Re: What's a Cutter? #usa #general


In 1905 my grandfather came to NYC from Brest-Litovsk. In a letter to my future grandmother who was still in Russia, he wrote, "Now I am learning to be a cutter and designer, that is a "zakroyshtsik" who makes the forms by which to cut, and when I have learned the work well, I will be able to make a nice living because it is very good work and clean work. I work from eight until six o'clock."

Joan Sohn, Toronto

Yad Vashem YouTube Video of Program on Conscripted Slaves: Hungarian Jewish Forced Laborers on the Eastern Front #announcements #hungary

Jan Meisels Allen


Yad Vashem has posted a recorded lecture: Conscripted Slaves: Hungarian Jewish Forced Laborers on the Eastern Front. It is free to view.


A recording of a special discussion about Jewish forced laborers during the Holocaust: Dr. Robert Rozett, Senior Historian at Yad Vashem, sheds light on this little known chapter of Holocaust history. Anti-Jewish legislation was passed in Hungary beginning in March 1938 and in the spring of 1942 the Hungarian antisemitic regime began to draft large numbers of Jewish-Hungarian men into forced labor companies – two years before Nazi Germany dispatched troops to Hungary. Practically no Jewish-Hungarian family was untouched; many husbands, fathers and brothers never returned, dying from battle, starvation, disease, grueling labor and outright murder.   See:



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


ViewMate translation request - Russian- Gielberg family of Kozienice #translation #russia



I have now posted the other image. It is on ViewMate at the following address

Please respond using the online ViewMate form.

Thank you so much,

Ofer Cornfeld


JRI Poland #poland



Hi to all members of the Discussion Groups.

I and many of my Polish researchers here in Melbourne have recently noticed that links in the JewishGen lists for sources of Polish records no longer has a link pointing to JRI-Poland as one of the sources. Melbourne has a very large Polish descendant base and our society, Australian Jewish Genealogical Society (Vic) is involved in assisting our community in research for sources in Poland and world-wide. This includes, over the last few years, presentations for School Roots projects.  We have spoken to hundreds of students in this time and always stressed the importance that the first port of call is JewishGen above all other sites. Then we advise them to find their country of interest in the JewishGen list of databases.  So, if you too are wondering about the missing JRI-Poland link, I suggest that you bookmark a direct link to the JRI-Poland website at

   The JRI-Poland search page also has

additional search options that may help you in your research.

Max Wald ,Vice President, AJGS(Vic) ,Melbourne Australia.



Looking for help to find Polish passport #poland

Sandra Lion

My name is Sandra Lion and I'm from Argentina. My mother is trying to get the Polish citizenship from his dad, who came from Poland in 1923, when he was 5 years old. He came with his mother and sister. He became Argentinean citizen after 1951, so my mum could apply for it. She has all the papers she needs except for his passport, or his grandomther passport (as her dad was so young he could probably be on his mother passport).
I asked for information on different Polish archives such as Archiwum  Główne Akt Dawnych, Archiwum Państwowe w Radomiu, Archiwum Akt Nowych but they all said they don't have a copy.
Do you have any other clue where I could look for my grandfather's passport or his mother's? 
I very much appreciate your time for reading this!
Thank you!!!
Sandra Lion

Seeking help with my paternal great grandparents FOGEL/SPASER from Wiznitz #ukraine

Ed Vogel

I'm sending this again because I forgot a hashtag.  I know very little about my father's side of my tree.  Until relatively recently I only knew the names of my father, his siblings, their parents and grandparents.  With help from some in Jewishgen I was introduced to my grandfather's siblings(Jacob FOGEL and Mariem Scheine FOGEL), and the town where they were born(Wiznitz).  I was also able to see that my grandfather, whose name was Bennie as far as the family knew, was actually David in the records in jri-poland.  I still don't understand how his name changed, but it does match what I always knew was his Hebrew name, Chaim Dov.  Unfortunately, though I now have these new names, I haven't been able to find out anything else.  I don't know if they married, had children, nor where they lived.  I would appreciate any help you can provide.
Ed Vogel

Re: Jewish Agricultural Colony of Alliance, NJ #usa


I realize it is a different community, but you might want to check with the The Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage ( to see if they have any ideas for you. 


