Re: Yiddish male given name 'Kos' #poland #names


In this record it definitely says Kehos Mandel - with the H after the K. Although it's spelled differently than the Hebrew Kehos, in Hebrew there are no vowels, and in this record there is the vowel O between the H and the S, I still believe it's the Hebrew name Kehos. 

Yitschok Margareten 

Re: Translation from "Russian" to English #translation


In Russian:

Дорогие, дальше еще одна, это приватный фотограф, мой один друг снял.  Ваш Джозеф.
Мы снялись возле статуи Венеры.

Translated into English:

Dear ones, there is another one further, this is a private photographer, one of my friends took pictures. Your Joseph. We filmed near the statue of Venus.

Translated by Michael Ryabinky

Re: Researching Family in Cardiff #unitedkingdom

Joyaa Antares

I have emailed Harvey privately as the name Annie SAVITCKY rang a loud bell, and I realise I know the family well!
JewishGen does it again!
Best to all
Gold Coast, Queensland, AUSTRALIA

Reply to Naomi Leon re Benjamin Levin #southafrica


Thanks a lot. Yes, I did try the S.A. archives and did find quite a bit about the LEVINS but not what Iam looking for which is related to my ggm who was found in documenst about Bowesdorp in Namaqualand.

I send this reply as a new topic since I have not been able to find out how to reply to a reaction from other members of the discussion groups.
Ron Peeters
Ulvenhout (NL)

Re: Yiddish male given name 'Kos' #poland #names


In my family "Kos" or "Koas" is Yiddish for Kohas or Kohat (that name also can be Kehas or Kehat), which was the name of one of the three sons of Levi, i.e. one of the three families of Levites.

Joel Ackerman
Researching Hackmeyster, Zimmerman, Isman, Brumer

IGRA "Show & Tell" October 26, 2020 #events

Garri Regev

The next "Show & Tell" session of IGRA will be on Monday, October 26 at 9 pm Israel time. (Israel will have changed clocks the night before so there will be a 6 hour time difference to the East Coast and a 9 hour difference to the West Coast, but check your area to be certain.)
We will be hosting Robin Meltzer and the topic is: "How Not to Read a Jewish Tombstone". There will be valuable information for all attending.
Advanced registration is required: You will receive confirmation of your registration with your personal Zoom link to enter the session. 
We look forward to having you with us!
Garri Regev
President, IGRA

Upcoming Jewish Genealogy Class #education #names

Michael Moritz

I will be teaching a class (fee-based) on the following topic, on Wednesday, October 7, at 5:00 PM New York time.  

Jewish Research Basics 2 - What's in a Name?
October 7, 2020
Introduction to Jewish naming practices and how names changed when coming to English-speaking lands. We will touch on the "Ellis Island myth" and explore how to find an ancestor's "original" name through records research, including naturalization records, gravestones and ship records.

You can find information on upcoming classes and registration here:

Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Michael Moritz (info@...)

Note while I am Co-Director of Romanian Research for JewishGen, this is not affiliated with JewishGen.

Re: Yiddish male given name 'Kos' #poland #names

Michele Lock

I've just done a search on Jewishgen, looking for entries in the Lublin Gubernia for the given name Kos. And I got 62 hits. I found one from 1847, where its easy to see the father's name Kos Mandel written in both Polish and Hebrew. Perhaps this will shed more light on this given name. I take it that in birth records, a father's religious Hebrew name would be used, and not his every day Yiddish name.

Michele Lock
Alexandria, VA

Re: Yiddish male given name 'Kos' #poland #names

Michele Lock

All these choices seem reasonable to me. I just checked the Polish birth record for Aron Kos, and there does not appear to be any Hebrew or Yiddish written out for his name, though his parents' names are there in Hebrew letters. I can clearly make out 'Kos' in Polish, and just those letters. The 1879 Russian Marriage record for Aron Kos does not have any Hebrew in it. I agree that viewing a photo of the New York City gravestone would answer this question. I looked on FindAGrave, BillionGraves,, and JOWBR, but no photos, though FindAGrave does confirm that he is buried as Koss Shaler at Beth David cemetery in Brooklyn. Myself, I'm leaning towards Kohos or Kosriel. 
Perhaps I should look to see if I can find other individuals in the Lublin gubernia records that have the given name 'Kos' and see if I can find their names written out in Hebrew letters in their original records.

