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Help with identifying a town off of a census


lawrence.r.waters@...
 

Hello,

I’m new to this but was hoping that someone could help me identify this town/city in the Austrian Empire circa 1890s. I cannot find any records of my great great grandfather other than US census records. Like I said I’m new to this and wouldn’t mind any pointers. Even with a name and a 3 year time frame I can’t find any records on the Ellis Island passenger search? Would anyone know why or where to look next?

Thanks,
Lawrence Waters


Jacob Heisler
 

Hi Lawrence,

I think it says (or is supposed to say), Czernowitz, the capital and main city of the Austrian province of Bukovina. Today it's Chernivtsi, Ukraine. I should mention even if I'm right, people commonly would say they're from the nearest large town or the district capital instead of their small village, so your family could have been from Bukovina but not Czernowitz. I'd recommend you check out this database, it includes a ton of Czernowitz records that hopefully include members of your family: https://czernowitz.geneasearch.net/ 

As a general rule, when I'm trying to identify a town/city Jews lived in, I start with JewishGen's Town Finder. It's a great resource that can tell you plenty of helpful information about the different towns. Just to give you an idea what kind of stuff it has, here's the page for Czernowitz: https://www.jewishgen.org/Communities/community.php?usbgn=-1037073

I hope I was able to be of some help for you. Good luck on your genealogical journey!

From,
Jacob Heisler
Norwalk, CT

On Sun, Aug 16, 2020 at 9:59 PM <lawrence.r.waters@...> wrote:
Hello,

I’m new to this but was hoping that someone could help me identify this town/city in the Austrian Empire circa 1890s. I cannot find any records of my great great grandfather other than US census records. Like I said I’m new to this and wouldn’t mind any pointers. Even with a name and a 3 year time frame I can’t find any records on the Ellis Island passenger search? Would anyone know why or where to look next?

Thanks,
Lawrence Waters


Susie Adani
 

How about trying Jewishgen's options. See attached screenshot. 


lawrence.r.waters@...
 

Thank you all who messaged me on here and in private emails. It really is amazing how many people jumped on the opportunity to find out more about my family. I’m still learning how to manipulate the search engines to find meaningful answers. Additionally I was having trouble figuring out what was even written in cursive on the census

Thanks to Renee Steinig we found what I believe is the Ellis Island record of my GG Grandmother. I’m still searching for my GG GF who came earlier and any records of their parents in the Chernivsti area.

Alter Watter: Born 1874 Imm:1897ish
Mindel (Minnie) Watter (Née Koffler):  Born 1876 Imm:11 May 1899 from Poszhantz (sp?) on the Southwark with their daughter Perl. 

Thank you all again


EdrieAnne Broughton
 

This is hopefully a hint for deciphering cursive on documents, like the census.  If you have trouble with one line, try reading the whole page, paying attention to how familiar names are handled by the enumerator on the document.  This is what the good transcribers have done (there are lots of transcribers who don't do this).  After you figure out how to read this person's scrawl, then go back to the troubled line.  If it's still unclear, try another page.  After a while of learning to do this, you too can volunteer to transcribe images.  FamilySearch is always looking for good transcribers and you don't have to be LDS.  They are always looking for people who read other languages.  I've found the work to be very satisfying and the USA 1950 Census is going to drop next year.
                                   EdrieAnne Broughton, Vacaville, California