Re: Wolk family #lithuania

David Wolk

Sherri Bobish,

Many thanks for your enlightening reply.  I can't imagine how you found that information.  I have now seen the passenger manifest but could not see any reference to Lena's son in Worcester or the daughter left behind.  The "son" was almost certainly Hyman Wolk who moved, after arriving by ship in New York, to Worcester.  I'm assuming that 'Lena' was his mother - her age would have been right for that assumption.  By 1908 Hyman and his wife had three children - Charles, Ida and Louis - and more would follow.  I have never known whether there were other Wolk relatives in Wrcester at the time or whether Hyman went there because jobs were plentiful. 

By 1920 Hyman, wife and children had moved to Toledo  so suspect that Lena had died before then.  I did a review of grave information in the three or four Jewish cemeteries in/near Worcester but found nothing.  Unfortunately neither my father(Louis) nor any of his siblings ever mentioned having known their grandmother so some of my assumptions may not be correct.  If you unearth additional details, or can direct me in extending this search, it will be greatly appreciated.  It has long been my belief that no member of this Wolk family remained anywhere in the Pale of Settlement by the time of WWII.  That a daughter remained when Lena left is very troubling.  I could not identify or locate the town you mentioned.

David Wolk

Re: Simcha RUBINSTEIN, Viseul de Sus to Jabotinsky Street #hungary #romania

Evelyn and Christopher Wilcock

I am trying to trace a Rubinstein family with a descendant whose DNA matches include people with the place Viseul de Sus, Maramures, Romania in their tree. Jacob Rubinstein born 1861 in Russia.

Most Rubinsteins in UK records seem to come from Rumania. There is at least one UK naturalisation for a Rubenstein from Rumania in the catalogue of the UK National Archives at Kew, plus entries on the censuses. I dont think this was our family who gave their birthplace as Russia. Border changes make these nationalities problematic.. 
But there is also a post war 1947 naturalisation possibility of a Rubenstein man living in Salford. I have not been able to examine the certificate due to Covid and my age preventing me coming out of lock down.
Unfortunately a copy naturalisation certificate costs £30 or so because it is a legal proof of nationality (although not in this case obviously as the subject is long dead).
I have had great difficulty replying to you as I cant see your email. But I think my email will appear with this post, if you would like to co-operate with me in taking this further..
 Evelyn Wilcock

Sephardic World Sunday: Who Owns the Synagogue? NY and RI #announcements

David Mendoza

Shearith Israel in New York and Jeshuat Israel (the Touro synagogue) in
Newport are two of the oldest congregations in North America. The Touro
ceased functioning as a Sephardic community. In the 1880s Shearith Israel
secured deeds from the descendants of the original members of the Touro.

Zachary Edinger will discuss the history of both congregations, and will
provide an introduction to their archives and genealogical records. Zachary
serves as Assistant Hazzan and Ritual Director at Congregation Shearith
Israel in New York City, and is a well-known figure within the Western
Sephardic world.

Time: Sunday Dec 20, 2020. 2pm NYC, 7pm London, 8pm Amsterdam/Paris, 9pm

For an invitation to our free meetings, please join the Sephardic World
mailing list at:

Best wishes,

Ton Tielen and David Mendoza
Sephardic World

Re: First time researcher looking for help with Dutch Jewish ancestry #records

Molly Staub

Just Google "Dutch Jewish records" and you will find several  sources to help you. I located some relatives there.

Molly Arost Staub

Re: 1899 Psychiatric Diagnosis #records #usa

Paul Chirlin

Ifyou use google scholar and set the date range to end at 1900 then use your search term "terminal dementia" you will get several hits. The best description is in this article which reports on a patient who had been institutionalized for 50 knowledge of his surroundings, not knowing his name, unable to answer questions, ... good natured an docile..    I wouldn't begin to guess what diagnosis he would receive now and I suspect that a wider group of behaviors would have been all lumped into "terminal dementia" in 1899. 

