Seeking info on Henry J ELWIS #israel #unitedkingdom

J Antrich

Originally Heinz J Lewinsohn-Elwitz, naturalised British 1947, moved to Israel late 50s or early 60s, died 1966. Film producer. Any info on his professional life 1950s - 1966 gratefully received. Please email me.

Re: Early 1900's Address Book of Stanislawow #galicia

Yaron Wolfsthal

On Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 05:47 PM, Yaron Wolfsthal wrote:
Thank you Sherri, I have looked at geneaologyindexer, it does not include the early Stanislawow address books.

Reg -Yaron

Ancestry Faces $250 Million Class Action Lawsuit Over Auto-Renewals

Jan Meisels Allen


A class action lawsuit has been filed against for their auto-renewal practice without the subscriber’s permission, which is a violation of California law. The suit was moved to federal court and seeks $250 million in restitution for consumers. The Auto-Renewal Class Action Lawsuit is Marta Carrera Chapple, et al. v. Operations Inc., Case No. 3:20-cv-01456-LAB-DEB, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.


According to the complaint, Marta Carrera Chapple, requested Ancestry’s free trial offer, choosing the middle membership tier and entering her credit card details. Ms. Chapple believed her credit card would be charged the monthly subscription amount of $39.99 when her 14-day free trial expired; such a transaction did indeed post Feb. 14.  However, Chapple claims that she was not aware when accepting the free trial that the defendants would enroll her in a subscription plan that automatically renewed from month to month.


The Ancestry website class action lawsuit states that additional charges of $39.99 were posted in both March and April. Chapple says if she had known the auto-renewal was going to be charged every month, she would not have submitted her credit card to begin with or, alternatively, would have canceled her Ancestry website membership in order to avoid the additional charges to her credit card. 


Consumers wishing to take advantage of’s free trial offer first click a “start my free trial” button and select a membership tier, the class action lawsuit says. The site then invites the customer to click a button that says “Start FREE trial.” 


The consumer is then prompted to create an account, the class action lawsuit says. That step is followed by a prompt to enter payment information, after which the consumer clicks a “Proceed to checkout” button. 


Once the payment information is submitted, the Ancestry website shows the customer an order summary and is asked to click an “Order now” button, after which the site displays a confirmation page, the class action lawsuit states. 


The lawsuit states  that other consumers have reported similar issues with; “hundreds of customer complaints” have been posted on websites such as Yelp, the Better Business Bureau and Consumer Affairs.   The suit states has refused to issue refunds when the affected consumers have requested them.


The class action lawsuit claims the plaintiff suffered injury and lost money as a result of the defendant’s violations of California’s Automatic Renewal Law,  which is part of California’s False Advertising Law; the Consumers Legal Remedies Act; and the Unfair Competition Law.

Therefore, the complaint says, “Plaintiff and Class members are entitled to restitution of all amounts that Defendants charged to Plaintiff’s and Class members’ credit cards, debit cards, or third-party payment accounts in connection with an automatic renewal membership program during the four years preceding the filing of this Complaint and continuing until Defendants’ statutory violations cease.”

Chapple’s class action lawsuit proposes a Class including anyone in California who enrolled in an membership program on or after Dec. 1, 2010, and was charged for the membership “within the applicable statute of limitations.”

To read more see:

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee




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Ancestry Remote Access Has Been Extended Through End of September

Jan Meisels Allen

I have been advised that Ancestry Library Edition, that 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 September and will be re-evaluated monthly as needed.

Check with your library to determine f 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


Re: Early 1900's Address Book of Stanislawow #galicia

Sherri Bobish


Free site of historical Eastern European city directories.


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Re: Research individuals in France/MEYER #france

Barbara Stein


Thank you so much!  The Bas-rhin link has been incredibly helpful, although it has raised a number of questions. 

I have many more volumes to review but I found a marriage record for a Solomon Meyer and a Frederique Moog in 1821 but no evidence of a Frederika Moehler.  I found birth records for several children of Solomon and Frederique Moog, including (I think) my GGF, Leon in 1836, and his brother Simon in 1847, as well as a brother and sister I did not know existed. I also found a death record for Frederique in 1848.  Since Solomon arrived in the U.S. only with children and no spouse, I had presumed his wife died previously.  I think there must be many children who died young between 1821 and 1832 so I will keep looking.  

Again, my thanks for your help!

Barbara Stein

Re: are there benefits of the My Heritage site over Ancestry #general

Karen Lukeman

I believe that more Israelis use MyHeritage for family trees. A couple of years ago, I was able to find a branch of cousins which was sister then visited them when she went to Israel. AND, last year, someone from Israel found me.... a descendant of my great-grandfather! I ended up learning that after my great-grandmother passed away young after having 4 children, my great-grandfather remarried and had many more children. So if you follow this, my grandmother had a lot of half-siblings that my cousins, my one surviving uncle and I never knew of. 

