Looking for Ashkenazi Jewish Bill Jones, 1966, Riverside, California #usa

Farrin Fleming

I'm looking for an Ashkenazi Jewish man, went by Bill Jones, from Riverside area, California around 1966.  I do not know what his given name was.  If you have any relatives that became Jones and were in California let me know.

Thank you!!
Farrin Fleming

Re: Zoom talk: Moses & Judith Montefiore: in sickness and health #announcements

Diana da Costa

For those who would like to be added to the Ramsgate Montefiore Heritage mailing list, please email: secretaryrmh@.... The next edition of the RMH Newsletter will soon be emailed out.

Re: How to pay the Ukrainian Archives for research #ukraine


Why don’t you get the letter translated by a human? It seems that you’re unclear about what they’ve found and what the payment is for. There is a Facebook group, Genealogical Translations and I’m not sure what viewmate requirements are but your question doesn’t seem to be related to how to send money. There may even be a Russian community in your town that could translate.

Sharon Fleitman 
Atlanta, Georgia

Re: Why these two naturalization cards? #general

Bob Silverstein

Thank you Marian and Sherri for explaining this to me.  This led me to USCIS which provided more valuable details.
Bob Silverstein
Elk Grove Village, IL

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

Re: Koidanov Massacre of 1941 #belarus

Jim Peskin

I would be very interested in this information. My family comes from there.

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



I uploaded my DNA to My Heritage, interested in the genetic groups which according to My Heritage gives more details than Ancestry, although this is part of a package and is £35. ...Ancestry obviously shares a map of where your DNA comes from plus gives a rough idea of what percentage Jewish you are, I guess my question here is My Heritage claims to show if you are Ashkenazi or Sephardi, but wouldn't you see this anyway on your Ancestry map? Has anyone paid the £35 and unlocked? Gut feeling is My Heritage are just using their maps to determine? 

thanks in advance
Mandy Molava
Researching Russia Brest Belarus Galacia and much more

Re: 60 Minutes Episode on Home DNA Testing and Genealogy Testing #dna

Raina Accardi

This 60 minutes report was such horrible fear mongering. Showing video of tracking software with boxes floating over peoples faces as they walk through airports! I completely agree with Deb and JoAnne. What is this "danger" they kept referring to? I was hearing alot of "the sky is falling" but very little actual information. They finally got to the point and said that if the US wants to be a leader in genetic science and medicine, we need to invest in it more than we are. Yup.

I already had my DNA taken by my doctor, which is now in a database. I am not allowed to access it. At least with the genetic genealogy testing sites I can do something with it. And I am not worried that the genes for my hazel eyes might be copied into a designer baby someday.
Raina Accardi
Saugerties, NY

ACCARDI Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily; GEVIRTZMAN Kobylin, Poland; JESINOWITZ/YESNOWITZ Mszczonów, Poland; FELSENSTEIN Parysów, Poland;; GUTTWOCH/GOODMAN, ZISSERMAN Volchin, Belarus; BUSHMITZ Vysokaye, Belarus; TRAUB Rivne, Ukraine or Kovno, Lithuania; JANOVSKY Zhytomyr, Ukraine; WEISMAN or ROSENBERG Ukraine

In one Microfilm digitized by FamilySearch. #bessarabia #records

Yefim Kogan

Hello everybody,

I want to share with you some information I found when I went through one of the Microfilm where were no Jewish records.

The microfilm has mostly Inventory records - list of names of files/cases in the Moldovan Archives.

Several  files are from 19 century from Kagul uezd Court, region of south-west of Bessarabia:


The case on the consideration of the claim of creditors Brumenfeld and Horovets against Greenberg for non-payment of a debt and for the issuance of a mortgage on Greenberg's house to secure the debt.


The case of the sale of real estate of a resident of the Cagul uezd of Rabinovich R.