An article from 1891 in American Journal of Psychology discusses the motor behavior of various types of insanity 

The general motor impairment that attends early all cases of permanent mental enfeeblement, and is wit-nessed in the slouchiness, feeble gait, and general helplessness of patients afflicted with terminal dementia

I think you get a general feeling for the condition of the patient in whom the diagnosis would have been used

Paul Chirlin

Address of Bursa Zydowskich Wojennych #general


My father's address in Krakow before moving to Belgium was Bursa Zydowskich Wojennych.

Does anyone knows what was it?

Re: 1899 Psychiatric Diagnosis #records #usa


I think you are asking an unanswerable question. In 1889 (and for many decades after that) people might have ended up in institutions because they had untreated hypothyroidism, or a brain bleed, or hydrocephalus or a host of other things. There would have been no way to distinguish the cause most of the time (albeit not all of the time). Some where institutionalized because they were awkward women, had different sexual preferences. Perhaps if you can get medical records with detailed descriptions  those could be reinterpreted with the insights of 2020 (which are often also wrong -- Bi-Polar disease, or Schizophrenia are not easily categorised diagnoses especially at the margins where they might not be diagnoses at all). "Terminal Dementia" would have meant nothing essentially apart from a lack of normal mental abilities which might be associated with a shortening of life. 

Dr Aubrey Blumsohn

Sheffield, UK

First time researcher looking for help with Dutch Jewish ancestry #records

Alex Hall


Firstly, thanks for taking time to read this.

I'm looking for some help/direction in finding any information on my Jewish ancestors.  The limited information i have is:

My Great great grandfather was Moss Benjamin (later changed his name to Alfred Taylor ) who was married to Catherine Amy Grubb.
I have found his father through census records and marriage banns named Abraham Benjamin b.1815 in Amsterdam Netherlands and who was a feather maker & latterly agent. I believe he was married to Louisa Cohen b.1819 Middlesex, London.

I would really love to find anything about Abrahams' own family who came from Amsterdam,Holland and how to research records in Holland.

I've also struggled to find much information on his wife Louisa Cohen but I am pretty new to this so forgive my ignorance!

Appreciate any help or direction you could give me.

Kind regards
Alex Hall

ViewMate translation request Russian #translation


Subj: ViewMate translation request - Russian

I've posted 4 vital records in Russian for which I need a translation. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses:

This is a lot to ask so any information would be great.

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Carol Cambers

Re: Subj: birth certificate on ViewMate with strange/suspicious date in Norfolk, Virginia #usa


I notice that the ages of the parents correspond to the year 1918 and not when the baby was born in 1902. I see now that this document is a certificate and not a record when the baby was born. I will be more careful from now on.

Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

Re: Wolk family #lithuania

Isme Bennie

Just google Vivienne Wolk rather than try Geni, for marriage details .

Isme Bennie, Toronto

1899 Psychiatric Diagnosis #records #usa


I recently found records for a man who was committed to the Essex County Hospital for the Insane in Newark, NJ in 1889. He was 25 at the time, and his father signed the committal papers. The young man remained in the institution until his death in 1933 at age 68. When his father died in 1899, court papers were filed to transfer the patient's guardianship to his older brother, in lieu of his mother or other siblings. I have found the court file for the guardianship change, but not for his original institutionalization.
The 1899 file contained two certifications from a physicians at  the hospital. One reads that the patient "suffers from a chronic disease of the brain known as Terminal Dementia." The second physician termed it "suffering from a form of chronic mental disease known as Terminal Dementia," essentially the same as the first.

Two questions:

1) I have researched the diagnosis "Terminal Dementia" and found nothing more helpful than the explanation that it was a form of demential that was not curable and would last for life -- not very helpful. Because the patient was so young at the time of institutionalization I have more or less ruled out early onset Alzheimer's Disease. The more probable conditions for a person of that age I think would be a form of Bi-Polar Disease or Schizophrenia. This is my own non-professional guess. I wonder if someone with more psychiatric experience could shed some light on this archaic term and it's usual meaning at that time (1899).

