New and Updated Databases on IGRA’s Website #israel #records

Elena Bazes


The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) has just released new and updated databases on its website. There are now over 1,800,000 records available in our databases. With each release we provide a variety of records to our collection.

A preview of the database is available at


New Databases


Ashkenazi Cemetery Tiberias    3,191 listings


Jaffa/Yafo Cemetery   682 listings


Rishon Letsiyon Cemetery    304 listings


Founders of Moshavot (Farming Settlements) First and Second Aliyah   683 listing


Voters Jerusalem Municipal Election  1934    4,234 listings


Tel Aviv Marriage Ledger   1931-1939    4,104 listings


Voters Knesset Israel Tel Aviv 1944, Letter Kuf    7,678 listings


Illegal Immigrants   1939-1942   11,053 listings


Immigrants  1945   4,098 listings


Enlistment Jerusalem  1948   1,025 listings



Updated Database


Palestine Marriage/Divorce Certificates    1,786 listings



Before viewing and searching the databases, please register for free on the IGRA website:


Please note, the IGRA databases are now searchable to all registrants. The search results page is also available to all registrants. Additional details regarding most databases are available only to paid IGRA members. Certain exceptions exist due to requests of the specific archives.


To view/search the databases, go to the database tab on the website.

Elena Biegel Bazes

IGRA Publicity Chair



Re: Need headstone translations from Hebrew #translation

David Barrett

Frank &Sarah Kaplan
All start off with HERE LIES and end with with MAY THEIR SOUL BE BOUND UP IN ETERNAL LIFE
Ephraim son of Shlomo
Died 6th Nisan  תשל'א = 5731
Sima Chaya daughter of Yehuda 
Died 27th Nisan   תשי''ג = 5713
Harris & Leah
An upright honest man
Yehuda son of Aharon Leib
Died 20th Shvat   תרפז  =   5687
A woman of esteem
Leah daughter of Yaacov
Died 20th Iyar תרצו = 5696
David Barrett

Translation needed for old post cards in German script #translation

Ellen Lukas Kahn

I would appreciate your translation of some old handwritten postcards in German script. There are a few words that are difficult to read because of age.  The View Mate numbers are:
VM88414, VM88415, VM88416, and VM88417
There are several other documents that need transcription.  Please email me at ellnkahn@...  if you are willing to help me.
Ellen Lukas Kahn
Homewood, IL

CyberMonday - Support JewishGen with AmazonSmile #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

Taking advantage of CyberMonday specials? Shopping with Amazon? Please click this link, and support JewishGen while you shop! It's easy - and it will make a difference!

Thank you in advance for your support.

Avraham Groll
Executive Director

May someone translate Belarusian to American English? #belarus #translation

David Dubin


ViewMate - Image 88745 - Translation - Other - Belarus - Krinsky, Isserman, and Esserman - November 25, 2020 (




Category: Translation - Other 
Family Surname: Krinsky, Isserman, and Esserman 
Country: Belarus 
Date of Image: November 25, 2020

  May someone translate Belarusian to American English?

David Dubin Chicago, Illinois, USA


David Dubin Chicago, Illinois, USA


Re: Looking for Gussie Deutsch #usa

Michele Lock

Thinking some more about the surname 'Thirman', it could be Thierman or Thorman, or even Furman or Forman, if the clerk at the courthouse misheard the mother's maiden name.
Michele Lock

Lock/Lak/Lok and Kalon in Zagare/Joniskis, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Minsk gub., Belarus

Viewmate Translation Request -- German #translation #austria-czech


I've posted a 3-4 sentence news item in German from a Viennese Jewish newspaper/magazine, and I am hoping someone can translate it for me. It's in what I believe is a fraktur font, and I can barely decipher many of the individual letters. The item concerns a distant relative with the surname Holdengraber, but I can't even be certain what the first name is.

It is on ViewMate at the following address:

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thanks for whatever you can do to help.

Joe Kraus

Trying to make contact with the Toronto Teichman-Neiman family. #canada

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to make contact with the descendants of Esther, died in Cracow
in 1939 (married 1: Teichman and 2: Neiman) whose grandchildren
settled in Toronto.
Neil Rosenstein.

Re: 18th c record from Glogow/Glogau #germany #poland #records

Corinna Woehrl

Hello Frank,

a "Repertorium" is a sort of table of contents/directory for archived files, another German word is "Findbuch". This book gives you a hint on the files that once existed in the city of Glogau on the Jewish part of the city. The documents themselves may not have survived.

The handwriting seems to be from the time indicated, not earlier, yet the first few pages have a special "twist"in the handwriting, maybe the the clerk was brought up/used to writing Polish?