Re; Finding microfilm image from All Lithuanian Data base #records #lithuania

M Fine

I have been trying to find the microfilm copy of the marriage record for my wife's great grandparents Chayim Nachman Oguz, from Paberze, and Mindel Katsman in 1899.  I seem to have found it on the ALD on but the link doesn't seem to be to the correct image.  The microfilm, item, image numbers seem to be different than what comes up on the link to the Family Search website. 
If anyone could figure it out!
Mordechai Fine

Re: Russian Website Jewish Roots #russia #general

June Genis

I took a look at the site but I'm not sure where to post my query there.  I have a close DNA cousin whose family was from Moscow.  He knows that his grandmother was an Okun, my maternal line, and that her father's name was Gamshei.  This is from his grandmother's marriage certificate.  He believes that both his grandmother and great grandfather were always in Moscow but I have my doubts.  His grandmother married a career military man and I think they might have meet elsewhere and then moved to Moscow since military service was one of the reasons that Jews could live beyond the Pale. I'm looking for any records I can find for her (Ester Gamshieve Okun Kanfel) or her father in Moscow or any other Russian archives. What Forum category would you suggest?

June Genis
Hemet, CA

Re: Zvenigorodka #ukraine

David Mason

I'm in Culver City.  I read Cyrillic, though handwritten can be challenging.  I studied Russian.  I can catch some words in Ukrainian. Unfortunately I'm no help with Hebrew or Yiddish written in Hebrew letters.

Since Zvenigorodka has always been the district (rayon or uyezd) center, that's where records for Shpola would be kept, provided they survived WWII.


Re: Kagan family in Zvenigorodka, Kiev Gubernia and Philadelphia #ukraine

David Mason

I came across a 1906 database of voters in Zv., but was only looking for Kagans.  Nevertheless, that was productive because I found some cousins.

Apparently there's a lot of material in greater Philadelphia (and probably also greater NYC), but it is scattered, hard-copy, not online.  Unfortunately I live in California, so I can't just go see for myself.


Ancestry Library Edition Available to Libraries, Schools and Other Institutions to: US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland and Norway #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen


Ancestry announced, in partnership with ProQuest, they are making their Ancestry Library Edition available during the pandemic.  The Ancestry Library Edition is available in the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland and Norway.

It is available for a free six-month subscription for teachers, parents and tutors in time for the school year.


Beginning August 20 up to 10,000 teachers can verify their credentials on to school through September 30 at:    Note:  this is for K-12 teaching educators only.


It’s simple to unlock your free 6-month Ancestry World Explorer subscription.


  • Verify K-12 teaching credentials through SheerID
  • Receive an email with unique code and link to redeem
  • Enter code at check out (credit card required but not charged)
  • Subscription will not auto-renew at the end of 6 months


*Please note, educators cannot create family trees for students. Offer is for new subscribers only.


Beyond teachers, remote access to Ancestry Library Edition may be available as a genealogy research tool for parents, tutors and educators. For library patrons of over 2,100 libraries that subscribe to Ancestry Library Edition, the offering will provide instant free access to a wide range of resources for genealogical and historical research. Distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by, the program grants card holders access to billions of records in census data, historical photos, plus local narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources in over 30,000 databases that span from the 1500s to the 2000s. To access this database, contact your local library to ask if they participate and for more details.


In addition to the wide availability of resources obtained through Ancestry Library Edition, parents and educators also have access to an intuitive search interface, detailed search indexes, and helpful Learning Center tools, making Ancestry Library Edition an indispensable resource for education this school year. This program will be available through the end of September.

