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Great Synagogue in London records #unitedkingdom

arnold friedman

hi, I need help in finding or how to find the marriage record for
dinah JACOBS who married in the Great Synagogue in London on 10 June
1903. I have the UK government marriage record, but i am looking for
the Great Synagogue record, so i can get more information on her
husband's family. I have been unable to find any information on
simon SHERATSKY (her husband) or variations of his name shown in the
UK marriage certificate besides this UK government marriage record..

In Canada and the US, Simon changed his name to Shereck and I have
substantial records for him in these locations.

more info, for those that are interested:
according to dinah JACOBS uk marriage record, simon SKERATSKY lived
prior to marriage at 24 jubilee street, mile end old town london.
Unfortunately in reviewing the 1901 census, there were no simons or
SHERATSKYs at 24 jubilee in 1901.

From simon SHERATSKY naturalization papers, I have his city of birth
as Pretokov, Poland in 1880. Simon's father is listed as asher
SHERATSKY.. cannot find any records of him either.
They were tailors, maybe furriers.

With more details on simon and asher, I could connect them back to
their polish roots/tree. I have tried ancestry, myheritage,jewishgen
and other searches without luck so far. I am a bit confused on how
to get the records for the Great Synagogue marriages.

I am also looking for the Great Synagogue marriage record for dinah
JACOBS father, morris JACOBS who married marianna green on 28 November
1977. Morris was also a tailor and father is Israel Jacobs (this
is from the Uk marriage record). Trying to find out more immediate
family members for morris so i can trace him back to Poland too

Help is greatly appreciated.


arnold friedman
redwood city, california

cities of interest

Re: Moldova research from JewishGen #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan

Hello Bob, 

I am not sure what announcement you are talking about, but we usually are sending Revision List records and other updates to JewishGen twice a year.

In July of 2020 we send to JewishGen 7,525 Revision List records from 3,630 families and all of them are available at JewishGen!

In December of 2020 we sent updates to many databases, including 
12306 Revision records from 4219 families, 3407 Vital records (births) from different towns and more.  The last load is not yet moved to our database.  It takes some time to do.

You can see everything we sent to JewishGen in the News Archive:

We will update you when last December load will be available.

If you you want to help our translator to speed up this work, please let me or Inna Vayner.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan
JewishGen Bessarabia group Leader and Coordinator

Re: Krakow records #records #galicia

Avraham Groll

You can also search the JewishGen Poland Database ( which has a significant Krakow collection (and which will be updated over the next month or so).

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Re: Trouble Updating trees submitted to FTJP #general #guidelines

Michael Herzlich

Same problem here trying to update my tree from 2016.  Recently tried uploading replacement trees in November and earlier this month.  Both time the upload timed out but I received acknowledgements, but no updates happen.  If I could delete my old tree and then successfully upload the replacement that would be preferable to uploading a second copy of my tree.
Michael Herzlich
Delray Beach, Florida USA

Galicia (Poland, Ukraine) - HERZLICH, TREIBER

Ethical Responsibilities of Genealogical Organizations during the Global COVID-19 Pandemic #education #guidelines


The situation is actually a lot more complicated than has been suggested:
The two vaccines approved so far are effective at preventing serious symptoms from SARS-CoV-2, but the medical community is still waiting to see whether people who have been vaccinated can still spread the virus.  
The answer will probably come from Israel, where every adult should be vaccinated by the end of February; if it does, there should be a dramatic drop-off in new cases there within the next few weeks. The effect in the US should be the same.  Other vaccine candidates still in the pipe-line may be better at stopping the virus from spreading.  If one emerges that can stop transmission, it should be used preferentially to the two currently being administered; people who have received the first two may have to get the new one as well.
If people who have been vaccinated can still transmit the virus, the next open question comes into play: How long does the protection offered by the vaccines last?  At the rate of vaccination envisioned by Pres. Biden, we will reach "herd immunity" no earlier than August, i.e., eight months after vaccinations began.  If the vaccine doesn't provide at least eight months protection, and doesn't stop transmission, we'll be little closer to the end of the pandemic in August than we are now; some fraction of the public will be protected from serious consequences at any one time, but that's it.  People who have not been vaccinated, and those whose vaccine protection has been lost will remain vulnerable.
Plans for any face-to-face meetings during the coming summer ought to consider that this August may be little different from last August from the perspective of the pandemic.
Sorry, but that is the reality.
Yale Zussman

Re: Krakow records #records #galicia

Abuwasta Abuwasta

I would advice yo follow Michael Hoffman's recommendation. If it does not yield results you should take a private researcher in Krakow.

