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For some time I am trying to find documents of the GOJER and FERZSTUT families of Horokhiv and Berestechko from the province of Volyn, Ukraine. So far I was not able to find any documents for those families.
Lately, I contact Artur Aloshyn who is a researcher and the owner of the website https://en.volynia.com/. On his website's blog, he indexes some resources that were not indexed before and are not online. Among those are Lutsk Prostitutes 1932/1933, Voter registration 1938 of Lutsk, Ustyluh, Kyzylyn, and Hotokhiv, List of students of the Lutsk Jewish Gymnasium more.
It took me over 10 years of research and now with the assistance of Mr. Aloshyn I have the first document that lists Lejwi (Levi) and Basia GOJER on a document from Hocokhiv - the Voter List of 1938 had their names, addresses, year of birth, and occupations.
The lesson here is don't give up, even though sometimes it seems that there are no documents that survived, many are just not been indexed or scanned yet.
Re: Book - list of Jewish military died 1ast WW #germany
Susan J. Gordon
Susan J Gordon
My wife's paternal/maternal side were all "Deutschs" who originated from the shtetl of Kraysk, Belarus (https://www.jewishgen.org/Communities/jgcd.php) which is 43 miles North of Minsk. The alterheym shtetlech origins of your Woodbridge family, coupled with DNA, might assist in your pursuit. Our "Leavitt Family Tree" on both Ancestry and MyHeritage contains quite a few of these "Deutschs".
Santa Monica, CA
Re: Can’t find info or relatives of Moscovitz family from Podu Turcului Romania #romania
--There are Moscovitz in Chicago Illinois. I don't know anything ot her than the surname is present in the Cemeteries there. The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois has a "mystery photo" from a headstone bearing that surname that they are hoping to find a family member to identify. Here is the photo. Please, if you can identify this man, contact the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois!
Re: Henry FONSTEIN (b. ~1912) "Lost" in France mid-1960s #france
If he died in Paris, France you should find his death record here (the death records are online until 1986).
The first step would be to search in the tables décennales to find out in which arrondissement he died.
The burial registers of 19 cemeteries of Paris City are also online until 1970.
Re: Can I use the given name Gerson to trace family members? #names
Alberto Guido Chester
It seems you do not have much family lore at hand.
Austria in 1900 would probably mean Austto Hungarian Empire (which included the region og Galitzia, populated by a huge number of both religious and poor Jews).
In a different countey, Russia of those times,lays Gerson or Herzon, an agricultural colony of Jews in Bessarabia. I know of people from this place who took Gerson as surname in the late XIXth C.
My two cents of advise then: broaden your search. Maybe customs or the way of cooking some dish can guide you to the area of origin,and after that look for documents.
Hope this helps
Alberto Guido Chester from Buenos Aires.
Re: Please help decipher a word in this 1910 U.S. Census #hungary
I agree with Michele, the enumerator was trying to squeeze in a category for "first language".
Not clear what the concept of ethnicity meant in 1910 (much less now) but everyone knows what a language is. There is a Serbian language, and the Servian/Serbian thing is being addressed on a different thread as we speak.
Beth do you know what language your people spoke back then? My understanding is that Yiddish was not super common in Hungary.
Ukraine Jewish cemeteries #ukraine
The Ukraine Parliament passed legislation in September that discourages antisemitism including discretion of cemeteries. I have just recently learned about this thanks to Rabbi Meylakh Sheykhet and Jay Osborn. Jay provided me with the text in Ukrainian and I have used google translate to convert to English. Both the legislation text, the history of the laws passage, and President Zelensky's statement can be found at
Silver Spring, MD
Traveling Great Grandmother #general
My great grandmother married in London in August 1898. In December 1898 she traveled by herself to New York, listing her occupation as servant. At some point she returned to London, where she gave birth in March, 1899. My great grandmother, great grandfather and the baby then traveled to Montreal by ship, and by train to Hartford, Connecticut during the summer of 1899. Does anyone have an idea as to why a pregnant woman would travel by herself across the Atlantic Ocean? Ellen GOTTFRIED, Plainview, New York
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Re: Palestine cemetery research #general
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A few remarks.
find-a-grave. I only upload photos when the person tells me the deceased is a relative.
