searching for a relative who had a business in Rivne in 1939 #holocaust #ukraine


I would appreciate suggestions on next steps in searching information about a relative (great uncle) who I believe likely died in the Shoah. The last name is BRONSZTEJN, first initial S. (I thought the name was Simon, but it may have been Srul). He was probably born in the 1870s, probably in Ostrog/Ostroh.
I have a copy of a business envelope postmarked 1939 for his business (glassware) under the name Bronsztejn, S., located at 8 Pocztowa (Post Office Street) in Rovno. Recently I found online a 1939 list of Jewish businesses in Rivno which included Srul Brojnsztejn at 8 Pocztowa, which made me wonder if his name was Srul, not Simon. 
From the USHMM, I found the name of Srul Brojnsztejn of Warsaw, not Rovno, on a list of Jewish survivors.
In 2004, I wrote to the Red Cross Holocaust victims tracing center seeking information about Simon Bronsztejn. They apparently corresponded with the archives in Rovno. The archives forwarded a letter in 2004 stating that “in the list of  Jewish population of Rovno as of January 15, 1942 the name of Simon (Shimon) Bronshtein could not be found.” It also said “in the book of Ukrainian Grief of Rovno Region, Rovno, of the year 2002, Khaya Bronshtein is listed as an owner of the building at 8 Post Office Street during the years of 1937-38. It is further stated that she was shot by the German fascist occupiers in November 1941.”
At Yad Vashem, there is a page of testimony regarding Chaya Brojnsztejn of Rovno, stating that she was killed in 1942 in Rovno. There also two other listings  for Khaya Bronshteyn of Rovno without documents attached, one of which refers to a list of persons evacuated to Uzbekistan and the other of which states presumably murdered in the Shoah.   
I would appreciate any suggestions anyone may have regarding possible next steps and follow up, including the name of a researcher who could check property and other records in Rivne, if they exist. Or online sources I can check myself. 
Many thanks. 
Howard Brown
Stowe, VT
Researching BRONSZTEJN in Ostrog, Rivne and Warsaw, SHIKHMAN  in Makariv and Kiev, and SHVETS in Makariv.

Re: Help Needed Reading Nativity on Census #russia #records


If the word is actually Leuta, rather than Leoto, it could mean Lithuania.
--Yale Zussman

Searching for an experience genealogist for research in Ukraine 1800's #ukraine #belarus


Subject: Experience genealogist for research in Ukraine 1800's #ukraine #belarus
I am looking to find an experienced researcher that has experience in Ukraine and Belarus,
particularly pre 1910. Family roots in Dnieper (Ekaterinoslav, etc.) and Borisov, Belarus.
Please contact me;  Michael Benenson (Florida, USA) at mjbenenson@...

December 13 Meeting of the Minnesota Jewish Genealogical Society (MNJGS) #announcements #jgs-iajgs


MNJGS is pleased to present a panel discussion of the film The Flat on Sunday December 13, 2020 at 1:00 Central Time.
Summary: As the film maker cleans out the apartment that belonged to his grandparents, who immigrated from Nazi Germany, he uncovers clues pointing to a complicated and shocking story.
Panelists are Rodney Martel, documentary film maker, Bradley Prager, Professor Univ. of Missouri, Sheer Ganor, Visiting Professor Univ. of Minnesota. Details of the program can be found at under Events. 
Submitted by Walter S. Elias, Past President

Re: place in Teleneshty Yizkor book #yizkorbooks


My paternal  great-grandmother, Tsarna Bernstein, was born in Teleneshti.  My maternal grandmother, Chave Spiwak (changed from Glattstein) was born in Shukelten (sp). I was told that is now Cioceltani.

Gina Glazer

Re: tens of thousands members "family trees" in Ancestry #announcements #general #education


Hi Angel,

Have you come across "family trees" in Ancestry with tens of thousands
of members that are not a tree but what looks a collection of disjointed
small family trees? They seem to be related to DNA investigations. Any
idea why anybody would do this?
Yes, I have. They have my close family members, but have them married
to people who are not my family. And best of all, it says we're not
even a DNA match! I have no idea what that's all about, but I find it

Jeri Friedman
Port Saint Lucie, Florida

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Re: Help please with Jewish Family research in Turkey #names


Have you tried the site of the Israel National Library?  They have lots of material about communities around the world, including books in the library and documents in the archives.  

best success,
Vivian Silbermann

Re: Romanian Birth records #romania #records

Steve Stein

What was Maramaros before WW I, today is split between Romania and Ukraine. Be open to the possibility of either, depending on the town.

Steve Stein
Highland Park, NJ

Re: Levitic Status in 19th Century Polish Vital Records #records #poland

Jill Whitehead

Your best bet to understand Levitic status is to take a DNA test to find out if you have the classic levite DNA markers. 

I am not aware of any Suwalki Lomza records showing this sort of information, as records were civil records and not religious records. 

The DNA of my great grandfather's line shows the classic Levite markers but his name was Abraham's/Abrams formerly Ceglarski from Suwalki. 

Not all those called Levy have the Levite markers - they may have Cohenim markers, or neither Cohenim nor Levy markers, but other ones altogether.