Thanks for the responses.

Michele Lock
Alexandria, VA

Irish B.M.D Records Online for Free #records #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen



Irish birth and marriage certificates from as far back as 1864 are now available for free online and death certificates between 1878 and 1968 are also available.  The records were made available by a joint initiative from the

Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, in 2019.


Historical registers of marriages, births and deaths are available to view for free on the website

and covers births from 1864 to 1918, deaths from 1878 to 1968, and marriages from 1864 to 1943.


The new additions include: deaths in 1967 and 1968, births in 1917 and 1918, and marriages from 1864 to 1869 and 1942 to 1943.


The digitization of the records has been carried out by the Civil Registration Service and by members of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, who prepared and uploaded the records.


Ireland’s Social Protection Minister and the Minister for Culture both said the Civil Registration Service “one of the State’s essential services and one of the greatest resources for those establishing their family histories.

Providing this open and free access to older records and registry entries will further support the efforts of many family historians throughout the world.”


The General Register Office is working on updating even more records.  Plans are in place to extend the digitalization of death certificates by 14 years to 1864, while there are also plans to update almost 20 years

of marriage records. Soon, marriages as far back as 1845 will be available to view online.


Jews in Ireland

While always a small Jewish community in Ireland it is an established community. In addition, a number of Jews immigrated to Ireland in the late 19th and 20th centuries whose families were from central Europe, due to the pogroms, and especially from Lithuania. Jews also stopped in Ireland along the way to immigrating to North America—and may have lived there for a few years.  You never know what an Irish vital records may reveal!

To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Yiddish male given name 'Kos' #poland #names

Peter Cohen

I will offer another possibility...Yekotiel -> in Ashkenazic Yeskosiel -> shortened to Kos. (Usual nickname is Kushel.)

Peter Cohen

Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records #ukraine #records #russia

Gary Pokrassa

to Ira Leviton
I dont see any records specific to Majaky but there are several records for Odessa at:Архіви/ДАОО/39.

To Carole Silverman yes there is an 1865 supplemental revision list at. p106:
Additional auditory tales of the Jews of Volyn province. 1862–1865  // RAIN. F. 118. Op. 14. Ref. 79.

this town is in the Zaslav district - several files are available at (using Chrome find the index at the top and click on 3.3
Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division 

Do you recognize? Siblings picture from Kherson c.1912 #ukraine #latinamerica #photographs


May be someone can recognize the picture or some of the siblings there?
The woman and the man at the right remained in Ukraine/URSS. The others migrated to Argentina c.1913.
Thank you,

Cesar Yeudkin

YEUDKIN/YUDKIN, SCHEIMAN from Gomel in Belarus

Seeking descendants of Chaim WEG from Jaroslaw/USA #names #usa

Moses Jefferson

I’m looking for living descendants of Chaim Weg who born in Nowy Sacz c. 1879, lived in Jaroslaw, Poland and emigrated to the United States in 1924.

The issue is regarding a letter written to him dated 1935, which apparently is in the possession of his family.

Please respond privately.

Moses Jefferson
London, UK

Re: Yiddish male given name 'Kos' #poland #names


My last name KOSFISZER is made up of the first name Kahat (Kohos) and Fiszer. I have documents showing that  my ancestors signed their name with Hebrew characters using the two names separated, and the names were joined later on. Agree with Yossi Yagur. My ancestors were from the Lublin area. Regards.

Angel Kosfiszer
Richardson, Texas, USA

Re: Researching Family in Cardiff #unitedkingdom

rv Kaplan

Thanks everyone.  I have been in touch with Tony Blasebalk today about all this, but to summarise:

Although I've been researching this family for many years, my recent enquiry was because I had just looked at the Cardiff cemeteries databases online and spotted the grave of Reuben Levine (previously Levy) in Cardiff from 1951.  His first wife Minnie was my great-grandmother's sister and they were married in Glasgow in 1892.  Minnie died in Cardiff in January 1910.  Don't know where she is buried (as Levine or Levy).  

The Jewish Chronicle in 1951 carries a death announcement for Reuben and mentions his then wife Annie and a list of children (of both his marriages).  Tony has put me in touch with what I hope is a descendant of this couple.