To read more see:   and


I have no affiliation with Ancestry and am sharing this solely for the readers’ information.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: U.S. Appeals Court Rules Spanish Museum May Keep Nazi Looted Art #announcements #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen

Stephen Katz said he could not read the NY Times article since he is not a subscriber.  The NYTimes permits up to 5 free articles per month,  I am also not a subscriber but I do use my 5 freebees each month when I find from my Google Alerts and other sources that there is an article of interest.  Most, not all, of the US national newspapers, permit a limited free usage per month. You do have to register for the NY Times and other newspapers but not for the AP report which I was able to obtain by placing the title in subject line above in

Here is also a free AP report on the same issue:,than%20a%20half%2Dcentury%20later.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Free Access to Ancestry US Yearbooks Through August 27, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET #announcements #usa

Jan Meisels Allen


Ancestry is making their collection of US  yearbooks free access through August 27, 2020 at 11:59PM ET. If you try to access other than the featured collection during the free period or the featured collection after the free access time you will be invited to pay for a subscription. Ancestry has over 700 million yearbook records. The collection stretches from 1999 to 1842.  To access the free offer to yearbooks go to:


The search results now include extracurricular activities such as interest clubs, honor societies, theatrical performances, sports teams and band and orchestra. 

To search the collection go to:

When you search by placing in a name and location and find a record you will be invited to set up a free ancestry account if you do not already have a free account.  No credit card information is requested, only your name, email address and password.


I have no affiliation with Ancestry and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Crowd Sourced Indexing Project, the Dorohoi Cemetery Listing Project #romania

Our Jewish Family History Research

Hi all:

In the Crowd Sourced Indexing Project, the Dorohoi Cemetery has been completed. Also Herta Births 1928-29 has been completed.
Can anyone shed some light please on where we might access those completed projects ?
Many thanks in advance.
Researching  IUZIS and POPPEL from Dorohoi, Bucuresti, Hertsa, Panciu

Re: Citizenship #general #usa

Barbara Ellman

She could have been naturalized under her father's naturalization.   After age of 18 she could applied for citizenship herself.  With law changes in the 1920s, she could not get naturalization through marriage.

Did you look for a naturalization petition under your mother's name?  I would do so before assuming that she not a citizen.

Barbara Ellman
Secaucus NJ USA
ELLMAN, COIRA, MAIDMAN - Minkovtsy, Ukraine
KAGLE, FASS - Ulanow, Poland

Re: Help with Russian translation of records from Poland #poland #translation



In Russian:




Состоялось в городе Лодзь 9-го (22-го) января 1908-го года, в 10 часов утра, явился местный равин Габриель Сегал в присутствии Абрама Хебера, 57-и лет и Якова-Меера Тайха, 26-и лет, оба служители местной синагоги и объявили нам, что вчера, в Лодзи, в 6 часов вечера заключен брачный союз между Джозефом Гликсманом, холостым, 25-и лет, рожденным в городе Новородомске, сыном покойного Мошки-Хаима и Фейги, урожденной Хазе, супругов Гликсман, живущий в городе Новородомск, с Естер Гонигшток, девицею, 22-х лет, родившейся в городе Лодзь, дочерью Герша и Паулины, урожденной Чешельской, супругов Гонигшток, в городе Лодзь живущей с родителями.  Браку сему предшествовали оглашения в Новородомской синагоге 4-го, 11-го и 18-го ноября и в Лодзинской синагоге 25-го ноября, 2-го и 9-го декабря минувшего года. Новобрачные объявили, что они заключили между собой брачный договор, у Лодзинского нотариуса Грабовского 23-го декабря минувшего года за #4426.  Акт сей по прочтении нами и ими подписан.


Габриель Сегал  Абрам Хебер

Джозеф Гликсман  Естер Гликсман

Яков-Меер Тайх  

президент города Лодзь    Подпись


Translate into English:



Held in the city of Lodz on January 9 (22), 1908, at 10 o'clock in the morning, the local rabbi Gabriel Segal appeared in the presence of Abram Heber, 57 years old, and Jacob-Meer Taich, 26 years old, both ministers local synagogue and announced to us that yesterday, in Lodz, at 6 pm, a marriage union was concluded between Joseph Glicksman, a single, 25 years old, born in the city of Novorodomsk, the son of the late Moshka-Chaim and Feiga, nee Haze, the spouses Glicksman, living in the city of Novorodomsk, with Ester Gonigstock, a girl, 22 years old, who was born in the city of Lodz, the daughter of Gersh and Paulina, nee Czheshelska, spouses Gonigstock, in the city of Lodz living with her parents. This marriage was preceded by the announcements in the Novorodomsk synagogue on November 4th, 11th and 18th and in the Lodz synagogue on November 25th, December 2 and 9 of the last year. The newlyweds announced that they had entered into a marriage contract with each other at the Lodz notary Grabowski on December 23 last year, # 4426. This act was reed and signed by us.


