Going to Visit Mount Hebron in NY - offering photos - maybe Montefiore too

A. E. Jordan

The weather has been rather mild in New York and it sounds like our luck might hold so I am going to try and make a visit to Mount Hebron Cemetery to get photos of stones.

I might also make a stop at Old Montefiore in Queens too.

If anyone wants you can contact me.  Please I ask that you have the specifics of the grave because as you can imaging there are a lot of people with the same names in this cemetery .... it is very large and spread out.  I appreciate but do not insist a few dollars in return to help with the expenses of doing this for you.

Both cemeteries have internet search features on their own websites.  Please those are better than the third party sites like Find a Grave.

If you are interested you can contact me off list to discuss.

Allan Jordan

Subj: ViewMate translation request - Polish

Robert Leifer

I've posted a vital record in Polish 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.
Robert Leifer

Subj: ViewMate translation request - Polish

Robert Leifer

I've posted a vital record in Polish 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.
Robert Leifer

Letichev and Uezd Document Translation and Indexing Project Update #ukraine

Renée K. Carl

I have just sent a new set of 1833 translations to supporters of the Letichev and Uezd Translation and Indexing Project. These are lists of families for conscription. The newly translated sheets include:
-Letichev - 804 entries
-Mikhalpol - 751 entries
-Zinkov - 1470 entries
-Volkovintsi - 737 entries

The project includes: Butsnevtsi, Derazhnia, Letichev, Medzhybizh, Mikhalpol, Snitkov, Volkovintsi, Zinkov for 1829 and 1833. Now, something really important: We are finding that families moved amongst these towns. Just because your family was from XX town, doesn't mean they only lived in XX town. The families might be registered in one town, but lived in another. It is worth your time to check in all the neighboring towns, and even father afield. For example, the 1833 Volkovintsi list includes men from Snitovka and Derazhnia. This seems to be the case for many towns, so do extra looking!

Several donors did not provide, or have changed their email address. If you think you are a donor to this project and did not receive the sheets via an email from me, let me know and I will check the donor list. If you wish to be part of this project, we would welcome additional funds. A donation of $100 will provide you with all the sheets in advance of them being added to the JewishGen database. Any leftover funds from the project will be used to translate newly found metrical and Revision lists for Medzhybizh, thought to have been lost in the 2003 fire.

Renée K. Carl
Washington DC
Searching BRAND/BRANDT and SANOFSKY/SECHANOFSKY from Medzhybizh and St. Louis

Re: IGRA (Israel Genealogy Research Organization) meeting in Rechovot (israel) Feb,26


Additional information:
Place Weizmann Institute, Schmidt Hall
Time:  19:00 =regristration and rechmens
19:30-20:0- lecture
Admission is free

View Mate Translation Request


This is my first time posting in this forum and using view mate. I ordered pages from the Piotrkow book of residents and I'd like some help translating them. I'm particularly interested in first names / parent names and birthdates. Thank you very much. The language is Russian, the date range is between 1872-1883.

Re: An email from South Africa seeking Shoa information on my aunt

Ina Getzoff

Thank you for agreeing with me. There are people out there posting information also on family trees that is not their family so heaven knows where this person got information on Alberto's aunt that he thinks he should be able to post.

Ina Getzoff
Delray Beach, Fla.

ViewMate translation request: Cyrillic characters in Greek Orthodox Church wedding act

Alberto Guido Chester

Dear Genners
I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

and a short page 2  

It belongs to inlaw relatives of Lebanese origin who married in Buenos Aires Greek Orthodox Church in the 1900´s
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.  

Alberto Guido Chester
Buenos Aires, Argentina

(Germany) The German Parliament Rejects Proposed Law that Would Have Guaranteed Naturalization for German Jews Who Fled the Nazis #germany #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen



The German Parliament, the Bundestag, rejected a proposed law that would have guaranteed naturalization for German Jews who fled the Nazis.  On January 30, "reparation in the German nationality law" was on the agenda of Germany's parliament. The move for this legislation resulted from over 6,000 applications in 2017 and 2018 under the existing Article 116 Constitution provision. That provision states” former German citizens who, between 30 January 1933 and 8 May 1945, were deprived of their citizenship on political, racial or religious grounds and their descendants shall, on application, have their citizenship restored.”  Because of the large number of declinations, Germany announced in two legal decrees that it would make naturalization easier for German Jews who fled the Nazis because of persecution, and for their descendants. As a result the legislation was introduced by the Article 116 Exclusions Group which represents more than 100 people, mostly of Jewish descent, who have had applications rejected or been told they are not eligible to apply.


