Photos: Belz Bessarabian Sick Beneficial Association section at Har Nebo Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania #photographs #usa

Mitchell Collier

The Belz Bessarabian Sick Beneficial Association section at Har Nebo Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has an extraordinary limestone arch and fence to set off the section.

The name of the association is engraved across the arch [as Belz Besarabian, one S], there is a Star of David and, perhaps, founding information in the crest at the top of the arch; and there is Hebrew or Yiddish writing on a pillar at the far left end of the limestone fence.

When we last visited the cemetery in 2007, all of this was legible.

I visited again this week and discovered that much of the text on the arch has been washed away by acid rain and pollution.


A lesson to be learned is that all graves and memorials should be thoroughly documented by photographs and those photographs should be widely shared.


The Har Nebo Cemetery grounds suffered from neglect this past year due to the pandemic, but, I was pleased to see that the grass has now been cut.

In the case of the Belz arch and fence, it is now covered with two types of ivy that will probably further break down the limestone.

Someone with knowledge of how to safely remove the ivy should do so with care.


By the way, there are arches for several other burial/beneficial associations at Har Nebo.


A few photos are attached.


Mitchell Collier


In 2020, the inscription is illegible.



Text on the tall pillar at far-left side of limestone fence.


 Mitchell Collier



MANDELBAUM and KIMEL from Zwolen, Poland - translation from russian #poland #translation

Daniella Alyagon

these records relate to my great-great-great-great-grandfather (Abraham Icek MANDELBAUM)
1. a marriage with Szprinca KIMEL - which took place in 1873 - record #6
2. his death - took place in 1880 - record #17

I am interested in complete translations as I am seeking information on witnesses, occupations, and any other leads I can find.

thank you,

Daniella Alyagon



Researching: ALYAGON (Israel), SHOCHETMAN (Kishinev / Letychev / Derazhnya), AGINSKY (Kishinev / Minsk), FAJNZYLBER (Siennica, Poland / Warsaw, Poland), JELEN (Minsk Mazowiecki, Poland), KIEJZMAN (Garwolin, Poland),  SLIWKA (Garwolin, Poland), MANDELBAUM (Janowiec, Poland / Zwolen, Poland / Kozienice, Poland), CUKIER (Janowiec, Poland), RECHTANT (Kozienice, Poland), FALENBOGEN (Lublin, Poland), ROTENSTREICH (Galicia), SELINGER (Galicia), BITTER (Galicia / Bukowina), HISLER (Galicia / Bukowina ), EIFERMAN (Galicia / Bukowina), FROSTIG (Zolkiew, Galicia / Lviv, Galicia), GRANZBAUER (Zolkiew, Galicia), HERMAN (Zolkiew, Galicia), MESSER (Lviv, Galicia / Vienna, Austria), PROJEKT (Lviv, Galicia), STIERER (Lviv, Galicia), ALTMAN (Lviv, Galicia), FRIEDELS (Lviv, Galicia)

Research in Egypt 1930s-1940s? #general

A. E. Jordan

Has anyone done any research into the Jewish community in Egypt in the 1930s and 1940s?  I am trying to find some information on someone who I was told published a newspaper in Egypt in that time frame.


Allan Jordan

Re: How to find New York marriage certificates #usa #general


Hi Terry,

A number of indexes are available to locate these records:
Once you've identified the borough and marriage license number, you can obtain free copies of records from 1864 to 1937 at a Family History Center. As mentioned in another string, you must access the records at a Family History Center. The licenses provide a wealth of genealogical information, including the names of the parents of the bride and groom.

Reclaim the Records has indexes available through 2017. However, records less than 50-years-old are not public records, and cannot be ordered. For records from 1938 to 1969, you can order the records from the New York City Clerk's office:

I've worked with these records on numerous occasions.

Best of luck in your search,
David Passman
Dallas, Texas

Re: Seeking Advice for Hiring the Best Latvian Researcher #latvia

Marion Werle

Re citations - often, by process of elimination, you can ferret out which citation goes with which information. You can also ask them for copies of the records with the correct archival information included (typically, it would be LVVA, followed by the numeric designation for the data). You can also query them politely to ask which reference goes with which document. 

