ViewMate translation request - French #translation #france

Fred Half

I've posted a death record in French of Ursula HALFF for which I need a translation. I am especially interested in the name of the mother. It is on ViewMate at the following address ... Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page. Thank you very much. 
Fred Half ,   Palo Alto, CA USA    fredhalf@...

ViewMate Russian Translation #Russia, #translation


Translation of the birth of Jojna Goldsztern in 1899, possibly in Miedzyrzec Podlaski, Terespol, Pizszac or even Brisk/Brest.  I don't need word-for-word but details such as names, dates, locations, occupations, and so on are very helpful as I try to sort out the various family members.  Jojna may be a nephew of my late grandfather's.
Louise Goldstein mamabirdlouise@...

Researching GOLDSTEIN/GOLDSZTERN, BRANDT, WOLOCH, HERSZENFELD (Terespol, Piszczac, Poland; Brest, Belarus);

ViewMate Polish Translation #poland #translation


I have posted a birth registration for Beijla Malke Rozenzumen, 1846, possibly in Miedzyrzec Podlaski, Terespol or Pizszac.  As I am trying to sort out who is who in a large extended family, wherein many names are repeated from generation to generation and across families, I find that details beyond the parents' names and dates are often invaluable.  So while I don't need a word-for-word translation, I am seeking all details of names, dates, locations, other relationships and so on.  Thank you so much!
Louise Goldstein

Researching ROZENZUMEN/BEN-DOV (Miedzyrzec Podlaski, Poland; Israel);

JGS of Georgia Meeting, Sunday May 3, The IGRA Database #events #israel #jgs-iajgs


Join the JGS of Georgia for a webinar with
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Using the Israel Genealogy Research Association Database
Sunday, May 3, 2020
2:00 PM EDT

Preregistration will be required for this Zoom meeting, but it is free.
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Re: SCHILD in Unna # germany

Mike Redel


thank you very much. I am sitting in the archiv in Unna
Mike Redel

Am Mo., 27. Apr. 2020 um 18:59 Uhr schrieb fredelfruhman

My parents lived in Unna for a few years after their marriage in the 1930's.
As you live in Unna, I imagine that you have already tried this, but just in case not:
Have you contacted the city website: and sent a message to their Archives department?
Several years ago, I was in touch with an archivist there: Werner Fischer.
I wish you the best of luck.                             Fredel Fruhman      Brooklyn, New York, USA 

Emigration from Hungary to Germany, c. 1900 #hungary #germany #subcarpathia

Carole Bass

My great-grandparents, Bernard A(c)kerman and Paulina Frits, emigrated separately from then-Hungary to Germany around 1900 (I think — possibly earlier). They lived in Sodingen, Germany (now part of Herne) for just a few years before coming to the U.S. in 1903.

My question: are there Hungarian emigration records that might provide more information? My German genealogy contacts told me Germany does not have records of immigrants from that time period. (Of course, if there are German records you can point me to, please do!)

What I do have already: birth records for Bernard in Benk, Hungary, and Pauline in Gelnica (now Slovakia). Their marriage record in Sodingen, and my grandmother's birth record, also in Sodingen. The family's ship manifest upon arrival in Baltimore in 1903. Bernard's U.S. naturalization records, and numerous other U.S records — census, etc.

Many thanks for any help you can offer.

Carole Bass   <bass.carole@...>

How can I find NYC naturalization papers with only the record number? #general


Any federal court could conduct naturalizations; the process didn't require a "Supreme Court"

--Yale Zussman

ViewMate Do you recognize? #usa


My mystery ancestor. Studio portrait of a Jewish man. New York. Early 1900's. Card stock of the M. Smith Studio at 331 Grand Street on Lower East Side. Also stamp of the Jampel’s Art Studio, at 22 St. Marks Place. Most likely is an immigrant from Zhitomir or elsewhere in Volyn Province, Russia. Possibly related to the families of Glizerman (Glaser in the US), or Morgulyan / Margulyan (Margulin in the US).