This year, I ended up getting a multi-year full contract with MyHeritage which reduced the "yearly" fee to make it worthwhile. Because of this, I started listening to several of the webinars via Facebook and other (Ask the Expert) so I am learning to take advantage of all that MyHeritage has to is a lot more than I originally thought. 

All the best in whatever path you choose. 
Karen Calmon Lukeman
KALMANOWITZ (Lyubcha and towns near Grodno, Vilna and Minsk)
GOLDSMITH (Bakshty and Ivje)
NASSER (Damascus)
BENBAJI (Damascus)
BALLAS (Damascus)

Re: Jewish soldier in Boer War #general

Pieter Hoekstra

On Sat, Aug 1, 2020 at 12:37 AM, Michael Hoffman wrote:
Go to this website for the United Synagogue Willesden Cemetery there is a talk this coming Monday 3 August 2020 about the Boar War which is about the soldiers that are memorialised on a memorial board located
in the Ohel.

Michael Hoffman

Michael, is there a link to the list of names? I was unable to locate it.

My g.uncle Zachariah (Zac, then Jack) MOSS signed up in Brighton 1901.

Pieter Hoekstra  <sold@...>

A Har Nof Rabbi and his daughter-in-law Chana Pinchas #names

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to contact the family of Chana, daughter of Dr. Abraham
Pinchas. Chana married the son of a Har Nof Rabbi (whose name I am
trying to find out)! Chana is one of six siblings - Netanel Uri, Tzila
Schweitze, Moshe, Michal Yafa Salamon and Yitzchak Aryey.

Re: Mt. Sharon Cemetery #general

Lee Jaffe

Mt. Sharon is partially indexed by Find-a-Grave:
23,892 added (64% photographed).
My family has a plot there.  

Lee Jaffe

Kreindler / Kriendler town of origin in Galicia #galicia

Simon Kreindler

I have documented my KREINDLER line back to my GG Grandfather, Simon Kreindler, who was born in 1790 in Solotwina, a shtetl in the Austro-Hungarian Empire not far from Stanislawow (today it is Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine).


Although the KREINDLER name is not all that common, I have never been able to connect my line with the KREINDLERS of Club 21 fame. Their earliest ancestor in the US was Kieve/Carl KREINDLER who arrived in NY either in 1900 (according to Ellis Island records) or in 1896 (according to his son, Peter).


Kieve/Carl’s branch subsequently changed the spelling of their name to KRIENDLER, probably because it was grammatically more correct in English-speaking USA. My line retained the original spelling.


Years ago, I tried to find out where Kieve/Carl’s family had originated. It was not on his Ellis Island arrival record and none of his family apparently knew the answer (although the ones I spoke to were also very curious).


I wonder if, in the intervening 20 plus years, any of the KRIENDLER branch has been able to find the answer? If so, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Re: FBI Case Files on Fold3 #records

Sherri Bobish


Someone kindly sent me one page.  It is just the information of her arrival needed for her naturalization.

If you see some other information on another page than please do share it with me.  This family branch has been difficult to trace.

Thank you,

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Re: Deportation from U.S. ports back to Eastern Europe #general

Sherri Bobish


Eliane Hirschfeld filed naturalization papers in U.S. District Court, Southern Dist. of New York.

So far, I've only found an index card on-line.   Card has her name (spelled Eliane like on the manifest), and number 554735.

Maybe this could be the girl you are searching?


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Re: Research individuals in France #france

David Choukroun

Dear Barbara,

The record from YVashem is saying :
"Mojsze Waiser was born in Buczacz, Poland in 1870. He was a butcher and married to Perel nee Rozenfeld. Prior to WWII he lived in Tarnopol, Poland. During the war he was in Tarnopol, Poland."

There are other records matching your research (Weiser/Weisser from Buchach) -- see the table below

(source :

And without a first name, a date or the name of the couple, it will be difficult (for me) to say which one is the right one

Best regards


Early 1900's Address Book of Stanislawow #galicia

Yaron Wolfsthal

Dear Group

I am looking for an early address books (Ksiega Adresowa) of Staniwlawow.   These books existed since late 1800s / early 1900s for the big towns in Galicia, e.g. Lwow and Krakow.

The only full book I've found for Stanislawow is from (1935-36), which is too late:

But I know those books existed for Stanislaw from earlier years, because a group member shared with me a single page from the 1927 (he unfortunately didn't have the entire Staniwlawow book for that year).

Any suggestions where these earlier Stanislawow books can be found, online or offline? or how to find them?

