Announcing the Publication of the Memorial Book of Kremenets, Ukraine #yizkorbooks #ukraine

Joel Alpert

The Yizkor-Books-In-Print Project of JewishGen is proud to announce
the publication of its105th title, Memorial Book of Kremenets,
Translation of Pinkas Kremenits; Sefer Zikaron

Original Yizkor Book Edited by: Abraham Samuel Stein
Originally published in Hebrew and Yiddish
Tel-Aviv 1954

Details: Hard Cover, 8.5” by 11”, 564 pages with original photographs.
Translation Project Coordinator: Dr. Ronald D. Doctor
English Translation Editors: Dr. Ronald D. Doctor and Ellen F. Garshick
Layout: Jonathan Wind
Cover Design: Rachel Kolokoff-Hopper
Name Indexing: Bena Shklyanoy

Kremenets, in western Ukraine is 213 miles W of Kiev. It is located
at 50 deg 6’ North Latitude and 25 deg 43’ E Longitude.

Jews are known to have been in the Kremenets area as early as 1438
when the Grand Duke of Lithuania gave them a charter. The Jewish
community gradually expanded and prospered through the 16th century.

According to the 1931 Polish census, the town of Kremenets, Ukraine
had a population of 19,877, consisting of 8,428 Ukrainians, 7,256
Jews, 3,108 Poles and 883 Russians.

The Nazis and their helpers destroyed and exterminated a magnificent
community, capable and devoted, that wove its thread of existence for
500 years in an area that was a land of contention among Tatars,
Lithuanians, Ukrainians, Poles, and Russians. Amid all the political
perversities, the Jewish community persevered, shaped and strengthened
its way of life, lived through times of highs and lows, wrote
brilliant pages in the history of Jewish Volhynia, and produced
leaders and Torah greats, writers and intellectuals.

But maybe its main greatness and value is in its spirited, folksy
life—in the character of the laboring Jew who is content in spirit and
soul, and full of the joy of life; who has deep emotional ties to
Judaism and all its vivid creative forces, the campaigners and
builders among them: Hasidim and Mitnagdim, Orthodox and
intellectuals, pioneers of Love of Zion and Zionism, advocates of
Hebrew and Yiddish culture, of socialism and the movement of those who
work the Land of Israel, of pioneering and immigration—in all of
those, the Jews of Kremenets took an active part, in body and soul and

This Yizkor Book serves as a memorial to all the victims of the Shoah
from Kremenets and nearby towns.

List price: $61.95 available from JewishGen for $35

To order, Go to;
go to the bottom to order.

Alternate names for the town: Kremenets [Rus, Ukr], Krzemieniec [Pol],
Kremenitz [Yid], Kremenez [Ger], Kremenits, Kremenec', Kshemyenyets

Nearby Jewish Communities:
Velikiye Berezhtsy 4 miles W
Lanivtsi 23 miles SE
Podlesnoye 5 miles SE
Brody 25 miles W
Katerynivka 10 miles SE
Yampil 25 miles ESE
Pochayev 12 miles WSW
Vyshhorodok 26 miles SSE
Zaliztsi 27 miles SW
Vishnevets 14 miles S
Varkovychi 28 miles NNE
Kozin 16 miles NW
Demydivka 28 miles NW
Rakhmanov 17 miles E
Mlyniv 28 miles N
Shumsk 18 miles E
Mizoch 28 miles NE
Novyy Oleksinets 21 miles SSW
Ozeryany 29 miles NNE
Muravytsi 29 miles NNW
Pidkamin 21 miles WSW
Leshniv 30 miles WNW
Dubno 22 miles N
Zbarazh 30 miles S

Packed with history; this book opens a unique window to life in this
shtetl. A must-read! Certainly a welcome gift to the relative who
would appreciate this unique history of their shtetl.

Joel Alpert, Coordinator of the Yizkor-Books-In-Print Project

Re: How they traveled - rafters #poland

Irene Newhouse

My paternal grandfather was in the business of contracting to log forests, float the logs downstream & sell them at the river mouth. According to my father, who worked for him at times as foreman of floating crews, the river involved was usually the Memel/Nieman & the destination Tilsit/Sovetsk. The river section my father worked was in Poland, he never forgot the Polish crews who stood chest-deep in water all day, pushing logs back into the current with long pikes, going home in the evening, soaked, pikes on their shoulders, with the temperature dropping below freezing - singing.
Irene Newhouse
Kihei HI USA

(Russia) Database of 6 Million Russian Documents and Photos #announcements #russia

Jan Meisels Allen

Find Lost and Russian & Ukrainian Family posted about the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation  database of 6 million Russian documents and photos about life in the USSR. Access is free.  There are photos of collective farms, school students, old churches, WWI and WWII military documents and even 1905.


