Re: SCJGS Sunday, April 18th at 1pm Pacific Standard Time- Jewish Genealogy DNA Basics and Beyond #announcements #dna #education #events

Lee Jaffe

That's probably Pacific Daylight Time.


Lee David Jaffe

Surnames / Towns:  Jaffe / Suchowola, Poland ; Stein (Sztejnsapir) / Bialystok and Rajgrod, Poland ; Joroff (Jaroff, Zarov) / Chernigov, Ukraine ; Schwartz (Schwarzman?, Schwarzstein?) / ? ;  Koshkin / Snovsk, Ukraine ; Rappoport / ? ; Braun / Wizajny, Suwalki, Poland,  Ludwinowski / Wizajny, Suwalki, Poland


Translate from Russian: WAJNCYMER #poland #translation

Stuart Wayne

Could someone please translate these three linked ViewMate documents?  A full translation would be appreciated but primarily names, dates, place names and relationships.
Thank you,
Stuart Wayne

Viewmate 71585 - translation of Hebrew requested #translation

Paul Silverstone

Subj: ViewMate translation request - Hebrew

I've posted the writing on the back of a photo of two girls and two boys, I believe it is Hebrew and
a translation would be helpful.   
It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Paul Silverstone
West Vancouver, BC  (formerly NYC)

The Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Eastern Europe April 18 #events

Lee Jaffe

A program I thought some members might want to know about...

For Jews, cemeteries are inviolable sacred sites, but Nazi and Communist regimes carried out policies that ruined Jewish cemeteries and often stripped them entirely of their gravestones and even despoiled graves. Since 1990 enormous strides have been taken in the identification and documentation of thousands Jewish cemeteries in Central and Eastern Europe. Some of these have often stunningly beautiful remaining matzevot (gravestones), but many have been stripped of their stones and have even been paved or built over. Beginning in 1991, as Research Director the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, Dr. Samuel Gruberwas a leader in the identification and documentation of thousands of these sites. Apr. 18, 4:00 pm, PDT. Free.


Lee David Jaffe

Surnames / Towns:  Jaffe / Suchowola, Poland ; Stein (Sztejnsapir) / Bialystok and Rajgrod, Poland ; Joroff (Jaroff, Zarov) / Chernigov, Ukraine ; Schwartz (Schwarzman?, Schwarzstein?) / ? ;  Koshkin / Snovsk, Ukraine ; Rappoport / ? ; Braun / Wizajny, Suwalki, Poland,  Ludwinowski / Wizajny, Suwalki, Poland


Daughter of Holocaust survivors to speak April 25, 2021, for JGS of Illinois virtual meeting #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Martin Fischer

Genealogist Deborah Long to speak on Holocaust research in April 25, 2021, free webinar: 

Deborah H. Long, founder of the Triangle Jewish Genealogical Society in Durham/Chapel Hill, N.C., will speak on “Three Guides, Four Countries: A Daughter of Holocaust Survivors Travels to Their Ancestral Villages” during the Sunday, April 25, 2021, Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois virtual meeting. Her live streaming presentation, which takes about 90 minutes, will begin at 2 p.m. Central Time and will be followed by time for questions and answers. 

For more information and to register/RSVP, go to

This webinar will be recorded so that JGSI’s paid members who are unable to view it live will be able to view the recording later. (Her talk will be preceded at 1 p.m. by a separate members-only genealogy question-and-answer discussion time.)  

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Deborah Long recounts in this presentation her shocking 2009 unearthing of family artifacts that compelled her to visit her ancestral villages in Poland, Hungary and northern Germany to understand her parents’ Holocaust history. The narrative of this program serves to inspire researchers who are up against all odds—few names, no family artifacts or photographs, and no living relatives.  

She will review her methodology, her trip through shtetls and concentration camps, and her surprising and joyful discovery upon returning home. 


