Re: Where did the term Galitziana come from? #general

Reuven Mohr

wikipedia says that the name comes from the town of Halytsch on the river Dnjester

Re: Burial Society Washington Cemetery - Bnai Menasse or Menasche #usa

Alan Reische

Thanks Sherry.I forgot to mention that it was Ridge Street, Manhattan, not Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia  Apparently the Incorporation Papers data is not accessible remotely, and Pandemic aside, I'm a long way away. There are references to this synagogue in a number of places and locations in NYC, but unfortunately the indexed data doesn't associate it with a specific shtetl or region. The trail leads to Sinai Chapels as current administrator, which of course is still active. I'm waiting for a response from current management.

Hope all is well/Alan

Bialystok Area Research Group Meeting at the Virtual IAJGS Conference #announcements #events #jgs-iajgs #poland

Mark Halpern

The JewishGen Bialystok Area Research Group (BialyGen) will meet virtually on Thursday, August 13 from 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm Eastern time in US. (11:45 am Pacific US, 7:45pm UK, 8:45 pm Central Europe, 9:45 pm Israel, and 4:45 am Friday in Australia) as part of the IAJGS 2020 Virtual Conference

This meeting is open to everyone. The IAJGS has generously allowed this meeting to be offered without paying a registration fee. Read on for instructions on how to register for this meeting.


BialyGen covers 28 towns that are now in Poland, but during the 19th and early 20th centuries were in or adjacent to Russia’s Grodno Gubernia. For a list of towns, see


The meeting will be an informal session with discussion of current projects for BialyGen towns, volunteer opportunities, and your questions and comments.


Whether you have already registered for the Conference as a paid attendee or desiring free access only, you will need to register to attend this session.

You do not need to have a webcam or microphone on your computer. There will be a text chat option for your use. After you register and before the sessions start, you will receive further instructions about how to join the meeting.

For those who have paid to attend the entire Conference:

Go to the Attendee Service Center on the conference website, sign in, and select “Update Your Registration and Info.” Then click “Edit” and page through your registration until you reach the listing of free sessions. Select your choices including “4004 - JewishGen BialyGen Regional Research Group,” then be sure to continue to the end of the registration to save your choices.

For those who only want to attend FREE Conference offerings:

There is now a “Free Limited Access” option on the Registration Form that allows you to attend at no cost the IAJGS Annual Meeting & Awards, the IAJGS Leadership Seminars, the JewishGen Annual Meeting, and—best of all—the Special Interest Group (SIG) and Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) meetings. You must register and tell us who you are (that keeps us all safe). It also gives you the amazing opportunity to share with other conference attendees up to 8 surnames and 8 ancestral towns in our conference Family Finder.  

To register for the free events, go to, complete the entire registration form and at the Conference Registration Fees section, select Virtual Limited Access Conference. When you select your program choices, select “4004 - JewishGen BialyGen Regional Research Group.” Be sure to continue to the end of the forms to save your registration

If you have already registered for limited free access but did not select the BialyGen meeting, go back and edit your registration to include this choice. Follow through to the end of the registration to save the new choices.

For registration questions/problems, contact registration@....

We hope you will be able to attend the BialyGen meeting and look forward to your participation. If you have any questions about BialyGen or the content of the meeting, please contact me directly at mark@....

Mark Halpern

BialyGen Coordinator

Slovak Marriage Record - Groom's Occupation #slovakia #translation

Yaron Wolfsthal

Dear Group,

I'd appreciate help in transcribing the details of the groom in this Slovak marriage record from 1923:

The name is Josef (born 1898).

But what is the surname? What is the Occupation? Any more info? and what is the town on the left column?

Thank you !

Re: Photo Vienna Jewish Cemetery Gate 4 (please also photo of SIGAL) #photographs #austria-czech

Selma Sheridan

When the kind person takes a photo for Daniela Torsh, could he or she please also take a photo of the nearby gravestone of my great-uncle, Mendel David SIGAL, at Tor 4, Group 21, Row 39, Grave 15.  He was born in Kozova in 1881, died in Vienna 1940.  The burial record lists his brother, my grandfather Israel Berl SIGAL, as the person authorized to dispose of the body, - although Israel was already confined in a Sammelhaus at Franz Josefs Kai.  Where could I find  records about the deceased who are buried at the cemetery, - at the synagogue? or IKG? or an archive?  Also, Mendel died at "1180, Spital der IKG" - do they have records?  Many thanks to any and all who can help.
Selma Sigal Sheridan
Oswego NY USA

Re: Obtain copies National Archives U.K. at Kew pertaining Julius BERNARD of Purley(Surrey), period 1937-1946 #records

Jill Whitehead

Purley is part of the London Borough of Croydon if you wish to search electoral registers or the 1939 Register (both on Find my Past). 

