Google Alert for Finding Ancestors

Jan Meisels Allen



Have you ever set up a Google Alert for your family names, ancestral towns and key words you may be researching?  I use this tool everyday and many of the postings I create are a result of one of the Google Alerts.  Now, Google Alert  has an new search: Ancestor Search on Google Search. 


Google adds 68 Million new web pages daily so there is a good chance your ancestor, ancestral town, etc. may be included in a recent or upcoming new webpage addition!


Dick Eastman posted an article in his blog, Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, on this citing Randy Majors website with step-by-step instructions to create such a search.


To read Dick Eastman’s post see:


To read Randy’s post see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


The US Holocaust Museum Asked New Yorkers for Their Family Artifacts from WWII. #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen




The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) asked New Yorkers for family artifacts from World War ll.  They collected 250 artifacts thus far. As Holocaust survivors are aging and many have died this is a program racing against time. The USHMM decided to focus on New York City and surrounding areas as a large population of Holocaust survivors and their descendants live in the area.


The artifacts will be digitized and join the Museum’s collection.


If you wish to donate related artifacts to the USHMM please contact them at curator@... or call at (202) 488-2649.


An article shows nine of the artifacts donated. See:

Original url:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Passage Libau, Latvia to Jaffa, Palestine


There are couple issues with the contains of the post that may require further investigation.


1. We do not know for a FACT that the naturalization papers were filled out accurately (unless there is a corroborating evidence regarding Libau as a birthplace.)

2. We do not know for a FACT that the woman who traveled from LeHavre to Ellis Island is Roberta Lipitz’s grandmother and not another woman with the same name (unless there is a corroborating evidence omitted in the post).

3. The woman may have been born in another small town in then Courland but Libau was a well known and easier to pronounce name.


I would try to learn how Jews of Lithuania-Latvia travelled to Palestine in those days. This knowledge may provide clues.


Good luck!



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translation from "old German"

Rolf Hahn

Part of my family was not Jewish.  I have posted a copy of an Easter Postcard on VM #78491.  The body of the card is written in what I believe is Old German script.  I can read the address, but not the contents.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Phyllis Miller Hahn

Please reply to Ph30068@...

Searching for information on families with the last name of Mlynarski, Stromfeld, Nelson all from Poland.  Goldman from Russia, Braun from Austria/Hungary

Re: Transferring money to the Belarus archive #belarus

Nicole Heymans

This looks like a tradeoff to reduce bank charges for all involved.

Charges on transfers within the SEPA (Single European Payments Area) zone are the same as for internal transfers, e.g. nil for transfers from Belgium.
Belarus is not part of SEPA, so there is clearly an incentive for Belarussians to have a SEPA account to reduce charges for international payments; for them and for their correspondents.

For anyone having an account within the SEPA zone, obviously a transfer to the German account of the Belarus archives would be best option. For others, check charges to avoid undue surprises

Nicole Heymans, near Brussels, Belgium

Professional Researcher Needed

Charly Risenmay

We have records from a family member recently discovered to have been in a DP camp. We have copies of several cards. We have contacted Berlin and did not receive any info about them leaving the DP camp. We had files searched in Israel, but they didn’t find anything, which I understand is hit and miss. 

My family and I would like to hire a professional who knows more about this to help us find out what happened to our family member. 

Please email privately. radishmom@...

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Re: Passage Libau, Latvia to Jaffa, Palestine

Joyaa Antares

Hi Roberta,
You wrote:  “
Have hit the infamous "brick wall" regarding my Grandmother.  Her naturalization papers show she was born in Libau, Latvia (Russian Empire) and Ellis Island ship's manifest shows last place of residence was Jaffa (then Palestine in 1903). The ship left from LeHavre, France to Ellis Island.  Have been unable to find any other documents i.e. birth certificate, information leaving Libau to Palestine, and information from Palestine/France to Ellis Island.  Any help locating these documents will be of great help!!

Providing a name will enable the group to help you.
Cheers, Joyaa
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Researching ZAUSMER, ZOUSMER, ZESMER, CHOUSMER, CHAUSMER, TSOUZMER etc, MARCUS, DAVIDOFF in Polangen, Kretinga, Darbenai, Libau, Riga, Memel
SCHORR, SCHERZER, JURIS and DAWID in Buckaczowce, Ottynia, Nadworna, and Kolomyya
ZUNDER in Buckaczowce and Ivano-Frankivsk
KEMPNER in Berlin, Lodz, Warszawa and London
LEVY, BADER in Berlin, Schwerin, Friedeberg
PEIMER, PAYMER, PEYMER in Skuodas, Libau, USA and South Africa
and GERSON, SIDERSKY, FREED, RIMAN in Gumbinnen, Leipzig, Koenigsberg, Danzig, Berlin, Vilnius, Sirvintos and South Africa

Re: Birthplace?