The legislation failed because two political parties felt the decrees were sufficient: center-right Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union (CDU+CSU), and center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD).


I have no more information on this, or naturalization issues for former German Jews or their descendants. Please do not ask me any more as I only have what is in the news article below.

To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Need your help identifying Family Member's Country of Origin - #general


Solomon and his nephew Louis are from Novi Velednyky, Ukraine. Following is how I got there (the fact that they have a very specific and not terribly common trade, shoemaker, makes it much easier to follow them and know you have the right people):

The 1920 census shows Solomon was born in "Wolin" , ie: the Volhynia region in present day Ukraine.  Here's a link to a page with info and links in JG:

WW1 draft reg for "nephew" Louis, has a bit more on hometown:

Louis' naturalization:

Believe this is their hometown,Novi Velednyky, Ukraine

I'm sure there's more to find; manifests to Canada and entrance into US, etc but I'm reasonably certain this is the answer to your initial question of "where did he come from".
"Morris" is likely Moshe or similar, and there are no rules, but there's a good chance "Ida" is Chaie (Chaya or a variant)
Sherri Venditti,
The Berkshire, USA

Re: Cemetery help at La Tablada, Buenos Aires


You can place a photo request on Find A Grave and/or BillionGraves for a local volunteer to photograph the gravesite. It is helpful to submit as much information as possible regarding the exact location of the burial site. For reasons I don't quite understand, I can never get AMIA's site to properly load.  However, I have successfully used to determine gravesite location details of individuals buried in La Tablada.

On Sun, Feb 16, 2020 at 09:08 PM, <Marty.Meyers@...> wrote:
I'm trying to get a picture of a  matzevah
in La Tablada cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  If anyone will be
going out there and could take a picture for me, I'd be very grateful.
I can provide the information found in the AMIA database regarding the

Re: Need your help identifying Family Member's Country of Origin - #general

The Becker's Email

The 1920 census has "Wolin" crossed out and Russia written in.  Wolin is likely the Volhynia region of the Ukraine.  Within the region is the town Volodarsk-Volynskiy.  "Volodarsk" is similar phonetically to "Walladuk which appears on Solomon Sherman's WWI draft registration card.  His WWI draft registration card has "Wielladuk" best I can determine from the handwriting.
I would also note that his WWI draft registration card has that he has his first paper "Pa" on the 1920 census.  If possible to find his naturalization papers, they may give more information regarding the town and should have more detail on the ship and date of arrival.
Johanna Becker
Rhode Island, USA

German citizenship: Ida Seigheim


Regarding the recent inquiry, the files at the USHMM show that Ida Seigheim (actually Siegheim) born in Georgenberg, (not Georgenheim) emigrated to Switzerland and died there.  This does not in itself prove citizenship, but I will check the stripped citizenship files and if her name appears there it will establish her citizenship.  If not, I will explore other sources of information.
Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.

Re: Need your help identifying Family Member's Country of Origin - #general

Barbara Mannlein

More folks would be inclined to help if you supplied the link to the original document, rather than “high resoultion” links (which are just pictures).

Links to the original enable us to enlarge the images w/o decreasing clarity.  

Barbara Stern Mannlein
Tucson, AZ

On Feb 18, 2020, at 5:45 PM, nr1teachers@... wrote:

As many of you may know, us Jews come from "Russia" and Russia was a big place now scattered into many countries.  Unfortunately, I have a document from a family member, and I have been unable to identify where he was born.  The city appears unreadable to me.  There 2 links are documents I am 100% certain belong to him.

