Re: Seeking Morris KIRSCHNER (landed in the US under the name Morris DRESSLER) in 1907 from Buczacz, Galicia, Austria. #usa #galicia


Professor Omer Bartov, also a Buczacz descendant, has written two books about the town and some of its Jewish residents.
Judi Zimmer
ROTHSTEIN - Smela, Russia, AUERBACH - Mikulince/Wasilkowce, Galicia
SHUPLER/SCHUPLER - Buczacz, Galicia, ABROMOWITZ/ABRAMOWITZ - Radomysl nad Sanem, Galicia
KOSMINSKY - Smela, Russia (and possibly Cherkassy, Russia), BAER - Buczacz, Galicia
SCHNEIDER - Buczacz, Galicia, ISENBERG/EISENBERG - Radomysl nad Sanem (?)
BETT - Nisko, Galicia, GOLDSTEIN - Nisko, Galicia

Re: Belarus SIG #Belarus Belarus Archives Address? #belarus


Anthropomorphic Maps #general



The URL Sam posted for a 1914 map of Europe is actually a caricature of anthropomorphic maps. Before the advent of portable written media (parchment, papyrus), these maps were generated by configuring the gigantic virtual body of a god or goddess over the area to be mapped. The name of each part of that body became the name of the area under that part. This produced a mental image whose place names indicated the approximate location, direction and size of each area in relation to all other areas on the same map whose name was produced in this manner.

Based on linguistic evidence, I discovered Phoenician body-part maps of West Asia and North Africa. Because Hebrew and Phoenician are both Western Semitic languages with a similar lexicon, many of the geographic names on them sound Hebraic. Descriptions of these maps are in the two attached Anthropomorphic_Maps files. These maps indicate there is a psycho-linguistic aspect to the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Unbelievable but genuine folk etymologies for many of these area names are in the CarlMasthay_email_exch file.

On these maps, internal parts are subdivisions of external parts. The Aphrodite_Map_pics file indicates that Goshen was Aphrodite's kidney. You may want to print out a page or two for use at your Pesach seder.

At the time of King Solomon, Ethiopia / Abyssinia (Hebrew kHaBaSH) stretched all the way across central Africa. The South Atlantic Ocean was known as the Ethiopian Sea. Cassiopeia was the queen of Ethiopia. Queen Sheba's name is a reversal of kHaBaSH.

Look at the SoundChangeHandOut file first. It describes ancient changes in the sounds of some Hebrew consonants. 

Best regards, Izzy (Israel A. Cohen)

Re: Hebrew Book

David Lewin

At 17:02 04/04/2020, dredel@... wrote:
Does anyone have any information on this printed in Rodelhem.

Try    Israel ntional library                                         Israel State archive

David Lewin

Search & Unite attempt to help locate people who, despite the passage of so many years since World War II, may still exist "out there".
We also assist in the process of re-possession of property in the Czech Republic and Israel.
See our Web pages at and at

Re: Origin of the name Liss #names

Peter Dreifuss

Dear Nancy and  other Jewishgeners,
Outside of the question of the geographical origin of your family, a good starting point for the origin of most Jewish names can be obtained searching the records of Beit Hafutsot.
A search for Lyss yields the following:

Surnames derive from one of many different origins. Sometimes there may be more than one explanation for the same name. Lys is a toponymic (derived from a geographic name of a town, city, region or country). Surnames that are based on place names do not always testify to direct origin from that place, but may indicate an indirect relation between the name-bearer or his ancestors and the place, such as birth place, temporary residence, trade, or family-relatives.

Lyss and Lys are spelling variants of Liss, which has links with Lissa, the German name of the village Lysa Nad Labem in central Bohemia; with Leszno, near Poznan/Posen, in western Poland, also called Lissa, where Jews lived since the 16th century; with Leipsos/Lipsos, whose Italian name is Lisso, an Aegean island in the Dodecanese, Greece; and with Lodz, the city in western Poland which the Germans call Litzmannstadt. The family names can also be related to Lis, the Polish term for "fox", applied as a nickname to cunning people and/or redheads. Yet another possible association can be made with the French meaning of Lis, for the flower "lily".
For more specific placement I recommend consulting one of the more thoroughly researched books written by Alexander Beider, such as
A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire.

