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Re: Support for Alex Krakovsky and the Ukraine Jewish Records

jeremy frankel
 

I would like to support what Phyllis Berenson wrote in a recent email. As President of The San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society of California, USA, I would like to add our voice to those of other Jewish genealogical societies worldwide in support of Alex Krakovsky's dedicated and productive efforts to collect and disseminate the Jewish records of Ukraine.

We wish to convey our strongest support and appreciation for his work, as well as our professional assessment of its great historical value to Mr. Anatoly Khromov of the Ukraine State Archive Service.

Open archives provide a vital and invaluable service to Jewish genealogists throughout the world. Documenting a family connection to Ukraine will lead many researchers to visit the family's ancestral town and explore the neighboring towns. It will certainly promote a sympathetic view of our global interrelatedness.

We urge Mr. Khromov to assist the Central Historical Archives in Kyiv in solving its technical difficulties to allow Alex Krakovsky to resume his scanning of Jewish documents in Town Records.

Best regards,

Jeremy Frankel, President
San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society


Seeking a death certificate for 17 November 1922 from Hochneukirch (Juechen) Germany #germany

Jeanette R Rosenberg OBE
 

Dear GerSIG Members

I need your help and your opinion. Could my Great Great Grandmother
have been buried in Germany in November 1922 without any civil death
registration?

My Great Great Grandmother Regina nee FALKENSTEIN KRACO / KRAKO was born on
9 December 1827 in Hochneukirch which is today part of the city of
Juechen in North Rhine-Westphalia, (NRW) Germany. She was married to
Gabriel KRA(C)KO on 19 December 1859 at Hochneukirch and the couple
raised 7 children, all born in Hochneukirch. She died on 17 November
1922, presumably also at Hochneukirch.

My Great Great Grandmother Regina is buried in the small rural Jewish
cemetery with about 25 graves at Hochneukirch called Am Schromberg. I
have visited the cemetery and have seen her gravestone there. A photo
of it can also be seen on the Steinheim Institut's Epidat Database.
The information on her gravestone clearly notes that she died on 17
November 1922.

The NRW archive has recently put most of the Rheinland death
certificates online with free access >from the Personenstandsarchivs in
Duisburg. I therefore thought I should try to find my Great Great
Grandmother Regina's death certificate, having already located her
husband's certificate. (He died in 1892 also at Hochneukirch).

Despite extensive searching in all of the online death certificates
for Hochneukirch >from 1876-1938 and all the surrounding areas to
Hochneukirch, not only for 1922, but also for two years before and
afterwards, and unfortunately, I have not yet managed to locate her
death certificate.

What do other GerSIG members think? Is there any way that she could
have been buried without a having a civil death record? Her death is
apparently not registered anywhere in the civil death indexes. I look
forward to your views and considered opinions.

My JGID is 37756 - all the name that I am researching are in JGFF.
I'm currently concentrating my research on my maternal lines, mainly
from NRW and Rheinland Pfalz.
Jeanette R Rosenberg OBE, London UK Jeanette.R.Rosenberg@googlemail.com


Seeking Researcher and Tour Guide Recommendations #romania

Sally Horn <s-horn@...>
 

Does anyone have recommendations regarding reputable researchers in Romania to
research family who once lived in Iasi, Bivolari, Radaute, and Stefanetz?

Also, does anyone have recommendations for tour guides/groups that specialize in
Jewish heritage trips?

Thank you.

Sally Horn


Gesher Galicia's research and other activities #galicia

Gesher Galicia SIG
 

At this season and as we approach the start of another year of
genealogical research at Gesher Galicia, we want to update you on the
plans for next year's research projects, and ask for your support.

Our program for the year, across a range of projects, is again ambitious.
In addition, there is the recently launched Przemysl Identification Project,
in which Gesher Galicia members do the identifications, which we
announced at the end of October.

Plans for our existing projects for 2020 include the following.

