Re: looking for information regarding a French cousin - Frédérique ( or Frédéric ) Sternberg #france #records

David Choukroun

Dear Catherine, 

You are perfectly right -- Insee records are not exhaustives, mainly because the cities (commune in real) were reporting all with papers in the 70s and 80s

If you wish, there is a path to ask for addition/correction -- I never tried, but it shall be possible to add missing records (with proof and evidences obviously)




Re: Research individuals in France #france

David Choukroun

Dear Ellen

no worries, summer will come back :)

following Bernard's guideline, you can find a reference into the naturalisation decree from the Journal Officiel de la République Française available under  (18 jan 1927)

Please check if this is the right city or origin -- then it can be interesting to ask for the Naturalsation file

It gives you as well a direction to seearch (far from Paris)




Who Filled Out a NYC Marriage License in the 1920s #records #usa

Carl Kaplan

Who filled out a marriage license in New York City in the 1920s? I am asking because I just obtained marriage licenses for two of my grandfather's brothers. For groom's mother, there are the following entries:

Mollie Bienenstock (1925) - correct
Margaret Bienstock (1924)

I know lots of mistakes were made on census forms, and other documents, but in this case I would have thought it would have been the groom, or someone with the
groom watching. In both cases they have the grooms' signature. It's not a big deal, but quite interesting, that they couldn't get their mother's name straight.
Carl Kaplan

KAPLAN Minsk, Belarus
EDELSON, EDINBURG Kovno, Lithuania

Re: Dora and Archie RABINOWITZ #southafrica


Hi again and apologies for causing an obstruction.
As mentioned before I grew up 4 doors away from the Rabinowitz family in Krugersdorp,at 113 Commissioner Street.
I know that there were 2 daughters a little older than I was.
Sally was about 5 years older and Biddy was 2-3 years older than I was. Two sisters so completely different looking.
Sally was a red head and freckled , and Biddy was a brunette and more tanned.
I no longer live there but still know a few people who may be able to assist.
My parents were of a similar age group to Archie and his wife.
Please let me know if you would like me to help.
Good luck with your search.

Best wishes 
Bernard Teren.


Re: Research individuals in France #france


I don't know how I missed this thread over the summer, but I am very interested in finding information about a relative from the Mogilev guberniya in what's now Belarus who supposedly lived in France for several years.

According to family lore, my grandfather's eldest brother (b. 1878 or 1879) "married a French woman and moved to Paris," returning to the USSR after the Russian Revolution.  His name was Shaya-Leizer Moroz, but he may've gone by the name Aleksandr Moroz.  I don't think he ever became a French citizen.  I've looked through the Paris archives without success; it's possible he lived somewhere near Paris rather than in the city itself.  He may have been a tailor.

I would greatly appreciate it if anyone with access to French records can search for my great-uncle.  Thanks. 

Ellen Morosoff Pemrick 
Saratoga County, NY


Re: Jewish Genealogy Blogs #general

Elizabeth Handler

As the author of A Jewish Genealogy Journey at (which hasn't been particularly active recently), I suggest that you visit the Geneabloggers website at where you can enter "Jewish" in the search box to see a long list of blogs (some active, some not) with Jewish family stories as part of their focus.
Elizabeth Handler
Needham, MA
Researching: HANDLER, HOLLANDER, HONENVALD (Hungary); YANCU/IANCU/YANCOWITZ, MOSCOWITZ (Romania); LEVITES, LEWITES (Husiatyn, Galicia), SEGAL (Zhytomyr, Ukraine)

Gesher Galicia and Ossolineum Partnership #galicia #poland #announcements

Gesher Galicia SIG

Gesher Galicia is pleased to announce a partnership agreement with the Ossolineum Institute. Currently located in Wrocław, Poland, the Ossolineum originally opened in Lwów/Lemberg/Lviv in 1832. Under the agreement, the two organizations will partner in the areas of archival research, public education, and cultural exchanges.

Andrew Zalewski, vice president of Gesher Galicia, commented: “Gesher Galicia’s members have already seen value of our interactions with the Ossolineum, which identified census records, inventories of towns, and other records illustrating Jewish presence in the multiethnic milieu of Galicia. This agreement will undoubtedly further enhance what we can discover together and offer a new material to genealogists interested in the region.”