Jacob Rosen


Deportations in Poland during nazi occupation #holocaust #poland

Jorge Frankon

Please, I would like to know where can I find information or research
about deportations in Poland during nazi occupation.
I am looking for information of where members of my family Frankon,
Frenkel, Frankel, and Kowalsman may have been deported from Zuromin,
Mlawa and Raciaz, in Poland.
Many thanks,
Jorge Frankon
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Re: Sephardic resources new for 2021 Rootstech #sephardic #events #announcements

Schelly Talalay Dardashti

There will be several Sephardic talks and other Jewish genealogy talks. I am presenting Sephardic Resources; Todd Knowles is doing Jews of the Caribbean; Genie Milgrom is speaking; Rabbi Jordi Gendra Molina is speaking, etc. As always there will be numerous Ashkenazi-focused talks. But this year has a record-breaking number of Sephardic-focused programs.

Schelly Talalay Dardashti 
New Mexico

Re: Russian translation #translation #russia

Alexander Sharon


It appears that name in the original document is Птица (Ptitsa) which in your translation show as translated Bird. IMHO family names are not subject to translation.
On the other hand, Shamuel is looking for translation of the document of family Pianica.

Alexander Sharon

Re: Tracing my GGF's first wife #general


Hi Harlan, 

I can think of these possibilities :
1)  Abraham Cohen  did not arrive to NYC in 1888 but later (after all, Cohen is a very common surname), 
2) Peshe Cohen and her children  that arrived in 1892, were not related to your g grandfather (a different family) 
3) Peshe gave false ages for her children (not unusual in passenger lists) making them a couple of years younger. 

You write that in one of Abraham's children's marriage record,  the name of the mother was given as Anna Mabish. Peshe and Anna are very different names but this,  of course,  proves nothing. What about the other children. Perhaps if you could obtain death certificates you could verify her maiden name. 

I find it hard to believe that Abraham divorced his first wife. Most probably she died. If they were divorced you would have traced her in some later records (census, death etc.) 

Giannis Daropoulos 


New JewishGen Class starts Feb 7 - Feb 28 - INDEPENDENT STUDY #announcements #education #general

Nancy Holden

JewishGen offers its popular Independent Study class - Feb 7 - Feb 28
rite your own project and work one-on-one with an instructor.


This is Do-it-Yourself, computer-based, online instruction.

The instructor will provide you with individual handouts according to your research needs.

Students must feel comfortable using a computer and searching databases online.


Registration: Tuition is $150. Enrollment is limited (10 students). This class has students worldwide; the Forum is open 24/7.


You may create any type of genealogical project: shtetl-based, one surname study, a variety of narrative reports or quests for missing family data. Let your imagination create a project around your research interests.

To apply, send the instructor your project details.

  • The Objectives you would like to achieve in 3 weeks.
  • Names dates and Places
  • Clues or Roadblocks
  • Records Searched
Send your proposed project and/or questions to Nancy Holden, Director of Education.--
Nancy Holden
Director of Education

Re: Krakow records #records #galicia

Michael Hoffman

Hi Yossi,

Do a search on the following website this website is specifically for researching our ancestors who originate from Krakow.

Michael Hoffman


Researching SCHAMROTH, URVATER, MAJER Krakow, Poland, USA, Belguim, UK, Israel. 

Re: Ethical Responsibilities of Genealogical Organizations during the Global COVID-19 Pandemic #education #guidelines

Max Heffler

I appreciate Dr. Paul’s advocacy for our protection. My wife and I have decided we will not likely take any flights this year and a hybrid component would be helpful for those of use making this decision.


