ggrandparents - 3.125%
Same for 4th ggrandparents - 1.563%
Same for 5th ggrandparents - 0.78%
Same for 6th ggrandparents - 0.39%
And so on
But you  can't tell anything more than 2nd ggrandparents from noise.
Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ
I put a chart in Files that has Relationships and DNA %

Re: Where in the World is Joe LEVINE (stage name: Joe EVANS)?? #events #announcements


Joe Levine’s mother had a death notice in the November 5, 1915 issue of Variety
“Mrs. Rebecca Levine, mother of Joe Evans (Fox and Evans), died Oct. 26 after a short illness.”
Nothing on Joe or his partner in the Variety Obituary volumes.
Elias Savada
Bethesda MD

Elias Savada
Bethesda MD

Understanding the content of Index Cards of Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland (RvD) #records

Peter Wollinski

Looking for assistance to better understand the creation and content of Index Cards of Reichsvereinigung der Juden as a number of these have survived for my family. In particular: 
1. Where was the information obtained from which appears on these cards? For example did it come from the 1939 minority census; information obtained from schools etc. 
2. How was this information compiled for each card? Did a single person only look after a particular person and had to obtain all the information for that person.  
3. How was this information transferred to the cards?
4. Why do some cards have more information on them then others, especially relating to school details? 
5. Is there any publication available which explains the German school system at that time. The cards that i am looking at show class numbers and numbers for school system which I have no understanding. 
6. Is all the information accurate? For example on one of the cards that has been analysed, the card shows that this person was revaccinated in 1937 (born in 1925). Would revaccination still have been available to Jewish children in 1937 in Berlin? 
6. Were there different cards produced. Some are written in old style German and others in modern style German. 

Thank you
Peter Wollinski

Re: Answer to question about Christine Usdin's census translations that was asked during the Latvia SIG meeting on Thursday #latvia

Sam Glaser

This may be active for those that aren’t on the contribution list:

Also, for those who are on the contribution list there used to be the capability to enter a search word and have the master list bring back all links that contained it. Does anyone know how that could be implemented again?

Sam Glaser
SCHLINGER, WEISZ from Romania/Hungary

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


Yoni,  I know you have researched this branch of your family for years with little luck.  With the help of other JewishGenners, I found more information on my GGF's travels to and from Europe simply by using wild cards to allow for misspellings. Perhaps this would work for a possible name change as well. Perhaps you have already tried.  In any case, best of luck. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: Public Record Search Tool? #records

sharon yampell

If the person lives in the united states, you can try using


It helps if you know where she may be living  and/or her approximate age… and sometimes you will get other family members,  as well as sometimes a woman’s maiden name and the birthdates for the other family members…


The information is obtained through public records but some people will join the site just to remove their information from public view


Sharon F. Yampell

Voorhees, New Jersey


From: Peter Cohen
Sent: Thursday, February 4, 2021 3:00 PM
To: main@...
Subject: [] Public Record Search Tool? #records


I hope this topic is considered suitable for our forum.  I have been using a tool to search public records. One example is, finding a woman's married name by entering her first name and date of birth and state of residence. The tool I have using now only provides month and year, and blocks the day. This make it much less useful. Does anyone have recommendations for a search tool that shows the full date of birth?
Peter Cohen


Need Translation from Yiddish of pages on Viewmate from the 50th Anniversary First Wolochisker Benevolent Association program booklet #ukraine #yiddish #translation


Hi all,
I am resubmitting this request for translation of these pages from printed Yiddish. They are from the 50th Anniversary First Wolochisker Benevolent Association program booklet.
I have been informed that they were written by Sam Trugman an, officer of the association. The group was formed in 1908, so these pages are  from 1958.
Wolochisk is now Volochysk in the Ukraine. In 1908, it was at the western edge of the Russian Empire.
Thank you
Fern Gutman

Public Record Search Tool? #records

Peter Cohen

I hope this topic is considered suitable for our forum.  I have been using a tool to search public records. One example is, finding a woman's married name by entering her first name and date of birth and state of residence. The tool I have using now only provides month and year, and blocks the day. This make it much less useful. Does anyone have recommendations for a search tool that shows the full date of birth?
Peter Cohen

