Date   

Prospective visitors to Belarus #belarus

David Gordon <dgordon@...>
 

I write at the suggestion of the ever-wise David Fox. I spent
three-plus weeks in Russia and Belarus in November--entirely on my
own--and am writing now to those of you in the Belarus SIG who have
toyed with the idea of going to Belarus but are concerned for your
safety.
I was entirely on my own for this trip, no group whatever. I can
read Russian and speak the basic twenty or so words but I cannot
converse in the language at all. During my week in Minsk, I hired a
private guide recommended to me by Dave Fox and Glen Straus and about
whom I can only say exceptional things, she is truly extraordinary; I
will reply to anyone who writes me privately. She and her driver took
me to a couple of shtetlach where my family came from, namely Lapichi
and Borisov. My guide had been to Borisov many times and gave me a
thorough tour, also introducing me to the head of the Jewish community
there. She had never been to Lapichi but we spent a day there and had a
wonderful time, finding the house in which my grandfather had been born
in 1889! The people we met in Lapichi were, without exception, friendly
and went out of their way to help. And there are no Jews left there at
all.
But this message is intended to be about Belarus in general. I
have read about anti-Semitic incidents in Belarus in the recent past and
cannot speak to them. I can only talk about my experience and I cannot
emphasize enough that I never--not once--felt the least bit concerned
whatsoever. I WILL say that Minsk is not a tourist destination.
Although it has a population of 1.5 million, it is simply not geared to
tourists and doesn't have a lot to offer, although there ARE things
definitely worth seeing. I suspect the majority of visitors now are
Jews of the diaspora returning to their roots.
To those who are concerned, I would only encourage you to go. You
will, no doubt, run into problems on occasion--but you will also run
into problems if you go to Paris or Rome, too (or even Chicago or New
York, for that matter). Physical safety should not be a concern. I
won't guarantee that nothing will happen because no one can guarantee
that. But I can tell you that I was received warmly and, even if
English is spoken infrequently (I would say, roughly on a par with
Martian), you will have so much fun exploring and enjoying yourself,
that language will cease to be an obstacle. If you're still concerned,
seriously consider ShtetlSchleppers. You'll be not only with a group,
but a group of people sharing a common interest and you'll be in the
hands of experts.
To those who wish further information or want to ask specific
questions, please feel free to write me privately.
David Gordon
Chicago, IL
dgordon@interaccess.com


Belarus SIG #Belarus Prospective visitors to Belarus #belarus

David Gordon <dgordon@...>
 

I write at the suggestion of the ever-wise David Fox. I spent
three-plus weeks in Russia and Belarus in November--entirely on my
own--and am writing now to those of you in the Belarus SIG who have
toyed with the idea of going to Belarus but are concerned for your
safety.
I was entirely on my own for this trip, no group whatever. I can
read Russian and speak the basic twenty or so words but I cannot
converse in the language at all. During my week in Minsk, I hired a
private guide recommended to me by Dave Fox and Glen Straus and about
whom I can only say exceptional things, she is truly extraordinary; I
will reply to anyone who writes me privately. She and her driver took
me to a couple of shtetlach where my family came from, namely Lapichi
and Borisov. My guide had been to Borisov many times and gave me a
thorough tour, also introducing me to the head of the Jewish community
there. She had never been to Lapichi but we spent a day there and had a
wonderful time, finding the house in which my grandfather had been born
in 1889! The people we met in Lapichi were, without exception, friendly
and went out of their way to help. And there are no Jews left there at
all.
But this message is intended to be about Belarus in general. I
have read about anti-Semitic incidents in Belarus in the recent past and
cannot speak to them. I can only talk about my experience and I cannot
emphasize enough that I never--not once--felt the least bit concerned
whatsoever. I WILL say that Minsk is not a tourist destination.
Although it has a population of 1.5 million, it is simply not geared to
tourists and doesn't have a lot to offer, although there ARE things
definitely worth seeing. I suspect the majority of visitors now are
Jews of the diaspora returning to their roots.
To those who are concerned, I would only encourage you to go. You
will, no doubt, run into problems on occasion--but you will also run
into problems if you go to Paris or Rome, too (or even Chicago or New
York, for that matter). Physical safety should not be a concern. I
won't guarantee that nothing will happen because no one can guarantee
that. But I can tell you that I was received warmly and, even if
English is spoken infrequently (I would say, roughly on a par with
Martian), you will have so much fun exploring and enjoying yourself,
that language will cease to be an obstacle. If you're still concerned,
seriously consider ShtetlSchleppers. You'll be not only with a group,
but a group of people sharing a common interest and you'll be in the
hands of experts.
To those who wish further information or want to ask specific
questions, please feel free to write me privately.
David Gordon
Chicago, IL
dgordon@interaccess.com


Yad Vashem List of the new books and publications in 2001 year . #belarus

Leonid Smilovitsky <smilov@...>
 

Dear colleagues!

