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portion of this site, please use sections in their entirety, and
give credit accordingly. Thank you.Terryn
The images in the photo album remain unlocked so that
photographs can be easily shared among descendants. These
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Rootsweb has been sold, and we saw the effects almost
immediately on our website. I apologize for the stupid
banner ads at the top and bottom of every page -- I hate
them as much as anyone else. However, Rootsweb is still the
best place for this site, as they provide unlimited space
professional genealogists like to cite numerous
sources and documentation, the sad fact is that for
those of us who are Jewish and from Eastern Europe,
our primary source of information is interviews with
family members. The family tree provided on
this website was built from information gathered
over many years. I was lucky in that I began
when I was small and my grandparent's generation --
the generation that emigrated from Europe -- was
Our family has what
genealogists and anthropologists refer to as a "rich
oral history tradition", which basically means that
after dinner we sit around telling stories about
times, information differed according to who was
telling the story and when. Facts are further
obscured by incorrect written documentation.
This was often done purposefully. For example,
Rifka Chizi lied about her age to get into the
United States. Birthdays translated from the
Hebrew calendar may vary widely. Fifty years
later, "the Shabbos after Succot, 2 years after the
big flood" isn't as helpful as you might think.
Even 30 years later it wasn't all that
translations of names often changed over time, and I
know for a fact that Rifka's headstone is incorrect
-- Becky somehow became Betty, and because it wasn't
really her name anyway, it doesn't really matter.
What I find interesting is that
by revisiting these stories over and over, I will
often hear something I've never heard before.
Someone will toss out a random comment like "Oh I
remember that! That was when Zayda Louie got
shot." What do you mean he got shot?
Forty years and no one mentions this? [He was
a bystander in an alley while a robber was
attempting to escape the police. You'd think this
would have come up at some point. <laughing>]
Sometimes we are lucky in that
secondary sources, such as naturalization papers and
ship manifests provide confirmation of what we have
been told. Primary sources such as birth
certificates and marriage records are rare,
especially for those who lived their lives in
While sources for certified
genealogical data might be sparse, we are lucky in
that our family embraced the technological advances
of the 19th and 20th centuries. We have
photographs, audio and video that we are trying to
make available on this site. I feel strongly
that genealogy ought to be about more than names and
dates -- a website such as this one has the ability
to bring people alive for future generations and
lets them see a fuller picture of who and where they
sources of information used on this website are:
Interviews with family members & Vladimiretsers
researchers with ties to Vladimirets and their
interviews with their family members
letters and notations on the back of photographs
documentation -- passports, vital records, etc.
Wlodzimierzec -- the yizkor book of Vladimirets
Island manifests and immigration information
It is obvious that the content on this site has gone
far beyond what one person could do alone. I
am tremendously grateful to all who have helped, but
certain contributors deserve their own mentions.
answering my questions many times over,
especially once the immigrant generation had all
passed away, my "go to" sources: Sheila Barill,
Doris Gottlieb, Harry Bick, Myer Bick
For those who made me
welcome in Israel and helped me immeasurably:
Barak Chizi, Dorit Chizi, Tuvia & Batya Chizi,
Izhar Brill, Abe Brill, Israel & Yehudit Brill,
Gila Brill, Moshe & Ruth Burko, Yael Burko
Glaser, Zafi Geva, and so many more.
For all those who took the
time to create the Sefer Vladimirets and give
testimony at Yad Vashem -- they are both great
resources & a starting point.
sponsoring not one, but two photographic trips
to Vladimirets and doing a lot of the
geographical research: Victor Feldman
taking on the task of translating the Yiddish
chapters of the Sefer Wlodzimierzec: Diane
For helping translate the Hebrew chapters of the
Sefer Wlodzimierzec: Lior Burko, Victor Feldman
(who sponsored the
translation of a large chapter) , Yael (Burko)
Glaser, Laia Ben-Dov, George Zilbergeld
tremendous work on sections of the family tree:
Tuvia Chizi, Izhar Brill, Yael (Burko) Glaser,
Lior Burko and Merryl Schwartz.
Photographs in the web galleries were generously
The modern day photos of Vladimirets were all
taken by Vladyslav Tsarynnyk, of Lviv EcoTour.
went above and beyond, and we appreciate it!
Photographs of the
Vladimirets museum exhibits graciously allowed
by permission of the museum. Thank you Lydia!
The Vladimirets museum is
also helping to locate and scan pre-WWII
photographs of Vladimirets and the surrounding
Note on name usage and photographs--I struggled with how to
enter surnames with photographs. I finally
ended up with using the name in use at the time the
photograph was taken, although I had originally been
using the maiden names to match the database.
Please be patient with me, if you notice I missed a
name, just drop me a line.
are currently using the Rootsmagic genealogy
database program to capture all the information we
have on Vladimiretsers and their descendants. It is
not a perfect program, and we are still looking for
a program that will allow easy maintenance and
Not all the information in the
database is perfect. Many times I have put
something into the database, only to get an email
from a distant cousin later, telling me where that
person belongs and making corrections to their
portion of the family tree. My experience has
been that people will not help add to the database,
but they are happy to correct it.
Correct information in the
database is critical for so many efforts: to
make connections between families; to capture
information that would otherwise be lost; to account
for everyone in the mass grave; to help us gather
information on who lived in Vladimirets from 1790 -