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Memorialization for the Holocaust Victims from the Town of Birzh (Birzai), Lithuania #lithuania

Roy Ogus
 

On August 8, 1941, 2400 Jews living in the town of Birzh were force-marched
to the Astrava forest, 3 Km outside of Birzh, and brutally murdered. The
victims lie buried in the forest in two large mass graves. A fuller
description of this horrific event is found at
https://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/birzai/Birzh_3.html

A major undertaking to build, at the gravesite, a memorial to the victims
is now in process, with the goal of dedicating the memorial in October
2018.

A list of victims has been constructed using data >from the Yad Vashem
Database of Shoah Victims Names. However, this list falls well short of
identifying a majority of those who died on that fateful day.

The organizers of the memorial project urgently seek people who can
contribute names of Jews who were resident in Birzh during WWII or Jews
who are known to have perished in the Astrava forest.

If you have such names or other pertinent information to share, please
contact Jonathan Dorfan at <jdorfan@yahoo.com>. Jonathan will provide
you with a Testimony Form to capture, in a standardized format, what
information you have.

Thanks!

Roy Ogus
Palo Alto, California
r_ogus at hotmail.com </jdorfan@yahoo.com>


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Memorialization for the Holocaust Victims from the Town of Birzh (Birzai), Lithuania #lithuania

Roy Ogus
 

On August 8, 1941, 2400 Jews living in the town of Birzh were force-marched
to the Astrava forest, 3 Km outside of Birzh, and brutally murdered. The
victims lie buried in the forest in two large mass graves. A fuller
description of this horrific event is found at
https://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/birzai/Birzh_3.html

A major undertaking to build, at the gravesite, a memorial to the victims
is now in process, with the goal of dedicating the memorial in October
2018.

A list of victims has been constructed using data >from the Yad Vashem
Database of Shoah Victims Names. However, this list falls well short of
identifying a majority of those who died on that fateful day.

The organizers of the memorial project urgently seek people who can
contribute names of Jews who were resident in Birzh during WWII or Jews
who are known to have perished in the Astrava forest.

If you have such names or other pertinent information to share, please
contact Jonathan Dorfan at <jdorfan@yahoo.com>. Jonathan will provide
you with a Testimony Form to capture, in a standardized format, what
information you have.

Thanks!

Roy Ogus
Palo Alto, California
r_ogus at hotmail.com </jdorfan@yahoo.com>


Philadelphia Bank Immigrant Passage Records Address Interpretation Assistance #ukraine

D S <dps1107@...>
 

I recently realized that digital copies of the Philadelphia Bank
Immigrant Passage Records (indices available on JewishGen) are
available online through Temple University
(http://digital.library.temple.edu/cdm/searchingledgers/collection/p16002coll16/index.php).

These records often list addresses in Europe with abbreviations. Below
is one example. Would anyone be able and/or willing to inform me what
the abbreviations stand for (or otherwise inform me where I could find
this information). I assume that the "G" stands for Guberniya, but I
am unsure of the others (I assume both "Dom" and "Na" are also
abbreviations). Any other information that you might be able to
provide on this address would be greatly appreciated. (I assume
Berdichew is Berdichev.) A copy of the original is available upon
request. Thank you in advance.

ADDRESS WOLF GIDIZGEIM
G. Berdiczew Dom. Globocki
Na Starow (Starom? Starorn?) Bazar


Best,

Dan Schley
Ithaca, NY


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Philadelphia Bank Immigrant Passage Records Address Interpretation Assistance #ukraine

D S <dps1107@...>
 

I recently realized that digital copies of the Philadelphia Bank
Immigrant Passage Records (indices available on JewishGen) are
available online through Temple University
(http://digital.library.temple.edu/cdm/searchingledgers/collection/p16002coll16/index.php).

These records often list addresses in Europe with abbreviations. Below
is one example. Would anyone be able and/or willing to inform me what
the abbreviations stand for (or otherwise inform me where I could find
this information). I assume that the "G" stands for Guberniya, but I
am unsure of the others (I assume both "Dom" and "Na" are also
abbreviations). Any other information that you might be able to
provide on this address would be greatly appreciated. (I assume
Berdichew is Berdichev.) A copy of the original is available upon
request. Thank you in advance.

ADDRESS WOLF GIDIZGEIM
G. Berdiczew Dom. Globocki
Na Starow (Starom? Starorn?) Bazar


Best,

Dan Schley
Ithaca, NY


Ella Sokol of Kiev #ukraine

Les Shipnuck <shipnuck@...>
 

Researcher seeking to resume contact with genealogical researcher Ella
Sokol (Eleonora Sokolova) in Kiev, with whom I have lost contact. She did
some research for my family several years ago, and I am disappointed that
her email address seems to have changed, or she has retired.

