Important updates to the Gesher Galicia Map Room #galicia #poland #ukraine

Jay Osborn

A new look for the Gesher Galicia Map Room, and new information to help you use it!

We are proud that the Map Room has added many historical maps of Galicia over the past 10 years, but we recognize that the sheer number of maps has lately made it a bit harder to find the best ones applicable to your research. Now we've organized the maps into categories, simplified the finding tools, and started a series of reference articles and tutorials which can help you better appreciate and exploit the value of the maps. Each of the map sections and resource pages includes one or many excerpts from maps in our collection and elsewhere, to stimulate your curiosity and illustrate the topics discussed on the page.

We have also significantly expanded the linked list of map sources (archives, libraries, and other collections), as well as the bibliography of books, articles, web pages, and other resources relevant to historical maps of Galicia. We would like to thank the many volunteers and contractors who have contributed to the Map Room over the past decade and in this latest update, with map records research and sourcing, historical analysis, web management and programming, and tools development. Now we encourage everyone to explore the new Map Room and to spend time wandering the landscapes of the past!

Jay Osborn
Gesher Galicia Digital Maps Manager
Lviv, Ukraine

Re: Poland Business Directory 1929 #poland

Michael Tobias

You can find it here:

Michael Tobias
Glasgow, Scotland

Re: Gedcom no-nos? #general

Dahn Cukier

www dot gedcom dot org/gedcom.html

Each software can handle data differently regardless of what is passed
from the GED file.

Also the "options"  of some software packages may have ways to change standards.

I use Brother's Keeper and Agelong Tree software and have come on
data labels that were not transferable. The label is HUSB, WIFE etc.

Your problem seems to be the data. Data is handled by the software not by

Dahn Zukrowicz

When you start to read readin,
how do you know the fellow that
wrote the readin,
wrote the readin right?

Festus Hagen
Long Branch Saloon
Dodge City, Kansas

On Thursday, May 19, 2022, 06:05:12 PM GMT+3, suemo63141@... <suemo63141@...> wrote:

I fear that I have been self-sabotaging my gedcom-ability by putting punctuation like quotes and parens in some of the vital fields, or by using terms in dates like abt or aft. I also have some floating tree fragments that are not connected to my main tree. Is there a place to educate myself about how to ensure that gedcom files will work?  
Susan Cullen SCHWARTZ


Re: Jewish Summer Camps #usa


My parents owned a Jewish summer camp, Camp Shawnee in the Poconos in the late 1950’s & early 1960’s. It was located in Shawnee on the Delaware, Pa.
Not only was Kashrut observed, it was the first accredited summer school at a camp.
I along with my brothers, attended Camp Ramah in the Poconos in the 1960’s @ early 1970’s.
Daniel Redelheim 
Ventnor City, NJ

Re: Hebrew name translation on tombstone #translation


I am here in order to break the tie.

The name on the stone is nun-taf-nun sofit.  The Sephardic pronunciation would be Nahtan; the Ashkenazic pronunciation is Nohson.  The standard English equivalent is Nathan.

His father's name, Pinchas, is from the Bible.  An English version of this name is Phineas.  Of course, his father's secular name might have been any other name beginning with a P, or indeed any name at all, as -- although there are conventions for choosing names -- there are not any "rules".
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Karklinsky, Blumrosen, Rosenthal #lithuania #usa

Jonathan Naor

Looking for connections between my Karklinsky family (from Lithuania) to the Blumrosen and Rosenthal families in Texas. We know there was a close family relationship but it has been lost over the years.
Some names are below. I would be grateful for any information.
Thank you!
Jonathan Naor
Atlit, Israel

 Fagie/Fannie 1883-1955 and Abe/David(Joseph A) Rosenthal 1874-1944 from galveston texas 


 Fagie maiden name -Mayer

  Eva Rosenthal 1905-daughter

Abe Rosenthal 1907-son

Max Bernard Rosenthal 1902-1948- son

Ida Rosenthal 1903-2000- daughter

 Sophie Rosenthal 1897-daughter

Anna – Rose-Annie Roseenthal Felsen1901-1979- daughter

Irving Felsen 1930-2013- grandson


Esther/Molka/Rosie1862-1940 and Jacob/Yankel Blumrosen 1849-1893 from corsicana texas

Ester maiden name-Freedman

Alex Freedman-brother

Mose/Mosey Blumrosen 1886-1958 -son

Josephine 1897-1977-Mose first wife

JR Jake Rube Blumrosen 1925-1996- Esther's grand son,

Maxine blumrosen1921-Esther's grand daughter

Mabel Garonzik 1891-1974-daughter

Will Garoznik 1882-1938 husband

Re: Anglicising Czechoslovak forenames #names #austria-czech

Yehuda Berman

It might also have been William. I know someone born and living in France named William rather than the French equivalent Gillaume. In many countries English has the same prestige that French has or had in the U.S. Menachem Begin's wife Aliza was named Alice in Poland where she was born.
Yehuda Berman

Re: Did you go to a Jewish summer camp? #usa

Vivian Kahn

Surprised that no one else mentioned Camp Yavneh, in New Hampshire.  I went there for a couple of weeks or so one summer in late 1950s on a scholarship from Temple Beth El, New Rochelle, NY, where I was supposedly a "star pupil" in the Hebrew school. As I recall, emphasis was on Hebrew language classes. Although my grandmother was Orthodox and observant, our home wasn't and I disliked having to attend services on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings. Loved the Hebrew songs and Israeli dancing and arts and crafts!

