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Announcing the "All Galicia Database" - Gesher Galicia's new search engine #galicia

Pamela Weisberger
 

Gesher Galicia proudly announces the launch of the brand-new
All Galicia Database (AGD) at:

http://search.geshergalicia.org/

This search engine currently features 172,954 records >from 41
different data sources, covering everything >from birth, death,
marriage and divorce records to phone-books, school and landowner
records, all >from the former Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia.
The majority of this data exists nowhere else online and major kudos
goes to Gesher Galicia board member, and programmer
extraordinaire, Brooke Schreier Ganz, for its creation.

About this database:

Although Gesher Galicia's primary focus is on helping people
research their Jewish roots in this region, the diverse, community
records in this database contain names that span all of the ethnic
and religious groups who lived in Galicia. If you know people who
are researching their Galician ancestors of Ukrainian, Ruthenian,
Polish or German background, encourage them to take a look.
Although many Galician communities are represented, with myriad
records, those with an interest in Jewish vital records for Drohobycz,
Sambor, Brody, Zbarazh, Mikulince, Bialy Kamien, and Lviv will be
especially pleased.

Searching particulars:

After logging in and reading the home page, I suggest you read the
"instructions and notes" for more productive searching.

You can search by given name and surname, with wildcard search
options. When your results appear click the + (plus) sign to produce
a drop-down list of record particulars. Beider-Morse Phonetic
Matching (BMPM) will be coming in a few months time, and
Daitch-Mokotoff soundex will follow. In the meantime, one excellent
innovation created by Brooke is the ability to search by "kinnui" -
Jewish nickname or name variant. For example, searching for
Rebecca will also turn up matches for names like Rivka, Becky, and a
search for Hersch will find spelling variants like Hers and Hirsch, but
also Tvi and Zvi. If your record results show a modern-day town
name underlined in light blue, click that link to show a helpful
pop-up map of the area, and geo-spacial searching will be coming
soon.

In addition to the search boxes at the top of the page, please note
the left-hand column where you can sort/search by record type,
record sources, towns, and repositories.

A word of thanks...

The launch of this database is an admirable accomplishment for our
small organization and huge kudos go to everyone who coordinated
the indexing projects that are included. The volunteers who worked
tirelessly doing data entry are mentioned in the "thank you" section
of the website, but the following individuals deserve special accolades:
Eric Bloch, Tony Hausner, Max Heffler, Mark Jacobson, Ada Green and
Ami Elyasaf.

More coming your way:

We are in the process of indexing more landowner, property and
voter records, so keep checking back for updated entries. We also
welcome submissions of new data sets for inclusion in the AGD. Do
you (or someone you know) have copies of records that could be
helpful to genealogists and historians researching Galicia? Examples
are school yearbooks, landsmanschaften records, Chevra Kaddisha
books, mohel records, tax lists, census records, etc. If so, please
contact me.

Feedback:

A brand-new search engine like this is considered in beta (testing)
mode, so please be patient. If you have specific suggestions,
questions or feedback don't write to me, but please use the "Contact
Us" link at the very bottom of the page. The same goes for data
corrections you feel should be made. (And don't forget to read the
instructions first to get the full value of this database.) Again, the
URL is easy to remember: http://search.geshergalicia.org

At the IAJGS Conference in D.C. I'll be giving a tutorial on how to use
the All Galicia Database at the Gesher Galicia SIG meeting on Monday,
August 15 at 11:00AM.

If this search engine brings you closer to your Galician ancestors,
and you find someone you thought was lost...or a relative you never
knew existed, please let us know and we'll feature it in the next
issue of "The Galitzianer." And remember...it is GG's annual
membership dues that fund our research and our website/search
engines which are free to all. If you aren't a member yet, but would
like to support our work, go to:
http://www.jewishgen.org/galicia/join_gg.html. If you are already a
member, but would like to contribute to our general/research fund,
go to: http://www.jewishgen.org/galicia/paypal.html to find out how.

Thanks >from Gesher Galicia and here's to successful searching!

Pamela Weisberger
President & Research Coordinator
Gesher Galicia
pweisberger@...
http://www.geshergalicia.org
http://www.search.geshergalicia.org


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Announcing the "All Galicia Database" - Gesher Galicia's new search engine #galicia

Pamela Weisberger
 

Gesher Galicia proudly announces the launch of the brand-new
All Galicia Database (AGD) at:

http://search.geshergalicia.org/

This search engine currently features 172,954 records >from 41
different data sources, covering everything >from birth, death,
marriage and divorce records to phone-books, school and landowner
records, all >from the former Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia.
The majority of this data exists nowhere else online and major kudos
goes to Gesher Galicia board member, and programmer
extraordinaire, Brooke Schreier Ganz, for its creation.