If anyone can connect me with her I would be very appreciative. I can be
reached at: shipnuck@comcast.net

Thank you in advance,

Les Shipnuck
California

Researching:

SHAINSKY Ignatovka, Obukhov, Rokitne, Germanivka
KUTZENOK Malin, Nedashky
TZIPNUIK Ignatovka, Yasnagorodka, Korostishev, Makarov
ADAMSKY Ignatovka, Yasnagorodka
OSTRONSKY Ignatovka


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Ella Sokol of Kiev #ukraine

Les Shipnuck <shipnuck@...>
 

Researcher seeking to resume contact with genealogical researcher Ella
Sokol (Eleonora Sokolova) in Kiev, with whom I have lost contact. She did
some research for my family several years ago, and I am disappointed that
her email address seems to have changed, or she has retired.

If anyone can connect me with her I would be very appreciative. I can be
reached at: shipnuck@comcast.net

Thank you in advance,

Les Shipnuck
California

Researching:

SHAINSKY Ignatovka, Obukhov, Rokitne, Germanivka
KUTZENOK Malin, Nedashky
TZIPNUIK Ignatovka, Yasnagorodka, Korostishev, Makarov
ADAMSKY Ignatovka, Yasnagorodka
OSTRONSKY Ignatovka


Re: Effect of Double Cousining on Gene Sharing Results #dna

rayvenna@...
 

Lara Diamond has been working on a project for Ashkenazi Jews.
Initial results can be found here:
https://larasgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/02/ashkenazic-jewish-shared-dna-survey.html
[or https://tinyurl.com/yajqt2ol --Mod.]

Information on how to contribute is here:
https://larasgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/01/ashkenazic-jewish-shared-dna-survey.html
[or https://tinyurl.com/ydc3pyqn --Mod.]

She also asks for information about known double relationships.

I do like the idea of establishing your own "norm" within your own
genetic lines, but it is insanely time consuming. I'm working on a
spreadsheet comparing all of my kits now. It's revealing some
fascinating information, but it's also taking a *lot* of work.

Mindie Kaplan
Montgomery Village, MD

----- Original Message -----
From: "Martin Davis martindavis@hotmail.com" <dna@lyris.jewishgen.org>
Sent: Friday, May 4, 2018 6:18:42 AM

...
According to Blaine Bettinger's graph ( >from the autosomal Shared cM
Project - see https://i.stack.imgur.com/yJDKx.png), you would expect to
see an average of 79cM shared with a single third cousin and the sharing
can vary >from 0 to 198cM in total. That may increase, possibly even double,
when the third cousin has 'reinforcement' >from both the maternal and
paternal lines (logically it should lift the third cousin to a variety of
second cousin - again reference the Bettinger graph). But...


DNA Research #DNA Re: Effect of Double Cousining on Gene Sharing Results #dna

rayvenna@...
 

Lara Diamond has been working on a project for Ashkenazi Jews.
Initial results can be found here:
https://larasgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/02/ashkenazic-jewish-shared-dna-survey.html
[or https://tinyurl.com/yajqt2ol --Mod.]

Information on how to contribute is here:
https://larasgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/01/ashkenazic-jewish-shared-dna-survey.html
[or https://tinyurl.com/ydc3pyqn --Mod.]

She also asks for information about known double relationships.

I do like the idea of establishing your own "norm" within your own
genetic lines, but it is insanely time consuming. I'm working on a
spreadsheet comparing all of my kits now. It's revealing some
fascinating information, but it's also taking a *lot* of work.

Mindie Kaplan
Montgomery Village, MD

----- Original Message -----
From: "Martin Davis martindavis@hotmail.com" <dna@lyris.jewishgen.org>
Sent: Friday, May 4, 2018 6:18:42 AM

...
According to Blaine Bettinger's graph ( >from the autosomal Shared cM
Project - see https://i.stack.imgur.com/yJDKx.png), you would expect to
see an average of 79cM shared with a single third cousin and the sharing
can vary >from 0 to 198cM in total. That may increase, possibly even double,
when the third cousin has 'reinforcement' >from both the maternal and
paternal lines (logically it should lift the third cousin to a variety of
second cousin - again reference the Bettinger graph). But...


