JewishGen Course Announcement - Sharing Your Stories – Writing Short Family Narratives – July 2021 #announcements #education #JewishGenUpdates

Marion Werle

You’ve been working on your family history for years. Doing a complete family history can be overwhelming, so let’s start by writing a short family narrative. Your report can focus on an individual, a family story, your ancestral town, an immigration experience, a family photo, or other topic of your choosing. The objective of this class is to provide the opportunity to write a report of limited scope that you can complete within a short timeframe. The course will offer tips on how to add interest to your chosen story, using context and description, and will cover the mechanics of writing and genealogical best practices to create an effective report. This is a four-week class. The first week will be used to assist you plan and bring focus your story. Please have a topic in mind prior to registration, and be sure that your supporting research is as complete as possible. Spend some time reviewing and organizing your research before class starts. Please write a brief (1-2 paragraph) description of your project to discuss during our first session. 

We will meet weekly via Zoom to discuss the lessons and answer any questions. After you enroll, please email the instructor to indicate your time zone and the best time for class meetings. Enrollment is limited to ten (10) students. See the JewishGen Learning Center Schedule for a full description and enrollment instructions. Note that students are required to have completed at least one year of genealogical research.

The class begins on July 5, 2021 and final papers will be due on July 31, right before the IAJGS conference. Please send any questions to course instructor Marion Werle.

Marion Werle

Identify a memento related to the Makkabi games of 1932 #austria-czech

Michael Gordy

I have posted to ViewMate a scan of a memento related to the Makkabi games in Czechoslovakia.  Can someone identify exactly what this is?  The text on the right appears to have something to do with serving as a railway or facilities pass, but I don't understand the exact connection to the Makkabi games.

The holder of this pass was the husband of my grandfather's first cousin.  They perished in the Holocaust with no survivors.

Michael Gordy
Takoma Park, Maryland, USA

Re: Documenting the Shoah in Dubno #holocaust #ukraine

Lewis, Megan

Hi Hal,

The United States Memorial Museum has Dubno material such as oral histories and archival collections available online through our Collections Search catalog,

Megan Lewis, reference librarian

Re: How can I get a copy of the World Jewish Congress Collections? #records

Lewis, Megan

You can email the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, resource-center@..., to request copies.

Megan Lewis
reference librarian
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Re: Why would 2 neighboring states issue death certificates for the same individual? #usa #general


If both death locations seem incorrect, it is possible that one was the place where he was visiting when he died and the other the location of a hospital to which he was transported. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: Tried Everything and Hit a Wall Looking for Grandfather's Naturalization Petition and Ship Manifest Records #records #ukraine #usa


Is it possible that Mr. Kramer stated the wrong ship or sailing date?  If you have not searched for him without the ship name, I suggest doing so.  Also, did you search such names as Yitzchak and derivatives? I wish I had more suggestions.
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Looking for info on great-grandmother's brothers - Resnick #usa


I'm looking for information on my great-grandmother's brothers. 
Background info: 
My great-grandmother's name was Jennie Resnick (married name Zavell). She immigrated to Cleveland, OH in the early 1900s from somewhere in Russia. I don't know the exact name of the city, but I do know that it was very close to the border with Poland and may actually be in Poland now because of the border switching. She would send money back to her family to get them to the US. We were told that her father's name was Moshe Resnick, but on her gravestone it says her Yiddish name (Yenta) bat Eliezer Yerachmiel. With the money she sent, her family was able to send over her two sisters - Esther (married name Simon, lived in Boston) and Eva (we don't know what her married last name was or where she lived). My great-grandmother and her sisters continued to send money and letters back home, hoping the rest of the family could make it to the US. The family in Russia would send letters back, but one day the letters just stopped. They were likely killed in the Holocaust, but I was hoping these names and this story might ring a bell and someone can tell me, at the very least, what my great-grandmother's brothers' names were. I don't know how many brothers she had. 

Thank you,

Robin Stein
Cleveland, OH

Jewish Cemetery in Baimaclia, currently in Moldova Republic #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan

Hello everybody, 

You may remember from previous presentations at JewishGen conferences that there are a number of Jewish cemeteries destroyed in Bessarabia / Moldova region.
Here is a list of 11 such cemeteries:

There are also a number of cemeteries where 1 or 2 tombstones standing, and the rest is ruined.  For example:  Dombroveni Jewish cemetery:
There is one stone still standing, where we could read the name. When I posted a message about that cemetery, I received from our member, 3 more names of people buried there.  If you know of people who buried in any of these demolished or almost destroyed cemeteries, please send me that information.

Next Jewish cemetery demolished is Baimaclia Jewish Cemetery in Cantemir district, not far of Cahul in Moldova.
I have already received three names of people buried there, and also many photos of pieces of stones, some with a Hebrew letter.  These photos will be part of Baimaclia Cemetery Report.
If you know people buried in Baimaclia,  please email me.

