Montefiore Census 1839 - 1875

trumpeldor Cemtery

Historical Jewish Press


Israel State Archives

1947 Census

MyHeritage - Immigration Lists, Citizenship Files, Gravestones on BillionGraves

IGRA - Immigration Lists, Voter Lists, Census, Name Changes

Encyclopedia of Founders and Builders of Israel

Exodus 1947

Jabotinsky Institute in Israel

Palestinian Pioneer Corps during WW2

Shlomo Laufer of Rohatyn? -1926 and 1932 Palestine Business Directories

Yad VaShem - The Central 

The Central Zionist Archives (including the Bureau of Missing Relatives) - central repository of old immigration records.


Polish Aliyah Passports 1929-1939 - Passports returned to Warsaw from the Polish Consulate in Israel

Israel State Archives

Updated 1/24/2018 Alex Feller

Gravestone Look - Up


Palestinian Pioneer Corps during WW2

Contact British War Office, provide proof of descendancy, and military number

Talia Klayner Dayagi- researching families of Pioneer Corps

Artur Patek of Jagelonian University in Krakow - Maintains list of those escaping Krakow through Romania to Palestine by boat

Shlomo Laufer of Rohatyn?


Passports returned to Warsaw from the Polish Consulate in Israel.



1. The World Zionist Organization's Central Zionist Archives -- The central

repository of old immigration records. Some records are indexed online, but

you may need to write to them. Website searchable in English. Link:

2. Israel Genealogical Society -- Has old records indexed in its EIRI (Eretz

Israel Records Indexing) database. Searchable in English. Link:

3. Israel Genealogy Research Association -- Has old records indexed in its

databases section. You need to register to be able to search them.

Searchable in English. Link:

4. Historical Jewish Press website -- Searchable database of old Jewish

newspapers from Israel (going back to the 19th century) and several other

countries. You can search in any of a number of languages, but in your case

you'd want to search in Hebrew. Link:

5. If your great-grandparents were among Israel's founders, they just might

be mentioned in the monumental "Encyclopedia of the Founders and Builders of

Israel." Searchable in English, but the results will be in Hebrew. Link:

6. If you know where in Israel your great-grandmother lived, you may be able

to find her burial record. Cemetery records for Jerusalem (Mount of Olives),

Tel Aviv, Haifa, Petach Tikva, Hebron, and a number of kibbutzim around the

country are online and searchable. For a full list, see the JewishGen

discussion group archives as that information has been posted before. Some

of these are searchable in English or Hebrew, others in Hebrew only.

7. Also if you know where she lived, you may find a mention of her in one of

the municipal websites dedicated to the founders of various cities. These

are generally searchable in Hebrew only. For example, the Tel Aviv one's


The National Library of Israel

1. Ein Wort am glorwürdigen Geburtsfeste... des Kaisers Franz Joseph I. : Für die Gemeinde zu Rohatin am 18. August 1855 / verfasst von S.A. Apfel

Historical Jewish Press


Giv'at Ram Campus, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Postal address: P.O.B. 39077 , Jerusalem 91390Tel: 972-2-6586249 Fax: 972-2-6535426 Email:

From Sources on Polish Jewry at the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People, Hanna Volovici, Avotaynu Foundation, 2004. Pages 197-198.

Microfilms: ROHATYN (woj. stanis?awowskie) 1663-1939 

1. Circular letters, accounts, decrees and uniwersa?y concerning inhabitants and properties of M. Sapieha, St. Siemie?ski, M. i A. Sieniawski and A. Czartoryski, 1663-1765. 

2. Confirmation by King Jan Kazimierz of a charter granted to the Jews by King W?adys?aw IV, 1663; confirmation by King Micha? Korybut Wi?niowiecki of the charter granted by King W?adys?aw IV (27.03.1633) to the Jews in Rohatyn, 1669; lists of voters [G, P], 1865-70. 

(AP Krak?w, Teki Schneidra, DP)

3. Reports about Jewish schools [G], 1788; correspondence about support for Jewish schools [G, P], 1880; correspondence with the district authorities about complaints against various communities in the district, 1882-83; correspondence about the Zion and Post?p (Haskalah) societies, text of statutes [G, P], 1894; correspondence with the Ahavas Zion society about emigration to Palestine [G, P], 1898.

