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Bucovina (Bukovina, Bukowina) in English this translates to Beech Wood - is located in northeastern Romania and is a region that is also located in southwestern Ukraine.
Bucovina (Bukowina) is an area located in the eastern Carpathian mountains. Until 1769, the area was ruled by the Ottoman Turks when it was then taken over by Russia. In 1775, it formed a part of Galicia until 1849 when it became a separate province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, until the end of WWI. It was a province of Romania from 1917 to 1944.
Bukovina was once located in Galicia. It was separated from Galicia by the Cheremosh river. According to a knowledgeable source, there are no Bukovina records in the Romania Archives, but rather there are some in the Ukraine Archives. This statement was challenged by Bruce Reisch in an Email: to me of 10/23/01 in which he states "In my experience, the records to be found in Romania are much more complete than those in the Chernivetskaya oblast.' 'All of the Suceava Judetel Jewish records prior to approx. 1890 are to be found in the regional archive in Suceava.' 'The post ca. 1890 records are in the local town halls.' 'The records for Radauti at both locations are amazingly complete.' 'Birth and death records are available post - 1857 but marriage records are much more spotty.'
Before WWI, the area was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and became known as Bukovina when it was taken from the Turks in 1775.. The capital city is Chernovitz (Chiernovce, Czernowitz, Cernauti). The German (Austrian) name is Czernowitz.
Both Galicia (which was part of Poland before Poland was partitioned in the late 18th century) and Bukovina were in the Austro-Hungarian empire and from 1786 to 1849, Bukovina was administered as part of the province of Galicia.
After WW II, the northern portion became a part of the USSR while the southern area was part of Romania. Today, the northeast is in Romania and the southwest is in the Ukraine. ShtetLinks offers photos and more searchable information
When searching for a specific town in Bukovina, using JewishGen
Look in all three countries: Ukraine, Romania and Moldavia. For further information about Bukovina, subscribe to the Bukovina Mailing List by sending an Email: to
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Bucovina (region), Romania/Ukraine
Handbook prepared under the direction of the Historical Section of the British Foreign Office, 1919; Geschichte Der Juden in Der Bukowina (History of the Jews in the Bukovina)
Bukovina (Bucovina) (Region), Romania/Ukraine
Handbook prepared under the direction of the Historical Section of the British Foreign Office - 1919 - Geschichte Der Juden in Der Bukowina (History of the Jews in the Bukovina)
Bukovina Society of America
Maps and a lot of good information
Society of the Americas
Region in Romania
(See also my
Romania Web Page for additional information)
"Jewish Cemeteries in Bucovina"
A diplomat has published a book on Jewish cemeteries in Bucovina,
Romania and Ukraine, a region shared by the two countries
since World War II.
Authored by Swiss Embassy counselor in Bucharest,
Simon Geissbuhler It is a travelers' guide to 15 Jewish cemeteries -
nine in Romania and six in Ukraine.
"Bukowina: History of the Jews in the Bukowina"
Volume 2: Czernowitz, Ukrainian (Chernivtsi)
"Der Geschichte der Juden in der Bukowina"
Authored by Hugo Gold. There are two volumes: Band I and Band II, published in 1958 in German. There does not appear to be an English version. This book mentions these towns: Sadagora, Suczawa, Radautz, Wiznitz, Sereth, Kimpolung, Aschkoutz, Storozynetz, Gurahumora, Bojan, Dorna-Vatra, Unter-Stanestie, Uscie-Putila, Banila, Ob. Stanestie, Zastawna, Ispas, and Rohozna.
deported from Bessarabia and Bukovina to
All Galicia Database
This search engine currently features
from 76 different data sources, covering everything
from birth, death, marriage and divorce records to phonebooks,
school and landowner records, all from the former
Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia, which today is part
of eastern Poland and western Ukraine. Although Gesher
Galicia's focus is researching Jewish roots in this region,
the diverse community sources of information in this database also
contain names that span all the ethnic and religious groups
who lived in the area, so not everyone listed in this database will
necessarily be Jewish
Bucovina (Region), Romania/Ukraine
Handbook prepared under the direction of the Historical Section of the British Foreign Office - 1919; "Geschichte Der Juden in Der Bukowina" (History of the Jews in the Bucovina)
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email@example.com with NO subject header and NO signature file, saying only: subscribe bukovina-gen yourfirstname yourlast name where, of course, your first name and your last name is your real first and last name.
Information on Bukovina and its capital, Chernovitz as well as Radauti/Radautz, Gura Humorului and the Romanian Jewish Genealogy SIG
Of more than 250 graduates from the years 1885 - 1896 of the Ober-Gymnasium (secondary school) in Radautz,
Bukowina (now Radauti, Romania) - In addition to the year of birth, the profession and town of residence in 1897 is given for each graduate. Webmaster is Peter Elbau
Galicia and Bukovina War Refugees
Based on an *initial*
official registration with the authorities on arrival [first
address and number of people in family group].
- there were 3 people in the MOSCISKER family group, so we have
effectively confirmed the *3
problem and any further *os*
problems, if they arise again. Thus, the little word *os*
can give us quite a lot of genealogical information!
was obtained from a posting by Celia Male
A rich source of information, namely bibliographies and synopses.
