Orange County CA Jewish Genealogy Society Meeting Sunday at 10:00 am Pacific Time #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Michelle Sandler

The Orange County California Jewish Genealogy Society is having its monthly meeting this Sunday at 10:00am Pacific Time. Everyone needs to register.  Members are free and non-members are $5.00.
March 26 at 10:00 am (Pacific time zone)
Michael Morgenstern: Genealogical Gems in the Forverts (Jewish Daily Forward)
Founded in 1897, the Forverts was a leading Yiddish language newspaper in the United States throughout the 20th century. Most of this newspaper is available to browse digitally for free through the online Historical Jewish Press database.

This lecture will examine hidden genealogical gems within this newspaper, some of which can be found with minimal Yiddish skills. Among these gems are personal inquiries submitted by readers seeking information on their relatives, letters to the editor, and the “Gallery of Missing Husbands.” This lecture will also cover the historical and cultural context of the newspaper, which will help evaluate its relevance to a researcher's individual family history.

Michael Morgenstern is a native of Los Angeles, California. After completing an undergraduate degree in history at Loyola Marymount University, he worked as a researcher on TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” history and genealogy show. Since 2014, he has worked as an educator at Holocaust Museum Los Angeles. He has been an avid genealogy researcher since he was 16. He has volunteered genealogy research to Holocaust survivors, focusing on those who do not have any prewar family documents or photographs. Lately, he has translated segments of the “Jewish Daily Forward” from Yiddish to English for JewishGen. Some of his work can be seen at “The Forward: A Gallery of Missing Husbands (1908-1914)” 

Register in advance for the virtual meeting. Click this link to register.
Michelle Sandler MLS
President OCJGS
Westminster, California

JGS of Santa Cruz invites you to Voices of the Past: Crafting the Stories of Your Family's History, 2hr Workshop- April 2, 2023, 1pm Pacific #announcements #events

Leah Kushner

Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society 

2-Hour Workshop: Voices of the Past: Crafting the Stories of Your

Family's History

Sunday, April 2 , 2023 , 1 pm Pacific /4 pm Eastern

Speakers: Dr. Barbara Krasner,PhD Genealogist

Guest RSVP:

Description: Ancestors and others who came before us deserve to be remembered. No previous writing experience is required. This 2-hour workshop offers writers of all genres and all levels the opportunity to bring the family stories theyʼveheard and details from ancestral paper trails onto the page. Perhaps you've come across a photo or a family heirloom that intrigues you. Maybe you've found your immigrant grandparents' citizenship papers. Maybe that story Uncle Irving told you about your great-grandparents still commands your attention. Join us as we journey to bring life to these voices and share them with our own and new generations.

Bio: Dr. Barbara Krasner, PhD is a former contributing editor to Family Chronicle Magazine and Heritage Quest Magazine and the author of Discovering Your Jewish Ancestors (Heritage Quest, 2001). Her articles have also appeared in Ancestry, Genealogical Computing, Family Tree Magazine, Avotaynu, The Galitzianer, Russian Life, German Life, and other trade publications. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Krasner holds a PhD in Holocaust & Genocide Studies from Gratz College, teaches in the Holocaust & Genocide Studies program at The College of New Jersey.

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Re: Help Identify city name #bessarabia #ukraine

Sherri Bobish


Are these his papers?  Wife's name Yetta.  One of the documents is typed, and still the name of the town got typed with two different spellings.

Seems that he arrived as Aaron Leib RUSSAKOFF.

This may be him (from the EIDB index)

 Russakow, Aron  Korelec, Russia  15  1895-1896  1911

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Last residence information on ship passenger manifest - Bremen to New York City #usa

Cheryl Freeman


I am researching a man who immigrated to the United States in 1899.


His passenger ship manifest on the SS Friederich der Grosse, which sailed from Bremen to New York City, lists his nationality as Galician and his last residence as Czeremcha.


