Where is 'Osernovitz, Austria'? #galicia #general

Aaron Slotnik


Seeking assistance from the map mavens out there.  I am unable to find the birth location of Benjamin Ornstein referred to in the attached US Petition for Naturalization - 'Osernovitz, Austria'.  Neither the JewishGen Shtetlseeker nor Gazeteer return likely candidates.  My initial thought was that it was Czernowitz, but the first letter is definitely an 'O' (reference the 'O' in his surname).  Nonetheless, I tried searching Czernowitz vital records indexed from there and didn't find the family.

Doing a search for the town in the JewishGen unified search did turn up a few references, but no further clues to where it is exactly or the modern name.

The town is almost certainly in Galicia, possibly in the vicinity of 'Jagielnica' (Polish spelling) where his wife was from but it could be farther afield.  I don't think this is a case of mistaken or purposefully incorrect information since I've been able to confirm a number of other facts provided through other records (although I can't find his passenger manifest, but that may be the subject of another post).

Thanks in advance for any assistance!

Aaron Slotnik
Chicago, IL  USA

Salute! to Dorit Perry, Uri Sagi and "Giving a Face to the Fallen" #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Nolan Altman

The “IAJGS Salutes! Committee” is pleased to announce that Dorit Perry, Uri Sagi and “Giving a Face to the Fallen” have been awarded an IAJGS Salute! Award. IAJGS Salutes! are designed to provide recognition on an ongoing basis of noteworthy projects, activities and accomplishments relating to Jewish genealogy at any time during the year in addition to the annual IAJGS achievement awards.


Using their genealogical skills, Dorit Perry and Uri Sagi have taken upon themselves to research, discover and write the family story of those fallen soldiers who had no surviving family in Israel to tell these soldiers’ stories. “Giving a Face to the Fallen” was initiated in 2012 and currently has over 25 volunteers.


The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) maintains the “Izkor” website ( which is dedicated to memorialize those who have fallen in defense of the Jewish population in Israel since 1873.  Each one of those that fell, have an individual page including a picture of that person. But there are those for which no photo or story was submitted, especially if they were new immigrants who came to Israel alone.  “Giving a Face to the Fallen” has taken upon itself the goal to find information about those who have given their life for the defense of others.


At the beginning of the project, there were 861 names without biographical material and 500 without pictures.  To date, Dorit, Uri and their team of volunteers have researched and succeed in finding information for 100 of these fallen. They have also succeeded in finding photographs for some of the 500 that had no picture on their page. The information is then given to the IDF to be placed on the memorial page on the Izkor website. The successful family research done by this group has also resulting in the replacement of tombstones that now include the names of the parents of the fallen.


Izkor website -   (English version)

“Giving a Face to the Fallen” Facebook -


For the extraordinary efforts of this group, their coordinators and volunteers, the IAJGS is happy to recognize the efforts of Dorit Perry, Uri Sagi and “Giving a Face to the Fallen” with an IAJGS Salute! Award.

IAJGS Salutes! Committee

Nolan Altman

Bill Israel

Doris Nabel


February 2021


IAJGS Welcomes its 3 Newest Members! #jgs-iajgs #announcements

Nolan Altman

On behalf of the IAJGS Board and our current membership, it is with great pleasure that we welcome 3 new members to our growing family of IAJGS organizations:

            Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society

            Gesher Galicia, Inc.

            LitvakSIG, Inc.

Below is some basic information on each group including contact email addresses and upcoming meeting plans.

Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society (SCJGS)

The Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society (SCJGS) is dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with those who are interested in researching and preserving their Jewish roots.  We offer monthly meetings, special presentations and hands-on mentoring workshops.   Our educational programs provide support and guidance, as well as opportunities to share questions and successes as we come together to support our mutual interest in Jewish genealogy. The SCJGS specializes in hands-on mentoring workshops.  We often have 1-2 sessions per month focusing on advancing our members research skills and techniques.  In February we have scheduled two video events.  One is designed for Beginners (February 21st) and the second focuses on Polish Genealogy and Portals. (February 24th) For more information about the group, please contact the group’s President, Leah Kushner at SCJGSociety@...

