Tips on Finding Missing Manifests #announcements


The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando is hosting a Zoom meeting entitled “Missing Manifests – Tips for finding those elusive passenger lists” on December 8, 2020, at 7:00 pm ET, with Risa Daitzman Heywood.

Risa Daitzman Heywood is a professional genealogist, writer and speaker specializing in Ashkenazi Jewish research. Risa earned a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She is Past-President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado and served as co-chair of JewishGen’s original Belarus Special Interest Group (SIG).


To register, send an email to jgsgo.blogger@... requesting registration for this date.

Diane M. Jacobs

President, JGSGO

Re: Documents from The State Archives of Ternopil Oblast #ukraine #translation #records

Moshe Berman


I’ve been told by the Ukrainian embassy in New York the same, that communication is Ukrainian only. If you don’t want to wait to find someone, the classic answer is to try Google Chrome / translate. 

What I do is translate and send both English and Ukrainian - Ukrainian at the top. 

Moshe Berman,
Boca Raton, FL

Re: Russian Records ("Moscow Fund"/"Fonds de Moscou") in the French Archives/KALKOPF, Cutla #france #poland #russia

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,
Dear Catherine,
I have started to check as I have names of our "Bundists" living in Paris before WWII and I found already some names.
So you can add "Bundists" in your list of suspicious persons.
May I add that French political police had some agents who learnt Yiddish (as others learnt Italian or Spanish , look how many "Ruiz" are in this archives) in order to be able to understand what was said during meetings.
Bernard Flam
Archives & History of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring (Bund-Workmen Circle of France)

Re: Hungarian Jewish Survivors in Hirek az Elhurcoltakrol: view the original? #hungary #holocaust

Valentin Lupu

Hi Emma,
Try this link
At the bottom of the screen you'll find the five issues. Every page in each issue is downloadable as a pdf file.
Valentin Lupu

This week's Yizkor Book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks #ukraine

Bruce Drake

"Over A Glass Of Tea With Nikita Khrushchev."
How is that for an attention-grabber among titles of Yizkor book chapters? This one is from the book of Rokitno-Wolyn and Surroundings in Ukraine.
Khrushchev, of course, is remembered for many things, ranging from his "secret speech" in 1956 in which he denounced the late Josef Stalin’s “cult of personality” and brutal rule, to his uncharacteristically garrulous personality he had as a Kremlin leader (including the memorable scene of pounding his shoe on a table at the United Nations after a delegate accused the Soviet Union of trampling freedoms in Eastern Europe.
Khrushchev was certainly no angel, having, like other Russian officials under Stalin, made his way up the Communist ranks through either loyalty to him or fear of him, and enabled Stalin in his purges and other crimes. When the author of this chapter, Baruch Shehori, met him it was about a year after Khrushchev arrived in the newly liberated Kiev in 1943, wearing the uniform of a Major General.
This portrait of an amiable and sympathetic Khruschev is what it is, a memory of one encounter at a time after the yoke of the Nazis had been lifted from Ukraine. It was translated by Ala Gamulka, who has worked on many of JewishGen’s Yizkor book (she helped me finish the translation of the book of Kovel) and knew Shehori).

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

Re: "Researchers" submitting Yad Vashem Pages of Testimony #holocaust #israel



According to a webinar I attended yesterday (hosted by the Center for Jewish History), Yad Vashem's online databases contain "7.5 million records related to 4.8 million Jews murdered and to hundreds of thousands of Jews persecuted" whose final fate may not be known.  About 40% are from Pages of Testimony, while 60% are from other sources.  It is not uncommon for there to be several records from different sources for the same person.  They try to "cluster" those records; however, slight variations in the spelling of names and other details can make that a challenge, so they rely on family members to compare the records and determine whether they reference the same person.  

Ellen Morosoff Pemrick 
Saratoga County, NY


Re: Incorrect ship manifest exclusion/deportation designation? #general #usa #records