Pete Dreifuss
Silver Spring, MD


Beider's books on Mediterranean regions #sephardic

Jeff at SG

Alexander Beider's last 2 name dictionaries covered regions with large Sephardic communities. Searchable indexes of these two books are now available at

Jeff Malka
   MALKA family website:

Re: Origin of the name Liss #names

Peninah Zilberman

Good Day,

It is possible that the person who used LISS as a  last name used their first  to make it last,

Liss is some kind of a short form for …. Elyse, Elisa, Elise etc. like in Jewish its usually becomes Esther

Maybe they arrived to the New World and didn’t want to have a Jewish sounding name.

Good Luck




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Re: Origin of the name Liss #names

Eric M. Bloch

In researching the surname LISCHINSKY, I've found some of the families changing their surname to LISS.

Eric Bloch
Milwaukee, WI

LISHCHINSKY  (Belaya Tserkov, Vasilkov uyezd, Kiev giburnia)

Re: Origin of the name Liss #names

Sherri Bobish


On the Ellis Island Database there is an Abram Lisser arriving 14 Nov 1900 from "Motow."
Perhaps this is actually Motol?  I've seen plenty of misspellings on passenger manifests.

Take a look at the manifest, and see if any of the other information seems familiar.

Regards,   Sherri Bobish   Princeton, NJ

Re: Origin of the name Liss #names

Clifford S. Goldfarb

My grandmother, Sarah Leah Eisenberg, came from Chmielnik, near Kielce, in Poland. Her family had married twice into the Liss family of the same town in the 19th century. My father Max Goldfarb was in contact with one of his Liss cousins who had survived the War and was living in Paris. There is a family tree for the Kielce area Liss family in Charles Van Onselen’s somewhat controversial book, The Fox and the Flies.


Cliff Goldfarb  cgoldfarb@...

Re: Seeking Morris KIRSCHNER (landed in the US under the name Morris DRESSLER) in 1907 from Buczacz, Galicia, Austria. #usa #galicia

Joel Alpert

Are you aware of the translated Yizkor Book on the town available from the Yizkor Books in Print project?

Joel Alpert, Coordinator of the Yizkor Books in Print project

Update: Bessarabia Research Division #bessarabia #JewishGenUpdates

Yefim Kogan

Dear researchers,

Here is an update for the Bessarabia Research Division projects for the month of March 2020.

Bessarabian Databases. Updates:
-- Revision Lists, plan to upload to JewishGen in June of 2020. A number of Revision List sets are going to be completed for towns of Kishinev, Khotin, Bendery, Beltsy, etc,, see the progress at
There are already 3198 records already completed.
Special thanks to Claire Stuart, Yuriy Daylis, Alan Levine.

-- Miriam Weiner Archival Database. New 430 records from 107 families/groups with 46 images were added to the database. You can see more records of Jews from towns of Beltsy, and Soroki.
Click to get directly to the Miriam Weiner's collection: The highlights of the this load are a number of Births and Death records, and also from voters list for a Rabbi in synagogue in Soroki.

Jewish Cemeteries. Updates:
-- Completed indexing Vila Mariana Jewish Cemetery, San Paulo, Brazil. Jews were originally from Bessarabia, Moldova and Podolia. Sent to JOWBR 503 burial records. See the cemetery report with more information, photos, etc. at Villa Mariana, San Paulo, Brazil cemetery:
Many thanks to a team of people from Brazil and USA: Alen Biscevic, Terry Lasky, Charles Goldenzon and
Eduardo Joelson.

I just want to mention to those interested in Ukraine research, please take a look at the cemetery report. There are a number of Jews from towns in Podolia, Czernowitz and a few from Iassy, Romania. All the records are going to be uploaded for everybody's view at the next load time, probably in June or so.

Genealogical Conferences. Addition:
-- Hopefully we will have a conference this year, and here is information about our Bessarabia Research division participation' at Jewish Genealogical conference in San-Diego in August of 2020:

Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or you want to help us in our projects.

