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The All Galicia Database (AGD) adds surname phonetic matching, and a new "towns and locations" page #galicia

Brooke Schreier Ganz <asparagirl@...>
 

We're happy to announce that Gesher Galicia's new All Galicia
Database (AGD) has just released an update. This update adds two
major new features and also fixes one small bug, but does not add
any new content to the database. (That's coming in the next
update, tentatively scheduled for late this month.) Here's the URL:
http://search.geshergalicia.org/

Our first major new feature for the AGD is the arrival of
Beider-Morse Phonetic Matching for surnames! You can toggle
this ability on and off with a checkbox in the search area, but we
recommend leaving it on in order to find the greatest number of
surname spelling variants.

For example, the surname SCHREIER has just nine exact matches
in the AGD. Using the AGD's wildcard feature, I can search for
"SCHR*R" (with the asterisk acting as the wildcard) and find some
more surname variants like SCHREYER. But now with the ability to
do phonetic matching, I can find 127 matches in the database,
including for surnames like SZRAJER and SRAYER that the wildcard
search might have missed.

Our sincere thanks go to Steve Morse and Alexander Beider, who
not only created the original Beider-Morse Phonetic Matching
(BMPM) system, but who wisely chose to release the code as open
source. Our thanks also go to Dr. Matthew Pocock >from the UK, a
programmer who did the actual porting of Morse and Beider's
original PHP code over to java code, and then submitted it to the
Apache Foundation's commons-codec team for inclusion. That in
turn allowed the integration of BMPM as a new option in Apache
Solr, version 3.6 (which is not yet released) and future versions of
Solr. (The AGD now runs on a pre-release version of 3.6.) This
means that this code is now available for any organization who
wants to use it, free of charge. We hope more genealogy
organizations and historical groups will take advantage of this
new code in the future for their own websites.

Our second major feature update to the AGD is the introduction of
the new "Towns and Locations" web page, which gives a quick
overview of what towns and locations are mentioned in the
database. This page will automatically update itself every time we
edit or add new content to the site. It lists the top 50 towns and
locations by rank, and then also lists every town or location we
have in alphabetical order, as long as that location is listed at least
three times.

Note that the names of the towns and locations have *not* been
standardized. They show up on the list just as they show up in
the database. Some towns may be mentioned under alternate
names; for example, Lemberg, Lwow, and Lviv are different names
for the same city, but they each might appear separately in the list,
depending on how they were recorded in the original data source.
Some of these locations may be very general, such as "Galicia" or
"Russia". A few towns may have been misspelled. Finally, some of
these towns may have become incorporated into other localities
over the years; for example, Zadworna is today a section of the
city of Drohobych, Ukraine, and not a standalone town.

Basically, we have left this information exactly as it was entered by
the transcribers, reflecting the form and spelling in the original
records. It's interesting to note how many non-Galician towns and
areas show up on the list (i.e. Warszawa (Warsaw), Berlin, Wien
(Vienna), New York [!], Russia, etc.) Our ancestors got around...

We also made one small bugfix in this release, fixing a problem
with paging through multiple results pages if you had done a
search with a "sort" option enabled. Sort order will now persist
correctly across multiple pages.

Again, the All Galicia Database is online here:

http://search.geshergalicia.org/

And our new Towns and Locations page, which is also linked in
the footer of the site, is here:

http://search.geshergalicia.org/towns.php

Enjoy the new features, and happy searching! Our next update,
coming soon, will add a whole bunch of new content for several
towns, including many mid-19th century homeowners lists >from
Galician towns, most of them circa 1858, which were obtained
through our multi-year Cadastral Map and Landowners Project at
the Lviv archives. We'll also be adding a very special collection of
marriage records >from the Tarnopol (Ternopil, Ukraine) Ghetto,
from 1942.
- Brooke Schreier Ganz
Los Angeles, California


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia The All Galicia Database (AGD) adds surname phonetic matching, and a new "towns and locations" page #galicia

Brooke Schreier Ganz <asparagirl@...>
 

We're happy to announce that Gesher Galicia's new All Galicia
Database (AGD) has just released an update. This update adds two
major new features and also fixes one small bug, but does not add
any new content to the database. (That's coming in the next
update, tentatively scheduled for late this month.) Here's the URL:
http://search.geshergalicia.org/

Our first major new feature for the AGD is the arrival of
Beider-Morse Phonetic Matching for surnames! You can toggle
this ability on and off with a checkbox in the search area, but we
recommend leaving it on in order to find the greatest number of
surname spelling variants.

