Re: 1899 Psychiatric Diagnosis #records #usa


I think you are asking an unanswerable question. In 1889 (and for many decades after that) people might have ended up in institutions because they had untreated hypothyroidism, or a brain bleed, or hydrocephalus or a host of other things. There would have been no way to distinguish the cause most of the time (albeit not all of the time). Some where institutionalized because they were awkward women, had different sexual preferences. Perhaps if you can get medical records with detailed descriptions  those could be reinterpreted with the insights of 2020 (which are often also wrong -- Bi-Polar disease, or Schizophrenia are not easily categorised diagnoses especially at the margins where they might not be diagnoses at all). "Terminal Dementia" would have meant nothing essentially apart from a lack of normal mental abilities which might be associated with a shortening of life. 

Dr Aubrey Blumsohn

Sheffield, UK

First time researcher looking for help with Dutch Jewish ancestry #records

Alex Hall


Firstly, thanks for taking time to read this.

I'm looking for some help/direction in finding any information on my Jewish ancestors.  The limited information i have is:

My Great great grandfather was Moss Benjamin (later changed his name to Alfred Taylor ) who was married to Catherine Amy Grubb.
I have found his father through census records and marriage banns named Abraham Benjamin b.1815 in Amsterdam Netherlands and who was a feather maker & latterly agent. I believe he was married to Louisa Cohen b.1819 Middlesex, London.

I would really love to find anything about Abrahams' own family who came from Amsterdam,Holland and how to research records in Holland.

I've also struggled to find much information on his wife Louisa Cohen but I am pretty new to this so forgive my ignorance!

Appreciate any help or direction you could give me.

Kind regards
Alex Hall

ViewMate translation request Russian #translation


Subj: ViewMate translation request - Russian

I've posted 4 vital records in Russian for which I need a translation. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses:

This is a lot to ask so any information would be great.

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Carol Cambers

Re: Subj: birth certificate on ViewMate with strange/suspicious date in Norfolk, Virginia #usa


I notice that the ages of the parents correspond to the year 1918 and not when the baby was born in 1902. I see now that this document is a certificate and not a record when the baby was born. I will be more careful from now on.

Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

Re: Wolk family #lithuania

Isme Bennie

Just google Vivienne Wolk rather than try Geni, for marriage details .

Isme Bennie, Toronto

1899 Psychiatric Diagnosis #records #usa


I recently found records for a man who was committed to the Essex County Hospital for the Insane in Newark, NJ in 1889. He was 25 at the time, and his father signed the committal papers. The young man remained in the institution until his death in 1933 at age 68. When his father died in 1899, court papers were filed to transfer the patient's guardianship to his older brother, in lieu of his mother or other siblings. I have found the court file for the guardianship change, but not for his original institutionalization.
The 1899 file contained two certifications from a physicians at  the hospital. One reads that the patient "suffers from a chronic disease of the brain known as Terminal Dementia." The second physician termed it "suffering from a form of chronic mental disease known as Terminal Dementia," essentially the same as the first.

Two questions:

1) I have researched the diagnosis "Terminal Dementia" and found nothing more helpful than the explanation that it was a form of demential that was not curable and would last for life -- not very helpful. Because the patient was so young at the time of institutionalization I have more or less ruled out early onset Alzheimer's Disease. The more probable conditions for a person of that age I think would be a form of Bi-Polar Disease or Schizophrenia. This is my own non-professional guess. I wonder if someone with more psychiatric experience could shed some light on this archaic term and it's usual meaning at that time (1899).

