Re: given name Chashele #latvia #names

Jay Paul

You asked about the given name Chashele for someone born in 19th century Lithuania. According to Alexander Beider’s A Dictionary of Ashkenazic Given Names, Khasele is a Yiddish variant of the name Khane (or Chane), apparently a diminutive form of the derivation Khase. Perhaps that is the origin of your relative's name. 

Jay Paul
San Francisco, CA 94117
Researching: SUMBERG (Pilvishok/Pilviskiai, Lithuania), LANGERT (Pilviskiai & elsewhere in Suwalki gubernia); KAHN (Ranstadt, Germany), GOTTLIEB (Grebenau, Germany), PAVLOVSKIY / PAVLOVSKY (Mala Antonivka, Bila Tserkiv, Vasyl’kiv, Kyiv gubernia, Ukraine), LEVITSKIY / LEVITZSKY (Yasnohorodka, Vasyl’kiv, Kyiv gubernia), KOTLER (Vistytis, Suwalki gubernia, Lithuania; Traby, Belarus), LEIBSON (Lithuania), WOLF, SCHWARZ and STERN (presumed from Austro-Hungary).

Jay Paul, PhD
San Francisco CA 94117
Researching: SUMBERG (Pilvishok/Pilviskiai, Lithuania), LANGERT (Pilviskiai & elsewhere in Suwalki gubernia); KAHN (Ranstadt, Germany), GOTTLIEB (Grebenau, Germany), PAVLOVSKIY / PAVLOVSKY (Mala Antonivka, Bila Tserkiv, Vasyl’kiv, Kyiv gubernia, Ukraine), LEVITSKIY / LEVITZSKY (Yasnohorodka, Vasyl’kiv, Kyiv gubernia), KOTLER (Vistytis, Suwalki gubernia), WOLF (Austro-Hungary).

Gesher Galicia Presents "Shtetl Life: An American's Journey from Ukraine to the Rabbinate and now Germany" #announcements #holocaust #rabbinic #galicia #germany

Steven Turner

Dear Friends,

Gesher Galicia is proud to offer as part of our webinar series an
interview with Rabbi Jeremy Borovitz conducted by Steven Turner and
moderated by John Diener.

Rabbi Borovitz is a young orthodox Rabbi now living in Berlin who grew
up in New York City. Rabbi Borovitz developed a romantic attachment to
the shtetl and decided after college to join the Peace Corps and live
in a shtetl in Ukraine. He discusses how this led him to develop his
inner Yiddishkeit in a way that ultimately led him down the path of
becoming a Rabbi. During this time, he was very much involved in
preserving Jewish heritage in his ancestral shtetl of Rohatyn.

After his Peace Corps service Jeremy joined the Jewish Corps and he
was stationed in Kyiv which eventually led him to be part of the
protests on the streets during the Maidan revolution.

From there, Jeremy studied in yeshivot in Israel and later at a
seminary in Brooklyn, NY from which he was recently ordained. He now
lives with his wife Rebecca who is also an orthodox Rabbi in Berlin as
part of Hillel's Base Berlin. Jeremy and Rebecca were in the synagogue
in Halle during a terrorist attack on Yom Kippur, 2019. Fortunately
the terrorist was unable to break down the doors and all the
worshipers were saved, but sadly 2 innocent people outside the
synagogue were murdered.

We trust that you will find Jeremy's story to be fascinating and well
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Re: Beth David Cemetery. Elmont, Queens NY #photographs #usa


You are doing so many good deeds by searching for people at Beth David. I can barely find my own grandparents, even though I’ve been there many times. The groundskeepers have worked very hard cleaning it up, so it’s not as tangled as before. I wish you good luck. 

Reba Harris Solomon

Re: given name Chashele #latvia #names

Sally Bruckheimer

My first thought was that Chashele was Haskiel, a man's name.  But you want it to be a woman's name. Women often did not have a Hebrew name, but only Yiddish and / or secular names. One of my 2g grandmothers had 20 children in a tiny town, and her name is different on each birth record; My ggrandmother, her daughter was mostly Rachel in records in the US - this was also one of her mother's names; on her marriage record in NYC, she was Regina. She had a sister born Regina, and this was another of their mother's names. So go figure.

