Announcing the publication of Memorial Book of Vishnevets #ukraine #poland

Joel Alpert

The Yizkor-Books-In-Print Project of JewishGen is proud to announce
the publication of its 101 title, Memorial Book of Vishnevets -
Memorial Book to the Martyrs of Vishnivits Who Perished in the Nazi

This is a hard cover book, 11 inches by 8.5 inches with 438 pages.

Original Yizkor book: Sefer Vishnivits: Sefer zikaron likedoshei
Vishnivits shenispu besho'at hanatsim in Yiddish and Hebrew
Editors: Chayim Rabin
Published by Organization of Vishnevets Immigrants
Published in Tel Aviv, 1970
Layout and Name Indexing: Jonathan Wind
Cover Design: Nina Schwartz

List price: $54.95, available from JewishGen for $32
For more information go to:

Alternate names: Vishnevets [Rus], Wisniowiec [Pol], Vishnivits [Yid],
Vyshnivets [Ukr], Vishnevits, Vishniets, Vishnivitz, Vishnyovyets,
Wisnievicze, Wisniowiec Nowy, Wisnowiec, Vysnivec

Vishnevets is located at: 49°54' N 25°45' E, 214 miles W of Kyyiv

Nearby Jewish Communities:
Katerynivka 9 miles NE
Podlesnoye 10 miles N
Novyy Oleksinets 12 miles WSW
Vyshhorodok 13 miles SE
Kremenets 14 miles N
Pochayev 14 miles NW
Lanivtsi 15 miles E
Velikiye Berezhtsy 15 miles NNW
Zbarazh 16 miles S
Zaliztsi 19 miles WSW
Pidkamin 19 miles W
Stryyivka 21 miles S
Belozerka 21 miles ESE

Researchers and descendants of the town will want to have this book.
For more information, go to:

The Yizkor-Books-In-Print Project now has more than 100 titles
available. To see all the books, go to:

We hope you find this of interest for you and your family in
discovering the history of your ancestors. This would make a birthday
gift for a loved one.

Joel Alpert, Coordinator of the Yizkor-Books-In-Print Project-
Memorial Book to the Martyrs of

Re: Obituaries in Paris newspapers #france

Sherri Bobish

Hanna Ben-Dov died at the age of 90, in Paris, France. She had resided for the past two years at the Maison Des Artistes Home in Nogent-Sur-Marne, France, just outside Paris. She was the daughter of Yaacov Ben-Dov, an Israeli Photographer. Hanna was a Professional Painter and had lived in Paris since 1950. But many times over the years, she traveled back to her homeland of Israel, and displayed her paintings there in Tel-Aviv. She is survived by a niece and nephew, Carol Martin-Sperry and David Martin-Sperry, both living in London, England.
Jerusalem-born artist Hannah Ben Dov dies at age 90 in Paris

New York City 1940's Street a View Old City Tax Photos #announcements #general #photographs #usa

Jan Meisels Allen




A website maps depression-era tax photographs of every building in New York City-making it easier to navigate hundreds of thousands of snapshots of buildings from the 1940s. The photos were taken between 1939-1951 by the City Tax Department and the New Deal- era Works Progress Administration. This historic page may be found at


In 2018, the NYC Department of  Records and Information Services digitized 700,000 of the functional black and white photos in 35 mm film, but the website was difficult to navigate according to the person who created this website.


Those who would like to purchase a high quality print or digital copies can from the NYC Department of  Records and Information Services can do so at:


“The 1940s New York City images stem from the initiative which sent photographers around the Five Boroughs to photograph every single building, which officials hoped would improve property tax assessments. The photos exhibit a city at the tail-end of the Great Depression, before the great urban renewal programs and the dawn of the automobile era that would come to reshape the urban landscape.”  See: for more information.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Derechin birth/marriage/death records #belarus


Which Jewish families are you looking for

Thank you,  

Jerry Goldman

Re: Help needed to decipher handwriting of the name of vessel on attached Petition for Naturalization #usa

Keren Weiner

re:  Paul Silverstone's referencing F.   Bonsor's "North Atlantic Seaway" 

These volumes look like a great resource to have, especially in this case.  I see several of them for sale individually on e-Bay and also as a five volume set.
Thank you Paul, and thank you to the group for these links and ideas.  Sleuths extraordinaire!

