Holocaust Database Announcement - Rovno, Poland Community Fee Contributions (February 1939) #JewishGenUpdates #announcements #holocaust

Nolan Altman

In February of 1939, Równe, was part of Poland.  Subsequently, the town was part of the Soviet Union and today is known as Rivne, in Ukraine.  (For more information on the town, please see JewishGen’s Community Database at and the KehilaLinks page at

According to the source document, the town included a Jewish population of approximately 30,000 of which 2,685 households made “community fee” contributions of approximately 75,700 Polish zlotys.

The database includes 2,686 households in Rovno that paid community fees in Feb 1939 and include surname, given name, street address, occupation in Polish), and amount paid. To assist researchers, you can use (JewishGen’s InfoFile for Polish to English occupation translations).  The full introduction for this dataset can be found at

Nolan Altman

Director of Data Acquisition - Holocaust Database

February 2021


Holocaust book written by a grandson about his grandfather #holocaust


A heartfelt loving tribute by a grandson to his grandfather who survived the Holocaust.  The story is amazing, surviving both the killing fields of Romania and the Russian army.

Joseph Weiss

JGS Toronto Virtual meeting re Ukraine on Weds 3 Feb at 7:30 PM EST #events #announcements #records #ukraine

Marla Waltman


The Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto (JGS Toronto) encourages all interested genealogists to join our Ukraine SIG meeting, which is taking place on Zoom at 7:30 pm EST on Weds. 3 February. Our speaker is Howard Goldstein, who will provide a hands-on demonstration and guide to help you improve your ability to find and use records from Ukrainian Archives available on the Wikipedia site of Alex Krakovsky. 

A Practical Guide to Using Ukrainian Archive Documents to Trace Your Roots.
Speaker: Howard Goldstein


Alex Krakovsky is a Ukrainian from Kyiv who is working to reform the Ukrainian archives system and to get more archival records digitized and placed online. He has personally scanned thousands of pages of archival documents which have never before been scanned or microfilmed, has facilitated the acquisition of scanners for use by the Ukrainian Archive branches to scan documents, and has taken the Ukrainian archives to court (and won!) for their refusal to allow people to scan images there. Every single scanned page is made available online to the public ... for free!

Unfortunately for many, all of the records are in Cyrillic and very few of the records have yet been indexed or translated, which makes the task of searching them quite daunting. In this presentation, Howard will review the documents which are available, where to find them, and how to use them. He'll provide practical tools and tips for searching the scanned records and show how -- with a little persistence -- you, too, can find the records pertaining to your ancestors.

A handout with resources and links will be provided to registrants before the meeting. 

Register here: 

Marla Waltman
Ukraine SIG Coordinator
JGS Toronto

Wiener Holocaust Library Launches New Digital Resource Testifying to the Truth #records #unitedkingdom #announcements #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen




The (UK) Wiener Holocaust Library announced they have launched  their new digital resource, Testifying to the Truth (  During the 1950s the researchers at the Wiener Holocaust Library gathered over 1,000 accounts from eyewitnesses to Nazi persecution and genocide. The accounts were done predominately in German, and now for the first time they are available in English.


They also announced the launch of the Holocaust and Genocide Research Partnership (HGRP) the UK’s foremost research body in to the history of the Holocaust and genocide


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Manifest Mystery #names

Lawrence Weintraub

Hello all,
I am curious about the young woman who accompanied Schaje Adelstein (my ggf Samuel Edelstein) on the SS Smolensk arriving in NYC from Libau on 14 September 1906.  She is listed on line 19 of the manifest as "Yrlja" or Irlja" Adelstein.  Is anyone familiar with such a given name?  What might it become in the US?  I also have been unable to find the brother "B. Adelstein" she was going to join in Boston at the address cited  
I would appreciate any help with these two mystery ancestors.  Thank you.
Lawrence Weintraub
Old Bridge, NJ

