The June Issue of the Galitzianer #galicia

Gesher Galicia SIG

We are thrilled to announce the release of the June 2021 issue of
the Galitzianer, Gesher Galicia’s quarterly research journal. This
issue begins with some exciting news: a recap of the results of the
recently completed Przemyśl Identification Project, which uncovered
new information on vital records that could be a boon to researchers.

Among the other diverse topics covered in this issue are Jewish
marriages and child legitimacy, Jewish book traders, cadastral map
legends, cousins’ clubs, and a WWI abduction. There’s also an article
by East West Street author Philippe Sands about a son’s efforts to
come to terms with his parents’ Nazi past.

Here is a full list of the articles in this issue:
  • Research Corner: The Przemyśl Identification Project by Tony Kahane
  • Jewish Marriages Revisited by Andrew Zalewski
  • Jewish Book Traders and the Ossolineum by Dorota Sidorowicz-Mulak
  • Map Corner: Cadastral Map Legends by Jay Osborn
  • Tragedy on WWI’s Eastern Front by Sharon Taylor
  • In Their Own Words: A Paper Trail into a Couple’s Nazi Past by Philippe Sands
  • Presidents’ Page: Cousins’ Clubs by Steven S. Turner
The Galitzianer is a membership benefit of Gesher Galicia. To join,
visit our website at Members and
nonmembers alike are invited to submit articles on Galicia-related
themes to the Galitzianer. For details, please review our
submissions policy at
and contact me at submissions@....

Jodi G. Benjamin
Editor, The Galitzianer
Gesher Galicia
Send all inquiries to submissions@....  


JewishGen Education announces New Classes #general #announcements #education

Nancy Holden

JewishGen Education announces New Classes

The Learning Center is open for view and registration for Summer/Fall Classes


The Learning Center has a new website Genealogy for Gen X, Y and Z


Take a Look

It’s Beta and it’s Free!--

Nancy Holden
Director of Education

looking for Lazaro Specter #latinamerica #records #russia

Maia Aisi

I am looking for Lazaro Spector born in Russia en 1888, son of Jacob, dead in Argentina en 1928.
Any information about his family is of great help.
Thanks a lot!
Maia Aisi
MODERATOR NOTE: Please reply privately

Re: Szymaki, Poland #poland

Hap Ponedel


Alexander is not wrong about the spelling. Remember that spellings varied quite a bit. I did not see the community listed in the results page with the JG gazetteer, but found the place here:'06.0%22N+25%C2%B046'58.4%22E/@52.9660003,23.8260943,12.5z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d53.335!4d25.7829
spelled the way Alexander suggested.

I think this is your community in this screenshot of an 1884 map also. Note the red arrow pointing to the spot. The blue pins are communities found in the JG communities data base. Here is a link to this map on-line: Look for Schimki in the middle of the screen. The fact that it made it on this old map says to me that it used to be a well know place, whereas the modern map seems to indicate that it is insignificant today. This change happened to a lot of communities. It could well have been a place with at least a minyan of Jews in the 19th century but for lack of good data we can't prove it.

I hope this helps.
Hap Ponedel
Eugene, OR


JGS of Illinois members to share discoveries and research tips virtually on June 27, 2021 #jgs-iajgs #announcements

Martin Fischer

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will hold a virtual “Kvell and Tell” session on Sunday, June 27, 2021, as part of the group’s annual meeting. Several JGSI members will take turns sharing family history discoveries and research tips. This meeting, which starts at 2 p.m. CDT (U.S. and Canada), also features a brief annual report from JGSI’s president, Debbie Kroopkin. (A separate JGSI members-only genealogy question-and-answer discussion time will start at 1 p.m.)

To register for this free event, go to After you register, you will be sent a link to join the meeting. This webinar will be recorded so that JGSI’s paid members who are unable to view it live will be able to view the recording later.

The varied, entertaining, and informative short “Kvell and Tell” talk topics relate to Jewish genealogy or family history research methods, anecdotes, or discoveries.

For more information, see or phone 312-666-0100.

JGSI is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors. The group is a resource for the worldwide Jewish community to research their Chicago-area roots. The JGSI motto is “Members Helping Members Since 1981.” The group has more than 300 members and is affiliated with the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

JGSI's paid members have access to useful and informative online family history research resources, including a members’ forum, more than 65 video recordings of past speakers’ presentations, monthly JGSI E-News, quarterly Morasha JGSI newsletter, and much more.