Please find attached Yad Vashem List of the new books and publications in
2001 year . Their links are:
Yad Vashem Books
P.O.B. 3477, Jerusalem 91034
Israel e-mail: publications.marketing@yadvashem.org.il
fax + (972)-2-644-3509
tel + (972)-2-644-3511

Very truly yours,
Leonid Smilovitsky, Jerusalem


Belarus SIG #Belarus Yad Vashem List of the new books and publications in 2001 year . #belarus

Leonid Smilovitsky <smilov@...>
 

Dear colleagues!

Please find attached Yad Vashem List of the new books and publications in
2001 year . Their links are:
Yad Vashem Books
P.O.B. 3477, Jerusalem 91034
Israel e-mail: publications.marketing@yadvashem.org.il
fax + (972)-2-644-3509
tel + (972)-2-644-3511

Very truly yours,
Leonid Smilovitsky, Jerusalem


Seeking Lilian COHEN #galicia

Shelley K. Pollero <pollerork@...>
 

I'm trying to contact GG member Lilian COHEN of Israel.
Please contact me privately.

Shelley K. Pollero, Coordinator
Gesher Galicia
Severna Park, Maryland
pollerork@home.com
rpollero@umd5.umd.edu (backup)


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Seeking Lilian COHEN #galicia

Shelley K. Pollero <pollerork@...>
 

I'm trying to contact GG member Lilian COHEN of Israel.
Please contact me privately.

Shelley K. Pollero, Coordinator
Gesher Galicia
Severna Park, Maryland
pollerork@home.com
rpollero@umd5.umd.edu (backup)


New Surnames EHRENWORT and SASOWER #galicia

ROBERT WEISS
 

Thanks to recent postings on the JRI-Poland, I have been able to extend my
wife's maternal family tree back to the 18th century. The new ancestral
family names are EHRENWORT and SASOWER. Towns of interest include Zolochev,
Zboro'w, Kabarowce, Saso'w, Zabzce, Berezce, Chemerintsy/Tsemezhintse and
Peremyshlyany.

The original name researched is PLISNER. I have family trees of three
PLISNERs all born in the 1860's who I believe were brothers and I'd like to
confirm this. Anyone out there researching PLISNER/ PLISSNER/ PLISHNER/
PLESCHNER >from this region of Galicia?

If any of these family names and locations are are of interest please,
contact me privately.

Bob Weiss in Northridge, CA
RWeissJGS@aol.com


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia New Surnames EHRENWORT and SASOWER #galicia

ROBERT WEISS
 

Thanks to recent postings on the JRI-Poland, I have been able to extend my
wife's maternal family tree back to the 18th century. The new ancestral
family names are EHRENWORT and SASOWER. Towns of interest include Zolochev,
Zboro'w, Kabarowce, Saso'w, Zabzce, Berezce, Chemerintsy/Tsemezhintse and
Peremyshlyany.

The original name researched is PLISNER. I have family trees of three
PLISNERs all born in the 1860's who I believe were brothers and I'd like to
confirm this. Anyone out there researching PLISNER/ PLISSNER/ PLISHNER/
PLESCHNER >from this region of Galicia?

If any of these family names and locations are are of interest please,
contact me privately.

Bob Weiss in Northridge, CA
RWeissJGS@aol.com


Re: Polish spelling of Katz #galicia

Marjorie Rosenfeld <marjorierosenfeld@...>
 

Yes, "Kac" is a Polish spelling of Katz. The letter "c" in Polish is
pronounced like an English "ts."

Marjorie Stamm Rosenfeld
Carlsbad, CA

Greg Siskind wrote in part:

I started browsing the LDS microfilm records for Wislica, Poland this
evening. I am trying to locate people by the name of Katz in that town.
I have found several people with the name Kac and none with Katz. Is
this an alternate Polish spelling?


