Samuel Unger Family from Bielsko-Biala and Kamesznica, Zywiec, Poland #poland #galicia

Stanley Diamond

Although the status is not mentioned in the Bielsko-Biala Your Town page on
the JRI-Poland web site, there is news to share with researchers for this town.
JRI-Poland has scanned all the surviving Bielsko & Biala birth, marriage and
death records in the Bielsko-Biala branch of the Polish State Archives as well
as those years not covered by Polish privacy in the Bielsko-Biala Civil Records
Data entry for these records is currently underway.  For more information, write
Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.  (Montreal)
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.

Re: Samuel Unger Family from Bielsko-Biala and Kamesznica, Zywiec, Poland #poland #galicia
From: Sam G.
Date: Sat, 28 Nov 2020 14:40:13 EST
Highly recommend Jacek Proszyk as a resource.   He was able to dig up my grandfather's 1894 school records from the Skotschau Volksschule.
-Amnon Gronner, USA

Re: DNA testing #dna

Sarah L Meyer

They seem fine, but each company has its own reference populations and own algorithms.  For a while FTDNA had me with a small percentage of North American.  They have since removed it and I am back at 100% AJ.  The trace percentages are often just noise REGARDLESS of the company.  All of the companies use a least squares technique.  The fit the biggest piece and remove that data then they fit the next biggest etc.  By the time that you are down to the trace regions there is not much data left to fit and wild results may occur.
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

Re: Balti vs Balta... what is connection #bessarabia #ukraine


In Romanian baltă is a Lake or Swamp. balti is the plural.  Balta in Podolia was Russian from ca 1800 except 1941-44 when administered by Romania as part of Transnistria. Also from 1924 to 1929 was the capital of the Moldovan Republic. Balti is in Bessarabia and was part of Romanian Moldova Principality to  1812 and from 1918 to 1940, 1941-1944.

Luc Radu
Great Neck, NY

Re: Atlantic City, New Jersey - Looking for Ann and Bertha Friedman #records #usa #events

Elizabeth Handler

My husband is from Ventnor City, just south of Atlantic City and I've done a bit of research there. There are a few city directories for Atlantic City on in their U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 (1935, 1938, 1941, 1946, 1950, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957).
The Atlantic City Free Public Library ( has past issues of the Atlantic City Press on microfilm which I don't believe is digitized online anywhere. Perhaps you can reach out to the library and see if someone there can help you. Also, according to their website, they have additional city directories.
Could they have been buried in Philadelphia? I know my husband's extended family had and continues to have many relatives in Philly and there are quite a few Jewish cemeteries there.
Best of luck!
Elizabeth Handler
Needham, MA

Updates Portland, Oregon's KehilaLinks Page #announcements #jgs-iajgs #usa

Linda Kelley

Portland, Oregon, USA has its own KehilaLinks page!
KehilaLinks pages are for any communities that have a Jewish population.
Please visit!
To view it, use your browser to go to [There is no need to log in.]
Click on Research>KehilaLinks>Americas>Portland, OR.
This is an ongoing project, so visit periodically to see the additions.
There is an email address on the page, if you have any material to contribute.
Thank you!
Linda Kelley
Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon
Portland, OR, USA

Cape Verde Jewish roots? #dna #sephardic



My son's partner is from Cape Verde.  She believes that her family has Jewish ancestors, and the presence of Jews in Cape Verde is well documented.  My questions is whether DNA tests could help her determine this.  My own family is Askenazi, and the DNA results from Ancestry are sound, but I don't know anything about the results for Sephardi Jewish roots.  Any advice would be welcome.

Many thanks.

David Stern

Photo request from Mt. Carmel Cemetery #photographs


I am hoping that someone would be able to take a photo of a headstone for me in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Glendale, NY.  It is for David Stern, location 1-E-30-H-4.  I believe this is my great uncle, Rabbi David Stern, who died in 1955 and for whom I am named.  I would be willing to pay a modest sum for your time and trouble.

Many thanks in advance.