Where in the World is Joe LEVINE (stage name: Joe EVANS)?? #events #announcements

Marilyn Robinson

My maternal gr. uncle was Joseph LEVINE (Lurja-or another version of spelling), possibly born in Warsaw May 11, 1885. Joe was an entertainer--vaudeville (Western Vaudeville), song & dance, black-face, comedian. Joe's stage name was "Joe EVANS" & his dance partner was Jack Jacob FOX (he was from Illinois), their act was Fox & Evans. In 1932 Joe & his partner also leased a roller rink on Dietz St. in Oneonta, NY.
I have found announcements in a variety of entertainment publications 1908-1939. Fox & Evans traveled through the U.S., London, South Africa, Australia, & possibly other places as well. The last entertainment notice for Fox & Evans was from "Tivoli Theatres: Ephemera Collection Finding Aid" for a show, "The Big Fun Show", commencing 16 January, 1939 in Melbourne Australia. After that Joe seems to have disappeared. As far as I know, he was unmarried & without children. Perhaps Jack Fox was his life partner. I have checked for information on Ancestry, Fulton Postcards, entertainment publications, FamilySearch, Proquest, etc., but I can't find any death/burial or other information about Joe or Fox & Evans after January, 1939 (he would have been about 54 yrs. old at this time)--I wonder if he somehow got caught up in WWII???. Does anyone have any thoughts???

Thank you,

Marilyn Robinson

Re: Jewish Gen SIG meeting #announcements

JoAnne Goldberg

San Francisco may be the center of the universe, but in terms of critical mass for JewishGen members, it's probably the east coast. 

Seems like 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern/6 pm UK/8 pm Israel might make sense for the most people?

I do not know where in the world is the country of SF, but in Great Britain, we would prefer meetings in the Americas to be significantly earlier.
David Harrison, Birmingham, UK (or GB) 

JoAnne Goldberg - Menlo Park, California; GEDmatch M131535


Re: Jewish Orphanages during WW1 #general

Sharon Taylor

Hi Andrea,
I am researching the same time period. My great-uncle was also taken by the Russians for forced labor in 1914, when he was 9 years old. They were from Mariyampil which is near Ivano-Frankivsk.
How old was your grandfather when he was sent to work in Russia? How long was he gone?

The JDC has an archive that documents orphans and  orphanages in eastern Galicia. After WWI, the entire region was awash in orphans who had no means of support. You might try checking out this link:
You should also sift through the documents in the JDC archive.

I hope this helps. I would love to learn more from you about grandfather and his experiences during WWI. It's a somewhat forgotten chapter in Jewish history and I believe it deserves more attention.

Sharon Taylor
Philadelphia, PA

Researching NEMETH, INGIER, UNGER and BLOCH in Mariyampil, Stanislawow, and Knihinin

Researching WIESNER, FLEISIG, and KASTENBAUM in Kulikow and Lemberg

Re: Koidanov Massacre of 1941 #belarus

Neil Bass

I, too, am interested if any of my family remained in Koidanov as they seemed to have vanished around 1942. My great-grandfather, Szmul Jonas Bas (b. 1865), lived in Koidanov until he disappeared around 1942. One of his children, living in New York, corresponded with him by letter until the letters were ultimately returned undeliverable in 1942. We don't know what happened to him and two of his daughters. Their names do not appear in any Holocaust list. Curious if there is any way to research this matter.

Thank you,
Neil Bass nbass@...

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


Hello all
One of the question which comes often is how far DNA can trace a portuguese ancestor at least 8 generations ago ?
I remember having read that it is not possible but I cannot put a hand on the article.
In other terms do you all agree that if I am 100% askenazi this does not mean that at 8 th generation away my ancestor could not have been 100 % descending from jews who escaped Portugal after the inquisition ?
Joelle Meyer from Paris, France
Focussed today on my ancestors from Emden and Groningen region and in particular Portuguese ancestor (Henriques, Mousaphia line from Gluckstadt and Hamburg)

Re: Jewish Gen SIG meeting #announcements

David Harrison <djh_119@...>

I do not know where in the world is the country of SF, but in Great Britain, we would prefer meetings in the Americas to be significantly earlier.
David Harrison, Birmingham, UK (or GB) 

From: main@... <main@...> on behalf of Peter Straus <pstrausSF@...>
Sent: 01 February 2021 20:54
To: main@... <main@...>
Subject: [] Jewish Gen SIG meeting #announcements

I don’t know where the epicenter for Jewish Gen is, but a later time on the US West Coast for such meetings would sure be appreciated.

