Hessen Jews prior 1700 #germany

Peter Heilbrunn

I have traced my Heilbrunn family as well as others back to very early 18th century, when I hit a brick wall. Where would these Jews have previously lived? Where might I find information about them. 

Peter Heilbrunn

Archives of Ukraine records #ukraine


Hello everyone,

Last time I was looking for records from Ukraine,I found it,

Maybe, someone is looking for this like me.

Jenny Kanadov Bukowsky

Looking for list of Rabbi Shapiro's also Bukowsky/Wachtenheim/Epstein family #galicia #subcarpathia


Hello everyone,

I am looking for information regarding  Bukowsky/Shapiro/Wachtenheim/Epstein family, before  ww2 lived in  Galicia Austria,now Ukraine. 

On one of the sites I saw a list of rabbis Shapiro and now I am  having difficulty finding 

it,any site about Sub Carpatia,but I'm not sure.

Maybe you know and can explain me where to see it.

Thank you very much.
Jenya Kanadov

Please respond to me by email


Jenny Kanadov Bukowsky

searching Shapiro,Epstein, Bukowsky, Wachtenhein

Searching for Dicofsky UK immigration Records and UK Jewish Year Book entries. #unitedkingdom




By way of background to my questions, my Great Grandfather, Charles (Chetzkil) Dicofsky, was born circa 1859 in the Russian Pale, Grodno Gubernia, possibly Slonim. He immigrated to England probably sometime in the early 1900s. His wife Sarah Hannah (nee Levenback), and children, Myer, Joseph (my Grandfather), Abraham and Dorah, followed in 1904. In the 1911 Census of England and Wales, they are all recorded living in Fieldgate Mansions in Romforth Street, London.


After many years of research, I am still unable to find details of the Dicofsky family’s entry into the U.K. other than 1904 seems to be the year Sarah and the children arrived. (Stated by Abraham in his application for Naturalisation in 1940).


Could anyone advise what my next move might be, to try and find details of their entry into the UK?

I seem to have exhausted all avenues available on JewishGen, Ancestry, and other genealogical Websites, trying to find passenger lists or Alien Registrations.


I have information that Charles was ‘Shamus’ of the Wilkes Street Synagogue, Spitafields in the East End in the 1900s.


Would UK Jewish Year Books have recorded his employment at the Wilkes Street Synagogue?

If this is so;

Can the Year Books for the 1900s be re-searched online?


Any assistance would be very much appreciated.


Thank You


David Dixon

South Australia.


Re: Cohanim and Levites #dna

Angie Elfassi

Good morning,

Regarding Cohanim and Levites .... and I have told this story before ...

When my paternal grandfather Kassemoff arrived in Leeds, UK from Rezekne, c. 1905 he went to the local council offices to arrange accommodation.

The clerk at the council office asked him what his surname was. Grandpa Joe said: Kassemoff. The clerk said: how do you spell that? Grandpa Joe hadnt been in England for very long and told the clerk that he didnt know how to spell it .... The clerk asked: are you Jewish? Joe said: Yes. So the clerk said: OK, Im writing down Cohen. So in a council office, somewhere in Leeds, Grandpa Joe Kassemoff became Cohen.

Joe and his male siblings and ancestors are all Levites. It has also been proven on y-DNA testing.

Angie Elfassi

RAYKH-ZELIGMAN/RICHMAN, Stakliskes, Lithuania/Leeds
COHEN, Sakiai, Lithuania/Leeds
MAGIDOWITZ, Jurbarkas, Lithuania/Leeds
KASSIMOFF, Rezekne, Latvia/Leeds
MULVIDSON, Rezekne, Latvia/Sweden
GREENSTONE, Rezekne, Latvia/Leeds
ITMAN, Stakliskes, Lithuania/USA
KANTOR, Sakiai, Lithuania
GOLDBERG, Sakiai, Lithuania

Latvian archives website changed, links on JewishGen will not work, volunteers needed to assist fixing database #latvia #JewishGenUpdates

Stephen Weinstein

The website for the Latvian State Historical Archives has been changed to

The registration page is now

Jewish records are at

None of the links in the "The Jewish Vital Records of Latvia Collection - The Christine Usdin Collection", "Latvia Marriages and Divorces Database", "Latvia Births Database" and "Latvia Death Records" database on JewishGen will work.  (Neither will the links on my website, but I don't think anyone uses it anyway, so I'm not bothering to fix it.)