Link 1 Photo is marriage license.  His name was Solomon Sherman and he married Sophie Carp (originally Krupnik) in 1916.  Solomon lists his parents as Morris Sherman and Ida Hoffman.  I am told his Morris might have been called (Moshe or similar spelling).  I see on Ancestry that Sherman has several variations (Szerman, Sherman, etc)

Link 2 Photo is Solomon Sherman's registration card.  The city where he was born appears to not exist or be illegible aside from Russia.  This is where I need your help!  Where was Solomon Sherman Born? Link High Resolution Registration Card

The 1920 Census lists Solomon Sherman arriving in the USA in 1913 and Russian.  Profession Shoe Maker.  Below are "Speculative" Documents I found at Ellis Island Website that May or May Not be him!  Have yet to find documents corroborating the Parents of this Solomon Sherman.



Argentina naturalization records? STAHL

Sheryl Stahl

I was wondering if anyone could give me more information about the Argentinian naturalization process.
I looked at the Jewishgen Argentina infofile, but saw only that some records are available and it doesn't say when the file was updated. Most of the links seem to be dead.

I'm trying to made a side-run around the brick wall of my ggf, Bernard/Barney Stahl. Family legend has it that some of his siblings went to Argentina. I tend to believe it because I found a record for one of my uncle's traveling there. But I do not know any of the sibling's names.

1. what was the process of becoming naturalized in Argentina around the turn of the century
2. Are any records available online? (some of the links on the info page are dead)
3. are there ship manifests for ships docking in Argentina around the turn of the century (any available online?)

Sheryl Stahl (Los Angeles)

Suwalki (RAKOVSKI, OKRAGLINSKI,) Wizajni (RAKOVSKI) Kalvarja
Odessa (STESSEL) Pervomaysk (STESSEL)  Grzymalow (LANDAU) Kolomyya (STAHL,


Re: Retrieving German Citizenship

Renee Steinig

A marriage record on Ancestry shows that Eugen Freudenburg and Ida "Siegheim" married on 31 Juli 1910 in a church in Weinheim ( Birth dates and parents' names match. If Ida converted before that ceremony, eligibility for restored citizenship might be impacted.

Suggestion: Send your inquiry to the GerSIG discussion group, whose subscribers include some expert researchers -- some based in Germany -- who are not on this list.


Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY

Rochelle Gershenow <rpgersh@...> wrote:

I am writing for a friend, Rebecca, who is trying to recover the German citizenship that was stripped from her Grandmother by the Nazi citizenship laws.  Rebecca is of Jewish descent on her mother's side.


Rebecca has visited Germany and has gotten most of the basic documents. Her Grandmother, Ida Seigheim, was born 6/28/1887 in Georgenheim bei Tamowitz Oberschleisen, Germany to Bertha Berliner (b. 1841 Oppeln Oberschleisen, Germany – now Opole, Poland) and Eugen Seigheim (b. 1840 Oppeln). Ida  married Dr Ernst Freudenburg on May 23, 1910 in Munich....

Miriam Kaminski, Neeman/Konstantin Kaminski from Poland, Grodno or Dvinsk #poland #belarus

Anastasiia Petrovskaia-Kaminskaia

My name is Anastasiia Petrovskaia-Kaminskaia. I'm looking for any information about my Jewish ancestors.
Let me briefly tell my family story. My great-great-grandma Miriam Kaminska (is supposed to be born in 1868) had been living in Poland in the early 1900s with her husband Neeman/Nahman/Konstantin Kaminski and at least two daughters, Olga/Golda (born in 1905) and Milena/Milah/Ludmila Kaminska (born in 1907). Also, probably, they had had two sons: the oldest child Abraham Kaminski and Isaak/Izrail/Nikolay who was the youngest child. The head of the family had a shoe shop.
At 1915 Miriam and children ran from Poland to Dvinsk (sisters had been studying at the local Jewish school, which one - have no idea but I very curious) at first and to Grodno then.
At 1918 family situated in Ukraine where Miriam left her children in the orphanage, worked as a Red Cross' nurse and then died because of typhoid in (probably) Borschagovka that's the place in Kyiv. Sisters had got married, the oldest boy died, the youngest boy was admitted to the Moscow university and had stayed in Russia.
During WWII Golda/Olga had been pretending to be Polish in Lviv and that's why survived. Milah with her children (including my 1 y.o. grandma) ran to the Ural where she died in the 80s.
Milah had been refusing to tell her Jewish family history to her grandson, my father, and told her daughter, my grandma, to keep silent as well. We know something about our family from Golda/Olga Kaminska's offspring, they know little though too.
I have Miriam's and Milah's photos. Also, our family's surname may be Steinman as it one of the possible translations of "Kaminski".