Members as well as non-members are invited to look for their ancestors on the free searchable JGSI Jewish Chicago Database.

Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

JGSI website:

Researching cremations #general

Our Jewish Family History Research

Hi all:

Cremation is an option that secular families occasionally choose now-a-days. 
I know of a couple, who were holocaust survivors. They both requested to be cremated.
I do wonder if cremations of Jews are recorded on sites at all. Most of us would not even know to consider that as a possible reason for not  locating a person in Jewish cemeteries.
That is a potential genealogical brickwall.
Has any group member actually experienced this in your own research? Please share how you worked through the research process.
Many thanks in advance.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
GRUSZECKI/GRUSZECKA from Warszawa and possibly Zelechow


Re: Russian Town Of Kostopol #russia

Janet Furba

Rovno region of Ukraina
Janet Furba,

Help with spelling of a name #names

Toby Ellis

Researching Seidel Stadlen: I am looking for a Seidel Stadlen who lived in Lynn, MA. In 1907.  The only reference I found was on a ship’s manifest as a contact person for a cousin. Besides the 3 major databases, the Mass State Archives, NARA, and the MA Supreme Judicial Court Archives.  I have looked at the obvious possibilities, but with no luck.  His last name is probably written as some variation that I am not aware of.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.   

 Toby Ellis


Re: Possible Hidden Jewish Roots/Surname Change Found #canada #names

K H <hk_1@...>

I recently found a family document; a Registration of Birth for one of my uncles (born: May 2, 1928) from the Province of Saskatchewan, Canada. There is a remark on the bottom of the paper that tells that on May 16, 1956, the surnames were corrected for both the father and child (son). The original surname was (Fichki). The new last name was written as (Nagy). The mother's last name is shown as (Nagy) but I was once told that her Maiden name and married name were the same. Both parents were born in Austria. I researched the last name (Fichki) but did not have much luck only that it may be a revised version of an original spelling and that it may be of Jewish origin. Does anyone have information about the origin of this last name? 

Kim Hann


Re: Questions About Given Name and Candle Tax #poland

Mark Halpern

Hi Susan:

I cannot answer your question about the given name Nuko, but I can respond to your query on the Siemiatycze Candle tax. However, a search of the JRI-Poland database for Nuko results in only two matching index entry - the one you found and one other.

JRI-Poland knows the the Jewish vital records for Siemiatycze have not survived. We found out that the only record set for Siemiatycze at the Archive in Bialystok was this 1861 Candle Tax list. It does appear that the town administration or the town Kahal (Jewish community) institujted this tax on individual Jewish heads of households. This list was transcribed for JRI-Poland and includes 501 names of heads of household with their father's name and their profession.

Your result was a search of the JRI-Poland database for the surname KADYSZEWICZ or some phonetic or soundex variance of that same surname.  Please note that a search for town = Siemiatycze will not return the list of 501 heads of household. This list can only be searched by surname, given name, or other search parameters. 

Best wishes on your search.

Mark Halpern
JRI-Poland Bialystok Area Coordinator


On 2021-06-14 12:34 pm, S Pasquariella wrote:

I found a listing in JRI-Poland for a possible relative in Siemiatycze.  His name was Nuko Kadyszewicz and he was the only listing under the category of Candle Tax 1861.  My questions:  Is Nuko a Hebrew name and what is it’s meaning. Also, my understanding is that the Candle Tax was imposed on the entire Jewish Community so why was there only one listing in that category?
Thank you,
Susan Kingsley Pasquariella
Researching: Kadyszewicz

Re: Russian Town Of Kostopol #russia

Sherri Bobish


Today it is in Ukraine.

