Re: Help with identifying a town off of a census

Jacob Heisler

Hi Lawrence,

I think it says (or is supposed to say), Czernowitz, the capital and main city of the Austrian province of Bukovina. Today it's Chernivtsi, Ukraine. I should mention even if I'm right, people commonly would say they're from the nearest large town or the district capital instead of their small village, so your family could have been from Bukovina but not Czernowitz. I'd recommend you check out this database, it includes a ton of Czernowitz records that hopefully include members of your family: 

As a general rule, when I'm trying to identify a town/city Jews lived in, I start with JewishGen's Town Finder. It's a great resource that can tell you plenty of helpful information about the different towns. Just to give you an idea what kind of stuff it has, here's the page for Czernowitz:

I hope I was able to be of some help for you. Good luck on your genealogical journey!

Jacob Heisler
Norwalk, CT

On Sun, Aug 16, 2020 at 9:59 PM <lawrence.r.waters@...> wrote:

I’m new to this but was hoping that someone could help me identify this town/city in the Austrian Empire circa 1890s. I cannot find any records of my great great grandfather other than US census records. Like I said I’m new to this and wouldn’t mind any pointers. Even with a name and a 3 year time frame I can’t find any records on the Ellis Island passenger search? Would anyone know why or where to look next?

Lawrence Waters

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