Viewmate translation request--RUSSIAN #translation

Joseph Walder

I've posted a birth record in Russian 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.

Joseph Walder
Portland, Oregon, USA

WWI deportees returning from Russia - What info in original record #lithuania #records

Michele Lock

From a Unified database search on Jewishgen, I found a 1921 record for my paternal great aunt Sheina Klein of Zagare, Lithuania. It is from a source called 'WWI deportees returning from Russia', which is held at the Lithuanian Central state archives. The record on has some details, such as date of deportation, birth date, and marital statues.  Does anyone know if the original records contain the town/district where the persons were deported to in Russia? I am trying to discover what happened to my family members during WWI, and am hoping to find where they spent the war years.

Michele Lock
Alexandria, VA

Searching for:
Lak/Lack/Lok and Kalon in Zagare, Gruzdziai, Joniskis, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Lithuania
Lavine/Levin/Levy in Minsk Gubernia, Belarus
Rabinowitch in Papile, Lithuania and Riga Latvia
Leibman in Dotnuva, Lithuania

JGS Libraries Spreadsheet #general

Michelle Sandler

Dear Jewish Genealogy Societies:
Here are the names of the Jewish Genealogy Societies I have heard from in response to my creating a Jewish Genealogy Societies LIbrary Spreadsheet.  Can the rest of the 91 Jewish Genealogy Societies please respond and tell me about your JGS Library.
Michelle Sandler MLS
Librarian Orange County California JGS
Beth David
Westminster California
JGS Boston
JGS Colorado
JGS Tulsa
JGS Hamilton
JGS Philadelphia
JGS Greater Washington DC
JGS Montreal
JGS Great Britain
JCC Tenafly NJ
JGS San Diego
JGS Toronto
JGS Washington State
JGS Switzerland
JGS Tampa Bay
JGS Cleveland Ohio
JGS South Africa
The information I need is 
Society Name
Librarian's Name
Librarian's Email Address
Number of volumes in the collection
Name of Online Public Access Catalog (example ResourceMate, Library World, Excel, Surpass etc.)
Name of classification system used (Dewey Decimal, Library of Congressm Elazar, Wein or another system)
Library location
Library hours
Library staffing hours
Checkout Yes or No
Michelle Sandler
Westminster California

Viewmate Translation Request - Russian #translation #russia #poland

Greg Tuckman

Hello everyone,
I've posted a vital record in Russian for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Birth record of Frajda BRAJTBRYK:
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Greg Tuckman
Phoenix, Arizona  USA

Viewmate translation required - Russian #belarus #translation

Gary Fisher

Hi all,

I've posted a vital record in Russian 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.
Gary Fisher
Ambler, PA

Searching records for Lapy #poland #records

Jenny Schwartzberg

Dear fellow researchers,


I’m doing some research on a cousin’s husband’s family.  His mother was Sylvia (Sarah/Sonia) LIFSZYC/LIFSHITZ who immigrated from Lapy, Poland in 1923 with her younger brother.  When she was born in 1910 it was Lapy, Mazowieckie uyezd, Lomza gubernia, Russia.  My cousins asked me to determine her name at birth and her birthdate.  I’m guessing it was Sarah (name on tombstone) LIFSHITZ and her naturalization record states her birthdate was 5 Sep 1910.  I can’t find any records for Lapy itself.   Checking JRI-Poland and JewishGen gives me a few tangential records for people from Lapy, but none with the LIFSHITZ or FLICKER surnames.  Sylvia’s mother was Meita FLICKER and I’ve been tracing that family as well.


Would people from Lapy have had their records in a nearby town, or were these records destroyed?  I checked the town lists on JRI-Poland and Lapy is not listed.



Jenny Schwartzberg

Chicago, IL

Save The Date - Gesher Galicia Zoom Membership Meeting #announcements #events #galicia

Steven Turner

Dear Friends,
We at Gesher Galicia want to stay engaged with our membership. In this regard,we are planning to have a Zoom membership meeting on Sunday, November 8th at 12-1 PM EST (9-10 AM Pacific, 5-6 PM UK, 6-7 PM Central Europe, 7-8 PM Israel, 4-5 AM next day Australia). This seems to be the most convenient time for our membership across the world. Being an international organization there is no one time that pleases everybody but we will record the session and put it up on our Members Portal for members to view at their convenience.
Please save the date and time to your calendar. Details will be provided soon in a subsequent email.
We will have many members of our Board attending. There will be just a few short announcements but we will use the majority of the time for members to query the board on items of interest to them.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Dr. Steven S. Turner
President, Gesher Galicia

