I've been in correspondence with a cousin who graciously shared a
family portrait dated to around the turn of the (20th) century. This
photo was purportedly taken in or around shtetl in what is now Eastern
Ukraine, about 100 miles west of Lviv. It was a studio portrait.
The region was Austro-Hungarian governed at the time and they were
relatively tolerant towards Jews.
The mother in this photo is not wearing any head covering. I have seen
hundreds of shtetlach photos like this and the woman always wears a
head cover. Her husband is not present in this photo, so I have no
idea if he would be wearing a yarmulke in this photo (he was in
America at the time and the wife left a few years later with her
After they migrated to the US, the family eventually became
assimilated (very typical in my family).
The shtetl, to my understanding was traditionally Orthodox. Can anyone
provide any clues?
Researching the shtetl of Jezierna and surnames: CHARAP, TEICHOLZ,
HIRSCHORN, NAGELBERG, BARAD, EIDEL, STEINKRITZ, ROSENBLATT, YEAGER