I have the records of one of my other great grandfathers Aaron Guttenberg from Rajgrod in Lomza Gubernia, and these are civil records which just record his birth and later marriage, and place and time of these events.

As  some of his records are recorded later in time to escape the Tsar's draft in the 1860's, I doubt he would have volunteered any other information which would have put him in danger of the draft (if he had any other information of note) . In the event, he escaped to Hull, UK in 1865 with his wife and baby daughter.

In this area of NE Poland, as it was often in the front line of conflicts (e.g. WW1 and WW2), data is less easy to find anyway.  I am not aware of anything like Ketubas/marriage contracts being found, and they are probably long lost for many places in this area. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK 

Re: Romanian Birth records #romania #records


Records older than 100 years would be at the Baia Mare office on National Archives. Later  ones at the civill office of the  Town Hall (Primarie) of place of birth.  The law about getting them (officially only death records can be obtained by a direct descendant) can sometimes be softened by a visit to that office. 

Luc Radu
Great Neck, NY

Looking for civil records from Siret and from Banila pe Siret #records


My paternal ancestors are from these locations.
Jack Peretz

Re: Looking for Urche GERSZONOWICZ-GOLDSTEIN born about 1893 in Lodz and emigrated to USA #lodz #usa #poland #russia

Sharon E Siegel

If you locate any connection between Lodz birthplace and your search name, our parents Anna Iglicka Rzezak Siegel and Israel Rzezak Siegel were from Lodz and immigrated to USA aboard the Marine Perch in 1946.  Israel was born in 1905 in Lodz, and his family that he descended from lived there long before that.  Anna was born in Lodz and also had many generations there.  They lost most of their family to invasion in Lodz by Nazis.  I will be on the look out for Gerszonowic and Szerpansk as I continue my search, too. Best to you, 
Sharon E. Siegel 
Port Jervis, NY USA

Re: Romanian Birth records #romania #records

Susanna Vendel

Maramures is a region/province in Romania. oi you know the locality of birth? Here is a list of the localities in Maramures.

Susanna Vendel, Stockholm

INDIANER from Jaroslaw plus BAUMAGARTEN #poland

Mark A. Roseman <rosemanlawoffice@...>

My g grandmother Sime Reisel Indianer was born in Jaroslaw, Poland.. Her mother was Fanny Baumgarten


Mark Roseman

RIVIN of Gomel plus NAKHYMAN from Bieltiza, near Gomel #belarus

Mark A. Roseman <rosemanlawoffice@...>

I seek Girsh Rivin from Gomel, my g g grandfather, Abram 
Rivin is son from Gomel and or Bielitza, near Gomel, Nakhman, mt g grandfather. My grandfather Ysnkel Najkhman married Marisah Rivin in Gomel.\\

Mark Roseman

ROSENMAN and ZURAWNO (NEAR LVOV) #austria-czech

Mark A. Roseman <rosemanlawoffice@...>

Please send info on Jozef Rosenman from Zurawno and his children Csaim Rosenman my g grandfather plus Gittel Rosenamn , Chaim's sister.

if anyone requests to rosemanlawoffice@... I will send my Rosenman family tree info.
Mark Roseman

Re: Using geneanet #france


Hi Harlan,

I found geneanet very good especially for French relatives. The origins of our family is both German and French. I found detailed info on my father's uncle, who emigrated from Frankfurt to Paris in 1900 and later fought for the French against the Germans in WWI. His brother was fighing on the German side. Via Geneanet I found his military records and another Family tree that included him.

So to answer your question GENEANET is very useful as an addition to both MyHeritage and It is also a lot cheaper and has some nice functionality which you don't find in MyHeritage and Ancestory..

Kind regards

Richard Hainebach
Brussels, Belgium

Re: tens of thousands members "family trees" in Ancestry #announcements #general #education


You wrote : They seem to be related to DNA investigations. Any idea why anybody would do this?

I have been approached by one of those sites.

There is a hope to eventually link those family trees.
Links of course can be Blood links or they can be In-law links. with its WORLD TREE PROJECT is useful to find both Blood links and In-law links

Kind regards
Richard Hainebach
Brussels, Belgium

Descendants of Kutno - Facebook Group #general #poland


Dear Genners
As many of you will be aware most Jewish towns today have dedicated facebook group for researchers. Sadly nothing has been available for Kutno in the Gubernia of Warszawa, Province Lodz Poland and surrounding areas, so I have endeavoured to rectify this by launching a facebook group to provide a nice friendly atmosphere to connect people, help with DNA and paper research and learn about the town of our ancestors. The group settings are private to ensure members will be in a safe environment.
Belinda Kaye

Kielce district towns Books of Residents extraction #poland


JRI-Poland is pleased to announce the full extraction of Books of Residence from more than 24 villages and towns in the Kielce district (the book from the town of Kielce itself did not survive) with over 1800 entries. None of these towns had their own metric registers – vital events (births, marriages and deaths) were registered in Kielce.


Most books span 1890-1931. The extractions include households of individuals residing in each location, their parentage, place of birth, date of birth, marital status, and other comments including marriage notes, town relocations and date of death. To receive a list of towns and 138 surname counts, please contact Kielce Town Leader Ofer Manela: oferman@...


Judy Golan

Kfar Vradim, Israel


JRI-Poland Kielce Area Coordinator

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