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia RE: Polish spelling of Katz #galicia

Marjorie Rosenfeld <marjorierosenfeld@...>
 

Yes, "Kac" is a Polish spelling of Katz. The letter "c" in Polish is
pronounced like an English "ts."

Marjorie Stamm Rosenfeld
Carlsbad, CA

Greg Siskind wrote in part:

I started browsing the LDS microfilm records for Wislica, Poland this
evening. I am trying to locate people by the name of Katz in that town.
I have found several people with the name Kac and none with Katz. Is
this an alternate Polish spelling?


1929 Polish Business Directory "Town Index" now available #galicia

Howard Fink <know_How@...>
 

I am very happy, and relieved, to announce that Phase 1 of the huge
Jewish Records Indexing ­ Poland / JewishGen "1929 Polish Business
Directory Project" is complete: the indexing of all of the towns in the
Directory is finished. JRI-Poland volunteers completed the data entry of
the town index in early December and I have spent the last several weeks
editing the data.

The file of the index of towns, identified with "województwo" (province)
and "powiat" (district), is larger than almost any of the individual town
vital records databases in the JRI-Poland database. The Business
Directory Town Index identifies over 34,000 localities. This in itself
provides an exciting new resource, similar to ShtetlSeeker (only
with the inter-war Polish names, not modern names).

To appreciate the enormous scope of this project, consider that the
current number of indices for all towns in the JRI­Poland database of
primarily 19th-century records recently leapt to one and a half million.
It is estimated that the completed Business Directory database will
include three quarters of a million 20th-century entries.

Now for the truly exciting news: even before the searchable names
database is completed, you can have immediate access to the data for
your town right now. The 3000 directory pages have been scanned and
converted into Adobe PDF files. Thanks to rapid development efforts by
Michael Tobias (doesn't it seem like there must be at least ten of him
working on projects?), you can now search by town name and then click
on the resulting link to see high resolution images of the actual
directory page(s).

The URL is: : http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/bizdir/start.htm >.

Think of the amazement you felt the first time you viewed an original
manifest via the Ellis Island web site. A similar experience is waiting
for you when you search within the Polish 1929 Business Directory.
Searching is made easy because there is built-in support for matches
via the Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex system.

As with most JRI-Poland managed projects, this has been a truly
international effort. Town index data entry volunteers are from
Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Poland, Sweden and the United States,
all working under the coordination and direction of JRI-Poland Board
Member, Roni Seibel Liebowitz.

Indexing the towns was only the first phase of this huge project.
Phase 2 will be launched shortly. We will be entering all of the
business names (typically named after the owner), and other available
details into an online searchable database.

Here is more information about Phase 2.

Phase 2:
A detailed set of instructions has been written for interpretation of
the directory entries, along with many examples. Entry of this data will
be quite different >from entering data >from vital record indices. Since
all the entries are printed rather than handwritten, the work should
flow smoothly.

Some volunteers are now testing the Phase 2 data entry protocol.

We hope many more people will volunteer to help enter the business and
name data needed to create the final database. There are about 2500
pages in the Phase 2 effort. Details for Phase 2 will be announced
shortly. As you enjoy the current offering of this new resource,
imagine how much more useful it will be when it is possible to search
this database by surname.

Please help us complete this amazing effort by volunteering when we
announce that we are ready for additional work on Phase 2.

To enable both Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc. and JewishGen,
Inc. to continue work on such special initiatives and to cover the costs
incurred to date, we invite researchers to make a voluntary contribution
to the Business Directory project.

Please send your tax-deductible (in the U.S.) contributions to
Jewish Records Indexing - Poland,
c/o Sheila Salo, Treasurer,
5607 Greenleaf Rd.,
Cheverly, MD 20785,
USA.

You can also contribute by credit card by going to:
http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/visa.htm

You can also telephone Sheila Salo to make your VISA or MasterCard
contribution between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern time, at (301) 341-1261.
The fax number is (301) 341-1261.

Your contributions should be clearly marked: "For the 1929 Business
Directory Project." All contributions for this project will be shared
equally with JewishGen.

For more details about this project, please refer to the following URL:
< http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/bizdir/start.htm >.

As with any large data entry project, mistakes may be found. Please
send details of any errors you notice to me at know_How@speakeasy.net.