After Baimaclia, we will work on Destroyed Jewish cemetery of Kaushany.  I have a number of family members buried there: my grandmother Fanya Spivak (Khaimovich), great grandmother Golda Khaimovich (Srulevich), great great grandmother Sheiva Srulevich died in Kaushany in 1941 at the age of 104 and many more.

If you know of someone died/buried in Baimaclia, Kaushany, please send me that information at yefimk@....
Also if you know about a destroyed Jewish Cemetery, which is not on my list, also let me know.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan
JewishGen Bessarabia Group Leader and Coordinator

NYC Directories of Funeral Homes in the 1920's #general #usa

Gary Gershfield

I have a NYC death certificate from 1922, and am trying to make out the name of the funeral home/Undertaker. 
Although the name is illegible, the address looks like 228 Lexington Ave in Manhattan.
Please see attached Death Certificate.
Thanks for any assistance.
Gary Gershfield
Forest Hills, NY
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Re: Why would 2 neighboring states issue death certificates for the same individual? #usa #general

EdrieAnne Broughton

Most commonly, the reason for two death certificates is if the individual died in one state and was to be buried in another.  Not all states require a second DC for a burial permit but some do.  
EdrieAnne Broughton

Re: Why would 2 neighboring states issue death certificates for the same individual? #usa #general

R Jaffer

He probably died in one of the states but lived and was buried in the other.

Roberta Jaffer

Re: Podhorini a village near Munkach Hungary #hungary #general


Birth , death and marriage records available from 1845  to 1943. 

Mark Friedman

Re: Help with location and possible date of photo #photographs

Joyaa Antares

Hi Felissa,

Consider the Facebook group, "Genealogy - Dating Old Photographs"

Good luck!

Joyaa ANTARES, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia.

Re: Podhorini a village near Munkach Hungary #hungary #general

Hap Ponedel


Try looking at this map:
Munkac is just a few kilometers southwest of Podhering.
Also there is this map:

You can view the whole map here:

Hap Ponedel
Eugene, OR

The cemetery at Krynki, Poland #poland

Bob Silverstein

Krynki, Poland, is a town east of Bialystok on what is now the border with Belarus.  Jews lived and thrived there for over two centuries.  The Germans deported the last of them in November, 1941.  Like so many other towns and cities throughout Poland, all that remains of the Jewish presence are three synagogues and the cemetery.  However, the descendants of those Jews of Krynki are scattered around the globe and are now coming together to restore the cemetery.


To learn more about Krynki and the cemetery restoration, visit the website or email me.

Bob Silverstein
Elk Grove Village, IL

Researching Kaplan (Krynki, Poland) Tzipershteyn (Logishin, Pinsk, Belarus), Friedson/Fridzon (Pinsk, Cuba, Massachusetts), Israel and Goodman (Mishnitz, Warsaw, Manchester).

Why would 2 neighboring states issue death certificates for the same individual? #usa #general

Ken Cohen

I have been a long time subscriber but this is my 1st post. I don't really know what I am doing. 
Why would 2 neighboring states issue death certificates for the same individual?
Connecticut vs Massachusetts
1. Same name including middle initial.
2. Same birth date.
3. Same death date.
4. Different place of death.  Both seem incorrect. 
Ken Cohen
Norfolk, VA

Request for info from this Alegata record #translation

Randy Eckstein

I've attached 2 images (3 pages) from the 1919 Bilgoraj Marriage Alegata book.

I believe the 1st 2 pages (in 1st & 2nd image) is an exact copy of Aron Mordko DOMFROCHT's birth record from the records from Modliborzyce, written in Russian. (He's marrying someone from Bilgoraj.) Please confirm and extract dates, names, etc.

At the bottom & continuing to the next page seems to be some official explanation in Polish. I would like a full translation of it, as I have never seen this verbiage before.

Randi Eckstein
San Jose, CA

How can I get a copy of the World Jewish Congress Collections? #records


I found these records of interest.

How can I get a copy of these records?

Shia Rabinowitz

Help with location and possible date of photo #photographs

Felissa Lashley

This photo is of my great uncle, Jake Dorbin. I am trying to figure to figure out the geographic area where it was taken, and an approximate date. As to geographical location it could be either the central Ukraine or Nebraska, southern Missouri, Kansas or Oklahoma. He arrived in America by 1906.
I would appreciate any insights or ideas about the photo. Thank you very much.
Felissa Lashley
Austin, Texas
russia 3 2.jpeg

Agricultural Settlement Near (?) Minsk? #belarus

Phyllis Winstead

Hi! My grandfather, Julius (Yehuda/Yudel Mendel) WINNER (VAINER), never told us where he was from except that he came from a settlement close to Minsk. I think it could have been an agricultural colony? He did go to a Yeshiva that was so far that his mother knitted one sock on the way there and one on the way back. Could this be the HORODOK yeshiva?? 
Phyllis Grodzinsky Winstead 

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