2) The Essex County Hospital for the Insane has moved and changed it's name several times, and today is part of a larger medical complex in NJ. Can anyone shed some light on if and where copies of the records from the 1889 committal be obtained? I found the second Guardianship file on Ancestry under "New Jersey, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, Essex, Unrecorded estate papers", but nothing for the first committal.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.
Judith Lipmanson
Smyrna, Delaware USA

How they traveled #romania #russia #usa

Marcia Segal

Hello there,

I'd be interested in learning how people in the late 1800s would have traveled to get to the steamships that would take them (sometimes indirectly, via other ports) to the US. There are two journeys in particular:

1888 - from Harlau, Romania, to Hamburg, Germany
1890 from Gorodische, about 100 miles from Kiev, to Hamburg, Germany

I would imagine by train but it seems the cost would be prohibitive. But it must have been cheaper (and more accessible) than a horse-drawn carriage. The same question applies to travel between other points. If there are books on this subject I'd appreciate learning about them. Thank you.

Marcia Segal

Re: Viewmate Translation Request - Polish #poland #warsaw

Kris Murawski

These documents are in Russian not in Polish.
Kris Murawski
Raleigh, North Carolina

Resources for research in DELATYN (today) UKRAINE, 1880's #ukraine #general

Menachem Schreiber

I have been trying to research my ancestors specifically family Bartfeld in Delatyn (then Galicia), and I havn’t been finding much, does anybody know how to carry on the research, where can I find and records or other genealogical info for the place in the 1800’s.



Menachem Schreiber. Israel.




Re: Lithuania - looking for family's tombstone in Arigola #lithuania #records

Carol Hoffman

There has not been to date any  listing of the Ariogala cemetery. In addition to the JOWBR information you can see the official Lithuanian information where there 14 images. 

In addition you can read an article written by David Hoffman z"l on his family from Ariogala at the LitvakSIG online journal

Carol Hoffman, PhD
Tel Aviv

Family that left Panevezys, Lithuania for the USA #lithuania #usa #general

I am looking for the descendants of two brothers of my late grandmother, Golda Ella Hoffman (or Goffman),
who left Panevezys, Lithuania for New York. Their names were Solomon and Joseph Hoffman (Goffman).
My grandmother also had a sister by the name of Hoda Goldberg that went to live in Baltimore.
Any assistance in locating the descendants of these persons would be greatly appreciated.
Gordon Berger  (gordberger@...)

Hungary SIG ALMUSLIN Ignatz Ujvidek 1829 #hungary

johan haesert

I am searching for my grandmothers father Ignatz ALMUSLIN borned in Neusatz/Ujvidek in 1929 the 10th of October. He seems to be of Sephardic origin. He left Hungary maried my grandmothers mother and he later got a swedish citizenship. I know nothing about his family and ancestors
I have been in contact with serbian and hungarian archives without result.
Best regards
Johan Haesert

JRI-Poland December 2020 Matching Gift Fundraiser #announcements

Stanley Diamond

Help JRI-Poland reach the next milestone in its Next Generation website, data management search engine development project!  
Our website and database are being redesigned and management tools are being developed, all to help us preserve the evidence
of our ancestors with records in Poland. This will be a multi-step project and we are preparing to launch our first, initial test version;
the speed of our progress depends on your generosity.
Between now and December 31, 2020, a handful of anonymous donors will match gifts to the NextGen project - dollar for dollar -
up to $60,000 in matching funds.
We are delighted by the progress so far and we are more than 2/3 of the way to our goal. Gifts to JRI-Poland are tax-deductible for 
US-taxpayers to the extent allowable by law. Donations of any size are welcome and can be made through the website at:  Visit our website for more information about NextGen.
Note:  As researchers well know, JRI-Poland is proud to partner with Though we are completely separate organizations,
the more than six million records in the JRI-Poland database are also accessible via by mutual agreement.
Please include us in your year-end donations.
Thank you!
Stanley Diamond
Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.

Subj: ViewMate translation request - Hebrew #translation


I've posted a vital record in Hebrew for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Paul Moverman
Milford, NH USA

Subj: ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation


I've posted 3 vital records in Russian for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following addresses: Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page. Thank you very much.

Paul Moverman
Milford, NH USA

Re: Subj: birth certificate on ViewMate with strange/suspicious date in Norfolk, Virginia #usa

Sally Bruckheimer

Were birth records required in Va. then? When births were at home, it wasn't uncommon that they weren't registered.

