Photograph needed of headstone in Bloemfontein, South Africa #photographs #southafrica

Denise Fletcher

If anybody is able to photograph the headstone of Benjamin FLETCHER (see details below) who is buried in the Bloemfontein Memorial Cemetery Jewish section, I would be most grateful if they could email me the photo.
Denise Fletcher, Sydney Australia  (dfletcheroz@...)
Site 8A:362
First Names Benjamin
Hebrew Names Benjamin b Yaacov
Date of Death 1976-09-27
Hebrew Date of Death 3 Tishrei
Age 85
Spouse's Name Leah Fletcher
Notes wife Leah, children, grandchildren
Region Free State
Listing Bloemfontein Memorial cemetery

Photographs needed of 2 headstones, Rainham Cemetery London, UK #photographs #unitedkingdom

Denise Fletcher

If anybody is able to photograph the headstones of David FLETCHER, who died on 31 May 1938 and is buried in Rainham Cemetery in London in Plot A1, Row 11, Grave 06, and his wife Millie FLETCHER, who died on 2 March 1946 and is buried in Rainham Cemetery in London in Plot A1, Row 28, Grave 04,  I would be most grateful if they could email me the photos.
Denise Fletcher, Sydney Australia  (dfletcheroz@...)

Photograph needed of headstone, East Ham Cemetery, London, UK #photographs #unitedkingdom

Denise Fletcher

If anybody is able to photograph the headstone of Max FLETCHER, buried on 9 February 1967 in East Ham Cemetery, London in Section F, Row 1, Plot 3,  I would be most grateful if they could email me the photo.
Denise Fletcher, Sydney Australia  (dfletcheroz@...)

Portugal Opens First Holocaust Museum #holocaust #sephardic

Jan Meisels Allen

The interior of the Holocaust Museum of Porto, Portugal, in January 2021. (Courtesy of the Jewish Community of Porto)


On January 20, Portugal is opening its first Holocaust Museum in the City of Porto by members of its Jewish community founded by descendants of victims of the Inquisition.


The museum features a reproduction of Auschwitz prisoner barracks, a memorial room with walls carrying the names of Holocaust victims and a study center.


The Inquisition, a campaign of religious persecution on the Iberian Peninsula that began in Spain in 1492, was applied also in Portugal in 1536. It ended Jewish life in Porto and across the region as hundreds of thousands of Sephardic Jews fled both countries. Those who remained practiced Judaism in secret. Their descendants are known as bnei anusim.


Artur Carlos de Barros Basto and army captain who helped promote Jewish life around Porto helped organize Jewish life in Porto in the 1920s. He was thrown out of the Army an labeled a pedophile on false charges in an anti-Semitic conspiracy. His life is depicted in the video Sefarad.


Many Eastern European Jewish refugees in the 1940s passed through Portugal.


The community has members descended from Ashkenazi Jews who lost their relatives in the Holocaust.   Today, Portugal has about 3,100 people who self-identify as Jews. The Jewish Community of Porto says it now has about 400 members.


The influx is connected to immigration from elsewhere in Europe and Latin America, as well as Portugal’s 2015 law guaranteeing citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews that was passed to atone for the Inquisition.


The Jewish communities of Porto and Lisbon vet citizenship applications for the government, charging hundreds of dollars per application. There have been more than 76,000 applications, and about 30% have been approved.

To read the article see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Would a later born child have the same name as an earlier deceased child? #names

Israel Guttman

Although not so common, but the practice existed.
Israel Guttman

LIthuanian Archive Question #lithuania #records


I emailed a request to the Lithuanian State Historical Archives (LVIA) asking for birth and marriage records for my ancestors.  The response I received today for all the requests was like this:

(P1-8698) We would like to inform you that the Lithuanian State Historical Archives do not maintain vital record books of Asmena (Ašmena) and Smurgainys Jewish Communities for the year 1880 – 1900, so we cannot do the search for the birth record of Aron Tsigel.

Is there another archive in Lithuania that would hold marriage and birth records from 1880 to 1910, or is this the end of the road for me?

