Re: Kansas City Lithuania Jews #lithuania #usa


You don't specify whether you mean Kansas City, Kansas or Kansas City, Missouri.  If you mean Kansas City, Missouri, then it's perhaps worth knowing or reminding that Calvin Trillin, humorist and writer for the New Yorker, was born and raised there.  A shot in the dark, perhaps, but you might try to contact him and see what he may know.
Erika Gottfried
Teaneck, New Jersey

Surname query Romania/Hungary #romania #hungary

Judith Conway

Hello folks,
I just finished watching Dr. Sacks Zoom lecture and am looking for the place to submit questions on JewishGen per her suggestion. 
I am looking for help in understanding our surname Hans/Hancz/Hantz from Kretchinev and Sighet.
From my research I have come to the conclusion that it is not a Jewish name at all. The farthest I can go back in my research is to 1750. 
The only Jewish people that I know with the name Hans are my own relatives.
The family story goes that once upon a time there was a man named Hans and when it was time for him to add on or choose  a surname he just said I will be Hans Hans!
Another part of this story that many of my cousins know is that they were all told over several generations that we came from Spain. 
This is borne out perhaps in the percentage of Iberian DNA that I and relatives have so I believe the story is true as do many of my cousins.
So at this point my two questions are what kind of a Jewish surname is Hans??
 And the second question is how can I ever trace back to Spain via Poland, Germany, the Netherlands and then Spain or Portugal? LOL
Anyway, I would be grateful if you could either pass this along to someone who might be able to help me, or respond and let me know where is the proper place to address my questions. 
Thank you so much for all that you do. 
My best, 

Presentation about the Ukrainian Orthodox Church records was not about research in Ukraine #ukraine

Barbara Ellman

This presentation was about the Ukrainian Orthodox Church records held in Somerset, NJ.  It was not about research in Ukrainian archives in Ukraine.
Barbara Ellman

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

Re: 1936 Hungary birth records #general #hungary

Israel Guttman

Thanks to everyone for replying. I reached out to Karesz he say he can't
help me in my research. Does know of anyone else?

Thank you

Israel Guttman

Re: Naturalisation - Women - Early 20th century #unitedkingdom

Eva Lawrence

On ,marriage in England, a woman automatically took on her husband's nationality throughout the 20th century. So only single women needed to start proceedings to be naturalised as British subjects.  That cost money, and generally women would be far worse off than men,  so it happened rarely.  My own mother, however did. naturalise separately from my father in 1949, I don't know why, since presumably he paid her fees as well as his own. Possibly she was able to obtain hers earlier than he could,  since he had been interned. 
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Sulkin from Belarus #belarus

Angela Lehrer

My paternal great grandmother was Raziel Sulkin (or Sulkiss) daughter of Tankhum from Belarus. Her daughter in law was Esther Shulkin daughter of Mordecai also from Belarus. How can I find out if Raziel and Mordecai were siblings and  which town they were from?
I've just watched with great interest Dr Sallyanne Sack's talk on names and one of her family names was Sulkin. Could there be a connection between us?

family name meanings #names

Carol Sage-Silverstein

My maiden name is Wahrsager (variant is Varzager, Warsager, Voorsager).  It means soothsayer or fortune teller.  However I believe that Jews are prohibited from fortune telling so I'm curious to how that name came to be.  The origins are in Bendzin and Lvov area (Sambor, Turka, Skole).  Any ideas?

Re: Portuguese Legislators Step Back from Attempt to Severely Limit Applications for Citizenship From Sephardic Jews Descendants #sephardic

Sarina Roffe

My genealogical research company handles Portuguese applications for citizenship for Sephardic Jews. I do not handle non-Jewish applicants as the process is more detailed than I can manage.
The Portuguese process for Jews needs to go back to a jewish surname. BUT THE MOST important document is a letter from an Orthodox rabbi certifying you are a descendant of a Sephardic Jew.

Without such a letter, on letterhead, with the rabbis credentials, it is almost impossible.

Sarina Roffe

Re: Is the first name Marx a shortened version of Mordecai #names

Neil Kominsky

My ggf's family emigrated from Romania to England where they stayed for a couple of years before continuing on to America.  While they were there, my great uncle Marks (Max, I think, in family usage) was born and named. His maternal grandfather was Mordecai, which may well account for the name.
Neil Kominsky
Brookline, MA

Re: Is the first name Marx a shortened version of Mordecai #names

Judy Floam

My grandfather was named Max and his Hebrew name was Mordecai.  There’s a possibility that “Max” was written down incorrectly as “Marx”.    I have never heard of Marx being used as a first name.

