Re: Need to have a Stenographic Shorthand Note Deciphered #translation

Barbara Sontz

Mark -

I'm not positive, but it looks like Gregg shorthand to me.


Spain Gives Sephardic Jews Extra Time for Citizenship Status #sephardic

Jan Meisels Allen



Spain’s government announced on May 14 that it will extend the deadline for descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from the country more than 500 years ago. They must have launched the process of acquiring Spanish citizenship but could not complete it due to the pandemic.  The extension is for one year until September 2021 and only applies to those who had presented their preliminary request for citizenship before the October 2019 deadline.


Applicants must sit for a mandatory test on their knowledge of Spain’s Constitution and culture that had been cancelled because of the pandemic and give them more time to travel to Spain for a required appearance before a notary.


In Oct. 2019, the ministry said that more than 132,000 people who claim Sephardic origins had requested Spanish citizenship since the law offering them the opportunity took effect in 2015.


Thank you to Randy Herschaft, Associated Press for sharing the article with us.


To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Looking for Information on Harry FEINGOLD and Bessie WEISS, from Poland to Phoenixville, PA and NYC 1890s #poland #usa

howard sachs

"Mixed marriage" may be an unduly polite term.  Somehow typically Jewish DNA appears in "Christian" families.  Geni has each generation of the Pence family, with a line going back to  a prominent Rabbi Weil in Southwestern Germany. Assuming in this case that the genealogy is sound (occasionally true), the surnames allow a guess that a Jewish woman  was the mother of a Gentile child late in 16th century Switzerland.  "Common law partnership" or something else?  So Geni says I am a 17th cousin--a bit remote.  In my paternal line the DNA suggests an early abandonment of the Jewish faith by some fellow in the Rhineland in the 17th century. I have run into a smattering of such situations.  Is there any write-up as to unusual frequency in that area at that time of religious turmoil--or are my conclusions entirely unsound? Howard Sachs (directed to message 642893--Roger Lustig)

Frank Finkenberg on JewishGen #general

Ralph Baer

Yesterday, I received a message from Frank FINKENBERG via the The JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF). It turns out that we are a match in the NORDHEIMER family of Memmelsdorf in Unterfranken in Bavaria, fifth cousins. My reply to him bounced. I assume that he has an old e-mail address on JewishGen. Does anyone have a current address? The one he used is a address.


Please reply to me directly. Thanks. 

Ralph N. Baer        RalphNBaer@...       Washington, DC

Advice on how to find information on schools: Germany - Primary Schools "Agricultural and Commerce" #germany


Good Day to Everyone,


I need advice from those more experienced than me in family research as I may be going about this all wrong. I have been researching my Germany family tree over the last few months and have found details on my 4th Great Grandfather. The information is from the archivist from Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Bavaria. Browsing Google Books, I found an Annual Report in German on the "Agricultural and Commerce" school which has my 4th Great Grandfather's name mentioned in it. 


I am stumped to figure out which German Jewish Community he comes from before he left for the US in 1859. My family is not showing up as a part of the Jewish Community or Synagogue in Sulzbach in the time frame of 1817. Maybe we have the wrong "Sulzbach." Nathan's father married someone from "Floss," which is not too far away. There is a name change from the Fraenkel branch we believe is our branch of the family from Sulzbach. We have documents that state Nathan was from Sulzbach, and I thought if I can confirm where this school is, it would prove that indeed he was from this area. 


Family: Neftelberger

Location: Sulzbach, Bavaria

Document Found: Annual Report on Primary School in Prussia timeframe with my 4th Great Grandfathers Name (Nathan Neftelberger) Dated: 1850/51 

Notes: Nathan Neftelberger, age 14, From Sulzbach, Father: Handlesmann (Merchant)

Does not note: Where the school located


Fathers name: Wolf Hirsch Neftelberger (Unknown)

Mother: Fanny (Fradel) Boskowitz (Floss, Germany)

1837: Semmerl and Naftalie (Nathan) births




I tried many avenues to see if there was a historian or documentation on schools in 1840-1860. I've also emailed a German Genealogist in Sulzbach that specialist in the Jewish community there and still waiting for a response (Understanding that she probably has a backlog of emails). Any advice I would greatly appreciate it.


TracieLyn O'Brien-Rydzewski (Family Name: Neftelberger/Adler)


Researching my Jewish family tree

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

Martin Kaminer

Hi All-
What have people found is the best way to 'crowdsource' knowledge about a collection of hundreds/thousands of family photos among several generations of extended family with widely varying (but on average low) technical ability?  We have basic metadata for many of the images, which span nearly 150 years, though there are many errors and omissions that need to be fixed.  I'd also love to allow for people to comment with their own stories and recollections even on photos we've fully identified.  What is the best, simplest but also most useful software/system/site for doing this?  Everything I've seen is either too complex or too basic. Welcome your guidance.
Martin Kaminer

Re: another search for Karin #usa


If you are seeking help from others, it would be helpful if we had ages or years.
There are several Stephen Mintzs on FB for example. Is the son grown up already?
Have you tried contacting the Kibbutz?
Do you have the husband's name?
Detectives need all the clues you can provide.