After this man’s immigration to the United States, he variously gave his birthplace as Kiev (Kyiv) or Rovno (Rivne).  These locations are not surprising as many immigrants gave the name of a larger city when they were asked for their origin. This manifest appears to be the only mention of Czeremcha in this person’s records.


My question:


Who provided the “last residence” information that appears on the manifest?  Would an immigration official in Bremen have copied it from information on the person’s ticket, or would the immigrant have told the immigration official verbally where he or she was from?


I will be especially grateful if someone can point me to a source that explains how the passenger’s information was obtained.


Cheryl Weinstein Freeman



Re: Khust, Ukraine street address #ukraine


 Dear  Mr Eisner                                  20th March 2023

I wonder : Reznicka 1--might be a district--I am not sure.???

The second sentence is Hungarian:
The three words: Malom--Mill(s)
                            Utca Street  and the number is 335

In my understanding: Number 335 Mill Water Street

Zorjana 18--????  I wonder  maybe apartment number?/

Kind  regards
Veronika Pachtinger
London UK

Help Identify city name #bessarabia #ukraine

Steven Lotkin

I am reaching out for help in identifying a city where one of my grandmothers' brother was born. His name is Harry Koff. born Approx 1896 either Bessarabia Moldova or Ukraine The information on the Declataion of Intent for Naturalization is extremely difficult to read. 

I am guessing the following possibilities for either Bessarabia Moldova or Ukraine.
Kamlitz, Kemlitz
Ramlitz, Remlitz
Vamlitz, Vemlitz
Xamlitz, Xemlitz
Yamlitz, Yemliitz
Also there is listed a birth city for his wife.

Maybe some one out there with a clean up program can identify the information. Unfortunately I am unabel to attach the
copy of the form. 

Thank you for taking the time to read my request for assistance. I am unable to access the Moldova or Ukraine files that are available.
Could some one sena link where I can open up the archives that are online.

Steve Lotkin
Las Cruces, NM

Veyrier, Geneva, Switzerland cemetery headstone photo, death certificate, and other info #photographs #france


Hi Siggers,
  I found in JewishGen that Adele Kaplun is buried in the Veyrier, Geneva, Switzerland cemetery in Plot C113. She died in 1966.
Does anyone know how I can get a photo of her headstone and any information about her that the cemetery or local Jewish organization may have?
Also, how can I obtain a copy of her death certificate? Someone said she died in Geneva, which is very close to Veyrier.
Larry Bassist

Re: Jewish cemetery in Reggio Emilia italy #records


You might consider having a look at the Reggio Emilia Official Tourist Information website <>, which hosts a brief description of the cemetery. The Tourist Office also can be reached at <iat@...> for more information.

Davide Csermely

Re: *Any* records for Zhvanets, Ukraine? #ukraine

Ted Gostin

The official guide to metrical books in the Ukraine Archives published by the archives itself (volume 8 part 2, Khmielnitskiy Oblast Archives) shows the following surviving records for the Jewish community of Zhvanets, all part of fond 227 (with opis & sprava numbers in parentheses after dates):

Births - 1842 (op. 1, vol. 1, spr. 4075); 1845 (op. 6d, spr. 35); 1846 (op. 2d, spr. 323); 1847 (op. 2d, spr. 356); 1848 (op. 1, vol. 1, spr. 7539); 1849 (op. 1, vol. 1, spr. 8011); 1850 (op. 1, vol. 1, spr. 8832)

Marriages - same as above for births, except 1850 (op. 1, vol. 1, spr. 8833)

Divorces - same as above for births, except 1850 (op. 1, vol. 1, spr. 8834)

Deaths - same as above for 1842-1849; 1850 (op. 1, vol. 1, spr. 8835, & op. 1d, spr. 326);  1851 (op. 1d, spr. 358); 1852 (op. 1d, spr. 413); 1853 (op. 1d, spr. 432); 1854 (op. 1d, spr. 454); 1856 (op. 1d, spr. 486); 1858 (op. 1d, spr. 530); 1859 (op. 1d, spr. 487); 1861 (op. 1d, spr. 589); 1862 (op. 1d, spr. 611); 1863 (op. 1d, spr. 624)

So it looks like the surviving vital records are limited to a period of a couple of decades in the middle of the 19th century.  The unusual numbering of some of these records may have to do with the transfer of the surviving records from the Kamenets Podolskiy archives after the fire there two decades ago.  

