​​The Jewish Families of Ostropol
 Researching  Jewish Families in the territories of the Russian Empire and in the small Ukrainian town of Ostropol
Quarterly Column - Ostropoler Society Cemeteries

March 2019 Column 2 Ostropoler Society Lots, near  New York City (Ostropoler Lots at Montefiore NY, Springfield,  Long Island, NY, USA) 
By Deborah Glassman copyright 2018

 Montefiore Springfield Long Island Cemetery Society: First Ostropoler Sick and Beneficial Society
Some of this material first appeared in The Jewish Families of Ostropol, an eBook, by Deborah Glassman, copyright 2015 as an appendix titled   A Walking Tour of the  Montefiore NY Ostropoler LotsBy Deborah G. Glassman ©
William Burd  and Frank Burd took hundreds of great pictures of the burials in these lots in 2006, 2014 and 2015. Bill Burd then made a spreadsheet listing each grave and indicating which pictures went with which lots wherever the Montefiore Cemetery Index allowed. It was a huge and massive undertaking for them and the pictures were so clear that they allowed confirmation of each line of burials, separate from the index. When discrepancies appear between the index and the Burds’ photos, it always resolved in favor of their work. The cemetery index did allow us to see something that the walker of the cemetery could not – where the Ostropoler lots  were cheek to cheek with those of adjacent societies, they allowed us to determine the divider lines. The photographs also confirmed a problem with the index first identified when I was checking New York death certificates against Montefiore burials. There are a number of people who are buried in both the original Montefiore and the New Montefiore whose old records escaped the huge indexing project. But our thanks to Bill and Frank can not be overstated. 

Barbi Harris went back to the cemetery in December 2018. She took photographs of those that had not been captured in the earlier sessions like, where borders between Ostropol and neighboring societies had been blurred.  She climbed under benches to get closeups of infants' stones and tackled a giant yew bush that had eaten a stone, and got the images of a stone that had probably not been seen since the 1950s. And my thanks to her are gigantic, also.
My initial contribution was to first create an individual database entry for each grave indicated by photo or by the cemetery index. I have found death certificate extracts for all of the burials where the person died in New York City from around 1910 through 1948, from the records of familysearch.org. I have researched each family to come up with missing maiden names. I then created this walking guide to the Ostropoler lots at Montefiore Cemetery (Block 53) and at New Montefiore Cemetery (Block 12) in New York (which will be added in another bi-monthly column). A single organization owns both locations and its index covers both cemeteries. The older graves are at the Springfield Long Island Montefiore Cemetery of this column. They are located in an area the cemetery designates as Block 53. The later burials are at New Montefiore Cemetery in Block 12 (Scheduled for April 2019). There are original gates at both Montefiore Cemeteries. More burials from the Ostropol Beneficial Society are at Beth David Cemetery in Elmont NY, and will be in  another month's column.  Info on each of the decedents reported here from their death certificates, marriage records, immigration records, et al, has been included in the most recent  update of The Jewish Families of Ostropol by Deborah Glassman.
There are two rows in a single line, divided by a large path that serves as a median. The rows are divided into Right Rows and Left Row by that path. Grave numbering for graves on the right start farthest from the median. Grave numbers on the left of the median starts at that marker point. So grave 6 on the Right borders another Society (either East New York Progressive or Wolff Segall Beneficial Society, depending on the row). Grave 1 on the Right borders the median. Grave 1 on the Left borders the median. Grave 6 on the left borders another long wide clear path.

Section 53 Ostropoler Lots at Montefiore,
Springfield Long Island New York. Gates at 
bottom of image. Children's Section under
tree at rear.

According to the the Cemetery’s numbering, the table starts at what would appear by the numbering of the cemetery to be the last row, But the photos show that this is the end closest to the Society Gates. This is the end first viewed through the portal they provide. Further confirmation, if those gates were not present, is that every row enumerated is visible only from the side bordered by a higher number row. So you can’t stand in front of row 1 and see the names on it, with row 2 behind it.