The Ossolineum expressed similar enthusiasm for this new partnership. Agnieszka Franczyk-Cegła, head of early imprints department, said “Our collections include unique objects related to Polish history, literature, and art. With Polish and Jewish history intertwined for centuries, early Jewish books, Haskalah and Hasid literature, and drawings by Jewish artists in our repositories are the testimony of shared heritage. The Ossolineum has been also involved in a digitization project, including the material related to Galician Jews that remained in Lviv after World War II.

For further information on the Ossolineum and its collections, please refer to the recent article by Agnieszka Franczyk-Cegła, Galitzianer, June 2020, 4-8 (available to Gesher Galicia members). For the Ossolineum website, please follow to

To access the Gesher Galicia website, please follow to: Gesher Galicia is already an active partner of the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków, the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, the POLIN Museum in Warsaw, Gratz College, Melrose Park, USA, European Jewish Cemetery Initiative, and the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe in Lviv.

Dr. Steven S. Turner
Gesher Galicia, President
Send all inquiries to info@...

Re: Russian translation #translation



In Russian:




Состоялось в городе Пултуск 4-го (16) июня 1892 года в 4 часа дня.  Явились лично торговец Борух Розенблюм, 61 года и учитель Мошек Директор, 56 лет, жители города Пултуск и объявили, что вчера, в 11 часов ночи, умер житель деревни Голысток, кузнец Мошек Домб, вдовец, 76 лет, сын Зельмана и Либы.  По настоящему удостоверяю о кончине Мошка Домба.  Акт сей объявляющим прочитан и ими и нами подписан.

Мошек Директор

Борух Розенблюм

Чиновник гражданского состояния, президент города Пултуска        Подпись

Translated into Engish:


# 31




It took place in the city of Pultusk on June 4 (16), 1892 at 4 pm. The merchant Boruch Rosenblum, 61 years old, and the teacher Moshek Director, 56 years old, residents of the city of Pultusk, personally appeared and announced that yesterday, at 11 o'clock in the morning, a resident of the village of Golystok, a blacksmith Moshek Domb, a widower, 76 years old, the son of Zelman and Liba, had died. I truly certify the death of Moshek Domb. This act was read by the announcers and signed by them and by us.


Moshek Director


Boruch Rosenblum


Civil Status Official, President of the City of Pultusk Signature

Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Boynton Beach, FL

Re: Military Records #france

Bernard Flam

Hi Daniella
from Paris,
Military records of foreign Jews who enrolled Legion Etrangere durin WWII, but also all administrative after-war files of Jewish Deportees from France are archived by SHD (Service Historique de la Defense, Archives of French Defense Minister) in Caen, Normandy, not far from D-Day beaches.
Inquiries to get copies must be done there...
But due to lockdown in France, most of our searches are stopped or delayed.
I will contact them to check their status and I come back.
Bernard Flam
Archives & History of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring (French Bund, Workmen Circle)

Re: Where is this Hungarian / Romanian town? #hungary #romania


Hello Mr. Stein                                                                                                           24th November 2020

I noted the word' Kaschan' --being born in Hungary and Hungarian is my mother's tongue --
I wonder if I may interpret it--via a spoken Hungarian lens--like ; was born--in Kachan--szuletett Kassan? Kosice? Kassoa? --near Satoraljaujhely 

if the   authentic 'handwriting'  could be in front of me: I wonder Kaschan--I may perceive:  Koszony?--a shorten version of Mezokoszony?

or could be countless other 'perceptions' interpretations.
wishing you success

Kind regards
Veronika Pachtinger--London-Uk

Family research Chernogubovskiy Russia Odessa #russia #names

Liliana Weintraub

My grandfather Nukhim Chernoguboskiy was born in Odessa in 1888. I have been unable to trace any records from him except for that. I only know he moved to England at some point, where he met my grandmother and finally moved to Argentina together. Can anybody give me any tips regarding how to find some data about him? His surname (or similar) doesn't show up in any database anywhere. I'm lost and have no clue about how to advance in my search. Any advice is welcome. Thank you.
Liliana Weintraub

Re: Newbie looking for a Jewish ancestor in a non Jewish family #unitedkingdom

Jeffrey Herrmann

If you have a Jewish 2nd great grandmother and if you have (or have had) your autosomal DNA tested, you would likely find many DNA matches with other people of full or partial Jewish ancestry.  This could provide clues to the identity of your 2nd great grandmother.
Jeffrey Herrmann

Re: Newbie looking for a Jewish ancestor in a non Jewish family #unitedkingdom

Jill Whitehead

Hi Tanya

What was your ancestor's first and last name before marriage and what was her father's name? Were they born in the UK? Have you tried looking at the UK censuses and BMD records for them?

