Gesher Galicia's research and other activities #austria-czech

Gesher Galicia SIG

At this season and as we approach the start of another year of
genealogical research at Gesher Galicia, we want to update you on the
plans for next year's research projects, and ask for your support.

Our program for the year, across a range of projects, is again
ambitious. In addition, there is the recently launched Przemysl
Identification Project, in which Gesher Galicia members do the
identifications, which we announced at the end of October.

Plans for our existing projects for 2020 include the following.

Vital Records Project
The basis for genealogical research. Over the past eight years, and
since the launch of the All Galicia Database, we have uploaded indexes
for some 470,000 Jewish Galician vital records. In the past 12 months
alone, we have indexed some 30,000 vital records. The towns in next
year=E2=80=99s project include Kosow, Krakow, Kroscienko, Lezajsk, Mosciska=
Nawaria, Podhajce, Rzeszow, Stanislawow, Tarnopol, Tartakow, Tyczyn,
and Zborow. For more information see: .

Holocaust Project
We continue to work on the large project of Stanislawow Ghetto
documents. Records >from the period of the Nazi German occupation are
held in state archives in both Przemysl and Ivano-Frankivsk. We will
have indexed part of the Przemysl-based records by the end of this
year and the indexes will be publicly available and announced on
Holocaust Memorial Day in January. We will then complete that set and
move to the larger batch in Ivano-Frankivsk. See: .

Josephine and Franciscan Cadastral Survey Records Project
This project has uncovered much exciting information in the past four
years. Since its inception, some 53,000 J&F cadastral survey records
have been indexed, >from 56 towns. In 2020, J&F records >from 10 towns
will be indexed and put onto the database, including >from Baranow,
Bursztyn, Dubiecko, Dunajow, Jazlowiec, Narajow, Nowy Babilon, Nowy
S=C4=85cz, Nowy Targ, and Tarnobrzeg. For further information, please see:

Medical Students Project
This specialist project brings together records and biographical
details of Galician students who attended a number of universities in
Austria-Hungary and its successor states (post 1918). To date, we have
made available information on some 3,500 Jewish medical students and
midwives attending the universities in Lemberg/Lwow, Krakow
(Jagiellonian), Pest, and Prague. Our members have also gained access
to the annotated database with complementary biographical data from
several other sources. See:

Apart >from these projects, we will continue to produce maps for the
Map Room. Appearing soon will be maps >from Gorlice and S=C4=99dziszow, and
a map of Galicia, produced in Russia, >from the first decade of the
19th century. There is also the Jewish Taxpayers Project, which has
indexed records >from the 1930s >from 24 towns to date, and will finish
in 2020 with a final set of eight towns - Narajow, Olesko, Podkamien,
Sasow, Sokolowka, Uscieczko, Zbaraz, and Zloczow.

The Fond 424 Project also continues through next year. We have already
uploaded to the Members Portal all the scans of 151 of the most
genealogically relevant files (out of a total of 207 files) in Fond
424 at AGAD. In 2020, we will follow this up with spreadsheets in the
Members Portal of all the Fond 424 files we have indexed, and we will
also update the Fond 424 files that are publicly searchable on our
online database. Our Inventories Project, to produce good and easily
searchable archival inventories online, which took off this year, will
be expanded.

All this work is expensive. We have struggled sometimes in the past in
raising enough funds for all the worthwhile projects that are planned,
and have more than once had to defer parts of these projects to the
following year. We rely on our members and other supporters to be able
to continue our work in 2020.

Please consider giving to one or more of the projects listed above or
to the "General Research Fund". This fund provides additional
financial resources - where needed - for producing maps and indexing
records. It also provides for unexpected expenses in the existing
regular projects, for maintaining our online archival inventories, and
- importantly - for covering the significant administrative costs of
the new Przemysl Identification Project.

To donate to any of these projects and funds, by credit card or
PayPal, please go to the "Donate" button at the top right-hand corner
of the Gesher Galicia home page, or directly to

You may also pay by check, indicating which project(s) or funds you
wish your donation to go towards. Checks should be in US dollars,
drawn on a US bank, made payable to "Gesher Galicia, Inc." and mailed

Charlie Katz, Treasurer
Gesher Galicia
40 W 72 Street, #161 C
New York, NY 10023, USA

Please direct any questions to: Thank you very
much for any support, of whatever size, you may be able to give.

Kind regards,

Tony Kahane
Research Coordinator, Gesher Galicia

Dr Steven S. Turner
President, Gesher Galicia

Send all inquiries to

BAUCHMANN family of Hungary, Ukraine, Poland, Austria - ViewMate 75664 #austria-czech

Selma Sheridan

Dear researchers,

Thanks to the translation >from Hungarian into English by a wonderful
JewishGen volunteer, - see ViewMate 75664, - a family mystery may be closer
to a solution, with your help. Here is the story.

The parents of my paternal grandmother, Jocheved BEITEL / BEUTEL r.
BAUCHMANN (born Potok Zloty, 1881), were Hersch BEUTEL (born Skalat, 1852)
and Chave BAUCHMANN (place and birth date unknown). My father said that
Hersch BEUTEL had two wives, but he did not know any details about the wife
unrelated to his mother, not even her name.