Are you sure Chashele isn't Rachele? Where did you find Chashele?

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

"Can anyone tell me about the given name Chashele"

Re: given name Chashele #latvia #names

rv Kaplan

Thanks - but don't think so.  I'm wondering if it is a diminutive of Channa - which still wouldn't fit in with the family names - who knows?

Harvey Kaplan

On Sat, 31 Oct 2020 at 22:59, lydgateaction via <> wrote:
Is it not perhaps Chavala -- .חבלה Although the Hebrew meaning of the name Chavala is "life", in Yiddish it sometimes also meant "a little bird" I think. 
I'm no expert but I can see possible confusion in the lettering and transliteration /sin/ vs /shin/ and /bet vs /vet/
In Fiddler on the roof, Tevya sings a song ``Little bird, little Chavala'' (about his daughter Chavala). 
"Little Bird, Little Chavala
I don't understand what's happening today
everything is all a blur
Gentle and kind and affectionate
The sweet little bird you were
Chavala, Chavala
Little Bird, Little Chavala....

Aubrey Blumsohn
Sheffield, UK

Latvia Database Broken Links - Workaround video now online #JewishGenUpdates #courland #latvia

Marion Werle

Many of us have come to depend on the JewishGen Latvia database as a source for tranlated vital and 1897 census records. As you probably know,the Latvian State Historical Archives' Raduraksti website has moved, breaking the database links to the actual documents. There is no substitute for looking at the original record (even if you need to have it translated), so the broken links are a problem. We have a workaround that was presented at the IAJGS 2020 virtual conference's Latvia Resarch Division meeting, and I'm happy to announce that I've recorded it and it is now on the JewishGen Youtube channel. The presentation, "Finding Unindexed Latvian BMD and Census Records on FamilySearch," may be found at . The JewishGen introduction to the database will be updated shortly to point to the video. Hopefully this will be helpful to genealogists in locating digital copies of Latvian vital records, until the Latvia Research Division is able to correct the broken links.
Please forward any questions to LatviaRD@....
Marion Werle, Co-Director Latvia Research Division

Re: given name Chashele #latvia #names

Jules Feldman

There is a Hebrew name Chasha which exists among the ultra-Orthodox in

Chashele is a diminutive form of the name.

Jules Feldman
Kibbutz Yizreel

Re: given name Chashele #latvia #names

Marcel Apsel



It might be a diminutive of Chasya


Marcel Apsel

Antwerpen, Belgium


If you don’t remember me, I think we had together Friday night dinner in 2018 at the Warsaw Seminar together with Bill Gladstone.



Re: 1940 US Census problem #records #usa


Hi Richard,
What name are you looking for? I am pretty good at finding elusive relatives. What street did they  live on in 1930?
Maryellen Tobiasiewicz
family from: Bielsko-Biala powiat Poland
Gorlice powiat Poland
Lviv Oblast Ukraine

Re: given name Chashele #latvia #names


Is it not perhaps Chavala -- .חבלה Although the Hebrew meaning of the name Chavala is "life", in Yiddish it sometimes also meant "a little bird" I think. 
I'm no expert but I can see possible confusion in the lettering and transliteration /sin/ vs /shin/ and /bet vs /vet/
In Fiddler on the roof, Tevya sings a song ``Little bird, little Chavala'' (about his daughter Chavala). 
"Little Bird, Little Chavala
I don't understand what's happening today
everything is all a blur
Gentle and kind and affectionate
The sweet little bird you were
Chavala, Chavala
Little Bird, Little Chavala....

