Invitation to Zoom meeting: "What’s New at FamilySearch" with Todd Knowles - join the 2021 Lecture Series! #events

Ben Kempner

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada (JGSSN) invites you to a Zoom meeting at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) on Sunday, February 21: “What’s New at FamilySearch” with Todd Knowles. 

To request a Zoom link, please complete this short form: Zoom Link Request 

Members of JGSSN can attend for free.  Non-members can either pay $5.00 on the Donate page or pay $20 for a subscription to the 2021 series of outstanding speakers.


Session Description: 

FamilySearch is one of the largest genealogical websites and grows more every day. This presentation will show some of the newest features of FamilySearch and how best to utilize them to find your Jewish ancestors.


About Todd Knowles: 

W. Todd Knowles is an accredited Genealogist who specializes in English and Jewish research. For the past 20 years he has been a member of the staff at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, where he currently serves as a Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer. He is past President of the Utah Jewish Genealogy Society (UJGS).

Todd has lectured all over the world and his articles have been widely published. His own genealogical search began at the age of twelve with the desire to find more about his family and grows every day. His quest to find more about his GGGrandfather, a Polish Jew, has led to the creation of the Knowles Collection, six databases that contain the records of the Jewish people. It currently (as of Jan 2020) contains the records of over 1.4 million people. 


JGSSN 2021 Jewish Genealogy Lecture Series 


For more detail, please go to our Meetings page. To become a member ($20) and sign up for the 2021 series, go to the Membership page.



Ben Kempner

Vice President, JGSSN


Re: Virgin buys 23andMe #announcements

Adam Cherson

Anyone know if it's possible to opt-out of health research uses of one's dna at 23andMe? I seem to recall that this is possible, but may have changed in the many years since I joined.
Adam Cherson

ViewMate translation request - Russian AND Hebrew #translation

Karen Wyman

I've posted a vital record in Russian and in Hebrew for which I need 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,
Karen Katz Wyman

Translation - Yiddish

Helen Nash May

Forgive me, but I posted the wrong ViewMate number for the following submission. The VM # should have read 89920.

I’ve posted a postcard my grandmother Helen Landes received from her father, Chaim Landes of Buchach.  The postcard was sent on the occasion of her marriage in 1912 to my grandfather, Isador Noschkes and begins with the worlds, “Gluck Auf”. (Good luck!)

I never met my grandmother and so would love to be able to know what he wrote her. 

The postcard is on ViewMate at the following address.... view.asp?key=VM89920

Thank you so much,
Helen May
New York

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ViewMate translation request - Polish #russia #poland #translation

angel kosfiszer

I've posted a vital record in Russian of a wedding record in Poland for which I need 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.

Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

Free access to MyHeritage Marriage Records February 10-16, 2021 #announcements #records

Jan Meisels Allen




MyHeritage announced they will be offering free access to marriage records for Valentine’s Day from February 10 -February 16, 2021.


MyHeritage offers 158 collections with 462,808,849 records in all. During this limited-time offer, you’ll be able to access these records freely even if you’re not a paid subscriber. Access to these collections will be completely free, but free registration to MyHeritage will be required for non-MyHeritage users.


Go to:


You are required to register with your name, email address and password. No credit card information is required.


Remember this does not start until February 10. If you try to access the records before February 10 or after February 16 you will be invited to subscribe with your credit card information.

To read more see:


I have no affiliation with MyHeritage and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee




Re: Unusual name #poland #unitedkingdom #names


Matat/Matet  is likely to be short for Matityahu

David Rosen
Boston, Mass.

On 2/7/2021 11:01 AM, Jeffrey Cohen via wrote:

On this headstone Dora's father seems to have an unusual name מתת
I do not see anything like Matet in Jewishgen. Can anyone throw any light on it ?
(Cemetery in UK and families from Poland).

Jeff Cohen

Czechowitz, Berezovo, Kryva and Trebisov #galicia #poland #ukraine #slovakia

Ozzy Bernstein

Hi all,

I was speaking to an older relative lately and he gave me names, or pronunciations of names, at best, of towns my ancestors lived in. My great great great grandfather - his grandfather - was apparently born in Stryy in then Lviv. He died in Kryva. His wife died in Berezovo. His daughter in law's father was buried in Czechovitz (?) and his son lived in Trebisov, Slovakia. His son was born in Rzeszow.

When I put these places into Google Maps nothing seems to make sense. Can someone help me figure out the correct towns that make sense geographically because I think I may have towns with the same names but not the same place.

His birthplace Stryy is 209km from his death place, Kryva. His wife's death in Berezovo is 63km from Kryva - that is conceivable. But it is also 149km from Stryy - a bit less conceivable. His son's living place in Trebisov is yet another 193km from Berezovo. His daughter in law's father's death in Czechowice is 610km from Berezovo so I think I can definitely rule out Czechowice as being Czechowice-Dziedzice, Poland. His son's birth in Rzeszow is 326km from his wife's death in Berezovo and 380 from Kryva.

Hoping to map out these towns properly and find their proper geographical stations. Rzeszow is defintely a town less than 50 or so km from Sighetu. Kryva and Berezov make sense as well. Everything can be sorted out slightly if I figured
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Translation request - Polish or German #translation

Helen Nash May


I’ve posted a birth record from Lvov in 1912 for my grandmother’s nephew, Jerry Wilhelm Wasser.  He is the son of Betti Landes Wasser originally from Buchach.  Betti and her children perished during the Holocaust.  I would greatly appreciate your help... the record is posted on ViewMate at: view.asp?key=VM89990

Thank you,
Helen May
New York

ViewMate translation request - Yiddish #translation

Helen Nash May

I’ve posted a postcard my grandmother Helen Landes received from her father, Chaim Landes of Buchach.  The postcard was sent on the occasion of her marriage in 1912 to my grandfather, Isador Noschkes and begins with the worlds, “Gluck Auf”. (Good luck!)

