Re: Looking to hire a genealogist who can help trace ancestors from Germany #germany

Sally Bruckheimer

Germany is a big place. Where in Germany are you interested in?


"We are looking to hire a genealogist to trace ancestors in Germany"

Re: Where is Voronovitsy? #general

Pieter Hoekstra

In answer to your headline question -

Pieter Hoekstra  <sold@...>
Moss / Moses, De Costa - London and Brighton
Barnett, Da Costa, Lazarus, Joseph, Judah, Solomon - London

Re: Help with GGfathers name missing on Gfathers Birth certificate #general

Stephen Weinstein

On Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 07:02 AM, <murphy8@...> wrote:
marriage certificates for parents, marriage records for son and siblings,
A father's name is much more likely to be missing if the parents weren't married.  Looking for the parents' marriage certificate could work, but it's less likely in this case.  Also, if the mother was married to someone else, but not to the father, the marriage certificate may mislead you.
Stephen Weinstein
Camarillo, California, USA

Re: Dray family from Morocco to France #france

David Choukroun

Dear Christine, 

To my knowledge, Morocco was a French protectorat from 1881 to 1956.
There are some archives in France (Nantes, La Courneuve)
Dray being a quite common name -- I would suggest 
1/ To check janvier 2020 (
2/ To write here : archives.cadn[@]  - with as much as possible all the information available (it will take time, but they will answer)
3/ To contact a french jewish genealogy organisation Cercle de Généalogie Juive | La première association française de généalogie juive (
4/ To contact another one (GAMT Accueil bienvenue - GAMT Association Francaise de Généalogie - French Genealogy Association - Asociación Francesa Genealogia (

Both of them 3/ and 4/ are very active and might help you in your research (but they would probably need more details)

Hope that helps, I am also interested in your findings as the Jewish community was following the less difficult status for the Jews between Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. A lot of moves here.

All the best, 




Re: Help with GGfathers name missing on Gfathers Birth certificate #general

Mike Coleman

On Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 12:23 PM, Robert Hanna wrote:
"Your grandfather's gravestone might have his father's name in Hebrew"

If it was indeed unknown, it would be the generic catch-all "(Grandfather) son of Abraham/Avraham".

That would not, however, exclude the possibility that Abraham/Avraham was his name.....


Mike Coleman  London U.K.


USHMM Makes Available War Crimes Nuremberg Trial Recordings Available #announcements #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen


The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) has made digital access to the full sound recordings to the public of the War Crimes Proceedings of the International Military tribunal known as the Nuremberg Trials for the 75th Anniversary of the trials.  The collection consists of 1,942 gramophone discs holding 775 hours of hearings and 37 reels of film used as evidence in the trials.


The sound content can be found here:


The film can be found here:


This availability is due to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague, Netherlands, the custodian of the original International Military Tribunal granting permission to the USHMM to make them available for the 75th anniversary of the start of the trials.


“The Nuremberg Trials mark the first time that an international court indicted defendants for perpetrating war crimes and crimes against humanity,” says Dr. Rebecca Boehling, Director of the National Institute for Holocaust Documentation, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. “The 24 major Nazi officials indicted by the Allied victors--with American, British, French and Soviet judges presiding over the IMT-- represent only a tiny fraction of the perpetrators. Yet the Nuremberg trials documented in a court of law with international press coverage the historical truth of the Holocaust and other Nazi crimes. The IMT Proceedings set lasting legal precedents that nations have a duty to protect civilians from atrocities and to punish those who commit them. Putting this important historical documentation online to view and to listen to is part of our ongoing efforts to digitize and make accessible the evidence of the Holocaust.” 


The USHMM, the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, and the ICJ collaborated to digitize the recordings, a process which took two years and was the culmination of the ICJ’s broader project, initiated in the early 2000s, to digitize the entire IMT archives.


More information on the IMT archives at the ICJ is available at:


To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Berko Portiansky or Portjanskii in Yelizabetgrad #russia #ukraine


I am resending this because I typed my incorrect email address
I am searching for information on my paternal great grandfather, Berko Portiansky or Portjanskii from Yelisabetgrad, Russia (now Ukraine). Berko brought his son, Nuta, to Philadelphia in 1904. Sometime later he returned to Russia, but there is no record of that. In 1912 his son, Leib came over to Philadelphia. The family name was changed to Porter. They were in the hides and skins business over there. I know there were other siblings who left Russia and moved all over the world. I remember hearing that one brother went to Argentina. Any help wopuld be appreciated.
Stuart Porter, Fort Defiance, VA

Genealogy Research on LIEBERMAN and GIBALEVITCH South African Family Member Originally from Belarus #belarus #southafrica


Hello all,

I am researching my family history. I am searching for information about my great-great-aunt who moved to South Africa sometime around the beginning of the 20th century (she was born somewhere in what is now Belarus, probably Byerazino). Her maiden name is LIEBERMAN / LIBERMAN but I do not know what her husband's first and last name was. An old family tree lists my g-g-aunt's Hebrew name as Chana with a line underneath her (likely indicating her son) written in Hebrew as וועוועל גיבולביץ (Feivel Gibalevitch). So perhaps my g-g-aunt's married name is Chana Gibalevitch. It's possible her son's name is spelled a little differently in English. My family has lost contact with her part of the family a long time ago. I am told her husband owned a South African department store. I am not sure how to track down what happened to her and her family. Below is information about the rest of her family.

