Research in Ukraine #ukraine

Lynn Weisberg

Looking for researcher in Ukraine to find birth records for Isaac ( Aske) Littman or Alikman 1861 and his wife Shendal Zewat or Zivat both in Novohrad-Volyns, Zhytomyr, Ukraine
Lynn Weisberg
Baltimore, Md.
Lynn Weisberg

Re: Meanings of Polish Last Names -- Webinar #poland #names


I thought you might be interested in this  webinar on your topic:

IGRA is pleased to announce that it is renewing its activities in the Gush Dan area, with a series of 9 lectures to be held on the first Tuesday of each month at the Beit Shazar Community Center, ground floor, 30 Yavne’eli Street, Givatayim.  The location is wheelchair accessible.  Entrance is in strict compliance with the Tav Yarok regulations including bringing a certificate, and a mask must be worn at all times. Space is limited. Advance registration is required - send email to: billie@...

The season’s inaugural lecture, "Family Surnames – What do they Mean?" will be presented in Hebrew on 5 October 2021/29 Tishrei 5782 at 7 pm by Aviad Ben Izhak.
A fascinating and humorous lecture will shed light on the subject, answer these questions and many others:
  • What do you know about your surname? Are you sure? Perhaps what you know is "not so accurate"
  • the lecture will shed light on the subject and reveal:
  • How long have surnames exist?
  • How were they given? 
  • What characterizes them?
  • What changes have the last names undergone and when?  
About the lecturer:
Aviad Ben Yitzhak (Lt. Col. in the Reserves) is a former commander of the Computer School ("MAMRAM") in the IDF.  He is an expert in the construction of pedigree trees and locating family roots. He has extensive and varied experience in building pedigree trees that include thousands of people. Aviad studied surnames through many dozens of family histories.  Aviad is an experienced and well-established lecturer who knows the field through and through. He lectures informally, clearly and humorously.

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

Online exhibition at AGAD, on centenary of birth of Stanislaw Lem #galicia

Gesher Galicia SIG

Stanisław Herman Lem, the internationally known science-fiction
writer, philosopher and literary critic, was born in Lwów/Lemberg/Lviv
on September 13, 1921. His books, the best known of which is the
science-fiction novel "Solaris", have been translated into more than
50 languages. A while ago, the Polish Sejm designated 2021 as the Year
of Stanisław Lem.

The Central Archives of Historical Records in Warsaw (AGAD) has
prepared an online exhibition about Lem's early years, based mainly on
record books of the Jewish community in Lwów held at AGAD. Included in
this exhibition are the birth certificates of Stanisław Lem and his
close relatives. Gesher Galicia provided assistance (acknowledged on
the exhibition's website) in the form of a map of Lwów from 1920,
showing the street where Lem was born.

The Director of AGAD, Dr Hubert Wajs, is inviting people to view the
exhibition, whose opening coincides with the centenary of Lem's birth,
at: .

Tony Kahane
Research Coordinator, Gesher Galicia
All inquiries to: info@...

Descendants of Yochevet Belinkoff Chernyakov #russia

Adar Belinkoff

I am searching for descendants of Yochevet (Yocha) Belinkoff Chernyakov, born 1873 in Gomel, Russia.  She was my father's oldest sister.  Her oldest child was a daughter, born about 1897, who survived WWII, and whose name I do not know.  It is her descendants who I seek. She also had two sons who emigrated to the USA, whose records I have.

Adar Belinkoff

Bialystok Postcards #photographs

Adar Belinkoff

I have 3 reproductions of picture postcards from Bialystok from years 1897, 1910 and 1912.  If anyone would like them for free, answer this post.
Adar Belinkoff

Moderator note: please reply privately

Invitation to JGSSN Zoom meeting: "Comparison of Jewish Resources on the Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, JewishGen, & MyHeritage” with Ellen Kowitt #events

Ben Kempner

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada (JGSSN) invites you to a Zoom meeting at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) on Sunday, September 19: Comparison of Jewish Resources on the Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, JewishGen, & MyHeritage” with Ellen Kowitt. 

To request a Zoom link, please complete this short form: which can also be found on our Meetings webpage.

Members of JGSSN can attend for free.  Non-members can pay $5.00 on the Donate webpage and complete the short form.

Session Description:

Enjoy this comparative overview of Jewish record collections and research tools on the global powerhouse websites referred to as "Genealogy Giants." This lecture has been updated to reflect the ever-changing content found online and many record examples will be shared. Learn about how each site can be especially helpful for documenting Jewish families and get tips on each site’s best features or challenges, including how JewishGen collections found on differ from comparable collections originating on, both in content and in the search experience.