My father and his mother travelled by train around 1915-18 >from Vienna where
they lived, to visit his mother's relative and "Onkel CENNOVER", - as my
father spelled it, - who lived in Budapest. So I assumed that the wife of
Uncle CENNOVER was a sister of his mother, with the maiden name BEUTEL /
BEITEL r. BAUCHMANN, or variants.

The CENNOVER / CYNOWER family of Budapest had three daughters, whom my
father remembered, and I found the birth record of eldest daughter, Ilona
CYNOWER. The other two daughters were Sara and Anna. Appended to Ilona's
birth record was the marriage record of Ilona's parents. Ilona's mother was
not my father's aunt, not a child of Hersch BEUTEL or of Chave BAUCHMANN,
but a child of Izsak Bar BAUCHMANN and Dina BAUCHMANN (maiden name not
listed), - neither of whose names was ever mentioned by my father.

How did Izsak Bar BAUCHMANN acquire his family name? - was he a son of Chave
BAUCHMANN with Hersch BEUTEL or with another man; or a son of a relative of
Chave BAUCHMANN? Who was Dina BAUCHMANN? - a daughter of Chave BAUCHMANN
with Hersch BEUTEL; or unrelated to the BAUCHMANN family name except by
marriage? Or were Izsak Bar and Dina BAUCHMANN cousins? I have been unable
to learn more about the relationship of Ilona's mother's parents to my
father's mother. Any suggestions regarding finding documents to clarify
this - in Hungary, Ukraine, Poland, or Austria, - would be much appreciated.

Many thanks,
Selma Sheridan
Oswego NY USA

Mysterious collection of online records for Trebitsch #austria-czech

Michael Gordy

On badatelna, the scanned registers for Trebitsch (Trebic) include
volume 2173 of early births, marriages and deaths. Near the end of
the volume is an unlabeled collection of folios that might (I'm only
guessing here) represent transfers of Familianten permissions. Does
anyone with knowledge of the families of Trebitsch have an opinion on
how to interpret?

The collection spans many pages starting here:
The later pages in this collection contain more detail.

Michael Gordy
Takoma Park, Maryland USA

JewishGen Education offers - - Research Your Roots Using JewishGen -- January 3 to January 24 #austria-czech

Nancy Holden

Register Now for JewishGen Class January 3 to January 24, 2020

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If you want to learn to use all the JewishGen databases and JewishGen
communication facilities this class is for you.

This three-week, mentored course is designed to match JewishGen
resources to your family research projects. Students work with the
instructor on the JewishGen private Forum. You start by posting an
introduction to your family story and objectives you would like to
work on. The Instructor will personally respond to your posts, your
questions, and your project goals with suggestions and assistance.
The forum is open 24/7. You post at your convenience and the
instructor checks into the forum frequently to respond.

Requirements: Students must be comfortable browsing the Internet and
downloading files and have 8-10 hours per week to organize their
papers, read the lessons, search online and interact with the FORUM.
Tuition for this Course is $150. Registration is open now, maximum 15
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Have questions? Just ask

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JewishGen, Inc.

Re: Hand sign? Lviv, 1920

Corinna Woehrl (nee Goslar)

Hello Jeff,

this is not „intentional“ with a special meaning but the woman most probably took the photograph by herself – with assistance of a pneumatic (?) shutter release (remote). I believe I can see a cable.

Kind regards from Germany

Corinna Woehrl (nee Goslar)
D-22955 Hoisdorf (between Hamburg and Luebeck)

Re: help with Budapest addresses

evakweiss .

The deportations from the districts surrounding Budapest (these districts today are part of the city - in 1944 - they were considered "outside").  My paternal grandparents were taken from the brick factory in Kispest and my mother's family was taken from the brick factory in Ujpest. Depending on where they were located would determine which one they were taken to by the gendarmes.   My mother explained the night before they were taken from there homes, the gendarmes came and stood guard before the door so that the family wouldn't be able to flee. 

My paternal grandmother's maiden name was Weisz.  Eugenia Weisz.

Thanks, Eva Weiss

New Book About William Cooper From Barbara Miller

Eli Rabinowitz

Vale Simonas Dovidavicius

Eli Rabinowitz


shaul berger

I am posting on Viewmate photos from album of my wife's late uncle Michael Neuman. We believe that they date mostly to 1930s in Poland area of Rzeszow.

Shaul Berger

BRUMER, RETTIG, WATTENBERG (Zolkiew, Rawa Russka);
Dobromil, Stanislawow);
BERGER & SPITZER (Szecseny, Shirkovce, Prague);
GRUBNER MANDELBAUM (Rzeszow, Krakow, Gorlice, Wien)

Re: help with Budapest addresses

Deanna Levinsky <DEANNASMAC@...>

With respect to this request, is there a listing of department stores
in pre-war Warsaw? I'm trying to find one called Greenland's (English
Does anyone know what happened to the store and it's owners?Their last
name was Greenland.
Deanna Levinsky
New York
Deanna M. Levinsky, Long Island, NY

ViewMate Translation Request - Yiddish

Sue Okun

I've posted a card from my grandmother to my mother in Yiddish 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 so much for your help! 