Her brother, my great grandfather, Henry Lieberman (also known as Hillel), was born in Eastern Europe (probably Byerazino or somewhere in/near Minsk) around 1882 (give or take a few years). Their father's name was Zvulun Lieberman and their mother's name was Rochel (maiden name Frumkin). I am told that Henry/Hillel was one of six children. The old family tree I have only lists the Hebrew names of my g-grandfather's siblings: Dov Ber, Chana, Avraham Dovid, Yakov Nachum, Zlata Bayla.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to track down what happened to my great-great-aunt who moved to South Africa and any children she may have had? Also, if anyone thinks they may have a connection please let me know.

Thank you so much, 
Jason Lieberman jliebe97@...

Re: Mukachevo area births, 1871-1880 #records

Moishe Miller

To give credit where due, I believe it was actually Sergii V. Fazulyanov who did the scans for Munkacz. 
Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY


Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF #3391

Looking to hire a genealogist who can help trace ancestors from Germany #germany


We are looking to hire a genealogist to trace ancestors in Germany.  Their names are relatively common so confirming details is difficult. However, we do have some information to help the process along.
Jann Reissman
New Jersey

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


My uncle Arthur Isaac Stern died when his ship was sunk by a Nazi torpedo in the Mediterranean. My cousin Arthur was born after my Uncle's ship was sunk while he was declared MIA. My cousin was named after his great grandfathers just as my Uncle was named. After my Uncle was declared to have died in action two subsequent children were named for him by other siblings of my Uncle. My grandparents were from Romania and the Ukraine.

Robert Daniels

Re: gravestone translation requested - Hebrew #translation


Both her Hebrew name and father's Hebrew name are on the stone.

Leah daughter of Hersh

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 1/17/2021 12:28 PM, June Genis wrote:
Does the Hebrew on this stone identify Sonya'a father? (For some
reason I could not paste this inline) /June
June Genis, 650--851-5224
Hemet, CA
Researching: GENIS, OKUN, SUSMAN, ETTINGER, KESSLER/CHESLER (Russian/Polish Empires)

Where is Voronovitsy? #general

Marilyn Feingold

I am looking for information about Sam Rosenthal from Voronovitsy. When he first came to the United States he lived in Pittsburgh as a border. I can't find any more information about him after that.
Any suggestions, anyone? Thank you. Marilyn Feingold
MILGROM, SCHLAFFER, SHLAFRICK, ATKIN, MALAMUD, TESLER:Camenca, Tulchin, Odessa, Kishinev, Balta, Shpikov,
Trostiniyets, Obodivka, Kharkov

Re: importing/transferring/sharing historical records between services? #general

Sarah L Meyer

I keep my genealogy on my computer (and yes I do have trees on Ancestry (public but not shared), MH private and my own website (see below).  You can almost always download the document to your computer and if it is not readily available that way, right click and use "save image as".
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

Re: gravestone translation requested - Hebrew #translation


Sonya's father's name is listed as Hirsch.
Hirsch is the Yiddish word for a deer, and it's not so uncommon for it to have been used interchangeably with the Hebrew name Tzvi which has the same meaning. 
Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

Re: Translation of Gravestone written in Hebrew #translation


I think Laurent did a great job on the translations. The part at the beginning of the second stone that was unclear does in fact say להאשה "to the woman" as Laurent assumed. If you look closely you can see that the bottom leg of the letter ה is there it's just faint.
Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

gravestone translation requested - Hebrew #translation

June Genis

Does the Hebrew on this stone identify Sonya'a father? (For some
reason I could not paste this inline) /June
June Genis, 650--851-5224
Hemet, CA
Researching: GENIS, OKUN, SUSMAN, ETTINGER, KESSLER/CHESLER (Russian/Polish Empires)

Help translating Yiddish on back of photos #translation


My cousin came across about 15-20 old photographs of her ancestors and most have what looks like Yiddish writing on the backs. There’s not a lot of writing, mostly just a few words, hopefully identifying who is in the photos. Is there anyone who could possibly help translate them? Thank you in advance.
Steve Buzil


BUZILA and KILYAN from present day Moldova 

GRUBER and FEINGOLD from present day Ukraine


PORTNOY, GERSHON and OFSAIOF/OVSAIOVICH from present day Lithuania

MNUSHKIN and KOLVARACHIK from present day Belarus

EISENSTEIN and ZALIO from present day Romania



Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society Sponsoring Research Workshops by Michael Moritz #announcements

Stefani Elkort Twyford

The Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society is inviting the public to the following virtual workshop:


WHAT, WHERE, & HOW – Introduction to primary databases in the U.S. for genealogical research, and some unique challenges for Jewish genealogy

Not sure where to start your family research? Hit a brick wall and need more information but not sure where to find it? Join to find out! In this 8-hour workshop series, noted genealogist, Michael Moritz, will introduce us to a variety of different databases available for mining in the U.S., where valuable information about our family history can hide in plain sight. His review will include databases at the federal, state and even local levels.


Next, Michael will narrow his focus to databases that house specific information relevant for Jewish family research. He will shed some light on Jewish naming conventions that can inhibit our search of long-lost family ties, and will follow with discussing strategies to overcome challenges posed by the ever-fluid geopolitical map of Europe to our family-tracing efforts.


For more detailed information about the resources that will be covered in this workshop and to register, please visit our website. Or you can register here 



Prior knowledge is not mandatory for participating, and everyone will gain a great deal of valuable information out of this session.

Stefani Elkort Twyford
Researching: Siegal/Segal, Spiel, Tarle, Ilkovics, Feiermann, Kronenberg, Szerman, Kletzel, Ricker/Ricken

Re: Help with GGfathers name missing on Gfathers Birth certificate #general

Robert Hanna

Your grandfather's gravestone might have his father's name in Hebrew.

Robert Hanna

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