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

Raina Accardi

This 60 minutes report was such horrible fear mongering. Showing video of tracking software with boxes floating over peoples faces as they walk through airports! I completely agree with Deb and JoAnne. What is this "danger" they kept referring to? I was hearing alot of "the sky is falling" but very little actual information. They finally got to the point and said that if the US wants to be a leader in genetic science and medicine, we need to invest in it more than we are. Yup.

I already had my DNA taken by my doctor, which is now in a database. I am not allowed to access it. At least with the genetic genealogy testing sites I can do something with it. And I am not worried that the genes for my hazel eyes might be copied into a designer baby someday.
Raina Accardi
Saugerties, NY

ACCARDI Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily; GEVIRTZMAN Kobylin, Poland; JESINOWITZ/YESNOWITZ Mszczonów, Poland; FELSENSTEIN Parysów, Poland;; GUTTWOCH/GOODMAN, ZISSERMAN Volchin, Belarus; BUSHMITZ Vysokaye, Belarus; TRAUB Rivne, Ukraine or Kovno, Lithuania; JANOVSKY Zhytomyr, Ukraine; WEISMAN or ROSENBERG Ukraine

In one Microfilm digitized by FamilySearch. #bessarabia #records

Yefim Kogan

Hello everybody,

I want to share with you some information I found when I went through one of the Microfilm where were no Jewish records.

The microfilm has mostly Inventory records - list of names of files/cases in the Moldovan Archives.

Several  files are from 19 century from Kagul uezd Court, region of south-west of Bessarabia:


The case on the consideration of the claim of creditors Brumenfeld and Horovets against Greenberg for non-payment of a debt and for the issuance of a mortgage on Greenberg's house to secure the debt.


The case of the sale of real estate of a resident of the Cagul uezd of Rabinovich R.


The case on charges of Lazareu P., a resident of the Cagul uezd, in the murder of the Jew Chabotava


The case of the sale of real estate of a resident of the Cagul uezd of Rafalovich I.

1892      Case from Khotin

The case of the wrong issuance to members of the Khotyn city council of Yavorsky of a certificate for the right to live in a 50-verst border strip to the Jew Roytman Alter.

1915      Service List       <this is not an inventory,  but the whole Service List of a Jewish person.  Usually this is for Nobels and high class of population.  I think this is a second only Service List found>


Zemsky doctor of the Khotyn district, Bessarabia. Collegiate Counselor - Doctor Nesanel Moiseevich-Moshkovich Schreiber

Physician of Lipcani medical district, born on October 6th-1869, Jewish religion.

Finally several cases from 1941!!  The Time of German and Romanian Occupation of the Bessarabia region!
These are from Church records, and among them:
- The case of the acquisition of church items and literature   or
- The case of the approval of the committee for the construction of a church in the village of Cricova, Lopushna uezd

But on the same page there are other cases from the same 1941:

Correspondence with the military commander of the Chisinau on the use of Jews imprisoned in the ghetto for the renovation of the building of the Chisinau Eparchy/Chirch Council.


Order of the Ministry of Culture on the distribution of property seized from Jews driven into the ghetto.


Request of the priests for the allocation of houses for churches belonging to the Jewish population driven into the ghetto.


Request of the church of the village of Kabaeshty, Lopushna uezd for the allocation for the use of the church, land belonging to Jews driven into the ghetto.

Yefim Kogan

Re: Surnam BOKUZHAKIAL ? #romania #names


Oups !
I forgot we were looking for a woman...
Ezequiel is not a good possibility. 

daniel ewenczyk

Re: Surnam BOKUZHAKIAL ? #romania #names


BUCUJA has been found as a Romanian family name. 

My suggestion for KIEL is Ezechiel / Yehezquiel. 

KIEL might be a nickname based on the end of Yehezquiel, just like :






Thus the searched person is possibly 


The vowels may be different, of course. 

This is my best guess. 


