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The TownFinder only identifies towns with substantial Jewish communities. If what you are looking for isn’t there, try the JewishGen Gazetteer by going to the Communities Main Page from the TownFinder. The Gazetteer found 5 possible towns: one in Poland, two in the Czech Republic, and two in Croatia.
I would like help in reading the handwriting on lines 315-319 at the bottom of the page for the Abramowitz family.
I believe that line 315 is Sore (what is her designation in the 5th column?), 316 is Dwore (my gggm), 317 is Nocheme (my ggm Nechama/Annie), 318 (I can't make this out at all!), and 319 is Abraham. The children on lines 318 & 319 are new to me and would like to research them further.
It says that they are from Poland but I can't make out the town. My information is that they were from Chernihiv, Ukraine so I would like to know what this says.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Kfar Vradim, Israel
(originally from Philadelphia, PA)
Re: headings in Alex Krakovsky files #translation
Different metric books might have different headers. It would help if you post a screenshot of the header or a link the specific pdf file.
Thank you to all. This has helped me tremendously.
Jan Meisels Allen
As mentioned previously, every month I post a listing of the IAJGS Records Access Alert topics from the previous month for you to see the variety of issues…some were posted on this discussion group but most were not—
all postings are included below. The following are the summaries for the month of November, 2020. In order not to miss out on important information it is worthwhile for you to be subscribed to the Records Access Alert.
Without records, genealogists cannot do genealogy –making certain that we retain access and gain access where it is impaired is every genealogists' responsibility.
• (Arolsen Archives) Arolsen Archives Adds One Million Documents to Their Online Archive
• (Australia) 2021 Census Preparations are Underway
• (Australia) Attorney General Announces review of Privacy Act
• (Australia’s National Archives Contract to Digitize World War l Service records
• (Austria) Facebook Loses Court Case in Online Speech Case
• (Canada) Bill Comin to Overhaul Canada’s Privacy Law
• (China) China to Hold 7th Decennial Census
• (European Union) A Group of European Companies Complain to EU Commission About Google
• (European Union) European Commission Informs Amazon they Breached Anti-Trust Rules
• (European Union) EU Data Protection Board Issues Recommendations on Data Transfer Between EU and Other Countries
• (European Union) EU Market Commissioner Says US Technology Could be Banned From Europe
• (European Union) New Proposal offers Protections for Corporate and Public Service Data
• (European Union) None of Your Business Files Suit Against Apple Over iPhone Tracking
• (European Union) Online Technology Giants Being Made to Open Advertising Archives to Anti-Trust Regulators
• (European Union) Second Proposal for Cross-Border Transfer Agreement is Proposed.
• (France ) Archives Nationale Online Catalog
• (France) France Orders Big Tech to Pay Digital Tax
• (France) Google Signs With Six French Publications on Copyright Agreements
• (India) India’s Personal Protection Act of 2019
• (Ireland) Irish Data Protection Commission Must Pay Activist’s Costs in Facebook Litigation
• (Russia) Russian Parliament Draft Law Blocking US Media Giants
• (Scotland) Scotland’s People Adds Mother’s Maiden Name to One Million Death Record Indexes
• (Sweden) Court Rejects Google’s Privacy Case
• (United Kingdom) Isle of Man Records of Last Native Manx Speakers and Wartime Internees to be Digitized and Put Online
• (US) 2020 Census Heads Back to Court
• (US) Census Officials Say They Can’t Meet President Trump’s December Deadline Regarding Population Totals
• (US)Census Takers Told to Enter False Information-Census Bureau Denies Allegations
• (US) Department of Homeland Security ratifies Departmental Actions Including About USCIS
• (US) FTC Complaint on Zoom
• (US) NARA’s Index to Naturalizations of World War l Soldiers
• (US) Supreme Court Hears Case Involving FOIA
• (US) USCIS N-644 Application for Posthumous Citizenship
• (US-California) Proposition 24 Amending California Consumer Privacy Act Passes
• (US-NYS) Privacy Bill Introduced “It’s Your Data Act” SB 9073
• (US-WA) Washington State Department of Health Handouts on New Vital Records Law
The IAJGS Board of Directors approved opening the Records Access Alert to anyone who is interested in records access. This was announced previously. We now have subscribers from many genealogical organizations not
previously able to subscribe. To be on top of what is happening I encourage you to register for the Records Access Alerts to receive the information in a timely manner. If you are interested in any of the above items, please
register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert and look at them in the archives. To register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert go to: http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/listinfo/records-access-alerts and follow the instructions to enter
your email address, full name and which genealogical organization you belong to-a society, SIG or a subscriber of JewishGen, Avotaynu, Legal Genealogist etc. You will receive an email response that you have to reply to,
or the subscription will not be finalized. The alerts are archived and once you register you may access the archives at: http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/private/records-access-alerts/
The IAJGS Records Access Alert is not a daily announcement list. Depending on what happens worldwide, there may be no postings for several days and other times there may be several in one day.