Hello Michael,
As I read it you are asking two questions:
First, other responses to your post are correct that this immigrant likely was deported and turned right around and entered through the same or another port.  Look for them arriving about 10 days to a month later.  Philadelphia was common for these second attempts—but they could come back through any port of entry, via Canada, etc.  The chance the “deported” stamp on the manifest is wrong is low.  The record would have been stamped upon the immigrant’s departure.  Meanwhile, the statisticians were counting everything daily and at some point those numbers would not add up if it were in error.  Also, the SS Company would be billed for the detention of the deportable immigrant, and the SS Co. had a team of people scouring their records to ensure they didn’t pay fees they never incurred.
Second, you ask “Is there a straightforward way to check that?  Might there be a correspondence file on his case and what's the best way to search for such a file these days?”  This is where it gets tricky because the answer depends on the date.  In YOUR case, from 1909/1910, there are two fairly straightforward good options:
  • You can search the INS Subject Index, name-searchable at at  But that index is incomplete, especially for early years, and so is not conclusive.  Yet this may be the only available index for people name-searching for correspondence files about appeals after ca. 1910/1911, and is a long-shot for those searching any name prior to 1906.  In those early years one is better off searching by the name of the ship.
  • In YOUR case from 1909/1910, you can also search the INS Name Index which, despite the dates in its title, really only covers cases ca. 1903-1911.  Perfect for you.  That index is comprised of two separate name indexes.  One has been completely digitized and name-indexed and made searchable in the NARA catalog.  The other is being digitized and NARA has begun loading some of those to the catalog as well.  You can search everything loaded so far by clicking the “search within this series” button on this page
Good luck!
Marian Smith

German reparations #germany

Melissa Kahn

My grandparents left Rockenhausen, Germany in 1938 and came to NYC, and they later received reparations payments from the German government.  How can I find details of the payments, e.g., their application for payments, approval letter, and when the payments started?
Thank you,
Melissa Kahn

ViewMate Translation Request - Polish #translation



I've posted an 1863 marriage record in Polish of one of my Hartblaj relatives. I would be thrilled to get an English translation of this record. It is on ViewMate at the following address:

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much!!!

Best regards,
Wendy Starr
New York City

Re: Looking to find a researcher for help in tracing family in Belarus #belarus


I have worked with Yuri Dorn jhrg@... who provides an excellent commercial service

Anthony Rabin

Re: Incorrect ship manifest exclusion/deportation designation? #general #usa #records


It is also quite possible that they went back through a different port.  Philadelphia seems to have been popular for this.  
Paul Hattori
London UK

MINDEL, MINDELL from Utena and Vyzuonos, Lithuania
FELLER from Pabrade, Lithuania

Re: ViewMate in Russian? #russia #translation


In Russian:


Состоялось в городе Калиш 15-го (28) декабря 1912 года в 9 часов утра.  Явились лично постоянный житель города Калиша, живущий в доме #173, Йосель-Меер Былинка, торговец, 23-х лет вместе с равином Хацкелем Либшицом и в присутствии свидетелей: Хаима Орлинского, 34-х лет и Касреела Лустича 55-и лет, жителей города Калиш и преявили нам девочку, объявляя что он родилась в городе Калиш 6-го (19) декабря сего года  в 10 часов вечера, от его жены Крайндель, урожденной Гот, 22-х лет.  Младенцу этому было дано имя Гитель Былинка.  Акт сей объявляющему и свидетелям прочитан и ими и нами подписан.

Хацкелй Либшиц

Йосель-Меер Былинка

Хаим Орлинский

Касреел Лустич

Чиновник гражданского состояния       Подпись


Translated into English:

# 363

It took place in the city of Kalish on December 15 (28), 1912 at 9 am. A permanent resident of the city of Kalish, who lives in house # 173, Yosel-Meer Bylinka, a merchant, 23 years old, appeared in person, together with Rabbi Khatskel Libshits and in the presence of witnesses: Khaim Orlinsky, 34 years old and Kasreel Lustich, 55 years old, residents the city of Kalish and presented us with a girl, announcing that she was born in the city of Kalish on December 6 (19) this year at 10 o'clock in the evening, from his wife Kraindel, nee Got, 22 years old. This baby was given the name Gitel Bylinka. This act was read to the announcer and to the witnesses, and they and us signed.


Khatskeli Liebshitz

Yosel-Meer Bylinka

Chaim Orlinsky

Kasreel Lustich

Civil Status Official Signature

Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Columbus, OH

Re: Looking to find a researcher for help in tracing family in Belarus #belarus

Carl Kaplan

Hi. I used a non-profit group out of the UK, called the Together Plan. They work on rebuilding the Jewish communities in Belarus. They also have a research group in Minsk that supports their work. I paid for this research, and was very happy. They traced my family back to the 1740s. I think I was very lucky, as everyone is different.
Their website is

and contact is:  

I believe they are having a webinar on Sunday about the History of the Jews in Belarus. It should be on their website.