The meaning of Memeh Fryme #yiddish #galicia

Zev Cohen

A female relative who lived in the area of Borszczow in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was called 'Meemeh Fryme'. I understand that Fryme is a given name meaning devout. Can anyone help me with the apparently Yiddish word 'Meemeh'? Is it a name or something like 'granny'?
Zev Cohen

Looking for Yiddish Translation #translation

Sue Okun

I've posted a postcard in Yiddish 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!
Sue Okun

Berens family. Manchester UK #unitedkingdom


Good evening,  I wonder if anyone knows of a Berens family who lived in Manchester circa 1900.  The parents were Copel and Sophia from Lithuania.  There were 8 brothers born to this couple.
Many thanks
Val Featherstone

Re: finding obituaries #general

Fred Half


If you are looking in any city or community with a reasonably sized Jewish community (especially Western European based) there is/was a weekly Jewish newspaper (I am familiar with those in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Cincinnati). Many have been digitized and and are free (at least those I am familiar with). Not only do they give obituaries, but also, Bar Mitzvah announcements, engagements and weddings, and the social, political, and educational activities of the various synagogues in the area. A fascinating resource especially if you don't mind going down rabbit holes for related information.

Fred Half
Palo Alto, CA

Re: DNA test #dna

Adam Turner

First off: if you are Ashkenazi, at least a few of those who appear in "2nd-3rd cousins," especially those near the bottom of that list, are unlikely to be your real cousins. See Jennifer Mendelson's article for a cogent explanation why:

(It is possible, though much less likely, that someone who has a stronger match and shows up in the "1st-2nd cousins" section will also not be your genuine cousin. The rest of my post is premised on the assumption that they probably are indeed your genuine cousin.)

There are a number of ways to figure out how names in your AncestryDNA list who you don't recognize are related to you. Here are a few:

1. Contact the person directly, using the "Message" button in AncestryDNA, and ask them.* Not everyone will respond, but many will!

2. Ask around. See if your known relatives who you are in touch with have heard of this person before. 

3. Do traditional research like you would for any other name you don't recognize; see if you can identify who this person is, where they came from, who their family members are, etc. Even if the person didn't link their results to a tree in Ancestry, you can often figure out quite a bit based on their name alone.

4. Use the Shared Matches tab on their Ancestry profile to narrow things down. If you already know that 6 people on your mother's side of your family match you on AncestryDNA and 4 people on your father's side match you on AncestryDNA, how many of those people match this mystery person whom you don't recognize? If they match all of your known paternal cousins while appearing to match none of your known maternal cousins, that is a pretty decent hint that this person is likeliest to be another paternal cousin of yours. 

5. Convince more of your relatives to also take AncestryDNA tests to see how they match the mystery person. Expensive, but might be worth it to figure out if you really have a long-lost close cousin!

*If your family is close, and you would know who all your first and second cousins are (yet can't figure out the connection to this person despite AncestryDNA saying they are your first cousin), it's probably a good idea to proceed gently when communicating with this mystery person. There is always a possibility that one of your aunts, uncles, or close cousins has a secret, like giving up a baby for adoption or having a child out of wedlock, and that even the child has no idea that one or both of the people who raised them are not their biological parents.

Good luck!

Adam Turner

Re: Ancestry's Drastic Changes Dash Hopes of Finding Connections #dna

David Brostoff

On Sep 9, 2020, at 1:38 PM, Adam Turner <adam.d.turner@...> wrote:

The only change that Ancestry made was removing matches between 6.0 and 8.0 cM, whose usefulness tends to be much more marginal.
Thank you for clarifying this.

Until now I misunderstood the issue and sincerely apologize if my previous post -- citing matches with known relatives under 20 cM total (but well above 8 cM) -- added further fuel to the fire.

Before I posted I should have gone back and carefully read the entire thread, where I would have seen your previous clarification of September 3, 2020:

"Your main match list (the screen you are brought to when you click "DNA matches", which shows all of your matches) showed, and continues to show, all matches: everyone from "close family", "2nd-3rd cousins," "4th-6th cousins" (3500+ cM down to 20.0 cM) to "Distant Cousins" aka "5th-8th cousins" (20.0 cM down to 8.0 cM). The change that AncestryDNA made in August is that the cutoff used to go down to 6 cM, and they took out all matches between 6.0 and 8.0 cM."