Vital Records Project
The basis for genealogical research. Over the past eight years, and since
the launch of the All Galicia Database, we have uploaded indexes for some
470,000 Jewish Galician vital records. In the past 12 months alone, we
have indexed some 30,000 vital records. The towns in next year's project
include Kosow, Krakow, Kroscienko, Lezajsk, Mosciska, Nawaria, Podhajce,
Rzeszow, Stanislawow, Tarnopol, Tartakow, Tyczyn, and Zborow. For more
information see:
https://www.geshergalicia.org/projects/vital-records-census/ .

Holocaust Project
We continue to work on the large project of Stanislawow Ghetto
documents. Records >from the period of the Nazi German occupation are
held in state archives in both Przemysl and Ivano-Frankivsk. We will have
indexed part of the Przemysl-based records by the end of this year and
the indexes will be publicly available and announced on Holocaust
Memorial Day in January. We will then complete that set and move to the
larger batch in Ivano-Frankivsk. See:
https://www.geshergalicia.org/projects/the-holocaust-project/ .

Josephine and Franciscan Cadastral Survey Records Project
This project has uncovered much exciting information in the past four
years. Since its inception, some 53,000 J&F cadastral survey records have
been indexed, >from 56 towns. In 2020, J&F records >from 10 towns will be
indexed and put onto the database, including >from Baranow, Bursztyn,
Dubiecko, Dunajow, Jazlowiec, Narajow, Nowy Babilon, Nowy Sacz, Nowy
Targ, and Tarnobrzeg. For further information, please see:
https://www.geshergalicia.org/projects/josephine-and-franciscan-surveys-project/ .

Medical Students Project
This specialist project brings together records and biographical details of
Galician students who attended a number of universities in
Austria-Hungary and its successor states (post 1918). To date, we have
made available information on some 3,500 Jewish medical students and
midwives attending the universities in Lemberg/Lwow, Krakow
(Jagiellonian), Pest, and Prague. Our members have also gained access
to the annotated database with complementary biographical data from
several other sources. See:
https://www.geshergalicia.org/projects/galician-medical-students-doctors-project/ .

Apart >from these projects, we will continue to produce maps for the
Map Room. Appearing soon will be maps >from Gorlice and Sedziszow, and
a map of Galicia, produced in Russia, >from the first decade of the 19th
century. There is also the Jewish Taxpayers Project, which has indexed
records >from the 1930s >from 24 towns to date, and will finish in 2020 with
a final set of eight towns - Narajow, Olesko, Podkamien, Sasow,
Sokolowka, Uscieczko, Zbaraz, and Zloczow.

The Fond 424 Project also continues through next year. We have already
uploaded to the Members Portal all the scans of 151 of the most
genealogically relevant files (out of a total of 207 files) in Fond 424 at
AGAD. In 2020, we will follow this up with spreadsheets in the Members
Portal of all the Fond 424 files we have indexed, and we will also update
the Fond 424 files that are publicly searchable on our online database.
Our Inventories Project, to produce good and easily searchable archival
inventories online, which took off this year, will be expanded.

All this work is expensive. We have struggled sometimes in the past in
raising enough funds for all the worthwhile projects that are planned, and
have more than once had to defer parts of these projects to the following
year. We rely on our members and other supporters to be able to continue
our work in 2020.

Please consider giving to one or more of the projects listed above or to the
"General Research Fund". This fund provides additional financial resources
- where needed - for producing maps and indexing records. It also
provides for unexpected expenses in the existing regular projects, for
maintaining our online archival inventories, and - importantly - for covering
the significant administrative costs of the new Przemysl Identification
Project.

To donate to any of these projects and funds, by credit card or PayPal,
please go to the "Donate" button at the top right-hand corner of the
Gesher Galicia home page, or directly to
https://www.geshergalicia.org/donate/ .

You may also pay by check, indicating which project(s) or funds you wish
your donation to go towards. Checks should be in US dollars, drawn on a
US bank, made payable to "Gesher Galicia, Inc." and mailed to:

Charlie Katz, Treasurer
Gesher Galicia
40 W 72 Street, #161 C
New York, NY 10023, USA

Please direct any questions to: info@geshergalicia.org. Thank you very
much for any support, of whatever size, you may be able to give.

