Full Run Of The Brooklyn Daily Eagle Newspaper, From 1841 To 1955

Emily Garber of the Phoenix Chapter of the IAGS found this excellent source of info:

The Eagle has landed! In collaboration with Newspapers.com, and building on an earlier digitization initiative funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, BPL now offers the full run of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper, from 1841 to 1955, as a free online resource. Learn more about using this database here, and visit the Brooklyn Collection to explore materials on Brooklyn’s rich history, including books, photographs, prints, directories and maps and atlases.

Thanks to Andy Rosen for passing this on to us.

Gesher Galacia and the All Galacia Database

This is a long repost of an announcement appearing in the Ukraine Digest and some material about Gesher Galacia.

Gesher Galicia is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that promotes and conducts Jewish genealogical and historical research for Galicia, a province of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, which is today part of eastern Poland and southwestern Ukraine. Our major research initiative — The Galician Archival Records Project — is acquiring and indexing a variety of metrical, property, school, voter, tax and magnate records for Galicia. Although our organization’s primary focus is researching Jewish roots in Galicia, the diverse community records in our databases contain names that span all the ethnic and religious groups that once lived in this region.

Search our free All Galicia Database, Map Room, and Archival Inventory today, and learn about our terrific member benefits for genealogists, researchers, and families, starting at just $25/year. You can join online!

I'm very pleased to announce that the 1910 Tarnopol Census of the
Jewish Population is available for free searching on the All Galicia
Database. Few censuses of Jewish communities in Galicia from the 19th
or early 20th centuries survive. The 1910 census of the Jewish
community of Tarnopol, held in the State Archives of Ternopil in
Ukraine, is a rare document that lists just under 14,000 names, almost
half of the total population of the town.

Here's how to search -- and then sort your results to display only
those from this census:

Go to: http://search.geshergalicia.org

1. Enter the surname, given name, or both
2. After the results appear scroll down the far left column to:
"Record Sources,"
3. Scroll this alphabetical list or sources to "Tarnopol Jewish
Community Census 1910" and click that link.

To find out details on each record click the plus sign and a drop-down
list will appear showing:

Date of Birth
Town of Record
Town of Birth (not everyone was born in Tarnopol.  This listing can
help identify where relatives were originally from.)
Community Where Registered (also helpful in linking families to other
Resident in Tarnopol Since (you can track a family's movements from this data)
Relationship to others in the census (you can reconstruct families
using this information)
House Number (this was the old house number)
Street or Square Name  (this represents the new street address, useful
in unifying house numbers in records with a street location on newer
Number in Street
Occupation (Polish)
Occupation (English)
Additional Comments (helps to clarify the record entered by officials
at the time or our translators)
Image # (the image that corresponds to the page in the original record book.)

Information on the census:

The 1910 census is ordered by house number. This is the old numbering,
by which every house in the town had a number. However, a few years
before the 1910 census, a comprehensive system of (Polish) street
names had been set up, with every building having a street-name
address and a number within the street. [The address of the building,
for instance, whose old number in the town was 65 became "ulica Bogata
35".] The census contains both these systems of house numbering, thus
providing a useful conversion guide between the old numbering and new
street names and numbers.

The census also gives the place and full date, or else just the year,
of birth, stating how long (if not from birth) a person had resided in
the town. Furthermore, the "community of registration" is given,
something that effectively denotes the ancestral town of origin of a
person, even if the person had never spent significant time there.

From the census we can see that only just over two thirds of the
Jewish population were born in Tarnopol. Many of the remainder came
from other parts of Galicia, east (mainly) as well as west,including, in descending order of numbers, the towns and districts of
Skalat (415 people), Zbaraz, Brody, Brzezany, Zloczow, Mikulince,
Trembowla, Husiatyn, Lwow, Zborow, Zalozce, Grzymalow, Borszczow and
some 20 other localities. However, some 191 people were recorded as
having been born in the Russian Empire, particularly in the districts
of Odessa, Kiev and Zhitomir.

Other towns of birth include Vienna, Berlin, New York, London,
Bratislava, Winnipeg and Leipzig, while regions or countries of birth
listed include Hungary, America, Romania, Moravia, France, Bukovina
and Lithuania. In the case of Winnipeg, the census describes the town
as "Winnipeg, Canada, America".

Those were some of the places Tarnopol residents of 1910 had come
from. But where did they go to? A sizable number of people listed in
the census were not apparently living in Tarnopol at the time. Some
may have been temporarily absent, as students, apprentices or workers,
often in Vienna, Lwow or other Galician towns or villages. But the
extent to which the population had dispersed to places further afield
was remarkable. In Germany, the cities of Berlin, Bremen, Cologne,
Dresden, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Leipzig and Munich are all
mentioned as destinations for Jewish residents of Tarnopol who were
away, temporarily or not so temporarily, at the time of the census.
Other cities around the world listed in this connection included
London, Jerusalem, New York, Odessa, Paris, Prague, Riga, Sarajevo and
Vienna. Countries and territories mentioned included America,
Argentina, Bosnia, Hungary, Russia, Silesia and Switzerland.