About this database:

Although Gesher Galicia's primary focus is on helping people
research their Jewish roots in this region, the diverse, community
records in this database contain names that span all of the ethnic
and religious groups who lived in Galicia. If you know people who
are researching their Galician ancestors of Ukrainian, Ruthenian,
Polish or German background, encourage them to take a look.
Although many Galician communities are represented, with myriad
records, those with an interest in Jewish vital records for Drohobycz,
Sambor, Brody, Zbarazh, Mikulince, Bialy Kamien, and Lviv will be
especially pleased.

Searching particulars:

After logging in and reading the home page, I suggest you read the
"instructions and notes" for more productive searching.

You can search by given name and surname, with wildcard search
options. When your results appear click the + (plus) sign to produce
a drop-down list of record particulars. Beider-Morse Phonetic
Matching (BMPM) will be coming in a few months time, and
Daitch-Mokotoff soundex will follow. In the meantime, one excellent
innovation created by Brooke is the ability to search by "kinnui" -
Jewish nickname or name variant. For example, searching for
Rebecca will also turn up matches for names like Rivka, Becky, and a
search for Hersch will find spelling variants like Hers and Hirsch, but
also Tvi and Zvi. If your record results show a modern-day town
name underlined in light blue, click that link to show a helpful
pop-up map of the area, and geo-spacial searching will be coming
soon.

In addition to the search boxes at the top of the page, please note
the left-hand column where you can sort/search by record type,
record sources, towns, and repositories.

A word of thanks...

The launch of this database is an admirable accomplishment for our
small organization and huge kudos go to everyone who coordinated
the indexing projects that are included. The volunteers who worked
tirelessly doing data entry are mentioned in the "thank you" section
of the website, but the following individuals deserve special accolades:
Eric Bloch, Tony Hausner, Max Heffler, Mark Jacobson, Ada Green and
Ami Elyasaf.

More coming your way:

We are in the process of indexing more landowner, property and
voter records, so keep checking back for updated entries. We also
welcome submissions of new data sets for inclusion in the AGD. Do
you (or someone you know) have copies of records that could be
helpful to genealogists and historians researching Galicia? Examples
are school yearbooks, landsmanschaften records, Chevra Kaddisha
books, mohel records, tax lists, census records, etc. If so, please
contact me.

Feedback:

A brand-new search engine like this is considered in beta (testing)
mode, so please be patient. If you have specific suggestions,
questions or feedback don't write to me, but please use the "Contact
Us" link at the very bottom of the page. The same goes for data
corrections you feel should be made. (And don't forget to read the
instructions first to get the full value of this database.) Again, the
URL is easy to remember: http://search.geshergalicia.org

At the IAJGS Conference in D.C. I'll be giving a tutorial on how to use
the All Galicia Database at the Gesher Galicia SIG meeting on Monday,
August 15 at 11:00AM.

If this search engine brings you closer to your Galician ancestors,
and you find someone you thought was lost...or a relative you never
knew existed, please let us know and we'll feature it in the next
issue of "The Galitzianer." And remember...it is GG's annual
membership dues that fund our research and our website/search
engines which are free to all. If you aren't a member yet, but would
like to support our work, go to:
http://www.jewishgen.org/galicia/join_gg.html. If you are already a
member, but would like to contribute to our general/research fund,
go to: http://www.jewishgen.org/galicia/paypal.html to find out how.

Thanks >from Gesher Galicia and here's to successful searching!

Pamela Weisberger
President & Research Coordinator
Gesher Galicia
pweisberger@...
http://www.geshergalicia.org
http://www.search.geshergalicia.org


Records from AGAD archives (Fond 300) #galicia

Israel P
 

I have begun preparing a list of records that I plan to order
from the AGAD archives.
If you wish to join this order please contact me, after making
sure that the records you want appear in JRI-Poland in the
AGAD archives, fond 300.

The order will go out 22-23 August, but since I will be
travelling, it would be helpful to have your lists of records by
before 11 August.

Israel Pickholtz
Jerusalem


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Records from AGAD archives (Fond 300) #galicia

Israel P
 

I have begun preparing a list of records that I plan to order
from the AGAD archives.
If you wish to join this order please contact me, after making
sure that the records you want appear in JRI-Poland in the
AGAD archives, fond 300.

The order will go out 22-23 August, but since I will be
travelling, it would be helpful to have your lists of records by
before 11 August.

Israel Pickholtz
Jerusalem


Re: Antwerp. Belgium Police Immig. Records #france

Samat773@...
 