Vivian Kahn, Santa Rosa, California
Researching families including:
BERKOVICS/BERKOWITZ/ROTH/GROSZ. Avas Ujvaros, Hungary/Orasu Nou, Romania
KAHAN/JOSIPOVITS/DUB, Sziget, Kabolacsarda, Nagyvarad, Hungary/Sighet, Ciarda, Oradea, Romania
KOHN/Zbegnyo/ Zbehnov, Tarnoka/Trnavka, Slovakia; Cleveland  LEFKOVITS/Kolbasa/Brezina, Slovakia
MOSKOVITS/Honkocz, Szobranc, Osztro, Kassa, Hungary/Chonkovce, Sobrance, Ostrov, Kosice, Slov., Nyiregyhaza, Hungary
ELOVITS/Hornya, Hungary/Horna, Slovakia
NEUMANN/Szeretva, Kereszt, Nagymihaly, Miskolc, Hung./Sobrance, Kristy, Stretavka, Michalovce, Slov. 
POLACSEK/Hunfalu, Hungary/Huncovce, Slovakia
SPITZ/Nikolsburg/Mikulov, Prosnitz/Prostejov, Moravia/Czech Republic; Kismarton/Eisenstadt, Hungary/Austria; Hunfalu,Hungary//Huncovce, Slovakia

Re: Genealogy software? #general


Margie Geiser: "I do also want to encourage you to download all your documents (birth, marriage, death certs, ship manifests, naturalization papers, passports, etc, etc, etc) onto your computer or external hard drive." 

Yes, great advice.  I'd go one step further. Regularly backup your data on a thumb drive or external hard drive to make sure you always have at least two current copies in case your hard drive crashes or there is some other data disaster. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Gedcom no-nos? #general


I fear that I have been self-sabotaging my gedcom-ability by putting punctuation like quotes and parens in some of the vital fields, or by using terms in dates like abt or aft. I also have some floating tree fragments that are not connected to my main tree. Is there a place to educate myself about how to ensure that gedcom files will work?  
Susan Cullen SCHWARTZ

Re: Poland Business Directory 1929 #poland


you can see/download the 2708 pages document from

Meir Razy
Kisfan / Sfard / Rothenberg / Ruttenberg / Rojtenberg in Rovno,Volhynia
Ross in Dubno,Volhynia

gravestone translation request #translation #israel

Aline Petzold

Hello All;
 Can someone translate the Hebrew on this gravestone? It is the grave of the former rabbi of Botosani Romania, who immigrated to Tel Aviv and became a chief regional rabbi there in the 1950s.
Thanks, Aline Petzold St. Paul MN USA

Re: Jewish Summer Camps #usa

Werner Frank

I attach a newsletter issue of the Chicago Jewish Historical Society that deals with Jewish Summer Camps.  As a  camper and subsequent counselor, I cite Camp Avodah sponsored by the Chicago Jewish Community via the College of Jewish Studies. Camp Avodah was a unique project motivated by the Federal Government's WW2 need for Victory Farm Volunteers in order to fullfill the labor needs of farming communities due to the shortage of its manpower. Hence, the Jewish community's response in providing the labor of Jewish youth.  Camp Avodah added a rich Jewish program, resembling Kibbutz life, to the daily labor (at minimal wages) that the campers provided the local farming community near Buchanan, Michigan.
This experience over several years led to future Jewish community leaders including a half dozen Rabbis. It certainly laid the foundation to my own commitment to a rich Jewish life, all due to the Camp's leadersip headed by Samuel Kaminker (z"l).
Werner Frank
Thousand Oaks, CA

Re: Poland Business Directory 1929 #poland

Michael Hoffman

Good afternoon, Jacob,

Have you tried Logan Klienwaks Genealogy Indexer at 


Michael Hoffman

The name Ruda #names

chaim meiersdorf

We have a number of family members with the name Ruda or Rudah. In fact my father had an auntie who married a man whose last name was Ruda.
Is this a Yiddish form of Ruth? 
Thank you Chaim Meiersdorf

Re: Surname-Evolution Might be of interest! #names

Audrey Levin

Do you know where I can find the list of 156 acceptable surnames for Jews in German lands that was required starting in July 1787?

Audrey Levin

ViewMate Translation Request - Russian #translation

Howie Rotblatt

I've posted a birth record that is in Russian for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you,
Howard Rotblatt
New York City

Re: Did you go to a Jewish summer camp? #usa

Karen Franklin

I went to Camp Woodmere on Paradox Lake in the Adirondacks. It was the same camp my grandmother went to in 1916! My mother had heart issues and couldn't make the walk down to the lake from the camp so she was sent to Camp Waziyata in Maine. Last year her formal camp photograph from 1939 with all the names of the girls written on the back was accepted by the Maine State Museum. If your mother went to Waziyata you may be in luck...

Karen Franklin

Looking to contact Professor Andrzej Trzcinski #poland

Yehuda Rubin

I believe he is a professor in a Polish university; he wrote several volumes of picture books with graves from Jewish cemeteries in Poland. If anyone has his contact information, please send it to me privately.
Thank you.
Yehuda Rubin
Lakewood, NJ

Moderator note: as requested, please send information privately

Re: Hebrew name translation on tombstone #translation


Good morning,


The Hebrew name on the tombstone is – Natan son of reb Pinchas.

Shalom, Malka Chosnek



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