I will be very grateful if you share with me your thoughts about where I can look for information about my ancestors.
And one more moment, I'm from Russia so I can't go straight to Ukraine because of things that my government has done  😒

Re: Retrieving German Citizenship



Members of this UK-based organization have expertise in the practical aspects of German citizenship restoration:

I suggest that Rebecca contact them.
Best of luck,
Jim Gelbort 

JGS of Washington State invites you to a free program on Monday evening, 3/9/20: “Sex, Lies, and Genealogical Tape” presented by Ron Arons

Karen Campbell

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State invites you to a free program,
"Sex, Lies, and Genealogical Tape"
presented by Ron Arons, Genealogical Lecturer

DATE: Monday, March 9, 2020
LOCATION: LDS Factoria Building
4200 124th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98006
• Doors open at 6:30 p.m., for all to enjoy our extensive library of genealogical resources, including FREE access to the FHC computers and genealogical websites!
• Free Wi-Fi available. Come early and network with other attendees!
• Presentation starts promptly at 7:15 p.m.
• Free admission and refreshments

Most genealogists naturally spend their time looking for new ancestors to expand their family trees as wide and as far back in time as possible. This is done by searching for the answers to the questions, Who? When? and Where? However, a completely different experience can be had by researching one individual in as much depth by collecting as much documentation about that person and related individuals as possible, as well as looking at the environments where they lived. By taking this approach, a researcher can explore the questions: Why? and How? For example, Why did our ancestor act the way that he or she did? How did that person have an impact on my life? How can we explain events and other things in our lives by their behavior? Individual-focused genealogy can have some unexpected positive benefits as this presentation will clearly demonstrate. Ron will demonstrate the unintended benefit of this methodology: it surprisingly let him break through some brick walls, allowing him to push his heritage back four more generations and find a plethora of living relatives he never knew beforehand. The talk will showcase a wide range of genealogical tools, records and methodologies which, if employed, could easily make anyone a better researcher.

Born in New York, Ron Arons earned a B.S. in Engineering from Princeton and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He was employed as a marketer at many high-tech companies before deciding to work full time on his first book, The Jews of Sing Sing. Ron became interested in understanding his roots after he lost both his parents to cancer almost 20 years ago. In the process of researching a criminal ancestor’s past, Ron has traced his roots to England, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania. Unlike his criminal ancestor, Ron was reared a goodie two shoes and has never been afoul of the law!
In 2005 Ron won a Hackman Research Residency Award from the New York State Archives to continue his research of New York Jewish criminals. In January 2008, Ron appeared on the PBS television series, “The Jewish Americans,“ as the acknowledged expert on Jewish criminals of New York’s Lower East Side. Ron has made presentations at 12 IAJGS conferences and tours the country giving educational and entertaining presentations on Jewish criminals and Jewish genealogy.

Please visit our website at to join or to donate to JGSWS to help support the incredible speakers and workshops we bring to you, to view library listings, download handouts, or for more information. JGSWS is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. Membership dues and donations are tax deductible.

Jewish Genealogical society of Washington State
P. O. Box 53102, Bellevue, WA 98015

Karen vanHaagen Campbell
JGSWS President/Publicity/Programs
Cell/Texts/Home: 206-790-2167
Work: 425-635-1606

2 questions about research while traveling to Israel

Elise Miller

Is there a central source for finding the gravesites of ancestors who I know are buried in Israel?

Can I do research about the fate of family members who were in Romania and Hungary during the Holocaust at Yad Vashem or elsewhere in Israel?
Thanks you for any information about these queries.

Thank you for your help!
Elise Frances Miller
San Mateo, CA