The group’s next meeting is scheduled for March 14th at 1:00 PM PST. Daniel Horowitz, genealogy expert at MyHeritage will present “Research Jewish Genealogical Resources on the Internet” Daniel will discuss the main repositories for Jewish Genealogy available on the internet. The program will illustrate how to search efficiently in different Jewish and not-Jewish databases. To help use Hebrew websites, Daniel will also help you overcome the language barrier with a basic lesson of Hebrew, focusing on the tombstones terminology and how to translate efficiently to English.


Gesher Galicia, Inc.


Gesher Galicia is a non-profit organization carrying out Jewish genealogical and historical research on Galicia, formerly a province of Austria-Hungary and today divided between southeastern Poland and western Ukraine.


The research work includes the indexing of archival vital records and census books, Holocaust-period records, Josephine and Franciscan cadastral surveys, lists of Jewish taxpayers, and records of Galician medical students and doctors - all added to our searchable online database. In addition, the group reproduces regional and cadastral maps for their online Map Room. Gesher Galicia also conducts educational research and publishes a quarterly research journal, the Galitzianer.  Along with their databases, Gesher Galicia has pre-recorded webinars on their Member's Portal for members to view at their convenience with exciting presentations, interviews and educational offerings of renowned and well-respected persons relating to Galicia, History and Genealogy. The website also has a Family Finder with town pages for Galician towns and a Discussion Group.



For more information about Gesher Galicia, please visit their website at or contact them at info@...


LitvakSIG, Inc.

The mission of LitvakSIG is to preserve Litvak heritage by discovering, collecting, documenting and disseminating information about the once vibrant Jewish community of Lithuania. LitvakSIG has long-term relationships with the archives in Lithuania. In addition to translating records that are relevant to all parts of Lithuania, the group maintains a number of geographic-specific Research Groups (often referred to as "District Research Groups", or "DRGs").

The Research Groups identify and collect data for that group’s territorial area of interest from available records for Lithuania from the Russian Empire Period (1795 to First World War) and the period of Independent Lithuania (1919-1940) including Vilna Guberniya.

For more information about LitvakSIG, please visit their website at or contact Garri Regev (Membership Chair) at garrir@...


The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) was formed in 1988 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  IAJGS is an umbrella group of organizations which provides a common voice for issues of significance to its members, to advocate for and educate about our genealogical avocation, and to coordinate items such as the annual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.  For more information on IAJGS, please see our website at or contact us at membership@...


Nolan Altman

Membership Development


Re: New Find Raises Questions about Family Name: #poland #names

Lee Jaffe


Thanks so much.  I think your thorough description of the different kinds of paperwork used to process incoming passengers should help put to rest the notion that their ancestors had their names changed by an official at Ellis Island. I'd accepted such statements on face value until I began to think logically about the immigration process and wondered by what mechanism such a change could be enforced.  Unless immigrants were issued identity papers they would need for all transactions -- getting a job, for instance -- with their new name, what would prevent someone from reverting to their old name as soon as they hit the streets?

I don't mean to hijack the original question about the Grossman family name, but I think it is worth clarifying that they could have called themselves whatever name they liked.  Why they chose Grossman may be lost in the mists of time, but it wasn't something forced on them.

According to the CJH librarians again, the persistence of the Ellis Island name change may be due to folks not wanting to admit they changed their own name: it was easier to blame some faceless official.  

Lee Jaffe

Re: Stawiski, Poland #poland


My grandmother, Ida Denenberg, was born in Stawiski.  I have  some data from  the  Suwalki-Lomza Landsman Journals.  There is a print version of  the Yizhkor book available.
Larry Kanner

Domb/Dab/Newman  Grajewo, Ostrow Maz
Counselbaum/Kancelbaum  Rajgrod
Gabelman  Szczuczyn
Denenberg  Stawiski
perhaps Suwalski, Ludwinowski

paternal:  Kanner/Kangiser  Long/Lant Tischler perhaps Ziman  - Lithuania Latvia?

Re: Joining Ukraine discussion #ukraine


On Thu, Feb 18, 2021 at 07:43 AM, <dwhitehead2634@...> wrote:
Is there a reason to believe he was Jewish?  There are no records of people with that last name born (died or married) in Odessa among Jewish records.  Also, there are no matches in the JewishGen database for this last name.

