Re: My genealogy search story #general

Sarah L Meyer

They also have a big sale around DNA day which is April 25.
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

Re: Locate grave in Germany after Holocaust #germany

David Seldner

I sent them 3 inquiries and it took almost a year to get an answer (well, 25 years ago it took 6 years to find out abouot my Grandfather's fate) - I was fascinated what they had about my Grandmother, until she left for the US in 1949. I agree that they probably have the information about his death, if he died in a DP camp. It can only take a while. You could also try using JOWBR or other search enginges for cemeteries.
David Seldner, Karlsruhe, Germany

Re: Death records in Israel

Merv & Naomi Barnett

This matter has now been resolved -  with thanks therefore no further help required.

Naomi Barnett
Melbourne, Australia

(US( 2020 Census Goes Digital-Invitations in Mail Starting March 12

Jan Meisels Allen


As genealogists we should be excited about the upcoming 2020 US Census! Census is an important genealogical tool and it Is important for future generations that we complete and preserve a copy! Mandated by the US Constitution, the US has held a decennial census starting in 1790, albeit the questions and amount of information collected has grown and then shrunk over the decades.  To read more go to:


Starting March 12, US households will be invited to and expected to participate in the decennial census. For the first time the US census will be digital rather than the pen or pencil to paper we are accustomed to. We are expected to go to  to fill out the form.  It will be open to the public through July 31. Based on an earlier test run the Census Bureau expect about six out ten households to fill out the form online. For those who have limited Internet access or prefer to stay offline the Bureau will also be collecting census responses over the phone and on paper forms scheduled to arrive in mid-March, and then in early April to every household that has not responded by then.  Beginning in mid-May, it's planning to send workers equipped with an iPhone app to collect and deliver information about people in households that have not self-responded to the census.

To see the questions on the 2020 US census go to:

Original url:

For more information on the questions go to:


There is no citizenship question on the 2020 Census despite attempts by the Administration to  include it which was stopped by the US Supreme Court last year.


The webform and call centers are available in 13 languages.


It is important to complete the form. The results of the count are used to redraw voting districts and redistribute Congressional seats, Electoral votes and an estimate $1.5 trillion a year in federal spending among the states.


The bureau has until the end of December to start releasing the results of the 2020 census, beginning with the latest state population counts.


Your personal information is secure according to the Bureau as in dry runs they have not identified any census data that have been compromised. As a precaution for 2020, the bureau is blocking IP addresses based outside of the U.S. from accessing the online form.  The data will be encrypted, and both the field staff and office staff who access it will only be able to log into the system using two-factor authentication.

To learn a bit more about the background and technology used to find the households and what the census takers will use to as they take to the street to find the non-responders see:


To try to prevent a government website “blowout” the bureau is trying to pace web traffic by staggering the mailing of letters that direct most U.S. households to .  While the Bureau is expecting about 120,000 users on the census website at the same time, the bureau has been trying to build a system at least five times as strong to handle 600,000 concurrent users. A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report says it recently discovered the IT system that the bureau was planning to rely on as its primary system for collecting online responses could not handle 600,000 concurrent users "without experiencing performance issues,--basically a slow down in performance”. The bureau switched to an in-house system that was intended to be the backup. They also ordered backup printed forms just in case.

As genealogists we should also copy-scan in the form or take a photoshot for our families’ next generations of family historians. Remember, the census will not be released for 72 years so the 2020 census won’t be released until 2092. (With the 72 embargo the 1950 US census will be released April 1, 2022).


For more information see:



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Re: Death certificate information

Ira Leviton

Hepatitis diffusa translates to "diffuse hepatitis" which should be considered simply to be a description that it was inflammation of the liver that was diffuse throughout the liver, not localized to one area of the liver.  Keep in mind that at that time, doctors had no knowledge of viruses like hepatitis A, hepatitis B, or other causes of liver disease other than alcohol.  Collapsus translates to "collapse" and is also simply descriptive; it does not have any modern medical meaning.

Ira Leviton
New York, N.Y.

Re: Finding a Hebrew Name

Jenny Schwartzberg

You might have to look at who was named after her and what their Hebrew names were.

