Re: Help needed to decipher handwriting of the name of vessel on attached Petition for Naturalization #usa

Keren Weiner

On Mon, Aug 24, 2020 at 08:25 PM, Sherri Bobish wrote:

Sherri, I did not find Abraham Horowitz at the link you provided, BUT, I did find a cousin who came in a few years later and got some clues that I can track to another branch of the family.  Thank you so much!  And I'll bookmark that link.

Re: Help needed to decipher handwriting of the name of vessel on attached Petition for Naturalization #usa

Keren Weiner

David, this is a great resource with lists and images, and I feel sure with some digging I will find him here.  Another great website to bookmark.

Ancestry Promises Holocaust Records Will Be Free #announcements #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen

Ancestry partnered with the USC Shoah Foundation to release 50,000 Holocaust records, to be placed in a searchable database,  but some survivor families do not want their histories public.  The Ancestry records with the USC Shoah Foundation are an index to survivor video interviews. One would still have to go via a link to the USC Shoah Foundation to access the actual interview. They are free on the USC Shoah Foundation website ( Ancestry also added nine million records from the Arolsen Archives that Ancestry digitized this year.  Much of the Arolsen Archives records are free to search on the Arolsen Archives website ( However, as reported by the New York Times, during a soft launch trial run, some survivors and their family members already concerned about such sensitive information made public, are wondering what is free and what is not.


The formal announcement of the partnership and media rollout that was set for August 26  has been postponed to September 2nd.


Evidently, during the soft launch some individuals had an experience that led to the impression that materials were not free. There was a glitch and that is being fixed.  Ancestry said “they are working to ‘simplify’ the experience so that there is no possible confusion about the free availability of these two collections”—the Arolsen records and the index to the USC Shoah Foundation testimonies.


Meanwhile some survivors feel betrayed by Shoah’s move to add their family histories to a public website without consulting them given the psychology of victimhood and trauma of the Holocaust’s legacy.


USC Shoah Foundation executive director, Stephen Smith,  said when the survivors agreed to record testimonies with the Shoah Foundation, they effectively transferred the rights to them.


No money exchanged hands between the USC Foundation and Ancestry per Mr. Smith.


Ancestry has made its entire Holocaust collection free since 2008. The Holocaust collection has over 25 million records. Ancestry digitized the records at their own expense.   However, older records Ancestry obtained from the National Archives shows lists and registers of German Concentration camp inmates were visible only with a paid Ancestry membership. Ancestry said they have corrected an earlier oversight when the free designation for those records were missed.

To search the Ancestry Holocaust collection go to:


The collection is divided into three categories: Passenger Lists 1946-1971 -lists of displaced persons, in most cases traveling from a resettlement camp to a final destination, often the US.; Lists of Those Persecuted 1939-1947 registers of people living in Germany who were persecuted by public institutions and corporations. Some of these records include details on those who died, including burial information; and USC Foundation Holocaust Jewish Survivor Interviews. These are records relating to information from Holocaust survivor audiovisual interviews collected and preserved within the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive ©


To read the New York Times article see:


At the time of writing this post there was no Ancestry blog post or information on their corporate site posted. The USC Shoah Foundation does have an announcement on their website which may be read at:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Russian Translation Requests #holocaust #russia #translation



Shalom friends, 

I am writing to request a Russian translation, in whole or in part, of the attached document. It is a report of the Soviet Extraordinary investigation commission, on atrocities that took place in Rezekne. My family were victims. In particular, I am looking for a mention of 'the town square', where it is believed my great great grandfather was murdered. 

I look forward to receiving a translation, and I really appreciate any help.

Yours truly,

ViewMate Translation Request - Hebrew #galicia #yizkorbooks #translation

Barbara Krasner

I've posted a small portion of a Yizkor book (about the Baron Hirsch School) in Hebrew for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following addresses:
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Barbara Krasner

STEELE FAMILY from KVIV.. #ukraine

Alan Klein

My MGM, Beneta, was born 1879. Looking for any info of this family name in KVIV vicinity.
Alan Klein

Re: I Want My Trees To Outlive Me #general


I would suggest, if any of your relatives perished in the Holocaust, that your family tree would be welcomed by Yad VaShem in Jerusalem, Israel.  I have visited there over the past many years; they are intent on gathering all possible data on the Jews who lost their lives so tragically during the Nazis' heydays in Europe.

It's a beautiful place and you will find it a most appropriate site for your family's tragic data.


Henny Moëd Roth
JewishGen researcher #19122

Re: legal name change in New York. #general

David Oseas


Once the Family History Centers re-open, you should be able to view the original birth certificate linked to this record:

David Oseas

KLEIN: Satoraljaujhely (Ujhely), Hungary > New York > Los Angeles
Hungary > New York
OSEAS/OSIAS/OSIASI/OZIAS: Iasi, Romania > Chicago > Milwaukee > Los Angeles
SCHECHTER/SHEKTER: Kishinev, Bessarabia > New York  
SHERMAN: Iasi, Romania > New York > Los Angeles
STRUL:  Iasi, Romania > Haifa, Israel
WICHMAN: Syczkowo (Bobruisk), Belarus > Milwaukee > Los Angeles

Re: I Want My Trees To Outlive Me #general

Max Heffler

Wikitree would be another option

Max Heffler


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Subject: Re: [] I Want My Trees To Outlive Me #general


Sorry, I do not have an option to offer, BUT I do not believe is  NOT a choice option. Once posted you really lose control even to delete. Believe the basic rule is that if another user makes a change or post a records link that record becomes not eligible for deletion. is great for seeking records though and should be used for research though they had added so-called "public records" (USA) which needless adds too many 'records' to a search. Michael McTeer, Crowley, Texas



Web sites I manage - Personal home page, Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society, Woodside Civic Club, Skala, Ukraine KehilalLink, Joniskelis, Lithuania KehilaLink, and pet volunteer project - Yizkor book project:

Re: How to correct information in Jewishgen Databases #records

Dalya Dektor

I have asked on FB and send a message to support on how to infom them of a deceased researcher in JGFF.  Any idea where to send this, to whom?