I am taking this opportunity to thank the volunteers who were
instrumental in the creation of the Town Index. Roni Seibel Liebowitz
did the outreach and coordinated the efforts of a group of extremely
conscientious data entry volunteers, who are too numerous to mention
here. A hearty thank you goes to Deborah Baseman who did some key
groundwork when the project was initially conceived. My appreciation
goes to web master Steve Zedeck for putting together the complex
Business Directory web pages and the continuous updating of the
project web pages. I have already thanked Michael Tobias for so
efficiently and quickly converting the completed file into Internet-
ready format. He is also responsible for loading the thousands of PDF
pages on the JewishGen server as well as the viewing access for it.
And finally, thanks go to Michael and Warren Blatt for their efforts
over the last few days to refine the way in which the search data is
presented, and thus make it most useful to researchers.

Howard Fink
Database Manager
1929 Polish Business Directory Project
JRI-Poland in association with JewishGen

Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc. is an independent
non-profit 501(c)3 U.S. tax-exempt organization and is
hosted by JewishGen.


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia 1929 Polish Business Directory "Town Index" now available #galicia

Howard Fink <know_How@...>
 

I am very happy, and relieved, to announce that Phase 1 of the huge
Jewish Records Indexing ­ Poland / JewishGen "1929 Polish Business
Directory Project" is complete: the indexing of all of the towns in the
Directory is finished. JRI-Poland volunteers completed the data entry of
the town index in early December and I have spent the last several weeks
editing the data.

The file of the index of towns, identified with "województwo" (province)
and "powiat" (district), is larger than almost any of the individual town
vital records databases in the JRI-Poland database. The Business
Directory Town Index identifies over 34,000 localities. This in itself
provides an exciting new resource, similar to ShtetlSeeker (only
with the inter-war Polish names, not modern names).

To appreciate the enormous scope of this project, consider that the
current number of indices for all towns in the JRI­Poland database of
primarily 19th-century records recently leapt to one and a half million.
It is estimated that the completed Business Directory database will
include three quarters of a million 20th-century entries.

Now for the truly exciting news: even before the searchable names
database is completed, you can have immediate access to the data for
your town right now. The 3000 directory pages have been scanned and
converted into Adobe PDF files. Thanks to rapid development efforts by
Michael Tobias (doesn't it seem like there must be at least ten of him
working on projects?), you can now search by town name and then click
on the resulting link to see high resolution images of the actual
directory page(s).

The URL is: : http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/bizdir/start.htm >.

Think of the amazement you felt the first time you viewed an original
manifest via the Ellis Island web site. A similar experience is waiting
for you when you search within the Polish 1929 Business Directory.
Searching is made easy because there is built-in support for matches
via the Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex system.

As with most JRI-Poland managed projects, this has been a truly
international effort. Town index data entry volunteers are from
Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Poland, Sweden and the United States,
all working under the coordination and direction of JRI-Poland Board
Member, Roni Seibel Liebowitz.

Indexing the towns was only the first phase of this huge project.
Phase 2 will be launched shortly. We will be entering all of the
business names (typically named after the owner), and other available
details into an online searchable database.

Here is more information about Phase 2.

Phase 2:
A detailed set of instructions has been written for interpretation of
the directory entries, along with many examples. Entry of this data will
be quite different >from entering data >from vital record indices. Since
all the entries are printed rather than handwritten, the work should
flow smoothly.

Some volunteers are now testing the Phase 2 data entry protocol.

We hope many more people will volunteer to help enter the business and
name data needed to create the final database. There are about 2500
pages in the Phase 2 effort. Details for Phase 2 will be announced
shortly. As you enjoy the current offering of this new resource,
imagine how much more useful it will be when it is possible to search
this database by surname.

Please help us complete this amazing effort by volunteering when we
announce that we are ready for additional work on Phase 2.

To enable both Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc. and JewishGen,
Inc. to continue work on such special initiatives and to cover the costs
incurred to date, we invite researchers to make a voluntary contribution
to the Business Directory project.

Please send your tax-deductible (in the U.S.) contributions to
Jewish Records Indexing - Poland,
c/o Sheila Salo, Treasurer,
5607 Greenleaf Rd.,
Cheverly, MD 20785,
USA.

You can also contribute by credit card by going to:
http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/visa.htm

You can also telephone Sheila Salo to make your VISA or MasterCard
contribution between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern time, at (301) 341-1261.
The fax number is (301) 341-1261.