I am researching the history of the Jewish Viennese family that occupied my house from the 1940's to the 1990's and came over in 1939. I have their naturalisation records, but cannot get their background papers due to a change in the confidentiality/data protection laws in 2012. I have put in a Freedom of Information Request to Kew but have heard nothing so far, and the enquirer has to say what sort of information they are seeking in the Freedom of Information Request.  You may find the information you are seeking is also subject to Data Protection/confidentiality, or it may not exist, or was destroyed.  

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK


Re: Photo Vienna Jewish Cemetery Gate 4 #austria-czech #photographs



If Heinrich Neumann died at 27 in Vienna in 1941 was he hidden and got caught by the SA? was it a crime if he was not deported. What happened?
The data I attach for you show that he died on the 20th May 1941 in the  Israelitisches Kultusgemeinde hospital know as
the Rotschild Hospital located in Vienna's 18th district at the Währinger Gürtel. It was desroyed after the war.

My great great grand parents died there too in 1909 and 1910 as they had the pandemic Spanish flew.

My father is also buried at TOR 4 and I will go there on November 1st to see him. I will look around for the grave if I don't forget when I am there.

Re: Viewmate - US Naturalization Index care - what info on it? #records


Correct, you can request the C-file from USCIS using the C-number.  That file will contain the duplicate petition for naturalization, as well as all other paperwork and forms related to the naturalization.  Because it was a 1952 naturalization the C-file should contain all records of that immigrant from before or after the naturalization.   

If you are considering ordering the C-file, know that USCIS is raising the fee in less than 60 days.

Marian Smith

Searching: Pintwas Moszek SZER/ Lublin #poland

Jacques Klein

Hi, I am looking for any information about a couple from Lublin.
The husband is Pintwas Moszek SZER, still alive in 1934.
Her wife, Kajla KIERSZENBLUM, was dead at that time.
I know two of their children : Berek, born before 1900, and Estera Cywja, born in 1908 at Zolkiewka.
Jacques Klein

Directories for New Haven and Hartford, Ct.-1890-1915 #usa #general

Yonatan Ben-Ari

Are there New Haven directories on-line for the years 1890-1915 and
Hartford 1928-1930 ?

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Re: Baiersdorf Jewish Cemetery Website #germany #announcements

David Lewin

in case this is of interest :  I possess a book(let) "BaiersdorferWurzelwerk" Heft Nr. 2
Spurensuche zur Juedischen Geschichte Baiersdorfs by Horst Gemeinhardt

David Lewin

At 19:27 04/08/2020, Al Lederer wrote:

The documentation of the Baiersdorf Jewish Cemetery has been completed and is now available for public viewing. The over 600 year old burial ground is located in Middle Franconia, Bavaria in the district of Erlangen-Höchstadt. It once served Baiersdorf, Bruck, Büchenbach, Dormitz, Erlangen, Forchheim, Kunreuth, Wiesenthau, and other towns in the district.


The 1,278 gravestones are searchable by the name of the interred and can also be browsed by stone number from 0001 through 1278. The documentation includes German inscriptions, Hebrew inscriptions and their German translations, and photographs of the gravestones.


Appreciation to Baiersdorf Mayor Andreas Galster, City Council, and Press and Cultural Affairs Director Daniela Pietsch for their support of the project; Horst Gemeinhardt, city historian who led the effort; University of Bamberg Professors Suzanne Talabardon and Rainer Drewello and students who mapped the gravestones, photographed them, and recorded their German inscriptions; Detlef Mueller who transcribed and translated the Hebrew inscriptions, and created the database; and to others who contributed financially to the effort.


The documentation is available at

Al Lederer


Translation Romanian-English #translation #photographs


I attached 2 pictures, does someone recognize one of them as "Benzion Schauer"? date of birth 21 Dec. 1918.
I'll appreciate any help!