Regards from Germany

Corinna Wöhrl, Hoisdorf

Re: Need headstone translations from Hebrew #translation


Hello Sherry,


The one on the right


The two letters are an abbreviation or  -here  liesor here is buried


Son of Shlomo

Passed 6 nisan 5731 (1971)


On the left

Same two letters  on top

Sima Chaya

Daughter o reb Yehuda

Passed27 Nisan 5713 (1953)



The two letters on top – abbreviation for here lies  or here is buried

Important woman

Leah daughter of Ya’akov

Passed 20 iyar 5696 (1936)

May her soul be gathered in eternal life (abbreviation in  last  line)



Innocent and honest man

Yehuda son of Aharon Leib passed 20 Shevat 5687 (1927)

Same abbreviation in last line


Shalom, Malka Chosnek

St. Joseph Missouri City Directories. #records

Felissa Lashley

I am trying to locate the 1923, 1924, and 1925 ST. JOSEPH, MO city directories. I have tried the local historical societies and they have not been able to help. I am looking for two names in these: GOLDIE LISHINSKY who is my grandmother and the name LASHLEY. They had a grocery store that might have been on Charles St. I have found a record of my father, JACOB LISHINSKY, in 1923 at Central High School there. They were only in ST.. JOSEPH for one or two years before returning to New York.
I am hoping someone can tell me where I might find this record that would give me their address. I appreciate any help anyone can provide on this.
Thank you very much.
Felissa Lashley
Austin, Texas

ViewMate translation request - Polish #poland #translation #russia

Greg Tuckman

Hello everyone,
I've posted 3 vital records in Russian for which I need translations.  They are on ViewMate at the following addresses ...
1.  Birth record of Dawid Mordchaj GUTERMAN:

2.  Birth record of Ela Josef SZAJNMAN:

3.  Birth record of Jakob FELDSZNEJDER:

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Greg Tuckman
Phoenix, Arizona USA

Re: Sinko, Shinke, Sinka from Lithuania #lithuania

Chaim Luria

There is plenty of information on LitvakSig about the Sinko,Sinka,Sinke families in Jonava. They married a lot with the Vender family and later lived in Baltimore, Maryland.
Sora (Sarah) Sinko married Sanel-Zavel Vender (Simon Wender in US) in Jonava and they came to Baltimore with their children.

Chaim Luria

Re: Photo request from Mt. Carmel Cemetery #photographs


We have Kaplan’s/Caplan’s from Radin/Radun , Belarus.  There is also a Facebook Kaplan page that has many posts and people!

Arolsen Archives Adds One Million Documents to Their Online Archive #announcements #holocaust #records

Jan Meisels Allen


The Arolsen Archives added about one million documents to their online archive. The new additions include picture of prisoners and transport lists from Auschwitz concentration camp as well as letters written by Soviet forced laborers to their families.

 Go to:

There is also a video to get the best tips for your research in their online archive on accessible on the aforementioned URL.


Additionally, a comprehensive collection of documents from the British and French occupation zones can now also be researched for the names of victims of Nazi persecution.

Go to:


To read previous articles on the Arolsen archives , see the IAJGS Records Access Alert archives at:  You must be registered to access the archives.

To register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert go to: and fill in the missing blanks. You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.

It is required to include your organization affiliation (genealogy organization, etc.)


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Re: Cape Verde Jewish roots? #dna #sephardic

Dan Nussbaum

An addendum to my previous statement. Try to get DNA from both sexes. Often a Y chromosome can tell a good deal.

Daniel Nussbaum II, M.D., FAAP
Rochester, New York

Re: Photo request from Mt. Carmel Cemetery #photographs

Kenneth Ryesky

Negative information is still information.  You now know to not bark up that tree.
Ken Ryesky,  Petach Tikva, Israel     kenneth.ryesky@... 

GERTZIG, BRODSKY; Yelizavetgrad, Ukraine
IZRAELSON, ARSHENOV; Yevpatoriya, Ukraine (Crimea)

Re: Cape Verde Jewish roots? #dna #sephardic

Dan Nussbaum

You definitely should try DNA testing. One never knows what would show up.

I dwelled for a decade in New Bedford, Massachusetts which has a large Cape Verdean population. There were women among them who still lit candles on Friday night.

Daniel Nussbaum II, M.D., FAAP
Retired Developmental Pediatrician
Rochester, New York

Need headstone translations from Hebrew #translation


I would appreciate your help with the Hebrew on these headstones. The third is a little hard to read so I'm adding another photo of it. Thanks -- Sherry Robinson, Albuquerque, NM

Trouble finding relatives in Ellis Island Passenger Lists #records #names

David Levine

Does anyone have advice on how to find a relative who know landed at Ellis Island but cannot be found easily in the lists?
Are there lists of equivalent Jewish names? 
Or, has anyone dealt with this brickwall problem?
Same with naturalization docs. 
I know they did it but I cannot find it under any number of spelling attempts.

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