Your contributions should be clearly marked: "For the 1929 Business
Directory Project." All contributions for this project will be shared
equally with JewishGen.

For more details about this project, please refer to the following URL:
< http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/bizdir/start.htm >.

As with any large data entry project, mistakes may be found. Please
send details of any errors you notice to me at know_How@speakeasy.net.

I am taking this opportunity to thank the volunteers who were
instrumental in the creation of the Town Index. Roni Seibel Liebowitz
did the outreach and coordinated the efforts of a group of extremely
conscientious data entry volunteers, who are too numerous to mention
here. A hearty thank you goes to Deborah Baseman who did some key
groundwork when the project was initially conceived. My appreciation
goes to web master Steve Zedeck for putting together the complex
Business Directory web pages and the continuous updating of the
project web pages. I have already thanked Michael Tobias for so
efficiently and quickly converting the completed file into Internet-
ready format. He is also responsible for loading the thousands of PDF
pages on the JewishGen server as well as the viewing access for it.
And finally, thanks go to Michael and Warren Blatt for their efforts
over the last few days to refine the way in which the search data is
presented, and thus make it most useful to researchers.

Howard Fink
Database Manager
1929 Polish Business Directory Project
JRI-Poland in association with JewishGen

Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc. is an independent
non-profit 501(c)3 U.S. tax-exempt organization and is
hosted by JewishGen.


R' Zerachia HaLevi #rabbinic

Sheila Grossnass <chasdei@...>
 

Does anyone have any information about this 12th Century Spanish
Talmudical Scholar, Zerachia HaLevi, and his descendents? I would
be most grateful for your response.

Thanks in advance.

Sheila Grossnass


Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic R' Zerachia HaLevi #rabbinic

Sheila Grossnass <chasdei@...>
 

Does anyone have any information about this 12th Century Spanish
Talmudical Scholar, Zerachia HaLevi, and his descendents? I would
be most grateful for your response.

Thanks in advance.

Sheila Grossnass


Rabbi H. KURANTMAN #rabbinic

Harry D. Boonin <hdboonin@...>
 

Does anyone have any information on a Rabbi H. KURANTMAN. All I
know is that he was a rabbi in Philadelphia in June 1889.

Harry D. Boonin
Philadelphia, PA
hdboonin@erols.com


1929 Polish Business Directory "Town Index" now available #ukraine

Howard Fink <know_How@...>
 

I am very happy, and relieved, to announce that Phase 1 of the huge
Jewish Records Indexing ­ Poland / JewishGen "1929 Polish Business
Directory Project" is complete: the indexing of all of the towns in the
Directory is finished. JRI-Poland volunteers completed the data entry of
the town index in early December and I have spent the last several weeks
editing the data.

The file of the index of towns, identified with "województwo" (province)
and "powiat" (district), is larger than almost any of the individual town
vital records databases in the JRI­Poland database. The Business
Directory Town Index identifies over 34,000 localities. This in itself
provides an exciting new resource, similar to ShtetlSeeker (only with
inter-war Polish names, not modern names).

To appreciate the enormous scope of this project, consider that the
current number of indices for all towns in the JRI­Poland database of
primarily 19th-century records recently leapt to one and a half million.
It is estimated that the completed Business Directory database will
include three quarters of a million 20th-century entries.

Now for the truly exciting news: even before the searchable names
database is completed, you can have immediate access to the data for
your town right now. The 3000 directory pages have been scanned and
converted into Adobe PDF files. Thanks to rapid development efforts by
Michael Tobias (doesn't it seem like there must be at least ten of him
working on projects?), you can now search by town name and then click
on the resulting link to see high resolution images of the actual
directory page(s).

The URL is: < http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/bizdir/start.htm >.

Think of the amazement you felt the first time you viewed an original
manifest via the Ellis Island web site. A similar experience is waiting
for you when you search within the Polish 1929 Business Directory.
Searching is made easy because there is built-in support for matches
via the Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex system.

As with most JRI-Poland managed projects, this has been a truly
international effort. Town index data entry volunteers are from
Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Poland, Sweden and the United States,
all working under the coordination and direction of JRI-Poland Board
Member, Roni Seibel Liebowitz.

Indexing the towns was only the first phase of this huge project.
Phase 2 will be launched shortly. We will be entering all of the
business names (typically named after the owner), and other available
details into an online searchable database.

Here is more information about Phase 2.