These are listed alphabetically not chronologically. Each month the locales covered differ.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee
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"Mayor" may be a very loose translation of the position the uncle held. My great uncle Simon Schaeffler was the President or Chairman of the Jewish Kultesgemeinde (community organization) in Storozynetz, Bukovina (Austria before WWI, Romania between the wars, now in Ukraine). His nephews, who I knew well here in the USA, called him "The Mayor of Storozynetz," for lack of a better term or translation. When the Nazis arrived in Storozynetz, they shot and killed Simon Schaeffler on the first day. His wife, my GM's older half-sister Clara Kantorczy Schaeffler died in the Czernowitz transit camp, according to Romanian government records.
Hope this helps,
Marc M. Cohen, Los Gatos, California, USA
BARAK/CANTORCZY: Khotin, Bessarabia; Strorozhinets, Bukovina, Ukraine
CHOMITZ/HAMETZ: Ionina (Janina), Greece; Ignatovka, Ukraine; Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine
COHEN: Dinovitsi (Dunayevtsy) Ukraine; Roman/Tirgu Frumos, Romania
KORNITZKY: Kiev Gubernia, Stepnitz/Stepantsy, Ukraine
RÎBNER: Storozhinetz, Costesti (Costyntsi), Drachinets, Cabesti, Bukovina, Ukraine
ROSENBERG: Tirgu Frumos, Roman, Romania; ISRAEL
WEININGER: Cabesti, Costesti, Drachinets, Czernowitz, Bukovina, Ukraine
Farhi family- Rhodes to Tangier #general
I would like to ask you some several questions about my grandma’s past -
The Farhi family lived in Rhodes until 1939. With the beginning of World War II, Italy ruled an aggressive antisemitic attitude on the Jewish people in Rhodes [which formerly belonged to the Italian nation at that time]. The family included 9 souls which w then considered one of the most multi-child families all over Rhodes.
As the war progressed, enormous efforts have been made by the International Community to save the lives of as many Jews as possible. So, it was determined that some of the most multi-children Jews families [including the Farhi family] will sail to a destination that will keep them safe. After a long “journey” from place to place, they arrived nearly 24 days after they left Rhodes to Tangier - where they stayed for 6 years.
So, I would like to ask if you have some knowledge about the organization that has helped them to exit Rhodes and enter Tangier, and maybe the names of the places they have been before entering Tangier?
I’m trying to look for some documents and information about that and I will bless any Information or document that will help me to understand more about my grandmother’s past.
I appreciate your help and work,
Thank you very much,
Snir Ahiad Yehezkel,[Email to contact me - Snir.yehezkel@...]
The Jewish vital records from Dąbrowa Tarnowska are not held at AGAD. They are mostly in the Tarnów branch of the Polish State Archives. The Town Page for this town at JRI-Poland shows that Birth records 1882-1913 are held in Archive 33 (Tarnów), Fond 374, and Marriage records 1919 are held in Archive 29 (Kraków), Fond 526. In fact the same Fond at the Tarnów Archive now also holds the Birth records up through 1917, Death records 1916-1936 and Marriage records 1915-1937 (except 1919).
If you need to contact them for records which have not yet been scanned the contact information will depend on which branch of the PSA has the records you need. Information about how to do this can be found here:
You can find the contact information here:
Scanned images of some of these records are also on the website https://www.szukajwarchiwach.gov.pl/ where you can view and download them if you know the year and record number(s). At this time they have only scanned the Birth records 1882-1903. This is where I found the 1894 birth record for Reizel KANNER which I sent you in 2016.