Judy Floam <jmfloam@...>

Re: Orphanage in Newark, NJ 1943 #usa #france

Susan Kobren

I suggest you contact Linda Forgosh, director of the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey. You may even want to do a search of the Jewish News that is on line there.
Linda’s email is lforgosh@...
Susan Kobren

Researching GLAZAMITSKY, NINBURG, KISSEN, SMULOWITZ, DRESKIN (Nevel, Russia) and SCHWARTZ, SOFER, CHREIN (Volochysk, Volhynia, Ukraine) and KOBRENSKY (Zvenigorodka, Kiev, Ukraine)

Re: Requesting help reading name #names #russia

Alan Shuchat

It's hard to tell from this image but familysearch has a clearer one. It looks to me like "Daughter Perle Bragarnick". The address is "Ribwaya St.", probably Rybvaya Street, "Tiraschpol Chersonsky Russia", probably the city of Tiraspol, Kherson gubernia (province), in the Russian Empire. Tiraspol was in Odessa uezd (district), and the family's last address was Odessa. The second page of the manifest shows that the mother and children were all born in Odessa. Incidentally, the name Worobiew, or Vorobev, comes from the Russian word for sparrow.
Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

Re: Is the first name Marx a shortened version of Mordecai #names

Kenneth Ryesky

In German-speaking societies, there is a common practice of people going by their "call name" ("Rufname" in German), which are often quite different from their legal birth names.  Often the official given name ("Vorname") is freely interchanged with the Rufname, and it is not unusual for the Rufname to come to exclusive use by the person.
The Israel Genealogy Research Association is now indexing the 1938-1939 cards from the German Consulate in Jerusalem.  The printed cards have a field for the Vornamen, with instructions to underscore the Rufnamen.  I have been proofreading a batch (I expect to get it finished soon, Rose).


-- Ken Ryesky
Petach Tikva, ISRAEL

Ken Ryesky,  Petach Tikva, Israel     kenneth.ryesky@...

Re: Research individuals in France #france

Fran Stark-Hundiak

Hello Patricia,
Although I do not speak French I was able to locate the attached death record for Paul Rattner from  It is from 1941.  Maybe someone can translate for you?

Fran Stark-Hundiak
Michigan USA

Re: Can you help me identify this town? Nowe Skrezepiec, Poland #poland

Alexander Sharon

This appears to be to be town Krzepice near Czestochowa. Nowe Krzepice, a Jewish town, have been integrated within Krzrepice.

Alexander Sharon
JGFF editor

Re: Seeking Fritz BUKOFZER, film producer- Paris > Switzerland #france

Sherri Bobish

Hi David,

A search on Google Books for "Fritz BUKOFZER" finds his name mentioned in several books.  Perhaps something there may be a clue for you?

Also, there is a very large collection regarding people in the performing arts at The NY Public Library at Lincoln Center.

When the library fully re-opens (still closed to the public due to Covid)  than perhaps you can find someone in NYC who can stop by the library and check the index for Fritz BUKOFZER.

I went there years ago and found a surprisingly large folder on a relatively obscure actor and silent film performer that I was researching.

Also, have you checked newspapers for an obituary?  The NY Times, for example?


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Re: Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Brenner-Fleischman from Ponevezh-Shavli Lithuania #lithuania


I have Brenner and Bernstein relatives from Pokroi - please contact me if you are still researching
Thank you,
Daniel Preissman

Re: Introduction to Ukrainian Archives #announcements #ukraine


Unfortunately, this is only a .PDF file of the lecture slides. Is there
an actual recording of the lecture that can be watched?

Thank you,
Jeri Friedman
Port Saint Lucie, Florida, USA

On 7/21/2020 9:14 AM, Alan Shuchat wrote:
The recording of the webinar is at

Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA
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Re: Hebrew Translation for two Tombstones #names #translation

Mordechai Perlman

You wrote:
Just wanted to point out the symbol on Phillip's stone as you may know shows he was a member of the Free Masons, I don't know much about them or the significance of the letter G but you may be able to find out more about him through this.

The letter G in Freemasonry stands for both the Great Architect of the Universe and Geometry....or, to be more technically correct, it stands for Geometry under the Great Architect of the Universe.  

Just as the Supreme Architect of the Universe watches the revolutions of the planets and stars in the sky, so does HE, who placed each of us here, watch each of our movements, hears not only our words, but our thoughts, as well ...and it is to HIM that we are ultimately responsible. 

Mordechai Perlman
Jerusalem, Israel

Re: Orphanage in Newark, NJ 1943 #usa #france

Sherri Bobish

Hi Aliza,

There is info on some records of orphanages in Newark, NJ here:[]=Poverty%20/%20Philanthropy%20/%20Charities
Newark Archives Project
  Sponsored by the Newark History Society and Rutgers University-Newark

And, this:

The Hebrew Orphanage & Sheltering Home in the Late 1940s

And, "This building is now a mosque, but it used to be a Jewish orphanage called the Hebrew Sheltering Home (there was another orphanage with the same name in the North Ward)."

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

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