Re: Searching for Switzerland 1938 information about Bernhard SIGAL

Lewis, Megan

Ruth Fivaz-Silbermann's dissertation can be downloaded via GoogleScholar ( You need to search under the French title "La fuite en Suisse: migrations, stratégies, fuite, accueil, refoulement et destin des réfugiés juifs venus de France durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale."

Bernard, this map is great.  Where is it from- archives, collection, etc.?


Megan Lewis  Reference Librarian  202.314.7860
National Institute for Holocaust Documentation
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


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Re: Rzeszow mescellanious records 1790 - 1840 #Galicia #Poland #commercial


Hi Susan, I wonder if your Bohrer’s are related to mine from Lezjask and Jaroslaw in Galicia,now Poland.
Judy Abraham Czeladnicki.     Jczelad@...

This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page

Bruce Drake

In the 1930s, Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Sea Gate in Brooklyn was home to many Yiddish speakers. (In more recent years, Brighton Beach has become more known for its large population of Russian immigrants, earning it the name “Little Odessa.”) The area also attracted noted Yiddish writers including Isaac Bashevis Singer and his brother I.J. Singer. Among these authors was Yona Rozenfeld, perhaps best known for the autobiographical novel Eyner aleyn (All Alone) published in 1940. Rozenfeld is the subject of a chapter bearing his name in the Yizkor book of Kovel (formerly part of Poland, now in the Ukraine) by another novelist, Yohanan Twersky.

Twersky describes much of Rosenfeld’s life and work in his chapter, but what drew me most of all were his descriptions of Brighton Beach where he moved in 1937. “The beach looked like an altar to sun and water when we stood at the windows of our apartment,” he wrote. “It was summer 1937 and Hitler’s shadow was spreading and growing… (but) here it is easier to ignore world problems since they are only possibilities at this time.” What was harder to ignore was the sufferings of Rozenfeld who was dying of cancer, and the narrative of Brighton Beach and Rozenfeld become intertwined.

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

Tabatchnick / Tabachnick

Shmuel Meyer


I have the same family with slightly differently spelling of the name: Tabatchnick & Tabachnick

From various sources, I know they are the same family.

Should I change to just one of the spellings? It will make the connections to various branches much more accurate.

Shabbat Shalom.


New and Updated Databases on IGRA’s Website

Elena Bazes

The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) has just released new and updated databases on its website. There are over 1,400,000 records available in our databases. We want to thank the participating archives and the many volunteers who have prepared these databases. With each release we provide a variety of records to our collection.

A preview of the databases is available at


New Databases

Benefactors of the Tachkimoni School   Jaffa 1909   919 Listings


Tourists in Palestine  1935   615 Listings

“Helkat Mehokek” 1 booklet  (inscriptions of headstones in Mount of Olives cemetery)   1744-1903    1,300 Listings

Voters’ List of the Sephardic General Assembly in Jerusalem  1939  1,465 Listings

Voters Local Authorities Bat Yam   1939    559 Listings

Immigration Certificate Applications  1946   966 Listings

Jerusalem Census 1947  (Part One)      3,757 Listings

Lists of Rabbis from Rabbi Herzog’s Files    813 Listings

General Service Medal and the Colonial Police Fire Brigades Long Service Medal  1941-1957     54 Listings

Knesset Candidates   April and September 2019    2,756 Listings

Updated Databases

Residents Jerusalem United Home for the Aged  1823-1911   409 Listings

Births in Zikhron Ya’akov   1884-1920   1,409 Listings

Tel Aviv Census   1928   Various Neighborhoods      5,144 Listings

Voters’ List Knesset Israel 1936   Haifa   Letters Lamed, Shin-Tof   2,227 Listings

Notrim-Jewish Police Force British Mandate Period   Railway 1941   1,439 Listings

Palestine Marriage/Divorce Certificates    2,294 Listings

Telephone Directory Haifa   1963   Letters A-D    3,752 Listings

Please note, the IGRA databases are now searchable to all registrants. The search results page is also available to all registrants. Additional details regarding most databases are available only to paid IGRA members. Certain exceptions exist due to requests of the specific archives.


Before viewing the databases, please register for free on the IGRA website:


To view the databases, go to the database tab on the website.

Elena Biegel Bazes

IGRA Publicity Chair



Re: Date of Birth input into databases #advice

Danielle Weiner

Hi Louis,
Do you have any Zetler family that lived in Vilna in the late 1800s - early 1900s? 

My grandmother's brother, Simon/Shimel Geler, married a Bunika/Bunia Zetler bat Khonon in 1898 in Vilna.  Khonon's wife may have been named Khaia.  Do any of these names sound familiar to you?

Thank you,
Danielle Weiner

PS - with this new JG forum format, I did not know how to email you properly so I just tagged on to one of your previous posts!