A large focus of the database is the arts of Russia- writers, composers, artists and performers. Anyone who had ancestors or relatives who worked in the arts from the USSR is highly encouraged to take advantage of this database. revolutionary activists.


The database is located at: It is in Russian, but if you use Chrome as your browser it will automatically inquire if you want to translate it. Or you can use a translation service such as google translate or both are free.


A video guide on how to use the site is located at:

Original url:


Suggestions on how to use the database without knowing Russian is in the article.

To read the article see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: How and where can I find Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records for Bukovina, Austrian-Hungarian Empire era? #austria-czech #hungary #records


I searched for bukovina under "Keywords" in and found a lot of entries.
You will need to try it yourself to see which village you are looking for.
Maryellen Tobiasiewicz
family from: Bielsko-Biala powiat Poland
Gorlice powiat Poland
Lviv Oblast Ukraine

Re: Help - Birth record and church found on the border of two countries? #hungary #poland #slovakia

Christine Hills

I found the place it says Rabčice is a village and municipality in Námestovo District in the Žilina Region of northern Slovakia.
This is the link
There is a picture of the church.
I hope this helps.
Christine Hills  Dublin, Ireland. tinasusanamy@...

Re: Help - Birth record and church found on the border of two countries? #hungary #poland #slovakia


On Fri, Dec 18, 2020 at 06:29 AM, <mandy.molava@...> wrote:
Rabca Namestovo
I found this on in the catalog:
  1. Rímsko-katolícka farnosť Rabča
    Author: Brišák, Anton; Maťugová, Soňa; Briš, Vladimír
  2. Cirkevná matrika, 1766-1910
    Author: Rímsko-katolícka cirkev. Farský úrad Rabča (Námestovo); Štátny oblastný archív v Bytče

Maryellen Tobiasiewicz
family from: Bielsko-Biala powiat Poland
Gorlice powiat Poland
Lviv Oblast Ukraine

Pentue(location) #russia


I am looking for : Pentue, Russia.   My husband's great-grandfather and grandfather came from there. 
Thank you
Ellen Honig

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Nancy Siegel
Director of Communications
(San Francisco, California)

Re: How they traveled #romania #russia #usa


My great great grandfather travelled from Krasilov Ukraine to Tzefat Palestine in August 1899.He sent a letter to his daughter setting out the travel details. The town/cities are in Hrbrew and I have been unable to find (through Google) what the English equivalent .three  that are clear are Istanbul and Tripoli and Beirut.
The letter states that he left by boat to Istambul. Since he was coming from Krasilov ,I presume that he left Ukraine from Odessa ( ?).
The following are the cities  mentioned in order (  איסטאמבול>דארביגלען>מארטילן>אזמירוב>חיאת>סאמיסט>טריפולי>(דרך ספינה
ביירוט<: צפת 
 Can anyone identify the towns  with English spelling  -except for Istanbul,Tripoli, Beirut and Tzefat
Thank you,

Hillel Bick

Re: How they traveled #romania #russia #usa


I was given a memoir by a cousin whose father was hired as a "raft worker."  He helped take timber from the forests in Lithuania to a port by working on a raft about 1892.  It is the only time that I've heard of floating downstream to get to a port city, but he describes crossing the Russian-German border and having his passport approved.

I think that there were lots of ways to travel, we just don't know about all of them!

Peggy Mosinger Freedman

Re: How did they meet? #ukraine, #general


If this was an arranged marriage, then there are any manner of ways in which he might have learned of his future wife, including mutual friends or perhaps family living in CT.  I know of a happy modern arranged marriage between a woman who was raised in Los Angeles to a man who was raised in New York.  
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: how to find death marriage and birth records for Munkacs, Hungary/Czechoslavakia #hungary #records

Vivian Kahn

I suggest that you start by contacting Lara Diamond, JewishGen's Sub-Carpathian Research Director at ldiamond@....  The Sub-Carpathian database, which is described at includes records from the Munkacs area for these years.