Mike Vayser

Soviet Union genealogy #russia

Ozzy Bernstein

Does anyone have any experience doing personal genealogical research on family from Soviet Union? I can't seem to locate any online resources to even get passed one generation. I have the names of a parent and 2 grandparents but no results in FamilySearch, Ancestry nor MyHeritage.

Ozzy Bernstein

Help in translation from Russian #translation

Avi Bitron

Shalom all,

I would appreciate help in translating those 3 mid 19th century Russian texts taken from birth and marriage dcouments and revision lists. Regarding the first document, only entry number 47 is relevant and not the one above it.

Thank you very much,

Avi Chari, Israel

ViewMate Translation Request - Russian from Berdychiv #translation #ukraine



I've posted two records in Records for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following addresses:

Both records are from 19th century Berdychiv, and I believe (given my take on the surname - Nesanelis) family or close family related.
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.

Neil Ashton
London UK
Interested in Locations: Berdychiv/Odessa.
Surnames: Nesanelis/Litinzisky (to name but two) 


Re: Are children named for living or dead relatives if one parent is Ashkenazi and one is Sephardic? #names

Mark Stone

Dear S. Rotkopf, and All,


Firstly love your City and Country. Trust me you are no doubt absolutely correct, but their English was not great.


Charna Rywka Lichtenstein (Brones) died on 3rd December 1917 in Warsaw. Charles Victor Stone and that is not on his birth certificate, b .7th February 1918.


They would not have been able to go to the funeral, because of the Great War.


What should they have called him!


On his burial stone it has his Hebrew name. That would probably would make sense.


With very kind regards


Mark Paul Stone




From: jacro <jacro@...>
Sent: 18 February 2021 15:47
To: markstone@...
Subject: Re: Are children named for living or dead relatives if one parent is Ashkenazi and one is Sephardic?


Charna has nothing to do with Charles!!!

1. Charles is not a jewish name. This Charles surely had also a jewish name

2. Charna was used by russian and polish jews and means BLACK in polish and russian!




S. Rotkopf



Re: Headstone Translation Needed: Hebrew #translation


Hi Amy, 

I just like to add the correspondance to Gregorian date. 

12 Adar I 5714 corresponds to February 15 1954.

Best regards, 

Laurent Kassel 
Moreshet, Israel 

n Wed, Feb 17, 2021 at 09:11 PM, <amitch1066@...> wrote:

Hi All!

Could anyone translate this headstone?  Picture is attached.  Thanks in advance!

Amy Mitchell
Researching: Kram, Kaltwasser, Mitchell/Mitzel, Spindel, Starobenitz/Starovenitz/Starr

Connection between HOROWITZ and ABRAMOWITZ families-Novarodok/Hartford, Ct. #usa

Yonatan Ben-Ari

I am still trying to confirm a family connection between the HOROWITZ
and ABRAMOWITZ families from Novarodok. Both families, it seems left
Novarodok during the latter part of the 19th century when one
branch-Shimon HOROWITRZ came to Petach Tikva in Israel and another
branch went to Hartford, Ct. (Rabbi Isaac Simcha HOROWITZ -d.1936).

Many members of my ABRAMOWITZ family call the HOROWITZs from both
sides (Israel and USA) cousins. One of the HOROWITZ descendants
(Waxman) said to me that he had seen a family tree on which appeared
our ABRAMOWITZ but did not remember where and when it was.

What seems a possiblity is a family note stating that one of my
ABRAMOWITZ ancestors was a brother of Rabbi David-Rabbi of Novarodok
during the 19th cent. not family known to me-and that his son Moshe
married a HOROWITZ from Minsk and adopted that family name as his

I would like to make contact with any of the Horowitzs or descendants
of of the above Rabbi David (son of Moshe of Kletzk) who can possibly
confirm our connection.


Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Rabbi Mordechai ZACKHEIM- Pinsk 19th cent. #rabbinic #belarus

Yonatan Ben-Ari

In my great great uncles diary he mentions that a Rabbi Mordechai
(Ruzhiner) of Pinsk was a relative of his mother. He doesn't mention
the name ZACKHEIM but I understand that the Rav of Pinsk during the
mid 19th cent. was Rabbi Mordechai ZACKHEIM who had been born in
Ruzhin and died in Pinsk in 1856 (or 59).