Max Heffler

Houston, TX




Max Heffler
Houston, TX

Trouble Updating trees submitted to FTJP #general #guidelines



For years I have had a tree on FTJP and since 2018 I have tried uploading a new version as I have found a complete branch is incorrect.  Last attempt was in October 2020 when I emailed the gedcom to the submissions email address.  I have checked my tree again and it is still wrong.  I have searched the FAQs but I can't find how to delete my tree.  Does anyone know how I can get this done please?
Rachel Poole

Searching: LEVIN/E- Belarus, UK, SILVER - UK, Russia/Poland, COHEN- - Latvia, UK, LYPSYZC/LIFSHITS/LYONS - Belarus, UK, USA

Re: Ethical Responsibilities of Genealogical Organizations during the Global COVID-19 Pandemic #education #guidelines


It's amazing how we have so easily slipped into a totalitarian mindset without any actual evidence at all. 
Showing vaccination certificates will become the equivalent of showing a pass in Apartheid South Africa or a yellow star for many of our family members. 

At the moment we know almost nothing about the long-term efficacy of available vaccines, their risks (in low risk people) in the real world,
whether they prevent transmission in any substantial way.. and a bunch of other things. A whole lot of science needs to be done before the yellow stars get handed out. 

The lessons from the last pandemics (for example involving Pandemrix) are largely undiscussed and many people never even know what even happened.  There were so many lessons that need learning from past experience not least of which the human and scientific ones. 

Dr Aubrey Blumsohn

Sheffield, UK

Re: Maisons-Laffitte internment camp #france

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,

Dear Paul,


My GGF and GF were Galizianer, immigrating with an Austrian citizenship to France in 1925.

Thus they have been submitted to these laws concerning German & Austrian citizens as soon WWII started in September 1939.

I had never heard neither read about Maisons-Laffitte camp before your post.


But I knew what happened to my family's men, my GGF, his 2 sons and my GF as son-in-law.

They have been interned in a small camp in Paris, called "Stade Buffalo" (because Buffalo Bill presented his cow-boy show there) during a few days or weeks.

Then they have been transported to a larger camp, Meslay du Maine, where they were detained during ca. two months, before 1939 end.

Detention conditions were fair, according to their testimonies and I have some pictures taken by them.

Remember that during this period, it was still "phoney war", blitzkrieg started in April 1940.


In these camps, Austrian / German Jews could quite easily make choice to enroll French "Foreign Legion" or some GTE, Groupe de travailleurs étrangers, foreign workers group, to replace at work young French citizens who have been mandatory enrolled due to national mobilization.


Most of these has been sent to North Africa French territories (Full French Department as Algeria, Protectorat as Marocco and Tunisia) as not being in situation to fight directly nazis soldiers.


After French surrender and occupation of northern part of country, these Legionnaires have been discharged in southern and not occupied part of France.


Some stayed there, some returned to Paris.


The fact of being former French Legionnaire didn't prevent any of them to suffer risk of deportation as any others Jews in France. A lot have been killed.

Fortunately, all mine survived.


Back to your question.


With a quest on French Google "Maisons Laffitte camp internement 1939", I found 4 - 5 good references.

I attach one, but how is your French ? I know, nobody is perfect...


It seems that like "Stade Bufalo", Maisons-Laffitte camp had been used for a short while because it was not far from Paris, before transferring detainees to larger camps in France.


At this moment, I guess we can get some data on the camp but I am not sure names lists could be archived. I check.



Bernard Flam

Archives & history of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring ( Bund-Workmen Circle of France)


Re: Ethical Responsibilities of Genealogical Organizations during the Global COVID-19 Pandemic #education #guidelines

Kenneth Packer

Thank you Jeffrey for your thoughts.  I believe that for our type of conference, in-person is best.  It allows for the best sharing of ideas and research.  I know, as I have been to two conferences so far.  But with Covid, a hybrid would be prudent for those who can not get there, whether it is because of cost, health, travel, or other responsibilities.  AND, most importantly, all those who attend in person should be required to show proof of Covid vaccination.  Stay safe, wear a mask!

Never let a genealogical stone go unturned.


Ken Packer

Washingtonville, NY

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