Klein in Mass.

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to make contact with the family of Shmuel and Chava Klein whos had two sons - one, Jack, married Shula (Shulamit in real estate) and their three sons are Eran, Arnon and Ilan Klein. They trace back to Rabbi Shmuel Klein, the Rabbi of Selish.

Dr Morris A Wirth of Baltimore

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to re-establish contact with genealogist Morris Wirth or a family member.

New York's Governor Cuomo signs S3419 into law -- New York adoptees can reclaim their own records in 2020


It's done! It's signed!

As a strategic partner of the New York Adoptee Rights Coalition
(NYARC), we at Reclaim The Records are happy to announce that the bill
to equalize the right of access to original and un-redacted birth
certificates for New York adoptees and the descendants of deceased New
York adoptees has been signed into law today.

This means that if you're someone who was born and adopted in the
state of New York, even if you don't live there anymore, or if you're
the direct descendant of a deceased New York adoptee, you can apply
for a copy of the original and un-redacted birth certificate starting
on *JANUARY 15, 2020*. That's only two months away!

(Of course, as anyone doing New York genealogy can tell you, you may
have to wait a ridiculously long time for the records you ordered to
finally arrive from Albany. But legally, now they will!)Further
information, and specific details about the application process, will
be posted on the NYARC website in the coming months:

This law means New York is now the tenth state to allow people to
reclaim their own records, without preconditions or redactions. And
there will be many more coalitions pushing for similar laws in other
states in the next few years.

So if you're a genealogist or a historian, or a member of a
genealogical or historical or lineage society, *please* think about
formally and publicly supporting these other states' efforts, too.
Fighting for equal records access isn't just about your
great-great-grandpa's military pension or your grandma's
naturalization, it's for your friends and neighbors, too.

Congratulations to all the advocates who worked so long and hard to
make this happen in New York. We can't wait to see all the records and
discoveries in the new year.

- Brooke Schreier Ganz
President and Founder, Reclaim The Records
Mill Valley, California

Re: Rzeszow mescellanious records 1790 - 1840 #Galicia #Poland #commercial

Margaret Bayer

Any information for FAUST or Magenheim?

Margaret Bayer

Re: Searching for Switzerland 1938 information about Bernhard SIGAL


Hi from Paris,
I have been often searching Geneva State archives for persons crossing illegally the border from 1942 to 1944 : last October, I copied there 250 files  of persons linked to French Arbeter Ring / Workmen Circle, including my mother who was 13'.
Obviously, the easiest area to cross from Swiss to France was on southern part of Geneva Lake where border is just a line in middle of a field, specially in 1938 when France wasn't at war.  I took some pictures near Annemasse, I could send privately to you.
I attach a 1942 map of Swiss custom / police stations in this area : in middle of map, lake's waters are colored in blue.
Mrs Ruth Fivaz, a Swiss historian, became History Doctor two years ago with her thesis " the flight to Swiss : migrations, strategies, flight, ... and fate of Jewish refugees from France during WWII".
I am sure she could be the "specialist" able to give some clues to you.
Bernard Flam
Archives and history of Medem Center, i.e. French (Bund) Arbeter Ring / Workmen Circle

Re: Question about obtaining Death Records from St. Petersburg

Alan Shuchat

The site has a forum on St. Petersburg archives:
If you don't know Russian you'll need to use Google Translate to render the page in English. You can register for free and then ask the question in English - I think many readers and organizers of the site know English. In Chrome, you can have the pages translated by default.
Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

SHUKHAT (Talnoe, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Odessa, Balta (Abazovka), Pogrebishche)
VINOKUR (Talnoe), KURIS (Mogilev-Podolskiy, Ataki, Berdichev)
ZILBERMAN (Soroki, Kremenets), BIRNBAUM (Kamenets-Podolskiy)
KITAIGORODSKI (Zvenigorodka)

Re: Rzeszow mescellanious records 1790 - 1840 #Galicia #Poland #commercial

Patricia Futoran

I am interested in the name BEITSCHER, KANERAK from Rzeszow

Earliest documentation MENDEL JOSEPH BEITSCHER b. Circa 1820 married CHAYA ITA FEGELBAUM/Seidner

His son AHARON (Aron) BEITSCHER B.circa 1870 married FRYMETA KANAREK b. ? daughter of SALKE and FEIGE KANARAK.

All Beitscher and Kanarek names located would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance for your courtesy.