Keren Weiner

(UK) Isle of Man Museum Online Newspaper Archives to Remain Free Permanently #unitedkingdom #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen



The Isle of Man Museum online newspaper archive will remain free permanently.  The archive contains more than 400,000 pages of newspaper print dating from 1792 to 1960.  During the COVID-19 outbreak the subscription service was temporarily suspended by the Manx National Heritage. There are now plans to digitize more contemporary newspapers, subject to fundraising for the £270,000 project, covering the years 1961 to 2020.  The collection can be accessed through the iMuseum at:

To access the entire website go to:  For more information see:


The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. The Isle of Man was a base for alien civilian internment camps in both the First World War (1914–18) and the Second World War (1939–45) During World War I the British government interned male citizens of the Central Powers, principally Germany, Austria-Hungary and Ottoman Turkey. They were held mainly in internment camps at Knockaloe, close to Peel, and a smaller one near Douglas.


During World War II the Isle of Man was used as the primary site for the internment of civilian enemy aliens, both male and female. The camps were predominantly in commandeered hotels and boarding houses in seaside towns on the island. Around the camps for males, barbed wire fences were erected. The camps were in operation from 27 May 1940 to 5 September 1945. The largest recorded number of internees on the island was 10,024, reached in August 1940. There were ten camps on the island:


    Mooragh Camp, Ramsey

    Peveril Camp, Peel

    Onchan Camp, Onchan

    Rushan Camp, Port St Mary and Port Erin (for female and family internees only)

    Central Camp, Douglas

    Palace Camp, Douglas

    Metropole Camp, Douglas

    Hutchinson Camp, Douglas

    Granville Camp, Douglas

    Sefton Camp, Douglas




The Isle of Man Museum website includes photographic evidence of people interned there during World War 1 and  WW11.  There are about 52,283 WW11 internment Images and for World War 1 69,725 results.. For “Jewish” alone 128 results appeared

Go to:

To read their blog about this collection see:



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Family Tree Recommendations #general

Max Heffler

With Internet search technology and “The Way-Back Machine” going back to the beginning on the Internet, I choose to have trees everywhere I can:


Primary on, less current versions on MyHeritage and, JewishGen Famiy Tree of the Jewish People, Wikitree, FamilySearch, DNA sites like 23andMe, LivingDNA,,, and probably others I have forgotten. My work is guaranteed to outlive me.


Max Heffler

Houston, TX



Web sites I manage - Personal home page, Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society, Woodside Civic Club, Skala, Ukraine KehilalLink, Joniskelis, Lithuania KehilaLink, and pet volunteer project - Yizkor book project:




Web sites I manage - Personal home page, Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society, Woodside Civic Club, Skala, Ukraine KehilalLink, Joniskelis, Lithuania KehilaLink, and pet volunteer project - Yizkor book project:

Question about town of registration for KEMPER - Salnitsa and Salakhov Ukraine #ukraine

Barry E Chernick

The father and mother are the same for all six birth records recorded in
Starokonstantinov, Ukraine Birth Records. The town "where the father was
from (town of registration)" alternates between Salnitsa and Salakhov.
Year of birth record, surname, town
1893 KEMPA Salkhov
1898 KEMPER Salnitsa
1901 KEMPER Salakhov
1904 KEMPER Salnitsa
1907 KEMPER Salokhov
1911 KEMPER - no town given
I know where Salnitsa is located. I can not find Salakhov (various
translations). Is it related to Salnitsa? Why is town of registration not
the same in all cases? Any ideas?
Barry Chernick, Bellevue, WA

Re: Family Tree Recommendations #general


If you are working on a PC, I would recommend Legacy Family Tree available at .  
If you are working on a Mac, you have two options: run Reunion available at  or run Legacy using Parallels to run this program written for the PC.  If you go to the Legacy website, they have information on how to do the later.

