Lodz Jewish voter list 1924

Russ Maurer

In October of 2018, Logan Kleinwaks posted about the addition of thousands of scans of Lodz Jewish community records to the Polish State Archive online collection. Among those he mentioned as examples was a 1924 voter list. I have examined this record group, which consists of 30 files (one for each letter of the alphabet) and can be accessed at . This list is alphabetical by surname, and includes only males, age 25 and over. The record includes the surname, first name (sometimes initial), age (often "at least 25", sometimes the actual age or year of birth) and the address in Lodz. The pages are neatly handwritten and are very easy to read. I have attached a sample page.

Although no purpose is stated for this list, my surmise, based on the age and gender criteria, is that this list was used for elections within the Jewish community. By contrast, voter lists for Polish civil elections (e.g., for President or to the Sejm) were not separated by religion, and included males and females at least 18 years old.

Based on the number of scans and the number of names per scan, there appear to be about 35,000 names in this voter list.

Russ Maurer
Pepper Pike, OH

A talk at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain in London #sephardic

Raymond Montanjees

Joshua Marrache will be coming >from Gibraltar to give a talk to the
Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain on Sunday 19th January.

"The Jewish Community of Gibraltar": Its foundation, together with its
Commercial and Family links to Morocco, Italy, Amsterdam and London
during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The meeting will be held at The Society of Genealogists, 14
Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA and will start
at 2.00pm. Closest stations - Barbican and Farringdon.
Please arrive for 1.45 so we can start promptly. Non-members of JGSGB
will be very welcome to join us, for whom there would be a nominal
charge of 5 GBP per person to include refreshments.
As you can see >from the title of Joshua's talk, this will cover
several areas of genealogical interest so we hope to see as many
people there as possible. If you are able to reach London, please
try to join us.
There will be a question and answer session after the talk. You are
welcome to bring along your own relevant research data. Please email
me to let me know if you will be joining us. Thank you. RSVPs to

Raymond Montanjees

Descendants of Rabbi David ben Moshe (of Kletzk)-Novarodok 19th cent. #rabbinic

Yonatan Ben-Ari

I'm still trying to connect with descendants of a Rabbi David ben
Moshe of Kletzk (family name unknown to me) who was the Rav of
Novarodok during the 19th cent. He is alos known by the book he wrote
"Galia Mesechet". According to a note a greatuncle of mine wrote many
years ago, an ancestor of ours was Rabbi David's brother.

What I do know is that he had a son Moshe who married a HOROWITZ from
Minsk and he adopted the same family name. David had a son-in-law,
RABINOWITZ who published Rabbi David's book.

Several years ago I was contacted by an (A)GOLNICK family in Baltimore
who are descendants of Rabbi David, and who wanted me to give them
informationabout my family but I didn't have much I could tell
them.except the above note.

Would appreciate contact with anyone researching this family.

My great grandparents, Meyer (ben Yitzchak) ABRAMOWITZ came to Eretz
Yisrael (Palestine) during the end of the 19th cent.

As an aside (or not) next week I will be attending a wedding in
Israelwhere oneside are GOLNICKs >from Poland .

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

GERNSHEIM - is the name extinct?

David Lewin

I am researching a KAHN family, originally from Heilbronn, Germany

Hedwig Luise KAHN born 18 Jan 1907 married on 2 June 1943 a Johannes
Emmanuel Theophil GERNSHEIM in Munich. While the rest of her
siblings were all murdered by the Nazis, Hedwig and her husband
survived and in 1955 there was still a trace of them in Freiburg, Germany.

Data Protection laws have so far prevented me from getting any
further information

GERNSHEIM is an old Jewish family name in Worms and Mainz,
Germany. The Nazis murdered many.

Try as I might I find no one with that surname today. Google brings
only the town of that name whence presumably the Jewish name was
taken originally when they adopted family names. Did the Nazis
succeed in eradicating this family?

Can anyone here elaborate on these findings and teach me further please?

David Lewin

Glickman-Luria family in New York.

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to make contact with the family of Holocaust survivors and
scion of the Rubin of Sosnowiec, Halbertsm and other Dynasties - of
Mayer David Glickman and his brother Baruch Yosef Glickman. Mayer
David 's children are Dvoral Pearl (married David Henry Luria), Joshua
Heschel Glickman and Sarah Malka (Sherry).

Re: Photo request- Los Angeles, CA

Hilary Henkin

If you haven't gotten the pics by next weekend, I could go.  (My mom and several relatives are there, I could visit --.)

Just so you know, the gravestones tend to be flat and level with the ground except in special sections.  They tend to not have as much info as older cemeteries.