Thank you -Yaron

Re: Jewish Legion WW1 #canada

Joyce Field

My father was also in the Jewish Legion, 38th Fusiliers. I was able to get limited information from Avichail on him.  There are three out of print interesting books on the Jewish Legion:
The Story of the Jewish Legion, by Vladimir Jabotinsky
With the Judaens in the Palestine Campaign, by Col. J.H. Patterson
Lone Wolf, by Shmuel Katz, a 2-volume biography of Jabotinsky
Joyce Field
West Lafayette, INDIANA

Ancestry Delays DNA Matches if Small Segments Until Late August; Updated Communities #dna

Jan Meisels Allen

Recently Ancestry announced they were going to eliminate those “small” DNA matches, less than 6 cM. This caused quite a stir in the broader genealogical community.  As a result, Ancestry announced that they will delay removing the “small” DNA matches until late August.  If you want to save them, you can by adding notes,  sending messages or adding them to a group. Remember those with such small amounts of cM  may be “noise” or endogamy and not worth the time- the reason Ancestry plans to eliminate those matches.


Additional updates from Ancestry DNA include:

  • More accurate number of shared segments- available in early August
  • See the length of your longest shared segment—available mid-August
  • Distant DNA matches must share 8.0 cM or higher- available late August


For those researching Asia Polynesia, South Africa and Australia, Ancestry has updated their Ancestry DNA communities.  They now have, 20 Southeast Asian, 9 East Asian, 14 South Asian, 31 Oceanian, 2 African and 1 Central Asian & Russian community.

To read more about their update see:


I normally would not report on the updated communities but since I was reporting on the change of plan for small DNA matches I included this information.


I have no affiliation with Ancestry and am reporting this solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



MyHeritage Facebook Live Session

Jan Meisels Allen




My Heritage announced their Facebook Live Session. No advance registration is required. Simply visit the page when the session is scheduled to start and look out for the live video broadcast at the top of the feed. You’ll be able to ask questions in the comments, and the speakers will respond to them live.


The events are listed in their blog which can be reached at:


Please note the different times for each session. The times are all listed in Eastern Daylight Time. Use the time zone converter for finding your corresponding local time at:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


USCIS Final Rule on Fee Increases #usa #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen






Last November, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced through the Federal Register that they intend to increase the request fees charged by them, including for genealogy services.  Currently, the G-1041 Index Search Request is $65 and form G-1041A Genealogy Records Request is $65. The USCIS proposed to raise the fees to $240 and $385 respectively.  These were a 269 percent and 492 percent change respectively.


The USCIS published the final rule on July 31 which will become effective on October 2, 2020. These fee increases range from 146 to  308 percent—still quite substantial.

See: The final rule covers more than genealogy and is quite long –over 570 pages. I did a word search for the term “genealogy: and the following have information of interest for genealogist. The fees portion are included on pages 16-17. Other items of interest are included on pages: 179, 187-203; 415, 419, 428-429; 433-434, 436, 438, 446-448, 461-463, 475, 511-513, 530, 532.


The USCIS comments in response to genealogical concerns about the proposed fee increase includes:” The proposed increase reflected changes in USCIS’ methodology for estimating the costs of the genealogy program to improve the accuracy of its estimates. In response to public comments on the proposed genealogy fee increases, USCIS further refined the methodology used to estimate genealogy program costs. Based on the refined methodology, this final rule establishes a fee for Form G-1041, Genealogy Index Search Request, when filed online as $160 and $170 when filed on paper. Using the same methodology refinement, DHS establishes a fee for Form G-1041A, Genealogy Records Request, when filed online as $255 and $265 when filed by paper.” They further rationalized the genealogy fee increase by,” INA section 1356(t)(1) authorizes DHS to set the genealogy fee for providing genealogy research and information services at a level that will ensure the recovery of the costs of providing genealogy services separate from other adjudication and naturalization service’s fees. USCIS must estimate the costs of the genealogy program because it does not have a discrete genealogy program operating budget. Nor does USCIS discretely identify and track genealogy program expenditures. The same office that researches genealogy requests, the National Records Center, also performs other functions, such as FOIA operations, retrieving, storing, and moving files. In the FY 2016/2017 fee rule, DHS estimated the costs of the genealogy program indirectly using projected volumes and other information. The projected costs included a portion of Lockbox costs, genealogy contracts, and other costs related to the division that handles genealogy, FOIA, and similar USCIS workloads.” They also responded to one of the genealogy submitters: “USCIS receives fewer than 10,000 genealogy requests each year, so the fees should not affect hundreds of thousands of people as the commenter mentions.”


