Need help with grandfather's name change and birthplace (Maramoros?) #austria-czech #hungary #names

Marilyn Weinman

-- Dear JewishGenners,

I guess being frustrated looking for information, is something that newcomers to the geneaology search, can expect....OR is just me ??
I'm looking for my paternal Grandfather by the name of Joseph Engel. According to the info that I've obtained from relatives or doing research,he was born in the Austria-Hungary area of Maramoros ,or from what I'm able to read, Mallimorishhungan ???? He was born either on January 4,1880 or November 15,1882  in what was Vanif or Unif ( again trying to read my Aunt's handwriting ),Czechoslovakia. I'm not sure if his birth name was Joseph or possibly Yehuda, or possibly something else. I do know he changed his name from Engelman to Engel somewhere around 1900, when he came to  the U.S. to avoid serving in the military,which I guess Jews didn't want to do at that time under Emperor Franz Josef. This all  according to my Aunt, his daughter. He came to the U.S. under his cousin's last name of Markowitz, for a reason that I don't know, and that's when he changed his name to Engel.

There are seem to be so many Sub - Carpathia Czechoslovakia/ Maramoros,Hungary towns in Romania or Ukraine, I'm unsure how to find what I'm looking for !

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Be well and Stay Safe :)


Seeking Morris SKLANSKREY- Russia to USA 1900 #usa #russia


I did not know how to title this.  So here goes.  My great grandfather is Morris Sklansky.  He and 3 of his 4 children came from Russia in 1900.  We have no idea when the forth child came since he is not in the 1910 Census.  Some between then an 1920 he came to the U.S. By 1920 he started a beverage company in Kalamazoo.  It is still in the family.  The family lived lived for some time in New York but at some point they moved to Chicago as by that time my Grandfather was married and they had their first child in 1914.  By coincidence there was another Morris Sklansky living blocks away from my Great Grandfather in New York.  This Morris was apparently a widower and was 40 years old, about the same age as my great grandfather. He was living with the rest of his family.  My great grandmother's maiden name was Celia Moise.  There is some confusion as to who was the father of her son Isadore Sklansky. I have looked it up in other places that his father was Abraham Sklansky.  I am not quite sure how that worked out.  I know for sure we are related, although we have never taken a blood test. But I know my father spend a summer in Kalamazoo and lived with his Uncle, wife and daughter   I know there are some Sklansky's registered here.  What I would like to know is if any one knows about the Morris Sklansky and his family. If he has any descendants.  There is one more Morris Sklansky who was professor at Northwestern.  I did correspond with his daughter at one time and her brother.  I am pretty sure that they are not related to the Morris that is not my grandfather.  I would like to know if there are any Moises that could be related to Ceila.  I do have two family trees.  But some of the Sklansky's don't seem to be related.  This does seem pretty confusing.

A boy named Zerubavel in Tel-Aviv 1928 #israel

Yonatan Ben-Ari

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Yonatan Ben-Ari <yonibenari@...>
Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2020 at 7:04 PM
Subject: A boy named Zerubavel in Tel-Aviv 1928
To: JewishGen Discussion Group <jewishgen@...>

I found amongst my late mother's childhood pictures a picture souvenir
of her boyfriend Zerubavel (no family name given. The picture was
taken in Tel-Aviv in 1928 when my mother was 14 years old. I presume
he was approximately her age. As the picture was given to her just
before she and her family emigrated to the USA , and my mother did not
return for another 43 years I presume she never saw him again.

If this picture interests anyone on this list I will be happy to send
it to them.

Happy Pesach to all and stay healthy.

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

p.s. My mother's maiden name was ABRAMOWITZ later married KATZOFF.

Re: Hebrew translation request #translation #germany


Ooh, I can help with this one!

Having grown up in an observant Yekkish home, the word "Schnoder" was part of my (well, actually, my father's) vocabulary.

He would refer to a person having "Schnodered" a certain sum of money, and he had one of his many little money envelopes labelled "Schnoder-Gelt":  money that he had set aside for when he had to "Schnoder".

When men are called up to the Torah and say blessings before and after a portion of the Torah is read, this is followed by a blessing for the person, in which his name is included and he is blessed because he took part in the Torah reading.  This blessing includes an optional addition in which this person can pledge a donation to the synagogue.  The phraseology for this section is, "... ba'avur she'nodar ... ", which translates to "because he pledged [followed either by a specific sum or by "a gift" if he wants the amount to remain unannounced].  The words "he pledged" are "SHENODAR".  The money thus pledged was called his "Shenodar Gelt" or, said quickly, "Schnodergelt".