For example, the surname SCHREIER has just nine exact matches
in the AGD. Using the AGD's wildcard feature, I can search for
"SCHR*R" (with the asterisk acting as the wildcard) and find some
more surname variants like SCHREYER. But now with the ability to
do phonetic matching, I can find 127 matches in the database,
including for surnames like SZRAJER and SRAYER that the wildcard
search might have missed.

Our sincere thanks go to Steve Morse and Alexander Beider, who
not only created the original Beider-Morse Phonetic Matching
(BMPM) system, but who wisely chose to release the code as open
source. Our thanks also go to Dr. Matthew Pocock >from the UK, a
programmer who did the actual porting of Morse and Beider's
original PHP code over to java code, and then submitted it to the
Apache Foundation's commons-codec team for inclusion. That in
turn allowed the integration of BMPM as a new option in Apache
Solr, version 3.6 (which is not yet released) and future versions of
Solr. (The AGD now runs on a pre-release version of 3.6.) This
means that this code is now available for any organization who
wants to use it, free of charge. We hope more genealogy
organizations and historical groups will take advantage of this
new code in the future for their own websites.

Our second major feature update to the AGD is the introduction of
the new "Towns and Locations" web page, which gives a quick
overview of what towns and locations are mentioned in the
database. This page will automatically update itself every time we
edit or add new content to the site. It lists the top 50 towns and
locations by rank, and then also lists every town or location we
have in alphabetical order, as long as that location is listed at least
three times.

Note that the names of the towns and locations have *not* been
standardized. They show up on the list just as they show up in
the database. Some towns may be mentioned under alternate
names; for example, Lemberg, Lwow, and Lviv are different names
for the same city, but they each might appear separately in the list,
depending on how they were recorded in the original data source.
Some of these locations may be very general, such as "Galicia" or
"Russia". A few towns may have been misspelled. Finally, some of
these towns may have become incorporated into other localities
over the years; for example, Zadworna is today a section of the
city of Drohobych, Ukraine, and not a standalone town.

Basically, we have left this information exactly as it was entered by
the transcribers, reflecting the form and spelling in the original
records. It's interesting to note how many non-Galician towns and
areas show up on the list (i.e. Warszawa (Warsaw), Berlin, Wien
(Vienna), New York [!], Russia, etc.) Our ancestors got around...

We also made one small bugfix in this release, fixing a problem
with paging through multiple results pages if you had done a
search with a "sort" option enabled. Sort order will now persist
correctly across multiple pages.

Again, the All Galicia Database is online here:

http://search.geshergalicia.org/

And our new Towns and Locations page, which is also linked in
the footer of the site, is here:

http://search.geshergalicia.org/towns.php

Enjoy the new features, and happy searching! Our next update,
coming soon, will add a whole bunch of new content for several
towns, including many mid-19th century homeowners lists >from
Galician towns, most of them circa 1858, which were obtained
through our multi-year Cadastral Map and Landowners Project at
the Lviv archives. We'll also be adding a very special collection of
marriage records >from the Tarnopol (Ternopil, Ukraine) Ghetto,
from 1942.
- Brooke Schreier Ganz
Los Angeles, California


Rabbi Hyman SHARFMAN #general

Susan Viuker Lieberman <viukerville11@...>
 

I have already thanked those who emailed information. I probably have all the
available information. However ,if you have something which is not in any record,
please email me.

A general thank you to everyone who read the posting.

Susan Viuker Lieberman
viukerville11@...


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Rabbi Hyman SHARFMAN #general

Susan Viuker Lieberman <viukerville11@...>
 

I have already thanked those who emailed information. I probably have all the
available information. However ,if you have something which is not in any record,
please email me.

A general thank you to everyone who read the posting.

Susan Viuker Lieberman
viukerville11@...


Fulton History site, Joe Gerstein #general

Anita Springer <aspringer@...>
 

Thanks so much for the mention of this most interesting site!

I just checked it out and for fun, put in the name of a family relative we have
been searching for for many years. His name is Joe Gerstein and we know >from
family sources that he is a cousin and lived in Brooklyn up till at least the late
1950s. Here is what came up - I would so much appreciate any ideas on how I might
follow up this intriguing reference to help me find the descendants of this family
- it is an important relationship.

Brooklyn Eagle, Sunday Oct. 8 1939, Headline "Shelter to Hold '39 Charity Ball"
In the article it says "The Children's Day and Night Shelter, Bedford Young Folks
Chapter.....Joe Gerstein, co-chairman of the committee..."

Anita Springer, Boston


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Fulton History site, Joe Gerstein #general

Anita Springer <aspringer@...>
 

Thanks so much for the mention of this most interesting site!