When I originally posted this list in my printed book,I couldn't take the space to make this chart appear as  two tables of 6 rows each side by side, to mirror the impression in the cemetery.  But the accompanying sattelite image should also help. The layout of the cemetery lots is an artifact. It is evidence of the time when the graves were divided into a men’s row, a women’s row, and a children’s section. During the periods in which the rows were divided by gender, the burials were chronological. The first incursions onto that order were provided in typical American style, when widows put a double stone over their husbands and claimed the next spot. We could probably find minutes of the society arguing the merits of the modernity of double stones verses spaces being pre-purchased and funds provided early. Long after secondary burial areas had been opened in the New Montefiore and Beth David Elmont, family members filled in spaces that were standing empty near their loved ones. 

The index provided by Montefiore cemetery is valuable to a researcher. It does not, however, allow you to search by society. If you do not know a name, you do not find it. I searched for any other instances of a family name identified here. I searched for surnames known to belong to New York Ostropolers. I searched for first names of New York Ostropolers. There were some people whose burial site was reported incorrectly. There are some graves where no marker was visible on the site. Where we do not have a photo, I have no way of contesting the information provided by the index. I hope to add more in the future. Names reported in death certificates that were not included in the index, have been noted in the layout in some of the undesignated positions. Many of the children buried in the children’s area, do not appear in the index. If their grave markers did not survive until a photo was taken, we do not learn of them. Several of the children whose names can be read on their stones, do not appear in the modern index under any society whatsoever. The photographic evidence also shows us graves from before 1919, of adults who also do not appear in the index.

There are two ages that appear below on most records. The first is from the tombstone, the second is from the sexton records, the term for  records provided by a  cemetery. The cemetery ages and death dates were almost always taken directly from the death certificate. There are many discrepancies in the ages between those in the cemetery records and that stated in the death certificates, but I have not seen any difference between the cemetery and the death certificate dates at all. The single exception was a cemetery index that noted someone was 4 when a digit was dropped and per both the tombstone and the death certificate, the party, Nathan Kaplan, was 54. Sexton notes include a lot number only if it is not the same as where we find their stone. Names in brackets are other names by which the party was known, but the information is from sources other than the tombstone or cemetery records. For each available record before 1948,  I originally used  the manually compiled extracts of   the NY death certificates that is held by the LDS church.  Right before this went to press, I found that the images of Brooklyn Death Certificates up to 1948 were now also available, and I was able to begin making corrections conclusively, where before I had to guess. And there have been lots of happy surprises. Mothers listed, where the iextract only included the father, and other good finds like that.

The Hebrew/ Yiddish name is per my translation and spelling in the earlier periods reflects the Ashkenazi pronunciation. Basya not Batya. Nusin not Natan.  I originally included the notes on special features of the stone, relationships, reported, and religious status - kohen, levite, et al, conveyed. I still have all that info, but I thought it would be more straightforward and consume less valuable real estate on the page, if I simply noted, that Yes there is something noteworthy about this stone [ usually if it is a double stone, or a special shape]; yes relationships were noted, and I will add going forward if there is a special status listed. I had not consistently added the status, until I had almost completed the chart. So I will add it in a future update. 
But when you request info about an individual on this page, you will get the information fully elaborated - if they are noted as  father,  husband,  wife,  mother, or as a grandparent, or a teacher. The stone  information will be explicit - it is a double stone, or it is shaped like a broken log, or it was headed by a sculpture of a lamb. 

When you have the photo in hand, take advantage of all clues.  If there is no indication of wife or husband for a person who is listed as a parent, they are often a widow or a widower. Note if the person is “my mother” or “our mother.” It can indicate additional children of the deceased. 

Hundreds of the photos used to compile this work were taken by William Burd and Frank Burd in 2015. They did an awesome job. When I was able to compare the photos taken to the index and the nearby plots, it turned out that it was often hard to tell where the borders were, and we had images from all of the adjacent societies, and were short a couple of people on our own edges. They had taken some large scale photos too, and for a long time, I was working from background images for those that did not have their own single shot. A background photo might just tell us the placement of the stone. It might give a partial Hebrew name. I was surprised, for instance, that Esther Zemlock’s father’s name could be clearly read as Rakhmiel when her death certificate informant only reported him as Michael. Her English name was clearly visible but her own Hebrew name was obscured.  Then Barbi Harris jumped into this and took clear photos of that stone and many others that had previously just been hints in the background.