The census records the occupations or professions of about 40% of the
people listed in the document, a significant proportion of whom were
school pupils or students. It also provides the family relationships
within a household, an important inclusion for those researching
their family history. Researchers will find women enumerated as
"ritual wife", clarifying that there was a religious marriage, but
that the woman did not share her husband's surname.  This should be of
assistance in clarifying relationships and the dual surnames many
children (who were often recorded as illegitimate in official

For further clarification on the census, please read the full notes on
this database available on the results listings or here:

No known research in Tarnopol?  Think again! The following towns have
over a hundred mentions in the census, with many, many other shtetls

Zbaraz (519)
Mikulince (379)
Lwow (262)
Brody (212)
Brzezany (187)
Skalat (186)
Zloczow (173)
Zalozce, Brody (161)
Kozlow, Brzezany (128)
Grzymalow, Skalat (119)
Husiatyn (119)
Jezierna, Zborow (116)
Kozlow (116)
Zborow (115)
Zalozce (109)

The translation of the professions (or the status of a resident) was a
complicated one.  Many of the terms were antiquated.  The descriptions
of the schools was imprecise.   We recruited several volunteers to
assist us in coming up with exactly the right phrase to explain an
occupation and to convey the correct meaning for the era   From
"doorkeeper in a lottery ticket outlet" and "seamstress's apprentice"
to "cashier for a Jewish congregation" to "brothel owner" we hope to
convey the vibrancy and variety of the work performed by the
population of this town.


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Historical Research Branch offers several webinars – FREE

The following is from the USCIS web site.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Historical Research Branch offers several webinars designed for beginning and advanced researchers. Webinars are an easy and free way to learn about the USCIS History, Library, and Genealogy programs and services from agency historians, librarians, and program representatives. We invite you to view our upcoming webinar schedule below.

Follow this link to learn more…

Alice Herz-Sommer, Pianist Who Survived Holocaust, Dies at 110

Mrs. Herz-Sommer, who died in London on Sunday at 110, and who was widely described as the oldest known Holocaust survivor, had been a distinguished pianist in Europe before the war.

New York Times Article

IGRA Releases Webinar On Ukrainian Sources For Research

Here’s a chance for a DIY program. Presentations at meetings are one of the things that seem to be the most difficult to find. Here’s a webinar that you can watch at your leisure, a sort of Do It Yourself presentation.

This webinar, “Sources for Jewish Genealogy in Ukraine” was broadcast on December 23, 2013 as part
of a meeting of the Israel Genealogy Research Association [IGRA] in Petah Tikva by Tomasz Jankowski.

The lecture covers the following issues:
- Main chronological and aerial divisions of genealogical sources (overview of former lands of
Galicia, Poland, Russian Empire, USSR).
- Primary and secondary types of sources (among others civil register, censuses, voter lists,
property and school records).
- On-line and off-line databases.
- Practical tips for archival and field research.
- Limits and possibilities of research on individual Jewish families in Ukraine.


Garri Regev
President, IGRA

Rose Feldman
Israel Genealogy Research Association



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particular with http://twitter.com/JewDataGenGirl

Jewish Surnames Explained….or maybe not!!

On January 8, 2014, Slate, the online magazine of some renown, picked up a story about Jewish surnames. The article, “Jewish Surnames Explained”, by Bennett Muraskin, has stirred up some controversy. Bennett Muraskin is a contributing writer to Jewish Currents magazine and author of The Association of Jewish Libraries Guide to Yiddish Short Stories and Let Justice Well Up Like Water:Progressive Jews from Hillel to Helen Suzman, among other books.

Dara Horn, a Jewish author writing in Mosaic, Advancing Jewish Thought, a blog, takes issue with Muraskin’s article. Here are links to each article.

The Slate article


The Mosaic article




April Meeting Cancelled Due To 1st Seder Being So Close

The 1st Seder this year is April 14 and our meeting would have been April 13 so the Steering Committee has decided to cancel the April Meeting.

Presentation Handouts Available Now

Here are the presentation handouts I originally created but turned out to be too expensive to reproduce on paper.


Thanks you to everyone at the Secular Humanist Jewish Circle. You all made me feel very welcome and I enjoyed doing the presentation.

No Books On Geneaolgy On The Shelf At…..

I am doing a presentation for the Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society at a meeting of the Secular Humanist Jewish Circle. I wanted to provide a door prize so I thought how about a book on genealogy. So off to Barnes and Noble at Foothills Mall I went. I asked at the counter where their genealogy books are. He said we don’t have any in the store. He checked his computer and sure enough no genealogy books on the shelf and no plans to put any there. So I figured I’ll try Bookmans. I bought a genealogy book there several years ago. Apparently that was the last one they sold. They told me they don’t carry them anymore because they don’t sell.

I wound up going online to Amazon and bought “How to Archive Family Keepsakes”.

Agenda January 12, 2014 Meeting

Jewish Genealogical Society of Southern Arizona
Sunday, January 12, 2014
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Tucson JCC

Call to Order & Introductions
WHO IS STEPHEN P. MORSE (and Why you Need to Know)

Q. & A. and Sharing as Time Allows

Second Program if time warrants

Steering Committee meeting to follow.


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