Viewmate Polish translation request #translation

Christine Lassiege

Hello everyone,

I've posted 5 vital records about ROZANSKA family in Polish for which I’d like extracts as much vital data (names, dates, spouse, ages, place, job, name of the witness and family.. ).  

All are from the city of Minsk Mazowiecki, Poland.  They are on ViewMate at the following addresses...

1)     93113 Chaim ROZANSKA Akt 19, born in 1835  


2)     93114 Chaim ROZANSKA Akt 19 dead in 1853


3)     93112 Herzeck ROZANSKA Akt 33 registered in 1848, born in 1834   


4)     93111 Michel Rozanska Akt 16, dead in 1826  


5)     93110 Michel Rozanska Akt 16, born in 1828  

Thank you very much for your help

Christine LASSIEGE


Re: Published Jewish Family Histories #general


The digital collections of Yad Vashem as well as Digibaeck- the digital collections at Leo Back Institute,  are both valuable sources of Jewish family histories.

Avi Zucker

Re: Records of Landsleitschaften in New York City #records #usa

David Oseas

The book is also available in many public libraries (for example: Thousand Oaks, California).

The JGS of NY has captured the Landsmanshaftn data from the WPA study and make it available on their website:

David Oseas

HYMAN/HEYMAN/HEIMOWITS/CHAJMOVITS: Zemplen-Dobra, Hungary > New York;  KLEIN: Satoraljaujhely (Ujhely), Hungary > New York > Los Angeles
Hungary > New York;  OSEAS/OSIAS/OSIASI/OZIAS: Iasi, Romania > Chicago > Milwaukee > Los Angeles
SCHECHTER/SHEKTER: Kishinev, Bessarabia > New York;  SHERMAN: Iasi, Romania > New York > Los Angeles
STRUL:  Iasi, Romania > Haifa, Israel;  WICHMAN: Syczkowo (Bobruisk), Belarus > Milwaukee > Los Angeles

Dubin, David M. MD

The Shach’s ancestry has been worked out brilliantly by Rabbi Rakov of London using a comment in a published letter and its connection to the Frankfurt am Main records recorded in Ettlinger’s Ele Toldot. 

The Shach’s mother was daughter of Nochum LOKWER (source unclear)
Father was Rabbi Meir, contributor to the book Chelkat Mechokek. His parents were Rabbi Moshe (died 1594) and Gela (died 1585). 

Gela was dtr of Majer (d 1559 son of Moshe BINGEN)
and Gutte (d 1552 dtr of Efraim?). 

Rabbi Moshe was son of Rajtse (d1574, dtr of Jakob) and Gompel (d 1560).  There’s more. Go to Ele Toldot available at the Leo Baeck institute website. 

good luck. 

david Dubin
teaneck, nj 

Romania: Join our new Facebook Group #romania

Michael Moritz

The JewishGen Romania Research Division has started a Facebook group.  I will be sharing updates on our progress (and requests for volunteers) there.  We're looking forward to good commentary, mutual assistance, sharing historical records and information, translation help, and new connections on Romanian Jewish genealogy.  You can join here:

Michael Moritz
Director, Romania Research Division

Re: Charmatz family from Lithuania #lithuania


Have you taken a DNA test?

Ellen Jacobs
Livingston, NJ

Re: Charmatz family from Lithuania #lithuania


I too, along with Katherine Block, are researching Itta Charmatz, married to Jerushim Zwiebel. Is Itta part of your tree?

Ellen Jacobs
Livingston, NJ

Re: Published Jewish Family Histories #general

Rick Zeckel

The Indiana Jewish Historical Society publishes a book or more annually that contain, as one might suspect, stories about Jewish history in the state of Indiana. These stories often center of Jewish Family histories. I suspect that other such Jewish Historical organizations do the same.
Rick Zeckel

Esther Swimmer Naturalization Search in Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA #usa #records

Moishe Miller

Dear group,
I am searching for the  Naturalization of Esther Swimmer  of Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA. She was widowed in 1906 and raised her children, Sadie (Kaplan), Jacob, Maurice and Benjamin. I have the census records for them from 1900 - 1940.