Jan:
Thanks for the information and the offer to check the archives. I already
have someone who is going to check for me but if he doesn't get to it in a
timely fashion I will get back to you. In the meantime I'll see if I can
find out anything at the Leeds end. Family lore is that he survived WWII. My
original information came >from a 92 year old aunt and it is certainly
possible that she got given names mixed up since there is another granduncle
Simon who lived in St. Louis,Missouri.

I did miss the marriage information and it is certainly is conceivable that
he lived in Great Britain before moving to Belgium. I am an 84 year old who
came to genealogy research late and as a former scientist find the detective
work fascinating. Between conventional genealogy and Chromosomal testing I
have found out among other things that I am a cousin to Howard Margol, and
an Ashkenazi Jew of Sephardic origin on my father's side with proven
ancestry in Spain at the time of the inquisition.

Best wishes and thanks again.
Sam Gelfand
Lewiston NY

-----Original Message-----
From: Jan Bousse
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2011 10:37 AM
To: Sam Gelfand ; FrenchSIG
Subject: Re: [frenchsig] Antwerp. Belgium Police Immig. Records

Sam,

It looks as if you saw the entry for Chaim Mordko SAKS in the Antwerp
records. Did you view the image of the listing? It says "man van SAPOUGA,
Dora", and there are two children: Jacob, born in Leeds 1906 and Mary, b.
Leeds 1908. Does that still sound like your granduncle? I looked for Sapouga
but I don't see her.

To find the details, like date of immigration, parents of the person,
profession, etc., you have to consult the file 135.913 in the Antwerp city
archives. You can't do it online. I go and do such research regularly in
Antwerp but right now I don't plan to go there till perhaps the last week of
August. If you don't find anybody there to do it and you still think it's
relevant, let me know and I will see what I can do.

Sincere greetings,

Jan Bousse, Oostende, Belgium

--------------------------------------------------
From: "Sam Gelfand" <Samat773@...>
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 10:26 PM
To: "French SIG" <frenchsig@...>
Subject: [frenchsig] Antwerp. Belgium Police Immig. Records

My maternal grandfather and his brother Salman migrated >from Lithuania in
1904 with the original intent of going to South Africa.Along the way they
changed their minds with my grandfather coming to the US and his brother
to
Antwerp.The Hamburg Passenger List shows them traveling to Grimsby GB on
July 18,1904.My grandfather left for the US >from Liverpool on January 28,
1905.

My search for Salman SACKS(SAKS,ZAK etc) has been fruitless.However,
recently I came across a Chaim Mordko SAKS In the Antwerp police record(
event date 1901-1915).Birthplace and birth date (1878,Pandelys)are those
of
my granduncle.Jewish Gen has many ZAKS but no Chaim Mordko. Is there any
way
I can get a more exact immigration date than that listed in the Police
record ? Can anyone suggest other possible sources of information ?


Thanks for any help genners can provide.

Sam Gelfand
Lewiston NY



French SIG #France Re: Antwerp. Belgium Police Immig. Records #france

Samat773@...
 

Jan:
Thanks for the information and the offer to check the archives. I already
have someone who is going to check for me but if he doesn't get to it in a
timely fashion I will get back to you. In the meantime I'll see if I can
find out anything at the Leeds end. Family lore is that he survived WWII. My
original information came >from a 92 year old aunt and it is certainly
possible that she got given names mixed up since there is another granduncle
Simon who lived in St. Louis,Missouri.

I did miss the marriage information and it is certainly is conceivable that
he lived in Great Britain before moving to Belgium. I am an 84 year old who
came to genealogy research late and as a former scientist find the detective
work fascinating. Between conventional genealogy and Chromosomal testing I
have found out among other things that I am a cousin to Howard Margol, and
an Ashkenazi Jew of Sephardic origin on my father's side with proven
ancestry in Spain at the time of the inquisition.

Best wishes and thanks again.
Sam Gelfand
Lewiston NY

-----Original Message-----
From: Jan Bousse
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2011 10:37 AM
To: Sam Gelfand ; FrenchSIG
Subject: Re: [frenchsig] Antwerp. Belgium Police Immig. Records

Sam,

It looks as if you saw the entry for Chaim Mordko SAKS in the Antwerp
records. Did you view the image of the listing? It says "man van SAPOUGA,
Dora", and there are two children: Jacob, born in Leeds 1906 and Mary, b.
Leeds 1908. Does that still sound like your granduncle? I looked for Sapouga
but I don't see her.