Aubrey Blumsohn
Sheffield, UK

Re: Geni Family Trees #general

E. Randol Schoenberg


The evidence of progressive correctness comes from the various large areas I have worked, for example, the Frankfurt and Prague and Vienna Jewish communities.  I know it is hard for people to believe or understand, but there are many people (not just me) who are extremely active on Geni, doing more than you could ever think is possible.  Some of them become curators (there are several hundred volunteer curators now) and we have frequent discussions (some public, some private) on how to resolve problem areas, for example, when recurring mistakes creep in.  One of the tools we have as curators is to lock down profiles so that new relationships cannot be added without curator approval.  The tree is always a work-in-progress, but it does improve over time.  Look, for example, at the tree of the Maharal of Prague.  There are still some issues, but we have tried to eliminate much of the apocryphal ancestry that you will find on most other sites, based on recent scholarship.  The more evidence is added to the profiles, the easier it is to avoid and resolve errors.  Slowly, but surely, the tree comes together in ways that just are not possible when people work by themselves.  In the Frankfurt tree, I collaborate with a number of others who scour the tree looking for conflicts and discrepancies.  The Geni program also has features that can alert you to potential errors.  In the Prague Jewish tree, I have fewer collaborators, but we are gradually piecing together the families, using old and new resources, so that when people find it, they do not have to reinvent the wheel and can take advantage of the work that has already been done., and then make improvements.  We all make mistakes, of course; that is unavoidable.  And anyone who has experience working with old records knows that there are often errors and ambiguities.  As I have written previously in one of my old blogs, there is no such thing as certainty in genealogy.  We are all just doing our best to figure things out until the next piece of evidence comes along that either confirms our assumptions or requires us to reevaluate them.

I agree that it is one of the things that is very difficult for users operating in a smaller field to understand, that a process that allows some errors to creep into their tree is also a process that ends up catching and correcting even more errors.  I try to explain that it is like a machine that goes three steps forward and one step back, three steps forward and one step back . . . .  Over time, it averages out to real progress.  

Randy Schoenberg

Re: Searching for Spector Families #ukraine #usa

David Mason

I was able to reconnect two branches of the family I’m working on with 1920 census data, where the pioneering brothers were still living in the same household in Philadelphia.  One brother immigrated in 1903; the other followed ten years later.  I have not able to find the earlier arrival in the 1910 census.


Another member of this forum was able to find brother #2’s immigration record for me.  Census records only show the country of birth, however the immigration record also showed the town they came from, as a mangled but still recognizable transliteration.


David Mason

Culver City, California


Excellent lecture series from The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre #holocaust

Ellen Caplan

The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre at The University of Huddersfield, UK is a hidden gem. I don’t remember where I heard of them - perhaps in this very discussion list. They have an excellent series of free, online lectures that I have been attending. The subjects are interesting, and the speakers have been first-rate. I couldn’t help but notice that attendance is low - in each of the Zoom lectures that I listened to, there were not more than 25 attendees, which is really a shame. 

Recent topics included Creating the National Institute of Holocaust Documentation at the USHMM (United Stated Holocaust Memorial Museum); and Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution. Lectures yet to come include Jewish Refugees Find a Haven in the Dominican Republic; Sources of the Holocaust and from Concentration Camps: Documents and Personal Items from the Arolsen Archives; Shores of Light, Salento 1945,1947: Film Streaming and Director Talk.
I highly recommend these lectures.

Ellen Caplan
Ottawa, Canada
Researching: EISENBERG, NAGLER, GINIGER, KLINGER: Mielnica, Ustye Biscupie, & Zalescie, Galicia; BREGER, LIEBMAN: Gomel & area, Belarus; PARADISGARTEN,  SOLOMON: Tukums & Mitau, Latvia

Markus ROSNER (1859-1934) From Tarnow #galicia

Abuwasta Abuwasta

Dear Genners, 

Just discovered  on JRI-PL that my late grandfather Chiel Jakub ROSNER had a brother called Markus ROSNER who died in Tarnow in 1934 at the age of 75. I do not find  anything else about him.

His parents were Rubin ROSNER and Malka PERLBERG. If it rings a bell I would like to hear about it.


Jacob Rosen


Re: "Unehelichen"/Illegitimacy: applied to mother or child? #germany

Eva Lawrence

You don't say whether the record actually gives the name of the child Regina, which is usually the case in Pfalz birth records. . As quoted, I agree that uneh;lich means unmarried, and I take it, also that Karolina's ,father's name was Isaak. Is Regina also given a surname, in  the record,  I wonder, which would be an indication of her  father's idemtity?
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

families left out of 1793 Czech Jewish census #austria-czech #general

Craig Partridge

Every census misses some folks.  I'm trying to get a sense of how many
people were missed in the 1793 Czech Jewish census.