Dąbrowa Tarnowska Town Coordinator
Jewish Records Indexing - Poland
Dr. Ruth Leiserowitz
Professor Krystyna Cedro-Ceremuzynska lives still in Konstancin-Jeziorno. I didn't found any actual telephone or mail address. I propose to send a message to Mrs. Hanna Kaniasta. (hkaniasta@...). She is the coordinator of the Virtual Museum Konstancin and had recently contact with her.
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Here lies a dear man, Feivel son of Yosef, died 21 Tevet 5683. May his soul be bound up.....
Boston, Mass, USA
On 11/30/2020 12:09 PM, Alex Magocsi wrote:
Can someone assist with translations of the Hebrew on this gravestone for Philip and Hannah Greif?
Re: Brooklyn Roumanian-American Congregation First Beth Tphilah (224-228 Hopkins St. Brooklyn) #usa
Google books did turn up an entry in the YIVO holdings I’ll post below. I’m personally interested in post 1916 records. YIVO seems to have the following records:
1901-1907 1/2 in (RG1216) Founded in 1894 in Brooklyn NY. Minutes, 1901
Chevy Chase MD USA
By 1920, Russia had become the Soviet Union, where the Jewish Leon Trotsky, born Lev Bronstein, became foreign minister and head of the army. Mayor of a town/city would have been no great shakes.
It looks like Russia Ruezk to me
Christine Hills tinasusanamy@... living in Dublin Ireland
Info on JACOBS from Wreschen, TRENCHER from Sawin #usa
I cannot find information about father’s family before they arrived in the US — from Wreschen, my ggf, Abraham I. JACOBS (b 1837; arr. 1855?), ggm Rachel SEIFFER (b. 1838); from Sawin, ggf Pinchus TRENCHER (b. 1851; arr. 1885?), ggm Leah Taube MARGULIES/GREENSPAN. Any help on how to proceed would be much appreciated.
Chiah Haja Brucha SCHINDER #names
I was told this was the name of my great grandmother. Born and died in Russia, possible Stepan. I would like to know if there might be an English equivalent.
Re: St. Joseph Missouri City Directories. #records
On Sun, Nov 29, 2020 at 05:47 PM, Felissa Lashley wrote:
GOLDIE LISHINSKYNeither last name is in the 1924 St Joseph City Directory (Ancestry dot com). The Mid-Continent Public Library - Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence does not show 1922 or 1923. They have 1921 and 1924. Also couldn't find any listing in the St Joseph Gazette nor the St Joseph News for those years. No hits in Anita Loeb's Jewish Burials in Kansas City database.
-Continent Public Library -Midwest Genealogy Center
Anyone have any idea if Bulovitz is a correct spelling for a real place at the time, and/or what it would be today?
Try Bulowitz, today known as Bulowice
I hope this helps
A similar question came up on a Facebook group a few weeks ago, which prompted me to look into this.
In 1906, an official in the US embassy in Saint Petersburg wrote a paper on the status of Jews in the Russian Empire, which is posted on the US State Dept's website at: https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1906p2/d409
The relevant paragraph is about 1/3 of the way down the page:
"According to the law of 1870, the number of Jews in the village councils and in the councils of municipalities must not exceed one-third of the number of the Christian members of the said council. Mayors of villages must be Christians. According to the laws of 1890 and 1892, Jews can not take part in assemblies for election beyond the Jewish pale, and the same laws forbid them to hold office under the municipalities outside the pale. Furthermore, in courts of justice, whatever the religion of the plaintiff or defendant, there must be more Christians than Jews in the jury and the foreman of the jury must be a Christian."
So, it is was not possible for a Jewish person to be mayor of a town, if Christians also lived in the town.
It is possible that the uncle held a position on the Kahal, the committee of Jewish men who oversaw the Jewish community of the town.
Lock/Lak/Lok and Kalon in Zagare/Joniskis, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Minsk gub., Belarus
Martha SOROKIN, b 1905, of NYC #usa
Searching for family of Martha SOROKIN. Martha SOROKIN (maiden name) was born, probably circa 1905, in Sladkovodnaya, Ekaterinoslav, Ukraine, Jewish Colony No. 14 (47.57,36.76). In the 1950s she was living in New York City and contacted her relative, Louis (Arya Leib) SOROKIN, who was then living in Los Angeles. Louis had migrated to Western Canada in 1923. That’s all I have.