Miriam Weiner's website also notes a number of Jewish revision lists for Zhvanets that were in the Kamenets Podolskiy archives (1811, 1834, and 1848-1871), and have probably also been transferred to the Khmielnitskiy archives.  Her website lists archival numbers, but I don't know whether those are up to date.

On Sun, Mar 19, 2023 at 03:16 AM, Denise Azbill wrote:
Hello. I just looked at all the new records that have been put on line for shtetls in Ukraine. However, I haven't been able to find any for Zhvanets, which is in Podolia. Are there *any* records for this town?

Thank you!

Denise Azbill
Mesquite, NV
Denise Azbill
Ted Gostin
Sherman Oaks, California

IAJGS Conference Speaker's Acceptances Have Gone Out #jgs-iajgs


Our Program Committee has sent out most of our acceptances for speakers as of a short time ago today. Those who were not accepted will receive that notification in the next 48 hours. Please understand if your talks were not accepted, it is no reflection on how the committee felt about you. It is just that we had over 500 submissions to fill about 145 slots and we wanted to make sure we offered a diversified set of presentations. For speakers, the next step is to return your Speaker's Acceptance ASAP so that we know you are planning to come. As we receive them, we can begin the scheduling process. Although that may not be complete when we open registration, attendees will already have a good idea of who will be presenting and the topics they have chosen. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements coming shortly!



Chuck Weinstein

Lead Chair, 2023 IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy


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Chuck Weinstein
Lead Chair, 2023 IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy

(US-California) JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura Cnty (California) Meeting April 2 2:30 PM

Jan Meisels Allen





After three years of meeting via Zoom, JGSCV will start to meet in person on April 2nd, 2023 at 2:30 PM Pacific Time. Ask the experts/Schmoozing Corner begins a 2:10 PM .

Speaker: We are delighted that our first in person speaker is Emily Garber

Emily is a  family history researcher, writer, speaker, owner of Extra Yad Genealogical Services and member of the IAJGS Board of Directors, and Chairs the Phoenix Genealogy Group. 

Topic: Become an Expert: Create  Resource Guide.

One of the greatest challenges when starting research in a new area is learning and understanding the resources that are available. Maps, gazetteers, archival finding aids, Yizkor books, and local histories are just a few of the resources needed to build a research toolbox. Learn how to conduct a literature review and find more critical resources for your research. This presentation will walk through the steps of building one’s own resource guide - a valuable tool that may serve as a foundation for one’s research for many years to come.             


Location: Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E Hillcrest Drive Thousand Oaks California—Social Hall

Our meetings are open to the public without charge.

Joining JGSCV is $30 for a single and $35 for a family of two residing at the same address.


We ask that everyone wear a mask and encourage everyone to have been vaccinated and boosted.


Jan Meisels Allen

President, JGSCV


Re: *Any* records for Zhvanets, Ukraine? #ukraine

Denise Azbill

Thank you, Gary. I was just disappointed that, in looking at the KehilaLinks page for Ukraine there are no records at all for Zhvanets.  
Denise Azbill

Jewish cemetery in Reggio Emilia italy #records

Tzvi Guttentag

I was just wondering if you have any information regarding the Jewish cemetery in Reggio Emilia. How to accesses and who is buried there.

