Re: Translation please from Dutch #germany #translation


Hello Ed
Perhaps we can work together on this for Reuven, because the handwriting is not very easy to read. Once we have done that, we have to translate it. Will you start transcribing the text into Dutch as a first step?
Regards, Nick Lambrechtsen
Wellington, NZ

Re: Morris Chaikin Mogilev, Russia #belarus

David Cantor

I cannot answer your question directly but this may narrow your search.  If Morris is part of the family also known as Charkin, there are many indications on Ancestry UK that they came from Yampol/Yampil which is on the current western border of Ukraine.  The river in question is the Dniester.  Coincidentally, I once overheard a conversation in which a member of what I presume is part of your extended family, said that they came from somewhere near the Dneiper river but I think Dniester is more likely.



Re: Nowe Miasto to Ulanow to Vienna #austria-czech

Johann Hammer

Did this family have children in Vienna? If so, what was the family name?


Re: Philipsia Romania #romania

Valentin Lupu

There is not such a place in Romania. There are some places with names sounding close (and derived from Philips): Filipis Mare (the big ) and Filipis Mic (the small), Filipesti, Filipesti de Padure, (Forest).
The first two places, north of Targu Mures (Marosvasarhely) are in Transylvania. The last two places are in Wallachia and Moldavia,but i doubt they had any Jewish people
Valentin Lupu

Re: "His name was changed at Ellis Island" #names

Jx. Gx.

The myth that immigration officers intentionally changed the names of arriving immigrants keeps coming up like a bad dinner.  Because family lore says so doesn't make it fact. To be sure, the person entering the names into the ship manifest may have misspelled names, but that is entirely different from a deliberate attempt to change a name.  Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm guessing that misspellings may have happened when the ticket was purchased and was repeated on the manifest.  

Re: Translation please from Dutch #germany #translation

Pieter Hoekstra

If sourced online a link to the original document might make it easier to view, able to enlarge etc.
Pieter Hoekstra  <sold@...>

Netherlands Open Archives Adds 10 Million Historical Personal References in Particular Certificates of the Civil Registry #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen



Open Archives added 10 million historical personal references,  in particular, certificates of the Civil registry.


These are documents from the following Flemish and Walloon archive repositories:


  • State Archives Belgium - Brussels, including deeds from Luik (Liège), Brugge, Antwerpen, Namen (Namur), Mechelen, Kortrijk (Courtrai), Turnhout
  • State Archives Belgium - Bergen, including deeds from Bergen (Mons), Doornik (Tournai), Charleroi, Boussu, Henegouwen (Hainaut), Chappelle-lez-Herlaimont
  • State Archives Belgium - Gent, including deeds from onder andere Gent, Sint-Niklaas, Moerbeke-bij-Lokeren, Vlierzele, Sint-Lievens-Esse, Herzele
  • State Archives Belgium - Hasselt, including deeds from Lommel, Tongeren, Sint-Truiden, Opglabbeek, Oostham, Tongerlo


The information from the scans has been indexed by volunteers from Family Search which shared the information with Open Archives.

To search Open Archive go to: This is a free website. 

Go to:


Open Archives is available in English, German, French and Dutch.


The scans of deeds can be viewed via the FamilySearch website, via Open Archives you are there in one click. Much of the data is linked to the exact scan. A small part of the data is linked to a scanned register. In that case you need to browse "digitally" to find the correct Belgian deed.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Question on DNA and Cohenim #dna

Stephen Weinstein

There is no way to conclusively prove through DNA that someone is a Cohen.  The child of a non-Jewish woman is never a Cohen, even if he properly converts to Judaism and his father was a Cohen.  However, his Y-chromosome (and that of his son) would still be the same as that of his father, who was a Cohen.  To be a Cohen, you need a line going back to the time of the Exodus in which everyone was born to someone whose mother was Jewish when he was born.  DNA testing will never tell you whether a woman converted before her son was born (which would make him a Cohen if he father was Cohen, and make his son a Cohen, if that son's mother was Jewish) or after her son was born (which would make her son, and therefore his son, not Cohenim).

New Translation of Memorial Book of the Sventzian Region in Lithuania just published #lithuania

Joel Alpert

Yizkor Books in Print is proud to announce the publication of its 97
and 98th titles

Memorial Book of the Sventzian Region
Part I - Life, Part II - Shoah

Original Yizkor Book
Published by the Former Residents of Sventzian in Israel
Published in Tel Aviv, 1965
Editor: Shimon Kantz

Translation Project Coordinator: Anita Gabbay
Layout: Donni Magid
Cover Design: Nina Schwartz
Name Indexing: Jonathan Wind
Part I: Hard Cover, 11” by 8.5”, 930 pages with all original
illustrations and photographs.
Part II: Hard Cover, 11” by 8.5”, 1076 pages with all original
illustrations and photographs.