Vivian Kahn
JewishGen Hungarian Research Director

Moscow 19th Century Jewish Research #russia #records

Abby Schmelling

I am researching a Jewish family of distillers in Moscow who had to leave in 1891 when the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich became Governor General of Moscow whose goal was “to save Moscow from the Jews”. The family went to Hamburg where they left the following January 1892 for the United States. Are there any records to research for their lives before they left or how to determine how they got to Moscow and from where? 
Abby Cohen Schmelling

Re: Jewish family name Williams in NY State origin in the old coutry ( Suspect Suwalk/Suwalki #usa #russia #lithuania #poland

Lin Mor

I live a 90 or so minute easy ride from Utica, would be willing to go there in the spring (we just had over 2' of snow). Please do find out the details and feel free to contact me again.

Linda Cohen Morzillo,
Saratoga Springs NY

Re: 1899 Psychiatric Diagnosis #records #usa


In 1880 the family lived in Alachua County, FL. In the U.S. Census of the same year, the young man in question was 15 yrs old and listed as attending school with his siblings, strongly suggesting he was not intellectually or physically challenged at that time (when there was no Special Ed). The father died in July 1899 in NJ. Between 1880 and 1899, they had moved to NJ. I don't know exactly when, but the 1885 NJ State Census does not show the family in NJ, except for the oldest son who moved to NJ some years before the rest of the family followed. The best guess is that the family move occurred between 1885 and 1889, the time of the commitment. Unfortunately, as we know, the 1890 U.S. census was mostly destroyed in a fire.
Judith Lipmanson

Smyrna, DE USA

help deciphering name #names #translation

Aline Petzold

Hello all:

 I am wondering if someone can help me decipher the signature  on  a postcard written to my grandmother in 1914?  The lines before it are from a poem and are in German. Apparently there are three different types of handwriting: Sütterlin, Fraktur and Kurrent...
Aline Petzold

St. Paul MN

Re: Wolk family #lithuania

David Wolk

Thanks for the various pieces of information, some of which I was aware.  Hope you will understand when I say that the ancestral waters have become very cloudy.  Hyman's brother, Louis, emigrated to South Africa where he eventually died.  I have seen reliable documents showing that Louis was born in Petkunai.  Perhaps mistakenly, given the absence of any other details, I assumed that Hyman was also born in that village.  What I did not find in any documentation on Louis were the names of his parents.  I do know, however, that he was definitely Hyman's brother.  During the early 1950s Louis sailed from Cape Town to New York where, for the first time in nearly 50 years, he had a reunion with Hyman's widow (Sarah) and at least three of her children (Charles, Louis and Ida).  Some of her other children may also have been there but I have no evidence of it.  During that trip I believe Louis also met with his brother George and sister Helen, the latter being the sister who emigrated to the U.S..  I know only that this sister married and lived somewhere in Minnesota.  My knowledge of Hyman's brother George is also scant, largely the result of my father's lifetime silence about his ancestors.

If Morris and Lillian(nee Levinson) Wolk were Hyman's parents, then the picture is confused by Max and Lena(Bresky) Wolk whose son Morris (born sometime between 1874 and 1880 depending on which document is referenced) emigrated to the U.S. (Worcester, Mass.) in the first few years of the 1900s.  In 1908 Morris's mother, Lena (or Leba) made the journey to Worcester.  She was then 62 years old and it appears she died about five years later.  I am increasingly convinced that Morris was a brother to Hyman and, if so, this may explain why Hyman went to Worcester soon after landing in America.

I am awaiting contact by a relative of Morris and Lena - it is my understanding he has more information on the Wolk family tree.  This may help to clear the water.  I'll be happy to let you know when I find something.

David Wolk

Re: How they traveled #romania #russia #usa


This is so interesting, my great grandparents travelled early 1900's came to live in England, but the brothers all USA, so I've been trying to imagine what journey they would have had.

Not sure if anyone has been to any of the Ancestry conferences, they only had an England travel talk, I might contact them to try and include this in the next conference which is online next year USA.

Mandy Molava

Re: Life in Lodz #lodz

Sharon E Siegel

Thank you so much, Arthur.  I am going to check this book now.
I am so looking for photos of what Lodz was like then during the war and prior. Also, descriptions of life there.  I will check this book for sure. Thanks so much, Sharon
Sharon E. Siegel 
Port Jervis, NY USA

Re: how to find death marriage and birth records for Munkacs, Hungary/Czechoslavakia #hungary #records


Try contacting Mr. Huber from Ungvar. Hi is a local researcher and guide. 
His email huberbelay@... 
Other contact information you can find on the jewish gen researchers list. 

Good luck 

Mark Friedman

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