David Brostoff

Re: Is there such a place as Palestine, Russia??? #russia #galicia

Norbert Steiner

Under Czarist Russia and even under Stalin the Russian government was looking for a place for the Jews. They finally decided to allocate a large segment of Siberia - on the map it looks like near Irkutsk but is probably hundreds of miles away - and even renamed many towns with Yiddish names. Many Jews moved there voluntarily and many more were forcibly relocated. I don’t know what happened to the Jews but I know that many towns there still have Yiddish names. Searching for towns in Russia may be easier if you know this. 
May You Meet Your Responsibilities 
With Love, Insight, and Creativity 
Norbert Natan Steiner

Re: finding obituaries #general

Howard Kaufman

Great sources for obituaries are city libraries.
And the librarians are usually very helpful in locating them for you.
Howard Kaufman
Boca Raton, FL
KAUFMAN, SCHWARTZ -  Romania and Moldova

Re: Ancestry's Drastic Changes Dash Hopes of Finding Connections #dna

Adam Turner

Removing all matches below 20 cMs deprives me of knowing how long the longest string with that person might be.
Again, Ancestry did not do this, and there is no indication at the moment that they plan to do this. The part of the original post that alleges that they did is false.

The only change that Ancestry made was removing matches between 6.0 and 8.0 cM, whose usefulness tends to be much more marginal.

Adam Turner

Re: Is there such a place as Palestine, Russia??? #russia #galicia

Alexander Sharon

1. Late 19th century "Słownik Geograficzny..." (The Geographical Dictionary of The Kingdom of Poland) lists four entries for villages named Palestyna located in Russian Poland in the following        regions: Łódź, Częstochowa, Węgrów and Kielce
2. Modern Poland, identifies nine places named Palestyna, as an integral parts of the following villages

·        Palestyna – część wsi Ruda-Huta w woj. lubelskim, w pow. chełmskim, w gminie Ruda-Huta

·        Palestyna – część wsi Pilaszków w woj. łódzkim, w pow. łowickim, w gminie Łowicz

·        Palestyna – część wsi Glinnik w woj. łódzkim, w pow. zgierskim, w gminie Zgierz

·        Palestyna – część wsi Rososz w woj. mazowieckim, w pow. grójeckim w gminie Chynów

·        Palestyna – kolonia wsi Bilminy w woj. podlaskim, w pow. sokólskim, w gminie Kuźnica

·        Palestyna – część wsi Mirachowo w woj. pomorskim, w pow. kartuskim, w gminie Kartuzy

·        Palestyna – część wsi Kołaczkowice w woj. świętokrzyskim, w pow. buskim, w gminie Busko-Zdrój

·        Palestyna – część wsi Gronowo w woj. warmińsko-mazurskim, w pow. mrągowskim w gminie Mrągowo

·        Palestyna, obecnie Karolina – wieś w województwie śląskim, w woj. śląskim, w pow. częstochowskim, w gminie Rędziny

3.  Palestyna In Wilno/Belarus

Part of the Jewish town Worniany (Wilno district), currently known as town Vornyany in Belarus identifies Palestyna

4.  Palestyna in a "proper" Russian lands

A locality listed in Rostov-na Donu Oblast' as Новая Палестина, apparently it had no Jewish residents

Alexander Sharon
JGFF editor

Re: I Want My Trees To Outlive Me #general


Thank you, Julia, for being so specific with your instructions about archiving my trees at I followed your path and successfully uploaded my gedcom file and it automatically went into their Pedigree Resource Files. It only shows my direct ancestors and eliminated all the connected cousins and sidelines. Is there a way to show my complete gedcom file?  Thank you,
Reba Harris Solomon

Re: I Want My Trees To Outlive Me #general


Thank you, Julia, for your post about archiving at I followed your specific path and successfully uploaded my gedcom file, and my information went into their Pedigree Resource Files.  Unfortunately, the process eliminated all my side branches and only includes my direct ancestors. Am I in the wrong place?  Is there a way to archive my complete gedcom file in FamilySearch? 
Thank you,
Reba Harris Solomon

Re: Ancestry's Drastic Changes Dash Hopes of Finding Connections #dna

Nomi Waksberg

Anyone can file a complaint on the BBB site
FCC complaints on Hopefully there will be strength in numbers of complaints filed.

Nomi Waksberg

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