The father would have known when the baby was born(we hope), and the midwife may not have been around 16 years later. Then the girl needed a birth record and got a delayed record.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Translation Request on Viewmate #translation

Myrna Waters


I've posted a birth record from Galicia that I believe is in German.  It is on Viewmate at the following address:  
Please respond via the form provided on the viewmate image page.  I appreciate any information that will give me more insight into my great uncle and my great grandparents, Moses Josef & Suessel (Suessla) Kurzmann from Jaslo (now in Poland) and registered in Drohobycz (now in the Ukraine).  
Thank you for your assistance.  Be well and stay safe.
Myrna (Slatnick) Waters

Researching:  SLEPACK (or similar)Belarus/Bialystok area; SLATNICK/SLOTNIK (or similar) Minsk/Puchovichi area of Russia from 1905/1914 to NY & Newark,NJ and Canada;  KURZMANN Jaslo, Poland and Drohobych, Ukraine area (both formerly in what was the Galician area of Austria prior to WWI), KURTZMAN in NY/Bronx and NJ/Newark from 1905/1910, SADOWSKY (or similar) from Belarus area of Russia/Bialystok 19th century to Newark,NJ 1905 or after.

Rosenberg and Weinreb #hungary #romania

Maria Rev


Have you ever met the names of a couple named Emil Rosenberg and Helen Weinreb?

They may have come from perhaps Sarmasag (now Romania) area, lived in Nagyvarad/Oradea (now Romania) in Street Rulikowski.

Both of them were deported from there in 1944. I looked through all sorts of lists, their identities could not be found.

I am looking for any relatives, also any data concerning them, from the time before 1944.

Thank you very much!

Maria Rev 


A Latvian Chanukah Present - Day 8 #latvia

Nancy Siegel


The Oldest Latvian Jew on Record

by Ann Rabinowitz 

In memory of my great uncle Max Hillman, who was born in Bauska, Latvia, and who started me on my genealogical research, which is so long ago now, I am posting a piece about Latvia every day throughout Chanukah. The posts will be about people, events, and daily life. These posts can also be viewed on the JewishGen Blog at:

There is often discussion of the life-spans of our ancestors.  Many times, it was short due to illness, lack of appropriate medical care, natural disasters, wars, and other such things.  However, I am delighted to announce that I may have found the oldest recorded Jew in Latvia due to my research into the Historical Jewish Press database.

In The Sentinel, Friday, July 11, 1913, Pg. 11, I found a tidbit noting the death of Chaim Moshkin in Daugavpils, Latvia, at the age of 127! Yes, that is correct, 127 years of age.  This would have made his birthdate in 1786.  Apparently, longevity ran in his family, as his mother left this earth at the age of 118.  Due to his long life, Chaim left 116 living descendants.

He said that he saw Napoleon at Minsk in 1812.  It makes one wonder what he was doing there then.  Had he been conscripted?  Was he there on business?

The information on Chaim’s age at the time of his death was confirmed in the Necrology section of The American Jewish Year Book, copyrighted in 1913, Page 343.  I was not able to find any further existing data that would corroborate the specifics of his life.  Perhaps the Latvian Archives has records which would be able to help in that regard.  

Unfortunately, I don’t have a photograph of this wonder of old age, but perhaps there are descendants who are still living, who can add to Chaim’s life story.  What did he do for a living?  How many wives and children did he have?  What did he die from other than the obvious one of old age?  

In addition, it would be interesting to learn if his tombstone still exists as it would provide the name of his father.


Nancy Siegel
Director of Communications
(San Francisco, California)

Translation of back of photo from Yiddish to English #photographs #translation #yiddish

Sharon E Siegel

I've posted a vital record in Yiddish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
With much appreciation,
Sharon E. Siegel 
Port Jervis, NY USA

4361 - 4380 of 657945