Re: Ancestry Matches #dna

Adam Cherson
 

Dear David,

Having been in a number of similar situations myself, I can only say
that in most cases the 'fog' is caused by my own (and that of my
co-researchers) lack of knowledge of the historical facts surrounding
our heritages. The dna doesn't lie... Clearly there is a mystery there.
Your job is to solve the case.

The first thing I would try to do is determine whether you are related
through her maternal or paternal sides. There are a number of techniques
and tests which can help in this regard and there is no time to explain
those here. If you are lucky enough to be related through her mother,
then there may be a documentary trail you can pick up. Otherwise, things
will be much more difficult since you will be confronted with an
investigation into the biological parents of her adopted father.

Take it one step at a time and keep seeking expert advice along the way.

Best Wishes,
Adam Cherson

---
From: "David Goldman" <lugman@verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 2 May 2018 13:26:47 -0400

I am totally new to the issue of the DNA testing
(and just read some article online about who can get access to DNA
information >from genealogy research). I got my matches, and have contacted a
number of people who also did the Ancestry test. Only a couple have so far
replied, but one of them was classified as an "extremely high match" and I
saw the closeness based on having 204 centimorgans over 8 segments. Well, we
corresponded, and she told me that her mother's side was >from England/Wales,
and her father (who was adopted) had origins supposedly in the Balkans. The
only thing we had in common was that she lived in Alberta and I was born
there myself.
Can someone shed some light on this fog? How can this demonstrate an
"extremely high" likelihood of being 2nd-3rd cousins when there were no
common geographic origins at all?


DNA Research #DNA RE: Ancestry Matches #dna

Adam Cherson
 

Dear David,

Having been in a number of similar situations myself, I can only say
that in most cases the 'fog' is caused by my own (and that of my
co-researchers) lack of knowledge of the historical facts surrounding
our heritages. The dna doesn't lie... Clearly there is a mystery there.
Your job is to solve the case.

The first thing I would try to do is determine whether you are related
through her maternal or paternal sides. There are a number of techniques
and tests which can help in this regard and there is no time to explain
those here. If you are lucky enough to be related through her mother,
then there may be a documentary trail you can pick up. Otherwise, things
will be much more difficult since you will be confronted with an
investigation into the biological parents of her adopted father.

Take it one step at a time and keep seeking expert advice along the way.

Best Wishes,
Adam Cherson

---
From: "David Goldman" <lugman@verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 2 May 2018 13:26:47 -0400

I am totally new to the issue of the DNA testing
(and just read some article online about who can get access to DNA
information >from genealogy research). I got my matches, and have contacted a
number of people who also did the Ancestry test. Only a couple have so far
replied, but one of them was classified as an "extremely high match" and I
saw the closeness based on having 204 centimorgans over 8 segments. Well, we
corresponded, and she told me that her mother's side was >from England/Wales,
and her father (who was adopted) had origins supposedly in the Balkans. The
only thing we had in common was that she lived in Alberta and I was born
there myself.
Can someone shed some light on this fog? How can this demonstrate an
"extremely high" likelihood of being 2nd-3rd cousins when there were no
common geographic origins at all?


Else KNEDL (?Elsie KENDALL?) #general

tfanders@...
 

Dear Genners,

My gAunt Elsa Knedl, born in Vienna on April 14, 1892 survived WW II
hidden in Vienna. She came to the U.S. in 1947 and became a citizen in
1952. She lived her life in Buffalo at *** Delavan Ave, I am trying to
fin out the date of her death and whether she married and had a family.
She was married in Vienna but her husband, Julius Knedl died in 1930.
In 1957 (age 65) she filed a SocSec claim. A note on that claim is dated
Oct. 1976. Perhaps this marks the date of her death, perhaps at the age
of 84. Might someone be able to help me find a Buffalo obituary or death
notice and the associated information. I have tried numerous online
searches without success. Many thanks.

Tom Anders


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Else KNEDL (?Elsie KENDALL?) #general

tfanders@...
 

Dear Genners,

My gAunt Elsa Knedl, born in Vienna on April 14, 1892 survived WW II
hidden in Vienna. She came to the U.S. in 1947 and became a citizen in
1952. She lived her life in Buffalo at *** Delavan Ave, I am trying to
fin out the date of her death and whether she married and had a family.
She was married in Vienna but her husband, Julius Knedl died in 1930.
In 1957 (age 65) she filed a SocSec claim. A note on that claim is dated
Oct. 1976. Perhaps this marks the date of her death, perhaps at the age
of 84. Might someone be able to help me find a Buffalo obituary or death
notice and the associated information. I have tried numerous online
searches without success. Many thanks.