(TsDIAU, L'viv, Namiestnictwo Galicyjskie)

4. Reports concerning chadorim and teachers [G, P], 1875-77.

(TsDIAU, L'viv, Krajowa Rada Szkolna)

 5. Materials on confirming the statutes of the Talmud Tora and Emuna societies, 1893, 1920-30; statutes, minutes and correspondence concerning Zionist organizations, 1921-30; a file on the closing of the Jewish cemetery. [G, P], 1921-35; a register of associations in the district [P, U], 1922-23; materials on confirming the statutes of the Gmilus Chasodim society, 1922-30; correspondence with the district authorities about the activities of the Bund, 1923; records concerning civil registry and population statisics, 1923-24; reports and correspondence on registration and statutes of charity institutions for helping children and youth, 1923-28; a register of Jewish associations and material on some of them, 1924-38; reports and correspondence on the registration, activity and liquidation of the ?ydowski Dom Narodowy, ?ydowski Klub Towarzyski and ?ydowski Klub Makabi societies, statutes and membership list of Makabi, 1924-38; a report about the collection of money for Jews in Palestine, 1926; reports about the following societies: Revisionist Zionists, 1927; Hashomer-Hatzair, 1929-37; various Jewish youth organizations, including statutes, 1929-30; ?ydowska Rada Sieroca i Ochrona M?odzie?y, Hitachdut andHechalutz, including lists of board members 1930; Gmilus Chasodim, 1930-36; Towarzystwo Opieki nad Halucami i Emigrantami Palesty?skimi "Ezra", 1930-35; Opieka nad ?ydowsk? M?odzie?? "Gordonia", 1930-36; various Jewish societies, including lists of board members 1930-37; Hatzofim Brit Trumpeldor and Achva 1930-37; reports and correspondence concerning the activities of the Jewish community [G, P. Y], 1931-36: records of Jewish sport clubs, 1931-36; records ofStowarzyszenie Opieki nad M?odzie?? ?ydowsk? and files o[illegible] liquidation of the Sholem Aleichem society, 1931-38; reports and statutes of Og?lno-?ydowska P[illegible] Pracy, 1932-33; reports concerning the associations: Histadrut Hanoar Haivri,and Tzofe. 1933 correspondence concerning board members of ?ydowskie Stowarzyszenie Rolnicze and their political affiliations, 1933; records of Hanoar Hatziyoni, 1933-34; records of Yad Charntzim, 1933-37 monograph on the district, 1934; files on protests against British policy in Palestine, 1934: records ?ydowskie Towarzystwo Kulturalno-O?wiatowe "Tarbut", 1934-38; decrees, reports and correspondence about the activity of the Hitachdut Poalei lion party, 1935; a report about the distribution of anti-Jewish publications, 1936; records of the zwi?zek Opieki nad Sierotami i M?odzie?? ?ydowsk? and W[illegible] societies, 1937-38.

(DAIFO, Ivano-Frankivs'k, UW. Stanis?aw?w)

 6. Documents concerning appointment of rabbis [G. P]. 1913-19.

(TsDIAU, L'viv, Ministerium fuer Kultus und Unterricht, Wien)

 7. Statutes of the Towarzystwo Spo?ywcze, Rzemie?lnik?w, Kapc?w i Wykonuj?cych Wolne Za[illegible] Wyznania Moj?eszowego w Rohatyniu, 1919; reports and correspondence concerning popular meetings organized by Jewish. Polish and Ukrainian associations, a register of them, 1919-21.

(DAIFO, lvano-Frankivs'k, Starostwo Powiatowe. Rohatyn)

 8. Reports about elementary schools, students and teachers in the district, 1921-22; statistical reports about children in elementary schools according to their nationality and religion, 1923.

(DAIFO, lvano-Frankivs'k. Rada Szkolna, Rohatyn)

9. District records of the general census from, 1931; population statistics, 1938.

(DAIFO, Ivano-Frankivs'k, UW. Stanis?aw?w)

10. Monthly police reports concerning activity of political parties and associations, 1930-32; political and social monograph on the district, 1935; reports concerning the activities of Zionist associations, 1935-[illegible] reports and correspondence about anti-Jewish actions organized by Ukrainian nationalists, 1936-37.