Inna Vayner, Yefim Kogan
Co-Directors of Bessarabia Research

Status of Landsmen and Suwalk-Lomza SIG #lithuania #poland

Allen Avner

While publication of Landsmen has halted and many of the other activities of the Suwalk-Lomza Interest Group have been temporarily placed on hold, its goals and efforts as described at
remain.  Copies of past issues are expected to be available for ordering in Fall 2020.  The suggestion that "someone ... scan the Landsman articles and family histories on to the net..." would be illegal (they are protected by copyright), unethical, and inappropriate.
We thank all who have supported the work of the SIG for their patience.
Allen Avner,
Champaign, Illinois, USA
For the Suwalk-Lomza SIG Editor, and the Technical and Production Assistance Team

Need help with the translation of documents in Russian #russia

Terry Ashton

Dear Jenners

I sent an email to the group a few days ago requesting the translation of 5 documents in Russian which I have uploaded on ViewMate. So far the response has been very limited and I am just wondering if it is possible for those who are skilled in translating Russian documents, if you could find the time to help me please.

I know that these are stressful times and I would very much appreciate your help. The documents on ViewMate are numbered: 79079/79080/ 79081/79082 & 790983.


Stay well and healthy and however you are going to celebrate Pesach this year, I hope it goes well.  Thank you,

Ms Terry Ashton,  Melbourne, Australia



PRASHKER: Kalisz,  Poland/SZUMOWSKI: Gorki, Zdunska Wola, Lomza,  Poland/WAJNGOT: Poland/WIERZBOWICZ: Gorki,Kossaki, Lomza/GOLDMAN: Blaszki, Poland SEGAL/SEGALOVITCH: Vilnius, Lithuania/HOLTZ: Dvinsk, Russia (now Latvia)


Re: Hebrew Book - (Rodelheim Press was Dyhernfurth, Silesia) #germany


I believe Rodelheim Press was Dyhernfurth, Silesia. My family, the Kroners were in publishing there. But I don’t know this book or the title. Did you look in Jewish Encyclopedia? You can search key words online in this 19th century compendium.   Excuse any typoes

Sydney J Levine,  Los Angeles CA and Berlin, Germany  Sydney@...

JGS of Illinois newsletter Morasha honored by international society #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Martin Fischer

Morasha, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois newsletter formerly edited by the late Peggy Morrow z"l and now edited by Dale Amdur, has won the first-place award for newsletters in the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors’ 2020 Excellence in Writing Competition. 
Morasha was honored for its overall composition, content and editing. 
This is a great honor in memory of long-time executive editor Peggy Morrow, who passed away Nov, 29, 2019, after a long battle with Parkinson's. 
Congratulations to all JGSI volunteers who contribute to Morasha.

Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

JGSI website:

Re: Free online digital map collections #announcements


Love this rendition of 1914 revealing from a German perspective/

Re: Re: Seeking Morris KIRSCHNER (landed in the US under the name Morris DRESSLER) in 1907 from Buczacz, Galicia, Austria. #galicia #usa

Mark Halpern

The area around Buczacz during World War I was a battlefield for Russian and Austrian troops. Buczacz suffered more than most towns. During 1917, the fighting destroyed the Buczacz civil records office. No Jewish vital records from before late 1917 (deaths) or 1918 (births and marriages) have survived. 

What did Jews do for vital records that were needed to prove births or marriages that occurred before 1917? At the subject's request, the Buczacz town administration re-created the birth or marriage information based on witnessed statements. These re-created records have been indexed by JRI-Poland and are searchable in the online database. Unfortunately, there were no such records for Morris or his parents. 

Mark Halpern


On 2020-04-04 1:19 pm, bseide@... wrote:

Looking to uncover information on my grandfather, Morris Kirschner (landed in the US under the name Morris Dressler) in 1907 from Buczacz, Galicia, Austria.  Parents names were Isador Kirschner and Broni Dressler.

Re: This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks #poland

Molly Staub



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Re: Re: seeking FUERLICHT #usa #austria-czech #hungary

Alex Magocsi

This is a revision to my original request regarding a specific FEUERLICHT family.

I have been in touch with Ira Feuerlicht thanks to a member of this list. Unfortunately Ira’s ancestry does not match my needs.  Therefore this revised request.

Basic information is still valid, i.e. I am looking for descendants of Herman FEUERLICHT and his wife Josephine / Johanna Schwartz.  They had a number of children, one being a son Sydney (Sidney) Julius Feuerlicht.

In the 1940 US census for NYC / Bronx, two sons were living with Sydney and his wife Malvina:

Herbert, a 28 year old dentist and Leonard, a 23 year old clerk.  At the time of the census, both sons were single.

I am looking for descendants, if there were any, of either Herbert or Leonard.
I do not have access to any data after 1940.

Thank you.
Alex Magocsi
York Maine / Hamburg Germany