To find the details, like date of immigration, parents of the person,
profession, etc., you have to consult the file 135.913 in the Antwerp city
archives. You can't do it online. I go and do such research regularly in
Antwerp but right now I don't plan to go there till perhaps the last week of
August. If you don't find anybody there to do it and you still think it's
relevant, let me know and I will see what I can do.

Sincere greetings,

Jan Bousse, Oostende, Belgium

--------------------------------------------------
From: "Sam Gelfand" <Samat773@...>
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 10:26 PM
To: "French SIG" <frenchsig@...>
Subject: [frenchsig] Antwerp. Belgium Police Immig. Records

My maternal grandfather and his brother Salman migrated >from Lithuania in
1904 with the original intent of going to South Africa.Along the way they
changed their minds with my grandfather coming to the US and his brother
to
Antwerp.The Hamburg Passenger List shows them traveling to Grimsby GB on
July 18,1904.My grandfather left for the US >from Liverpool on January 28,
1905.

My search for Salman SACKS(SAKS,ZAK etc) has been fruitless.However,
recently I came across a Chaim Mordko SAKS In the Antwerp police record(
event date 1901-1915).Birthplace and birth date (1878,Pandelys)are those
of
my granduncle.Jewish Gen has many ZAKS but no Chaim Mordko. Is there any
way
I can get a more exact immigration date than that listed in the Police
record ? Can anyone suggest other possible sources of information ?


Thanks for any help genners can provide.

Sam Gelfand
Lewiston NY



Venstpils/ Windau. Birth records 1884, 1885, 1886.Marriage records from 1880 to 1888 Death records from 1887 to 1889 #latvia

Christine Usdin
 


Latvia SIG #Latvia Venstpils/ Windau. Birth records 1884, 1885, 1886.Marriage records from 1880 to 1888 Death records from 1887 to 1889 #latvia

Christine Usdin
 


Records from AGAD archives (Fond 300) #general

Israel P
 

I have begun preparing a list of records that I plan to order >from the
AGAD archives.

If you wish to join this order please contact me, after making sure that
the records you want appear in JRI-Poland in the AGAD archives, fond 300.

The order will go out 22-23 August, but since I will be travelling, it would be
helpful to have your lists of records by before 11 August.

Israel Pickholtz
Jerusalem


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Records from AGAD archives (Fond 300) #general

Israel P
 

I have begun preparing a list of records that I plan to order >from the
AGAD archives.

If you wish to join this order please contact me, after making sure that
the records you want appear in JRI-Poland in the AGAD archives, fond 300.

The order will go out 22-23 August, but since I will be travelling, it would be
helpful to have your lists of records by before 11 August.

Israel Pickholtz
Jerusalem


The name "Yitzell" #general

david rafky
 

A female friend born in Cuba has the given name of "Yitzell." To me,
this sounds like a feminine form of Yitzhak.

She believes she may be Jewish, but no one in her family can confirm
this and none of her relatives knows what Yitzll means or how she came
by it.

Any ideas would be appreciaated.

David Rafky
Miami, FL


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen The name "Yitzell" #general

david rafky
 

A female friend born in Cuba has the given name of "Yitzell." To me,
this sounds like a feminine form of Yitzhak.

She believes she may be Jewish, but no one in her family can confirm
this and none of her relatives knows what Yitzll means or how she came
by it.

Any ideas would be appreciaated.

David Rafky
Miami, FL


Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland Meeting on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 #general

Bravo, Kenneth <kbravo@...>
 

The next meeting of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland will be
held on Wednesday August 3, 2011, at 7:30 pm at Menorah Park, Miller
Board Room, 27100 Cedar Road, Beachwood, Ohio. The featured speaker
will be Cynthia Turk, Past President Lake County Genealogical Society
and North Eastern Ohio Computer Aided Genealogy Society, presenting
"Rocks, Readings, and Rubbings; Getting the Most >from Your Cemetery
Visit". Cynthia has also served as Chairman of the Lake County Cemetery
Inscriptions Project.

As always there is no charge, and visitors are welcome.

Rebecca Werman
Vice President, Programming
Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland
rifcawerman@...


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland Meeting on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 #general

Bravo, Kenneth <kbravo@...>
 

The next meeting of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland will be
held on Wednesday August 3, 2011, at 7:30 pm at Menorah Park, Miller
Board Room, 27100 Cedar Road, Beachwood, Ohio. The featured speaker
will be Cynthia Turk, Past President Lake County Genealogical Society
and North Eastern Ohio Computer Aided Genealogy Society, presenting
"Rocks, Readings, and Rubbings; Getting the Most >from Your Cemetery
Visit". Cynthia has also served as Chairman of the Lake County Cemetery
Inscriptions Project.

As always there is no charge, and visitors are welcome.