  • Whatever program or website you choose, start by entering a small tree to see how you like it.  Several of the software packages as a free version that you can try.  Until you pay for the full version, there may be limits on the number of people you can enter and the reports you can print out.
  • All genealogy programs have places to enter names, dates, events and sources.  That said, each program has a different user interface.  It is a matter of personal preference as to which you prefer.
  • One thing I particularly like about Legacy, is the way they deal with addresses.  If you entering information from a census they have a natural way to enter addresses (house #, street, town, state...).  Whereas in Reunion, for example, when you enter Census information you have two fields: Location and Memo.  You can enter the full address into the location field, but then you end up with many, many locations, and it is hard to sort them by state or for a mapping program to locate them.  If you enter only the town, county, state in location and use the memo field for the house number and street, then you end up with a more manageable list of locations, and can locate events that happen in the same place more easily.  However, the way this information prints out in reports is awkward. 
  • I would look carefully at what charts and reports they can create as that is one place where they differ.
  • Personally, I did not find the ability to link automatically to Ancestry useful.  The way Ancestry formats source references is AWFUL.  Not only is every other word Ancestry, but they leave out some information that I consider important.  Their branding is so over done that they claim they are the author of such documents as the US Census.  It will take you less time to do the transfer by hand than to clean up their mess.  Also, a manual transfer encourages you to really look at the information to make sure it is applicable to your tree
  • Look at their customer support.  Legacy has the advantage that they have an extensive library of videos both on how to use their software and on general topics of interest to genealogists.
  • On line v. on your computer:
    • I personally fell I have more control over my information if it is on my computer than online.
    • On line involves an ongoing fee to maintain full access to your information.  On your computer, there is a one time cost to purchase the software.
    • Geni is a cooperative tree in which other people can edit the information you enter.
    • Ancestry has a very limited ability to create charts and reports. 
    • I have not had much experience with My Heritage.
  • Backup, backup, backup.  This is a good idea whether you are talking genealogy or just in general.  Whether your tree is online or on your computer, you should always back it up.  For example, if you tree is online at  Ancestry, you should periodically download a gedcom.  If your tree is on your computer, you should periodically save a backup copy (just in case you make changes that you need to later undo) AND you should have a backup off site, in case you computer is. damaged, lost or stolen.  Options for off site backup may be as simple as putting it on a thumb drive and giving it to someone else to keep. Another option, is there are a few commercial products you can purchase that will automatically backup your entire computer.

Re: Family Tree Recommendations #general

Marcel Apsel

To add one remark.  Once I found that My Heritage had information on some members of my family, but I had to pay a subscription to view it.  After a while I realized that this information was my own, which I have found through my own research and passed it on a gedcom file to a far distant cousin who put it on geni without my permission and from there it went to My Heritage.  I still have to laugh when I think I had to pay for information I gathered myself.


Marcel Apsel

Antwerpen, Belgium

Else and anna Stransky from Vienna #austria-czech

Daniela Torsh

Thanks to quite a few people who have helped me uncover more information about some distant cousins of my mother's family.
 Else Stransky was born 1882 in Podmokly today Decin in  Czechia. Her mother Lotti and my ggrandmother Wilhelmine LOEBL were sisters in Most, Czechia. Else moved to Vienna with her husband Emil, a banker born in Jablonec,  Bohemia and they had four children there.
One was a daughter Anna born 1907,  who in 1939 fled to London with her mother.
Else and Anna stayed in England until they died in 1975 and 1993 respectively. They were interned for about a year at Rushen camp on the Isle of Man from 1940 and  left without restrictions for Glasgow and then became domestics in Surrey for the Butcher family of five. Later they moved to the Borough of Wandsworth.
They were both cremated at Putney Vale and I now have records for that.
I want to thank Mike Frankl, Martin Dostal, Barrie Blissett-Turner of the Putney Vale crematorium and my friend here in Sydney Robyn Dryen plus an anonymous correspondent.
Daniela Torsh
Sydney, Australia
Researching POLLAK in Bohemia and Vienna, THORSCH in Moravia, Stransky in Vienna

Re: I Want My Trees To Outlive Me #general

Marcel Apsel

Peter I completely agree with you.  I collect records of people on FamilyTreeMaker in digital version and a printed paper version.  Parallel I also keep filing the same records the old way, simply by classifying them by hand and have it simply printed alphabetically in a word processor.  The printed copies might probably survive, the digital copies only if my children want to keep them with the right program if it still exists, or not throw them away by mistake.  My late sister had it still on classical 3.5 inch floppy disks (luckily I copied them on time on a removable hard disk before I had to get rid of that too old fashioned computer who was able to read those floppy disks).  Try to find today an old 3.5 floppy disk reader (maybe in computer museums). I am afraid that digital copies might disappear on the long run.  Nobody will be able to say that this won’t happen, neither geni, ancestry, wikitree and other genealogical family tree keepers.


Marcel Apsel

Antwerpen, Belgium

Re: I Want My Trees To Outlive Me #general

David Mason

CDs and DVDs may be the best digital media.  CDs have been used for data for about 30 years, with no incompatibilities with contemporary technology.  This said, there are differences in the raw media.  Some are more archival than others.  Research before you leap!  And if we ever reach a point where the technology has left CDs behind, at least save a compatible drive or two; better an entire system.


I certainly would not expect any magnetic media to last more than a decade, while many of us have had flash drives become unusable, well “in a flash”.