Kind regards,

Tony Kahane
Research Coordinator, Gesher Galicia

Dr Steven S. Turner
President, Gesher Galicia

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British internment during the World Wars #unitedkingdom

Tony Hausner
 

Recently I informed you all that we have created an email group focused
on internment by the British on the Isle of Man. Over 40 folks have joined
including researchers in the field. While we are focused on the Isle of Man,
several of our group are interested in other British internment camps and for
both World Wars. Contact me if interested.

I just shared the following with that group.

I have created a package of materials concerning my parent's internment
on the Isle of Man during World War II. Being Jewish, they escaped from
Vienna shortly after the Anschluss (German army marched into Austria).
They met and married in London, spent a year in Cardiff, and then were
interned by the British in separate camps on the Isle of Man for a year.
My mother kept my father's letters, and I have placed them at the Yad Vashem,
the USHMM, and the Isle of Man's Manx Museum. Here is a more complete
package that I have put together of the letters and related materials and
shared with a new group created about British internment camps.
https://tinyurl.com/IsleofManInternmentHausners

Tony Hausner Silver Spring, MD 20901 301--587-6943
(primary email address: thausner@gmail.com)


Lena Rose Kaufer

Stuart Kaufer
 


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I am searching for Sylvia Rose and or her descendants.  She was daughter of my great aunt  Lena Kaufer Rose and lived in Long Beach CA.  Her mother and father operated the Rose Hotel there.  The last information I have about her is in the 1940 census. She may have been adopted by Lena and her husband Lee or Leo Rose (on marriage license Rosenblum issued in Chicago).  Lena was the sister of my PGF Edward Kaufer and his siblings. all in Chicago.  thanks.


This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page

Bruce Drake
 

One of the most well-known eyewitness accounts of Nazi brutality is one written by German-born Hermann Friedrich Graebe about the mass-killing that took place in Dubno in 1942. Graebe joined the Nazi party in 1931, but soon became disenchanted with it and was openly critical about the Nazis’ campaign against Jewish businesses. He witnessed the Dubno events during his time as a manager of a German construction firm in the Ukraine — one that employed a Jewish workforce to build and renovate structures needed for railroad communications.

His account — “Testimony about the slaughter in Dubno” —is included in the Yizkor book of Dubno (Ukraine). Graebe was recognizied by Yad Vashem in 1965 as “Righteous Among the Nations.”


URL: https://www.facebook.com/JewishGen.org/posts/2696703230351815?__tn__=K-R


Bruce Drake

Silver Spring MD


Researching: DRACH, EBERT, KIMMEL, ZLOTNICK

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel 


Re: UKRAINE RECORDS – SCANNING BY ALEX KRAKOVSKY & PRESERVATION BY JEWISHGEN

Susi Godfrey
 

On Tue, Dec 17, 2019 at 08:22 PM, Stefani Elkort Twyford wrote:

Thank you  for the nudge and your email as a template.  I have sent one to Alex.


JewishGen Education offers - - Research Your Roots Using JewishGen -- January 3 to January 24 #usa

Nancy Holden
 

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This three-week, mentored course is designed to match JewishGen
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JewishGen Education offers - - Research Your Roots Using JewishGen -- January 3 to January 24 #germany

Nancy Holden
 

Register Now for JewishGen Class January 3 to January 24, 2020

"Research Your Roots using JewishGen" is designed for researchers who
want to become more efficient in using the JewishGen website.

If you want to learn to use all the JewishGen databases and JewishGen
communication facilities this class is for you.

This three-week, mentored course is designed to match JewishGen
resources to your family research projects. Students work with the
instructor on the JewishGen private Forum. You start by posting an
introduction to your family story and objectives you would like to
work on. The Instructor will personally respond to your posts, your
questions, and your project goals with suggestions and assistance.
The forum is open 24/7. You post at your convenience and the
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Requirements: Students must be comfortable browsing the Internet and
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Tuition for this Course is $150. Registration is open now, maximum 15
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Nancy Holden, Director of Education, JewishGen, Inc.