2) The Essex County Hospital for the Insane has moved and changed it's name several times, and today is part of a larger medical complex in NJ. Can anyone shed some light on if and where copies of the records from the 1889 committal be obtained? I found the second Guardianship file on Ancestry under "New Jersey, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, Essex, Unrecorded estate papers", but nothing for the first committal.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.
Judith Lipmanson
Smyrna, Delaware USA

How they traveled #romania #russia #usa

Marcia Segal

Hello there,

I'd be interested in learning how people in the late 1800s would have traveled to get to the steamships that would take them (sometimes indirectly, via other ports) to the US. There are two journeys in particular:

1888 - from Harlau, Romania, to Hamburg, Germany
1890 from Gorodische, about 100 miles from Kiev, to Hamburg, Germany

I would imagine by train but it seems the cost would be prohibitive. But it must have been cheaper (and more accessible) than a horse-drawn carriage. The same question applies to travel between other points. If there are books on this subject I'd appreciate learning about them. Thank you.

Marcia Segal

Re: Viewmate Translation Request - Polish #poland #warsaw

Kris Murawski

These documents are in Russian not in Polish.
Kris Murawski
Raleigh, North Carolina

Resources for research in DELATYN (today) UKRAINE, 1880's #ukraine #general

Menachem Schreiber

I have been trying to research my ancestors specifically family Bartfeld in Delatyn (then Galicia), and I havn’t been finding much, does anybody know how to carry on the research, where can I find and records or other genealogical info for the place in the 1800’s.



Menachem Schreiber. Israel.




Re: Lithuania - looking for family's tombstone in Arigola #lithuania #records

Carol Hoffman

There has not been to date any  listing of the Ariogala cemetery. In addition to the JOWBR information you can see the official Lithuanian information where there 14 images. 

In addition you can read an article written by David Hoffman z"l on his family from Ariogala at the LitvakSIG online journal

Carol Hoffman, PhD
Tel Aviv

Family that left Panevezys, Lithuania for the USA #lithuania #usa #general

I am looking for the descendants of two brothers of my late grandmother, Golda Ella Hoffman (or Goffman),
who left Panevezys, Lithuania for New York. Their names were Solomon and Joseph Hoffman (Goffman).
My grandmother also had a sister by the name of Hoda Goldberg that went to live in Baltimore.
Any assistance in locating the descendants of these persons would be greatly appreciated.
Gordon Berger  (gordberger@...)

Hungary SIG ALMUSLIN Ignatz Ujvidek 1829 #hungary

johan haesert

I am searching for my grandmothers father Ignatz ALMUSLIN borned in Neusatz/Ujvidek in 1929 the 10th of October. He seems to be of Sephardic origin. He left Hungary maried my grandmothers mother and he later got a swedish citizenship. I know nothing about his family and ancestors
I have been in contact with serbian and hungarian archives without result.
Best regards
Johan Haesert

JRI-Poland December 2020 Matching Gift Fundraiser #announcements

Stanley Diamond

Help JRI-Poland reach the next milestone in its Next Generation website, data management search engine development project!  
Our website and database are being redesigned and management tools are being developed, all to help us preserve the evidence
of our ancestors with records in Poland. This will be a multi-step project and we are preparing to launch our first, initial test version;
the speed of our progress depends on your generosity.
Between now and December 31, 2020, a handful of anonymous donors will match gifts to the NextGen project - dollar for dollar -
up to $60,000 in matching funds.
We are delighted by the progress so far and we are more than 2/3 of the way to our goal. Gifts to JRI-Poland are tax-deductible for 
US-taxpayers to the extent allowable by law. Donations of any size are welcome and can be made through the website at:  Visit our website for more information about NextGen.
Note:  As researchers well know, JRI-Poland is proud to partner with Though we are completely separate organizations,
the more than six million records in the JRI-Poland database are also accessible via by mutual agreement.
Please include us in your year-end donations.
Thank you!
Stanley Diamond
Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.

Subj: ViewMate translation request - Hebrew #translation


I've posted a vital record in Hebrew 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

5261 - 5280 of 658849