Ukrainian Police Official Instructed Communal Leaders to Supply List of Names, Addresses and Phone Numbers of All Jews In Kolomyia #ukraine

Jan Meisels Allen

A police official in Koloymia, Ukraine has instructed communal leaders to supply a list of all Jews in the town with their names, addresses and phone numbers.

















In a letter to the head of the Orthodox Jewish community in Kolomyia,--about 500 miles west of Kiev, the police wanted details about Orthodox Jews in the city.  Signed by Mykhailo Bank, a senior police official in the Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine, the letter demanded a copy of the community’s charter, together with “a list of community members with addresses and mobile phones” and “a list of Jewish students in universities of Kolomyia and Ivano-Frankivsk.”


Bank explained that he required the information because his department was “engaged in the fight against transnational and ethnic organized groups and criminal organizations.” The community responded that the charter was available n the state registry also informing him that the “religious communities are separate from the state” and pointing out that “personal data of community members can be provided only in the case of registered criminal cases.”  This was reminiscent of the roundup of Ukrainian Jews by the Nazis and local collaborators following the German military invasion in June 1941 according to the head of the Jewish community.


The regional  head of  Ukraine’s Intereior Ministry apoogized on behalf of the leadership and stafff to the entire Jewish community for the situation. The head of Ukraine’s national police has ordered an official investigation.


A group of 40 parliamentary deputies signed an April 30 letter to Ukraine’s prime minister and interior minister urging Bank’s dismissal.


Settled by Jews from the early part of the sixteenth century, the present size of the community in Kolomyia is less than 1,000. During World War II, most of the city’s Jews were deported to the Belzec concentration camp.  According to some estimates, as many as 1.5 million Jews were killed on Ukrainian soil by Nazi forces during World War II.

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Re: Minsk vs minsk #belarus

David Oseas

Post-1907 naturalization documents and WWI draft registrations are the best sources for the town name of your ancestor.  If your grandfather wasn't of draft age, then look for a son or nephew born in the old country and of the correct age range.

Occasionally, Landsmanshaftn (burial societies) cover a specific enough geographic region to distinguish between two towns of similar names.

David Oseas

KLEIN: Satoraljaujhely (Ujhely), Hungary > New York > Los Angeles
Hungary > New York
OSEAS/OSIAS/OSIASI/OZIAS: Iasi, Romania > Chicago > Milwaukee > Los Angeles
SCHECHTER/SHEKTER: Kishinev, Bessarabia > New York  
SHERMAN: Iasi, Romania > New York > Los Angeles
STRUL:  Iasi, Romania > Haifa, Israel
WICHMAN: Syczkowo (Bobruisk), Belarus > Milwaukee > Los Angeles

MINSK - Gubernia or City #belarus


Mary Ellen,

Try the “JewishGen Belarus Gubernia Databse" <>, specifically the Minsk Gubernia lists of Births/Marriages/Deaths/Residences/Yizkor Books, etc. Data files.

If the name you’re seeking comes up at all, you’ll soon see whether it’s in the “city” of Minsk or some other town in Minsk Gubernia.

Shel Bercovich

Looking for a researcher who lives in Vitebsk #belarus


I am looking for a researcher who lives in Vitebsk to go into a Vitebsk archive to get me a copy of a document. I will provide details to the researcher when one is found.


Hymie Reichstein Ottawa, Ontario

Re: Need to have a Stenographic Shorthand Note Deciphered #translation

Mark Halpern

Thank you David. This shorthand was written in America.

Best regards,


On 2020-05-15 1:56 pm, W David Stern wrote:

In the early 1920's my mother worked as a secretary in Germany.  She 
knew of at least two German shorthand systems. The one she used was Stolze-Schrey (spelling?).  If the document in question here is indeed 
from Germany, then you might want to pursue this.  
Googling "german shorthand systems" brings up several other systems, including Gabelsberger, which is the other system that my mother would mention.
-=David Stern=- in California

Re: Unable to find names on passenger lists #names


On Thu, May 14, 2020 at 10:23 AM, Peter Bush wrote:
Boezowicz----The spelling may be off---do a "blind" search on for the last name and see what comes up. 