Sally Bruckheimer

"I have a family member that I am researching and she is from Solabarewka (supposedly Russia).  I have not been able to find this town with google.  Usually, with google, I can get general information on it but not this time.  That is my first step before going to shte[t]l finder."

According to the JewishGen Gazetteer, there are a many choices for this town, including Sulborowice in Poland.  Jews were restricted to living in the Pale of Settlement, areas which became Russian after the partition of Poland. You can see the Pale and Partition on Google maps.  This includes areas of Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia and other areas.

If it were transliterated Russian, there would be no 'w' in the town name, as Russian uses the letter v, which does not exist in Polish; Polish uses the letter 'w' which has a v-sound.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Re: Transferring money to the Belarus archive #belarus


I have used Western Union.  As long as you have all the bank code information etc, should work, and it is extremely not expensive.   FYI.  I've done it three times right at the desk at my local supermarket.


JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura County March 1, 2020 Meeting Reminder- Note Earlier Start Time for This One Time Only

Jan Meisels Allen



The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County's program is Sunday, March 1, 2020 12:30-2:30 PM at Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.   We open with the schmoozing corner and traveling library at 12 noon.  As the children will be leaving Sunday school at 12 noon and their parents will have their cars to pick up their children, please have patience in the parking lot.. This is a one-time only change of start time.


Security:  Remember that you need to stop at the security kiosk when you enter the front gate and tell the security guard you are attending the JGSCV meeting.  He may direct you to the side or back for parking if there is no room in front due to the parents’ picking up the children.


The Program:  Comparing Jewish Resources on Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, MyHeritage and JewishGen


Enjoy this comparative overview of Jewish record collections available on, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage, as well as research tools on each site that can be especially helpful for Jewish research. Also, learn how the JewishGen collections on differ from comparable collections on, both in content and the search experiences. Get tips on when it might be better to search on one site or the other.


Speaker:  Ellen Kowitt is past president of JGS Colorado and JGS Greater Washington. She has served  as an IAJGS board member and has served on various IAJGS Committees; been a recipient of IAJGS Program and Stern Awards; led Ukraine trip for JewishGen Shtetlschleppers; created KehilahLinks websites and been Lyubar, Ukraine town leader for 23 years; coordinated Yizkor Book translations for Ukraine towns; and indexed revision lists, memorial plaques, gravestones, and Colorado probate records. Ellen is an Avotaynu contributor. She is currently Vice President of the Colorado Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists.


Schmoozing Corner:  One of our senior members will be conducting the Schmoozing Corner starting at 12 noon.


Traveling Library: Categories A and B will available starting at 12:00 Noon.  To see which books that will  be at the meeting, see the JGSCV website at:



Take 101 Freeway - exit Rancho Road in Thousand Oaks, go north (if coming from the west, cross Thousand Oaks Blvd ) to E. Hillcrest Drive turn right on E. Hillcrest go about 1.3 miles (just east of Conejo School Road) Temple is on the right. There are approximately 75 parking spots within the complex. There is no parking on Hillcrest Drive . You may park in the complex or on any of the side streets.


Membership: Our 2020 Membership renewal and joining campaign is underway and renewals were due as of January 1, 2020. . Membership forms are available at the meeting and on our website, . Anyone may join JGSCV. Annual dues are $30 for an individual and $35 for a family.  Dues increased January 1st by $5.00 so renew/join now! Keep your membership in good standing!


The meeting is open to the public without charge. 


The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County is dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.


Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.




Jan Meisels Allen

President, JGSCV





help wanted please

Richard Gross

23 February 2020

I’m hoping someone can help with the following two family questions.
1. Zelkowitcz, possibly Abraham or Solomon Israel, from Mlawa, 107 km NW of Warsaw. Looking for connections if possible please.
2. Berkowitz, Isaac from Rozen, near Warsaw and possibly near a river (Naura?). Anything pre 1925. A daughter was Hinde/Hilda and Isaac possibly had a fruit stall.

Thank you in advance
Beulah G.

