need help translating letters from German posted in ViewMate #germany #danzig


I'd appreciate any help translating a letter written in German from my great-grandfather's brother from Riga, Danzig in October 1914. 
I've posted two pages of a letter with letterhead H. Rosenthal in ViewMate, ID: 83243 & 83244.
The letter was written to Jacob Rosenthal from Wolf Rosenthal in October 1914.
I have a few more postcards and letters from the same writer as well as his
brother H. Rosenthal I'd like to have translated. I plan to post them soon in ViewMate as well.

Translate to english or spanish #translation

marcelo kisnerman

I would like someone to translate for me the attachment related to the surname Arcuschin
Thank you
Marcelo Kisnerman from Argentina

Technical problem with Latvia database #latvia


Is anyone else having trouble accessing the 'book of images' from the Latvia Marriages and Divorces Database?  For each entry, the rightmost column contains a link "Click to view book of images", however clicking these links just brings up "404 Not Found".  Is there any way to alert the administrators of the target site to see if they can fix this?  I did visit the JewishGen Support Center and filled in and submitted the Technical Support Form, but all this appeared to yield was a couple of identical "Undeliverable Mail" email replies to me, so I have no idea whether the JGen techies have received my problem report.  Help!!

list of all jews sent from Salonica to camps #holocaust


Looking for the list of all jews sent to death from Salonica and those who servived.

Re: Is the first name Marx a shortened version of Mordecai #names

Jeffrey Knisbacher

Marx occurs as a first name in Bedford, England records of my TISINBOM family from Botosan, Romania. Presumably from an original Mordecai.  Jeff Knisbacher, Bradenton, Florida 

ViewMate Translation Request - Russian #translation


I've posted a vital record in Russian 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

Re: 𝗔𝗡𝗦𝗖𝗛𝗘𝗥 [𝗮𝗸𝗮 𝗔𝗻𝘀𝘇𝗲𝗿], 𝗔𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗺 (𝗯. 𝟭𝟴𝟰𝟱) , 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗹, 𝗦𝘂𝘄𝗮𝗹𝗸𝗶 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗴𝗼 #lithuania #poland

Jill Whitehead

This seems a huge amount of money to pay for memoirs. My great grand uncle Abraham Simon Guttenberg (b 1873, Hull,UK) lived in South Africa from the age of 18 until the outbreak of WW1 in 1914, revisiting again a number of times after WW1, and he also wrote his memoirs whilst there. He met people like Mahatma Ghandi, and people who were looking for gold and diamonds (including the main Jewish families around Johannesburg). When he died, he donated his memoirs to Sheffield Public Library and anyone can read them there, for free.  Part of his memoirs (not the S. African part) were made into a radio programme by the BBC a few years ago. So you do not need to pay lots of money for memoirs.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: Kansas City Lithuania Jews #lithuania #usa

Todd Cohn

Your best best is to take a look at the book by Joseph P. Schultz, Mid-America's Promise: A Profile of Kansas City Jewry.  
Good luck!
-Todd Cohn
Boca Raton, FL

Re: Is the first name Marx a shortened version of Mordecai #names

Jill Whitehead

My great great grandfather was Mordecai Serwianski from Sejny in Suwalki gubernia in NE Poland, on the borders with Kovno in Lithuania. He had several grandsons called Marks which was then anglicised to Max or Maxwell. Some of the family emigrated from Liverpool to Chicago in 1905 (having been in Liverpool for 30 years) and called themselves Maxwell, reverting to the patronymic of Mordecai. (NB Serwianski was named after Lake Serwy). 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: DNA and Gedmatch #dna

Jeffrey Herrmann

Roberta Estes reported on her blog that the fraudulent emails are coming from “MyHeritaqe,” — that’s a q where there should be a g — not from MyHeritage.

Re: military notbook #bessarabia

Adrian Koifman

Hi Erika, thank you for your email.

It´s True, it es fascinating document.

If you see the stamp there you may think that this document was used as a passport. There is an inscrpition on the back cover showing ¨Vapor Honades Zeelandia¨ I think it is the boat that my grandfather came from Europe to Buenos Aires, Argentina.   On page 16 are two stamps that I understand would be customs (1911 and 1912)  written in Russian I think.

