Re: Jewish Agricultural Colony of Alliance, NJ #usa

Harriet Mayer

If you Google "Alliance Colony" many items will come up. This place has been well documented. Check out the Geni website project which lists the names of many families there, and Jarrett Ross, who blogs at GeneaVlogger, has two episodes on Alliance. You can find his channel on Youtube.  Some of his relatives were part of the community.

Harriet Mayer

Leopold Israel Haar deregisteredfrom Vienna, Austria on 16/05/1938 #austria-czech


My Father Leopold Haar arrived (later known as Leslie Hare in the English Army of the Pioneer Corps) at the Kitchener Camp for aliens on 23/05/1939, can anyone tell me who may have known him how he came to England? Thank you.

Re: Sharing family tree information #general

Hilary Henkin

Greetings all,
While choosing a less accessible security question is certainly an option, there's no requirement that you provide the "correct" answer to any question.  For example, I could choose the "mother's maiden name" question, but assign the answer Orangey or Fido. 

Just saying....

Hilary Henkin

On 5/28/2020 10:05 AM, Sarah L Meyer wrote:
I give them a link to my online tree on my website.  It does not allow download of gedcoms, shows only names and no data for living people.  And some living people are privatized, upon request.  There are some photos there (none - of living people).  I strongly recommend to ALL companies that mother's maiden name is a TERRIBLE security question - and require a second one - often the name of a first pet.  When given choices for security questions - I avoid all questions about relatives - such as your father's middle name, if at all possible.  Cars, proms, streets lived on, pets, schools attended etc - all much better questions.
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania


Re: Looking for help to find Polish passport #poland

Jessica Eber

Hi Sandra. I was able to confirm my own Polish citizenship without passports for my parents or grandparents. I just needed to apply for a "confirmation of Polish citizenship." I did need birth certificates and marriage certificates, and I needed to show that there was an unbroken line of citizenship (that no one had renounced or lost citizenship along the way) but I did not need passports. More information here:

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

Joel Ratner


See the attached image.It is image 959. Since LitvakSIG did the translations, extraneous and duplicate images. all of which were given image numbers were removed before the filma were posted. All the work we did to indicate the exact image was therefore lost. Had you looked in section 6 of the film and looked for record 11 withing the 1899 marriages, you would have found it too. Enjoy!

Joel Ratner
Newton, MA

Re: Lichtenstein family from Slovakia, Austria now called LANE living in Chicago area #austria-czech #general #slovakia #usa


I have many Lichtensteins in my family.  They originally came from Kecerovsky-Pecklany , and Kecerovce kostalani, Austro-Hapsburg Empire, now Kecerovce, Slovakia.  It’s not far from Kosice. Some left before the First World War.  Some stayed and I don’t know what happened to them.

If you think there’s a connection let me know.  I have a lot of information about the family.
Kathryn Berman, Jerusalem


Re: Russian Website Jewish Roots #russia #general

Joel Ratner

Near the bottom of the opening page where you see all the forum sections and the topics covered, you'll notice all sections and topics within are described in Russian with one exception. Near the bottom of the list, you'll see a topic described in English. It is titled "My Jewish Ancestry in Russia and USSR". That's the place where you should post your inquiry.

Joel Ratner
Newton, MA

Re: My paternal great-grandfather Ben PRESS from Vilkija or Seredzius #lithuania


Hi Ben, I haven't had much luck searching with Jewish Gen, Ancestry, Family search & My Heritage etc, but I have done my DNA with Ancestry & uploaded it to FamilytreeDNA & Gedmatch. If you are working with any one of these, maybe we can do some cross referencing ?
My paternal G'G'father Harris (Gersh) Press lived in Siauliai, Lithuania unknown DOB, DOD. My G'father Nathan Press DOB 1876-1928 born in Siauliai.
My G'G'mother was Esther Press, nee ? wie of Harris, died in London, England in 1911. It seems that they all immigrated to London, England abt 1898 except Harris Press, deceased.
Nathan married Betsy Tarutz 1897/8 before leaving Lithuania.
My problem has been searching for Nathan's siblings, or other members of that family. I suspect that there were other members immigrating with Nathan & Betsy Press
because Esther Press died in London. I cannot find hard evidence of any other members ? 
About my DNA, I have thousands of "relatives", like most people, but I don't take that seriously. What I find interesting is the nationality of some of my closest matches.
I am 100% Eastern European Jewish, centred around Poland, Lithuania , Germany & Belarus. Probably too much information.
I hope that's not too much of an overload Ben.                  Regards...........Bernie Press (Sydney. Australia)

Looking for help with marriage document PERLSTEIN #translation

i have found a potential family connection but would like some help in deciphering the marriage record.  The family name of the groom (PERLSTEIN) appears to have been adopted and the actual name at birth appears to be PLAUT.  I would be grateful if someone could translate the attached document so I could see exactly who the marriage is between, their dates of birth, and their parents.  I think the marriage is dated 18 January 1892.