I am looking for a volunteer to go on the new website and find the new link to replace each link in the database.  I will give you a spreadsheet that has all the records in the database.  You would open it in Excel (or a similar free program), replace the links, and send it to someone at JewishGen for them to upload.

Stephen Weinstein
Camarillo, CA, USA

Re: Finding image on LDS microfilm from index #general

David Oseas


That isn't correct --  the Family History Library still uses both sets of numbers:  the old FHL microfilm ones, as well as the new DGS digital ones.  Entering either number in the FamilySearch catalog in the Film/Fiche Number field will take you to the digital images, if they exist.

David Oseas

Friedman, Fruchter, Brieger family from Lakewood, NJ #usa

Neil Rosenstein

Traying to make contact with the children of Rachel (nee Fruchter) and
Moshe Friedman (died in 2013) - Channah, married Meir Weisz, living
in Boro Park, Avraham Yaakov (“Yanky”) Friedman, married Miriam
Brieger, living in Lakewood, NJ and Binyamin Friedman, married Pearl
Hirshkowitz, living in Flatbush, NY,

Glickson, Cohodas, Wolf, Stern, families descendants of Horowitz of Cleveland #usa

Neil Rosenstein

Tryin to make contact with the children and families of Rose and
Joseph Wolf of Cleveland (both died in the 1960s), parents of Ida
(married Jack Glickson and Jack Cohodas) and of Alfred Wolf of
Cleveland. Ida's children are Harriet (married Schilling and
Friedberg) and Tom Glickson (married Amy).

Re: Cohanim and Levites #dna

Joan Parker <parker5850@...>

Not only am I a woman but I have always been able to split my fingers on both hands ala Mr. Spock, and  I can roll my tongue as Shelly  Dardashtian mentioned.
Stay safe and be well,
Joan Parker
Past President/Archivist
JGS of Greater Miami, Inc.
1) GOLDBERG/ GOULD, GOODSTEIN/GUDSTEIN, BERGER, GERBER/CRAWFORD, JAGODA-Lipno, Plonsk, Plock, Poland-Russia; Warsaw, Poland-Russia; Galveston, TX; Bronx and Brooklyn, NY, Portland, OR, Los Angeles/Hollywood, CA.
2)  PARKER/PINKUS, WINOGRAD, (GERSHO-BEROVNA?)., R0SEN, -Brest (Litovsk), Belarus; Grodno, Russia; Bronx and Brooklyn, NY. WEISS, NEIKRUG, DEL PINO--Brooklyn, NY.  RABWIN--Hollywood, CA, Salt Lake City, UT. CLAYTON-California.
3) GELFAND, KRITZOFF, KATZ, TROCK --Berezin/Bresin, Kodima, Minsk, Belarus, Bronx, NY, Miami and Miami Beach, FL.

Re: Cohanim and Levites #dna

mark reichard

    I am a Kohane, confirmed by DNA, tombstones in Hungary and family information, and can not do the split fingers automatically.
                               Regards, Mark Reichard

ReMa- Moses ISSERLES family tree #rabbinic


Does anyone have or know where to find the rabbinic line from ReMa to present day?

Re: Finding image on LDS microfilm from index #general

Risa Heywood

I wrote an article on this very subject which should be coming out in the next issue of Avotaynu. I also may be giving an online demo on how to work with unindexed records like these on FamilySearch for the upcoming IAJGS Virtual Conference. During that demo, I'll show you rather than just tell you how to make use of these unindexed films.

To specifically answer Harlan's question:

The #2 in the right-hand column under the film number is the Item # on the microfilm. A film may contain only one item, part of an item or it may have multiple items. In your example, the fourth image on your film is the beginning of Item 1. Scroll down through the film until you see a similar image that contaIns the beginning of Item 2. The third button on the left menu (under the minus sign) lets you toggle between seeing one image and multiple images which makes scrolling easier.

In some cases, the image number is in the JewishGen index record, right under the Item # but it's not there in this case. But, there is a Record # in the next column to the left, F266. So the record you want should be on Film 2205099, Item 2, Record # 266. Page through a few frames in this item to see how the records are arranged. You can see that there are several records on a page and the Russian is on the left and Hebrew on the right. Either page through or guess how many frames to jump until you get to #266. It is at the bottom of the page on image 293.

Risa Daitzman Heywood
Arizona, USA

Re: JSTOR Expands Free Access During Pandemic #announcements


Thank you so much to Jan and Alberto for this information.

