Re: Question about funding Holocaust Documentaries #holocaust


Try this site:

My grandmother's cousin's story is being produced as we speak.

Lisa Bracco

More than 3700 new records added to the All Odessa Database #ukraine

Ariel Parkansky

Hi everybody,

A first batch of the Marriages Indexes (years 1875, 1889, 1890 and 1906) containing more than 3700 records has been uploaded to the All Odessa Database of the Odessa Kehilalinks (

As a remainder, the indexes are not the full records and contain only a limited amount of information (year, name of the bride and groom, sometimes full date and record number).

A big thank you to Laura Breitberg who translated all those records!

Ariel Parkansky
Odessa Town Leader
Ukraine SIG

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

alan moskowitz

Mark -  This would be the Chernihiv archive.  The main archive sent my request to Poltava Archive which responded they had no information, and recommended the Chernihiv archive.  
Susan - yes there were 2 names which I used in the subject line.  I am sure all the needed information is present in the document but because of the format, (tables, headings etc) I do not get a 'clean' translation.
Alan Moskowitz

Re: Searching Maimon #usa

Sherri Bobish


Using Giannis' finding of Benjamin's obit, I searched for the children's names.
Rhoda's marriage is noted in Ancestry's database " Marriage Index."
(see below) shows she married to Bennett Robinson
There is a family tree on Ancestry that says Rhoda's daughter is Susan Schwartzberg, and another child not named in that tree.

Interesting fact:  On the 1920 census Benjamin MAIMON (born Romania) states he has petitioned for naturalization.  Jennie (born Pennsylvania) is listed as an alien.  Jennie lost her citizenship when she married Benjamin.  The same thing happened to my husband's ggm.  That law changed in 1922.

Hope this info helps,

Sherri Bobish

Name: Miss Rhoda Thelma Maimon
Gender: Female
Residence Date: Abt 1951
Residence Place: Cliveden Hall , Germantown
Marriage Date: 25 Jan 1951
Father: Benjamin Maimon
Mother: Maimon
Spouse: Bennett Robinson

1905, 30 page Handwritten Document on Russian Japanese War, Jewish Conscripted #subcarpathia


A relative has a pamphlet that is very legible and handwritten in 1905 by his grandfather who was a Jewish soldier in the Russian Japanese War. It is written in what I believe is Russian and includes name places and dates of many Jewish soldiers who fought in the war, presumably many or all who died in it.  The author was an Ukrainian soldier, Morris Gershowitz.
i have presently a one page sample. I don't know how to add it to this post.
i could post all 30 pages for translation but there is a maximum of 5 pages allowed at a time. What do you suggest i do to get this information to this database and beyond while having it translated for the family as well?

Louise Hajdenberg
New York

Hebrew name #names

Rachelle Litt

Would anyone have a translation of the Hebrew name spelled Bet,Ayin, Resh. Thank you.
Rachelle Litt
PBG Florida

Rachelle Litt
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Re: New facebook group: Jews from Pinczow #poland

Yossi Jalas

Can you please post the actual Facebook link?

Yossi Jalas

Re: Help interpreting last name / patronymic on Lithuanian marriage record #records

Sally Bruckheimer

It is unlikely that Israel's father was Israel. Isn't the name in the next column Gert Izraelewicz (in Polish orthography)?. Since this is 1906, the father could be Gert son of Israel or Gert Izraelewicz with Fraizinger being the family name or Izraelewicz being the family name - and Izrael changed it to Fraizinger. It could be that his parents didn't marry civilly, so perhaps his mother's maiden name was Fraizinger. Only time and more records will tell. Perhaps if you look at the actual record, it will be clearer.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Towns in the region of Giessen, Germany #germany


I'm trying to decipher place names written in Hebrew by a mohel recording the names and places of boys he circumcised. All these locations are in the region of Giessen, in Hesse, Germany. 

I'm having difficulty deciphering the following towns: 


Any assistance with this would be greatly appreciated!