Daniel Ewenczyk

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

Hello Susan

I worked with a researcher in Ukraine who found records for my family in Zhitormir. His prices were reasonable. Send me an email and I will provide you with his contact information.
Rhonda Rubin Post
Silver Spring, Maryland

Re: Jewish Community in Finland #general #russia


I am from Finland and three of my eight great-grandparents were already born there, the first one in 1857.
Finland was a part of the Russian empire from 1809 to 1917. Although it has an autonomous status, there were Russian troops stationed in Finland. These troops included a number of Jews, serving mostly in auxiliary positions: tailors, musicians etc. Many of these Jews - so-called Cantonists - were more or less kidnapped at a tender age to serve in the army up to 25 years, the goal being to turn them into good Christians. In 1858 retired Russian soldiers were permitted to stay at their last place of service. This rule applied to all, not only to the Jews. Before that the old laws from the period, when Finland was a part of Sweden prohibited Jews from living in Finland. Hamina is an interesting place: it became a part of Russia already in 1743, after the treaty of Turku, and the first known Jew to have known permanently settled in what is now Finland was Jacob Weikain, who was working in Hamina in 1799. In 1878 there was a small Jewish community in Hamina, and an old cemetery, with some 20 graves, still exists. To your question why they would leave Finland to go (back) to Latvia, there can be many explanations. One explanation can be that they had relatives there and considered life in Latvia to be more promising. Another explanation can be that the permission for the retired soldiers to stay in Finland applied only to them and their families: when their children grew up they faced the threat of being evicted from Finland. The woman Jules Levin mentioned is Meliza Amity and she can be contacted through her website at there you can find a huge tree with over 30,000 names, covering virtually all Jewish families ever lived in Finland. As a guest you can see the data on those that are deceased.

David Seligson
Poiseul-la-Grange, France
searching Seligson, Skurnik, Klimscheffskij, Indursky, Guterman, Levin, Fischlein, Rung, Feitelberg, Bubelsky

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


Dear Cindy,

I know of a Winer from Romania who when he went to live in the UK (England) he changed his name to Cooper.
In your case as Sam Winer was a carpenter, obviously he must have been a wine barrel maker, hence the name cooper. (a cooper in English is a maker of barrels)

What were their Hebrew names?

Marcel Glaskie
Ra'anana Israel

Re: Jewish Community in Finland #general #russia

Russ Maurer

The page linked above has an option to request a user account to make full use of the site, which is indeed marvelous. My Finnish relatives are in there, too.

Russ Maurer
Pepper Pike, OH

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

Eva Lawrence

My mother, too, considered that Germans were superior to Poles, but I
really don't think that this was particularly addressed at Polish Jews,
but a general German middle-class attitude. Maybe Polish Jews were
disdained because they spoke Yiddisch rather than Hochdeutsch, but my
own family spoke purest Schwaebisch - and I'm sure were in turn looked
down on by the Berlin crowd who spoke Hochdeutsch. Language in those
days was a sure indicator of class - and not only in Germany.
In England, too, class was judged by the way one spoke. At my English
high school girls were given elocution lessons school to eradicate
their 'Brummie' accent, because a "BBC accent" was indispensable for
anyone who wanted respect or a well-paid job (or husband!). Perhaps many
of the early European settlers in America emigrated partly to escape
this class system.
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Re: ViewMate translation request for Ita KIPER - Cyrillic or Polish #russia #poland


The issue has now been resolved and a volunteer was able to tell me the vital data on this record that is not (yet) completed on JRI Poland.

David Ziants

Ma'aleh Adumim, Israel

Re: Anyone know places called Kajankow and street Richeliewsca - Odessa #ukraine


I found another possibility with a village called Kokhanovo in Belarus

This place is also not very far from Verba village but most of all it is only 60km from a place called Baranovitch, Belarus, where I saw on that same document (joined to this message) that his wife was born.

Sébastien Torio

Re: Anyone know places called Kajankow and street Richeliewsca - Odessa #ukraine


Bonjour Giannis,

This is a real possibility, I heard that this Verba branch was holding her name from a village called Verba situated in Poland at just 240km from Kazankow, that would be quite possible.

Merci beaucoup!
Sébastien Torio

Re: Anyone know places called Kajankow and street Richeliewsca - Odessa #ukraine


Hi Sebastien, 

Since the document was French then the place is pronounced as Kazankow. Perhaps you are looking for this place,

Giannis Daropoulos 


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

JoAnne Goldberg

I did not see the episode, but I am addressing privacy issues in general
(and building on Deb's excellent points):

* Even if you opt to have your individual DNA shared, no one will be
able to, for example, access your bank account or use your credit card.
No one is going to clone you.