Sam Winakor/Sam Winer/Sam Cooper, One and the same #names

Cindy Taylor

Guidance needed please...when it comes to the "curse of the common name" we're often at a loss with doubtful data versus "could it possibly be."  
Two brothers:  One ended up in greater Boston whilst the other became a New Yorker (most likely Brooklyn).  They were both Sam Winakors/Winer but their Hebrew names were different.
I have been able to document the Bostonian Sam Winer, BUT his brother changed his name to Sam Cooper (OY!).  The Boston Sam Winer was from Pollonye and was born 1885-1888.  He arrived to the USA in 1906. Occupation carpenter/woodworker.  Family lore has the brother Sam Cooper being a tad older and arriving to the USA about a year or so prior to Sam Winer.  Original Shtetl/town for Bostonian Sam was Polonnye.
Not ANYTHING that I've seen so far is a good match in my quest to find Sam Cooper.  I would welcome your suggestions, hints, help.  And thank you in advance.  Brain needs reprogramming soonest.   
Cindy Potter Taylor
Boynton Beach, FL

VIEWMATE translation of Yiddish postcard (repost from 2005) #translation

Deb Skolnik

I realized recently that a postcard for which I need a translation never got any responses.
It's been 16 years (!) since I asked so I thought I'd try again:
Thank you very much in advance!
Deb Cohen Skolnik
                         LIFSCHITZ/LIFSHITZ/LIPSCHITZ - Vitebsk, Minsk
                         KALMAN - Jahotyn/Jatyn/Yagotin/Yahotyn
                         ZOLOTUSHKIN - Jahotyn/Jatyn/Yagotin/Yahotyn
                         LANDE/LONDIN - Bialystok
                         GARBARZ - Mordy

Zoom talk: Moses & Judith Montefiore: in sickness and health #announcements

David Mendoza

Ramsgate Montefiore Heritage announce that Rabbi Dr. Andrew Goldstein will
be speaking on "Moses & Judith Montefiore: in sickness and health" on
Wednesday 17 February at 7.30pm London time. In 1816, 1818 and 1823 the
Montefiores travelled through France, Italy and Germany. Judith's
unpublished manuscript diaries offer insights into their personalities.
Great energy and courage but, like everybody, occasional ill health and
facing real dangers along the way. Rabbi Goldstein is in the process of
transcribing these diaries and will share his discoveries as well as
describing the routes taken. You can register for this free event at:

Best wishes,

David Mendoza

Re: Why was I told my mother's family were German Jews when they weren't? #austria-czech

Lee Jaffe

I was told Yekkie was a term given to German Jews in Israel, referring to their penchant for dressing in European style -- wearing suit jackets (jacket = yeket), for instance -- despite the weather and more casual style that other Israelis adopted.  A lot of Israeli literature touches on the differences in different Jewish communities from Euope arriving there.  Amos Oz, Meir Shalev...

Lee Jaffe

NY Genealogical and Biographical Society Posts on Essential Steps to Find a NYS Marriage Record #records #usa

Jan Meisels Allen


For those researching New York State records this blog post by the NY Genealogical and Biographical Society has an entry about how to find a New York State Marriage Record: The posting also provides hints about estimating a date of a marriage and if the record is likely to exist.


The blog explains the challenges of locating such records. The blog post does not address marriage records for New York City but they have  a guide about those records which can be accessed at:


You do not need to be a member of the Society to access the blog post.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Seeking relative's U.S. naturalization record #usa

Moishe Miller

If he was naturalized in the Bronx, it may well be his detail is in the Southern District Court. You can see that collection here:

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF #3391

Re: Towns in the region of Giessen, Germany #germany


Maybe it's the same Chaim...? (Another boy exactly a year later!)

Yehuda Altein
Brooklyn, NY

Feb. 2: CJH Genealogy Coffee Break #events

Moriah Amit

Tomorrow (2/2) at 3:30 pm ET, tune into the Center for Jewish History's Facebook page for the next episode of Genealogy Coffee Break. Eager to to organize your family history research? We'll discuss free options for building your family tree on your computer. There is no registration or log in. To join the live webinar, click "Follow" on the top of the Center's Facebook page and a notification will pop up on your screen when the webinar goes live. Note: If the notification doesn't appear or if you don't have a Facebook account, you can still watch the webinar on our Facebook videos page once it goes live. Catch up on the entire series here.
Moriah Amit
Senior Genealogy Librarian, Center for Jewish History
New York, NY

Re: Towns in the region of Giessen, Germany #germany


Interestingly, he also writes Leihgestern clearly:

"I circumcised the boy Moshe son of Chaim from Leihgestern on Thursday, 15 Shevat, 5612."