They also commented on the electronic version of records,: “DHS is expanding the use of electronic genealogy requests to encourage requesters to use the electronic versions of Form G-1041 and Form G–1041A. DHS is changing the search request process so that USCIS may provide requesters with electronic records, if they exist, in response to the initial index request. These final changes may reduce the time it takes to request and receive genealogy records, and, in some cases, it will eliminate the need to make multiple search requests and submit separate fees. Moreover, DHS notes that providing digital records in response to a Form G-1041 request may reduce the number of Form G-1041A requests that will be filed because there would already be a copy of the record if it was previously digitized. As a result, the volume of Form G-1041A requests USCIS receives may decrease, though DHS is unable to estimate by how much. .. DHS recognizes that some small entities may be impacted by these increased fees but cannot determine how many or the exact impact. “


Another response to the fees regarding genealogists, professional and hobbyists:” DHS does not have sufficient data on the requestors for the genealogy forms, Forms G-1041 and G-1041A, to determine if entities or individuals submitted these requests. DHS has previously determined that requests for historical records are usually made by individuals. If professional genealogists and researchers submitted such requests in the past, they did not identify themselves as commercial requestors and therefore could not be segregated within the pool of data. Genealogists typically advise clients on how to submit their own requests. For those that submit requests on behalf of clients, DHS does not know the extent to which they can pass along the fee increases to their individual clients. DHS assumes genealogists have access to a computer and the Internet.”


Note: DHS stands for Department of Homeland Security of which USCIS is under.


They further commented, “Based on DHS records for calendar years 2013 to 2017, there was an annual average of 3,840 genealogy index search requests made using Form G-1041 and there was an annual average of 2,152 genealogy records requests made using Form G-1041A. DHS does not have sufficient data on the requestors for the genealogy forms to determine if entities or individuals submitted these requests.”


While they reduced the fees for genealogy from what was originally proposed by reassigning the National Records Center cost that do not directly apply to genealogy, and it now allows for a $10 reduction in filing fee for applicants who file online for forms that are electronically available by USCIS rather than submit paper applications.


As with the proposed fee increase USCIS still maintains, “DHS is unable to estimate the number of G-1041 index searches and G-1041A records requests considered small; however, some will receive a reduced fee and savings, by filing online. Therefore, DHS does not currently have sufficient data on the requestors for the genealogy forms to definitively assess the estimate of small entities for these requests. DHS is unable to estimate by how much because DHS does not know how many individuals will have access to a computer and/or internet capability. The case management tracking system used by DHS for genealogy requests does not allow for requestor data to be readily pulled.”



For a Genealogy Records Request, requests for copies of historical records or files must: (1) Identify the record by number or other specific data used by the Genealogy Program Office to retrieve the record as follows: (i) C-Files must be identified by a naturalization certificate number. (ii) Forms AR-2 and A-Files numbered below 8 million must be identified by Alien Registration Number. (iii) Visa Files must be identified by the Visa File Number. Registry Files must be identified by the Registry File Number (for example, R-12345).


Information required for release of records. (1) Documentary evidence must be attached to a Genealogy Records Request or submitted in accordance with the instructions on the Genealogy Records Request form. (2) Search subjects will be presumed deceased if their birth dates are more than 100 years before the date of the request. In other cases, the subject is presumed to be living until the requestor establishes to the satisfaction of USCIS that the subject is deceased. (3) Documentary evidence of the subject's death is required (including but not limited to death records, published obituaries or eulogies, published death notices, church or bible records, photographs of gravestones, and/or copies of official documents relating to payment of death benefits).


Fees must be remitted from a bank or other institution located in the United States and payable in U.S. currency. The fee must be paid using the method that USCIS prescribes for the request, office, filing method, or filing location, as provided in the form instructions or by individual notice.


If you want to place an order this would be the more cost-efficient time to do so. The forms may be found at:


To see previous postings about the USCIS and the fee increases,  go to the archives of the IAJGS Records Access Alert at: You must be registered to access the archives.  To register go to:  and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical  organization with whom you are affiliated   You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Re: Wedding Announcement errors.. question #general

Sherri Bobish

BPYunes@... asked:  "Frank Yunes, one of the Groom's brothers". I was told he was an only child and this is the first I had heard of this."

Here are Frank's parents names, according to his 1915 marriage record:

Married June 16, 1915 in Boston
Frank YUNES married Margaret McCarthy
Frank's age in 1915 is 26 (so, born about 1889)
Born Russia
Parent's names:  Jacob YUNES and Annie MORGAN
Lives at 116 Appleton St
Occupation:  Shipper

And, info from Frank's naturalization papers:

b. 11/25/1888 in Kiev
arrived NY June 1893
lived 87 Orange St., Chelsea, MA at time of naturalization 1913

Do Frank's parents names match up with Louis' parents names?

Have you looked at Frank and Louis's tombstones to see if the father's names match?


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