Tom Anders


Re: Are most WEILLs leviyim? #rabbinic

David Seldner
 

The Korban Netanel was not a levi. In Dr. Leopold Loewenstein's book about
Rabbi Nathanael Weil >from 1898 there is nothing written about a possible
levite ancestry. Since I was very involved with the Korban Netanel I am
sure I would know about this.

David Seldner, Karlsruhe

-----Original Message-----
From: tom <tomk@ecologicaltech.com>
Date: Thu, 3 May 2018 10:12:55 -0400

A quick glance at the title pages of his books online,
<http://www.hebrewbooks.org/30659>,
and at his gravestone
<https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Die_Vorderseite_des_Grabsteines_auf_de
m_Grab_Rabbi_Nathanael_Weil,_2013.JPG>,
show no mention of his being a levite. (You might be mistaking "zt'l",
"zikhron tzadik livrakhah", for indicating a levite?)

....... tom klein, toronto

Bernard Weill <linktree@yahoo.com> wrote:

Often times i am asked if i am related to the Korban Nesanel (a
commentary on the Talmud) and i am quick to answer no because i believe
the korban nesanel was a levi (levite) whereas i am not a levi...


Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic RE: Are most WEILLs leviyim? #rabbinic

David Seldner
 

The Korban Netanel was not a levi. In Dr. Leopold Loewenstein's book about
Rabbi Nathanael Weil >from 1898 there is nothing written about a possible
levite ancestry. Since I was very involved with the Korban Netanel I am
sure I would know about this.

David Seldner, Karlsruhe

-----Original Message-----
From: tom <tomk@ecologicaltech.com>
Date: Thu, 3 May 2018 10:12:55 -0400

A quick glance at the title pages of his books online,
<http://www.hebrewbooks.org/30659>,
and at his gravestone
<https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Die_Vorderseite_des_Grabsteines_auf_de
m_Grab_Rabbi_Nathanael_Weil,_2013.JPG>,
show no mention of his being a levite. (You might be mistaking "zt'l",
"zikhron tzadik livrakhah", for indicating a levite?)

....... tom klein, toronto

Bernard Weill <linktree@yahoo.com> wrote:

Often times i am asked if i am related to the Korban Nesanel (a
commentary on the Talmud) and i am quick to answer no because i believe
the korban nesanel was a levi (levite) whereas i am not a levi...


Effect of Double Cousining on Gene Sharing Results #dna

Martin Davis (com)
 

Adam Cherson wrote: Wondering if anyone has done dna comparisons between
double-cousin relatives. For instance, supposing I have a third cousin
whose parents are first cousins? How much more gene sharing is there
between me and my third cousin than there would be otherwise? Can I just
double the expected gene-sharing range since he is my third cousin in
two ways?

According to Blaine Bettinger's graph ( >from the autosomal Shared cM
Project - see https://i.stack.imgur.com/yJDKx.png), you would expect to
see an average of 79cM shared with a single third cousin and the sharing
can vary >from 0 to 198cM in total. That may increase, possibly even double,
when the third cousin has 'reinforcement' >from both the maternal and
paternal lines (logically it should lift the third cousin to a variety of
second cousin - again reference the Bettinger graph). But......

1) Endogamy skews the statistics and so Jewish people almost automatically
share a segment or two, three, four with other Jewish people. So you need
to establish your own "norm" for segment matches.
2) Genetic recombinations place third cousins at the limit of automatic
acceptance of identical by descent (IBD) without need for triangulation
with other kits.

Martin Davis
London (UK)


DNA Research #DNA Effect of Double Cousining on Gene Sharing Results #dna

Martin Davis (com)
 

Adam Cherson wrote: Wondering if anyone has done dna comparisons between
double-cousin relatives. For instance, supposing I have a third cousin
whose parents are first cousins? How much more gene sharing is there
between me and my third cousin than there would be otherwise? Can I just
double the expected gene-sharing range since he is my third cousin in
two ways?

According to Blaine Bettinger's graph ( >from the autosomal Shared cM
Project - see https://i.stack.imgur.com/yJDKx.png), you would expect to
see an average of 79cM shared with a single third cousin and the sharing
can vary >from 0 to 198cM in total. That may increase, possibly even double,
when the third cousin has 'reinforcement' >from both the maternal and
paternal lines (logically it should lift the third cousin to a variety of
second cousin - again reference the Bettinger graph). But......