If you know of a family (individuals are trickier, so I'm focused on
families) that was missed by the 1793 census, could you drop me a note
describing how you know the family existed and where they lived?


Craig (rfc974@...)

Geni Family Trees - Privacy and Baptism Concerns #general

Tamas Fleischer

(My other address was registered in JG I have to re-send this post. 
I know since there were many new posts, perhaps still relevant. It addressed to the starter of this line.)
Dear Joan,
(1) in the case of Geni public surface there exist 'my family' but not exist 'my tree'
(2) it is a positive act to add joining family details to the tree. If you find a mistake in the added information, you can correct it, or negotiate it with the partner.
(3) to delete family branches from other people's family just because you don't like to see it is explicitly a brutal intervention against another partner's activity -- a much more severe error in the collaboration, than your supposed harm you complain about.
Tamás Fleischer

given name Chashele #latvia #names

rv Kaplan

Can anyone tell me about the given name Chashele - for someone who was born in 19th century Lithuania.  Is it Yiddish, corresponding to a Hebrew name?  Seems to refer in my family to my grandfather's sister Ray. I don't know if she was maybe Rochel Chashele?
Harvey Kaplan
Glasgow, Scotland

- Ariogala, Josvainiai, Kedainiai, Krakes, Seta, Veliuona, Grinkiskis, Lithuania

Descendants of Rav Chaim of Volozhin #belarus

Nancy Roberts


There is a small possibility that Rav Chaim ITZKOVITZ of VOLOZHIN was
my fifth great-grandfather. If the connection is correct, it is
through his daughter, Esther, and granddaughter, Beile Raske
FRIED/FRIEDLAENDER. I am trying to find out whether Beile Raske had a
son named Yehuda Lev, who took or had the surname LAFFER. If so, did
he have a daughter named Musha Beile, known as Bessie in English? She
married Samuel MULWITZ, my great-grandfather.

In other words:
>>>Beile Raske HALEVI
>>>>Yehuda Lev LAFFER
>>>>>Mushe Beile (Bessie) LAFFER MULWITZ

I have searched JewishGen and so far (including the
listings for "The Unbroken Chain"), but I haven't found any
information about Beile's children, other than her daughter Sarah. Any
assistance would be most appreciated.

Thank you,

Nancy Roberts
Montclair, NJ USA

Reclaim The Records is going after EVERY SINGLE DIGITIZED RECORD at the New York City Municipal Archives, to put them all online, for free public use #usa #records


Reclaim The Records is once again taking on the New York City Municipal Archives, but this time we're asking for ALLLLL THEIR RECORDS. All of them.
We want every historical New York City birth, marriage, and death record. Every scan of an old will or deed or tax assessment list or military recruit list. Every everything! We're going to get them and then put them all online for free, for everyone to use. No fees, no restrictions.

We're sick of the Archives' illegal and immoral "licensing" and "permissions" con job restricting public access to historical public records. We're mad that they're continually ignoring the people and patrons they're supposed to be serving.

And so, we just filed a big brand new Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request with the city, and you can read all about it here, in very copious detail:
This would mean that all of the genealogy websites you know and love, both commercial and non-profit, large and small, as well as individual researchers or teachers or journalists or anybody, would finally have access to download and re-upload and re-publish every single historical New York City vital record, for free. Millions and millions of them! And unlike the Archives, we won’t have any dumb “Mother, May I?” permission slips or shady licensing fees to line our pockets. It’s all gonna be free, forever.
We're also going to be going after much of the Archives' microfilm holdings, and eventually some of their never-before-scanned-or-photographed paper and book holdings. And early next year, we're planning on launching a groundbreaking kind of new lawsuit against the agency, asking to get genealogists' money back, for all the "licenses" they've had to pay out for years, for the use of old public domain records that the Archives has never owned and will never own. More details about that are forthcoming on our website.
Enjoy! :-)
- Brooke Schreier Ganz
President and Founder, Reclaim The Records
Mill Valley, California

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