I would like to contact anyone who may know about our connection. I've
seen George Sackheim's "The Scattered Seeds" which didn't help me very

My ancestors who lived in Karlin were Shlomo and Sarah Hinde KANTOR .
Shlomo passed away in Karlin around 1860-1870 and Sarah Hinde came to
Jerusalem with four orphans. My uncle who wrote the above diary was
Chaim Dov KANTOR who is a well known pioneering personality who lived
in Shfeya and Zichron Yacov (Israel).

Another uncle of mine (Chaim Dov's nephew) also writes that his Karlin
grandparents were relatives of Reb. Chaim of Volozhin who deceased a
during the first decades of the 19th century.


Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Please help me read this letter in Hebrew #israel #romania #translation

Leah Herz

I have posted a letter on ViewMate that was sent from Zefat, Israel in 1888 to the Rabbis in Romania

To raise funds for their community. The letter has the signature of my g-g-g-grandfather. Also please

Help me read the names of the people who signed this letter.


Thank you so much for your help,


Leah Herz


Researching, STEINMETZ – GANCZ families originally from Poland – then Borsa and Dragomiresti, in the Maramures Region –

That was Pre WW1 Hungary then became Romania

Birth in Csécse #hungary #records

Iris Israeli

Hello, I am looking for the birth record of Reiner Simon, born in  Csécse - probably on September 18, 1826.
I couldn't find it in JewishGen. And he wasn't in the census of 1848 or 1869.
I did find him as the father of some of his children (with his wife Pepi / Pessel / Jozefa Seidner), that were born in 
Gyöngyös , but I didn't find birth records of the other children who were born in other places. 

Thank you very much!
Iris Israeli
Petah-Tikva, Israel

Re: Peltyn and Konopki families Stawiski, Poland #poland


Searching for Peltyn and Konopki families from Stawiski
-Bruce Zatz

Re: Alex Krakovsky’s wiki files #ukraine

Raina Accardi

I was looking at this archive when the files disappeared! After a bit of a panic, I was able to find them again using search and resaved my bookmarks. You can also manually edit your bookmarks to change the links. Delete B2%D0%B8/ and replace with B2:
Raina Accardi
Saugerties, NY

GEVIRTZMAN Kobylin, Poland; JESINOWITZ/YESNOWITZ Mszczonów, Poland; FELSENSTEIN Parysów, Poland;; GUTTWOCH/GOODMAN, ZISSERMAN Volchin, Belarus; BUSHMITZ Vysokaye, Belarus; TRAUB Rivne, Ukraine; JANOVSKY Zhytomyr, Ukraine; WEISMAN or ROSENBERG Ukraine

Lodz Ghetto: Holocaust #holocaust #records


The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has added a new collection to the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database (HSV): [Children of the Lodz Ghetto: A Memorial Research Project]. This collection contains 13,172 name records. 

These names were compiled as part of the project of the same name started but the USHMM in 2007.  The purpose of the project was to reconstruct the stories of school children who fell victim to the Holocaust.  The names were taken from thousands of signatures of students and teachers in a collection of hand drawn New Year greetings presented to Chaim Rumkowski in 1941.  More details of the project can be found here:

The index includes name, school number, occupation (for adult staff at school), and notes entered by researchers.  Digital copies of the original documents are attached to the name records and can be requested through the website.  Begin your search here:


Peter Lande

Re: Headstone Translation Needed: Hebrew #translation





Daughter of Moshe

12 Adar A., 5714 (1954)


Abbreviation of top – here lies or here is buried

Abbreviation on the bottom – May her soul be gathered in eternal life


Malka Chosnek

Re: Turkish or Sabbatean Jews and Jews from Salonika #general

Dan Nussbaum

Try the Center for Sephardic History at the Center for American Jewish History on 16th Street in Manhattan.

Daniel Nussbaum II, M.D., FAAP
Retired Developmental Pediatrician
Rochester, New York
Tone can be misinterpreted in email. Please read my words with warmth, kindness, and good intentions.

Searching for;
Nussbaum, Katzenstein, Mannheimer and Goldschmidt; Rhina, Raboldshausen and Bad Hersfeld, Germany
Teplitzky, Bendersky and Kaszkiet; Uman, Ukraine
Rosenthal and S(c)henk(el)man; Zinkov, Ukraine
Bild and Kashlevsky; anywhere

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