About Ellen Kowitt:

Ellen is Director of JewishGen’s United States Research Division and National Vice Chair of the DAR Lineage Committee Jewish Task Force. She is past president of JGS Colorado and JGS Greater Washington DC, has served on the IAJGS board of directors, and been recipient of IAJGS Program and Stern Awards. Ellen publishes articles in Avotaynu: The International Journal on Jewish Genealogy and Family Tree Magazine. Ellen is a member of the Colorado Chapter Association of Professional Genealogists, she accepts clients, and lectures often. Currently, Ellen is participating in the ProGen 46 study group cohort and was recipient of the UGA Jimmy B. Parker Scholarship for SLIG 2021. For the dates of upcoming lectures or more information, visit

Ben Kempner

Vice President,

Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada

Research Techniques #general

Moshe Berman

Dear JewishGen-ers,
I am looking for your insights and tips for closing gaps in my research. 
I am under the assumption that there are several characteristic inaccuracies within Galician and Polish records from the 1800s.
Here are some of those characteristics:
1. Surname changes, long term or short term,
2. Children recorded with different parents or a new surname.
3. Records split between various civil authorities. 
How do you effectively read between in the lines to identify individuals with alternate surnames, and/or families while avoiding wishful thinking?
In greater detail, here are the same characteristics, with examples. To keep it light, I’ve omitted names except where necessary. 
1. Short-term surname changes, such as a family recorded differently between 1890, and 1900 Krakow census. The first names are identical, in one year the children bear the mom’s maiden surname. (Lehrhaupt/Leibowitz)
2. Long term surname changes, due to religious marriage. Although their parents were required to use both surnames, as adults, children eventually may choose one, or a third surname. I’ve seen children given a related surname. (Mom and Dad Lehrhaupt and Roth named their daughter Rothblum.) 
3. Long term surname changes to evade authorities. For example, an 1835 edict lists individuals wanted for not residing at their reported address. More general evidence is 1888 newspaper reports the trial of a town record keeper charged with failing to disclose intentional distortion of metrical records by his predecessor. 
4. Children recorded incorrectly in order to evade authorities. For example, I found a birth record based on the conversation with the daughter of the subject of record. It had the what I believe to be accurate parents, year, and location, but the gender and name were unexpectedly female. I’m sure this record bears discussion in its own right. 
5. Children recorded with missing or incomplete surnames, well after Patronymics were abandoned in favor of surnames. (In my case, the Mom’s surname was pencilled in.)
6. Finally, records for the same families that alternate between local and regional record keeping authorities. (Krakow, Bochnia, Wisnicz, for example.)
Thanks so much,
Moshe Berman
New York via Florida, USA

The town of Golub #names

Alan Tapper

I have a cousin whose last name is Golub

Alan Tapper
Boynton Beach, Fl

Translation-German record Schwarzschild/Schwab #translation

Melody Schloss

Dear Group-
I've posted a vital record in German for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Melody Schloss
Santa Barbara CA USA

Translation-German record Schwarzschild #translation

Melody Schloss

Dear Group-
I've posted a vital record in German for which I need a translation.  The entry I am interested in is for a Schwarzschild. 
It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Santa Barbara CA USA

Searching for Tailor Shop and Possible Co-Owner #usa #records #names


Hi Everyone,

My great grandfather, Joseph Nathan Gellis, owned a tailor shop in the
Bronx in the early 1900s. It was called "The Three Gs Tailor Shop."
I'm not sure if that is the exact name, but it was "Three Gs." The
second "G" was Nathan's brother Abraham. The third "G" was a total
mystery for many years until recently. I discovered that there was a
third brother, according to the 1905 NY state census. His name was
Sonie. He was born about 1871. He also was a tailor. Sonie does not
show up any place else. I can't find any records for him, except that
one census. It's like he vanished.

The tailor shop, according to my Aunt Gerty (Nathan's daughter), was "at
Tremont Ave. near Honeywell & 180th St. It backed onto 'The Elsmere
Court', a very fancy elevated building on Southern Blvd. & 180th St."

There is no one alive in the family who would know anything about the
tailor shop or Sonie Gellis. I'm hoping someone may have knowledge of
the tailor shop and/or of Sonie. I've tried to find info on both with
no luck.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Jeri Friedman
Port Saint Lucie, Florida

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Subj: ViewMate translation request - Polish #poland #translation


I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

ViewMate translation request - Gothic German (?) #translation

Barbara Algaze

I've posted a vital record in (Gothic ?) German for which I need a translation.

It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.


Barbara Algaze

Los Angeles, California


August 2021 Summary of IAJGS Records Access Alert #jgs-iajgs #records #general

Jan Meisels Allen

As mentioned previously, every month I post a listing of the IAJGS Records Access Alert topics from the previous month for you to see the variety of issues…some were posted on this discussion group but most were not—all postings are included below.  The following are the summaries for the month of August, 2021.  In order not to miss out on important information it is worthwhile for you to be subscribed to the Records Access Alert. Without records, genealogists cannot do genealogy –making certain that we retain access and gain access where it is impaired is every genealogists' responsibility.


