Re: Seeking Professor Krystyna Cedro-Ceremuzynska #warsaw #poland

Krzysztof Witaszek

I 've found that she was a volunteer in the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising.
You can try to ask them for the contact.
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego
ul. Grzybowska 79
00-844 Warszawa
tel.: 22 539 79 05, 22 539 79 06
fax: 22 539 79 24
e-mail: kontakt@...
Krzysztof Witaszek

Jewish man as Mayor of shtetl Teofipol Imperial Russia #russia #general

Marilyn Levinson

Dear researchers
My grandmother was born in 1894 in Teofipol.  She emigrated to the United States in 1909.  She told my mother who was born in 1920 that her uncle was Mayor of her town.  Would it be possible for a Jewish man to be a mayor as we understand it today, or is it more probably a title given to him regarding the Jewish community.  Thank you for your help.
Marilyn Levinson
Spring Lake NC

Re: Help Please Deciphering Ellis Island Cursive Handwriting from 1909 #records #names #belarus


Looks like "Ruzk" to me -- the "R" is the same as in "Russia" and on the last entry you can see several places where this writer wrote a capital "S" and it is very different.
"Ruzk" shows up in column 29.  In column 11 there is "Ruzsh" which I would guess is the German word for the nationality "Russian" but this column is clearly for an address. As is 29.
Anyway, convenient of her to get her name right at the top where the column headings are.

Robert Roth
Kingston NY

Re: Help Please Deciphering Ellis Island Cursive Handwriting from 1909 #records #names #belarus

Alan Shuchat

The birth town does seem to begin with an R. Column 10 shows that Ester's mother Beile lives in what might be Ruzoh or Ruzok (or Ruzhoh, Ruzhok), Minskiy. So this town was in Minsk gubernia, as was Slutsk. I looked but couldn't find a town near Slutsk with a name that sounded like that.
Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

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

Steven Cohen

Keep going in wider circles.  In addition to variations in last name, the first name may be completely different from what the person came to be known as in the US, the year may be different from what you think, etc.

It took me forever to find the records for my grandfather - unsurprising, in retrospect, since Morris Cohen is shown in the ship's manifest as Mordche Ber Katz.  (If your ancestor was by any chance a Cohen or Katz, or something similar like Kahan, try all those variants.)  And the person who transcribed the records had trouble with the handwriting and/or wasn't familiar with Hebrew/Yiddish names, so the index lists him as "Marduke Per Katz."

Good luck -

Steve Cohen

Re: St. Joseph Missouri City Directories. #records


Ancestry has the 1924 city directory but not 1923:or 1925. Besides the local library suggested above, there is a state of Missouri historical website where I’ve found listings for other Missouri towns.  

Sharon Fleitman
Atlanta, Georgia

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

Steven Usdansky

One of my techniques to deal with spelling problems is to write the name in my sloppiest handwriting, and then consider various misinterpretations of the letters.

My paternal grandmother came to the US using the passport of one of her sisters. I knew the year she arrived and the names of her sisters, but it still took me over a decade of periodically searching at until I finally came close enough to the actual misspelling of the family surname to find the record I was looking for.

Steven Usdansky
Owatonna, Minnesota

Re: Help Please Deciphering Ellis Island Cursive Handwriting from 1909 #records #names #belarus

Steven Usdansky

On Sun, Nov 29, 2020 at 11:14 AM, <davidelevine@...> wrote:

Steven Usdansky
Owatonna, Minnesota

KATZOFF family- Brisk /Brest-litovsk #israel #usa

Yonatan Ben-Ari

Researching my KATZOFF (or variant) family who left
Brisk/Brest-litovsk at various times during the last 120-130 years.
The three areas they went to are (like most emmigrants) to USA-my
grandfather Philip (Reuven Shraga),about 1900, South America
(Argentina), and Israel (after WW2).

