Thank you To Nu? What's Nu? A search tip and A Uruguay research request re GOLDSHMIDT

Susan Goldsmith

Dear Jewish Gen members and Gary,

Thank you to Nu? What's Nu?, edited by Gary Mokotoff for helping to weaken a brick wall. Gary mentioned that Family Search now has Uruguay Passenger Records online. I knew that Goldsmith family from Lithuania emigrated to Montevideo, Uruguay but not when. I found their records, thanks to Gary.

I want to share a research tip: Initially I searched Goldshmidt and did not find them. I then did a Gold* search which required perusing over 700 records, but I found them with the name spelled as Goldemidas.

Has anyone used a Uruguay researcher successfully? Has anyone had successful dealings with the Montevideo Jewish Community?

Thank you,
Susan Goldsmith
San Francisco Bay Area

Bob Friedman

The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP) in Jerusalem,, has the following collection:

Uruguay - Jewish Communities and Organizations

Files of the Comité Central Israelita del Uruguay (1940-1975), the Organización Sionista del Uruguay (OSU) (1954-1975), Keren Hayesod (Campaña Unida pro Israel) del Uruguay (1948-1964), Keren Kaiemet LeIsrael (1948-1976), WIZO (1938-1959), the Congreso Judío Mundial en Uruguay (1941-1970); files of the various Jewish communities (1920-1972), the Vaad Hajinuj del Uruguay and various Jewish schools (1939-1975); youth, social and other organizations (1908-1972) in Montevideo as well as many periodicals and publications (1942-1979).

Collection Type: 
1908 - 1975
ca. 750 files
Record No.: 

The attached file is a finding aid (folder list) that can be downloaded from the above web site.

Bob Friedman
Brooklyn, NY

Karen Lukeman


We took a wonderful Jewish tour of Montevideo with Fanny Margolis earlier this year. Fanny is very well connected with the Jewish community and enabled us to enjoy an oneg at a Synagogue. I'm sure that she will be able to provide information to you. Her email address is info@...  and her website is 

I hope that this helps.  My paternal grandmother was also a Goldschmitt with relatives in Bakshty and Ivye. I've done the following DNA tests:  23andme, FTDNA, MyHeritage and Gedmatch. My sister Nadine did the Ancestry DNA test.

Karen Lukeman
New Hampshire