Sue Okun

ViewMate Translation Request - Yiddish

Sue Okun

I've posted an article in Yiddish written by my mother 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 so much for your help! 

Sue Okun

ViewMate Translation Request - Yiddish

Sue Okun

I've posted an article written in Yiddish by my mother 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 so much for your help! 

Sue Okun

ViewMate Translation Request - Yiddish

Sue Okun

I've posted a letter from my grandmother in Yiddish 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 so much for your help! 

Sue Okun

ViewMate Translation Request - Yiddish

Sue Okun

I've posted a letter in Yiddish, written by my mother, 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 so much for your help! 

Sue Okun

Reclaim The Records wins and publishes the Nebraska Death Index, 1905-1968


Greetings from Reclaim The Records! We're your favorite little non-profit organization that picks fights with government agencies, archives, and libraries for better public access to genealogical records and historical materials. And we're back today to announce that we recently won and just released more free records, this time from the Midwest.

Introducing the first-ever publication of the Nebraska Death Index, now online for free public use at the artfully-named!

This is the first time that this data has been available to the public anywhere, in any format. Nebraska death certificates are open to the public after fifty years, but highly restricted for more recent years. Weirdly, the state of Nebraska only seems to issue certified copies, not uncertified/informational/genealogy copies, no matter how old the certificate is.

The 1956-1968 portion of the death index is in a text database format, freely searchable online (including soundalike names and wildcard searches), and you can even download the underlying CSV file if you really want. The 1904-1955 portion of the index was printed in eleven oversized books, which we paid the state of Nebraska to scan for us. Those books had all the years combined together, not separated out by year. Instead, the data is sorted by the Soundex code of the surname, and then alphabetically by given name within each Soundex code. So we added a javascript Soundex code look-up to the website to help you figure out what book to check.

(Shout-out to Moishe Miller, current president of the JGS of Brooklyn, who built a web page all about Soundex back in the year 2000 which is amazingly still online, which included a javascript implementation of the Soundex algorithm, which we partially repurposed for our website!)

For more information about how we fought the state to get the data released, please read our latest newsletter, which has all the details, as well as links to the actual records request we made, the initial denial of our request, the Nebraska Attorney General's Office overruling the denial, and the eventual capitulation of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services:

And should you feel like making an end-of-the-year donation to Reclaim the Records (a 501c3 non-profit), we would gratefully accept chocolate gelt, or even the real thing. ;-)

Happy Hanukkah, and happy searching!

- Brooke Schreier Ganz
Founder and President, Reclaim The Records
Mill Valley, California

help with Budapest addresses

Paula & David

A cousin lived in Budapest before the war, and her husband , Imre Strasser, had a good sized children clothing manufacturing business there, employing more than 60 people she said. I am wondering if there might be any online business or residence directories from the early 1940’s or late 1930’s that would allow me to learn the address of this business and also where they lived in the city?

Also, she spoke of being taken by the Nazis to a brick factory on the edge of town from where most people were sent to the death camps. Does anyone know the name of this place and if it still exists?

Thanks, Paula Solomon

researching: Weisz and Solomon in Muncacs and Budapest Hungary

SCHWARZ & FABULA - Kisgyőr #hungary

Rony Golan

Dear friends,

I am looking for family members of Jozsef  SCHVARCZ & Szeren FABULA.
Jozsef changed his name in 1905 to FEKETE.

Their children were: Julianna, Bela, Regina, Andor, Margit (Margareta), Lajos, Ignacz, Erzsebet (Elizabeth), Ilona, Dezso, Geza, Terez and Samuel.

I am interested in making contact with members of this family.

Please reply privately.

Thank you & Happy Chanukka

Rony Golan
Ramat HaSharon, Israel

                        EISDORFER, Hungary
                        SLOMOVITS, Sighet, Romania



Boris, if you go to the top right of the page, you should be able to click on "Account," and from there, select "Identity" from the list on the left.  You should be able to change the name and e-mail associated with your account there, if I'm understanding your problem correctly.

Missing siblings


This request is something of a long shot, but maybe it will ring a bell.  There is a 1907 arrival of Kreine Berkovsky from Novogrudok, Belarus.  She is going to her brother, listed in two places as Wolf and Velvel.  i have a very large Berkovsky family from this town, notably from the shtetl of Belarus, and I am always trying to figure out who might be related to them.  But in this case, I absolutely know that Kreine was a relative, becaus that is MY name, and the name of my grandmother's sister, and the name of someone earlier in the line.  It's not that common a name.  In our family, it became Kate and then Carol.  Wolf is usually William, but not always.

Meanwhile, my Berkovsky became Brown.  But I personally know other Berkovskys who became Berg, Beckwith, Berkoff, ,Bennett. 

I am just dying to find these siblings.  I've looked through various NYC relatives in records where I can find a town (e.g., WWI) but can't find them.  Here's hoping that someone reading this is descended from this pair.

Carol Isenberg Clingan
Dedham MA

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