* The affordability and accessibility of DNA testing -- and the
resulting big data -- are having a profound impact on medical research.
Someday you will be able to get  genomics-guided precision medicine,
treatments and medications specifically customized to your DNA.

* Governments are quietly assembling their own DNA databases. In the
United States, for example, the FBI manages a federal DNA database that
might already have your DNA.  Tools for DNA capture and analysis are
readily available; we can manage them to protect people but they are not
going to disappear.

On the plus side, taking one of the reputable tests (and not all of them
are) can help you solve family mysteries and track down relatives as
well as give you insights into potential medical conditions.

JoAnne Goldberg
JoAnne Goldberg - Menlo Park, California; GEDmatch M131535


Need help finding passenger manifests for KAPLAN from Lithuania or Poland ca. 1884 #russia #lithuania #poland

Barry Broude

For nearly 30 years I have been searching for my paternal grandmother's family passenger manifests. Names: Leah KAPLAN b. 1820, son Chaim b. 1863 wife Liebe b. 1863, daughter Ettel b. 1865. Per several Minneapolis, Mn censuses arrival is 1884 for all. Ettel gets married in Minneapolis, Minnesota November 27, 1887. Don't know where the family is from. My best guess is Lithuania or Poland, which at this time all in Russia.

Now Chaim changed name from KAPLAN to COHEN by 1895 as evidenced in the Minnesota State census for that year. I don't know which surname any of them used on the ship. Ettel had 13 children and maiden name alternates between the two on her childrens' birth certificates. I don't know who came together either.

1900 census states Leah, widow, had 13 children, 5 still alive. I only know of 3 by name and children of same. Daughter Fanny came earlier married to Isaac Sugarman. 1930 Minneapolis census for Isaac and Fanny Sugarman, has them originally from Suwalki, my only clue as to where the family came from.

Can anyone help me? Thanks ever so much.

Barry Broude
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Re: Ethical Responsibilities of Genealogical Organizations during the Global COVID-19 Pandemic #education #guidelines

Jeffrey Mark Paull

Update (February 1, 2021): As registration for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2021 Family History Conference opens, NGS has made a proactive health-based decision to change from holding an in-person event, to hosting a virtual conference: "Due to ongoing mandates in Virginia in regards to COVID-19 and our concern for the well-being of our attendees, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff, NGS will no longer be able to host an in-person conference in Richmond, Virginia in May 2021."

Jeffrey Mark Paull

IGRA Show & Tell, February 8 #announcements

Garri Regev

The next IGRA Show & Tell session is coming up on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 9 pm Israel time (2 pm EST).
This time we host Megan Lewis talking about Accessing United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) Resources Online.
This talk will demonstrate the many resources USHMM has made available online such as our Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database. Additionally, many genealogists are unaware of the online resources made available by the Library and other Museum divisions and how they can be used for family research. Many of these resources apply to the FAN (Friends, Associates & Neighbors) methodology.
Megan has worked at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in different roles since 1998. Using her familiarity with USHMM resources she has spoken at many genealogy conferences and meetings. She has a BA in History and a Master's of Library Science. 
In order to participate you must register in advance: 
Garri Regev
President, IGRA  

Re: Jewish Community in Finland #general #russia

Barbara Levy

I'd love to get in touch with the woman with a web site who located info about your family. Would you mind telling me her name and the name of the web site? If you like, you can send it to me at my email address. babaabram@.... Thanks so much!
Jewish community in Hamina, Finland
My grandfather said he was born in Hamina, Finland. Does anyone know if there was a Jewish community in Hamina, Finland? Do you know if Hamina was a Russian territory or a Finnish territory in 1878, when he was born?
Barbara Levy

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


It might be helpful to differentiate between German as a cultural descriptor and German as a political/national one.  The German Empire came into being in 1871; before then, people might identify with one of the smaller political units that merged into the Empire: Prussians, Bavarians, etc.  The Empire didn't include all ethnic or cultural Germans, with pockets of Germans living in other political units, some of them not even near the eventual German state.  Austria-Hungary had a large German component and German was the lingua franca there.  Any of these issues could account for a Jew claiming that (s)he was of "German" origin.
Yale Zussman

Koidanov Massacre of 1941 #belarus

Are there any records of those who perished in this mass grave? Or, against all odds, survived?

Thank you,
Judy Cohen

Researching: Zawelowicz, Schneider, Kissen

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