The case on charges of Lazareu P., a resident of the Cagul uezd, in the murder of the Jew Chabotava


The case of the sale of real estate of a resident of the Cagul uezd of Rafalovich I.

1892      Case from Khotin

The case of the wrong issuance to members of the Khotyn city council of Yavorsky of a certificate for the right to live in a 50-verst border strip to the Jew Roytman Alter.

1915      Service List       <this is not an inventory,  but the whole Service List of a Jewish person.  Usually this is for Nobels and high class of population.  I think this is a second only Service List found>


Zemsky doctor of the Khotyn district, Bessarabia. Collegiate Counselor - Doctor Nesanel Moiseevich-Moshkovich Schreiber

Physician of Lipcani medical district, born on October 6th-1869, Jewish religion.

Finally several cases from 1941!!  The Time of German and Romanian Occupation of the Bessarabia region!
These are from Church records, and among them:
- The case of the acquisition of church items and literature   or
- The case of the approval of the committee for the construction of a church in the village of Cricova, Lopushna uezd

But on the same page there are other cases from the same 1941:

Correspondence with the military commander of the Chisinau on the use of Jews imprisoned in the ghetto for the renovation of the building of the Chisinau Eparchy/Chirch Council.


Order of the Ministry of Culture on the distribution of property seized from Jews driven into the ghetto.


Request of the priests for the allocation of houses for churches belonging to the Jewish population driven into the ghetto.


Request of the church of the village of Kabaeshty, Lopushna uezd for the allocation for the use of the church, land belonging to Jews driven into the ghetto.

Yefim Kogan

Re: Surnam BOKUZHAKIAL ? #romania #names


Oups !
I forgot we were looking for a woman...
Ezequiel is not a good possibility. 

daniel ewenczyk

Re: Surnam BOKUZHAKIAL ? #romania #names


BUCUJA has been found as a Romanian family name. 

My suggestion for KIEL is Ezechiel / Yehezquiel. 

KIEL might be a nickname based on the end of Yehezquiel, just like :






Thus the searched person is possibly 


The vowels may be different, of course. 

This is my best guess. 


Daniel Ewenczyk

Re: contact needed in Zhitomir re gravestone REYDMAN (see photos attached) #ukraine

Hello Susan

I worked with a researcher in Ukraine who found records for my family in Zhitormir. His prices were reasonable. Send me an email and I will provide you with his contact information.
Rhonda Rubin Post
Silver Spring, Maryland

Re: Jewish Community in Finland #general #russia


I am from Finland and three of my eight great-grandparents were already born there, the first one in 1857.
Finland was a part of the Russian empire from 1809 to 1917. Although it has an autonomous status, there were Russian troops stationed in Finland. These troops included a number of Jews, serving mostly in auxiliary positions: tailors, musicians etc. Many of these Jews - so-called Cantonists - were more or less kidnapped at a tender age to serve in the army up to 25 years, the goal being to turn them into good Christians. In 1858 retired Russian soldiers were permitted to stay at their last place of service. This rule applied to all, not only to the Jews. Before that the old laws from the period, when Finland was a part of Sweden prohibited Jews from living in Finland. Hamina is an interesting place: it became a part of Russia already in 1743, after the treaty of Turku, and the first known Jew to have known permanently settled in what is now Finland was Jacob Weikain, who was working in Hamina in 1799. In 1878 there was a small Jewish community in Hamina, and an old cemetery, with some 20 graves, still exists. To your question why they would leave Finland to go (back) to Latvia, there can be many explanations. One explanation can be that they had relatives there and considered life in Latvia to be more promising. Another explanation can be that the permission for the retired soldiers to stay in Finland applied only to them and their families: when their children grew up they faced the threat of being evicted from Finland. The woman Jules Levin mentioned is Meliza Amity and she can be contacted through her website at there you can find a huge tree with over 30,000 names, covering virtually all Jewish families ever lived in Finland. As a guest you can see the data on those that are deceased.