Reuben was sufficiently part of the Jewish community in 1951 for him to have been described on his tombstone as 'Hechovor,' which doesn't sound like a man who is estranged from religious observance.  Also, his Hebrew name is 'ben Chaim' and his 1892 civil marriage certificate lists him as son of Hyman Levy - all tallies.

I did wonder whether anyone today remembers old Mr Levine (he was 89 when he died) shuffling into shul in his later years and the fact that he had a blind daughter from his first marriage.  His daughter Rachel Levy/Levine married out of the faith in 1936, but did not die until 1962, so again, someone may remember her.

Harvey Kaplan
Glasgow, Scotland

On Tue, 6 Oct 2020 at 17:28, lorraine71uk via <> wrote:
Recently Mr Kaplan requested information about family from Cardiff. I have managed to get a lot of information from the shul in Cardiff. Please see the email below.

Dear Mr Kaplan,
I received an enquiry from Lorraine Silver and Norma Levison on 5th Oct re Levy / Levine family history in Cardiff.
I should first mention that both the cemeteries of Cardiff United Synagogue are viewable on line with pictures of each grave and a full listing.
Go to      (cut and paste)     
Scroll down, Enter a first letter  of the person you seek,  and then below it comes all the people who are buried  there whose name begins with that letter.
There is a Minnie Levine, wife of Barnett Levine listed with a picture of the memorial stone at Highfields Rd.
There is a Reuben Levine also in Highfield Rd cemetery also with a picture of the memorial stone. He died March 12th 1951.
Golda Levine is also buried in the same place. She died 22/9/1967.Looks like she didnt marry.. The stone is very clear. to read.
There is a Lena Levine in Ely cemetery. She died 10/12/1977. She was 88yrs old, and the daughter of Rev H. Hamburg ( of Cardiff) so
probably no connection.
There is a Minnie Levy in Ely cemetery  who died 20/11/2004 aged 91 yrs. Again a clear gravestone but probably not your family.
There is also a Maurice Levy ( of Bristol ) who died 30.1.1921, but I suspect this is not your he was 66 yrs old. Gravestone is viewable
on enlargement.
There is also a Annie Levi in Highfield Rd but she died in 1949
Please peruse the cemetery websites as they are easy to use and f.o.c.
I have checked Cardiff Jewish marriages on CD Rom from 1851-1912 and none of the people you mention appears. After 1912, the ledgers are available for manual checking but I do not have access to the shul at present.
I could do this for you but perhaps Neil  or Rochelle Schwartz would be prepared to do this for you after simchas torah ? 
As you write, Annie Savitcky married in June FreeBMD she is down twice on the same date as Anie and Annie!
You can get a copy certificate in due course. 
My only other thought about the Levine family is 1) they left Cardiff or 2) left Judaism or 3) moved to other Welsh Jewish centres.
I have Newport, Swansea and Merthyr Tydfil records if needed.
Cardiff Reform shul didn't open til 1940s or 1950s but I have their burial records too
I hope some of this helps.
Kind regards
Tony Blasebalk
Cardiff United Synagogue Burial Board. 

Alternate names for Mollie Schiff #names


I’ve been searching for any immigration papers for my great aunt Mollie Schiff from Slutsk. I have found all of her half and full siblings ship manifests but I can’t find hers. According to the 1900 census she came in 1890. The 1905 NY State Census states around 1897. I know she could have picked Molly for any name but what are some common Hebrew, Yiddish or Russian names for Molly?

Susan Kahn

Re: Need suggestions for how to search for misspelled family names #records


Lots of good suggestions here with wildcards and Soundex systems.  However, you may also want to check for transposition of letters.  My father's birth certificate, for example, says "Slominsky" rather than "Slonimsky."   
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records #ukraine #records #russia

Carole Silverman

Hi Gary,

After looking at the photo of the residue of the Kamemetz-Podolsk records that you providedssI have decided to look for info about family from Izyaslav, Ukraine. Do birth and marriage records exist and are they available.

Many thanks,
Carole Silverman

Re: Family Wonder/Wander in Brest Litovsk and London #belarus #unitedkingdom

Michael Hoffman

Hello Bernard,

I would suggest that if you have not already done so, that you do searches in the 1891, 1901 & 1911 England & Wales Census and the 1939 Register to start with
using  Use firstly for Births, Marriages and Deaths this is a free to use website.

Michael Hoffman

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