Many thanks

Laurence Kleerekoper


Kutzer Family from Brest #belarus

Roger Cookson

I am seeking information about the family Kutzer, living in/near Brest Litovsk , and migrating to the UK around 1890. All information welcomed.

Roger Cookson

ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation

Terry Ashton

Good evening


I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a full and detailed English translation of the Polish words in relation to the reverse side of a photo.


It is on ViewMate at the following address ...


Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application.

Thank you very much.

Ms Terry Ashton




Synagogues of Eastern Europe #general #yizkorbooks

Frank Schulaner

Not specifically to do with genealogy, but some genners may have come across some hints of this in their research. The few historical sites I've managed to navigate haven't been useful--likely my fault, not theirs.

Query: Was there a pattern/habit/tradition in eastern Europe to just not bother to include cellars/basements when building a synagogue? (Or, in some cases, a rabbi's house.)

It was suggested to me ages ago that since so many pogroms were sparked by rumors of bad things going on in those cellars, it seemed a wise preventive to just not have a cellar at all.

Thanks. -- Frank Schulaner, Kealakekua [there is such a place], HI

Willesden Jewish Cemetery Opens September to Discover Jews Buried there and Customs and History of Jewish Community #unitedkingdom #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen


Willesden Jewish Cemetery


After five years of conservation and research, Willesden Jewish Cemetery will reopen to the public on 7 September. It had received a 1.7 M £ funding from the national Lottery Heritage Fund, support form the United Synagogue and partnership donations.  To see its new website go to:   There are nearly 30,000 men, women and children buried there since 1873.


Willesden United Synagogue Cemetery, usually known as Willesden Jewish Cemetery, is located at Beaconsfield Road, Willesden, in the London Borough of Brent, England. It opened in 1873 on a 20-acre (0.08 km2) site. It has been described as the "Rolls Royce" of London's Jewish cemeteries and is designated Grade II on Historic England's Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. In 2015, the United Synagogue, which owns and manages the cemetery, was awarded a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restore some key features of the cemetery and to create a visitor centre, a permanent exhibition and a web-based education project.  From Wikipedia


According to Wikipedia, the cemetery, developed on ground purchased from All Souls College, Oxford, was opened in 1873, three years after the United Synagogue was established by Act of Parliament. It was expanded in 1890, in 1906 and between 1925 and 1926. The cemetery and its funerary buildings, in English Gothic style, were designed by the architect Nathan Solomon Joseph (1834–1909).


Thank you to Jeanette Rosenberg, OBE, JGS Great Britain for sharing the information with us.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Seeking someone who can visit the Przemyśl archives for me #poland #general

Moses Jefferson

Hi all,

I’m seeking someone who can visit on my behalf the Polish State Archive in Przemyśl.  I need to obtain scans of certain notary records which aren’t published or accessible online.

The candidate must be willing to work in the long term, not just a one off visit. Preferably if they actually live in Przemyśl, thus avoiding travel expenses.

Moses Jefferson
Genealogist & Researcher of Jewish History 
London, England

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

Glenda Rubin

Many libraries have an arrangement with the Times for free access to the electronic edition that can be renewed. One library I'm a member of has 72-hour access, another has just 24-hour access.
You should be able to find if your library has the arrangement - and how to access - on the newspapers or digital resources page on your library's homepage.
Glenda Rubin

On Thu, Aug 20, 2020 at 3:46 PM Jan Meisels Allen <janmallen@...> wrote:
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



Glenda Rubin
San Francisco Bay Area
Researching: STRYZEWSKI, STRAUSS, JANOFSKY, JANOFF, OBODOV, WERNICK, GREENBERG, KROCHAK. Shtetls: Lipovets, Ilintsy, Pliskov, Starokonstantinov, Krasilov

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

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