Reliable Researcher for Cherkasy region of Ukraine

Felissa Lashley

I would like to find an honest and reliable researcher to find out the answers for some specific questions for the LISHINSKY/LESCHINSKI; DROBITSKY; ZATALOFSKY, and MOZER/MAYER/MAZURENKO families who were from the towns of Valyava, Moshny, Korsun, and Gorodische in the Cherkasy region of the Ukraine. 

I would appreciate any assistance in this. 

Thank you.

Felissa Lashley frlashley@...
Austin, Texas

Kaminski, Pincus, Kantrowitz

Jeff Miller

I have in one of my family branches a Joseph KAMINSKI who married an Annie PINCUS. She was born about 1903 to Hersch Pinczuck (Harry Pinkus) and Tillie KANTROWITZ.

The PINCUS children were Sohn ("Samuel"), Briendel, Annie, Robert (Rachmel), Julius, and Abraham. Julius died in Los Angeles in 1997.


Warmest Regards,

Jeff Miller



Waldheim Jewish cemetery, Chicago, Illinois

Shelly Crane

Is there anyone going to Waldheim Jewish cemetery  who can take some gravestone photos?  I have the exact locations. The cemetery is on Des Plaines Avenue in Forest Park, Illinois.

I put in a request at Find-A-Grave, but did not get any responses

Thank you very much!

Shelly Levin
Northern California

Re: Birthplace?

Jonathan Jacobs

I have a family member that I am researching and she is from Solabarewka (supposedly Russia).  I have not been able to find this town with google.  Usually, with google, I can get general information on it but not this time.  That is my first step before going to shtel finder.
Jonathan Jacobs
Computer Technician
Amateur Genealogist
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
skype - stingray761

Re: Birthplace vs. emigration place vs. port of origin for destination in US? #general

Jonathan Jacobs

Personally, I look at it this way.  Of you are flying from New York to LA with a stop in Chicago.  You are not going to say that you came from Chicago.  You're going to say that your departure is New York.  Benin was a HUGE departure point for a lot of people.
Jonathan Jacobs
Computer Technician
Amateur Genealogist
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
skype - stingray761

Re: Birthplace vs. emigration place vs. port of origin for destination in US? #general


Is it possible that your ancestors may have stayed in Bremen for some time before traveling on to England and America?  Perhaps they needed to earn money for the next leg of their trip?
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Did you know...the term Health Care Provider came from Nazi Germany?

Phil Goldfarb

As a 4th generation pharmacist, I did not know this until recently and was somewhat taken aback by the routine use of this term.  I thought that it might be of interest to everyone.

Read this excellent perspective titled: If You Call Me a Provider, I Will Assume You are a Nazi. There was also an excellent article in The Israel Medical Journal on the same subject: 

Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland March 4 meeting #jgs (Ohio, USA)

Sylvia Fleck Abrams

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland
March meeting will be held on 
WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2020 
starting at 7:30 PM 
at Menorah Park
Miller Board Room
27100 Cedar Road

PLEASE NOTE the change of location, time and date for this meeting.

Jewish Ballplayers in Major League Baseball 

Scott Longert

The talk will include an overall look at Jewish ballplayers and those that played or were part of the Cleveland Indians organization. The inclusion of ballplayers that came from minority groups faced a difficult time from rival players, fans and even teammates. Some of those experiences will be discussed. 


The presentation will cover ballplayers like Jonah Goldman, Cleveland’s first Jewish shortstop, Harry Eisenstat, Al Rosen and Hank Greenberg, who served as the Indians general manager starting in 1948, plus others such as Max “Lefty” Weisman, Indians trainer for twenty-seven years and Max Rosenblum, the leading supporter of amateur baseball in Cleveland.

Scott Longert Bio

Scott Longert is a graduate of the Ohio State University and has his M.A. in American History from Cleveland State with an emphasis on the post-Civil Wars years to the Great Depression.


Scott is a retired Park Ranger from the James A. Garfield National Historic Site where he specialized in Civil War talks concerning General Garfield and major battles of the war.

Scott has been writing about Cleveland baseball history for over thirty years and has four books published to date, his latest Bad Boys, Bad Times released on February 26.

A fifth book, a biography of Cy Young for children is due for a spring 2020 release.

Scott teaches part-time at Cuyahoga Community College, offering courses in several aspects of Cleveland baseball history.


Submitted by Sylvia F. Abrams
Past President JGSC
On behalf of Programing Committee

Re: Transferring money to the Belarus archive #belarus

Jerry Small

I have done business with the Latvian Archive and they operate the same way. What I do is have my financial representative transfer money from my account to the specified bank. In my case the denomination was Euro. 

Good luck.

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