On 1/6/2020 9:22 AM, btkerman via Groups.Jewishgen.Org wrote:
Hi everyone,
I have recently found the burial location of my gg uncle and aunt in the Mount Sinai Memorial Park cemetery in Los Angeles, CA. The cemetery gave me the plot information but I don't have a picture or knowledge of the inscription on their gravestones. This could potentially be very helpful in my genealogical research.
If anyone is in the area and is able to take a picture for me that would be very much appreciated. Please contact me first to avoid multiple people troubling themselves unnecessarily. 
Here are the locations and I am attaching a map as provided by the cemetery. 
Carl LIBERMAN is:   Los Angeles – Moses – Map 21 – Lot 4848 – Space 2
Taube LIBERMAN is:   Los Angeles – Moses – Map 21 – Lot 4848 – Space 1

Thank you in advance for your assistance.
Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD


Re: ViewMate Romanian translation request

Valentin Lupu

"Civil Status Registry
   For Married people
No. 41                                 
Faivel Grunberg with       
Miss. Pessa Reiza Gotlib  
                                                      Certificate of Marriage
From the year 1876, February 29 issued at 2 P.M. Marriage Certificate for Mr. Faivel Grunberg, 22 year-old, without a  profession, of Jewish faith.
Born in Iassy in 1853, August 8, resident of Iassy, sector II, adult. The son of Tzalic Grunberg, resident of Iassy, sector II and of the late Mrs. ?ata Grunberg. He agreed (Tzalic, my note) by an authentic certificate legalized by the Iassy  County Court, sector III under No. 519 from January 16, 1876.
And for Miss. Pessa Reiza Gotlib, 17-year old of Jewish faith, without a profession, born in 1858, January 3 and resident of Iassy, sector III. She is unmarried, the minor daughter of Mr. Nusem Gotlib and Mrs. Rifca Gotlib, residents of Iassy, sect III . They agreed by an authentic certificate legalized by the Iassy County Court in sector III, under No. 518. from January 16, 1876. Those present have heard clearly that I prepared a marriage contract written and legalized by Iassy Country Court, sector III under No. 40 in January 19 , this year. The preliminary notices were published without any objection in this county only in the Saturdays of January 24 and 31 this year. The birth certificate of the husband....."

The rest of this document deals with the legal aspects of birth certificates for Faivel and Pessa, nonexistent at the time they were born. I think that Civil Status Registry offices were established after 1860, The language of this document is archaic and not easy to translate. Amazingly, the whole document contains no more than 5 or 6 sentences!

Valentin Lupu

Ashkenazi DNA percentage question #dna

Herbert Lazerow

I have 1 known Ashkenazi great grandparent of 8. One eight is 12.5%.
According to 23andMe, FTDNA, AncestryDNA and MyHeritage DNA
my DNA is about 20% Ashkenazi. All agree on this. This is 1.6 times
more Ashkenazi DNA than I can account for genealogically. Is it more
likely that I have an undiscovered ancestor with Ashkenazi DNA, who
perhaps assimilated, or that I simply inherited more than half of my
grandparent's Ashkenazi DNA?
It is more likely that you inherited more than your proportionate
share of your ggp's dna.
We each receive half our dna >from each parent, but it is a random
half. Assume that your ggp had only 8 genes, A-H. Assume further
that your gp inherited 4 of them, genes A-D, 50%. Your parent would
have inherited 4 genes >from your gp. They might have been A-D, in
which case your parent would have 50% Ashkenazi genes. If your parent
inherited genes E-H, he would have no Ashkenazi genes. Either result
is possible, though neither is the most statistically likely. It is
more likely that your parent inherited 3, 2, or 1 Ashkenazi genes.
The same calculus applies to your inheritance >from your parent, which
is why it appears that you have more Ashkenazi dna than you "should"
Herbert Lazerow
San Diego CA 92110 U.S.A.

Re: Ashkenazic percentage question #dna

Sarah L Meyer

Dear Mr. May,
The 1/8th is an average - or the mean of the distribution. Only from
your parents is it exactly 50-50. But >from your grandparents or great
grandparents the percentages vary. For example you could have received from
your mother you could have received 45% of her 50% >from her mother and 55%
of her 50% >from her father. >from your father you could have received 75% of
his 50% >from his father and 25% of his 50% >from his mother. You might look
at the ISOGG wiki ( for more
information. Most of their charts talk in percentage and cM charts of how
much DNA you share with your matches, but this is discussed as well. Also
there are several Facebook groups which deal with this sort of question.

Dear community,

I have 1 known Ashkenazi great grandparent of 8. One eight is 12.5%.
According to 23andMe, FTDNA, AncestryDNA and MyHeritage DNA my DNA is about
20% Ashkenazi. All agree on this. This is 1.6 times more Ashkenazi DNA than
I can account for genealogically.

Is it more likely that I have an undiscovered ancestor with Ashkenazi DNA,
who perhaps assimilated, or that I simply inherited more than half of my
grandparent's Ashkenazi DNA? Thank you for your kind erudite help!