I suspect that Esthet's late husband, Avrum / Adolf / Abraham, with surname SWIMMER, was really a Schwimmer, born in Munkacz to Israel Schwimmer and Shaindel Forkas in 1869. Avrum was orphaned from his mother at the age of 2. Avrum's tombstone does show his father to be Yisroel (Israel). My aunt's large DNA match to Avrum's grandson further suggests our Schwimmer connection. 

Now I am trying to follow the paper trail to bolster my hunch. The naturalization record should offer a lot of detail, l where and when Avrum was born and married. Based on Avrum's find-a-grave at
I have not found his death record which might give his mother's name. The Hebrew date on the tombstone translates to March 4 or 5, 1906.

I would appreciate feedback and suggestions.

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF #3391

Georges Szlamowicz, Records from the 1920s, Paris #france #records

David Seldner

Dear All,


Since I have never done genealogy in France I am seeking for advice.


My Grandfather’s brother Jeruchim (Georges) SZLAMOWICZ was born in Lodz, Poland, on Sept 18, 1894. My mother told me many years ago that the agreement was for the family to meet “in Paris at Uncle Georges’” when the Shoa is over.


This is all I knew (except for the JRI Poland birth entry and the Lodz Registration Card), then I found an entry in the Feb 8, 1924 issue of  “L’Univers Israélite Galicia” stating the he got married at Tournelles:


Dimanche 10 février 1h ½


M. Jeruchin Georges Szlamowicz, 7 Rue de Trévise,

Mlle Rebecca Goldstein, 1 rue Sainte-Claude

Dimanche 10 février 2h ¼


Since I have not been able to find any more information on him or his wife, neither at JewishGen, MyHeritage or by simply looking via Google, I am asking for advice – where to find for example civil records Any help is appreciated.


Thank a lot in advance,


David SELDNER, Karlsruhe, Germany.

David Seldner, Karlsruhe, Germany

Re: Looking for Mordke & Ester JALAS, arrived in USA/Canada 1914 #poland #usa #canada #general

Diane Jacobs

When searching a name that begins with J ,
I would also try I and Y due to pronunciation and spelling.
This is certainly true in the Lithuanian databases on Jewishgen. Casting a wide net , collects a lot of fishes.

Diane Jacobs

On Apr 18, 2021, at 3:22 AM, Yossi Jalas <yjj321@...> wrote:


Diane Jacobs, Somerset, New Jersey

Re: Marriage license needed: Brooklyn, 1926 #records #usa


If you are on facebook join the  New York City Genealogy group.  Its a fabulous group.  You then have two options.  1)  if you have a FHC close to you then look for instructions in the announcements on how to access the wifi from your local FHC with your laptop and you can get the record yourself.  I want to say that FS has a glitch and Manhattan records don't show up in the search. The other option is to request a "parking lot angel"  to retrieve the record for you.  It usually takes a few days and there is no charge.  either way.... look for the announcements and the threads where you should post your request.   They post a new thread every few days for regular records and then a separate one for Manhattan records.   I have gotten many records over the last 9 months.   Good luck.

Katherine Block
Canton, GA

Re: Mukachevo area births, 1871-1880 #records


Also recommend Mr Baruch Huber.

All the best 

Mark Friedman

Jill Whitehead

My cousin has an early 19th century parchment family tree in Hebrew showing the family's descent from the esteemed 17th century rabbi The Shack who was born in Ambistowo in Lithuania and died in Holeslov or Holescahu in Moravia where his tomb is a tourist attraction. I got this translated about 10 years.

His descendants returned to Lithuania, and they included a long line of Rabbis of what is now Vistytis in Lithuania, but which was Wiesteniec in Poland in 19th century, and was known as Vishtinetz in Yiddish.

The family ancestor was a daughter (Teyle or Talia) of a late 18th century Rabbi of Vishtinetz, and her grandchildren emigrated to Edinburgh, Scotland in 1870.  The family tree has a very detailed line of descent with the same occuring names of Jacob (there were a lot of Rabbi Jacob Ha Kohen's of Vishtinetz and elsewhere in the family tree), Gershon Joseph and Dinah which continued in Scotland, with Jacob becoming Julius and Gershon becoming George.