Jill Whitehead

Re: Dora and Archie RABINOWITZ #southafrica


Hi Sherri,

So far I haven't been able to find either of their death records.  Do you have any idea how I might find them online?

Susan Rand-Lakritz

Re: Where is this Hungarian / Romanian town? #hungary #romania


Hi Steve, 

I believe that the place you looking for is Koson in present-day Ukraine. In Yiddish is Kasan. Kaschan is the German spelling.

Giannis Daropoulos 


Translation from Polish to English #translation

Fig, Lorraine

Dear Readers,
I've posted a marriage record in Polish of Josiel Sladowsky and Chana Lanowitz (at least I think that's what it is) and would appreciate a full translation of the record, if possible. If it is too long, please feel free to omit the official parts that would not add genealogical information.
The address is
Please respond via the form provided or to me directly at lfig@...

Many thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide.

Lorraine Fig
Ann Arbor, MI 

Ancestry Library Edition Extended Through March 31, 2021 For Remote Access #announcements #general #records #usa

Jan Meisels Allen


I have been advised that Ancestry Library Edition, during the pandemic has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. 

Remote access will be available until the end of March 2021 and will be re-evaluated monthly as needed.

This is for the United States.  

Check with your library to determine if they have an Ancestry Library Edition and you will need a library card from that library to access remotely.



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee




Where is this Hungarian / Romanian town? #hungary #romania

Steve Stein

On a US World War I document for a not-so-close relative, it says that he was born in "Kaschan, Hungary." The rest of the family came from various towns in what is today northwestern Romania. I would consider the target region to be bounded by a triangle of large places Oradea, Cluj, and Tasnad. I believe this relative also came from this region. I've searched the JG Town Finder and Gazetteer with various search strategies with nothing even remotely close.

The only reference to the town that I can find by googling, other than someone else also claiming to come from Kaschan, is a reference to the "Kaschan-Oberbergar Bahn" supposedly part of a rail network in Austria-Hungary.

Any suggestions? TIA.

Steve Stein
Highland Park, NJ USA

JGS of Toronto. Free Virtual Meeting. SEARCHING EASTERN EUROPEAN ROOTS (ROMANIA/MOLDOVA). Wed 25 Nov 2020 at 7:30 pm ET. Harry Bolner. #announcements #events

Jerry Scherer





Speaker: Harry Bolner, Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal



Wednesday, 25 November 2020 at 7:30 p.m. ET

There are two ways to attend.

Click below to register in advance for this Zoom meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


View this livestream meeting on our YouTube channel:


Please make a voluntary donation at this link in the box titled  $ | Other |

JGS of Toronto is a registered charity so Canadian donors will receive a tax receipt.


Harry Bolner travelled from Odessa, Ukraine, west to the Republic of Moldova and Transnistria (formerly Bessarabia), and to Romanian Moldova in the northeast. He will share what happened to the Jewish communities of the area, its cemeteries, and the locations of concentration/forced labour camps. After looking at Romania’s role in the Eastern European “Holocaust by Bullets” and the War, Harry will speak to the current state of local Jewish communities, cemeteries, and memorials. He will specify how to search documents in Romanian National Archives, and detail sources consulted prior to and while travelling. Sadly, there will be no Romanian strudel.


Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto. 2901 Bayview Avenue, PO Box 91006. Toronto, Ontario. M2K 2Y6.   info@...  647-247-6414


Looking for grave of Lea Lustgarten probably in Haifa, Israel #israel


Hello, I'm trying to find the grave of Lea Lustgarten who was born in Mecina Poland in 1902 and was buried in Israel, probably Haifa in 1987.  I wanted to find out the names of her parents.   If I find her grave I know I can find the name of her father.  Would the death certificate state the name of her mother?  

George Frankel  

Researching:  Turner, Lustgarten, Wasserlauf:  Nowy Sacz, Nowy Targ, Oswiecim, Wadowice, Kalwaria, Mszana Dolna, Mecina Poland

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