I just checked it out and for fun, put in the name of a family relative we have
been searching for for many years. His name is Joe Gerstein and we know >from
family sources that he is a cousin and lived in Brooklyn up till at least the late
1950s. Here is what came up - I would so much appreciate any ideas on how I might
follow up this intriguing reference to help me find the descendants of this family
- it is an important relationship.

Brooklyn Eagle, Sunday Oct. 8 1939, Headline "Shelter to Hold '39 Charity Ball"
In the article it says "The Children's Day and Night Shelter, Bedford Young Folks
Chapter.....Joe Gerstein, co-chairman of the committee..."

Anita Springer, Boston


Need translation of word "reishekhtz" from "Sefer Serock" #general

ITE <atefreebox-jege@...>
 

"Reishekhts" is the name given to onions gently fried/browned in goose or chicken
fat or oil.

Hope this helps :)
Ite T. Doktorski

From: Howard Orenstein <horenstein@...>
In "Sefer Serock" (Yizkor Book for Serock (Serotsk), Poland) appears a word
"reishekhtz" (reysh-yud-yud-shin-ayin-khof-lange tsadek), as in the following
sentence: " ... she had only one small piece of bread, but had a few potatoes in
the house, and she had prepared it with a little 'reishekhtz.'


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Need translation of word "reishekhtz" from "Sefer Serock" #general

ITE <atefreebox-jege@...>
 

"Reishekhts" is the name given to onions gently fried/browned in goose or chicken
fat or oil.

Hope this helps :)
Ite T. Doktorski

From: Howard Orenstein <horenstein@...>
In "Sefer Serock" (Yizkor Book for Serock (Serotsk), Poland) appears a word
"reishekhtz" (reysh-yud-yud-shin-ayin-khof-lange tsadek), as in the following
sentence: " ... she had only one small piece of bread, but had a few potatoes in
the house, and she had prepared it with a little 'reishekhtz.'


Re: I can't find a death record for death due to abortion #general

Evelyn Filippi
 

People sometimes just took names they liked.

A neighbor told me that her husbands Grandmother was the maid in a Jewish house and
got pregnant had to leave and took the name of the family with her.

I looked in the phone book needing a lawyer and found one with my maiden name
which was Ebenstein. She told me that her grandfather had lived with a family
in Europe and adopted the name.

I remember that my Father told me that the family always had a boarder.

Evelyn Filippi
New York


The 1897 Dvinsk census. Vladimirskaya st.Part 9. Page 2 #latvia

Christine Usdin
 


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: I can't find a death record for death due to abortion #general

Evelyn Filippi
 

People sometimes just took names they liked.

A neighbor told me that her husbands Grandmother was the maid in a Jewish house and
got pregnant had to leave and took the name of the family with her.

I looked in the phone book needing a lawyer and found one with my maiden name
which was Ebenstein. She told me that her grandfather had lived with a family
in Europe and adopted the name.

I remember that my Father told me that the family always had a boarder.

Evelyn Filippi
New York


Latvia SIG #Latvia The 1897 Dvinsk census. Vladimirskaya st.Part 9. Page 2 #latvia

Christine Usdin
 


Re: Birth or Death record of child #general

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>
 

If he was born in NYC about 1900, there is a chance there was no birth record, as
few were filed until births happened routinely in hospitals. However, death
certificates were filed, as nobody could be buried without one. So you should look
for a death record for a baby or young child. italiangen.org indexes vital records
for NYC.

Then your only other problem was his name. In the early 1900s, spelling was not
standard, and our ancestors had the annoying habit of using variants of their
names. Perhaps Milton was buried as Moses or whatever his Hebrew name was. I
suggest that you look on italiangen and search 'sounds like' for the surname and
use only a first initial (or no first name at all) over a wider time frame than
what you think. Check whatever borough that you think they lived in first - then
the others.

He should be there if he was died in NYC.

Sally Bruckheimer
Piscataway, NJ


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Birth or Death record of child #general

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>
 

If he was born in NYC about 1900, there is a chance there was no birth record, as
few were filed until births happened routinely in hospitals. However, death
certificates were filed, as nobody could be buried without one. So you should look
for a death record for a baby or young child. italiangen.org indexes vital records
for NYC.

Then your only other problem was his name. In the early 1900s, spelling was not
standard, and our ancestors had the annoying habit of using variants of their
names. Perhaps Milton was buried as Moses or whatever his Hebrew name was. I
suggest that you look on italiangen and search 'sounds like' for the surname and
use only a first initial (or no first name at all) over a wider time frame than
what you think. Check whatever borough that you think they lived in first - then
the others.