List price for Part I: $67.95, available from JewishGen for $39

List price for Part II: $67.95, available from JewishGen for $41

The set of both volumes (Part I and Part II) is available at a reduced
price from JewishGen for $74

For more information on Part I and to order, go to the bottom of:
and click on JewishGen to fill out the order form and pay by PayPal
Put in Sventzian I and pay $39

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For Part 1:
and click on JewishGen to fill out the order form and pay by PayPal
Put in Sventzian II and pay $41

To order BOTH Parts I and II go to the bottom of:
Put in Sventzian I and II and pay $74

Joel Alpert, Coordinator of the Yizkor Books in Print Project (YBIP)

Re: Genealogical research in Argentina #latinamerica

Michele Lock

I would appreciate it if you could look for my great uncle Meir Colonis (or Colon). His first name might also be spelled Mejer. He came to Argentina in the 1920s, and he was likely born about 1897-1907. He was married to a woman named Felicia. He came from Zagare, Lithuania, where the original family name was Kalon or Kolon.

Thank you
Michele Lock
Alexandria, VA

Looking for
Lock/Kalon in Zagare/Joniskis, Lithuania
Rabinovitch in Papile, Lithuania
Leapman/Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Lithuania
Levin/Lavine in Minsk

Re: Baby birth/death records from 1910’s and 20’s New York — Doctor scandal — #general

Deanna Levinsky <DEANNASMAC@...>

I attended the Bronx High School of Science, took the bus down the Grand Concourse and worked as the hospital's switchboard operator from four to late evening. This was from 1952 to 1954. They were kind enough to give me supper. If I remember correctly it was Mrs. Leff who cooked or at least supervised the meals. And yes, they were delicious 😋
Deanna Mandel Levinsky, Long Island, NY
Deanna M. Levinsky, Long Island, NY

Looking for a descendant of Rabbi Binyomin Beinush Atlas initially from Lithuania #lithuania

rv Kaplan

Looking for a descendant of Rabbi Binyomin Beinush Atlas, son of Rabbi Meir Atlas of Shavel (Siauliai, Lithuania), who was a rabbi in Glasgow, Scotland for 30 years c1918-1948.
Harvey Kaplan
Glasgow, Scotland

Re: How to make sense of two death records that don't make sense to me #germany

Nicole Heymans

I agree with Eva Lawrence's view. In my own search for my maternal grandmother's ancestors, I have run into several instances of families A and B with the same family name, same father's given name and several A siblings with the same given names as in family B. If other details don't fit the simple explanation is that the fathers (or, in this case, namesakes) are two different people.
Occupations often ran in families, so finding two individuals with the same name and the same profession suggests they might well have been cousins.

Nicole Heymans, near Brussels, Belgium

Looking for Marczak ancestors from Chotin #bessarabia


My ancestors lived in Bukovina, more specific: Bojan, Vienna (later). I found my second great-grandfather David Hersch Marczak (born around 1835), who married three times and had children from every marriage. According to the Czernowitz Marriage records he is a son of Nachman from Chotin and of Gitel. I can't find any more information. Does anybody know where to look? 

Thanks in advance!

Re: SURNAMES? Re: Photo identifications #ukraine

Marcia Woolf Bulach <mwbulach@...>


Altman and Bulach (Bulakh).
Great grandparents were Chaim Altman and Ysroel (Srul) Bulakh. My father was born there too. He was Mordko (Srul) Bulach but
the Altman emigrated to US and the Bulach to Brazil.

Tushinsky are from Kiev or Boguslav

Looking for someone to copy documents #france

Rick Zeckel

My mother and members of her family fled Antwerp in 1940, spending the war years in southern France. The last 2 years or so they were in the area around Grenoble. I have been in contact with the archives in Isere and they have files on the members of my family who were there. Unfortunately they are only available on an "in person" basis as they will not provide copies. As I live in the US, I am unable to get there. Does anyone know of someone who would be willing to go to the archives and copy the files for me?

JOWBR Grows Past 3.8 Million Records! #JewishGenUpdates #announcements

Nolan Altman

     JewishGen is proud to announce its 2020 pre-“Virtual” Conference update to the JOWBR (JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry) database.