If anyone has a photo taken in the M. Smith Studio, or in the Jampel’s Art Studio, I’d appreciate hearing from you. It may help to narrow the range of the years when my photo was taken.


Please respond any way that is most convenient to you.


Thank you everybody! Boris Feldblyum


Re: Application for Naturalization #general

David Oseas


Before searching any online database, you should always examine the detailed database description to see which records are included.

Unfortunately, although many online naturalization collections include a period into the 1950s in their title, in reality, they have very few records from that time period.

The German Roots site gives a good summary of what records are available in popular online databases:

Your relative was naturalized in the US District Court at Brooklyn, NY.  There is a separate page on the German Roots site for New York City: 

The only searchable website with actual records (not just indexes) from this court is Fold3, which only goes up to 1937.

However, the good news is that FamilySearch has digitized images of that court's records -- they aren't linked to the search engine, so I did some manual work to find them:  I went to the FS catalog ( ) and entered the keywords "Kings New York District naturalization" (without quotes), which led me to the "Final petition and citizenship papers (New York), 1865-1958" collection ( ).  From there, I examined the rolls for 1952 to see which one contained petition #488840, which is FHL 2409296 (DGS 7775943).

Your relative's record can be found, starting with her Certificate of Arrival, at image 1480 ( ).  The two following pages contain her petition for naturalization.

She arrived under the name Frida Schma on the SS California on June 9, 1907

BTW, the number in the upper right of the index card (6986864) is her citizenship certificate number (AKA "C-File number") and could have been used to request the record through USCIS.  In cases where the immigrant went through a lengthy process to naturalize, the C-File may contain correspondence of interest.

Regards,  David Oseas :

Re: Brick wall locating Anna Goldman #poland #unitedkingdom

Richard Goldman

I would like to help you find your relatives, but it is unclear from your note what information you want.  I assume you want to learn more about your grandfather's sister and by extension, your grandfather.  Did the tombstone give the Hebrew name of her father? Was she married when she arrived in America?

Dick GOLDMAN (not related)

Re: SCHILD in Unna # germany



My parents lived in Unna for a few years after their marriage in the 1930's.

As you live in Unna, I imagine that you have already tried this, but just in case not:

Have you contacted the city website: and sent a message to their Archives department?

Several years ago, I was in touch with an archivist there:  Werner Fischer.

I wish you the best of luck.

Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Re: Avrum Geller #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Bob Friedman

During the past few years Avrum and I became close both professionally and personally.  I concur with everything Linda expressed in her message.  Besides his work within the genealogy community, he was also involved with his local community in lower Manhattan, particularly as a volunteer after 9/11.  My heart goes out to his lovely family and all his other friends and colleagues.
Bob Friedman
Brooklyn, NY

Naturalization Records at the National Archives at New York City | National Archives #general #usa

Shelley Mitchell

Listing for records held by District Courts. For those looking in New York for example.
Shelley Mitchell 

Re: Help deciphering handwriting in Polish birth act : #translation


Which part are you trying to decipher?

Avrum Geller #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Linda Cantor

It is with great sadness that I share with you the death of Avrum Geller after a long battle with cancer.  Avrum, a member of JGS (NY), was a professional genealogist, a volunteer in the Jewish community of New York, had been a member of JGS’ Executive Council, and was a frequent speaker at JGS's as well as at IAJGS conferences.  Most importantly he was a husband, son, father and grandfather to a loving family.

He was always willing to help others and had an amazing knowledge of genealogy and genealogical research, especially in New York City.  Avrum, we will all miss you.

Linda Cantor

for JGS, Inc (NY)

Re: Application for Naturalization #general


Hello Sarina,

I would send a copy of the index card to the National Archives in New York City (newyork.archives@...) and ask them for help locating the Petition for Naturalization.  