Re: JewishGen Education offers - - Research Your Roots Using JewishGen -- January 3 to January 24

Nancy Holden
 

On Thu, Dec 19, 2019 at 08:00 PM, Nancy Holden wrote:
JewishGen Education has many courses to choose from
Some are Free (VAS - value added for having contributed $100. to the JG General Fund in the past 12  months)
Some are self-paced and sent to you via email as attachments
Some are mentored online classes with one on one instruction to help with your research
To register for a class through JewishGen education
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If you have questions
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Nancy Holden
Director of Education


the late Simonas Dovidavicius #lithuania

Jill Anderson <ja324435@...>
 

LitvakSIG is sorry to learn of the passing of Simonas Dovidavicius,
the Executive Director of the Sugihara Foundation. We send condolences
to his family and friends and to his colleagues at the Foundation. May
his memory be for a blessing.

Jill Anderson
President, LitvakSIG


seeking help planning visit to Lublin and maybe Chelm #poland

Paula & David
 

I am in the early stages of planning a trip next spring to Eastern
Europe, and considering adding a couple of days in Poland to visit the
area where my mother was born (Chelm). My online research seems to
indicate that there are a number of sites significant to the past Jewish
community to see in Lublin, but it is not clear what may remain to see
in Chelm. I have two old family addresses in Chelm, but with the aid
of Google maps I can see that there is a store at one of the locations
and open land at the other.

I am wondering if anyone who has traveled to these two locations can let
me know a bit more about their experiences so I can make a more informed
decision about whether to go to one or both.

Also, though I have one lead, if you know the name of a local guide to
recommend, or any other local travel recommendations, that would be
welcome.

Thanks, Paula Solomon

researching Flaksman family >from Chelm.

MODERATOR'S NOTE: Please respond privately with any recommendations
for guides.


Iasi Cemetery Records #romania

Robert Singer <reuven.sin@...>
 

Actually all the Iasi cemetery records were photographed >from the
originals and then translated. I have a copy of the original photos of
the thousands of pages processed.

Robert Singer


JewishGen Education offers - - Research Your Roots Using JewishGen -- January 3 to January 24 #belarus

Nancy Holden
 

Register Now for JewishGen Class January 3 to January 24, 2020

Research Your Roots using JewishGen is designed for researchers who
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If you want to learn to use all the JewishGen databases and JewishGen
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This three-week, mentored course is designed to match JewishGen
resources to your family research projects. Students work with the
instructor on the JewishGen private Forum. You start by posting an
introduction to your family story and objectives you would like to
work on. The Instructor will personally respond to your posts, your
questions, and your project goals with suggestions and assistance.
The forum is open 24/7. You post at your convenience and the
instructor checks into the forum frequently to respond.

Requirements: Students must be comfortable browsing the Internet and
downloading files and have 8-10 hours per week to organize their
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Tuition for this Course is $150. Registration is open now, maximum 15
students; more details and enrollment at www.JewishGen.org/Education

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JewishGen, Inc.


Finishers Sick Benevolent Association

Steve Stein
 

Does anyone know anything about the Finishers Sick Benevolent Association, who had a single burial plot in Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY? Is it associated somehow with a trade union? The JGSNY database does not have a geographic location it is associated with.

Please do not refer me to the JGSNY Burial Societies database.

Steve Stein
Highland Park, NJ


Projects for Novograd-Volynsk City and Nearby Towns Baranivka; Horodnytsia; Lyubar; Nova Chortoryia; Ostropil; Polonne; Rohachiv; Romaniv; etc. #yizkorbooks #ukraine

Ellen Shindelman Kowitt
 

There are so many genealogy projects going on for the city and administrative district of Novograd Volynsk! 