Jenny Schwartzberg
Chicago, IL

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Re: Locate grave in Germany after Holocaust #germany

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,
Dear Solomon,
If your unfortunate uncle died in a Displaced Person camp (DP's camp) in Germany, I am almost sure Bad Arolsen (former International Tracing Service) archives should have records of his stay in which camp and then even of his death.
You can search
and fill inquiry
They reply always but due to their last information campaign, I have heard delay could be some weeks.
Bernard Flam
Archives & history of Medem Center - Workmen Circle of France

Finding a Hebrew Name

Peter Bush

I have been trying to find the Hebrew name of my ancestor, so I can link her with a father of a family in Poland. 

She was not married in the UK, but is buried here and her matzevot does not give this. I have also spoken to the synagogue who manage the cemetery and they don't have it recorded.

Does anyone have any ideas?

Locate grave in Germany after Holocaust #germany

Hello Genners
My uncle a holocaust survivor passed away in a refugee camp in Germany
right after the war. We have a picture of his grave and tombstone, we do
not know where the cemetery is and grave. Is there a way to search?
Thanks in advance.
Solomon Schlussel

Re: My genealogy search story #general

Linda Kelley

Sarah’s suggestions are excellent. You can upload your autosomal DNA (FamilyFinder) to My Heritage to see additional matches. And absolutely, upload to, which accepts results from all the companies. Email me if you want help with the DNA and genealogy. I love helping other people.
There might be some naturalisations or other records in the UK that would give you clues.

Linda Wolfe Kelley
Portland, OR, USA

Re: My genealogy search story #general

Andreas Schwab

Fascinating story. 
As your Jewish ancestors are from Germany, you should join the German Special Interest Group (GerSIG) inside Jewishgen. There is also a Facebook group you should join:
The problem with German-Jewish genealogy is that it is very difficult to find ancestors if you don't know the town where these ancestors were born or died. Especially the maternal line is difficult because women change surnames when they marry. I would suggest you post the names and dates you have until now here and at GerSIG.

Re: My genealogy search story #general

Deborah Blinder

Building on Sarah's comment: Family Tree DNA generally has a sale on their mtDNA tests around Mother's Day. You should check their website starting at the beginning of May. 
Deborah Blankenberg (JewishGen ID #613395)
Lodi, CA
Researching BLOCH/BLOCK (Germany to New York, Colombia and Missouri), BLINDER (Kishinev to New York via Poland? and Paris), KUSHER/KUSZER (Lodz vicinity to New York via Paris), GOLDSCHMIDT (Germany)

Yizkor Book Project Update - March 2020 #yizkorbooks

Binny Lewis

Dear JewishGen Community,

The JewishGen Yizkor Book Team is always active starting, continuing, and completing Translation Projects. Here are some successes from this past month.

See All Active Projects

To view all ongoing Yizkor Book translation projects click here. If there is any information that needs updating, please let me know (see bottom of this update for my email).

Summary of Recent Progress for February 2020

  • In February, we translated 452 pages - all of which are freely available online via the JewishGen website

  • We have begun beta testing a new workflow for Translations. If you are a Project Coordinator (ie. your name is on our active project list. See here) and you would like to volunteer your project to participate, please send me a message using my email at the bottom.

  • We completed the first round of data collection on the first 100 books for our priority book list. Thank you to everyone who participated in this project!

Yizkor Book Translation Project(s) Completed in February 2020

New Translation Project(s) Started in February 2020

Yizkor Books Now Available in Hard Copy

JewishGen is pleased to announce the release of fully translated Yizkor Books now available in hard copy. To view a list of all the books available in hard copy, please click here

  • Several books have been published in February and are waiting to be posted online. These will be announced in next month's update.

Keep an Eye Out for our Weekly Post to the JewishGen FB Page!

At the end of each week, we have been featuring excerpts from Yizkor books in JewishGen's archive.
To follow these posts, please
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We would like to show recognition to the incredible work of two wonderful people: 

Karen Leon

Volunteer Manager at

Karen has played an integral role with the JewishGen team by reaching out to current volunteers and making sure their needs are met as projects are carried out. She has been especially helpful to the Yizkor Book team in assisting our efforts to organize our internal data as well as in reaching out to over 100 members of the Yizkor Book Team. 

Thank you for all your help! We look forward to continued success working with you!

Nancy Siegel

Communications Coordinator at

As the head of communications with JewishGen, Nancy has worked tirelessly to prepare newsletters, Facebook posts, announcements and more. She was able to step in to assist the Yizkor Book Project, to help us get the monthly newsletter off the ground. She has helped us communicate transparently with the incredible YB Team and to convey accurately all the wonderful work that we are doing for the growing Yizkor Book community.

Thank you for your help and we hope to continue working with you in the near future!