David Seligson
Poiseul-la-Grange, France
searching Seligson, Skurnik, Klimscheffskij, Indursky, Guterman, Levin, Fischlein, Rung, Feitelberg, Bubelsky

Re: Sam Winakor/Sam Winer/Sam Cooper, One and the same #names


Dear Cindy,

I know of a Winer from Romania who when he went to live in the UK (England) he changed his name to Cooper.
In your case as Sam Winer was a carpenter, obviously he must have been a wine barrel maker, hence the name cooper. (a cooper in English is a maker of barrels)

What were their Hebrew names?

Marcel Glaskie
Ra'anana Israel

Re: Jewish Community in Finland #general #russia

Russ Maurer

The page linked above has an option to request a user account to make full use of the site, which is indeed marvelous. My Finnish relatives are in there, too.

Russ Maurer
Pepper Pike, OH

Re: Why was I told my mother's family were German Jews when they weren't? #austria-czech

Eva Lawrence

My mother, too, considered that Germans were superior to Poles, but I
really don't think that this was particularly addressed at Polish Jews,
but a general German middle-class attitude. Maybe Polish Jews were
disdained because they spoke Yiddisch rather than Hochdeutsch, but my
own family spoke purest Schwaebisch - and I'm sure were in turn looked
down on by the Berlin crowd who spoke Hochdeutsch. Language in those
days was a sure indicator of class - and not only in Germany.
In England, too, class was judged by the way one spoke. At my English
high school girls were given elocution lessons school to eradicate
their 'Brummie' accent, because a "BBC accent" was indispensable for
anyone who wanted respect or a well-paid job (or husband!). Perhaps many
of the early European settlers in America emigrated partly to escape
this class system.
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Re: ViewMate translation request for Ita KIPER - Cyrillic or Polish #russia #poland


The issue has now been resolved and a volunteer was able to tell me the vital data on this record that is not (yet) completed on JRI Poland.

David Ziants

Ma'aleh Adumim, Israel

Re: Anyone know places called Kajankow and street Richeliewsca - Odessa #ukraine


I found another possibility with a village called Kokhanovo in Belarus

This place is also not very far from Verba village but most of all it is only 60km from a place called Baranovitch, Belarus, where I saw on that same document (joined to this message) that his wife was born.

Sébastien Torio

Re: Anyone know places called Kajankow and street Richeliewsca - Odessa #ukraine


Bonjour Giannis,

This is a real possibility, I heard that this Verba branch was holding her name from a village called Verba situated in Poland at just 240km from Kazankow, that would be quite possible.

Merci beaucoup!
Sébastien Torio

Re: Anyone know places called Kajankow and street Richeliewsca - Odessa #ukraine


Hi Sebastien, 

Since the document was French then the place is pronounced as Kazankow. Perhaps you are looking for this place,

Giannis Daropoulos 


Re: 60 Minutes Episode on Home DNA Testing and Genealogy Testing #dna

JoAnne Goldberg

I did not see the episode, but I am addressing privacy issues in general
(and building on Deb's excellent points):

* Even if you opt to have your individual DNA shared, no one will be
able to, for example, access your bank account or use your credit card.
No one is going to clone you.

* The affordability and accessibility of DNA testing -- and the
resulting big data -- are having a profound impact on medical research.
Someday you will be able to get  genomics-guided precision medicine,
treatments and medications specifically customized to your DNA.

* Governments are quietly assembling their own DNA databases. In the
United States, for example, the FBI manages a federal DNA database that
might already have your DNA.  Tools for DNA capture and analysis are
readily available; we can manage them to protect people but they are not
going to disappear.

On the plus side, taking one of the reputable tests (and not all of them
are) can help you solve family mysteries and track down relatives as
well as give you insights into potential medical conditions.

JoAnne Goldberg
JoAnne Goldberg - Menlo Park, California; GEDmatch M131535


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