#1) Significant progress has been made on translating the Novograd Volynsk Yizkor Book since June of this year. Table of Contents at https://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/zvhil/zvhil.html More $ is needed to continue, so please donate generously at https://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen-erosity/v_projectslist.asp?project_cat=23

#2) The Lyubar town group purchased a full set of revision and supplement lists (1816-1874) for the administrative district of Novograd-Volynsk this year (which includes the city of N-V along with 12 other nearby towns Baranivka; Berezdiv; Horodnytsia; Korets; Krasnostav; Lyubar; Myropil; Nova Chortoryia; Novohrad-Volynskyi City; Ostropil; Polonne; Rohachiv; and Romaniv). All of these digital files were made available on Alex Krakovsky's website and are free to browse. 

#3) A TOWN FINDING AID for each of the 13 towns in these Revision Lists was created and publicized. See Lara Diamond's Blog where I posted the PAGE INDEX for each town at https://larasgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/08/town-finding-aid-created-for-novohrad.html. THIS TELLS YOU EXACTLY WHERE YOU CAN FIND YOUR TOWN WITHIN THESE MASSIVE BOOK IMAGES TOTALLING 10,000+ PAGES. The 1872-1874 book has been added since publication.

#4) There is a SURNAME INDEX IN ENGLISH completely finished for all of the revision lists for the towns of Lyubar (1000+ pages) and Ostropol online. Visit my Lyubar KehilaLinks website to read an explanation of the project and to search for your surname at https://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Lyubar/revisionlistproject.html. 

#5) MORE surname indices to these revision lists are coming in the near future for Baranivka, Horodnystia, Nova Chartoryia, Polonne (including Poninka), Rohachiv and Romaniv!

All of this extraordinary translation and indexing of the revision lists was done by a volunteer named Deborah Glassman! Check out her website with the completed master surname list from the revision lists for Ostropol at https://jewishfamiliesofostropol.com/. Deb has also revolutionized how we should be reading the revision lists with a new analysis looking at households over time and not just within one revision year. Hopefully, she will lecture at the San Diego IAJGS Conference on this unique report she has composed.

*Note that if Korets and Krasnostav are of interest, then you might want to check in with Michael Levin and Dr. Rachel Goodman who are adding free revision list indices in English on the Tsal Kaplan Foundation website at https://www.tkfgen.org/.  

Very happy, and agree that it's been a long time coming for those of us interested in records and indices for the towns on the eastern side of Volhynia. 

Ellen Shindelman Kowitt
Erie, Colorado USA
solesearching@...


Jewish Exponent (Philadelphia) Article about Miriam Weiner

Mark Halpern
 

The Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia held its sixth annual Steve Schecter Memorial Lecture last Sunday. Miriam Weiner was the keynote speaker.

Miriam's career as a breakthrough Jewish Genealogist was captured in an article in the Jewish Exponent. The article is a good read and mentions a few other Philadelphia Society members.

It was also announced that Fred Blum would step down after 12 years as President and Felicia Mode Alexander would become the Society's first female President.

Mark Halpern
VP, Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia



New book

Sam Wolff
 

This new book may be of interest to those researching Istanbul, Saloniki or Izmir. 
I have no connection to this book or its publisher. 


JewishGen Education offers - - Research Your Roots Using JewishGen -- January 3 to January 24

Nancy Holden
 

Register Now for JewishGen Class January 3 to January 24, 2020

Research Your Roots using JewishGen is designed for researchers who
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If you want to learn to use all the JewishGen databases and JewishGen
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This three-week, mentored course is designed to match JewishGen
resources to your family research projects. Students work with the
instructor on the JewishGen private Forum. You start by posting an
introduction to your family story and objectives you would like to
work on. The Instructor will personally respond to your posts, your
questions, and your project goals with suggestions and assistance.
The forum is open 24/7. You post at your convenience and the
instructor checks into the forum frequently to respond.

Requirements: Students must be comfortable browsing the Internet and
downloading files and have 8-10 hours per week to organize their
papers, read the lessons, search online and interact with the FORUM.
Tuition for this Course is $150. Registration is open now, maximum 15
students; more details and enrollment at www.JewishGen.org/Education

*Please* review the detailed description, requirements and tuition at
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Have questions? Just ask
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Nancy Holden
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