Gabrielle Segal Abram Heber

Joseph Glickesman Esther Gleeksman

Jacob-Meer Teich

President of the City of Lodz Signature

Re: Help with Russian translation of records from Poland #poland #translation



In Russian:


Состоялось в посаде Прашка 10-го августа 1886-го года, в 6 часов вечера.  Объявляя, что в присутствии свидетелей: Герша Коплевича, хазена и Израиля Ицковича, резника, обоим 60 лет и живущих в посаде Прашка, заключен сегодня брачный союз между Меером Штокманом, холостым, 26-и лет, сыном Гершлика и Розы, урожденной Данцигер, супругов Штокман, живущего в городе Ченстохов с родителями, с Леонорой Конч, девицею, 26-и лет, дочерью Лойза и Паулины, урожденной Гейман, супругов Конч, в Бреславле, в Пруссии, живущей с родителями.  Браку сему предшествовали 3 оглашения, опубликованные в Ченстоховской синагоге 17-го, 24-го и 30-го мая сего года, а в Прашкской синагоге 2-го, 4-го и 7-го августа сего года.  Новобрачные объявили, что они заключили между собой брачный договор, у Вилюнского нотариуса Станислава Кольчевкого, 2-го (14-го) июля сего года за #302.  Позволение приутствующим при этом акте родителям было саявлено словесно.  Регилиозный обряд бракосочетания был совершен равином Прашского округа Копелем Ротблюмом.  Акт сей по прочтении окончен и ими подписан.


Герш Коплевич  Израиль Ицкович

Меер Штокман

Содержащий акты    Подпись


Translate into English:


It took place in the Prashka settlement on August 10, 1886, at 6 pm. Announcing that in the presence of witnesses: Gersh Koplevich, Khazen and Israel Itskovich, a reznik, both 60 years old and living in Prashka, a marriage union was concluded today between Meer Shtokman, single, 26 years old, the son of Gershlik and Rosa, nee Danziger, spouses Shtokman, living in the city of Czestochov with his parents, with Leonora Koncz, a girl, 26 years old, the daughter of Lois and Paulina, nee Gaiman, the Koncz spouses, in Breslau, Prussia, living with her parents. This marriage was preceded by 3 announcements, published in the Czestochowa synagogue on May 17, 24 and 30 this year, and in the Prashka synagogue on August 2, 4 and 7 this year. The newlyweds announced that they had entered into a marriage contract between themselves, at the Vilunsky notary Stanislav Kolchevsky, on the 2nd (14th) of July this year, # 302. Allowing the parents accompanying this act was stated verbally. The regular wedding ceremony was performed by the rabbi of the Prashka district, Kopel Rotblum. After reading this act is completed and signed by them.


Gersh Koplevich Israel Itskovich

Meer Shtokman

Containing acts Signature

Re: U.S. Appeals Court Rules Spanish Museum May Keep Nazi Looted Art #announcements #holocaust

Stephen Katz

Yes. As a lawyer, I'd suggest that this is the threshold question -- whether or not the art was in fact stolen or unlawfully confiscated. I couldn't read the NY Times article cited by Jan Meisels Allen since I'm not a subscriber. But other news reports (which should be taken with a grain of salt) suggest that the three-judge panel rejected the claim because the claimant hadn't established that the museum knew that ithe painting was "stolen" when it acquired it. The reports also suggest that the panel applied Spanish law, rather than international conventions on Nazi-looted property. Whether the panel addressed the threshold question of whether the art WAS "looted" is not indicated in the press reports. This case is likely to proceed further.
Stephen Katz

Re: LEBEDENKO/LEBEDENCO surname origins #ukraine #romania #russia #general


My grandmother was from a shetl about 60 miles northwest of Minsk called Lebedev. It may be a source for the family name.

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