Home Town of Harry Dorf #ukraine #galicia #austria-czech

Brucce Wexler

I have been researching family information for fifty years. I have never been able to find the home town of my grandfather, Harry (Chiam) DORF. He came to America in October 1907 from Czernowitz, which was then in the province of Bukovina, Austria-Hungary.  It is now in the southwest of Ukraine.
He was born in  July, 1882, as far as I know. 
I have been told by his cousin, now deceased, that he grew up on a farm. 
In 1915 he prepared a paper called Intention to Become a Citizen. On that paper it was stated that he was born in Galicia.  His older brother, Aaron DORF, may have been  born in Zaleszczyki, Galicia. Aaron is buried  in a plot for that town. However, Aaron was 16 years older then my grandfather, so there is no guaranty that my grandfather was born there.
Any help in finding the birthplace of Harry (Chiam) DORF, would be greatly appreciated.

Brucce Wexler     <AJS1PRES@...>

Ginzburg Pessach #belarus #holocaust #russia


Looking for Pessach Ginzburg. His wife Genia Zavesova from Esmony, Borisov, Belarus.
They believed to be killed in WW2

Eisenstsdt/ Chait Family search #belarus


Searching for Eisenstadt/ Chait families

Re: Brief Translation Request from German #hungary #germany


Dear Jerry

Henry Viglia is my grandfather. He was imprisoned in Mathausen for anti-fascist activities. His wife, my grandmother was also interned in Lanciano (Italy), she was of Polish/Jewish ancestry and lucky that the fascists did not discover it.
I would be very grateful if you can send me a picture of that letter that you have.



Re: Werner and Eisenhandler families. #poland #ukraine

Peter Lobbenberg


I found a detailed and affectionate biography of [Siegfried} Sacher Werner here, complete with good photos and lively anecdotes:,%20full%20book%20w.%20covers,%201-30-09.pdf
(scroll down to printed page 64, PDF page 71 of 91)


Re: Simplest & Best Way For Extended Family To View/Comment On Digital Photos? #general

Martin Kaminer

Three questions re Google Photos:
(1) any way to import metadata (descriptions, etc.) from an existing source or does it all have to be reentered by hand?
(2) Any tips on structuring descriptions so as to be able to search accurately (eg "Bella Poland 1920s" etc.)?
(3) I read that there are issues with exporting comments should we ever want to move to a different platform. Any thoughts?
Thanks so much....

Re: Werner and Eisenhandler families. #poland #ukraine

Peter Lobbenberg

PS - There's a detailed and affectionate biography of [Siegfried] Sacher Werner here, with good anecdotes and photos (scroll to printed page 64 / PDF page 71 of 91):,%20full%20book%20w.%20covers,%201-30-09.pdf


family tree template #general

Carole Brewster

Can anyone suggest where to get a large multigenerational family tree template? I have over 200 family members and would like to record all of them on paper. 
Thank you.

Carole Bfrewster, Delray Beach, Florida.

Re: Werner and Eisenhandler families. #poland #ukraine

Peter Lobbenberg


I recommend - excellent for Austrian genealogy.  Membership is free, although my personal experience was that it was a bit of a hassle to join.  It has some more details for Tobias which you appear not to have: 

1). He and Leah divorced in Vienna on 24 Dec 1918
2). On 3 May 1920 he married Lotti Reinisch, also in Vienna.
3). That certainly didn't last - they divorced on 15 July 1920, again in Vienna
4). Still in Vienna, he then married a third time, to Frieda Zahler in 1924.