Deborah has been researching her family’s Holocaust history and looking for surviving family members for more than 50 years. She is a professional educator, and typically her audiences are licensed professionals. She has written more than 20 books, including a memoir about growing up as a child of survivors titled “First Hitler, Then Your Father, and Now You.” She is the founder of the Triangle JGS in Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors. JGSI is a resource for the worldwide Jewish community to research their Chicago-area roots. The JGSI motto is “Members Helping Members Since 1981.” The group has more than 300 members and is affiliated with the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies

JGSI members have access to useful and informative online family history research resources, including a members’ forum, more than 65 video recordings of past speakers’ presentations, a monthly JGSI E-News, quarterly Morasha JGSI newsletter, and much more. Members---as well as non-members---can look for their ancestors on the free searchable JGSI Jewish Chicago Database

Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

JGSI website:

Senator Marco Rubio and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Sponsor Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act of 2021 #holocaust #usa

Jan Meisels Allen



Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Representative Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-FL-23)are the sponsors of reintroduced legislation, The Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act of 2021, to reclaim unpaid insurance policies of Holocaust victims.  Nearly 800,000 unclaimed Holocaust-era insurance policies held in 1938 are the focus of new legislation. The legislation is a bid to “restore the rights of Holocaust-era insurance beneficiaries in recovering billions in unclaimed payments that were left behind amid the chaos and destruction of World War II.”

To read the joint press release by both Senator Rubio and Representative Wasserman-Schultz see:


“The insurers’ demand that death certificates and original policy paperwork be produced was all but impossible for many of those families who, at the time, had just survived death camps, experienced forced relocations, torture, and death marches,” the statement pointed out.


The legislation would:

  • validate state laws requiring insurers to publish policy holder information,
  • establish a federal cause of action in US courts to ensure Holocaust survivors and heirs have access to US courts; and
  • provide a ten-year period of time for cases to be brought after the date of enactment.


Bill 1083 was introduced on April 13 and sent to the Committee on the Judiciary.  The companion bill in the House is  H.R. 2493  was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on the Judiciary. At the time of this posting the bill was not yet available from the Government Printing Office. When it is available it can be located at:


Currently Senate bill 1063 is co-sponsored by  Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV); Rick Scott, (R-FL), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Joanie Ernst R-IA and Kevin Cramer R-ND.


The companion bill in the House is  H.R. 2493, and is co-sponsored by Lee Zeldin (R-NY-1), John Garamendi (D-CA-3) and David Kustoff (R-TN-8). That bill is also not available from the Government Printing Office at the time of this posting. When this bill is available it can be accessed at:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



ViewMate Polish translation request #poland #translation


I've posted vital records in Polish for which I'd like extracts as
much vital data (names, dates, spouse, ages, places, etc.) as

It is on ViewMate at the following addresses :

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Steven Zedeck
Atlanta, Georgia USA

Hebrew Gravestone Translation Wanted #translation #germany

Ralph Baer

I have posted a picture of the gravestone of Mordechai Leser (Elieser) on Viewmate at which I would like translated into English.

The gravestone was one which was restored in 1990 in the Obergrombach, Baden, Germany Jewish cemetery. It is lying on its back, and the top and bottom are missing.

Mordechai was one of my fifth-great-grandfathers, specifically on my paternal line. His grandson and namesake Marx (Mordche) Nathan, along with a childless older brother Abraham Nathan, adopted the name BÄR (BAER) in Malsch near Ettlingen in Baden in 1809. The stone is apparently from 1754.

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

Thanks for any help which anyone can provide.
Ralph N. Baer        RalphNBaer@...       Washington, DC

JGS-Montreal lecture - What’s New in the World of Genealogy #announcements #general

Victoria Barkoff

JGS-Montreal presents Gary Schroder, April 19 at 3:00 PM EDT

What’s New in the World of Genealogy

YouTube link:
donation optional:

Gary Schroder, President of the Quebec Family History Society, lives and breathes genealogy. He will share his expertise and insights into the latest developments in the field.