Phase 2:
A detailed set of instructions has been written for interpretation of
the directory entries, along with many examples. Entry of this data
will be quite different >from entering data >from vital record indices.
Since all the entries are printed rather than handwritten, the work
should flow smoothly.

Some volunteers are now testing the Phase 2 data entry protocol.

We hope many more people will volunteer to help enter the business and
name data needed to create the final database. There are about 2500
pages in the Phase 2 effort. Details for Phase 2 will be announced
shortly. As you enjoy the current offering of this new resource,
imagine how much more useful it will be when it is possible to search
this database by surname.

Please help us complete this amazing effort by volunteering when we
announce that we are ready for additional work on Phase 2.

To enable both Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc. and JewishGen,
Inc. to continue work on such special initiatives and to cover the costs
incurred to date, we invite researchers to make a voluntary contribution
to the Business Directory project.

Please send your tax-deductible (in the U.S.) contributions to
Jewish Records Indexing - Poland,
c/o Sheila Salo, Treasurer,
5607 Greenleaf Rd.,
Cheverly, MD 20785,
USA.

You can also contribute by credit card by going to:
< http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/visa.htm >.

You can also telephone Sheila Salo to make your VISA or MasterCard
contribution between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern time, at (301) 341-1261.
The fax number is (301) 341-1261.

Your contributions should be clearly marked: "For the 1929 Business
Directory Project." All contributions for this project will be shared
equally with JewishGen.

For more details about this project, please refer to the following URL:
< http://www.jewishgen.org/jri_pl/bizdir/start.htm >.

As with any large data entry project, mistakes may be found. Please
send details of any errors you notice to me at know_How@speakeasy.net.

I am taking this opportunity to thank the volunteers who were
instrumental in the creation of the Town Index. Roni Seibel Liebowitz
did the outreach and coordinated the efforts of a group of extremely
conscientious data entry volunteers, who are too numerous to mention
here. A hearty thank you goes to Deborah Baseman who did some key
groundwork when the project was initially conceived. My appreciation
goes to web master Steve Zedeck for putting together the complex
Business Directory web pages and the continuous updating of the
project web pages. I have already thanked Michael Tobias for so
efficiently and quickly converting the completed file into Internet-
ready format. He is also responsible for loading the thousands of PDF
pages on the JewishGen server as well as the viewing access for it.
And finally, thanks go to Michael and Warren Blatt for their efforts
over the last few days to refine the way in which the search data is
presented, and thus make it most useful to researchers.

Howard Fink
Database Manager
1929 Polish Business Directory Project
JRI-Poland in association with JewishGen

Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc. is an independent
non-profit 501(c)3 U.S. tax-exempt organization and is
hosted by JewishGen.


Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic Rabbi H. KURANTMAN #rabbinic

Harry D. Boonin <hdboonin@...>
 

Does anyone have any information on a Rabbi H. KURANTMAN. All I
know is that he was a rabbi in Philadelphia in June 1889.

Harry D. Boonin
Philadelphia, PA
hdboonin@erols.com


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine 1929 Polish Business Directory "Town Index" now available #ukraine

Howard Fink <know_How@...>
 

I am very happy, and relieved, to announce that Phase 1 of the huge
Jewish Records Indexing ­ Poland / JewishGen "1929 Polish Business
Directory Project" is complete: the indexing of all of the towns in the
Directory is finished. JRI-Poland volunteers completed the data entry of
the town index in early December and I have spent the last several weeks
editing the data.

The file of the index of towns, identified with "województwo" (province)
and "powiat" (district), is larger than almost any of the individual town
vital records databases in the JRI­Poland database. The Business
Directory Town Index identifies over 34,000 localities. This in itself
provides an exciting new resource, similar to ShtetlSeeker (only with
inter-war Polish names, not modern names).

To appreciate the enormous scope of this project, consider that the
current number of indices for all towns in the JRI­Poland database of
primarily 19th-century records recently leapt to one and a half million.
It is estimated that the completed Business Directory database will
include three quarters of a million 20th-century entries.

Now for the truly exciting news: even before the searchable names
database is completed, you can have immediate access to the data for
your town right now. The 3000 directory pages have been scanned and
converted into Adobe PDF files. Thanks to rapid development efforts by
Michael Tobias (doesn't it seem like there must be at least ten of him
working on projects?), you can now search by town name and then click
on the resulting link to see high resolution images of the actual
directory page(s).