Carl Kaplan

KAPLAN Minsk, Belarus
EDELSON, EDINBURG Kovno, Lithuania

Jewishgen Latvia Research Division Meeting #courland #events #latvia #russia

Paul Cheifitz

REMINDER for our quarterly meeting where we will be launching a new database and updating you on our recent activities. We will open the meeting to discussion and look forward to hearing from you about your research and how you feel we can help you. The Zoom meeting will be on 6 December 2020 at 10am (PT), 1pm (EST) 6pm (UK) 8pm (20:00) (Israel+SA). Please email us at LatviaRD@... and we'll send you the link. To all those who've responded already the link was sent out this morning. This meeting is open to all. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Paul Cheifitz, 
Co-Director, Jewishgen Latvia Research Division

Re: Need help reading manifest #lithuania


Hi Laura, 

You are 95% accurate. She is from Smorgon, Vilna (province) and she is going to meet her mother not mother-in-law, at 127 Forsyth Str. 
Giannis Daropoulos 


Re: "Researchers" submitting Yad Vashem Pages of Testimony #holocaust #israel

Stephen Weinstein

On Wed, Dec 2, 2020 at 05:08 PM, <nevet@...> wrote:
when I entered a last name I got 100+ records in addition to the one that I was hoping to find -- but there were only about 30 individuals represented in these records. I submitted over 20 reports of duplicate, triplicate, and quadruplicate entries
When they say "To date an estimated four and a half million Jews murdered in the Shoah have been commemorated in the database", does that mean four and a half million unique individuals (about 3/4 of the six million) or four and a half million records?

If this ratio -- an average of more than 3 records per unique individual and a number of individuals below 30% of the number of records -- is typical, then four and a half million records would be under one and a half million unique individuals (less than 1/4 of the six million).
Stephen Weinstein
Camarillo, California, USA

Need help reading manifest #lithuania

L Levy

Hi! I am having trouble reading the entry for Pesche Meierowitz on line 19 of this manifest. She is a cousin, and I'm trying to see who she is going to in NYC.  She arrived Sept 13th 1902 on the Rydam from Rotterdam to NYC,  she was from Smogon, although the letters above that word are difficult to read. Could it say "Vilna"?  It looks like she's going to her mother in law, a Ch Meierowitz who lives on Forsyth Street, but she's also listed as single.  I see addition passengers from Smorgon on this page as well, I don't know if they are related. Thanks in advance.

Laura Levy
Seattle, WA
Levy/Feller Balta/Boyarka Meierowitz Smorgon/Vilna Tzgelnitski Lida Beller/Eisenberg Neizhyn

Re: Incorrect ship manifest exclusion/deportation designation? #general #usa #records


Michael:  I recently found an immigrant who arrived in NY from Rotterdam aboard the Ryndam on Dec 11, 1907.  After a hearing before the Board of Special Inquiry (BSI) and an appeal she was deported  for LPC on Jan 8, 1908, aboard the Statendam .  Once back in Rotterdam she wasted no time in taking the Statendam back to NY on it next voyage, arriving on Feb 6, 1908. Once again she had to face the BSI for LPC, but this time was admitted.      

Your guess that your ancestor turned quickly around and returned may well be correct.  Keep looking for him on another ship. Try another port of entry.

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 12/3/2020 1:46 PM, Michael Rubin via wrote:
Like many, I've found an immigrant ancestor deemed liable to become a public charge on a ship's manifest (July, 1909) whose appeal was dismissed and whose line on the manifest is stamped "DEPORTED."  The issue is that this person actually made it into the US and showed up in the 1910 census and lived the rest of his life in the US.  Aside from the possibility that he went back to Europe and then successfully (re)immigrated between July, 1909 and April, 1910, is it possible that he made it into the US in July, 1909 in spite of the indication to the contrary?  Is there a straightforward way to check that?  Might there be a correspondence file on his case and what's the best way to search for such a file these days?

Michael Rubin
Boston USA   

ViewMate in Russian? #russia #translation


I've posted a vital record in Russian? for which I really need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address.
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thanking you very much in advance.
Cindy Caldon

Ukrainian Jewish Genealogy 101 Dec. 16, 2020 7:00 PM #announcements #ukraine


There is an online training class coming up for anyone who is interested.
It is sponsored by the Ukrainian History and Education Center. 

Ukrainian Jewish Genealogy 101 Dec. 16, 2020 7:00 PM
The newest member of the Nashi Predky team Lara Diamond will present this webinar about genealogy resources available for Jewish genealogy, particularly if your family history traces back to within today's borders of Ukraine.

7:00 pm, December 16th (North America Eastern time)
4:00 pm, December 16th (North American Pacific time)
Midnight, December 17th (London time)
11:00 am, December 17th (Sydney, Australia time)

This is a free event, but registration is required. If you can't attend in real time, this event will be recorded and will be made available to watch at another time.

Maryellen Tobiasiewicz
family from: Bielsko-Biala powiat Poland
Gorlice powiat Poland
Lviv Oblast Ukraine

5741 - 5760 of 658884