Re: I would like to make contact with the descendants of Alvin Joseph THORNER, born in Brooklyn, NY, July 28, 1892 d. ? April 1965

Moishe Miller

Hello YaleZuss,

Ancestry has a tree, maintained by user Kathryn Thorner, and it lists Annie Fisher, born 1869, as the mother of Alvin Joseph Thorner. It also lists a Brooklyn, NY marriage 10 Apr 1917 to Fannie Leah Rosenswaike under marriage Cert# 8450. Obtaining that marriage record would likely give you the names of Alvin's parents. This tree lists 2 children, both deceased, and links to many records and other trees.

Stay safe, stay healthy,

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY


Aron LEVIN From Vinnitsa #ukraine


Aron LEVIN - born approx. 1875.  Never came to US as far as I know.  Father Yosef, brother Sender.

garyelevin@... <garyelevin@...>

Re: Fw: Brodie and Binnes family research #southafrica


Please advise your private email address so I can forward entries, as requested. I replied to your email sent via this site but it bounced back as undeliverable. 

Re: Staub family #hungary #names


Hi Molly .. another lead might be to contact   Facing History and Ourselves in Brookline, Ma.  I think I heard Ervin Staub speak through their organization.

ViewMate - Tarnow death record interpretation #poland

Howard Fink

I've posted a death record from Tarnow (1854) in German (Fraktur) for which I need help reading. These records are tabular, but the handwriting is hard to decipher. While I understand whose record it is, and the event details, I would like to know what additional information is written below his name.

It is on ViewMate at the following address:

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much,
Howard Fink

Re: Question About Given and Family NAMES Used in Russian Marriage and ARMY Records #russia


Most likely Alexander Fisher, or in Russian (Александр Фишер)
Possibly Alexander converted to Christianity..  It’s very uncommon name for a Jewish man in a middle of 19-th century.

Finding a needle in a hay stack #france #germany #russia


Hi everybody
 am trying to help my russian teacher to find her great grand father who never came back to the Soviet Union after WW2. He was captured by the germans in january of 1945 and was allegedly sent to France. They were told after the war that he remained there  and started a new life (including a new wife and children). Could somebody give advice as to where to search. I have tried ITS without result. 
Best regards
Catherine JUROVSKY

From DANZIG TO GDANSK change of street names #danzig #poland


Hello every one
I tried to locate the street where my great grand parents lived in Zoppot. It seems that all the streets since WW2 have polish names and I could find no map to locate Cecilien strasse. Could somebody give a hint? Thanks in advance

Best regards 

Catherine JUROVSKY

Re: Do U.S. online phone directories still exists? #usa #general

Kenneth Ryesky

When I was still in the USA teaching (I happened to have also been going for my MLS degree at the time at the same institution), the campus library discarded their microfiches of US telephone directories.  When I made inquiry, the answer was that the telephone directories had been put online.  My snide remark in response was that they had just destroyed a valuable research resource, and that inasmuch as Warsaw telephone directory would be relevant in refuting Holocaust deniers, they were facilitating cover for future genocides in America.

-- KHR
Ken Ryesky
Petach Tikva, ISRAEL


Ukraine:  Yelizavetgrad:  Broad/Brodsky (also Odessa), Gertzig/Gertzog
Ukraine/Russia/Turkey:  Yevpatoriya:  Israelson, Arshenov

Re: Seeking info on ZALMAN family from Moinesti Romania #romania #usa


Hi Alexandra
Do you have more details on family members?
My GGG aunt Creina Schwartz (born circa 1865 in Moinesti) was married to Moisa Zalman (born circa 1865). Moisa Zalman was son of Burah / Baruch.

Do you know anything about you Jacob (usually Iancu in Romania) Zalman's family? Siblings? Parents? Uncles?

Please respond by email so I won't lose your message
Orr Sela

Unable to find names on passenger lists #names

Peter Bush

Why is it that I haven't been able to find the names of my Grandfather or Great Aunt on passenger lists to the USA? I have checked on Ancestry all combinations of names and all records from their town. Are there lists missing?

My Grandfather was Zelman Boezowicz (also know as Solly Bush) and would have travelled to NYC early 1900s. His sister was Celia Levy originally Cyrla, She travelled earlier.