I never met my grandmother and so would love to be able to know what he wrote her. 

The postcard is on ViewMate at the following address.... view.asp?key=VM89990

Thank you so much,
Helen May
New York

Re: First name of Tsalko ?? #names


It's a diminutive for Betsalel, just like Tsal, which is more common.

Mike Vayser

ViewMate Translation-Russian #translation

Miriam Lappen

I've posted a vital record in Russian for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address:
If possible, I would appreciate a full translation but any pertinent information would be appreciated.
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Miriam Lappen

Re: Virgin buys 23andMe #announcements

JoAnne Goldberg

It's a little more complicated than Virgin buying 23andMe or 23andMe
going public.

Virgin has what's called a Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation
(SPAC), VG Acquisition Corp, which is already listed on the NYSE. (The
stock took a dive after the announcement.) VGAC's merger with 23andMe
will allow 23andMe to raise capital without going through a traditional
IPO process.

After the deal is complete in a few months, anyone will be able to buy
the stock; VGAC will be changing its ticker symbol to ME.
JoAnne Goldberg - Menlo Park, California; GEDmatch M131535


First name of Tsalko ?? #names


I have come across a person who was born about 1842 in Lithuania. His father's name is listed as "Tsalko". I have never come across this name before. Is it Yiddish? What would the translation of that name be?
Thanks for any help.
George Mason

help identifying postcard picture #romania #general

Aline Petzold

Hello All:
 I am wondering if someone can help me discover what place this postcard depicts, who painted it and who published it. I have tried to locate the artist ( I think F.A. Kemert?), but no luck.  It was written to my grandmother.There is a note on the back that states (in Romanian)" Greetings from the Eminescu Theatre, 11/3/1915" and the card is postmarked from Botosani. 
Thanks for your help.
Aline Petzold
St. Paul MN

Question about cemetery #hungary #general


I would like to ask if anyone knows it it's there a Jewish cemetery in the village of Nyirgyulaj (Its in szabolc county)? 

If yes in which condition is it?

Thanks in advance                                                                     Joseph Krausz.   

Looking for information about my family-given away at birth in Bakersfield, CA #usa


Hi to all,
I just joined this site after finding through dna that I am 49.9% Ashkenski jewish! I am so happy to find this information. I was given away at birth and know nothing of my genetics. I am desperate to find any information. I was born July 19,1947 in Bakersfield , California in Kern County. Listed on my birth certificate is George White and Irene Arrow from San Franciso, California. I am not sure if this is correct information. I was given to Floyd and Estelle Le May and never formally adopted. If anyone has any information, I would be enterally grateful!
Deanna LeMay Cole

My Family Mystery about Peter, Elise, & Roland from West Long Branch, NJ Solved!! #usa #names

Marilyn Robinson

A family mystery that I posted about in December, 2020, in which I had the letter writer's first name (Peter), the name of his wife (Elise), & one of his 3 children (Roland), but no last name, has been solved this week. The letter was a partial one written to my maternal grandmother in 1963, addressing her as "Aunt". The only postal information that I had was "West Long Branch, NJ". Who & how was this person related to me??

Thanks to the interest & input of several readers of this forum, it was discovered that the family name was/is "GOLDBERG". Through further search, I discovered that Peter's maternal grandparents, were listed on their marriage record as Rebeca RICHMAN & Simon LEVINE. (I  know that the REICHMAN name is often heard as "RICHMAN".) One of their daughters, Mildred/Millie LEVINE GOLDBERG, was Peter's mother. My maternal great grandparents were Solomon LEVINE & Rebecca REICHMAN. Several years ago I found a death notice for Rebecca, placed in a 1915 entertainment publication by Rebecca & Solomon's son, Joseph LEVINE (aka stage name, "Joe EVANS"). The notice mentioned that Rebecca was survived by five daughters!! I knew of four, including my grandmother, but who was this other person??? Evidently, this fifth child was Mildred/Millie LEVINE GOLDBERG!!--and she was the "extra" sister to my maternal grandmother!! Additionally, Simon LEVINE was Solomon, & Rebeca RICHMAN was Rebecca REICHMAN!. All of this made Peter GOLDBERG my 1st cousin 1X removed & Mildred/Millie my grand aunt!!! Now, if only I could get Peter's family to respond to my messages left on Ancestry & Facebook!!

Thank you again, readers/responders for your assistance!!


Marilyn Robinson

Re: Netherlands-- Transport Lists of Camp Westerbork Can be Searched on War Lives #holocaust #records

Denise Suttle

Thank you for this terrific link to the Dutch site War Lives. I was able to find and print the cards for my grandparents, uncle and aunt.
So much appreciation!
Denise Meschmar Suttle
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Seeking information on Slomsky from Suvalk #lithuania

Guy <guy.f.levin@...>

My grandfather Harry Sloan (1905-1998, Philadelphia) was originally Slomsky.
His father's family was from Suvalk, Lithuania.  I don't know about his mother (nee Saidel).
Pesach (Philip) and Chaya Soroh (Anna) Slomsky. 

Pesach's father was Aaron.  I don't know the mother's name.

Chaya Soroh's parents were Yehoshua (Joshua) and Bella Seidel.  Bella's maiden name apparently was Trubek.

I want to see how many generations back I can find on either the Slomsky or Saidel sides.

Thank you.

Guy F. Levin
SLOAN/SLOMSKY (Suvalk, Lithuania)
LEIBSON (Izyaslav Ukraine)