Re: Need Assistance with Genealogy Databases - Not finding names #names #ukraine

Renee Steinig

Glenn Mantel <glennmantel@...> asked his Coopersmith, Nierenberg, Zaslovsky, Greenfield, Birnbaum, Satz and Mantel relatives.

It's important to learn what you can about immigrants from their U.S. records before attempting to search in Europe. There are so many sources to turn to for more information -- vital and cemetery records, immigration and naturalization records, censuses, draft records, etc. etc.  

Two of the sources that would be helpful to your search:

1) The online databases that exist for a number of New York area Jewish cemeteries. Searching on these sites will often lead you to additional relatives. It will also show you the societies on whose grounds these relatives are buried -- often clues to place of origin. So, for example...

o Solomon and Golda (Gussie) Coopersmith can be found on the Mount Zion Cemetery site (, on the grounds of Congregation Agudath Achim Misode Lovon.  A number of Nierenbergs are also buried in that section, and a Nurenberg.

According to the JGSNY's Burial Society Database (, this society (or synagogue?) was associated with the town that's now Bila Tserkva, Ukraine -- . This town is about 50 miles from Kiev and was once located within Kiev Gubernia (province) -- hence the references you have found to "Kevguberna" and the like.

o Wellwood Cemetery's site ( lists, in addition to Meyer, these Coopersmiths buried on the grounds of Congregation United Brethren of Sodah Loven: Michael, William, and Louis (his brothers?) and Anna (a sister-in-law?). Also in the section: Rose Rappaport (Meyer's sister?). This organization is also associated with Bila Tserkva.

o Mount Ararat Cemetery's online listings ( include the adjacent graves of Bertha and Michael Birnbaum, who died in 1977 and 2004. They appear to be in a private plot.

o The Mount Hebron Cemetery site ( shows that Julius Greenfield is buried very near Etta -- perhaps his wife. They also are in a private plot, not on society grounds.

2) Also, since I'm JRI-Poland's town leader for Mielec, some comments on Michael Birnbaum....

Indeed, his U.S. WWII draft card says that he was born in Mielec in 1913. 
No Jewish vital records survive for Mielec -- just a relatively small number of civil records that reference vital events. But Jewish Records Indexing - Poland ( has a large collection of army draft registrations for Mielec, including what appears to be Michael's -- Meilech Birnbaum, son of Abraham Chaim Birnbaum and Schifra Thaler. These parents' names match those on Michael's Social Security record on Ancestry.

For information on more recent Mielec records, please contact me directly.


Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY

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