--peter straus/SF

Re: What happened on 7 March 1612 in Poznan? Mass death of Jews #general #poland

Gerson Sher

Hi Krzysztof - 

Thanks for your comments. The records - the genealogical records of this particular family tree I have come across - say that many members of this family line perished exactly on 7 March 1612 in Posen/Poznan. Young people, old people. People closely related, people not closely related. The fact that the date is stated so precisely is very unusual in such records. So it was something significant. The only other time I have personally seen such a large number of deaths attributed to a specific day was in a well-documented family tree of Holocaust survivors in Lithuania - in that case, it was apparently a mass execution in October 1941.

We may well ask about the authenticity of these records. It is highly unusual to see a Jewish family tree so well documented, for literally over a thousand years. It's my understanding that some great rabbinical lineages are carefully documented. and what I have found does indeed appear to include and weave around such rabbinic dynasties, where records may well have been kept. All one can see in the trees are dates of birth and death. I'm inclined to assume that at least this much is correct, but it appears to be very hard to trace back to the source.

I agree that in thinking about history we must be based on fact, but facts do not usually jump out by themselves and announce themselves as indisputable fact. History is often about finding links, finding clues, finding patterns, and pursuing bits and pieces of minutiae that may or may not add up to something. And yes, absolutely - without stereotypes.

In this case, I acknowledge, what I have said about whatever happened on 7 March 1612 in Posen/Poznan is conjecture - but not wild conjecture. We know that there was anti-Semitism in Poland both before and after 1612, and much more after. (If we cannot agree on that, there is probably little point in this discussion.) As far as fires in the Jewish quarter of cities, look at the accounts of the Fittmilch rebellion and you'll see multiple pogroms between 1614 and 1616 - the most intense period of the rebellion - involving fires in Jewish quarters. That's what happened in those days. That's fact.  Unfortunately I do not read Polish so I cannot study the Wikipedia link you kindly provided, but does it say anything about what *caused* the fire in 1613? If Jewish quarters in German and Polish cities were going up in flames between 1612 and 1616 as part of a rebellion that victimized Jews, wouldn't it be reasonable to suppose that one such fire in 1613 had similar origins?

Your rhetorical questions about the relationship between Poland and Jews are helpful, but they do not answer themselves. For example, it is well known that certain Polish kings (e.g., Stefan Batory) gave Jews certain privileges and protections. It is known that Jews fleeing Germany in the 14th-15th century were welcomed in Poland by the monarchs. It is known that the Jewish community of Poland was extensive and vibrant. By the same token, it is also known that not everything went so well for the Jews in Poland. Perhaps one could argue that the Khmel'nitsky Uprising was not Polish at all, but Ukrainian, and there's some truth in that, but on my reading of the Khmel'nitsky Uprising, its social origins were in the complaints of the peasanty in present-day eastern Poland about the oppressive taxes of the Polish szlachta nobles, who in turn blamed the Jews who had been delegated by the King to collect taxes from the nobles in order to shelter himself from their wrath. It's all very complicated, indeed. But it's not a completely different story.

Clearly we have different views about these matters. I understand that these issues are very poignant in Poland today. 

Gerson Sher
Washington, DC

JGS of Greater Boston Feb. 21 Virtual Program-Planning A Future for your Family's Past #events

Jessie Klein

The JGS of Greater Boston presents Marian Burk Wood speaking on "Planning a Future for your Family's Past".
Feb 21, 1:30PM Eastern Time. Free for JGS of Greater Boston members, $5:00 for non-members. Information at

Jessie Klein
JGS Greater Boston 

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