I wondered, for those of us who have not used JSTOR before, do you have any tips, hints, or resources for effectively using this database?

All the best,

Re: Finding image on LDS microfilm from index #general


The links from JewishGen do take you to existing LDS microfilm scans on FamilySearch. I believe that the issue Harlan has is how to go from that link, which opens the entire film in a gallery view, and points to the first image. From there, getting to the particular image within that film is somewhat complicated, and varies between the different books/archives. But it rarely gives you the exact page/scan number so some amount of searching of the images is required, which in this case might involve some understanding of the language. I look at the Slovakian books all the time and that's a bit easier since at least the character set is Roman, languages German and Hungarian, not Cyrillic and Hebrew (Yiddish) as in the Lithuanian books.

Basically, what you have from the info in the right hand column is a link then item number - in this case, item 2. Scan through the gallery and look for the black header page that has a 2 on it - they are easy to see but you have to scroll a bit. There is a beginning and end marker for that item and each film might have several in total. The image number for Harlan's entry is not present (-) so you will have to search between those marker pages for the particular entry (about 5 per page in these books, some have more some less). I usually try to do this by date - find a date on an entry that is close, jump ahead a few (or many) pages, repeat.

Good luck.
Jeff Goldner
Researching Goldner, Singer, Neuman, Braun, Schwartz, Reichfeld (Hungary/Slovakia); Adler, Roth, Ader (Galicia); Soltz/Shultz (Vitebsk, maybe Lithuania)

Re: Finding image on LDS microfilm from index #general

Emily Garber

Sally Bruckheimer wrote:
"Since LDS Microfilms no longer exist, except maybe in SLC, the film numbers need to be deleted or changed to something else by Jewishgen. They were indeed the source of the information, but they aren't usable now. You might search by the subject for the digital version on It may be available at your home, but more likely at a LDS library."

Film numbers may still be used to search via the catalog. While FamilySearch has been digitizing old microfilm and assigning new digital numbers to those rolls, digitized collections and records may be located via either the original microfilm number or the digital number. As a matter of fact I just used an old film number this morning to locate a NYC marriage certificate.

Emily Garber

tombstones #general

Leya Aronson

I have recently come across a tombstone for a person I am researching, and his date of birth is preceded by a Magen David [Star of David], yet his date of death is preceded by a Christian cross. His grandson states that family lore is that they were Jewish and converted to christianity.
Can anyone shed light on this?
Also, many thanks for all who helped with my previous request.
Leya Aronson
Toronto, Canada
researching: ROSENBAUM, SMEETS, Limburg, NL, Pannesheide, DL

Somlo from Toronto #general

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to make contact with the family of Erwin Somlo and his wife
Dina, daughter of Elza nee Horowitz who traced back to the
Horowitz-Margareten family

Historic Synagogues of Europe #general #unitedkingdom

Jan Meisels Allen




The Foundation for Jewish Heritage has posted a map Historic Synagogues of Europe

By clicking on any of the red  “balloons”  a photograph and information about that synagogue opens up. 


The Foundation for Jewish Heritage is dedicated exclusively to the preservation of Jewish architectural sites, working internationally to ensure a future for historic synagogues, Jewish monuments and places of cultural significance.


If you click on their news tab, there is information on the former Merthyr Tydfil synagogue in Wales (see below); coverage of their Iraq Syria Jewish heritage mapping project; mapping of the endangered Jewish heritage of Iraq and Syria; the project to save the historic and remarkable 'Soldiers Synagogue' in Tomsk in Siberia; supporting local efforts to save the remains of the New Israelite Temple in Hamburg; Moreshet in Wroclaw and more.


The most recent is their securing funding for preserving an re-purposing the former Merthyr Tydfil synagogue in Wales  see:
















Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Finding image on LDS microfilm from index #general

Emily Garber

Harlan Weller posted:
"I located the attached index to a record on jewishgen and I wanted to look at the original document if possible.  The number 2205099 is hotlinked to an LDS microfilm, but I could not make sense of the other numbers.  Can these numbers be used to locate the image on the microfilm?  Or do I have to page through all the images on the microfilm?"

About three years ago I posted an article on my blog explaining how one gets from JewishGen's All Lithuania/Litvak SIG index to FamilySearch digitized film images. 
"FamilySearch, JewishGen, and Litvak SIG: What are They Hiding?" See,

Emily Garber
Phoenix, AZ

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