Dalya Dektor

Re: surname Morpurgo #names


When googling, I found the following information:

Primo LEVI (Turin, Italy July 31, 1919-Turin April 11, 1987), son of Cesare LEVI and Ester (Rina) LUZATTI, married in September 1947 Lucia MORPURGO (Perugia, Italy June 14, 1920-Turin June 14, 2009), daughter of Giuseppe MORPURGO and Beatrice Bice LURIA. Their children: Lisa (October 1948-) ( and Renzo (July 1957-).

See also and .

Best regards,
Henny Houweling-Zwart from Nieuwkoop, the Netherlands.

Re: Goodman family in Montreal #canada

loren r grossman

Hi, Peter,

My husband, Paul S Levine, grew up in Montreal and is a cousin of the Goodmans in Montreal. Nancy Goodman Perelmuter is a cousin of my late father-in-law, Gerald (Fischel) Geffin. Nancy's mother was Fanny Phillips Goodman, 1886-1941. Check out  the  Baron de Hirsch - de la Savane Cemetery in Montreal ( While we have not seen Nancy in a few years, I believe that she may still be alive, dividing her time between her home in Chicago, and her sons in Santa Monica California and New York; Nancy's husband Hy was a rabbi, as are her two sons, Michael and Mayer. 

(Ms.) Loren R Grossman
Venice California

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

I object to one word used by Mr. Cherson in his original message to the list. The word is ancestry. Pissaro's ancestry regarding both parents was no doubt Jewish and not Danish, French or whatever. Where he studied, worked or identified himself with, is a different issue. An imaginary plan what to do with his masterpiece is left more so to greedy lawyers than to anybody else, including the legal heirs.


Prof. Isak Gath MD, DIC, DSc (Elect.Eng)

Faculty of Biomedical Engineering             Tel. Office #972-4-8294115

Technion Israel Institute of Technology             Home #972-4-9835704

32000 Haifa, Israel


Re: Sons in law's names Abramchik Yossel and Itzik Yossel. #names

Molly Staub

I believe "chik" is a suffix added to a name meaning "dear". My husband's grandmother called her husband Avrumchik, but all his records are for Avram.
Molly Arost Staub (former English teacher)

David S. Rose #usa

Carol Jaffe

It's been some time since I tried finding my maternal grandfather's brother and got nowhere.  His name was David S ROSE born to Simon & Fannie/Fruma ROSE, in either Germany or Russia.  David was born in December 1876 and I have no idea when he died.  He had a sister Rose ROSE LAVINE 1867-1942 and a brother Harry Benjamin ROSE (my grandfather) 1871-1943.  David married Lillian Bordach January 18, 1917 in New York.
I do know he lived at one time in Rochester, NY as he and Harry had a men's store together.  His parents and sister and her family are all buried in Rochester.  Harry and his first wife are buried in Mt Carmel Cemetery, Queens, NY.  David and Harry were also in business together in Brooklyn, NY early part of 20th century and he also lived with Harry's family for awhile.
After his marriage he seemed to have disappeared, there is nothing past 1917. I'd like to know if he and his wife had children and where they are buried.  
Thanks in advance for any help,
Carol M Jaffe, Clearwater, FL

Re: List of Victims of Belzec #poland

Rainer Borsdorf


for me it's not so clear what Zev is really searching for. Perhaps this helps better:

And sorry, I mixed up Belzec and Belzyce.


Re: legal name change in New York. #general

Sherri Bobish


Have you seen this record?

I wonder if his parents changed his name at birth, or if Abraham  had his birth certificate amended later in life?


Sherri Bobish
New York, New York, Index to Birth Certificates, 1866-1909
Name: Abram Lincoln Epworth
Gender : Male
Race : White
Birth Date: 21 Dec 1903
Birth Place: New York City, New York, New York, USA
Certificate Number: 2633
Father: Jacob Epstein
Mother: Lizy Epstein
Mother Maiden Name: Wexler

Re: Looking for my family in Lowicz Piontek Sobota #poland

Smadar Gilboa

Dear Yoel,
JRI-Poland new index for Lowicz goes to 1912, and includes a number of earlier years that were missing from our online index,
Please email me for  more information,
Smadar Gilboa,
Lowicz Town Leader

Re: I Want My Trees To Outlive Me #general

Michael McTeer

Sorry, I do not have an option to offer, BUT I do not believe is  NOT a choice option. Once posted you really lose control even to delete. Believe the basic rule is that if another user makes a change or post a records link that record becomes not eligible for deletion. is great for seeking records though and should be used for research though they had added so-called "public records" (USA) which needless adds too many 'records' to a search. Michael McTeer, Crowley, Texas

Re: List of Victims of Belzec #poland


What help is there for finding further information of names of Jews brought to Belzec?
Nina t.

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