Kostopil' [Ukr], Kostopol [Pol], Kostopol' [Rus], Kostopel

Region: Volhynia

You can search at:
for records from the town.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Questions About Given Name and Candle Tax #poland

S Pasquariella

I found a listing in JRI-Poland for a possible relative in Siemiatycze.  His name was Nuko Kadyszewicz and he was the only listing under the category of Candle Tax 1861.  My questions:  Is Nuko a Hebrew name and what is it’s meaning. Also, my understanding is that the Candle Tax was imposed on the entire Jewish Community so why was there only one listing in that category?
Thank you,
Susan Kingsley Pasquariella
Researching: Kadyszewicz

Re: Szymaki, Poland #poland

Alexander Sharon


Village name that I have replied in the previous post should read: Szymaki, not Szymki

Alexander Sharon

Re: Jew in India #poland #ukraine #general

Yehoshua Sivan

This doesn't exactly answer your question, but every Jew should familiarize himself with this great man, who was born in the Ukraine and did fantastic work in India

On a totally different plane, there were many Ashkenazi Jewish prostitutes in Bombay (Mumbai). This was first brought to my attention many years ago by an Israeli shaliah to the Bombay Jewish community, who told me that there was a specific area in one of the Jewish cemeteries with graves of Ashkenazi Jewish women who were buried separately from everyone else.  In articles on the subject (, names are given, such as these:
Route to India 3.jpg

;In answer to your question:
Not only did their involvement in the sex trade place them outside the limits of respectability, their continental and mostly Eastern European origins rendered them foreigners. Many of them were Jewish—Jewish cemeteries appeared in this area in maps from the 1870s: one on Grant Road just south of the numbered streets of Kamathipura, and another at the intersection of Bellasis Road and Duncan Road, an outer corner of the Kamathipura.
Yehoshua Sivan

Re: Podhorini a village near Munkach Hungary #hungary #general

Vivian Kahn

Probably Podhering, Bereg megye, now Pidhoriany, Ukraine  near Mukachevo.

Vivian Kahn
JewishGen Hungarian Research Director

Searching for information Zlotchover and Blechner Families from Cernicvic and Skora and Winstein from Poland (Ozno) or Ukraine #poland #ukraine

alizah hochstead

I am quite inexperienced and trying to find information about my parents and grandparents families. As I am the oldest and know nothing I need help.

Alizah Frayda (ZLotchover) Hochstead from Beitar Israel.

Re: Frunze (now Bishkek), Kyrgyzstan near Kazakhstan Holocaust #belarus #general

Michael Hoffman

Hi Harry,

Have you done any research for Boonin in the UK?
If not I would suggest to you the following search at the UK's National Archives at 
there are 6 entries that you may be interested in, including a marriage at the British Consulate in the Soviet Union. You should do a search for Birth, Marriage and Deaths on the following website, 

Best regards,

Michael Hoffman
Borehamwood, Herts, UK.

Re: Russian Town Of Kostopol #russia


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

Re: Szymaki, Poland #poland

Frank Szmulowicz

Here, the name is Szymaki  in Podlasie Voivodeship (there are other places named Szymaki elsewhere)

Frank Szmulowicz

IGRA Webinar Series - Mark Halpern: Understanding Your Galitzianer Family through Vital Records #events #galicia

Garri Regev

Please join IGRA at our upcoming webinar on June 20 at 7 pm Israel time (noon EDT) as Mark Halpern will be speaking on Understanding Your Galitzianer Family through Vital Records. Advance registration is required:

A great many Galician researchers have acquired copies of family records from repositories in Poland and Ukraine or online images provided by the State Archive or Genealogical organizations. Over the last twenty years, the work of Jewish Records Indexing - Poland and Gesher Galicia has made these records more readily available to all Galician researchers.

This session offers an in-depth examination of vital records along with a strategic framework to help researchers in acquiring Galician records to further their research. We will provide a historical perspective covering the regulations that governed Jewish recordkeeping. We will make sense of the regulations covering civil marriages that impacted the legitimacy and surnames of children. Close examination of sample birth, marriage, and death records will reveal the information contained in the records, identify the records having the most genealogical value, and discover surprises found in many of these records.


Mark Halpern: While on business in Poland, Mark visited Bialystok, his mother's birthplace. As a result of this one day visit, he became interested in his Bialystok and Galician roots. Now retired, Mark works with JRI–Poland, JewishGen, IAJGS, and Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia (JGASGP) helping others research their roots. Mark serves on the Board and Executive Group of JRI-Poland, is the founder of Bialystok Area Jewish Genealogy Group, is on the Advisory Board of Gesher Galicia, and is past President of JGASGP. Mark chaired the program committees for the 2009 and 2013 Conferences and served as advance coordinator for the 2018 Warsaw Conference. Mark was honored in 2018 with the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award.

Garri Regev 
President, IGRA