Then, Siegfried Sacher Werner:  Ancestry has a Sacher Siegfried Werner, born 29 Dec 1898, being naturalised in the state of New York on 5 Dec 1949.  And a Sigfried [sic] Sacher Werner,  same DOB, died in Dade County, Florida on 28 July 1983, aged 85.  I'm pretty sure he is the same Sacher Werner who gained a certain fame as a driver in the New York harness racing world:
Sacher S. Werner.
Born in Austria on December 29, 1898.
Sacher Werner's harness racing career spanned over 50 years and two continents.
In his native Austria, Sacher was employed in the perfume business.
He was at the same time, as he described it, "horse crazy", lending him in 1914 to train trotters and pacers as a hobby.
Six years, and a world War later, he made his first pari-mutual track start at a raceway in Vienna.
It still was to be two more years before that first win, scored with "Arnried" at Saint Poelten Austria.
His initial start in this Country in 1945 at Roosevelt, came close to finding him watching the race from the first aid station rather than in the sulky. Paddock gate guards, not knowing him, and unable to understand him, enlisted the aid of a German speaking bystander as an interpreter, as Werner tried to enter the grounds. After a few exchanges, they rushed him to the first aid room, as the interpreter told the guards that Sacher claimed to be a driver, but must have gone crazy after losing all his money. Moments before the race, Paul Keim, assistant race secretary came to his rescue, and by the way, Sacher won the race.
Leading driver at Saratoga in 1955.
Held the world record in 1945 with "tru Single G." at 1 1/8 miles in 2:24

If you have access to or a similar newspaper archive, there are some interesting articles about him.  Otherwise I can gladly send privately if you're interested.

Apart from Berta Bluma you don't give the names of the other siblings; and whilst Tobias and Siegfried feature on maggiej78360's tree on Ancestry (would that be you by any chance??), that tree is set to "Private" so I can't access more detail. However, the Sydney Morning Herald for 11 May 1978 (source: carried an advertisement following the death of one Jakob Kurt Werner.  His executors are named as Robert Sacher Werner (aka David Sacher Werner) and Robert William Tobias, with a third executor Leah Susan Rebecca Werner in reserve.   Given the similarity of names, could it be that some of the family settled in Australia?  It's a long shot, but I thought it worth mentioning!

Best wishes
Peter Lobbenberg, London, UK

Best wishes
Peter Lobbenberg, London, UK

Re: Jewish gauchos Argentina #latinamerica

Susana Rubin

Hi Michael,
     You could write to Estela Rapoport at consultas.agja@.... AGJA is the Argentinean Genealogic Jewish association.
The JCA files and the 1912 census of the colonies may shed some light. Estela has access to them.
The "sepelios" files from the AMIA are difficult to search because they do not have SOUNDEX.
But the same information is in JOWBR JewishGen database with SOUNDEX. I could not find my great-grandfather in the AMIA files, but I did find him in JOWBR with the command "sounds like".
Good search,
Susana Rubin
Ottawa, Canada

May 19: genealogy webinar from the Center for Jewish History #events #sephardic

Moriah Amit

Every Tuesday at 3:30 pm ET, tune into the Center for Jewish History's Facebook page for Genealogy Coffee Break, a short talk on a specific topic with one of our genealogy librarians. Discover recommended resources and strategies for online research, and have your questions answered live. This Tuesday (May 19), join us as we discuss how to find records from communities across the Sephardi and Mizrahi diaspora. If you have a topic you'd like us to cover, write to us at gi@.... Catch up on the entire series here

Moriah Amit
Senior Genealogy Librarian at the Center for Jewish History
New York, NY

Re: Jewish gauchos Argentina #latinamerica


Can you tell me what years of colonization were submitted to JewishGen ?

Re: Missing records from Dunajow #austria-czech #poland #galicia

Mark Halpern


The only Jewish vital records that have survived for Dunajow are 1924-1934 births, marriages and deaths. JRI-Poland has indexed the marriage and death records and those indices are contained in the JRI-Poland online database. The births are not available for public use until all the records in this birth register are over 100 years old. 

To find other relevant records in the Archives of Ukraine and Poland, refer to Miriam Weiner's Routes to Roots Foundation inventory of archival documents at

Mark Halpern
Conshohocken, PA, USA

PS: I like to know to whom I am responding. In the future, please provide your name and where you live.