Yehuda Altein
Brooklyn, NY

Re: Yiddish ( or German) translation #germany #yiddish #translation

Andreas Schwab

Liebe Freundin,
Vorige Woche sind die der Moden-Zeitung angekommen.
Ich bitte Dich sehr gütigst das Nummer welches 
neusten S[ch]nitt und G[??] umgehend nachzusenden.
Ich ziehe überhaubt den guten Geschmack der Pariser Firme "Le Bon Marschie" vor.
Versuche dieses niemandem zu zeigen sondern ich selbst
schneide zu und verfertige mir ein Kleid aus "Petit Sa"
Für Frühling. Selbiges erwartend danke Dir vorhinein.
Paulina Wigderowitz
Dear [female] friend,
Last week the fashion magazine has arrived. I ask you please to send me the issue that contains the pattern and [??]. I definitely prefer the taste of the Parisian company "Le Bon Marché". Try not to show this to anybody; I will cut out and make me a "petit chat[?]" dress for spring. Awaiting this I thank you in advance.
Paulina Wigderowitz
Written in old German script "Deutsche Schrift" and bad German.
Andreas Schwab, Montreal, Canada

Re: Towns in the region of Giessen, Germany #germany


Thank you everyone for all your help! It seems to me that the most reasonable translation is "here" for היער and Leihgestern for לאשדערן.

Here are samples of the place names:

"In 1836 I circumcised his son Yonah, from here."

"I circumcised the boy Kaufman son of Chaim from Leihgestern on Thursday, 13 Shevat, 5611."

Yehuda Altein
Brooklyn, NY

Re: What happened on 7 March 1612 in Poznan? Mass death of Jews #general #poland


When you have a Google search with multiple results, a nice way to share it is to offer the meta-search link.  
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: 60 Minutes Episode on Home DNA Testing and Genealogy Testing #dna


I have the privacy concerns that this 60 Minutes episode highlighted.  For that reason, I have not had my DNA tested and would not ask any family member to do so. 

Whether one should be paid for one's DNA data when it is sold to other companies or used for any research, anonymized or not, is a separate issue. My view is that if the company makes money on the data, the person who owns that data should be paid. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: Why was I told my mother's family were German Jews when they weren't? #austria-czech

michele shari

So I always heard of German Jews being referred to as "Yekkies" but never knew the meaning of that. German Jews were always known for being more "rigid" and formal. My paternal side were Hungarian/Romanian, always proud of it and very warm and loving, and my maternal side were Russian but never discussed it and I never heard them speak it. Culture does indeed play a big part in all of this.
Michele Farkas
Boynton Beach, FL (formerly NY)
Researching Stauber/Stober, Fischman, Davidovici, Hershtik & Teszler (Romania/Maramoros), and Farkas, Farcas, Izsak, Weiszhauz/Weisshaus, Rosenfeld, Jakab (Tasnad, Margitta, Vamorspercs)

contact needed in Zhitomir re gravestone REYDMAN (see photos attached) #ukraine

Susan stone

Hello All..
From my great uncle's obituary I learned that he and his brother, my grandfather, had a sister (my great aunt)  who never left Ukraine.  The obituary listed her name as Esther REIDMAN (lucky for me..a last name).  I have found her gravestone in Zhitomir!!!
After visiting Yad Vashem's website and finding that someone with her name, the approximate correct birthdate...2 years older than my grandfather...was on a list that said "evacuated" and on a man with the same last name was evacuated to the same town.  I figured it was her husband.  So she lived.  And on Findagrave I found her gravestone in Zhitomir where she lived  (same district at Narodici where they were all from).  See photos.  The gravestone says "children and grandchildren" . someone I knew asked the rabbi of Zhitomir but he said there was no family he could find attached to the gravestone.  WHERE ARE THEY?  Could someone in Zhitomir or nearby somehow find my great aunt's family?  Any advice welcome.  
Thank you ,
Susan Stone
Evanston, IL

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