Re: Szerov (and finding towns in general) #galicia

Renee Steinig

Unfortunately, several great sources for finding immigrants' towns
are not applicable in this case, but I'll mention them in case
they'd work for others:

o Arrival records (Not helpful for Max Schneider, because 19th century
manifests generally provide minimal information.)

o World War II draft cards (Max was not alive at the time of the "Old
Men's Registration" in April 1942., for men born 1877-1897. Even if he
had been, he would have been too old to register.)

o Landsmanshaft plots (The Dr. Nathan Adler Lodge wasn't a
town-based landsmanshaft -- or at least its name doesn't indicate a
link to a town. But more on that below.)

o Original Applications for Social Security Numbers (It's unlikely that
Max would have applied for a number, because he died in the early
years of Social Security and before participation in the system was as
universal as it is today.)

o His children's U.S. records (No help there either, because the sons
were born in New York.)

o Passport records (A Galitzianer named Max Schneider -- a tailor from
Zaleszczyki -- applied for a U.S. passport in 1901, but he's probably
not the right person.)

Another place to look for last town of residence, if the immigrant might
have left >from that port:

o Hamburg emigration records (Narrow your search to Galitzianers by
entering Osterreich or Galizien in the Residence field on Ancestry.)

Back to the Nathan Adler Lodge: The 668 burials there can be viewed on
the Mount Carmel website
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from my own research, I know that a number of surnames listed there
occurred near Mielec, Radomysl Wielki, and Tarnow, Poland, including
Genser and Maurer, which Shari is researching. Possibly, even though
the lodge wasn't named for a town, its members were landsleit, and Max
was >from the same area.

Searching the JewishGen Gazetteer
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for a place near Tarnow that sounds like Szerov brought up this town:
Szarow, Poland -- coordinates 5000 N 2016 E. It's 31.8 miles west
of Tarnow and 46.5 miles WSW of Radomysl Wielki, "as the crow flies."
These locations can also be found on GoogleMaps.

According to Suzan Wynne's _Finding your Jewish roots in Galicia : a
resource guide_, Jewish records for Szarow were kept in the Klasno
subdistrict of the Wieliczka administrative district. Brian Lenius's
_Genealogical Gazetteer of Galicia_ and Felix Gundacker's
_Historisches Ortsverzeichnis des Koenigreiches Galizien und des
Herzogthums Bukowina_ , if I understand them correctly, say that
Jewish records for Szarow were filed in the Bochnia administrative
district. Perhaps the Lenius and Gundacker listings reflect a different
time period.

Suggestion: Check JRI-Poland's "Your Town" list
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for Bochnia, Klasno, and Wieliczka and ask the JRI Town Leaders for
all three places about records.

JRI has three marriage records for people who were born or lived in


Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills, New York, USA

Shari Kantrow wrote:

<<I finally found my great-grandfather's Max SCHNEIDER's (1869-1938)
naturalization papers, and he declares he is >from Szerov, Galicia, in
Austria. According to the papers, he came to US in 1889. He had six
sons, Sam, Jacob, Solomon, Irving, Nathan, and Leo. Nathan died in
1917. Max was married to Dora MAYER. Max and Dora are buried in
Mt. Carmel cemetery in NY, with the Dr. Nathan Adler lodge....>>

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