(DAIFO, Ivano-Frankivs'k. Komenda Wojew?dzka PP, Stanis?aw?w)

11. Reports and correspondence on the legalization of chadorim and other Jewish religious schools and cultural institutions, including a list of chadorim and Hebrew courses organized by Tarbut, 1934-36.

(DAIFO, Ivano-Frankivs'k. Inspektorat Szkolny, Stanis?aw?w)

12. Payroll sheets of Jewish community employees, 1937-39.

(DAIFO, Ivano-Frankivs'k. Wojew?dzkie Biuro Funduszu Pracy, Stanis?aw?w) 

The Archive of HaShomer HaTzair 

which is located in Givaat Chaviva.

It is a very big archive, extremely well organized and the stuff members were very friendly. However, their orientation is not towards the members of this community [or those communities] but a more ideological and historical one.

The "super-goals" of this archive as appear on their Hebrew web site may explain better what I tried to say. Those goals are :

"1. To preserve the collective memory of the movement.

2. To foster the heritage of the values of the movement and to distribute data about its achievements.

3. To research and study the social and ideological ways of the movement.

4. To struggle against the recent trends of blurring the character and causing to forget the achievements of the movement. "


Their files are organized accordingly and, for example, all of their materials about a certain subject are clustered in the same file without any distinction between the various Shtettles or even between Congress Poland and Galicia.

I picked up 5 files from the 13 that the keyword "Rohatyn" appeared when making a search on the inventory s/w.

So, on the file about the 13th convention of "HaShomer HaTzair" which took place in Kruszelnica in August 1934 I could find that the following members of the Rohatyn Center [KEN in Hebrew] were invited :


2. Pinkas Osziass SPIEGEL



5. Elimelech KANFER

6. Hersch Majlech BRATSPIES

7. Abraham Chaim HOLZ

8. Israel KRIEG

9. Menachem Mendel ROTHRAUBER


In Aug 1934 there were 52 members of HaShomer HaTzair in the Rohatyn Center.

Among the Rohatyn members who were invited to the 1933 conference were Chaim HOLZ and Etka GOLDHABER. Later also Arie TEICHMAN was invited to another conference.


They have also lists of people from different Shtettles who were chosen to make Aliyah to Eretz Israel in 1934. I just browsed through those lists to find any familiar names but did not photocopy them. [The reasons were that many of the people could be still with us and many changed their surnames to Hebrew ones.]


One last word about the photos holdings : I found some scanned photos from Rohatyn of those years [ca. 1920-1935]. Those were mainly photos of people without all of their names. The policy of the archives about photo was not 100% clear to me and the general director was not there to clarify it. My understanding is that they want a certain sum of money even if the photos are for private use.

I'm attaching one photo that I made with my digital camera, only for a sentimental reason. If you find it appropriate Alex can you upload it to the album section of the group. Please however remove it from there after a certain time as all this copyright thing is not clear and I do not want to heart anyone or to break any rule. It is the cover page of the leaflet of HaShomer HaTzair in Rohatyn district, issued Apr. 1931.

The above information is from Micha.



Contact:  Shlomo

Contact Phone Number: 972-2-6288016

Address: 120 Mea Shearim St, Jerusalem

Phone: 972-2-628-8016, 972-2-628-5575

The folder for Rohatyn contains about 200-250 pages.  Each page has about 40 names listed.  Pages were scanned by Kollel but are not indexed.

The following is Ruthy's description of her visit in Sept 2011.

In Me’a Shearim (probably the most ultra orthodox neighborhood in Israel) Which I promised Alex I will do since I moved back to Israel a year ago… 

I wore my only long skirt, put on a long sleeved sweater (which is certainly not needed here in the current temperatures) and headed into the street dressed up just as the Pashkevils (paper signs glued to all available walls in the neighborhood) requested. On the hanger outside the office I saw the black felt hats hanging side by side with the long black coats. I was a little nervous, but Shlomo (with whom I set the appointment) was surprisingly nice, helpful and knowledgeable. 

This place collects donations from all over the world since 1830(!!) and distributes them to the needy. Apparently when our fathers and grandfathers lived in Rohatyn (and around it), each house had 2 boxes for charity: the green one for Keren Kayemet and the Blue one for this Kolel. The Gabay (the one who collects the money) would send the money to Israel usually 4 times a year, with a list of contributors (name and amount of Zloties).

