Elena Green <elena.v.green@...>
I am fairly new to JewishGen, but I thought I shall seek the advice from
JewishGenners pertaining to my genealogical research since I seem to have
been getting nowhere.
I am searching for the names of 8 or 9 siblings of my great-great uncle
Meyer-Haim Iosifovich GARTSTEIN, b. 1889 in Novofastov, Pogrebishchensky
rayon/district, Vinnitzkaya gubernya/oblast/region, Ukraine/Russian Empire,
to Iosif GARTSTEIN (b. 1874, Novofastov) and to >>> Chaya, with both parents
perished in 1919 pogroms. Meyer-Haim had 8 or 9 other brothers and sisters,
who are known to have immigrated to the USA fleeing the pogroms.
According to my grandmother, Riva Haimovna GARTSTEIN (b.1917, Novofastov),
eldest daughter of Meyer-Haim GARTSTEIN and Yenta Ruvinovna LURIE (b. 1891,
Novofastov), all the siblings immigrated to Philadelphia and Chicago. My
grandmother could only recall the names of her aunt Chanaleya and uncle
Shaya of the 8-9 siblings.
I have written to the Jewish Community of Vinnitsa, and to the State
Archives of Ukraine in Vinnitsa and Kiev, but haven't heard back >from them
as yet. I also tried searching for the names of g.uncles/aunts in Ellis
Island database and on Ancestry.com, but came up only with one person listed
as Welwel GARTSTEIN of "Novavastow" (b.1888?), who was heading to Chicago to
join his uncle, J. GOLDBERG. The search gave a few other GARTSTEIN
immigrated >from the towns other than Novofastov, e.g. Bar, Berdichev. I am
not sure whether they are related to my family or not since they're from
In addition to the names of my great-great uncles and aunts, I've been
seeking any information on the shtetl of Novofastov, with almost no results.
I know that my great-great uncle Meyer-Haim like most people in his shtetl
worked on the Novofastov mill owned by a Polish landlady.
I would greatly appreciate any suggestions >from the Genners on how to go
about the search. Maybe there are things that are obvious for you,
experienced genealogists, which I cannot see. Any advice at all is welcomed.
Please reply privately to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
LURIE/LURIA (Lithuania, Novofastov/Novavastow)