Adrian Koifman
Buenos Aires

Re: Searching for records of RUSSMAN from Pinsk #belarus #names


thanks so much for the info, will check that & see what I can find. Best regards

Re: Is the first name Marx a shortened version of Mordecai #names


My ggreat grandfather Mordechai Schoenberg was also known as “Max” on his children’s marriage certificates, etc. I don’t think it would be a stretch for someone to refer to him as Marx but I would think Markus/Marcus would be a better match. However, one never knows with diminutives. 

BLUMENTHAL: Russia> Poland> NYC> Rochester, NY
SCHOENBERG/SHOENBERG: Russia/Ukraine (Kuz’myn) (Satanov)> Rochester, NY
POLLACK/POLLAK: Russia/Ukraine (Kuz’myn) (Satanov)
COHEN/ha COHEN: Russia/Ukraine (Kuz’myn) (Satanov)
GRYNGRAS: Poland (Radzilow) (Szczuczyn)


Re: family name meanings #names

Eva Lawrence

The literal translation of your name is simply true (wahr)  speaker (Sager), ie. teller of truth. Soothsayer is merely a secondary or implied meaning.
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Re: Seeking Fritz BUKOFZER, film producer- Paris > Switzerland #france

David Lewin

At 18:06 22/07/2020, Sherri Bobish wrote:

Hi David,

A search on Google Books for "Fritz BUKOFZER" finds his name mentioned in several books.  Perhaps something there may be a clue for you?

Also, there is a very large collection regarding people in the performing arts at The NY Public Library at Lincoln Center.

When the library fully re-opens (still closed to the public due to Covid)  than perhaps you can find someone in NYC who can stop by the library and check the index for Fritz BUKOFZER.

I went there years ago and found a surprisingly large folder on a relatively obscure actor and silent film performer that I was researching.

Also, have you checked newspapers for an obituary?  The NY Times, for example?


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Hi Sherri ,   you do not quote the message to which you respond.

Which David is it you address?    Do you still have the incoming message?

Thanks and be safe

David Lewin

Search & Unite attempt to help locate people who, despite the passage of so many years since World War II, may still exist "out there".
We also assist in the process of re-possession of property in the Czech Republic and Israel.
See our Web pages at

Help in translating a German document dated 1939 #translation

Jugend Gilberto

It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much,
Sibila Brummer - Israel

Re: Family Tree Maker Exposes Data on 60,000 Users #announcements #general

Bruce Brown

On Wed, Jul 22, 2020 at 12:59 PM, Jan Meisels Allen wrote:
Family Tree Maker had a data breach leaking 25 GB of data linked to users of the Family Tree Maker software.
The mention of a "data breach" may be wrongly interpreted by many that their user data was actually stolen by some bad guy or group. This was not stated as such in the referenced source articles.

This was a "white hat" (good guy) exercise to look for weaknesses in the FTM database. The team found the weaknesses and supposedly the vendor corrected problem. These sort of white hat attacks are extremely useful and helpful in improving database security. Is it possible that some bad guy stole the data before the fix? Yes, but that was not stated or proven in the articles.

Bruce Brown
Falls Church, VA

Re: military notbook #bessarabia


Re: Help with Bessarabia Birth Index #bessarabia

Rodney Eisfelder

Using the record number (M91), and the date, (24-Shevat), navigate back a few pages to frame #649 and you will find Chaim in the second record. The surname Bodner appears as part of the parents names.

I hope this helps,
Rodney Eisfelder
Melbourne, Australia

Re: Family Tree Maker Exposes Data on 60,000 Users #announcements #general

Max Heffler

Geni has 6 Jakob Borger, 2 I manage:



From: main@... [mailto:main@...] On Behalf Of Jan Meisels Allen via
Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 1:49 AM
To: JewishGen Discussion Group
Subject: [] Family Tree Maker Exposes Data on 60,000 Users #announcements #general



According to, Family Tree Maker had a data breach leaking 25 GB of data linked to users of the Family Tree Maker software. After being informed by WizCase the incident was remediated shortly thereafter.  Among the details leaked to the public-facing internet were email addresses, geolocation data, IP addresses, system user IDs, support messages and technical details. Some 60,000 users are thought to have been exposed in this privacy snafu.


The data breach also included 25 gigabytes of data mirrored from LLC.


“The leak exposed technical details about the system’s backend, which could help attackers leverage multiple cyber-attacks on Software MacKiev and its associated companies,” it was claimed.


To read more see:  and


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



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