David Stern

Krzysztof Witaszek

I have found Iglicka Chana born 1922, father Szlama, 
sent to the spec-village Abramkowo on 13.07.1940 from Bialystok region.
After amnesty she went to the city of Samarkanda ( Republic of Uzbekistan) on 11.09.1941.
There is her personal file in the Archangielsk Archive. (signature AR-T- -4950)
The site for the archive
I heard that it  is necessary to write them in Russian.
I don't know where Abramkowo was. It should be in the Archangielsk region (Oblast), but I don't find it on the list of its spec-villages.
On the list there is Icko Rzezak, born 1914, son of Lejzer 
You can search here
The river on which they were traveling had to be Amu Daria. People were put on large barges, many did not survive this flight (diseases, poor nutrition). The end of the flight was in Farab. 
By the way my ggfather Jozef Zaremba and one of his daughters were sent to one of the spec-villages in Archangielsk Oblast in February 1940. They lost their lives on the Amu Daria River. 
Best regards
Krzysztof Witaszek

Bloomberg/Blumberg Families #usa

Bob Bloomberg

Does anyone have information on the Bloomberg/Blumberg families in Philadelphia?  They arrived about 1860.  A branch went to Boston around 1900.
Robert Bloomberg

ROSEN(JERUSHALMY) Chicago -beginning 20th cent. Hashtags Szchuchin, Chicago #usa

Yonatan Ben-Ari

Looking to make contact with ROSEN descendants who came from Szchuchin
around the turn of the previous century. Their name in Europe was
JERUSHALMY and (probably) in the USA changed their family name. At
least one of them was a hebrew teacher in Chicago.

Names among the descendants : BRANSON, SLOTKIN (or SLOTNIK).

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Re: Looking for Gussie Deutsch #usa

Michele Lock

You could request the death certificate for Gussie Deutsch from the NY City department of Health, but i believe that a person needs to be a direct descendent of the deceased to do so.

You might have better luck requesting the marriage license for the couple, and the 1901 birth certificate for the first child Helen, from the Luzerne PA county courthouse/Register of Wills-Clerk of the Orphan Court. Though with the pandemic going on, that might take longer to be processed. Those would have the maiden name of Gussie Deutsch, and possibly her birthplace:

Michele Lock

Lock/Lak/Lok and Kalon in Zagare/Joniskis, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Minsk gub., Belarus

Re: Looking for Gussie Deutsch #usa

Michele Lock

From FamilySearch (via, here is the record extract for the marriage of daughter Thelma Deutsch in 1931, which gives Gussie's maiden name as Thirman:

Name: Charles Friedberg
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 21 Jun 1931
Event Place: Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Event Place (Original): Manhattan, New York, New York
Gender: Male
Age: 28
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Birth Year (Estimated): 1903
Birthplace: New York City
Father's Name: Harris Friedberg
Mother's Name: Celia Neuwirth
Spouse's Name: Thelma Deutsch
Spouse's Gender: Female
Spouse's Age: 25
Spouse's Marital Status: Single
Spouse's Race: White
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1906
Spouse's Birthplace: Hazelton, Penn.
Spouse's Father's Name: Daniel Deutsch
Spouse's Mother's Name: Gussie Thirman

Reference ID: cn 15014
GS Film Number: 1684265


Michele Lock

Lock/Lak/Lok and Kalon in Zagare/Joniskis, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Minsk gub., Belarus

SCHWARZSCHILD family of Kassel Germany--fate of children? #germany #holocaust

Melody Schloss

I am attempting to find what happened to the siblings of my husband’s great grandmother during/after the War. My husband’s great grandmother was Johanne SCHWARZSCHILD SEEMANN (15 Sep 1872 Kassel GER-31 Mar 1943). She was married to Moritz SEEMANN and they both perished in Theresienstadt Ghetto. One sister, Terese Sophie, survived after the War. I do not know about any of the others. I have some information on the family. I am hoping that someone has information I have not found.

The family is as follows:
Moritz SCHWARZSCHILD (6Jan1837 Hanau GER-27Nov1892 Kassel GER) and Hedwig BACHARACH(23Aug1843 Mansbach GER-27Nov1892 Kassel GER) married 7Jun1864 (Bad)Nauheim GER
Fanny SCHWARZSCHILD (f) b1867 Kassel
Sally/Salomon SCHWARZSCHILD (m) b 9Jan1870 Kassel married Bettina Pauline SICHEL 1901 Würzburg GER
Hugo SCHWARZSCHILD (m) b 1871 Kassel
Johanne SCHWARZSCHILD (f) 15Sep1872 Kassel-31Mar1943 Thereseienstadt Ghetto married Moritz SEEMANN 21Mar1894 Kassel GERM
Mathilde SCHWARZSCHILD (f) b 1873 Kassel
Teresa Sophie SCHWARZSCHILD (f) 1875 Kassel-9Mar1960 London married Julius CORNELIUS 11Sep1899 Rotenburg an der Fulda Hessen GERM children: Ellen and Ott Heinz/Henry
Rosa SCHWARZSCHILD (f) married Adalbert STEFFTER child:Edith

Melody Bredbenner Schloss
California USA

Re: Samuel Unger Family from Bielsko-Biala and Kamesznica,Zywiec, Poland #poland #galicia

Sam G.