There were times when this money literally kept the poor Jewish settlement in Jerusalem alive. The Kolel kept all those lists sent by the Gabays between 1925 and 1939 in neatly organized folders (Rohatyn has a full fat one and the little Shtetls around it naturally have less than that). All the documents are scanned and indexed according to town and date. It was amazing how fast and easy it was to locate my ancestors in those lists (especially in the smaller Shtetls) and it looks like a very high percentage of the Jews were “into it”. (BTW, When a woman’s name appears in the list – it means she was a widow.) It was pointless and impossible to print the whole folder (and Shlomo was not able to make a digital copy-which we should work on further before my next visit), so I settled for one list of 200 donations (most of the lists contain exactly the same names but over the years there were probably changes). The lists are in Hebrew which is sometimes hard to decipher. I attach a sample here and will send the rest to Alex to post on our site. I would gladly try to translate the lists to English but this might take a while (any one who can help-is welcome!) I will be glad to collect specific requests for my next visit (not necessarily from Rohatyn but from any other Shtetl in Galizia). The “juicy” parts are the letters that the Gabays added to the contributors lists. There they would emphasize again that they are not doing it for a return BUT that they need such and such (see translation at the end)Then, they would go into details of sicknesses of people (specifically themselves) with a request to a prayer for each one. Amazingly, there are follow ups done by those who worked in the Kolel specifying what was sent “in return” and assuring that the specific prayers were prayed and so on.. Also, receipts were sent back to each contributor before they were asked to contribute again. I added a translation of one such letter (to the best of my ability to read it). Those who had family members who were Gabays-will find a lot of handwritten letters from them in the archive. I was able to get a copy of a list of Gabays in Rohatyn for those years (see attached scan) saying:  

The holy Rabbi son of holy R’ Eliezer Langner son of Frida (??) and (?) Dvora daughter of Matil and all their house members. 


R’ Elisha Aharon Klarnet son of Rabbi Yehoshua of Chana Tuvie , 23 of Nissan 1936, not in order to get a prize. (me: a Jewish saying to mark someone who is doing something for pure charity)

R’ Mordechai Shechter son of Dvora Gittl(?) 

R’ Leibish Shlacher (or Shtaser?) 

R’ Chaim Yupiter son of Rachel Taube (??) and all their house members 

The Rabbi! R’ Mordechai Lipa Te’omim 

I am adding a quick very partial list of names from the list that were easy to read and might be of interest to group members from 1933 (Gabay was R’ Eliezer Langner and collector was R’ Chaim Yupiter) 

Elisha Aharon Klarnet (also a collector) 

Yosef Vachtel 

Dvora Akselrod

Zvi Blumenfeld 

Yosef Wandercare 

Chaim Kirschenbaum

Libe Butter (or Bader)

Yizthak Berger 

Moshe Leib Burger 

Frida Gottlieb

Sara (??) Shechter 

Simcha Holper 

Shmuel Untervoon 

Zeev Weisbraun

Mordechai Shmuel Faust 

Zeinvil Bussgang

Avraham Itzhak Goldschlag 

Shamai Nagelberg 

At the end there is the total amount collected 547.75 Zloty And then the Rabbi (Mordechai Lipa Teomim) added 3 Zl and another Rabbi added 3 more and 2 were subtracted for expenses , then there is a list of the amount that was sent each month and then some requests : 

Please send us 200 pocket calendars and 100 Kotel calendars and 12 Synagogue calendars and some maps or other gifts because the collectors are doing it out of belief not for a prize and also for some other volunteers we want to give something from the Holyland and hopefully something good will come out of it for the holy work thanks to the blessed god. Since we did the best we could for the good of the Ramban (me:Rabbi Meir Baal Hanes) fund in those hard times (me: a very old fashioned expression in Hebrew Zuk Ha’Itim) and (me: again in very high level Hebrew) we did not collect any less than last time (maybe just a little) And I am signing with honor and respect R’ Eliezer Langner 