Yehuda Altein

Ajfer Wasserzug #general

David Lewin

Is there anyone researching Afer and or Wasserzug ?

David Lewin

Pogrom Polish / Lithuanian border around 1905-1906 #poland #lithuania

Ann Scher

I was told by my father that his grandfather's parents were killed in a pogrom on the Polish / Lithuanian border.

He (my great-grandfather) was born in Lachowitz or Minsk (have seen both on documents). He lived in Augustow prior to emigrating in 1906. I don't know where his parents were living at the time of the pogrom but assume it must have been in or near Augustow given it's proximity to the Polish / Lithuanian border.

Any information or suggestions about how to research records about a pogrom occurring around 1905-1906 in the Augustow area?

Thank you,

Ann Scher

Re: Jewish Heritage Research Group in Belarus #belarus

Schelly Talalay Dardashti

I have known Yuri Dorn for well over 20 years and done 3 projects with him. I always recommend him (and his group) for Belarus research!

Schelly Talalay Dardashti
New Mexico
TALALAI: Mogilev, Vorotinschtina, Zaverezhye, Gorki and many more places

Re: Help interpreting last name / patronymic on Lithuanian marriage record #records


Hi Ann, 

The name (although unusual) is definitely patronymic first name. Apparently Leizer's father was named Shersha (Sharsha, Sarsa, Sersa etc.) At least that is what the document suggests. 
Giannis Daropoulos 


Rabbinic dynasties #rabbinic

Gerson Sher

On, I've come across some names that seem to be bits and pieces of rabbinic dynasty lineages. They are unusually marked by an image like this: 
Has anyone seen this? Does anyone know what is the source of these markings, who tracks them and puts them up? I'm guessing that they are of Hasidic origin but that's just a guess.

One odd thing about some entries in these lineages, especially the more ancient ones (they go back literally thousands of years) is that there are "photos" of the person. These are obviously not photos at all, but at best reconstructions. As such, they should have been labeled as such by the person who originally posted them. They show up in the trees of many folks who have come across these names, and in some cases with comments like, "amazing picture" etc. This is clearly bogus, and in turn, there's the old adage that where there's smoke, there's fire. It casts the whole tree into doubt. Personally, not knowing more about these lineage trees, I suspect that the links are genuine but the images are imaginary.

Gerson Sher
Washington, DC

Mass Jewish murder in 1612? #poland

Gerson Sher

From multiple Ancestry records, there must have been a mass execution of Jews on 7 March 1612 in Poznan (some records say Prague, but it seems to have been Poznan). Does anyone have any information about this?

Gerson Sher
Washington, DC

Re: First name of Zelik #names


Chilik would usually be a nickname for Yechiel. I don't think there is a direct connection to Zelig.
Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

Re: Tombstone translation #translation


Thank you for the corrected secular date.

The Hebrew letters that represent the numbers 4 and 5 are very similar (5 has a small extra piece, which is often difficult to see or is eroded). 

Looking again at the stone, I am changing my original reading of the year:  5654, rather than 5655. 

The date of December 3, 1893, corresponds to the 24th or 25th day of Kislev (the 24th, if she died before sunset, the 25th, if she died after sunset).  Again, it is not absolutely clear if the last digit is a 4 or a 5.  

December 3, 1893,
was a Sunday.  If she died after sunset, this would be considered Monday in the Jewish calendar. 
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Re: First name of Zelik #names

Henry Roche

Dear George,
I've encountered 2 or 3 whose English given name was Solomon but whose Hebrew name was Reuben (Reuben Zelig).(in 18th & 19th century).
Henry Roche 

Re: First name of Zelik #names

Robert Hanna

My paternal grandfather Zelik was also known as Joseph.  There is no rhyme or reason.  I have not been able to find his birth record.

Robert Hanna

Re: First name of Zelik #names

Marcel Apsel

Chilik is a pet name for Yechiel.  Little Yechiel.

Marcel Apsel

Antwerpen, Belgium


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