The URL is: < http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/bizdir/start.htm >.

Think of the amazement you felt the first time you viewed an original
manifest via the Ellis Island web site. A similar experience is waiting
for you when you search within the Polish 1929 Business Directory.
Searching is made easy because there is built-in support for matches
via the Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex system.

As with most JRI-Poland managed projects, this has been a truly
international effort. Town index data entry volunteers are from
Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Poland, Sweden and the United States,
all working under the coordination and direction of JRI-Poland Board
Member, Roni Seibel Liebowitz.

Indexing the towns was only the first phase of this huge project.
Phase 2 will be launched shortly. We will be entering all of the
business names (typically named after the owner), and other available
details into an online searchable database.

Here is more information about Phase 2.

Phase 2:
A detailed set of instructions has been written for interpretation of
the directory entries, along with many examples. Entry of this data
will be quite different >from entering data >from vital record indices.
Since all the entries are printed rather than handwritten, the work
should flow smoothly.

Some volunteers are now testing the Phase 2 data entry protocol.

We hope many more people will volunteer to help enter the business and
name data needed to create the final database. There are about 2500
pages in the Phase 2 effort. Details for Phase 2 will be announced
shortly. As you enjoy the current offering of this new resource,
imagine how much more useful it will be when it is possible to search
this database by surname.

Please help us complete this amazing effort by volunteering when we
announce that we are ready for additional work on Phase 2.

To enable both Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc. and JewishGen,
Inc. to continue work on such special initiatives and to cover the costs
incurred to date, we invite researchers to make a voluntary contribution
to the Business Directory project.

Please send your tax-deductible (in the U.S.) contributions to
Jewish Records Indexing - Poland,
c/o Sheila Salo, Treasurer,
5607 Greenleaf Rd.,
Cheverly, MD 20785,
USA.

You can also contribute by credit card by going to:
< http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/visa.htm >.

You can also telephone Sheila Salo to make your VISA or MasterCard
contribution between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern time, at (301) 341-1261.
The fax number is (301) 341-1261.

Your contributions should be clearly marked: "For the 1929 Business
Directory Project." All contributions for this project will be shared
equally with JewishGen.

For more details about this project, please refer to the following URL:
< http://www.jewishgen.org/jri_pl/bizdir/start.htm >.

As with any large data entry project, mistakes may be found. Please
send details of any errors you notice to me at know_How@speakeasy.net.

I am taking this opportunity to thank the volunteers who were
instrumental in the creation of the Town Index. Roni Seibel Liebowitz
did the outreach and coordinated the efforts of a group of extremely
conscientious data entry volunteers, who are too numerous to mention
here. A hearty thank you goes to Deborah Baseman who did some key
groundwork when the project was initially conceived. My appreciation
goes to web master Steve Zedeck for putting together the complex
Business Directory web pages and the continuous updating of the
project web pages. I have already thanked Michael Tobias for so
efficiently and quickly converting the completed file into Internet-
ready format. He is also responsible for loading the thousands of PDF
pages on the JewishGen server as well as the viewing access for it.
And finally, thanks go to Michael and Warren Blatt for their efforts
over the last few days to refine the way in which the search data is
presented, and thus make it most useful to researchers.

Howard Fink
Database Manager
1929 Polish Business Directory Project
JRI-Poland in association with JewishGen

Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc. is an independent
non-profit 501(c)3 U.S. tax-exempt organization and is
hosted by JewishGen.


Weiner's Apple Orchard??? (GRODZINSKY) #ukraine

Richard Cooper <ric@...>
 

GRODZINSKY's is a very well known kosher bakery in Golders Green, London, U
K. You should be able to find their details via www.192.com
My great-great-grandmother was Louise MATELEVITCH nee GODZINSKIJ from
Warsaw, Poland - but I can't make a connection. Her children were born in
the 1850s.

Ric Cooper
Gosport, U K


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Weiner's Apple Orchard??? (GRODZINSKY) #ukraine

Richard Cooper <ric@...>
 

GRODZINSKY's is a very well known kosher bakery in Golders Green, London, U
K. You should be able to find their details via www.192.com
My great-great-grandmother was Louise MATELEVITCH nee GODZINSKIJ from
Warsaw, Poland - but I can't make a connection. Her children were born in
the 1850s.

Ric Cooper
Gosport, U K