He should be there if he was died in NYC.

Sally Bruckheimer
Piscataway, NJ


My grandfather's sister Sarah who lived in West End Boston #general

Dror
 

Shalom,
I'm trying to find the descendants of my grandfather's sister when very few details
are known about her. Apparently her name was Sarah and she emigrated >from Russia
(Belarus) to the U.S.in the year 1905. Probably lived in the Boston center may be
in the West End? Her family name >from home was Voihansky (Voichansky) but
apparently her Descendants do not know her last name before marriage. Her father's
name was Chaiim . She was born between the years 1880 to 1886 and probably moved
to the U.S under her husband's family name (that I do not know of). Probably thereafter other sisters came to Canada and to the USA.
During the war in the years 1941 to 1945 Sarah and her sisters were looking for her
brother who fled into Russia with his family.
If these details seem familiar to anyone please contact me to:

Dror Vaikhansky
dvi@...


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen My grandfather's sister Sarah who lived in West End Boston #general

Dror
 

Shalom,
I'm trying to find the descendants of my grandfather's sister when very few details
are known about her. Apparently her name was Sarah and she emigrated >from Russia
(Belarus) to the U.S.in the year 1905. Probably lived in the Boston center may be
in the West End? Her family name >from home was Voihansky (Voichansky) but
apparently her Descendants do not know her last name before marriage. Her father's
name was Chaiim . She was born between the years 1880 to 1886 and probably moved
to the U.S under her husband's family name (that I do not know of). Probably thereafter other sisters came to Canada and to the USA.
During the war in the years 1941 to 1945 Sarah and her sisters were looking for her
brother who fled into Russia with his family.
If these details seem familiar to anyone please contact me to:

Dror Vaikhansky
dvi@...


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Gerbicz - Starokonstantinov #ukraine

mdpelta@...
 

I am one of the few remaining (distant) relatives of this family >from this town
in western Ukraine.

My relative's name was Nasanel (in Polish Nasanijl) GERBICZ. He was orthodox
and fled this city where his entire family lived and got good jobs >from the Communist authorities. We
have no idea if any of them survived WWII. He fled the USSR in about 1920 with the rest if the Lubavitch
yeshiva >from Rostov-on-Don to Warsaw, Poland. He then married into my family. He disappeared in the Shoah and is presumed
murdered.

I would very much like to connect with them.

If anyone has contacts with people >from this town then please reach out to me.

Thank you,
Mordechai Pelta

San Francisco, California
USA

e-mail: mdpelta@...


Gerbicz - Starokonstantinov #ukraine

mdpelta@...
 

I am one of the few remaining (distant) relatives of this family >from this town
in western Ukraine.

My relative's name was Nasanel (in Polish Nasanijl) GERBICZ. He was orthodox
and fled this city where his entire family lived and got good jobs >from the Communist authorities. We
have no idea if any of them survived WWII. He fled the USSR in about 1920 with the rest if the Lubavitch
yeshiva >from Rostov-on-Don to Warsaw, Poland. He then married into my family. He disappeared in the Shoah and is presumed
murdered.

I would very much like to connect with them.

If anyone has contacts with people >from this town then please reach out to me.

Thank you,
Mordechai Pelta

San Francisco, California
USA

e-mail: mdpelta@...


Birth or Death record of child #general

Sherri Bobish
 

Natalie,

I think I may have found Milton.

I first looked at the Mt. Zion database. I searched for the name of the society
(without any last name entered.)

I found Joseph BERNOWSKY, d. 1916, with the Delatitcher society.

Next, I searched on stevemorse.org (NYC death index) for Joseph BERNOWSKY, and
found Joseph M BERNOWSKY to be a 3 year old that passed in 1916.

Acquiring the death cert of Joseph M. BERNOWSKY will give you the parents names
and prove or disprove this theory. I bet his middle name is Milton.

I've sent this info plus the cert number directly to Natalie.

regards,

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Birth or Death record of child #general

Sherri Bobish
 

Natalie,

I think I may have found Milton.

I first looked at the Mt. Zion database. I searched for the name of the society
(without any last name entered.)

I found Joseph BERNOWSKY, d. 1916, with the Delatitcher society.

Next, I searched on stevemorse.org (NYC death index) for Joseph BERNOWSKY, and
found Joseph M BERNOWSKY to be a 3 year old that passed in 1916.

Acquiring the death cert of Joseph M. BERNOWSKY will give you the parents names
and prove or disprove this theory. I bet his middle name is Milton.

I've sent this info plus the cert number directly to Natalie.

regards,

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