Three (not four) Questions #names

Richard Stower

1. What would the Hebrew/Yiddish names be for women named Zenia and Regina (!)

2. Is the Certificate of Naturalization the same as a Certificate of Citizenship? I have a Certificate of Naturalization for my grandfather dated 28 June 1917 issued by the Supreme Court of Bronx County (NY). Since the petition was in state court would there be a declaration of intent? Where might I find that?

3. Yesterday I downloaded the Hebrew and Yiddish translations of the Pages of Testimony from Yad Vashem but they are translations of a more recent form. I have older forms as well as the recent ones. I don't see how I can get the earlier form translations. Any help?

Thank you.

Richard Stower
Yarmouth, Maine

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Herbert Lazerow

. 1. What would the Hebrew/Yiddish names be for women named Zenia and Regina (!)
      No idea about Zenia. If you use the initial sound method for Regina, Rakhel, Rivka or Rut come to mind; using the translation method, Malka.
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Only two answers:

1    For finding possible equivalent "old country" names you can search the Jewish Given Names Database on Jewishgen.  This though is clunky and will require that you go through country by country methodically, unless you know where the person came from.  But not all the country databases are equally thorough.  The same database is  available through Ancestry as collection 1528 Jewish Given Name Variations.  For each name this gives all home and foreign country combinations, so for Regina there are 327 entries and for Zenia (with sounds like) 2,405.  Many of these entries are repetitions.   Some country combos give more possibilities than others. 

People sometimes chose new names that are not strongly connected with their old name -  either only sharing the initial - so that Regina may have have been Rivke, for example - or may have no connection at all to the "old country" name - so that Regina may have once been Taube.

As you will know, and I mention this only for completeness, if one can find a name on a shipping manifest or on a stone, this may be a more reliable indicator.  Sometimes one will find old names on naturalisation papers.

2        The Declaration could have been filed in any court.  It is probable it was at the same court, but one can sometimes find a Declaration filing in a different state from the Petition and Certificate.. 

FamilySearch has, depending on the court, indices and copies of New York State County filings at  Searching for Sechestower, for example, gives NY County declarations for Hyman and Gustav Sechestower from 1910, both from Kolomiya.  If on the other hand on the collection landing page , you hit the browse button and look under the Bronx you will see only indices from 1914 to 1932 for Petitions and 1914 and 1914 to 1952 for Declarations.  Going through the Petitions in volume S-S at image 1489 there is a Petition for Gustav Sechestower, for example, giving the reference No 7869 Vol 32 p 119.  So, on the assumption there was only one Gustav Sechestower,  Gustav declared in New York County (i.e. Manhattan) and petitioned in the Bronx 

An application can be made to the Bronx County Clerk for a copy of the Petition (which may have additional or different information to the Declaration)

Paul Hattori
London UK

Raina Accardi

Regina means queen, regal, royal. Malka, Rayna, Reina, Irina and Irene all have the same meaning.

There are translation groups on "the book of face" that will translate for free.  
Raina Accardi 
Saugerties, NY
Poland: GEVIRTZMAN in Kobylin; JESINOWITZ/YESNOWITZ in Mszczonów; FELSENSTEIN in Parysów.
Belarus: GUTTWOCH/GOODMAN and ZISSERMAN in Volchin; BUSHMITZ in Vysokaye.
Ukraine: TRAUB and JANOVSKY in Kolki, Sofievka, Radomysl, and Zhytomyr; WEISMAN or ROSENBERG.