As to the Hebrew on top of the page:

"Eylu sheymos" (these are the names)

"Anshei HaKohol L"P [lePoh] sheAlu"  [the people from here who went up]

"LaTorah:"  (to the Torah:)

Have a wonderful and healthy Pesach!
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Re: Son apparently named after living father #names #germany

Eva Lawrence

I've come across instances of of a German Jewish son having the same
forename as his father and it was invariably because
the family had to adopt a legal surname. The France and
parts of Germany was that father and eldest son had the same first
name, and I
believe that this was often imposed on Jewish name-adopters. I think
that it only happened at these watershed moments
and that the two men would generally go
on using their previous Jewish first names in situations
.although not on official documents.

Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Re: How to learn if an immigrant received US citizenship? #usa

Sarah L Meyer

I believe that permanent residents and those with a green card have social security numbers.  There are legal immigrants who are not citizens - they have TINs but are NOT eligible to vote.

Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

Re: Help Transcribe the Cairo Geniza Online #translation

Adam Cherson

The url provided earlier is now obsolete. The correct url is:


Re: New Jersey Jewish Cemetaries #usa


Dani--It would be more helpful if you provided the name of your grandmother. Some of us know the ins and outs of online research (and Allan Jordan suggested a few) to actually find the information you seek.

Eli Savada
Bethesda MD

Looking for WEINGARTEN family #galicia #russia


I am looking for information about my great grandfather Jose Weingarten and his family. He is forn Kovel, Ukraine. He was one of the many children of Natan Weingarten and Rajel Bulning

Re: Morris Fogel going from Illinois to Poland 1921 #poland

Sally Bruckheimer

He might not have had a passport. They weren't required in early years, and then they were only for citizens, I think.

Re: Kovel, Ukr. (Volhynia Gub.) #ukraine


Im am looking for my great grandfather. His name was Jose Weingarten and he lived in Kovel, he had 7 siblings. His fathers name was Natan Weingarten and his mothers name was Rajel Bulning. He also had a wife and daugther, but we dont know their names.

Re: New Jersey Jewish Cemetaries #usa


I would look at Riverside Cemetery in Saddle Brook. A number of my ancestors who lived in NY (Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, etc.) were buried there. Likely as Allan said, their societies had plots there.
Jeff Goldner
Researching Goldner, Singer, Neuman, Braun, Schwartz, Reichfeld (Hungary/Slovakia); Adler, Roth, Ader (Galicia); Soltz/Shultz (Vitebsk, maybe Lithuania)

Re: Kowel #ukraine


My great grandfather came from Kovel too. I woud like to know how you managed to trace him back?
His name was Jose Waingarten, maybe it rings a bell

Re: Searching for Relatives/People from Posvil Lithuania #lithuania


My greatgrandfather name was Jose Weingarten and he was from Kovel. He had 7 sisters or brothers but we dont know their names. His fathers name was Natah Weingarten and his mother name was Rajel Bulning. He also had a wife and daugther, but we dont know their names.
Tell me if something rings a bell.
Alexis Levy 
Mexico City

Re: Morris Fogel going from Illinois to Poland 1921 #poland

A. E. Jordan

-----Original Message-----
From: Marilyn Levinson via <>

If I am unable to find a passport online is there any agency I can write to to request a passport application.  It is unclear to me whether Morris was a U.S. citizen at the time of his second trip. 

US Passport applications are still at the Passport Bureau but the applications to 1925 are online at Ancestry (and maybe other databases).

I am not sure if the Passport Bureau would even search a year before 1925 since as far as it is concerned the records went to the National Archives who microfilmed them and then shared them with Ancestry.

Start with the online database and use all the variations of the name or wildcards for the search.  Passport applications were usually a few weeks or months in advance of the departure.  Most people did not go over and right back so if he returned in 1921 he might have gone over in 1919 or 1920 for example.

It might help to see if he is in the 1920 census because that will also confirm where he was living before he departed.  Otherwise go backwards from 1920 with city directories or WWI draft cards or 1915 state census, etc. to see if you can figure out where he was living.  However passports were always federal government so they will not exist at the state level.

If you have his 1921 return passenger list that should show if he was a citizen or not.  The lists separated citizens normally although since he was bringing in immigrant family members it might be confused.  Also sometimes on the passenger list you will see either handwritten or even typed in a pp# notation which is his passport number.  Look for that notation because it is usable to search for the passport application.  For late 1920s and 1930s applications I have actually sent the Passport Bureau copies of the passenger list highlighting the person.  (The first time I applied for my great grandfather's passport the bureau said not found but then I found his passenger list with the notation and sent it to them and they then found what had been not found on the first search.)