     Please visit to access the JOWBR database. If you’re a new JOWBR user, we recommend that you visit our screencast page at  and take a look at the first two explanatory screencasts.


     This update, adds approximately 100,000 new records and 93,500 new photos.  The database is adding and/or updating 570 cemeteries.  This update brings JOWBR’s holdings to 3.81 million records and 795,000 photos from approximately 8,880 cemeteries / cemetery sections representing 134 countries! 


     Once again, donors for this update include a mix of individuals, Jewish genealogical societies, historical societies and museums.  We appreciate all our donor’s submissions and the transliteration work done by a faithful group of JewishGen volunteers. 



     Significant additions to JOWBR by country include:


  • Argentina – approximately 1,200 new records from 17 different existing JOWBR cemeteries, the majority from Buenos Aires.
  • Canada – 800 additional records and 9,300 photos, mostly from the Baron de Hirsch - De la Savane Cemetery in Montreal.
  • Czech Republic – approximately 2,100 records and 1,500 photos from 13 new cemeteries.
  • England – 12,500 records and 10,700 photos from 20 cemeteries, the majority of which are from cemeteries in Liverpool.
  • Hungary – 7,700 records from Debrecen
  • Moldova – added 1,600 new records and photos from the Lipcani Jewish Cemetery.
  • Poland –approximately 2,900 new records from 20 new and existing cemeteries.
  • Russia – added 6,600 new records from 5 Russian cemeteries including 3,500 records from Irkutsk and 3,000 from Voronezh.
  • Ukraine – 8,500 records and photos from 9 new and updated cemeteries including 3,700 from the first installment from Mogilev-Podolsky and 3,100 from Kremenets.
  • United States - approximately 52,600 new records and 19,700 photos for 85 new and 46 updated cemeteries including 33,700 records from Har Nebo in Philadelphia and 5,600 from Mt. Sinai in Miami.
  • United States – we continue to add records and photos from the Lasky Collection.  His submission will include approximately 125,000 records, the vast majority with photos.  For more information on Mr. Lasky's current work, please see (the Museum of Family History website.)


     Please see for a complete listing of all cemeteries in JOWBR.


     I want to particularly thank Eric Feinstein who has been helping me to find and gain permission to add many non-US records from Germany, France and under-represented countries.  Eric’s group of volunteers includes Sandra Bennett, Lineke Bos, George Goldschmied, Ann Meddin Hellman, Maurice Kessler, Hans Nord, Deborah Ross, Marylin Shalks, Suzanne Tarica. and Valerie White. In addition, a big thank you to our volunteer transliterators, led by Gilberto Jugend and Anya Givental, without whom we would not be able to add the information from some very difficult to read photos.


     We appreciate all the work our donors have done and encourage you to make additional submissions.  Whether you work on a cemetery / cemetery section individually or consider a group project for your local Society, temple or other group, it’s your submissions that help grow the JOWBR database and make it possible for researchers and family members to find answers they otherwise might not.  Please also consider other organizations you may be affiliated with that may already have done cemetery indexing that would consider having their records included in the JOWBR database.


     Our next update will include submissions received by November 30th for an update to be made by year-end.


Nolan Altman


JewishGen Director for Special Projects - JOWBR

July, 2020


Re: Baby birth/death records from 1910’s and 20’s New York — Doctor scandal — #general


Dr. Leff moved his maternity clinic from Manhattan to the Bronx sometime between the birth of my mother and her brother - late 1930s or early 1940s. Scandals aside - including arranged abortions as well as the questionable adoptions, I understand from both my male relatives as well as several on my husband's side that the BEST hospital food ever was served at Dr. Leff's Maternity Hospital. They catered to a particular clientele or at least the image.

Philipsia Romania #romania

Marilyn Feingold

I am not sure of the exact spelling of this place or where it is.  I am told that one of my relatives is from there. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks. Marilyn Feingold

Re: Florence MARMOR burial records of the New York Mokkom Sholom, Bayside and Acacia cemeteries #usa


I, too, have at least 6 members of my husband's family who are not listed in Florence's data for Acacia. I will gladly send the information to you, David, but I think it best for you to contact me off-line and provide your contact info as your email address is not shown in the string of messages.

FWIW, I had contact with Florence around 2002-2005. She was a genuinely lovely person.

Shellie Wiener
San Francisco, CA
please use this alternate email address for contacting me:

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