Highly recommend Jacek Proszyk as a resource.   He was able to dig up my grandfather's 1894 school records from the Skotschau Volksschule.
-Amnon Gronner, USA

Re: Atlantic City, New Jersey - Looking for Ann and Bertha Friedman #records #usa #events

Lee Jaffe

My Atlantic City family is buried in Rodef Sholem cemetery in Cardiff County.  I searched via FindAGrave; there  are a lot of Friedmans but no Bertha or Ann.

Lee Jaffe

Sharon E Siegel

I am pretty new to posting here and hoping I have hastags and format correct.
A promise made to my late mother-in-law has taken me on an eye-opening and so inspiring, but heartbreaking, heart-wrenching journey of understanding and desire to know all we can about the experiences that brought Anna Iglicka Rzezak Siegel and Israel Rzezak Siegel together and able to survive unimaginable horrs that took the lives of dozens of their loved ones -- nearly their entire families murdered by the time they made it back to their pre-war hometowns.

We have videos of both Izzy and Annie, and notes and some documents. We are retracing their lives and doing extensive research.

We are looking for any tips for direction in reaching out for the following:

Anna Iglicka Rzezak Siegel's family in Lodz or Zdunska Wola.  Her father Shlomo Iglicki was a rabbi.  Her mother Rosa Pakentregger Iglicka  was a housewife.  Anna was the youngest of six children.  Her father told her she was young and could run as Nazi's invaded. She reluctantly did, still as a teen and alone.  She eventually boarded a train to Siberia and was put to work in a logging camp.   When the pact was signed releasing work camp detainees, she made her way by boat to Russian farms and contacted diseases, lost a baby, and learned that all but a brother had been killed while she was away.

Israel Rzezak Siegel was drafted to the Polish and then Russian Armies.  He left his hometown of Lodz, a wife and two young children.  He unknowingly was on the same train that his future wife was on to Siberian logging camp, and then the boat through Russia. They never met until they were off the boat and on the farms and towns in Russia.  Izzy learned that his wife and first two children were murdered, just like Annie's family.

Both managed to get to America on the Marine Perch, where my husband and two younger sons were born.

I have documents and some facts, not enough.

Can anyone advise how to get birth certificates, death certificates, and records from military and work camp detention in Siberian logging camp, and anything else that could help?

Thank you so much for anything you can do to help us. Stanley B. and Sharon E. Siegel, Port Jervis, NY USA

Re: Looking for Gussie Deutsch #usa

Sherri Bobish


Gussie DEUTSCH passed on in 1970.  Both Gussie & Daniel are at Mt. Zion with a society named Auerbach.  The Mt. Zion databases is searchable by surname alone, by surname & society name, and by society name alone.


Sherri Bobish

Finding Prague marriage record #austria-czech


A relative said their ancestors were married in Prague in the "Embassy" shortly after the formation of the Czech Republic after WWI. Their child was born in Feb 1922 so that would make the marriage between October 1918 and about June 1921. She stated that the marriage certificate was numbered 1. That caused some trouble later in Romania when they went there because the officials did not believe there was a certificate numbered 1. Bride: Gertrud (also called Trude) Herrnheiser from Prague. Groom: Adolf Barta from Arad, Romania.

How can I find the marriage record? And, what could the "Embassy" have been?

Thanks for any help anyone can provide.

Larry Bassist
Springville, Utah, USA

Partial Family Emigration #lithuania

Sheldon Clare

From: Sheldon Clare <clare15905@...>
To: "main@..." <main@...>
Date: Sat, 28 Nov 2020 09:46:01 -0700
Subject: Re: When only part of the family emigrates to the US
My father was the oldest of 7. He arrived in the US from Lithuania in 1912. When the rest of the family wanted to emigrate, the US said NO!! They went to Argentina and my father never saw them again.
Sheldon Clare

Re: Looking for Gussie Deutsch #usa

Sherri Bobish


Daniel DEUTSCH passed on 14 Nov 1936.  Some info from his death cert is transcribed at FamilySearch.


Sherri Bobish