Richard May

Re: Issue#140 of Genealo-J--Alliance Israelite Universelle #germany


IGRA (Israel Genealogy Research Association) has
received permission and is undertaking a project with permission of the
offices of Alliance (AIU) in Paris to prepare lists of students >from the
schools in Morocco and then other countries >from North Africa, which are in
Israeli archives. These lists are important to IGRA because of the
immigration of many members of the Jewish communities in those countries to

Ellen Stepak, Tel Aviv, Israel

Seeking WW I military records #germany

Richard Oppenheimer <r.d.oppenheimer@...>

Hello Ger Sig members,

Is there a website available which lists German Jews who served in WW I,
with dates and places of service?

I am seeking dates and places of service for two relatives of whom I have
photo's in WWI uniforms in Germany.

Isaak MANNHEIMER (my grandfather) born in Bad Wildungen 1885, and Salomon
LILIENSTEIN (my great uncle), born in Gossfelden 1884.

Best regards, Richard D.Oppenheimer,

Sol Krongelb z"l #lithuania

Eden Joachim <esjoachim@...>

I am sad to let you know that Sol Krongelb passed away on November 11,
2019 in Westchester County, NY.

Sol was a LitvakSIG member since 1999 and a Kaunas and Raseiniai
Districts supporter for almost as long. He was also a presence at
many annual conferences where he was a volunteer translator of
documents written in Yiddish.

Sol was truly a mensch who helped my with translations on several

We extend our belated sympathies to Sol's family.

Eden Joachim

Re: Repatriation 1945-7: Russia to Poland



Thank you for an excellent account. My mother also traveled back from Uzbekistan (to Ukraine) in a cattle car, but did not provide such vivid details. To be sure, there was a shortage of normal passenger cars in the Soviet Union at the end of the war, so they were reserved for the “more equal pigs”, i.e. Communist party members, bosses of the industry, and cultural elite.

As to fleeing from Europe, there were several Jewish organizations helping survivors, like HIAS. There was at least one, very secretive, organization called BRIHA, who smuggled Jews into Mandate Palestine. Anybody, whose family went that route, or who is interested in the subject, should seek an excellent book by Ephraim Dekel, titled B’RIHA: Flight to the Homeland. It was published in Hebrew, and then in English, ca. 1973. The book gives a country by country account of the BRIHA’s activities.

Boris Feldblyum

Re: Repatriation 1945-7: Russia to Poland


Thank you for sharing your husband's story.  Imagining the very daunting, to say the least, conditions under which your husband, his family and others with them managed to live and survive, I can't help but think they were very strong people.  As far as I know, none of my own European family survived the concentration camps.  

Re: Photo request- Los Angeles, CA

Sarah L Meyer

I have requested many photos through Find A Grave and a lot depends on which volunteer picks up the request.  Try it there first and if you don't get a response in say a month, then repost here.   I have gotten some really good photos and other times the gravestones are too old or worn to be of help (mostly this has been my husband's family).  But I have also requested some for my family as well.


Michael Hoffman

Hi Shaul Berger,

Do a search on the following specific websites for England, UK and for ordering Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates
from the website of the General Register Office at 
Note that the Findmypast website is a payed for website.

The following are the references for ordering the Death Certificates for:-
Szymon Soldinger
Death 1963
District: Kensington
Ref: Vol 5c page 1020

Ena Soldinger
Death 1991
District: Fulham
Ref: Vol 12 Page 774

Best regards,

Michael Hoffman


Jews of Cairo #sephardic

peter stein <peterstein777@...>

Hi List Manager,

I am recommended by a friend to your recent article "Jews of Cairo",
on account of a mutual friend here in Australia. She is indeed of
that background but lacking much background information.

A link would be appreciated.

Peter Stein

Spanish and Portuguese research #sephardic

Harvey Goldberg <harveygoldberg93@...>

Dear friends,

My interest is Dutch Sephardic community >from early settlement in
Amsterdam both >from Hamburg and the Iberian Peninsular and immigration
to London USA ...Caribbean and now living in Israel.

My grandmother was an Oheb names such as Isaac de
Cordova, Braco De Orion the De Ancona,and many if not all the old
Dutch Sephardim are related.

Can you help me with further research,I would be most grateful.
My name is Harvey Goldberg
I live in London .

Kind regards


Re: Repatriation 1945-7: Russia to Poland


Thank gives a different perspective to our lives today.
We well. Thank you.
Ros Romem

Re: Illegal Transport Passenger Lists

Helen Krag

There was a book about the Kladovo Transport published in Vienna, as
well as an exhibition at Jewish Museum in Vienna.

The book was written by Gabriele Andeerl and Walter Manoschek. The title
is: Gescheiterte Flucht. Der jüdische 'Kladovo-Transport' auf dem WEg
nach Palästina 1939-42.

In its appendix it includes a list of everybody on the transport.

My own grandfather Jakob Rosenstrauch was on the transport. A memorial
was held in Zasavica, Sabac and Kladovo in 2003 which I attended
together with other grandchildren.

I can't see the name of the person you are searching for, therefore I
could nok look in the book for you.


Helen Krag, Copenhagen

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