Re: Rzeszow mescellanious records 1790 - 1840 #Galicia #Poland #commercial


Thank you for this offer. I am looking for Izydor, Batia, and Jozef BRODY
Thomas Anders USA

Re: TEDESCO-Venice originally DEUTSCH from Austria? #Austria-Czech


My friend's paternal side are Tedesco.
Any idea if your Tedescos ever lived in Italy,  if so, the towns?  I will ask her the same when we next have contact.
Thank you, 
Barbara Klein Meyers 

English Translation of Volkovysk Trilogy Now On Line

Jack Berger



I am pleased to advise that a *.pdf version of my English translation of three Volkovysk Yizkor Books in now on line.


As in the previous notice, please go to my family website at:


In the upper left hand corner you will see a box labeled “Yizkor Books.” If you click on it, you will be taken to the page where my online Yizkor Books can be found. Simply click on the icon of interest, and it will open the book for you.


There are four icon opposite Volkovysk:


1.       This icon open the front of the book at the frontispiece, and contains my translator’s forward. It does not contain book substance.

2.       The second icon (Book One) opens the translation of Dr. Moses Einhorn’s two-volume Yiddish Yizkor Book. Readers will find this to be the richest source of information about people, where they lived and their fates.

3.       The third icon (Book Two) opens the translation of an overview of Volkovysk by surviving partisans, and a description of what they lived through.

4.       The fourth icon (Book Three) opens the translation of the Hebrew book, “Volkovysk” by Katriel Lashowitz.


If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me directly via my e-mail at: jsberger@...


I hope you will derive satisfaction from having access to this information online.




JewishGen WEEKLY UPDATE of 11/13/19

Nancy Siegel

Don’t miss the latest JewishGen Weekly Update, which includes the following articles:

  • 25K new records added to our Lithuania Collection

  • Update from the Bessarabia Research Division

  • Musings of a Jewish Genealogist: 1921 Directory of the Chemical Industries - England, Scotland, Wales, etc.

  • Rachel Lev-Leshem's inspiring success story, My Great-Grandparents' Mezuzah

You can access the JewishGen Weekly Update by following this link:

Nancy Siegel (San Francisco, CA, USA)

Communications Director

Re: Rzeszow mescellanious records 1790 - 1840 #Galicia #Poland #commercial


Do you have any information about Felds or Greher/Greiers?  Thanks.
Beth Sommer
Philadelphia, PA

ViewMate Help - Translation from Hungarian

Amit N

Dear all,

I have uploaded two ViewMate posts for translation from Hungarian.
They are somehow related, and I would appreciate your help in
understanding them.
The links with the details are here:

Many thanks,
Amit Naor

IGRA Lecture in Hebrew November 28th in Ra'anana, Israel- “Family Research as a Life Long Experience”

Elena Bazes

(Hebrew Translation Below)


Join us for the next IGRA meeting in Ra’anana on November 28, 2019. Adv. Rony Golan will speak on “Family Research as a Life Long Experience”. This lecture is in Hebrew.


Adv. Rony Golan is familiar to us as professional genealogist. But in this presentation, he will share his personal research story which began in 1985 and continues until today. Adv. Golan will share with us finding lost family photos after 54 years, a reunion with family lost in the Holocaust and surprising and unexpected discoveries following searches in archives. The audience will also learn about a variety of genealogical and research tools. 


Adv. Golan teaches in the School of Law at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has been an expert witness in various court cases in the field of genealogy. Adv. Golan focuses on the field of dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration) in his law practice.


Location: Ra’anana Archives, 6 Golomb Street, Ra'anana

Doors open at 19:00.   Meeting begins at 19:30.

Free Admission to all.

Elena Biegel Bazes

IGRA Publicity Chair


העמותה למחקר גנאלוגי בישראל, סניף השרון


הרצאה בעברית  ב- 28/11/19


הנושא:  "המחקר המשפחתי כחווית חיים"


המרצה: עו"ד רוני גולן


עו"ד רוני גולן מוכר לנו כגנאלוג מקצועי. הפעם, עו"ד גולן יחשוף בפנינו את סיפור המחקר האישי שלו, אשר החל ב- 1985 ונמשך מאז באופן רצוף עד היום. רוני ישתף אותנו במציאת תמונות משפחתיות אבודות לאחר 54 שנים, איחוד עם משפחה שאבדה בשואה, ותגליות מפתיעות ובלתי צפויות בעקבות נבירה בארכיונים. בהרצאה ייחשף הקהל למגוון כלים גנאלוגיים ומחקריים.


עו"ד רוני גולן מלמד בפקולטה למשפטים באוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים. הוא משמש כעד מומחה בתיקי בתי משפט שונים בתחום הגנאלוגיה. בתחום המשפט מרכז עו"ד גולן את עיסוקו בתחום יישוב הסכסוכים (גישורים ובוררויות).


במרכז ללימודי תולדות רעננה 

גולומב 6, רעננה


התכנסות וכיבוד קל ב- 19.00, ההרצאה תתחיל ב -19.30


ההרצאה ללא תשלום