Stav Knr

Austria will Allow Descendants of Holocaust Victims to Receive Citizenship Beginning September 1st #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen




I previously posted about the Austrian Parliament enacting on 19 September 2019 an amendment to the Austrian Nationality Act extending citizenship to descendants of victims of the Nazis. The law becomes effective September 1, 2020.


An announcement is from the Austrian Embassy in Israel. Before an amendment to Austria’s citizenship law ratified last September, only survivors were entitled to receive citizenship, and then only if they left Austria due to Nazi persecution before May 1945.  The application process will be free.


The amendment is “in line with Austria’s ongoing endeavor for reconciliation with all those who suffered under the totalitarian Nazi-regime in Austria,” Austria’s government website states (


Eligibility is for all direct descendants of victims of Nazi-persecution in Austria who will be eligible to claim Austrian citizenship, while keeping their present nationality. Austria also widely extended the definition of victim of Nazi-persecution so that now more persons fall within the ambit of this provision. The Austrian ancestor had to be subject to persecution by associations of the NSDAP (National Socialist German Workers’ Party) or other authorities of the so-called “Third Reich” or had reason to fear such persecution.


A new deadline has been set as to the date of departure of the victims of Nazi-persecution from Austria: all victims will be eligible, if they left Austria before 15 May 1955. Before the date was set at 9 May 1945.


It is not necessary that the ancestor reclaimed and regained Austrian citizenship nor that all descendants of this person apply. Every descendant is eligible without reference to any other claimant or citizen.


The process can be initiated at your Austrian Embassy or Consulate General of residence abroad or directly at the competent Austrian provincial authority (“Landesregierung”).


Normally Austrians lose their Austrian citizenship when they apply for citizenship in another country.

to read more see:


I have no further information than what is included in this post and the links included within the posts.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Partial solution found to transcribing audio or video memoirs / testimonies #translation

David Lewin

I am at the moment trying to use voice dictation in order to input onto the computer some German sound recordings

I can already "feel" the hours of tidying up ......

will try  <>.
Have not done so yet because I know I need to find a stretch of available, uninterrupted time


At 16:46 04/08/2020, Emily Rosenberg wrote:
Thank you so much for these two pathways. For recording histories now The Jewish Women�s Archive ( has developed an app called Story Aperture which gives interview prompts and a platform for recording and storing. Seems it would be a great inter-generational project to do remotely during quarantine. I can even imagine siblings interviewing each other to leave a record for future generations u

Re: Birth Record from Kishinev YOSEF Meylman #bessarabia #romania

Yoram Millman

Thank you Yefim,

As you can see, I also got earlier from Alan Shuchat a step by step instructions how to trace the record.
I looked at the record but  the link to crack the wall is missing.
None of the family names I mentioned in my original inquiry appear,
Are there other records to search for like Census reports /

I am impressed of the quick response I am getting from the group. Looking forward seeking your support.
Thank You !Stay safe !


Re: Where did the term Galitziana come from?#general

Barbara Ellman

The Galicia in Eastern Europe was a kingdom in early 1200s  well before the Inquisition and dispersal of Jews from Iberia.
Per Wikipedia - The area was  named after the medieval city of Halych,

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

Re: Where did the term Galitziana come from? #general

Harry Green

Maybe from the Romania town Galati which is located on the Danube River before it enters the Black Sea.
Harry Green

Re: Ariogala 1784 Poll Tax Question #lithuania

Jeremy Lichtman

I forgot to add: the family were Cohanim. They adopted the surname Shapiro circa 1826, but family tradition says they were not "real" Shapiros.

Philip Aurenbach and his files #records

tammy adler <tadler34@...>

Does anyone have any information about Philip Auerenbach and the files he kept on Jewish victims he tried to help

Online trees #general

Max Heffler

I have had my trees online for about 13 years with no negative consequences. Quite the opposite. It has allowed me to meet in-person with cousins I hadn’t even known about. Collaborating on geni, Ancestry & MyHeritage since 2008, becoming a geni curator, my many volunteer projects I have done and am doing for JewishGen, as well as DNA testing at 23andMe, FTDNA and Ancestry and managing 35+ others’ DNA profiles, have provided me a rich family I would not have otherwise known. Attending the annual IAJGS conference is a family reunion for me.

Max Heffler


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