Arlene Beare mentioned that FamilySearch (and the new Raduraksti website) have many of the documents digitized. Most of the Jewish records are digitized on FamilySearch, and you can locate them through the FamilySearch catalog. Through the catalog entries, you can match up your citation to the citations at the end of your research summary. 1897 census records may be on FamilySearch or not (they are not all digitized), but are all on Raduraksti. Family lists may or may not be ditigized. Please email me privately if you have any questions.

Marion Werle
Co-director, Latvia Research Division

Re: Looking for Chune Rosen from Zhitomir , Brooklyn and Massachusetts #usa

Janice Brockman

Contact with IKG Vienna re Katharina Rosenstein nee Rattner #austria-czech

Trish Lane

I am trying to learn more about my great grandmother Katharina Rosenstein nee Rattner who was born in Konstantinopel  in 1840.  She died on 8 February 1905 and she and her husband David Rosenstein , born in Belarus, are buried in the Jewish cemetery in Vienna.  I would like to find out her parent's names in particular which might help solve a family mystery to establish a link with her son in law Paul Rattner. 
 I am writing my mother's story and have asked the IKG for further information.  I have recently written twice to Irma Wulz and apart from getting an out of office message, from which she would be back , I have had no reply which is unusual. Does anyone have any recent contact with IKG or have any suggestions about how to proceed.  I am aware that Covid could be restricting usual business operation.
I would be extremely grateful for any assistance.
Patricia Lane

LEVINE family, Cardiff, Wales #unitedkingdom

rv Kaplan

This is a longshot, but...

My great grandmother's sister, Minnie Fayn from Lithuania, joined her siblings in Glasgow, Scotland, where she married Ruben Levy in 1892.  The couple had 2 daughters, one of whom died as an infant in Glasgow and the other (Rachel) was blind.  Minnie, Ruben and Rachel Levy moved to Cardiff in Wales.  Minnie died in 1910.  Rachel married, no children that I know of, and died in 1962.  

In Cardiff, for some reason, the family seemed to be known as Levine.  No idea why!   

What became of the widower Ruben Levy aka Reuben Levine?  A Reuben Levine married Annie Savitcky in Cardiff in June 1910.  My guess is that this was my relative (whose first wife, Minnie, died in January 1910 - was that too soon to remarry?).  In 1951, the Jewish Chronicle in London carried the announcement of the death of Reuben Levine of Cardiff, who is mourned by his wife Annie and children: Maurice, Rachel, Lena, Minnie, Hetty and Golda.  Did the widower Reuben Levine marry a widow called Annie?  Of the 6 children listed, Rachel could have been his daughter from his first marriage - and the other 5 could have been the children of Annie's first marriage - or some could have been the children of Reuben and Annie's second marriage.

The Jewish community in Cardiff was never very big and is now quite small, but I wonder if any of these names mean anything to anyone out there?


Harvey Kaplan
Glasgow, Scotland

Raseiniai Lithuania #lithuania

abbee corb

In connection with an investigation of a perpetrator of Holocaust crimes in
the area of Raseiniai, Lithuania, the Wiesenthal Centre is seeking contact
with individuals (survivors or family members) with a connection to
Raseiniai, Lithuania or seeking contact with individuals who may currently
have contact with residents of that town. #Lithuania

Please contact Dr. Abbee Corb +1(416) 876 3958 or via email at
abbeecorb@.... Or Dr. Efraim Zuroff at swcjerus@....

Re: Ancestry DNAmatches question - dot near photo #dna #general


Those dots signify you haven't viewed that entry.

Jeri Friedman

On 9/25/2020 1:57 AM, Dahn Cukier via wrote:
Inline image
Today, I received a notice from Ancestry that I am my own 1st
cousin. I logged in and did not find any new
1st or second cousins.
I did notice there is a dot to the lower left side of the
photo. The dot is NOT new people, people I have
sent messages to or received from, NOT people
I have or do not have admin rights to,
Does anyone know what the dot signifies?
Chat with the robot is worthless, I do not need
to reset my browser, clear cache or clean
my screen.
Dahn Cukier
Cukier/Zucker/and many others, Brieff/Brif and probably others,
This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.