•             Geneanet Joins Ancestry

•             MyHeritage Signed Agreements to Acquire 90.1% of Filae


•             (Australia) National Archives Does Not Receive Needed Funding


•             (Germany) Federal Archives repository of Stasi Archives

•             (Germany) Hamburg's Data Protection Officer Warned State Government to Cease Using Zoom

•             (Poland's) Parliament Passed A Law Preventing Former Polish Property Owners from Regaining Property

•             (Poland's) President Duda Signs Legislation Restricting Rights of Former Polish Property Owners


•             (US) 2020 Census: 1 in 5 Dorms, Prisons and Nursing Homes had no Data at End of Count

•             (US) American Medical Association Urges Birth certificates Carry no Designation of Sex

•             (US) Census 2020 Information Released to be Used for Redistricting and which Highlights Population Changes

•             (US) FTC Files New Antitrust Lawsuit Against Facebook

•             (US) Library of Congress-How to Nominate Movies to National Film Library

•             (US) NARA Presidential Briefing Paper

•             (US) Open Apps Market Bill Introduced in US Senate

•             (US-CA) Proposition 22 Ruled Unconstitutional--The GIG Worker Initiative


The IAJGS Board of Directors approved opening the Records Access Alert to anyone who is interested in records access. This was announced previously.  We now have subscribers from many genealogical organizations not previously able to subscribe. To be on top of what is happening you are encouraged to register for the Records Access Alerts to receive the information in a timely manner.  If you are interested in any of the above items, please register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert and look at them in the archives.  To register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert go to:  and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical organization you belong to-a society, SIG  or a subscriber of JewishGen, AVOTAYNU, Legal Genealogist  etc. You will receive an email response that you have to reply to, or the subscription will not be finalized. The alerts are archived and once you register you may access the archives at:


The IAJGS Records Access Alert is not a daily announcement list. Depending on what happens worldwide, there may be no postings for several days and other times there may be several in one day.


These are listed alphabetically not chronologically.  Each month the locales covered differ.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Re: Meanings of Polish Last Names #names #poland

Joel Ives

Not everything can be found on the Internet!
You need to get to Alexander Beider's books on Jewish surnames.  One is from the Kingdom for Poland and the other is for the Russian Empire. Also, according to Beider, "Pomeranc" means "bitter orange" not "orange."

Joel Ives
Fair Lawn, NJ USA  

Re: The relationship between Pashtuns and Jews #general


need researcher in Warsaw area; #poland #warsaw

Michael Goldsmith

Can anyone recommend a researcher who can access the civil archives in
central Warsaw and some of the nearby areas? Hopefully someone who can
communicate in English by email.

Michael Goldsmith
Groveland, Florida

Re: where is Chevatz ? #france #poland #russia

Sherri Bobish


I also got no hits using a phonetic search, but when I switched to a soundex (sounds like) search I got many hits on Cheratz, for instance, this one:
Sieradz [Pol], Sheradz [Yid], Seradz [Rus], Schieratz [Ger], Sheredz, Shiradz
Region: Kalisz

Try your other town names using a sounds like search from the drop down box.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Searching: RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala / Ragola, Lith.)
WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne / Istryker, Pol.)
LEVY (Tyrawa Woloska, Pol.)
LEFFENFELD / LEFENFELD / FINK, KALTER (Daliowa/ Posada Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA / BERGER (Tarnobrzeg, Pol.)
SOKALSKY / SOLON / SOLAN / FINGER(MAN) (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH / APPEL (Odessa?)

Naomi Feller z"l #usa

Renee Steinig

With sadness, we inform you of the death of Naomi Bard Feller, 85, the founding president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island. She passed away in San Diego, California, on Thursday, September 9, 2021 (3 Tishri).

Naomi was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Fred Bard, the son of Romanian immigrants, and Sarah Rosenblith, whose Galitzianer father, Naomi was to learn, changed his name from Nachtgeist.
She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Beth Feller Printz (David), sons Gary Feller (Toby) and Steven Feller, brother Irwin Bard (Maureen), and six grandchildren - Melissa, Ethan, Shoshana, Hailey, Anna and Allison.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, September 13, at 11:00 a.m., at New Montefiore Cemetery, West Babylon, N.Y., where Naomi will be buried alongside her late husband, Dr. Martin Feller. (A funeral procession will form at 10:45 a.m. at the cemetery's main building.)  
The family will observe shiva at the Marriott Melville Long Island, 1350 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, N.Y., with visits at these times:
Monday - after the funeral to 5 p.m., 7:00 to 9 p.m. (Vanderbilt Room)
Tuesday - 10:00 a.m. to noon, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Vanderbilt Room)
The family asks that all who attend the funeral and shiva be vaccinated and wear masks.
To attend the funeral service or the shiva via Zoom, please use this link:
We extend our deepest sympathies to the family. May Naomi's memory remain as a blessing to all who loved her.
Renee Steinig
for the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island

Zhitomir Kehilalinks Website Content #ukraine


I am developing content for the Zhitomir Kehilalinks Website and seeking good quality photos of the town and people.  I am also interested in census and vital records, stories and anecdotes of the past and present Jewish community.  Please contact me through this post thread or directly at the email listed below. 
Scott Heskes

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