Marlise Gross
Cherry Hill, NJ

Segal from Smorgon or Soly, Oshmiany, Lithuania

Would a later born child have the same name as an earlier deceased child? #names


Hello, I found the for the birth of Salomen Zalman Fisch in 1882 to my great-grandparents Avigdor Fisch and Reizl Rudner.   However, in 1895 there is another record for the birth of Salomen Zalman Fisch to the same parents.  I do know that the second Salomen Fisch survived until the Shoah.   Would parents name a second child the same name if the first child died perhaps shortly after birth? 

George Frankel,

Researching Fisz, Fisch, Fish, Rudner, from Dabrowa Tarnowska, Tarnow, Biskupice, Radgoszcz, Brzostek Poland

Re: Newbie Question #sephardic #dna


My family, too, is searching for Sephardi data, but nothing comes up... yet. From what I've gathered, not enough DNA data has been collected yet.

Susan Gordon
BIALAZURKER - Zbarazh, Budapest
LEMPERT - Skalat, Lvov
EISMANN - Budapest
GULLOTTA - Castelmola Sicily


Druya, Belarus Lipschutz-Padua connection? #belarus

Guy <guy.f.levin@...>


My GGGF and his wife lived in Druya, Belarus in the second half of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.
Their names were Yisroel Moshe and Chaika (ISRAELITAN) Lipschutz.
Their son, Benjamin Wolf, married Sima (METZGER) and they moved to Philadelphia, Pa.
BW's and Sima's daughter, Zelda Sarah Sloan, was my maternal grandmother.
We think that Yisroel Moshe's father may have been Saul PADUA.
The undocumented family tradition is that the name was changed when YM was adopted by an aunt (nee PADUA) to avoid the draft.
Do you know anything about this Saul Padua?  Or about his children?  
Note: According to dates I found in FamilySearch (~1842-~1862), he would have been far too young to father Yisrael Moshe, but the dates could be wrong. 

Also interested if you think you have a connection to my ISRAELITAN ancestor Chaya (Chaika).

Thank you and be well.

Guy Levin (originally of Philadelphia)

Re: French archives #france #records

David Choukroun

Dear Laura, 
my apologies, I am not sure to understand your request in details
Where Eli is born ?  Paris ? 
Where Janine in born ? Paris ? 
What is the name of the father of Janine ? Mr xx Aronivitz




Searching material/records by by Benjamin Meirtchak donated to JewishGen #poland #holocaust

Alma Shliom

Hello all,
I read on the Israel Genealogy Research association that the material for the below books (translated to English from Polish) by Benjamin Meirtchak  Jewish Military Casualties in the Polish Armies in World War II, including Volume I: Jewish Soldiers and Officers of the Polish People’s Army Killed and Missing in Action; Volume II: 1.Jewish Military Casualties in the September 1939 Campaign and 2. Jewish Military Casualties in the Polish Armed Forces in Exiles and Volume III: Jewish Prisoners-of-War Murdered by Germans in the Lublin District 1939-  1943; Volume IV: 1.Jewish Officers, Prisoners-of-War, Murdered by Soviets in “Katyn Crime”, 2. Jews, Members of the Polish Underground, Fallen in Action, 3. An Addendum Supplement to Volumes I, II, III and Volume V: Supplement  were donated to JewishGen. 

I am trying to find out if and where/how I could get access to these materials on the JewsihGen website as my searches havent brought up anything.

Thank you for your thoughts.
Alma Morianz-Shliom

Surname: Jablonka / Yablonka/ Yablonko
Given Names: Mindele/Mindale Mina
              Hersch / Herszl
              Jospa / Josepa/ Josefa
Bialystok, Poland

P.S I really hope I am posting this in the correct place and form as its my first such post (let me know if not :-))

Re: Search advice for family/records from Pilica, Poland #poland

Sherri Bobish

Hi Helen,

Have you tried searching JewishGen Poland Database using a soundex search on the surname?

Names can get transcribed in surprisingly different ways.

There are some towns where there just aren't the extant records we wish there were.  My ancestor's town of Ustrzyki Dolne is one of those.  It makes taking our research back in time virtually impossible.