I have had many requests for former soldiers and no earthly reason but the
requester has over a thousand or ten thousand soldiers in a virtual cemetery.
BillionGraves. Read the terms and privacy before uploading. I read the terms long
ago and they may have changed.
Gravez. It is a fine app and limitations need to be known. If you do not know the
limitations, you may not find the grave.
Language. I searched my father and sister, neither appears in English and no
English is on their gravestones. YMMV.
Spelling, dates. ALL indexers make mistakes, including double and triple entry
Your location assumption. The fact that you have "Jerusalem" as a location
of death and the grave, it may be elsewhere and the grave is recorded
at that cemetery.
US Embassy record of death(or whatnot), may have the wrong location,
at least the one I saw did.
Gravez and other Israeli data bases can be informed of corrections and they
are usually made.
Sorry to be repeating myself.
When you start to read readin,
how do you know the fellow that
wrote the readin,
wrote the readin right?
Long Branch Saloon
Dodge City, Kansas
On Tuesday, December 21, 2021, 12:29:13 AM GMT+2, <danbrockman@...> wrote:
Subject: New useful resource for finding graves in Israel From: Miriam Bulwar David-Hay <miriambdh@...> Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2019 10:59:09 +0300 X-Message-Number: 1
I haven't seen any mention of this previously, so thought people might be interested ...
The Israeli Chevra Kadisha forum has just launched a website and app called Gravez which enables people to search for graves, see photos and info about them online, and (using the app, which works like Waze) navigate to visit them physically. At the moment they cover around 25 cemeteries in Israel with thousands of burials.
This seems to be a very useful resource in addition to the long-running and even bigger BillionGraves website, which covers a large number of cemeteries in Israel. (Of course, another major grave-finding website is Find A Grave, but this has very few records from Israel.)
There seems to be some overlap between Gravez and BillionGraves in the cemeteries they cover, but each also has cemeteries the other doesn't have, so it's worth searching both sites! I personally have been able to find the graves of many people in one or the other or both.
Please note that in the case of Gravez, their platform works in English (and looks very nice!) but you have to search for names in Hebrew. In BillionGraves, you can search for names in English but the only results you'll get will be from other countries, so you'll need to search in Hebrew for people buried in Israel.
I have no affiliation with or special knowledge about any of the organizations mentioned above and am just posting to let people know about these useful resources!
Shana Tova Umetuka and Gmar Hatima Tova to all, Yours Sincerely, Miriam Bulwar David-Hay, Raanana, Israel.
9th fort escape Christmas 1943 #lithuania
It is appropriate precisely on this date to post an article written by
Ya'arit Glezer. Ya'arit's father, Pinia Krakinovksy z"l, hand drilled
the hole in the heavy metal door of the 9th Fort in Kaunas so that he
and his fellow inmates could escape - and that they did on Christmas
Ya'arit's article "My Family and I"
mirrors a Litvak genealogy tale. I am honored to have her as my dear
friend and praise her efforts to continue to educate both young and
old about our roots.
I am trying to find Tibor SZANTO b. ciraca 1914 probably in or around Oradea (Nagyvárad ), Romania.
I know he survived the Holocaust but I lost his traces around 1955.
There is one JGFF listing for SZANTO/Oradea but unfortunately I am unable to contact the specific researcher.
If you have any information on the SZANTO family of Oradea or know anything about Tibor SZANTO, I will be happy to hear from you.
Best wishes for a happy and Healthy 2022!
Ramat HaSharon, Israel
SEARCHING: KRMARUTSKY, KRIVORUCHKI, Kaunas, Lithuania
SLOMOVITS, Sighet, Romania
The Swiss place name is spelled incorrectly.