FYI, the number at the top right of the naturalization index card (6986864) is the naturalization certificate number and the USCIS C-file number.  Just put a "C" in front of it to make the C-file number (C-6986864).  Because the naturalization (date of admission) was prior to 4/1/1956, the USCIS naturalization records will be in this C-file, which you can requesting from USCIS using the C-file number (  There is a $65 fee.

The Alien Registration number should also relate to a 1940 Alien Registration Form, also available from USCIS for a fee.  BUT there's always a chance the same form will also be inside the C-file.

I am looking for Galina Briskin or Briskina #holocaust

Laufer, Shmuel

I am looking for Galina Briskin or Briskina who filled out the testimonial page, attached here, at Yad Vashem about Golda Shubin.

Anyone can help me to found her?

Please reply privately to my email laufers@...


Shmuel Laufer
Rehovot -Israel



Research: Laufer (Przasnysz, Poland); Domb (Pultusk, Poland); Bruckman (Sarnaki, Poland); Zelazo (Sarnaki, Poland); Preschel (Berhomet, Chernivets'ka, Ukraine), Leder (Berhomet, Chernivets'ka, Ukraine); Schnap (Berhomet, Chernivets'ka, Ukraine); Mitelman (Chelm, Poland); Tenerman (Dubienka, Poland)



Is Bischofsburg Ostpreußen in the Town Finder the same place as "Bischofsburg Koenigsberg" #germany #poland

Joyaa Antares

Hi Folks,
I hope the formatting of this message isn't too messy....
Is Bischofsburg Ostpreußen - which is listed in the JewishGen Town Finder - the same place as that in the screenshot "Bischofsburg Koenigsberg"?
The town in the town finder is also listed as "Biskupiec, Poland".   
However, does this link suggest that page suggest that "Bischofsburg Koenigsberg" is a region? 
(Please excuse the warping of the special characters in the link!)

Many thanks for your help.  
Joyaa ANTARES, Gold Coast, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Researching GERSON and NEUMANN from Gumbinnen amongst many others.

Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland launches virtual meetings #jgs-iajgs #events


 The Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland is launching a series of virtual meetings using the Zoom format so you may watchlisten and participate from the comfort of your own home
Our first offering is April 29, 2020.




Ask Us Anything. . .About Genealogy!


A “How To” Virtual Program for Members Only

Have questions that you are pondering while conducting family research? Join three experienced JGSC genealogists who will answer your questions in this virtual interactive meeting. So go ahead, pick our brains!

Our team will address questions submitted in advance and, time permitting, questions submitted live. Here are some prompts to help you come up with your own questions:

  • What would you like to know how to do, or do better?
  • What frustrates you most when doing genealogical research?
  • How do you deal with languages you don’t know?
  • Where can you look for information beyond the obvious vital records, census data and immigration/naturalization sources?
  • How do you track people after name changes, immigration, marriage, etc.?
  • How do you make a family tree and why would you do this?

Email your questions to the following address no later than April 28: rsvp@...

Our team of experts will be: Cyndy Spikell, Russ Maurer, and Richard Spector!

You may join the Zoom meeting on your computer simply by clicking the "Join Zoom Meeting" link which was sent to our paid members in our email meeting notice., or by phone if you don’t have access to a computer.

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Immediate Past President
on behalf of Programming Committee

Re: looking for my uncle, Satanovski (Czereniuk) MIKOLAJ, possibly from Stanislavov #galicia #poland #subcarpathia #ukraine


Thank you, everyone, for your help!
The closest match, for now, is:
Czereniuk Mikolaj, born April 22, 1922, passed away February 11, 2004, from Jewish (?) settlement Zamosty (Poland before 1939)
Czereniuk (Shewchuk) Alexandria, born May 6, 1925, passed away March 13, 2006
Both came to Canada in 1950.
Buried at Victoria Lawn Cemetery, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
For regret, everything is closed for COVID-19 and we could not even attend cemetery.
My Google research did not show any children or great children. 
Any further information and/or suggestions will be highly appreciated.
Vitali Satanovski