Re: Goraj (Lublin Area) Extraction Project Launched #poland

Rebecca Racer

I know this is an old post but i just joined the message boards. I'm researching my husband's family - Nestelbaum - from Yanow (Janow). I've tried searching endless tips but haven't come across any birth records for a grand-father or great grand-father. Have these documents come online yet? 

thank you

Rebecca Racer

Re: Looking for Chune Rosen from Zhitomir , Brooklyn and Massachusetts #usa

Deanna Levinsky <DEANNASMAC@...>

Three Ditmis Avenue as now exists was built around 2012. --
Deanna Mandel Levinsky

Deanna M. Levinsky, Long Island, NY

Re: How to find New York marriage certificates #usa #general

Sherri Bobish


Steve Morse's site
contains all the links you'll need to search for NYC marriages, and much more.

Some links are for marriage index only, others contain some transcripted data from the record.

During some years the names of people applying for marriage were listed in the newspapers.
Try searching the name of the bride or the groom here:
It is a free site of old digitized newspapers, many from NYC.


Sherri Bobish

Re: Struggling to find immigration data for great grandparents - ZUCKER and WEISEL #galicia #ukraine #germany

Sherri Bobish


Manifests from that time frame may give you nothing more than his name and the country from which he came.  It varied by shipping line at that time.

Have you searched using soundex?  ZUCKER may be listed as ZUCHER, or something else.

The first name could be listed as various spellings of Hirsch, or Zvi.

The name could also have been transcribed incorrectly into the index.

He also may have entered through a port other than NY, including coming down through Canada.  I was surprised to see some of my family entering through Canada and then down to NY.


Sherri Bobish

Re: Looking for Chune Rosen from Zhitomir , Brooklyn and Massachusetts #usa

Sherri Bobish


You can use
to find 3 Ditmas Ave on the Federal census.  Since you say they lived at that address in the 1920's, you can try the 1920 and the 1930 census.

To find 3 Ditmas on the 1925 NY State Census:


Sherri Bobish

Re: Mogilev or Mogilev? #belarus #ukraine


My maternal grandfather, Aron Revzin, was from Snovks and emigrated to Chicago in 1913. His parents were Feivish and Chaia Ededl, nee Haykin. Aron's sisters were Baile (Mendel Schulman), Chana (Sam Polley) and Frieda (Sam Marshak whose youngest daughter married a Jaffe). Snokvks means "snow."
Barbara Cohen

Re: A new "names" database? #names


I recently tried to find FRIEDMANs in Poland in JGFF and found many, but I wanted to grab the data, condense it and sort it by locality or perhaps other things like the person submitting it. This would make it easier for me to print relevant data and choose whom to contact. I brought the data into Excel 365, but it was still hard to work with. Columns B and D seemed to have no data except in the title lines, but Sort wouldn't work because the column I wanted to sort by (Town) had some "adjacent" data. When I removed those columns, the towns still wouldn't sort A - Z because of an icon at the beginning of each town entry that provides a nice link to a map and town information. That icon should be at the end of the town name. Total: more than 1500 lines including unnecessary blank lines and a ZIP code line. Many people gave only their names, so if the link no longer worked, it would be very difficult to find them. If JGFF were formatted so that it could be more easily used for common surnames, that would help. Deceased Researcher should be a separate field (column) so that researchers could concentrate on probably living people.

Stephanie Nordlinger
Los Angeles, California

Re: Galicia on United States 1920 Census Data #galicia


Just a guess - in the one case, Galicia in Poland, and in the other case, Galicia in Austria
Ron Heller

Re: How to find New York marriage certificates #usa #general

Peter Cohen

For NY city marriage certificates prior to 1938 and death certificates prior to 1949, you can get a copy at a Mormon Family History Library.  They have some kind of legal agreement that prevents them from simply letting you download the image on from home.  You have to go and be on the FHL network, then you can save the image to a USB drive that you bring with you.

Until recently, (best accessed via had the most thorough transcriptions. has undertaken a project to transcribe the NYC vital records.  Their death certificate transcriptions include cemetery & parents names (which familysearch also includes), but they also usually have cause of death and what they are calling "executor", which is actually informant.  Be warned that these recent ancestry transcriptions are TERRIBLE. They garble the name in over half the instances. Sometimes, if you know Jewish names, you can discern what it should be (like LUNIE should be LURIE or LURIA), sometimes they get the informant's name right even when the deceased name is wrong. It's best to cross-check all the different transcriptions.

Peter Cohen

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