Yoni Ben-Ari (KATZOFF), Jerusalem

Re: Need headstone translations from Hebrew #translation


Third tombstone:

Here lies
My dear father Mr.
Shlomo son of Moshe 
Died 28 Sivan 5680
May his soul be bound in the bond of everlasting life

28 Sivan 5680 = June 14 1920 (or June 13 after nightfall)

Yitschok Margareten

Re: St. Joseph Missouri City Directories. #records

Matt Friedman

Good Morning Everyone,
I sent this response to Felisa, but since there might be other researchers interested in St. Jospeph the response to jer is below.
Asa general note...rabbis tend to be a good source of information about local Jewish communities.  They may not have all the info, but they know where to look and who has knowledge....
Hi Felisa,
I was the rabbi at Temple Adath Joseph in St. Joe from 1995 to 1999.  At one time there was a good sized Jewish population with several active synagogues.  Currently only Temple Adath Joseph remains.  The congregation has a Facebook page.  
The St. Jospeh public library has a genealogy page on its website that includes city directories.
There is also a northwest Missouri genealogical society that has a website.
The challenge is the fact of whether or not your ancestors were present when the records were collected.
Good luck with your research.
Rabbi Matt Friedman

Re: Looking for Gussie Deutsch #usa

David Jacobowitz

Many thanks to Michele Lock for pointing us to Mount Zion.

Mount Zion Cemetery DEUTSCH, DANIEL Society AUERBACH Path 34R Gate 24 Row 6 Grave 0001 Map 14 Section Block Lot Burial 11/15/1936.
Mount Zion Cemetery DEUTSCH, GUSSIE Society AUERBACH Path 34R Gate 24 Row 6 Grave 0002 Map 14 Section Block Lot Burial 10/14/1970 Gussie Deutsch BIRTH 1885 DEATH Oct 1970
BTW, I submitted edits to Find a Grave with their birth information and Gussie's maiden name.  

My Great Grandfather Wolf Jacobowitz is also buried in Mount Zion, as well as my Kreinik family's Shtetl, Sedziszow Malopolski.

This is why I find genealogy fascinating.
Thank you all for your help and guidance.

David Jacobowitz
Researching JACOBOWITZ in (now) Slovakia
KREINIK near Sedziszow Malopolski, Poland
DANZIGER in Radom, Rawa and Warsaw, Poland

ViewMate translation request - Polish #poland #translation #russia

Terv Gold

I've posted a marriage record from 1829 in Polish for a translation.
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you.
Roseann Mandell
Massachusetts USA

Re: Photo request from Mt. Carmel Cemetery #photographs

Sharon E Siegel

Have you searched on   That is a good resource for finding multiple names and cemeteries to help find the right one? Hope that helps. Sharon

Sharon E. Siegel 
Port Jervis, NY USA

Seeking descendants of Genowefa Korc #poland #warsaw


Genowefa Korc was the administrative secretary for my Father's Uncle, Alexander Lorski, during the 1930's, in Warsaw. After the Nazi invasion, she faithfully visited Alexander and his wife in the Warsaw Ghetto, until they died in August of 1942. After the war, she lived in Konstancin-Jeziorna, and died in 1971. I am seeking information on any descendants of Genowefa Korc who may have information on her and her employer, Alexander Lorski.
Thank You,
George Mason 

Seeking Professor Krystyna Cedro-Ceremuzynska #warsaw #poland


I am looking for any current contact information on a physician named Professor Krystyna Cedro-Ceremuzynska. I believe she lives in or near Warsaw. In 2013 she wrote an article about an historic Villa in Konstancin-Jeziorna that was owned by my Father's uncle and aunt in the 1930's. #Poland  #Warsaw
Thank You,
George Mason

Re: Cape Verde Jewish roots? #dna #sephardic


Thanks, Dan.  I understand that Cape Verdeans have a practice of placing stones on a gravestone when visiting a cemetery, no doubt an influence from Jews who settled in Cape Verde.


David Stern

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


Hi David,

It is in Russian, not in Belarussian.  I know both languages.  What is tell in this letter, that Minsk archive have no documents for family Krinski and recommended You contact Grodno historical Archive. e-mail: niab.grodno@...
About family Isserman or Esserman they recommended to contact Latvian state archive.  e-mail:
They are inform you what in Minsk no archive documents survived from the year 1887-1889.

Michael Ryabinky
Boynton Beach, FL

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

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

Elena Bazes


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