Rebecca Werman
Vice President, Programming
Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland
rifcawerman@...


Project HEART- Searchable Database of Holocaust Era Property Records #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

Project HEART (Holocaust Era Asset Restitution Taskforce), announced its
searchable database of Holocaust era property records now contains 1.5
million records, making the database the largest, publically available
single-source database of lost Jewish property assets >from the Holocaust
era.

The 1.5 million records contained in Project HEART's online database consist
of property addresses, lists of homeowners, professions, lists of known
confiscated properties, business directories, insurance policies , and other
archival information that can assist potential applicants in their research.

Project HEART is an initiative of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), in
cooperation and with the support of the Government of Israel, to help Jewish
families identify personal property confiscated by the Nazis and to help
victims seek restitution.

For more information go to: http://tinyurl.com/3o8gous
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/project-hearts-comprehensive-archive-of-jewish-holocaust-victims-assets-now-contains-15-million-records-126111748.html

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Director-at-Large
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Project HEART- Searchable Database of Holocaust Era Property Records #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

Project HEART (Holocaust Era Asset Restitution Taskforce), announced its
searchable database of Holocaust era property records now contains 1.5
million records, making the database the largest, publically available
single-source database of lost Jewish property assets >from the Holocaust
era.

The 1.5 million records contained in Project HEART's online database consist
of property addresses, lists of homeowners, professions, lists of known
confiscated properties, business directories, insurance policies , and other
archival information that can assist potential applicants in their research.

Project HEART is an initiative of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), in
cooperation and with the support of the Government of Israel, to help Jewish
families identify personal property confiscated by the Nazis and to help
victims seek restitution.

For more information go to: http://tinyurl.com/3o8gous
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/project-hearts-comprehensive-archive-of-jewish-holocaust-victims-assets-now-contains-15-million-records-126111748.html

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Director-at-Large
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


NY Municipal Archives Offer #general

A. E. Jordan
 

I maybe going by the NY Municipal Archives to do some lookups to help a few
people this Friday.

I can offer to do a limited amount of assistance for specific lookups
only.

The way this works is I do not charge for my time but I ask everyone to
contribute a few dollars towards my expenses and to reimburse for any
certificates you ask me to buy on your behalf. I believe the charge is
up to $15 for a certificate these days and I am not sure if they also
still charge $5 just to use a reader. (Yes it is less expensive to
buy them via the Family History Centers but they do not check
certificates, they only print the numbers you order. The benefit I
can/do offer is I read the certificates to make sure they are what you
want.)

Because my time is limited I can not do generic searches, e.g. Uncle Moshe
died in New York can you get his certificate for me? Or Can you read the
following 25 certificates to see if one might be my Buba?

If you have specifics off the indexes >from Italian Gen or alike I can try
and get the certificates for you or take a quick read to see if it is the
person you think and tell you what the certificate says.

Any general questions about New York records I am happy to help with via
email as well.

Allan Jordan


NY to France passenger lists? #general

A. E. Jordan
 

I need to find the NY to France passenger lists, hopefully indexed for the
post-World War II era. Does any such thing exist?

I know Ancestry has the UK inbound lists and the NY inbound lists >from the
era, but what about the French lists?

Any hope/thoughts?

Thanks

Allan Jordan


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen NY Municipal Archives Offer #general

A. E. Jordan
 

I maybe going by the NY Municipal Archives to do some lookups to help a few
people this Friday.

I can offer to do a limited amount of assistance for specific lookups
only.

The way this works is I do not charge for my time but I ask everyone to
contribute a few dollars towards my expenses and to reimburse for any
certificates you ask me to buy on your behalf. I believe the charge is
up to $15 for a certificate these days and I am not sure if they also
still charge $5 just to use a reader. (Yes it is less expensive to
buy them via the Family History Centers but they do not check
certificates, they only print the numbers you order. The benefit I
can/do offer is I read the certificates to make sure they are what you
want.)

Because my time is limited I can not do generic searches, e.g. Uncle Moshe
died in New York can you get his certificate for me? Or Can you read the
following 25 certificates to see if one might be my Buba?

If you have specifics off the indexes >from Italian Gen or alike I can try
and get the certificates for you or take a quick read to see if it is the
person you think and tell you what the certificate says.

Any general questions about New York records I am happy to help with via
email as well.

Allan Jordan


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen NY to France passenger lists? #general

A. E. Jordan
 

I need to find the NY to France passenger lists, hopefully indexed for the
post-World War II era. Does any such thing exist?

I know Ancestry has the UK inbound lists and the NY inbound lists >from the
era, but what about the French lists?

Any hope/thoughts?

Thanks

Allan Jordan