Peter Bush <plbush1@...>

Re: Stillborns #names #usa #general

David Lewin

At 02:21 14/05/2020, Steve Stein wrote:
This is not always strictly the case. The Chevra Kadisha will generally circumcize the deceased baby boy prior to burial (not a bris ceremony). I know of at least one case where a name was put on the death certificate, the name chosen by the family. This will vary from place to place. My case was in postwar Germany.

Steve Stein <steinsteve0608@...>

I am working on the late Florence MARMOR 35,000 records of burials in Mokkom Sholom.  Hope to have that done before too long

The data has very many still births.  Where no name had been chosen it is recorded as child of X and Y

David Lewin

New JewishGen Homepage #JewishGenUpdates

Nancy Siegel

When you next visit the website, you’ll notice that the homepage has been modified. We’re pleased to report that plans are underway to upgrade and modernize the website. In the interim, this landing page will allow easier navigation across the current site.

Clicking on the blue and white icons in the center of the page continues to bring you to some of JewishGen’s key resources. Across the top of the landing page, you can click on the familiar index buttons: About Us, Get Started, Databases, Research, and Donate. 

A screenshot of the new landing page is attached.

Nancy Siegel (San Francisco/CA/USA)

Director of Communications


Re: Were "nephews" sometimes really cousins? #general

Pieter Hoekstra

In Netherlands your cousin is called your nephew, nicht for neice. neef for nephew. Maybe it is something similar in Poland.

Viewmate translation request -- Russian #translation


I've posted the reverse side of a postcard written 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.

Erika Gottfried
Teaneck, New Jersey

Re: Were "nephews" sometimes really cousins? #general


I would like to add my own first hand experience as an answer to you. My father's eldest brother was older than him by 10 years. My Uncle's 1st son was 18 years older than I was & the 2nd son is 15 years older than me. I was raised to call both of these 1st cousins as "Uncle so & so" out of deference to the age difference. The remaining 2nd son & I had & still have a big brother/little sister relationship & stopped calling him 'Uncle' when I was about 13 years old & using only his & his wife's given names. When his wife & I are talking about him in the 3rd person she ALWAYS refers to him as 'Uncle so & so' & I have to tell you that neither one of us really notice the distinction. When I introduce him to people, he is introduced as 'my Uncle'. My children call him 'Uncle' & I had to explain in detail, our blood & lineage relationship because they really did think we were siblings. He is now 83 years old & I thank G-D everyday for giving me the best Uncle/Big Brother a girl could have ever wished for. Although his parent's were really my Uncle & Aunt, they stepped up to the grandparent plate for me & my siblings. Sometimes our emotional feelings about people are the truths of the relationship & not necessarily the true lineage.

Zoe FLOOD, journalist and filmmaker #names

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to make contact with the family of Zoe FLOOD, daughter of Frank
CHATTERTON (who was a British Office in Mandate Palestine born about
1915) and Miriam nee ZNAMIROWSKI, descendants of the rabbinical
HOROWITZ family of Piotrkow.

 Neil Rosenstein <neilrosenstein@...>

Viewmate translation request Yiddish #translation #yiddish #lithuania

Michael Herzlich

I've posted two short handwritten notes for which I need translations.

One in Yiddish on ViewMate at the following address -

A second in Yiddish is on ViewMate at the following address -

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

The notes are on the back of photo cards are from the album of a person related to the following families from the area near Merkine Lithuania:

Michael Herzlich,  Delray Beach, Florida USA     <mherzlich@...>

Belarus - EPSTEIN, HELFAND, POLLACK   Galicia (Poland, Ukraine) - HERZLICH, TREIBER

Re: Stillborns #names #usa #general

Steve Stein

This is not always strictly the case. The Chevra Kadisha will generally circumcize the deceased baby boy prior to burial (not a bris ceremony). I know of at least one case where a name was put on the death certificate, the name chosen by the family. This will vary from place to place. My case was in postwar Germany.

Steve Stein <steinsteve0608@...>

Looking for lost YARMOLINSKY from gub Podoski Ukraine #ukraine #usa

Calvin Ennis

I am looking for a cousin born YARMOLINSKY in the US .
His last place of residence was Atlanta Georgia about 1960 at age about 20.
May have been a medical or science student .May have used the name YARMO, MALINSKY ,or MALIN .
His father like  mine,was born in gubernia Podolski also called Podalia ,Ukraine .Any info would be appreciated 

Cal Ennis MD,  Pascagoula MS <cennis@...>