Re: Does anyone know that Shtetl or town in Latvia where Israel and Sora Michla (Margolis) Katz lived? #latvia

Sherri Bobish


Did Israel and Sora Michla (Margolis) Katz and their children stay in Latvia?

Did they emigrate to another country at some point?

Sharing that info will enable people to offer you research tips.


Sherri Bobish

Re: Restitution for survivors of Transnistria #romania



Entitlements have dramatically changed in the past 1-2 years for these survivors and/or their families.

For those who do not yet know.  This is true there are multiple opportunities NOW available to survivors (and OFTEN THEIR HEIRS) from Transnistria   

I am an attorney, based in Boca Raton, Florida helping survivors and their heirs in this area for more than 15 years

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions 561.200.3442.  

L'shana Tova to all!

Brian Kramer

Re: Does anyone know the shtetl in Lithuania where Rafuel and (Blume) Gertie Nillis Gilinsky lived? #lithuania

Barbara Levy

I've looked at JGFF and the LitvakSIG databases and I haven't found them. I wrote to a number of researchers in the JGFF, and they haven't come upon them either. I know that Svencionys is a good guess because there were a lot of Gilinskys there, but I also have not found them there.

Barbara Levy

Re: Naming Conventions #names

Roberta Sheps

My father had a friend named Haskel Masters in Saskatchewan whose name had
been Chatskiel. The story is his first grade teacher made the change,
although I think of it more like an adaptation. I don't know what
"Masters" had been. My grandfather's first grade teacher, according to what
he told my mother, (my grandfather, not the teacher) imposed Charles on him,
rather than allowing him to use his original name which was Efraim, which
she thought was absurd.

Roberta Sheps
Colchester, UK
Born in Winnipeg

Re: Looking for Yaakov Rotem — Yad Vashem testimonies reporter #holocaust #galicia

Daniella Alyagon



Dr. Yaakov Rotem is my mother’s uncle.


Are you related?


Daniella Alyagon

11 Rav Ashi St, Tel Aviv 6939545, Israel



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)


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Subject: Re: [] Looking for Yaakov Rotem — Yad Vashem testimonies reporter #holocaust #galicia


Thank you to all the replies to my inquiry regarding Yaakov Rotem's testimonies on Yad Vashem regarding Wilder family from Lwow.
The replies have helped me further my research regarding this family branch.

Re: New records on the all GALICIA database, Progress on PRZEMYSL ID project #galicia


My grandfather was born in 1880 in Chrazanow, Poland, in the general area of Galicia. Is that town part of your records? Thanks.
Barbara Schneider Cohen

Re: GILINSKY in Lithuania #lithuania

Barbara Levy

I have gone to the LitvakSIG All Lithuanian Database, and looked everywhere for their names. I have not been successful. I have looked at Svencionys through the JGFF, and I was not successful there. 
Barbara Levy

Re: JewishGen's Family Tree of the Jewish People #JewishGenUpdates

Michael Herzlich

I received this reply from FTJPHELP on July 10th when attempts to update my tree on the FTJP were not successful:

"We are not processing files at this time."

I was not given any time estimate on when they would be processing files again.
Michael Herzlich
Delray Beach, Florida USA

Galicia (Poland, Ukraine) - HERZLICH, TREIBER

Re: Do old hotel registers exist? #general


If he crossed as a tourist, it is very likely no record was ever made. You were usually just waived through, particularly if you were a USA or Canadian citizen. 

John Hirschmann
Washington, DC

Re: Do old hotel registers exist? #general

Sally Bruckheimer

There are border crossing cards which FamilySearch and Ancestry have. We used to bike to Canadian beaches from Buffalo when I was a kid - you didn't need a plane or a train if you were in the US or Canada. Detroit is the same.  You can walk across the border in lots of places.

There may be old hotel registers, but you would have to ask the hotel, and I bet they aren't interested in looking through them for you. Same with funeral parlors.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Re: Missing information in mazeva in Warsaw's cemetery #warsaw #general

Nomi Waksberg

I had sent an email to  Przemysław Szpilman at the following email in 2016 beisolam@... with a similar questions. He was kind enough to research and respond.
If interested, there is an article about him on

I visited this cemetery in 2018. There is much restoration. But even with a map,  had a very difficult time locating metsube's. This article may also be of help

Shana tova
Nomi Waksberg

Re: Using DNA matches to find Jewish ancestors #dna


Maybe 25 years ago, I met a bunch of Scots at a resort in the Caribbean, and they said they were Jews. Apparently, in the late 19th c. when their ancestors from eastern Europe left a European departure point for the US, their boat made a quick stop at a dock in Britain to pick up more passengers. Thinking they had arrived in the US, some Jews disembarked... and stayed!