David Mson

Re: I Want My Trees To Outlive Me #general

Max Heffler

I also left a hard-bound book version at the genealogical branch of our Houston Public Library, but it likely 10 years or so out of date.


Max Heffler

Houston, TX



Web sites I manage - Personal home page, Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society, Woodside Civic Club, Skala, Ukraine KehilalLink, Joniskelis, Lithuania KehilaLink, and pet volunteer project - Yizkor book project:




Web sites I manage - Personal home page, Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society, Woodside Civic Club, Skala, Ukraine KehilalLink, Joniskelis, Lithuania KehilaLink, and pet volunteer project - Yizkor book project:

David JONASSOHN: Has anyone come across him in their research? #unitedkingdom #germany


David JONASSOHN: Has anyone come across him in their research? I need to know where and when David Jonassohn was born in about 1796. It may have been in Groningen, Holland. Who were his parents? Did he have siblings? Presumably the father was called Jonas or Jonathan. David emigrated to Sunderland, England in 1816. I have a lot of details on his life after he arrived in England, but would like any information on his early years. He died in London in 1859, having married Charlotte Bauer in Hamburg in July 1826. David and Charlotte had four children, all born in Sunderland.

Thank you.


R Walker, London, England. Reply direct to sender


Re: I Want My Trees To Outlive Me #general

Jocelyn Keene

I also want my tree to survive me.  I have been putting copies of it at different places.  My main and up-to-date tree is at Ancestry, because that is where I find most of my documentation.  I also have copies at MyHeritage and FindMyPast and other places as well.  I currently have memberships at those companies but even if I stop paying, I believe the data will be kept for others to use. Is there a particular reason you rejected Ancestry as an option?  I have avoided putting anything at Family Search because of the baptism issue. I have also avoided collaborative family trees because at one time (decades ago) the Ancestry tree was like that and it was horrible.  People continually messed up my tree.
Jocelyn Keene
Pasadena, California

ViewMate Translation Request - Russian #poland #translation

Jacob Heisler

Hi everyone,

I posted three Russian birth records for the ROZENOWICZ family of
Zambrow, Poland on ViewMate. I would really appreciate it if someone
could translate the birth records for me, especially any information
it has on the parents. The records can be found at:

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide!

Jacob Heisler
Norwalk, CT

Obituaries in Paris newspapers #france


I am looking for an obituary for an Israeli artist Hannah BEN DOV, who died ca. 4 March 2009 in Paris. Which newspaper(s) would most likely publish it and is it possible to search them online, similar to NYT?


Thank you!



Boris Feldblyum
FAST Genealogy Service

Re: legal name change in New York. #general



A little bit of follow-up:

1) Thanks to Sherri Bobish for mentioning my find of a published notice of my grandfather's court-approved name change in a newspaper from 1940

(I clicked on that link and searched for "Jay Joseph Kent" -- and got nothing) ;

2) I'm still not clear what happened years later (legally or otherwise) to cause the New York City Department of Health to amend the birth certificate quite a few years later : I don't know if he (or a lawyer) communicated that he was only now using his new name.

(Manhattan telephone books from earlier in the 1940s -- during US involvement in World War II -- accessed via -- indicate that he was still publicly known as "Joseph Kantor" -- until he decided not to be known by that name any more.

And I do not know if his first wife -- my grandmother -- ever used "Kent" in her name.)

Ethan W. Kent in New York City.

PS: It was only after he died (in 1992) that I learned (possibly my father had not known either) that my grandfather's changed "first" name was "Jay": he was known to me and my brother and sister as "Grandpa Joe", and while his return-address (postal, of course) mailing labels read "J. Joseph Kent", they said nothing about "Jay" -- and I got the impression (I think from my father) that "J." was just an affectation -- and referred to the "J." in "Joseph".

It is my guess (especially after learning from censuses from his childhood that census-takers were told his name was "Jacob") that perhaps "Jay" alluded to a Hebrew name of Yaakov Yosef.

E. W. K.

Re: legal name change in New York. #general


Birth certificates are routinely amended when a name is changed legally.  This can happen with adoptions, petitions for name changes, etc. 

However, it's important to understand that a person can use any name he or she wishes as long as it is not for fraudulent purposes.  My father's birth certificate lists him as Louis Slominsky (misspelled, should have been Slonimsky) in 1917.  The 1920 census lists him as Lawrence Slonimsky.  Sometime around 1940 he and his brothers changed their last names to Sloan.  My father enlisted in the Army with the name Sloan though one brother used the name Slonimsky.  
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

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