JewishGen Weekly News Nosh March 19, 2023 #JewishGenUpdates

Phil Goldfarb

The Weekly News Nosh

JewishGen Weekly E-Newsletter

Phil Goldfarb Tulsa, Oklahoma USA, Editor

Date: March 19, 2023 

“A Family Without The Understanding Of Their Past History, Foundation And Ethnicity Is Like A Tree Without Roots”


Quite a few interesting and unusual stories this week of Jewish Genealogy, Jewish History and Jewish Culture from story #1 to #20. Enjoy this week’s Nosh!




1.      The News Nosh Tip of the Week: Do you need something translated? The absolute best way is by using ViewMate. ViewMate allows JewishGen participants to post photographs and documents online, and request help in translating or identifying information. At ViewMate you can submit photos: for identification of people, clothing, buildings, scenes, objects, artifacts, etc. At ViewMate you can submit letters, documents, book pages, maps, etc. for analysis or translation. For more information and instructions on how to use go to: ViewMate - Home (


2.      1931 Census of Canada to Be Released on June 1, 2023. After the legislated 92 years in the vault, the highly anticipated 1931 Census of Canada will be made available to the public. Collected during the Great Depression and at a time of significant immigration, the census provides a snapshot of the more than 10 million people living in Canada in 1931.  . On June 1, 2023, Canadians can expect to browse the digitized census images by geographic districts and sub-districts on the   Library and Archives Canada website. To read more see: 1931 Census of Canada to Be Released on June 1, 2023 (


3.      MyHeritage Adds 19 Million Records in February 2023. MyHeritage just added 19 million records from 15 historical record collections from the U.S., the U.K., and Scotland. The collections include birth, marriage, death, obituary, voter registrations, passenger, and prison records. Read the specifics from their blog: MyHeritage Adds 19 Million Records in February 2023 - MyHeritage Blog


4.      Lithuania News: JDC Questionnaire to the Jewish Community Council of Mazheik (Mazeikiai) in Lithuania in July 1921. Kehila links site for Mazeikiai recently added the translation from Lithuanian to English of the Mazeikiai Joint Distribution Committee Questionnaire to the Jewish Community Council in Lithuania in July 1921. After the first world war and the newly created independent State of Lithuania the JDC was based in Kaunas. The file was found in YIVO records. You can see a copy of the original questionnaire and the translation at: JDCQuestionnaireMazheik1921.pdf (  It is likely that some of this information was used in the all Lithuanian census of 1923.


5.      American Jewish Archives. Have you tried using the American Jewish Archives for genealogical research?  The AJA contains over 10 million pages of documents, manuscripts, genealogical materials, as well as thousands of audiovisual recordings, photographs, microfilm, and digital collections. The AJA online catalog is the gateway to this vast collection of primary source material detailing the history of the Jewish experience in the Americas. To search, go to: ArchivEra: Portal (  Thanks to Gary Pokrassa for reminding us of this valuable resource in a post on the JewishGen Discussion group.


6.      Medieval synagogue that predates the Inquisition found hidden under Spanish nightclub. A highly significant find, this 14th-century synagogue is a rare example of Jewish religious life in medieval Spain. Before this building in Spain was a nightclub, it was a hospital, a church, and a school. But archaeologists have recently determined that, originally, the structure was a medieval Jewish synagogue — one of only five remaining in all of Spain. The Utrera synagogue was built in the 1300s and likely survived the 1492 expulsion of Jews from Spain because it was reused and added to over the years.  Read the story from Live Science: Medieval synagogue that predates the Inquisition found hidden under Spanish nightclub | Live Science


7.      Stanford Libraries launches Taube Archive of the International Military Tribunal (IMT) at Nuremberg, 1945-46. This archival collection provides access to a digital version of Nuremberg IMT courtroom proceedings and documentation, including evidentiary films, full audio recordings of the proceedings, and approximately 250,000 pages of digitized paper documents. The International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg was the first international criminal trial and, to this day, it remains the most prominent. The trial opened on 20 November 1945 and, after 403 sessions held over 216 days, the Tribunal delivered its verdict on 1 October 1946. All 9,920 collection items are searchable and viewable in digital form.  Go to: Thanks to Jan Meisels Allen Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee for sharing this story.