Try searching
for your family.  This page has digitized old city directories for Eastern Europe.  You can search by person's name, or by town name.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Important family letter needs translation Yiddish to English #translation

Rachelle Litt

Dear Genners, I have posted a 4 page letter on Viewmate that needs translation from Yiddish to English. All of the letters (#80) I've had translated so far document in detail what it was like for  my family to live in Pale in the late 1800's-early 1900's and documents their journey to America.  I will be indebted to anyone who can translate this one.  It will not be easy as the letter may have to be enlarged and darkened to read.  The family names are: KATSMAZOVSKY/FRENKEL/HIRSCH the given names Froim/Frieda/Emroch Thank you in advance
Rachelle Litt
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Rachelle Litt
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Re: French archives #france #records

David Choukroun

Dear Corinne, 

looking at the fond de moscou, several candidates appeared 

And even a Jacob Strauss, and several Strauss (without first names) -- but the probability is really small to have a match if your are 100% sure of the first names.

In such case, the best is to look at other sources

I have found a reference that can match :   In the Drancy report, this is written "Student"

And in the Journal Officiel de la République Française , from 1939, we can read : 

So a Louis STRAUSS, German, had a great diploma from the "Hautes études commerciales"

It might be possible to find his "student" career no that the school is known...

The next step is to make one assumption : there is in Paris the "Cite universitaire Internationale" where all the nationalities (especially from Europe) used to met and live together

Hope that helps, 




Re: French archives #france #records

David Choukroun

Dear Linda, 

I had a quick look to the Fond de Moscou and found the following reference that might be the right one if we consider that Leon is the French variant of Chaïm (that was quite common)

Will chase the file later -- Covid is making the access more complicated (and they have announced another curfew @ 6PM a few minutes ago)




Abraham WEISFELD #usa

rebekah boerboom

Good afternoon all.
My name is Rebekah Weisfeld Boerboom.
My grandfather was Abraham Weisfeld.
I am seeking any info that anyone may have.
This is what I know:
He was from Brest. He was a lawyer and was banished to Siberia, sometime before 1888, when he escaped and made his way to New York City, in 1888.
His wife was Rose Caplan, also from Brest. 
They had six children - Joseph, Benjamin and Gabriel ( fraternal twins), Judith, Bertha and my father - William, originally named Velvel.
I believe, Abraham was the financial secretary of the Brest Benevolent Society in New York.
They lived on Cherry St. in Manhattan. 
He was employed, rolling cigars for a time. 
He was killed in an alley in 1905. 
I believe he is buried in Mt. Zion cemetery. 
Any additional info you may have would be greatly appreciated! 
Any tidbit, no matter how small! 😀
Thank you!
Rebekah Weisfeld Boerboom

Re: Search advice for family/records from Pilica, Poland #poland


On Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 04:43 PM, Helen wrote:
Did you check out I found listings for Pilica:

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

Re: Finding info on great grandparents Bayarsky in Belarus (Grodno? Minsk?) #belarus


Hi Karen
I managed to track my family down to Lida which is a town near Grodno in Belarus. My great grandfather Avram Avigderov Boyarsky from Lida married Frume Girshonova Rosenberg there in 1897. My grandfather Harry travelled to Pittsburg, via London where he was in 1911. He spent most of his life in Montreal. Sometimes Harry's papers name him Boyarsky sometimes Boyarsky.

best wishes

Nicholas Boyarsky

Re: French archives #france #records

David Choukroun

On Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 12:04 PM, <mbekken@...> wrote:
Dear Marijke, 
it shall be possible to find the wed. record  and even the death records for Ephraim using the Paris Archives
État civil à partir de 1860 - Tables décennales - Archives de Paris

Go with the decennales tables first , search for the 2 possibles periods covering your guess 

The trick, is that you do not know the address, so there are 20 arrondissements to check (but this is fast) per period

Once you have found the date in the decennale tables, you can go back to main menu to ask for the exact act

Will search (a bit) when possible 





The link in my posting on BRCA-2 is no Longer Viable #announcements #dna

Jan Meisels Allen

I recently posted about BRCA-ll gene and included a link to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. My apologies the link is no longer working and they instead suggest contacting the Resource Center at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists by e-mail at resources@... or call 202-863-2518 for further information.

Current clinical guidance from ACOG is available online at


Again ,my apologies for including a link that has been withdrawn. Thank you to Dan Martin for bringing this to my attention.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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