1) Endogamy skews the statistics and so Jewish people almost automatically
share a segment or two, three, four with other Jewish people. So you need
to establish your own "norm" for segment matches.
2) Genetic recombinations place third cousins at the limit of automatic
acceptance of identical by descent (IBD) without need for triangulation
with other kits.

Martin Davis
London (UK)


Tiraspol KehilaLinks - News #bessarabia

Inna Vayner <innanes@...>
 

Dear Tiraspol Researchers,

I wanted to let you know about a new addition to Tiraspol KehilaLinks
site. We now have a section dedicated to Family Search under Research
tab, where everyone can ask for help with research and post about
their families and specific family members, and add corresponding
photos and documents.

Please feel free to send me your family research information if you'd
like it to be included on the KehilaLinks site and check entries that
have been already posted.

https://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/tiraspol/default.asp

Inna Vayner
Bessarabia SIG coordinator
Tiraspol and Grigoriopol KehilaLinks owner

**************************************************
Researching Vayner/Wainer/Weiner, Studinovskiy, Sheinfeld , Maizler,
Dekhtyar/Dechtyar/Dechter, Sobol >from Tiraspol, Nezavertailvoka,
Kishinev, and Odessa.
***************************************************
Please join us on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Bessarabian.Moldavian.Jewishroots/


Bessarabia SIG #Bessarabia Tiraspol KehilaLinks - News #bessarabia

Inna Vayner <innanes@...>
 

Dear Tiraspol Researchers,

I wanted to let you know about a new addition to Tiraspol KehilaLinks
site. We now have a section dedicated to Family Search under Research
tab, where everyone can ask for help with research and post about
their families and specific family members, and add corresponding
photos and documents.

Please feel free to send me your family research information if you'd
like it to be included on the KehilaLinks site and check entries that
have been already posted.

https://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/tiraspol/default.asp

Inna Vayner
Bessarabia SIG coordinator
Tiraspol and Grigoriopol KehilaLinks owner

**************************************************
Researching Vayner/Wainer/Weiner, Studinovskiy, Sheinfeld , Maizler,
Dekhtyar/Dechtyar/Dechter, Sobol >from Tiraspol, Nezavertailvoka,
Kishinev, and Odessa.
***************************************************
Please join us on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Bessarabian.Moldavian.Jewishroots/


May 17: Searching for Jewish Heritage with Joseph Berger at the Center for Jewish History in New York #general

Moriah Amit
 

Please join us for the following program, presented by the Center for
Jewish History, Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, and YIVO
Institute for Jewish Research.

First Person: Jewish Stories, Jewish Lives: Searching for Jewish Heritage
with Joseph Berger
Date: May 17, 6:30 PM
Place: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
Description: After his parents died, Joseph Berger and his sister went
back to Poland and visited their parents' childhood homes for the first
time. What they discovered on their "roots journey" was both emotional
and surprising.
Mr. Berger, a former New York Times reporter, and the author of the
acclaimed memoir, Displaced Persons: Growing up American after the
Holocaust, will share stories and photos >from his fascinating journey
and offers tips for successful family searches abroad. Reflecting on the
current political climate in Poland and how it might impact a similar
journey today, he will be joined by Jonathan Ornstein, Executive Director
of the JCC in Krakow, and Helise Lieberman, Director of the Taube Center
for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland.
Tickets: $15 general; $10 CJH/partner members, seniors; $5 students;
purchase online at https://www.smarttix.com/Event/sea454

Moriah Amit, New York


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen May 17: Searching for Jewish Heritage with Joseph Berger at the Center for Jewish History in New York #general

Moriah Amit
 

Please join us for the following program, presented by the Center for
Jewish History, Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, and YIVO
Institute for Jewish Research.

First Person: Jewish Stories, Jewish Lives: Searching for Jewish Heritage
with Joseph Berger
Date: May 17, 6:30 PM
Place: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
Description: After his parents died, Joseph Berger and his sister went
back to Poland and visited their parents' childhood homes for the first
time. What they discovered on their "roots journey" was both emotional
and surprising.
Mr. Berger, a former New York Times reporter, and the author of the
acclaimed memoir, Displaced Persons: Growing up American after the
Holocaust, will share stories and photos >from his fascinating journey
and offers tips for successful family searches abroad. Reflecting on the
current political climate in Poland and how it might impact a similar
journey today, he will be joined by Jonathan Ornstein, Executive Director
of the JCC in Krakow, and Helise Lieberman, Director of the Taube Center
for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland.
Tickets: $15 general; $10 CJH/partner members, seniors; $5 students;
purchase online at https://www.smarttix.com/Event/sea454

Moriah Amit, New York

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