Teyle's sons (my great great grandparents) were Jacob Brin (after her father Rabbi Jacob) and Gershon Joseph Brin, and Brin later became Brown in Scotland with Jacob and Gershon's children. 

Jacob Brin's sons were Benjamin (my great grandfather), Lewis and Philip who all went to Scotland and his daughters were Fanny and Sheina (later Janet), and Janet also went to Scotland and also Fanny's daughter another Sheina, or Jeanie.

Benjamin's wife was Sheina (later Janet) his 1st cousin and daughter of Gershon Joseph Brin. This Sheina's siblings in Edinburgh were Arthur and Bessie Leah Brin or Brown. Bessie Leah married a Cohen and emigrated to Capetown in S. Africa in 1906. 

I tried looking at the Geni site for descendants of The Shakh but did not find this very helpful. There are people on this site who think they are related to him but have no written evidence for this, only oral stories.

Is there any documentation on the descent for Rabbi The Shack beyond the family's Hebrew family tree and which is more reliable than Geni? I would be interested in any sources especially rabbinical. I am interested in linking the family's early 19th family tree going back to the Shack in the 17th century to other sources, including the line of Rabbi Jacob's who were Rabbis of Vishintetz in the 18th century. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Tracing descendants and relatives of my aunt Hannah Weiss - Denver, Colorado #usa #general

Cynthia Hollinsworth

I am trying to trace descendants of my aunt Hannah Weiss (who was married to my Uncle Wolf (William) who perished in the Holocaust) or descendants of other members of the Weiss family who I believe lived in Denver, Colorado
Cynthia Hollinsworth

Re: A new book on the Holocaust - "The Towns of Death: The Pogroms of Jews by Their Neighbors" #poland #holocaust

Ian Charles

I'd also recommend anyone following this subject "Our People - Discovering Lithuania's Hidden Holocaust",  describing a journey of discovery in 1915 through Lithuania by a respected non-Jewish Lithuanian investigative journalist Rūte Vanagaitē who discovered some of her family were involved in the murder of Jews in WW2, teamed up with a Nazi Hunter Efraim Zuroff.  Initially suspicious of each other, they ended up producing a quite remarkable book. Rūte it seems was made unwelcome in her own country after the publication and now lives in Jerusalem. It was one of the highlights of the recent Jewish Book Week. Extremely harrowing but totally compelling. It was published in 2016 but I think only translated to English last year

Ian Charles
London, UK

MAKSZYN #poland #records

Dina Hill

I found the entire name!!! I found Pawel Makszyn in my notes from my
mom's own words back in 1988. Now I need to find his descendants in
Lublin, Poland. What's a good database for searching names in
Poland?? I don't know if the family is still in Poland, but there's a
good chance that some of them are. I would really like to have the
family honored for hiding my mom, grandma, uncle and cousin during the
Holocaust. That's where my mom was hiding when they were liberated.


Dina Aptekar Hill

Re: Published Jewish Family Histories #general


Internet Archive might be another source.
Ron Peeters (NL)

Looking for Mordke & Ester JALAS, arrived in USA/Canada 1914 #poland #usa #canada #general

Yossi Jalas

Mordke JALAS was born in Lutomiersk, Poland in 1885. He married Ester ZAJDE in 1914 (marriage record attached).
Shortly after his marriage he traveled to USA en-route to his brother-in-law Salomon ZAID (ZAJDE) who lived in Toronto (ship manifest attached).

I am unable to find any record of Mordke after 1914. Any help would be much appreicated.

Yossi Jalas

Re: Grandparents surnames KOHAN/LEVI #names #lithuania

Yitschok Margareten

Are you referring to a civil marriage license or to a Jewish marriage contract known as a Ketuba? 

A Ketuba usually does not have a family name, but it does have the father's name and the title Kohen or Levi, if they were descendants of the tribe. 

Yitschok Margareten

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