We are expanding the Yizkor Book Team!!

We are working on many upcoming projects. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering for the Yizkor Book Project, please see the information below:

Perhaps your skills can be of assistance?

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Vatican Opens Archives of Holocaust Era Pope Pius XII

Jan Meisels Allen



The Vatican opened the Archives of the Holocaust Era Pope Pius Xll. For decades there has been controversy as to whether this Pope kept a blind eye to the Holocaust.  The Vatican says he worked behind the scenes to save Jews while others  have labeled him “Hitler’s Pope” as he knew Nazi Germany was murdering Jews but failed to act.  Pope Pius Xll served from 1939 to 1958.


Pius, when he was still Eugenio Pacelli, served as the Holy See ambassador to Germany in 1917-29, where he witnessed the beginning of the rise of Nazism.  The historic moment of opening the archives was preceded by decades of controversy and debate about why the pontiff, who headed the Catholic Church for almost 2 decades, never spoke out about the slaughter of six millions Jews in Nazi concentration camps across Europe.


"For millions of people, Catholic and Jewish, these archives are of enormous humanitarian interest," Suzanne Brown-Fleming, international programs director at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.”


Journalists were shown a potion of the archives last week.


The Vatican normally waits 70 years after the death of a pope before making his archives available for study. Pope Francis has fast-tracked the opening of the Pius XII archives in order to help clear up the debate over the war-time pope, whose process for sainthood has been temporarily halted.  Last year, Pope Francis decided to open the archives.  Bishop Sergio Pagano, prefect of the Vatican's Apostolic Archives, said the World War Two documents ran into millions of pages, divided into 121 sections according to topic.  Scholars will be allowed into the Vatican archives to study the files. More than 150 scholars have applied to study documents covering Pius’s papacy. The archives area is only accessible by reservation. The consultant area has been booked for the rest of the year. Scholars from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is included in the bookings.


In 2006, the Vatican opened its archives to allow historians to access documents from 1922 to 1939.  Historians have sought greater access to the Vatican's secret archives to clarify the role of the Church in the run-up to World War Two.


To read more see:




A video may be seen at:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Death records in Israel

Merv & Naomi Barnett

I am looking for a death record in Israel c1962.  Can anyone please advise if these records are accessible.


Naomi Barnett
Melbourne, Australia

ViewMate Translation - Hebrew

Barry E Chernick

I have posted a 1907 Starokonstantinov Birth Record page in Hebrew. It is
on ViewMate at
I need Male 107, Male 108 and Female 79 translated. The part of the
Russian page for these records is missing.
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Barry Chernick

Re: Death certificate information

Shelley Mitchell

The words used are in Latin.
Easy to translate using internet.
Shelley Mitchell 



Researchers seeking information on Jews who were held in/transited Tashkent during WWII should go to the USHMM’s Holocaust Survivors and Victims (HSV) database.  You can search in this collection Registration Cards of Jewish refugees in Tashkent, Uzbekistan during WWII (ID:20492) (
The collection contain two versions of over 152,000 registration cards, English (ID:20492) and Russian (ID:20493).  Simply click on the big buttons to “View All Names in this List” or “Search Names within the List” and the card images, in Cyrillic, will appear.
Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.

Re: Death certificate information

EdrieAnne Broughton

We read a free book from Audible called "The Minute Man" by Greg Donahue that was on this subject.  Very good book.

The JGS of Montreal - Monday, March 02, 2020

Merle Kastner <merlebk18@...>

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal,
in association with the Jewish Public Library
is pleased to announce as our guest speaker:
David Bensoussan, PhD.
The Lost Tribes
2700 years ago, the Assyrians exiled the 10 tribes from the kingdom of Israel which they had just conquered. In actuality, the Jews of today are descendants of only 2 tribes of the kingdom of Judah. There are many legends about the fate of these 10 lost tribes which, until today, still remains a mystery. However traces of the 10 lost tribes have been found reaching as far as Afghanistan, China, Burma and Africa.
The meeting will be held on
Monday, March 02, 2020
7:30 pm
Gelber Conference Centre
5151 Cote Ste-Catherine/1 Carré Cummings
Everyone is welcome!

For all information on our upcoming meetings &
Sunday Morning Family Tree Workshops –
call the JGS of Montreal Hotline (24 hours a day):
watch for our emails & ‘friend’ us on Facebook
Merle Kastner
JGS of Montreal, Programming

15881 - 15900 of 656307