8.      Coin with oldest depiction of Temple menorah displayed for first time. New renovation of the Davidson Center in Jerusalem utilizes interactive tech and augmented reality to highlight history and archaeology of Temple-era Jerusalem. The coin dates to around 40 BCE, during the Roman times and the reign of the last Hasmonean king and is the oldest known artistic depiction of the menorah, created 107 years before the destruction of the Second Temple. Read the story from The Times of Israel: Coin with oldest depiction of Temple menorah displayed for first time | The Times of Israel


9.      The First Jew In Canada Now Identified In Historic Discovery. Jewish man from Turkey lived in Quebec City. The Law of the time strictly stipulates it: no Jew has the right to settle in New France unless he converts to the Catholic religion. Therefore, there is no official Jewish immigration until the British regime (1760). How is it that Joseph Langeron was officially identified as a “Jew from Turkey” given the laws in force in New France? To find out, read the story from The J Canada: The First Jew In Canada Now Identified In Historic Discovery -


10.  Anti-Jewish incidents jumped nearly 20% in 2021 in the U.S., FBI finds. The updated FBI statistics released Monday counted 817 anti-Jewish criminal offenses reported by local law enforcement agencies in 2021, up from 683 in 2020 — a year when people largely stayed off the streets for a substantial period due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, the report showed a total of more than 10,800 total hate crimes — the highest number in decades. As in previous years, anti-Jewish incidents comprised the majority of the 1,590 hate crimes based on religion. Read the story from JTA: Anti-Jewish incidents jumped nearly 20% in 2021, FBI finds - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (


11.  The Jewish Community of Jamaica. Legends about Jewish pirates and a distinguished 20th-century political legacy are highlights of this Caribbean Jewish community's history. The Jews of Jamaica make up a small but vibrant religious community centered today in the capital of Kingston. While the core of the community traces its ancestry to the Iberian peninsula, and the Jewish exodus that began in the late 15th century, Jamaican Jews today come from Poland, France, Italy, Africa, Israel, Turkey, and many other places. While some 22,000 Jews once lived on the island, the Jewish population today numbers just about 450 people. Read the story from My Jewish Learning: The Jewish Community of Jamaica | My Jewish Learning


12.  New hope for Gaucher disease as experimental treatment begins trials. The genetic disease predominantly affects Ashkenazi Jews. Gaucher disease is fairly rare, with only around 6,000 cases in the United States, but one out of every 10 Ashkenazi Jews carries the mutated gene that causes it. If two parents both carry that mutation, each of their kids has a 25% chance of developing the disease. Read the story from The Forward: New treatment for Gaucher disease offers hope – The Forward


13.  The history of a Yiddish press on exhibit at the University of Pittsburgh. A new exhibit at the University of Pittsburgh shines a light on the importance of the Yiddish press in America and the historical significance of one of its landmark publications. The exhibit at the Hillman Library which runs at least through April and is open to the public whenever the library is open focuses on the history of the Forward, or “Forverts,” which started as a socialist Yiddish daily paper in 1897 and, at its peak in the 1920s, had a subscription base that rivaled The New York Times. Read more from the Times of Israel: The history of a Yiddish press on exhibit at Pitt | The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle (


14.  If you are ever in Aruba… Aruba’s new rabbi comes out of retirement to lead a congregation in ‘paradise.’ Jewish life in Aruba dates back to the 16th century, when immigrants arrived from the Netherlands and Portugal. In 1754, Moses Solomon Levie Maduro, settled in Aruba, where he founded the Aruba branch of the Dutch West Indies Company. Maduro paved the way for more immigrants, but the island’s Jewish population has always remained small. It’s now about 100. The synagogue calls itself a “Conservative egalitarian temple keeping Sephardic and Ashkenazic traditions.” Read the interesting Rabbi’s story from JTA: Aruba’s new rabbi comes out of retirement to lead a congregation in ‘paradise’ - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (


15.  Jews win religion popularity contest in new poll. Jews like themselves and so do other people, according to the Pew Research Center. While antisemitic incidents may be up, Jews can take heart: We’re more popular than you might think. New data from the Pew Research Center indicates that while most Americans don’t really know enough Jewish people to have an opinion, far more see them positively than negatively. The poll showed 35% of those asked had either a favorable or very favorable opinion of Jews — the highest percentage of any of the major religious groups on the survey. Only 6% had a somewhat or very unfavorable view. Read the story from the Forward: Jews win religion popularity contest – The Forward


16.  Long ignored, Greek Holocaust survivors finally tell their story. The country marks the 80th anniversary of the first deportations of thousands of Greek Jews to Auschwitz-Birkenau, a traumatic event that devastated a once-flourishing community whose roots go back to antiquity. Of over 77,000 Jews living in Greece before World War II, more than 86 percent perished during the four-year occupation by Nazi Germany. Today, the community numbers around five thousand, according to the Jewish Museum in Athens. Read the story from The Times of Israel: Long ignored, Greek Holocaust survivors finally tell their story | The Times of Israel


17.  This App Traces 500 years of Cuban Jewish History. Engineering student Abel Hernàndez Eskenazi is committed to using his technological knowhow to promote the rich Jewish heritage of his native Cuba. A fourth-year student at the Universidad Tecnológica de La Habana, the 22-year-old has developed an app that traces the 500-year history of the island’s Jews, a community that peaked in the 1920s at around 24,000 and now numbers between 500 and 1,000. Read the story from Hadassah Magazine: This App Traces 500 years of Cuban Jewish History | Hadassah Magazine


18.  11 of the Rarest Jewish Baseball Cards. Every collector of Jewish baseball cards has one item they consider their “Holy Grail,” the elusive card they’ve chased for years. There is, however, no consensus on which is the rarest card of a Jewish baseball player but here are a few noteworthy ones according to the Jewish Baseball Museum:. 11 of the rarest Jewish Baseball cards - Jewish Baseball Museum


19.  Israeli Photographer who digitized Dead Sea Scrolls completes new Kirk Douglas archive. Ardon Bar-Hama regularly works with rare documents such as the Aleppo Codex, so when the Douglas Foundation tapped him for a 10,000-item collection, he was ready. Now it is, too.  Read the story from The Times of Israel: Photographer who digitized Dead Sea Scrolls completes new Kirk Douglas archive | The Times of Israel  To view the archive, go to: Douglas Foundation Archive


20.  Jerusalem's Tower of David named one of 'World's Greatest Places' by TIME. Ahead of the Tower of David Jerusalem Museum's grand re-opening in June 2023, TIME revealed that the institution has earned a spot on its third annual list of World's Greatest Places. This historic Jerusalem icon boasts a 360-degree view of the city and has been listed as one of the 50 important places to explore around the world. Read the story in the Jerusalem Post: Jerusalem's Tower of David named as 'World's Greatest Place' by TIME - Israel Culture - The Jerusalem Post (


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ViewMate translation request - Russian Cyrillic or Polish #translation

Jill Hans

Subj: ViewMate translation request - Polish

I've posted a vital record in either Russian Cyrillic or Polish 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 very much in advance.