You should be looking for documents from Lengnau, Aargau - Wikipedia
"It is notable for being one of two villages where residence was permitted for Swiss Jews between 1633 and 1874. Lengnau's synagogue is listed as a heritage site of national significance."
I's start by contacting the Jewish community of Zurich (the canton's capital) for further guidance.
My great great grandfather Abraham Chaim Litke was a peddler according to my grandfather. Hence, his children were born in different countries. I found a birth record for my great great uncle Aron Litke for Manheim, Germany. I also found a family registry under Abraham Chaim Litke from Manheim Germany which lists Abraham his wife Rachel and their children including Aron & Isador. Abraham Chaim Litke lists on this registry that he was born in Kalisch Germany. so far my inquiries through Jewish Gen have not found the family in Kalisch. I really would like to find some proof of my great grandfather, Isadore Litke's birth in Lengua, Switzerland. Furrther proof is that Isador Litke's death certificate from NYC in December 1935 and filled out by his wife his place of birth as Lengua Switzerland. Help would be appreciated.
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Woodridge is a village in Sullivan County. It is in what was the heart of the Catskills (Jewish) hotel region. Almost everyone around there worked in some business related to the hotels. There are some listings on the internet if you search the name and Woodridge. I don't know if you can call the cemeteries there and get any further information about family members who were buried there.
There are some FB groups for the area ( don't know the group names.) You might want to post your questions there.
Re: Ozimina, Poland #galicia
Ozimina general population in 1921 was 770: 46 Roman Catholics, 712 Greek Catholics and 12 Jews.
In 1900 general population of Ozimina was 735: this Included 41RC, 679 GC, 9 Jews and 6 others.
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Can’t find info or relatives of Moscovitz family from Podu Turcului Romania #romania
I’ve had this substantial brick wall in my research for awhile now, and asking if anyone could help me. I’m looking for documentation/info/relatives of all/any of the Moscovitz family in both the US and Romania. Relatives of Isaac Moscovitz especially.
The head of the family was Isaac Moscovitz (b. ~ 1838, Tecuci County - d. 09/06/1935, NYC). Isaac married Golda Moscovitz (b. 1856, Podu Turcului - d. 06/03/1925, Bronx) in ~1875. The pair had 7 children, of which I only know 4. They are: Clara Mendelsohn (b. 01/1876 - d. 03/26/1907), Harry Moskowitz (b. ~1880 - d. ?), Lena Friedman (b. 03/26/1886, Podu Turcului - d. 09/02/1957, Manhattan), and Rose Seger (b. ~1890 - d. ?).
Isaac was the son of Moses Moscovitz and Tobie Schwartz. His wife Golda Mashe was the daughter of Noia (Nathan) Moscovitz/Moise and Alta Caroline Fisher. Golda had several siblings, two of them I know. They are: Beila Chaya Rigler (b. 1864, Podu Turcului - d. 05/07/1932) and Fannie Siegel ( b. 1875, Podu Turcului - d. ?). On Fannie Siegel’s immigration record it lists a sister as “Iancu Lebowitz”, which is likely one of her sister’s husbands.
Isaac and Golda immigrated to the US ~1900 in search of their son Harry, who had ran away. The rest of the family immigrated 1904-1908.
Initially they settled in Pittsburgh PA, however several members ( mainly Isaac and Golde + their children) moved to NYC in the late 1910- early 1920s.
Isaac Moscovitz’s family search id is G88V-FCP
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Re: Translation of ViewMate document from French script to English #translation
I would like to thank Michel Rottenberg for his excellent translation of VM96451.
I would also like to thank any others who are in the process of translating and indicate to you that it is not needed anymore.
Re: Rabbi Lippman Heller #rabbinic
I remember 2 sisters, Carole and Arlene Agus from my yeshiva. I don’t know their married names if they married. They would be in their 70’s now, and might be helpful.