Re: Unable to find names on passenger lists #names


Hi Peter,
I have had that same problem but have figured out a strategy that panned out.
1. If your relatives came from Poland or the Galicia area of Austria, I have found several male relatives who came under their MOTHER's maiden name----probably to avoid military conscription or some other reason. If you know for sure that they lived in NYC, that is lucky because NY State and Federal Naturalization records should be available for them and they will tell you if the person came under one name and is also known as another. Try to find as many documents other than passenger list to look for clues.
2. Use website to search for passenger lists. I would suggest doing a broad search (meaning the earliest and latest dates available---1892-1924 on the Gold Form) for JUST THE LAST NAME of the person. It will show you all the people with that name (with alternate spellings), with their LAST KNOW PLACE OF RESIDENCE. This is a great way to see all the first names. Perhaps they were misspelled, etc.---You may find other relatives that traveled with them or other things. I tried this and the best choice seemed to be (is Phonetically). 
3. Have you been able to find ANY records of him in NY? You may want to expand where you are looking. The LDS Church ( is a useful site.

Re: Unable to find names on passenger lists #names

David Brostoff

On May 14, 2020, at 10:05 PM, Joel Weintraub <jweintraub@...> wrote:

You needed to do one more step after finding them on the Hamburg list (and the name of their ship and when they left that port and where they were going). . . . If your ship came into the U.S. from 1906 on, the names of all the passengers and their page/line numbers can often be found on the Ship Book indexes, which will point you to a ripped nameless part of a page. Also the WPA cards might also have passenger information including ship name, and page/line numbers for a passenger.
Are the above lists included in searches on

Otherwise, where are they available?

Thank you,


Seek relatives of Hermann ERB and Bertha MOSES? from Germany #germany #unitedkingdom


Looking for relatives of Hermann Erb and Bertha Moses?of Germany.They immigranted to England around 1860

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Re: Minsk vs minsk #belarus

Diane Jacobs

Moderator Note:  The JewishGen Belarus website has a map and lots of informaton.
A good first stop searching for family from either Minsk.
You may never k ow without finding a record.
My grandmother said she came from Minsk Gubernia but she actually came from Pinsk  which is in Minsk Gubernia
Diane Jacobs 
Date: 5/15/20 3:00 PM (GMT-05:00)    Mary Ellen <memsp@...> wrote:
I have a relative who says her grandfather was born in Minsk. I see on the map that there are 2 Minsk"s.
One seems to be a region/state and the other a town by the same name in that region. How am I to
know which Minsk my relative is referring to.  Thank you.

Looking for Information on Harry FEINGOLD and Bessie WEISS, from Poland to Phoenixville, PA and NYC 1890s #poland #usa

Maria Krane

Hello Genners,
     I am helping a cousin research her great grandparents, Harry (Aryeh Chaikel) FEINGOLD and Bessie (Basia) Weiss who emigrated from Poland (town unknown) to Phoenixville, PA and a few years later to Manhattan. They had 10 children, Hyman, Bella, Sarah, Jenny, Morris, Anne, Benjamin, Ephraim, Mamie and Naomi.  We've been unable to find any town of origin information for either one.  We've not found ship manifests, or naturalization records to date. Bessie was the daughter of Bernard (Baruch) WEISS and Freda (maiden name unknown). We suspect that FEINGOLD might not be the original surname as we have found scant documents on Harry.  If anyone knows of this family, or has any hints on how to research the Philadelphia area, I'd be most appreciate for the assistance.

Maria Krane,  Florida   <mariakrane@...>
Researching (for my cousin): FEINGOLD / FINEGOLD / WEISS from Poland

Seeking Jewish roots of my NAGIN family - Lithuania (Vilnius) #lithuania #poland

Szymon Nagin

Hello Everyone,

I'm from Warsaw, but my family comes from Lithuania and lived for many years in Vilnius. I'm trying to find any informations about my ancestors.
I found a lot of Jewish families with the same surname in Jewish Gen - even from Vilnius, but I can't find any connections between them and my family members I know about.
The last person I have some informations about is Jerzy NAGIN  (Georgy). Born 1866 in Vilnus and and died there in 1935. His wife was Zofia Nagin. Unfortunately I have only names of his parents. His mother's name was Anna and father's name was Vasily.
I found some photos of his grave in Christian cemetery in Vilnius and I also found a photo of the another grave with my family name, but this photo was taken in orthodox cemetery. I have to find what was happening before or beside, because I don't think it is an accidental coincidence of names and I want to know what happened with the Jewish roots of my family.

I will be extremely grateful if anyone would share with me knowledge that could help me to put my story together.