Jill Hans

Announcing the Publication of Book of Biala Podlaska #yizkorbooks

Susan Rosin

Shalom Everybody,
JewishGen Press is proud to announce the publication of our 161st title:
Book of Biala Podlaska  (Biała Podlaska, Poland).
This is the translation of: Sefer Biala Podlaska



8.5” x 11” hard cover 730 pages with original photographs


Editor of Original Yizkor Book: M. J. Feigenbaum

Project Coordinator: Max Wald

Cover Design: Irv Osterer

Layout: Jonathan Wind

Name Indexing: Stefanie Holzman


An epic record of the rise and eventual ruin of the Jewish Community of Biala Podlaska, this sweeping Yizkor Memorial Book traces the town's chaotic journey through history. Founded at the end of the 15th century in the Lithuanian state, it subsequently moved between Poland and Austria in the early 19th century, and finally shuttled between Russia, Germany and back to Poland in the years surrounding the World Wars.

As early as 1621, there was evidence of a well-established Jewish settlement of about 30 families in Biala. From the beginning there were conflicts between the Christian and Jewish populations regarding dwelling rights, trade, employment and taxation, battles that would last for generations.

Restricted by profession, the Biala Jewish income earners were tradesmen, primarily tailors and cap-makers but also lace makers, goldsmiths, bookbinders, metal workers and butchers. They had no influence on the administration of the town. Their lives were centered around the Rabbi's courtyard, in Chassidic prayer houses and in trading businesses with the surrounding landowners.

By the end of the 19th century, changes in Jewish life began to be noticeable. A sector of Jewish youth began to secretly study worldly subjects and a dispute with the religious circle began. During the German occupation of the first World War, though the economy was in ruin and the Jewish masses impoverished, groups like the Zionists and the Bund - a Jewish socialist party that promoted the autonomy of Jewish workers – helped to foster an upturn in cultural, political and social aspects. Several new institutions were created, among them a Hebrew school, Children's Home and library. Many religious Jews lost their zeal to fight the trend toward enlightenment as they became increasingly defeated by poverty.

With the advent of World War II and the arrival of the Gestapo, the Jews of Biala struggled for daily existence. The products of hatred and war wrought forced labor, economic strangulation, deportation, camps and ultimate annihilation. When liberation by the Russian army came in July of 1944, the entire Jewish community of Biala Podlaska had been erased. Thanks to the historians, researchers, authors and eyewitnesses whose years of painstaking work live within these pages, their lives will never be forgotten.

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Mazal Tov and thanks to all that made this publication possible.

Susan Rosin

JewishGen Press Publications Manager

Re: How were they related in Tulchin? #ukraine

Barbara Rice, JewishGen Education Volunteer

The JGSLI has a useful video on finding maiden names. 
You'll find some tips here.
Barbara Rice
Minneapolis, MN
Researching ROHSSLER, SEIDNER and WILDEFEUER in Krakow, KUPFERSCHMIDT and KATZ in Radziechow, ZUCHOVITZ and POTASHNICK in Stolpce Belarus and Woodbine NJ

Re: *Any* records for Zhvanets, Ukraine? #ukraine

Gary Pokrassa

I just did a search in the universal search field with data type = any field and entered Zhvanets
BTW this is the best way to find all records from any town is to use this tactic

there are 1,220 listings for records listing Zhvanets a major entry from JOWBR for 968 burial records from the local cemetery
Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division

Re: Records from Ivonivka, Ukraine #ukraine

Gary Pokrassa

there are a number of records from Vinnitsa area which you can find in Alex Krakovsky's main wiki file atАрхів:Єврейське_містечко/Подільська_губернія#Вінницький_повіт

but I dont see any mention of this town anywhere in that area

Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division

Re: Surname research in Poland - Augustin, Kaufman, Stachowicz #poland


Hi Olga

Did you find the marriage record of Magdalena and Josephus? It is important to know all information which is written in this marriage record.
If Magdalena was the person who converted, did you find her baptism record? Again it is important to know all information in this baptism record.
Usually baptism records of people who converted from Judaism to Christianity contain their names before and after the baptism an their place of origin.
Unfortunately I can't help you with researches in the Online Archives of Poland, because I'm not familiar with these Archives


Corinne Iten