- posted by Victoria Barkoff for JGS-Montreal

Re: Are "Muni" and "Munya" and a Question about Emigration to England #unitedkingdom

Gary Gershfield

As I mentioned in a previous email, my paternal grandfather was Munia Gershfeld, from Druzhkopol, Volhynia. I have seen it also spelled Monia.  The family story was that Monia bribed an official to get my grandfather out of the country around 1909/1910.
Monia and 2 of grandfather's brothers were murdered in Druzhkopol, and thrown in a Mass Grave in 1942.
My grandfather emigrated to England before coming to the US in 1913.
I hit a brick wall, as far as, why did my grandfather go to England. He would have been about 14 years old. 
I could not locate him on the Hamburg Passenger Lists.
Was there family in England that we did not know about?
I did a lot of research, but came up with no mystery family.
Gary Gershfield
Forest Hills,NY

ViewMate translate request yiddish #translation

marcelo kisnerman

ViewMate translation request - Russian #announcements #translation #records

Julia Levin

I've posted a vital record in Russian 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 for all your help!
With much appreciation,
Juia Levin

View Mate Translation Request – Russian - Rzepnik #translation

Alice Klein

I've posted two records on ViewMate for the births of a brother and sister in Poland in 1903. A complete translation would be appreciated, especially birthdates and names.

They are on ViewMate at the following addresses:

Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application.

Thank you very much,
Alice Klein
La Vista, NE





Re: Searching for a relative who escaped to USA from Nazi Germany during WWII #germany #usa #belarus


Hi, Mykola,

A very quick search at this site,,  brought up a number of entries with the first possible surname you offered.  I actually started with this very useful tool:

Though I didn't see an Ivan/John or similar name, there was a name similar to Vasiliy.  May I suggest you try the Steve Morse page and see if that brings up any results for you? 

I am replying to the group so others will not duplicate this information.
Best wishes, 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: Searching for FRIEDMAN Family on Berriman Street in Brooklyn in the late 1920s #usa


Re: Records of Landsleitschaften in New York City #records #usa

Sherri Bobish

Yes, Diane is correct.  I obtained several original incorporation papers for landsmanshaftn many years ago and they are fascinating.  Some are more detailed in their mission statement than others.

This archive is not the same as others that contain Landsmanshaftn notes and records and other memorabilia, such as:


Sherri Bobish

Re: ZIMBLER - Lazarus (Eliezer) and Rose/Rosie (Raizel) - London 1911 #lithuania #latvia #unitedkingdom

Mark Stone

Dear Michael,


The ‘39 registry was during the Second World War because the 1931 Census burnt!


We are so very lucky that they made it available before one hundred years!


Kind regards


Mark Paul Stone


From: main@... <main@...> On Behalf Of Michael Hoffman
Sent: 14 April 2021 15:12
To: main@...
Subject: Re: [] ZIMBLER - Lazarus (Eliezer) and Rose/Rosie (Raizel) - London 1911 #lithuania #latvia #unitedkingdom


Hello Simon,

Do searches on the following : 
The United Synagogue website for Marriage Authorisation Certificate at 
Rose/Rosie's maiden name is Segall
Do a search on the website of for the 1939 Register which was produced prior to WWII
and was used for providing Identity Cards, Ration Books and other official documents.

You should use the General Register Office also known as the GRO for obtaining Births, Marriage Death Certificates, you can do a search in the official indexes for Births and Deaths on this website.

Michael Hoffman,


Re: Ancestry World Explorer subscription #general

Laurie Sosna

Some libraries provide access to the Ancestry Library Edition. By logging in through the library portal, I can access any record.
While I cannot add those records to my tree on Ancestry, I can save them to my computer.
I have located quite a lot of records that have helped me locate family in Canada and London.
The library may also provide access to Fold3, HeritageQuest and local newspapers.

Laurie Sosna
San Francisco, CA

SOSNA: Ivonivka (near Yampil), Mogilev
GOIKHMAN: Rascov, Mogilev
LEVIN: Vilna, Dnipro
KOBB: Ukmerge

Re: Searching for FRIEDMAN Family on Berriman Street in Brooklyn in the late 1920s #usa


Hi Judi, 

I believe that these  Friedmans are two of the children you are looking for, 
Frank Friedman (1906 - 1983)
Birth record

Jacob Abraham Friedman  (1885-1918)
Marriage record
Death record

Giannis Daropoulos 


Re: Searching for FRIEDMAN relatives from Minsk #belarus


I'm specifically looking for them before they came to the United States.  I've already combed through and and didn't find anything about them prior to being in Philadelphia in the early 1900s.  Looking at Rose's grave, it looks like, from my understanding of Hebrew, it says "Daughter ot Rav Yosef Dovid" and I'm trying to find out more about them.

--Holly Koppel

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