Re: Last residence of Riga in 1920 before immigrating to US, says the passenger manifest #usa #latvia #lithuania

barbara Schoenburg

My family also went from Kiev to Riga for in 1925. They applied to go to US two months later but ended up going to Canada 2 years later. Have various passports and immigration papers. 

Jewish gauchos Argentina #latinamerica

Michael Sharp

A uncle of my mother was a gaucho in Argentina but moved to Manchester UK to find a wife. We don't know where in eastern Europe he came from but assume he lived in one of the Hirsch  colonies in Argentina. Does anyone know of any searchable databases containing vital records, census or immigration data for the colonies?

Re: The Genetic Genealogist Detective Series Change of Premiere Date to June 2 #dna #usa #events

Linda Kelley

Comcast here in Portland, OR says The Genetic Detective will air on ABC, starting May 26 at 10 p.m. Pacific time. 
Linda Wolfe Kelley
Portland, OR, USA

Research in Szklary, Tyczyn, Rzeszow area #galicia #poland

Ilana Grallert

Looking for someone who has done genealogical research in Szklary, Tyczyn, Rzeszow. I am kind of stuck with my research into DAWID KRANZ who married  ROBERTA  HORNSTEIN (1833-1908). They had two sons MOSES (1867-1891) and SALEM (1868-1936). Dawid's father is possibly a SHULEM KRANZ (1782-1852).  Any tips or pointers would be appreciated.
Ilana Grallert
New Hampshire

Re: Last residence of Riga in 1920 before immigrating to US, says the passenger manifest #usa #latvia #lithuania


My family also went to Riga before immigration (it's only listed as a last residence on one naturalization document out of six), and I've heard this was so they could have a medical examination. This was in 1923, and I tried finding my original source for this, but since I couldn't I suspect I heard it directly from a family member. This might be a reason why it's listed for your family.

Hope this helps!

Re: Forgot to sign my name to new topic #lithuania #ukraine


Was your post published?  If so, I guess you are okay. If not, repost the topic with your signature.  It's easier to add your name in the settings.
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Looking for info re Carmen Kinderfreund of Berlin #names #germany

MElissa GOuld

Hello!  I am looking for any information about Carmen Kinderfreund, born 13 November 1923 in Berlin. She was married briefly in the early 1940s to my father Jakob Joachim Goldstein in Cuba.  She then moved to Forest Hills, New York.

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

Judith Diamond

Can you narrow down the place more in Kovo gubernia?

Re: immigration to Cuba #general #latinamerica

Alan Mandl

Companie Generale Transatlantique (CGT) was traveling to Cuba from France in 1938-early 1939. My father traveled from Bordeaux on the De La Salle in March 1939. Le Havre was another point of departure to Cuba. Among passengers during this era were escapees from Spain.

I was unable to locate a manifest through inquiries to CGT. I don’t know whether Cuban records exist or if they are accessible. The University of Miami has a number of Cuban materials and might a source of information. If you find a source of access to manifests, please let me know.

Alan Mandl

Re: Unable to find names on passenger lists #names


I struggled as well to find my father on the Ellis Island passenger list as well.
Just recently, i found his application for naturalization, which listed the ship and its date of arrival.

The game changer was that it stated he arrived under a different last name.

With this information a returned to the passenger list records and behold there he was with his mother,  half sister and brother all under this other name. 
The new mystery was where did this name come from, it did not fit any name that I am aware

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

Carol Zinter

Where on this site would I find an occupation listing for the Kovno region between 1830-1890.  My great great grandfather, Notan Pesach JACOBSON (wife Etyla), operated a Kretchma during that interval.  JACOBSON is likely not the original surname and despite creative searching for the past 8 years, no one in the family has been able to locate a single record for him.  Thank you for directing me to the right place.

Carol  <carolzinter@...>
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Government term “Permanent Resident”


Reply to sender: <theshviger@...>

On a JRI-Poland birth record, when the “Permanent Resident” column has a town name filled it, WHO does it pertain to?
a) only the birth child
b) the father and birth child
c) the father and mother and child
d) all the siblings and both parents
e) only the males
f) something else

Thank you,  Reba Harris Solomon

Re: immigration to Cuba #general #latinamerica

Sandy Crystall

[Researchers seeking passengers to or from Cuba -]

In my searches for relatives, I have found and saved manifests to (and from) Cuba for the period of 1915 - 1958 (including some cruise manifests).
 Some are outbound manifests from the UK.

Most are likely from paid subscriptions to genealogy services, but perhaps not all.

Sandy Crystall, New Hampshire