I departed from Shlomo with Shana Tova blessings and a promise to be back, not before I contributed to the fund some Israeli "Zlotys" and got a pocket calendar and a small Tehilim booklet just like my g-g-grandather did almost 100 years ago :) Shana Tova to all of you and please feel free to email me specific names from Rohatyn so that I can try to look them up in my list. Ruthy

The following information from the Israel Genealogical Society

Kollel Galica in Jerusalem has an archive that includes lists of donations to the Kollel in Hebrew for the years 1915- 1939. Moses Schamroth in Krakow carried on the correspondence with the Kollel during these years. The collections, made by the local gabbaim (clerks of the synagogue) were listed with the name of the donor with his address . If there is more than one person with the same name then the name of father and mother are given. Another source says there is material beginning from 1850 - 1939. Unfortunately, many records were lost either when the Old City of Jerusalem fell in 1948 or in Galicia itself, but the records from 1925 - 1939 survive in the original hand-written form. There are also some computerized records. The Kolel continues to receive donations to this day and distributes money to the needy.


Future project to donate and translate the chapter on Rohatyn in the Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities.

A search on Rohatyn at the Yad Vashem Library website yeilds the following books.


2. 2004. 366 ?.

This book is about challenging the pages of history Prikarpattya in 40 of the last century. Its author Boris Semenovich Arsen, a prisoner of Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Buchenwald. And before that - Rohatyn ghetto, Ternopil Gestapo prison. His fate is different from the fate of six million of his countrymen only because he, having passed all the circles of Dante's Hell, miraculously survived. He later had to constantly fight for survival because of its "fifth column". 

      "This book is not only autobiographical in the full sense of the word - the author writes. - The reader will find in it some sketches and facts of socio-economic, political and psychological nature of the pre-war time, and pictures of the Nazi occupation and the Holocaust, who first spoke of my people, its complicated and sometimes tragic relationship with a certain part of Ukrainian territory Galitsky, who actively collaborated with the Nazis, as well as some features of my relationship with the government and Party leadership circles in the postwar years. 

      During the 60 th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Boris Semenovich was in Krakow and presented his book, the Presidents of Poland, Ukraine, Israel and Russia.

3. Trepman Paul. Among men and beasts : South Brunswick N.J. : A.S. Barnes 1978.

229 p.

114 ? .

4 .1973 .

5.  62 ? [10] 362 .1962

ISRAEL RESEARCH GUIDE by Michael Goldstein. See below under 'Attachments'.

Historical Jewish Press: site contains a collection of Jewish newspapers published in various countries, languages, and time periods, with a searchable database:


The Zionist archive has a collection of passports they are looking to return to first-degree relatives. There's a form to fill out, maybe Batya can try it. Here is a list of the Polish passports' surnames,


Gittel Dimandstein nee NagelbergAmalia WeitJakob Locker/Elsa ZinnerLazar HochmanDaniel Bohnen/Chana ZeltOsias Pinchas SpiegelHersch Gottlieb/Marie WeissbrotBerta Meller nee TodtfeldMoses Mandelberg/Gittel BlotnerFrieda Loheit nee FrundlichErna HaderDr. Jechiel FischerIzak Aron WohlSamuel Karten/Klara GoldAbraham Chaim Holtz/Tonia RappaportHerzel WildmanSchame Seif/Ester Malka AltIzaak Leiwand/Miriam FlitmanHersch NagelbergSamuel Hochwald-Scharer/Lea GlassRachel HadarJakob Kerzner/Cipora FaigenbaumHenoch PasswegIsrael Ast/Tauba HammerYosef Samuel Vogel/Chaja KerznerIsak Leib Geller/Itta SchnitzerJozef Risch/Sara WagschalArtur Stander/Rebekka FinkJoachim Teichman/Jute Horn


Ira Bornfeld/Roza FraenkelJuda Hersch Weilager/Yehudit Hader


Izak Kreig/Scheindel ReichbachAbraham Willner/Chaje Sara EigenJozef SchnapsMordko Leib Ehrlich/Ruchla Schweber


Zvi MessingSala LedermanWolf Brut/Basi Brany LewMendel CzerniakAvigdor Frisch/Stella Felicia WeingurtDavid SternMarjem BirnSalomon Leopold Vogel/Pesie FeldblauJozef Eisenstein/Feiga FeldblauIcchok Szoel Ajdelsztein