I am not certain, but I would think, you family would have gotten a passport or some sort of identification before leaving the USA so that he would not have had a problem coming back.  After World War I the USA was getting a lot tougher on entry even before the quotas went into effect.  Also interestingly I have seen a lot of early 1920s passport applications to go to Eastern Europe and there were restrictions on the travel.  So the applicants in the USA had to state not only a reason but in most cases had to provide supporting information and were investigated.  One application I saw from that period had copies of a multi-page handwritten letter from the father and relatives in Yiddish to the son in America along with a full translation of the letter sawing how bad things were in Poland and the son stating he wanted to go visit his elderly parents.  Another application I aw a man was trying to get into Poland and it was denied so he ended up saying her was going to Austria ... leaving you to wonder did he sneak across the border to see his family.

Allan Jordan

Re: Free online digital map collections #announcements

Lewis, Megan

Two other good free online map collections are
David Rumsey Map Collection
Urban Maps Digital from the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe
Megan Lewis, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Think of the list like Jeopardy #guidelines

A. E. Jordan

Start with your question or goal or write your posting in the form of a question please.
Might not translate to our international subscribers but everyone in the USA will know what I mean when I say think of this like an answer on Jeopardy (it's a game show on TV where you have to answer in the form of a question).
Start with your question or a simple declaration of what you need before you start telling all the background.
I need to find the grave of Joseph Bauman ... he died in January 1962 in Brooklyn NY ...... now I will tell you everything I have done, his life history, his mother's recipe for matzo brei and more ... it's clear and simple and if I have pertinent information about searching for a grave I know the who, the what and the when and can contribute.  If I start by telling you when he came, where he came, his distant relatives, his wife, the marriage, etc. etc. etc. you never get to all I need is the man's grave.
I don't know about everyone else here but when I am busy I only read the first sentence to see if I can contribute.  If I don't see the question or goal immediately it is not clear if I have the pertinent experience and I am sorry to say it I hit delete most days.
So please on behalf of all of the posters / readers / contributors before you hit send make sure you start you message with your goal or your question and then give us the background.  Try it ... you might be surprised how many more pertinent responses you will get.
Thank you
Allan Jordan

Gundersheim #germany


Hello. I am looking for help finding info on David Gundersheim. The info I have is sparse. He died in 1828 possibly in Romsthal/Eckradroth I have burial info for the cemetery and he is not on it. He possibly was married to Hanche (Chai) Ochs or Orb.... I realize this is poor information. I cannot read German (I use translator) and I know name adoption makes things tricky. 

He had 2 sons

Salomon Gundersheim (1808-1856)

Lob Gundersheim (1811-1834)

I apologize for disturbing you but I would like to find more info and connect Gundersheim with Gundersheimers of Mittleson, Germany. Advice is welcomed. I hope you are healthy and safe. Best wishes, Adam Gundersheim

Re: Help Transcribe the Cairo Geniza Online #translation


Good morning,


I would love to see whether I can help with this but the information is not available – Requested page does not exist.

All the best, Malka Chosnek

Re: New Jersey Jewish Cemetaries #usa

A. E. Jordan

-----Original Message-----
From: Dahn Cukier v

I am searching for my grandmother's grave I only know she died in
October 1974, probably in the Bronx. I have been told she is buried in
Southern NJ, but that may be a reference to south of NYC.

QUESTION: Is there a complete list of Jewish cemeteries located
in New Jersey?


The IAJGS did a comprehensive listing

but it is long and sorted by town. 

If she was buried in New Jersey it could well be because she was part of a burial society that had its plot in New Jersey.  I ran into a similar situation a few months back when I was tracing someone and it turned out there was a Bronx Ladies Auxiliary that had a plot in a smaller cemetery in New Jersey.

Is she buried do you think with your grandfather?  Sometimes following other family members gets you to the right grave.

I believe under the NYC privacy laws you are entitled to a copy of your grandmother's death certificate.  It will have to wait till the current public health crisis is under control but then you can try ordering a copy of her death certificate as it should show the details on her burial.

Otherwise try the databases such as JOWBR on JewishGen, FindaGrave, BillionsGraves, etc. in hopes one of them captured the details.  I assume you already checked the newspapers to see if the family placed a death notice.

Funeral homes some times have the records but 1974 could be a challenge to find the funeral home to begin with.

Hope this helps and gives you a few ideas.

Allan Jordan

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