Best regards!     Szymon Nagin <szymon.nagin@...>

Re: Unable to find names on passenger lists #names


You never quite know how your family was listed in passenger lists.  It took me a long time to find my great-grandparents (Levine) passenger list record to America.  I finally located them (and their children at the time) on a boat from England to New York under the name Lewin.  Additionally, all their first names were just given as initials.  I was able to match the passenger listing because the years of birth, year of travel, and first initials all matched my great-grandparents information and their family.  Now, if only I could locate my great-aunt's (Ida Florence Levine, around 1886-1887) birth in England.  No luck yet, and I don't know what town they were living in (probably just for months or maybe a year) prior to boarding to America. 

Good luck with your passenger list searching!
Richard Levine

Searching for Shatkin relatives out of Ukraine #ukraine #usa


What we know about Aaron Shatkin....

·       Family name could be Shatkin or Shatkhen or Shadkhin; name in USA is Shatkin

·       Research time period…..1820-1906

·       Focus on Aaron Joseph Shatkin; arrived at Ellis Island on June 9, 1922; he was ~80 at the time, estimated birth year 1836 and died Jan 18, 1928 and buried in Warwick, RI, his son Louis arrived in the USA in late 1800’s and was born Sep 15, 1865 – died Jun 14, 1928 and buried in Warwick, RI

Research of records in Ukraine....

·       In the list with no title, with subheading "From Novokonstantinov" we found Shatkin

·       p. 385 rev – 386, serial 276, 208 N [likely the number under which listed in

·       Novokonstantinov census of 1858] Shadkhin Shmul son of Aron, 30 years of

·       age, died in Letichev. His son Zelman, 11 years old, in Letichev; Shmul's brother

·       Simkha, 23 years old; Shmul's uncle Ios son of Iosiof, 49 years of age, deceased;

·       Ios' sons Gershko 24 years old, Duvid 9 years old; Simkha's sons Nukhim 6

·       years old, Avrum 2 years old; Gershko's sons Moshko 13 years old, Ios 3 years

·       old, Mikhel 3 months; Duvid's son Khaim, 3 years old.

Any information would be helpful
Charlie Newman...Saratoga Springs, NY USA   

Minsk vs minsk #belarus

Mary Ellen

I have a relative who says her grandfather was born in Minsk. I see on the map that there are 2 Minsk"s.
One seems to be a region/state and the other a town by the same name in that region. How am I to
know which Minsk my relative is referring to. Thank you.
Mary Ellen

Re: Unable to find names on passenger lists #names

Sally Bruckheimer

"I start by looking for a naturalization. Because if one exists, you'll learn exactly when and where the person arrived, and, for later arrivals, under what name."
This is true if the immigrants arrived late, and in a port with Certificates of Arrival. If the immigrant arrived before, say 1920, nobody checked, and everybody guessed - and the name is a mystery. Maybe they remembered it was cold, so it must have been January (wrong, maybe March or November). Maybe they remembered the name of the ship and got close: I once looked for the Rhineland, and it wasn't there, the Rheinland, however, was; this is where it is good to have a list of ships arriving in some month or sounding like something.
On the third hand, if they naturalized really early, it says nothing about a ship, just Mr. X gives up allegiance to the King of ____.
And if, like my grandfather, he came early (June 1881) at some port unnamed, nobody can find any passenger list because it disintegrated or he walked across the bridge and nobody cared to make a note.
Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Re: Searching for Leah Noah Da Costa #unitedkingdom

Christine Hills

I am trying to find the birth name of Leah who married Solomon Noah Da Costa, they are my 4xGt. Grandparents. This is Soloman's record:
FS Birth register (1767-1881) Bevis Marks Synagogue Salomon /Da Costa Noah/ Sex:Male Birth: 18 September 1770 PARENTS:Father:Isaac De Abraham Gomez /Da Costa/ Mother: Ester De Jacob /Dias/ SOURCE Miriam Rodrigues-Pereira, BA and Chloe Loewe, PhD, The Birth register (1767-1881) of the Spanish & Portuguese Jews' Congregation, London (London, The Spanish and Portuguese jews' Congregation, 1993. The Birth register (1767-1881) 1/L1 K35s pt. 5.) CITING THIS RECORD The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Community Trees," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2017-05-26), Salomon /Da Costa Noah/. and circumcised at the Bevis Marks Synagogue, London, England on September 25, 1770.
I guess Solomon and Leah were married at Bevis Marks about 1798 as their 5 children were born between 1800 and 1817.
I would be grateful for any help in finding Leah's birth name.
Thank you. Christine Hills tinasusanamy@... born in England now living in Dublin Ireland

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