Susan J Gordon
New York
ZBARAZ - Bialazurker
SKALAT - Schoenhaut, Lempert

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

Arlene Beare

We are busy translating records and over the coming year there should be some new databases coming online. Family Search is busy imaging millions of records so there is a lot of new data on their site which links to the Raduraksti. The Raduraksit site has been moved and you need to re-register if you want to look at the data.. It requires an experienced researcher to connect the dots as one can easily make assumptions that are not true.  The best people to do this are the Latvian Archivists who have been dealing with the data for many years and really can see family connections. You mention you had them do research for you a number of years ago and that you have also obtained data from other researchers,
It may be worth while to send the Archivists the data that you are trying to piece together and ask their opinion.  Since Irina Veinberga died the email address to write to has changed to -

As far as a private researcher is concerned you could visit the site of Aleksandrs Feigmanis  -
consider asking him to do some research for you. He does charge and it is important that you ask how much it will cost before hiring him. He is a Historian whoc works at the JEwish Museum in Riga and well experienced with Latvian Records.
Arlene Beare
Co-director Latvian Research Division.

Re: Arolsen Archives - Conference on Deportations in the Nazi Era #announcements #holocaust

Yvonne Stern

Dear Andrew, Arolsen Conference registration is
absolutely  free of cost.
Yvone Stern

Re: JewishGen's Family Tree of the Jewish People #JewishGenUpdates


JewishGen is in the process of updating our family trees.  Please be patient.

Iris Folkson


peter isert

Good day colleagues 
I’m having problems identifying if there are any ISERSTEINs alive out there I may be related to 
I am the son of Herbert Charles Iserstein from Vienna
born 1921, whose father was Rudolph Iserstein & whose uncle was Paul Iserstein both from Prague originally.
Looking forward to hearing back or at least discovering any leads
Kind regards 
Peter Isert

Re: Does anyone know the shtetl in Lithuania where Rafuel and (Blume) Gertie Nillis Gilinsky lived? #lithuania

Steve Stein

Based on hits on the JGFF and the LItvak SIG database, I would guess Svencionys.

Steve Stein

Re: Searching for KRAVIZTSKY and REZNIK #ukraine

Beth Erez

Hi Valerie
My grandfather was born Israel Krevitsky in Aleksandria/Oleksandrya Ukraine (but it was then Russia).  We know his parents were Abraham and Yetta Krevitsky and that he had a sister named Mariasia.  That is it.  We know nothing else except that he immigrated to the United States in 1904 but we believe he left Russia a few years earlier.  We always thought he was from Odessa but discovered Aleksandria/Oleksandrya  on shis US Naturalization papers, and then later on many of his sister's children's documents.  Do you know what town or shtetl your family was from? my guess is that his name was changed to Mauritzio from something else like Moshe or Maurice or Max.  
Good luck
Hod Hasharon, Israel

Re: Naming Conventions #names

Jill Whitehead

My great grandfather was called Nathan Abrahams and he came to Manchester, UK in 1867 from Suwalki town in NE Poland. He was born Chackiel Ceglarski but dropped the Ceglarski in favour of his patronymic Abraham or Abram (his father's name).  He was also known as Casper by his family (a variation of Chackiel ) in Britain and Charles by his brothers in the USA. His Hebrew name was Ezekiel. He called his first son Abraham Abrahams or Abrams after his father. 

I have no idea where the name Nathan came from, but it only appeared when he came to Britain (as far as I am aware), but he had nine children (8 born in Manchester), and his eldest grandsons were variously called Nathan or Neville, but several had the middle name Casper.

A lot of first sons were called Abraham by different parts of my family, but they were often known by their second name e.g. Abraham Harris,  or these Abraham's became variously Arthur, Albert or Arnold.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: Naming Conventions #names

Rodney Eisfelder

You asked "When did the practice start for using the first letter of a deceased relative's name for a child, rather than the whole name? Example being naming a child Carl, after his grandfather Charles?"
You picked a curious example, since they are the same name, one being the German version, the other the French. This was brought home to me when I saw Karl Marx's registration papers from his stay in Brussels in 1846 - his name is clearly shown as Charles Marx. Karl was born in 1818. The family surname came from his grandfather, who was named Mordechai, not Marx.

My great-grandfather's brother William, was born in Bamberg, Germany in 1837. He was either named after William IV who died the same year, or after his grandfather Wolf, who died in 1832.

The answer to your question will depend on where the grandparent died, where the grandchild was born, and the level of cultural assimilation of the parents.

I hope this helps,
Rodney Eisfelder
Melbourne, Australia

8281 - 8300 of 658749