On 2020-05-18 12:52 am, micahtd9 via wrote:

I'm researching the Schwartz family from Dunajow (also known as Dunajewer, now called Dunayiv in Ukraine). I can't find a single family record from Dunajow, and there are only a handful of Schwartz records from there in general. Were some names, births, deaths, etc. simply not recorded? or have there been issues with indexing and publishing records from certain towns?

Ursula Wyss FREY, 16th century religious crossover? #general

howard sachs

My earlier inquiry relating to "mixed marriages" may have been unduly polite.  Many researchers (or family history copiers) refer to Ursula Wyss Frey, apparently from a Swiss Jewish family in the 16th century, as the mother of various children with a Frey surname, presumably not Jewish.  If accurate there is Interesting ancestry from a prominent Rabbi Weil and descendants, including Vice President Pence (according to a Geni reconstruction).  Comments have been made that Endingen and Legnau were safe home-sites for Jews in Switzerland at that time and that Mennonite conversions of Jews occasionally occurred in the 17th century--resulting in some  Jewish ancestry among the "Pennsylvania Dutch".  I would be interested in comment on this alleged  family linkage and also the material crossover theory, by early day conversion or otherwise.

Howard Sachs   <hfsachs@...>

ViewMate translation request- Unrecognized language #translation

Amoz Chernoff

I have posted a ViewMate translation request for a portion of a letter found in my parents papers which appears to be in a language I do not recognize.  I would appreciate information on what language it is written in and some idea as to what the subject of the letter may be.   No word to word translation is required. 

 It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Amoz Chernoff

Thanks for helping #general

Kathy Miller

Hi all
I was seeking Ann Muriel Pinkus and had quite a few people who were so helpful ... thanks all.
Just to share this...I found her living in Camarillo , California. I know of ONLY ONE other family there... the brother of one of my dearest friends here in Sydney. Ann and this family live 3 doors away from each other and are friends.
Small world indeed!
Keep safe

Re: ViewMate translation request - Hebrew #translation


As one of the Holocaust survivors, eighty members of the family perished. As I stand in the synagogue during  Yizkor, I bow my head, stand still, and find it hard to open my mouth.

According to the poet H. N. Bialik, “Even Satan has not yet invented revenge for a little child's blood”
Leon Eisner

Re: Viewmate Translation Request - Russian #poland #russia #translation


Held in Posad Govarchev on the twenty-eighth of December, one thousand nine hundred year.

 On January 10, one thousand nine hundred and one year, at ten o’clock in the morning, Simha Reshelbuh, thirty-four years old, and Aizik Eisenberg, thirty-eight years old, came to Posad Govarchev and announced: on December twenty-eight Year one thousand nine hundred, at the morning of six hours, Khaim Deikh died, his son Moshka and Fradka, nee Rosenfarb, leaving behind her widowed wife Khana-Tsinia, nee Stud.  According to the present certificate of the deceased "Chaim Daih", this act is present, read by us and witnesses signed:

Simha Reshelbuh Isaac Eisenberg

Ravin Yakub Brockman

(not clear) civil status       signature


Comment:  Lust name of the person not Deych, but Deikh.


Text is a formal death certificate of  Khaim Deikh.

Re: Seeking Occupation Lists to learn more about 2 G grandfather Notan Pesach JACOBSON #lithuania #latvia

Kris Murawski

I understand that Kretschme is a Yiddish word for inn or tavern. Corresponding word in Czech is Krcma, in Polish Karczma, etc. This root occurs also in other Slavic and non-Slavic languages, including Estonian, Hungarian, Albanian, Rumanian and Romani. See online krecme yiddish in Explorations in Judeo-Slavic Linguistics, by Paul Wexler (page 165).

Kris Murawski
Raleigh, NC

Re: Simplest & Best Way For Extended Family To View/Comment On Digital Photos? #general

Martin Kaminer

Thanks, the photos already in digital format.  It seems the logistical challenge of sharing thousands of word documents among hundreds of people would be considerable.  Have you had success doing that?
I was told that Google Photos might provide a simple solution.  Has anyone had experience with using that to crowdsource family information?