Maps of Russia and the FSU (Former Soviet Union) Republics - be prepared to stay online for quite some time, if you want to see one of the largest collections of different types of maps. This site is fabulous and offers a huge variety of maps that include such titles as Bucovina Maps; Ukraine Maps and Distances; Ex-USSR map; Maps of Europe in different eras; Russian Far East Maps; Belarus Maps; Ukraine Maps; Kazakhstan Maps: Georgia Maps; Tajikistan Maps; Crimea Maps; Uzbekistan Maps; Azerbaijan Maps; Kyrgyzstan Maps; Moldova Maps; Turkmenistan Maps; Armenia Maps; Caucuses Region Maps; Baltic States Maps including Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia; and more at
Map of Bukovina Based on the Census of 1910
Open Street Maps
The crowd-sourced mapping project OpenStreetMap has
amassed a million contributors since its inception in 2005 and,
according to navigation app maker Skobbler, boasts greater accuracy
than rivals such as Google Maps. I tried the site and found an
accurate drawing of my father's ancestral town
Almost every country is available as is most towns
Shtetls of Bukovina
Shtetls of Bukovina
Lost shtetl of Bukowina
A tiny shtetl near Upper-Apsha, with few Jews
"Geschichte der Juden in der Bukowina"
The Ruthenian Geargia Godinka saved 8 Jews from Bistra and provided them with food. Godinka was invited to Israel by the survivors and he visited there in the winter of 1969, when he was 80 years of age.
Located today in Romania
Chernivtsi (Ger. Czernowitz)
The capital city. The German (Austrian) name is Czernowitz. The LDS has no Jewish records.
Czernowitzers, Family Finder, Address Finder, Street Name translator, Photos, maps, trip reports and more are available at
The purpose of the site is to provide a collection point for materials (stories, histories, photographs, lists, maps, links, etc.) that are of interest to list members and other researchers concerned with genealogy and the history of the Jewish community in the Czernowitz area. The Czernowitz-L Discussion Group
to get to the Original Map Collection page. Note some maps may be available in higher resolution than shown on the website and can be mailed to you as an Email: attachment.
Another database for Czernowitz Ober-Gymnasium is currently in progress.
List of Towns in the Chernivtsi Oblast
Gura Humorului Jewish Community
The aim of these pages is to provide a photographic record and to provide the burial records of the Gura Humorului Jewish cemetery (Romania), and others records from the Jewish community of that town, for the benefit of those genealogists who live some distance away and for the decedents of Gura Humorului Jewish community
A ghetto, briefly described at
Kitsman (now in Ukraine) aka Cotmani; Kotzman, Kuchmeh, Cosmeni, Kocman, Kicman, Cotman,
Copzmeni, Koshman, Kozmeny
"Geschichte der Juden in der Bukowina"
Leszkowka [Laskowka, Laskovka], Austria
LDS Film 897093 includes the Austro-Hungarian Empire Postal Gazetteer for 1910. A very useful book for finding towns with post offices.
This also has a cross reference to alternate names for towns. The preferred name was Laszkowka. Alternate names were: Laschkowka (o with acute accent) Laskiwca (with inverted carat on s, Czech spelling?) Laszkiwka (L with a slash, Polish spelling?) The directory suggests rail access via the Luzan - Zaleszczyki line, or road from Kotzmann. The area was known as Kotzman (one n!). From a posting by Harry Dodsworth
"Geschichte der Juden in der Bukowina"
The Jewish cemetery of Radautz (Radauti) was established in 1831. A group of people, led by Bondy Stenzler has initiated cemetery documentation process. The headstones are photographed and then a database was prepared. As for this moment, about 3,000 names (out of the approx. 7,700) are documented and the work continues. The site includes a list of all names recorded at this phase, using (with permission) an extension of the JewishGen JOWBR format (plus Hebrew names and dates). A small portion of the names is already linked to headstone medium-to-high quality photographs. From a posting by Yosef Yagur
There is still a
Radauti organization in Israel, along with several other groups associated with towns in Bukovina. The Weltverbandes der Bukowiner Juden has developed a web site with complete contact information. Here is the starting page:
Last Jews of Radauti
Here you will find the list of contacts for various towns, including Radauti:
The group from
Radauti is called "The Organization of Former Residents of Radautz-Bukovina in Israel". They continue to send aid twice a year to the few needy Jews still remaining in Radauti and in the surrounding area. Bruce Reisch
Of more than 250 graduates from the years 1885 - 1896 of the Ober-Gymnasium (secondary school) in Radautz, Bukowina (now Radauti, Romania). In addition to the year of birth, the profession and town of residence in 1897 is given for each graduate. Webmaster is Peter Elbau
Other site for Radautz
Sadgura (now Ukraine)
Now located in Ukraine, but formerly in Bukowina. Memoirs on the Sadgura ShtetLinks web site recalling life in Sadgura (Bukovina) and Chotin (Ukraine) in the early 1900s. Jack (Yankel) Becker tells the story of his early years in this 1974 oral history - interview with his daughter, Elizabeth becker.html Also
firstname.lastname@example.org is translating some key reference works concerning this shtetl; the relevant chapter from Pinkas Hakehillot, and the chapter from Hugo Gold's 1962, "Geschichte der Juden in der Bukowina" is translating some key reference works concerning this shtetl; the relevant chapter from Pinkas Hakehillot, and the chapter from Hugo Gold's 1962, "Geschichte der Juden in der Bukowina"
Sherivtsi (Shirivtsy, Shirivtsi, Szeriwce)
Located in Romania today. Once the capital of Moldova (from 1388 until 1565), Suceava is an excellent starting point for trips to the many historical, cultural and natural attractions travelers can enjoy in the Bucovina region.
Synagogue in Suceava
"The Book of Suceava Jews"
Located in the southern half of the area formerly known as Bukovina. The northern portion of Bucovina is now part of the Ukraine. This site includes maps
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