If you like puzzles, adventures, and helping us learn more about your Ostropol kin, come and  help. Order death certificates for folks who died after 1948 or sit in the record office in New York City’s  Department of Vital Records and proceed down these grave lists, of those who died after 1948, extracting their records. Or maybe find  us an obit for everyone on the list. Lots to do. Lots of fun!

Expanding the data in more directions.
The first day, I started working on extracting the information in every one else's good photos, I started referencing the accompanying death certificates. On this page now I have been able to add  four columns for every burial.

***Do we know the maiden name if the deceased is a woman, or do we know the previous form of the name if the name has been altered?
*** If the deceased is a woman, and she is married, is there any other previous married surname that attaches?
*** For both men and women who are buried here, do we know their mothers' first names and maiden names? 
*** Was this deceased person though buried in an Ostropoler lot, ever actually  resident in Ostropol? 

That last one may not be obvious. If they met and married in the US, it is likely that only one has Ostropol ties.
I am posting the charts with a description of the available information for each party. You don't have to wonder if there is good information to be found, or if this might be a dry well. You can see right up front if the parents names are provided, or if the long lost name of a previoous spouse might be found here. In the next update, we will give you yet another search tool - a list of those additional names of the deceased, their spouses, and parents.

There are other Society Graves in this Montefiore Cemetery that are relevant to Ostropol. The graves of the  Kniazher & Miaskifker Aid Society covered two subordinate villages of Ostropol, so people from both of those towns might also describe themselves as Ostropolers. The graves of the Starokonstantinov society include many born in Ostropol before their families moved to the larger community of Starokonstantinov just ten miles away. And marriages between Ostropolers and people from Lyubar, Polonnoye, and a slew of nearby Volhynian communities, resulted in what we see in the Ostropol graves, but in reverse. One party is from Ostropol and one is not, in both cases. 

For all of these lists, including this page, he photos are available to help with the fund-raising effort.  When you order the info for just 18.00 USD, you get all of the info I have been able to extract, analyze, and intuit (differences between those carefully labeled) . And you get a photo of the stone, when available, for personal use.



Ostropoler Burial Societies

Coming June 2014
Dirshu Tove Congregation of Philadelphia burial plots at Har Nebo Cemetery (in Phila) and Mt Sharon Cemetery (outside of Phila)
Dirshu Tove served Jews in Philadelphia originating in Ostropol and nearby Volhynian towns. It was originally located in Philadelphia's Northern Liberty neighborhood  1890s-1940s.

Ordering Info 

Deborah Glassman's publishing company is  called "Breaking Down Brick Walls Genealogy Publishers" - that is the name that appears on your order and credit card statement. You are ordering  eBooks or Search Services for individuals in the records, unless you are purchasing the print edition of the Jewish Families of Ostropol.  If the eBook is not successfully downloaded you must inform me so I can get it to you by another means. There are no refunds for eBooks once they have been downloaded.  There are no refunds for Search Services, once the scope of work has been agreed.

For Digital Searching of the Table on This Page - 240 Surnames of those buried in the Ostropoler Lots in Section 53

Adelman, Kalman;  Adelman, Zelda; Annex, Lottie; Annex, Peretz; Balfour, Isidore; Balfour, Rivka; Beallor, Fannie; Beallor, Irving; Belfer, Sima; Bernstein, Leonard; Blank, Charles; Blank, Esther; Blank, Ida; Blank, Jennie; Blank, Joseph (husband of Esther Toffler); Blank, Joseph (husband of Ida Brownstein); Blank, Morris; Blank, Philip; Blumberg, Abraham; Blumberg, Max; Blumberg, Sadie;  Boucher, Sally; Braunstein, Sarah (baby); Bressman, Jacob; Brodsky, Fannie; Brodsky, Jacob; Broun, Bessie; Brounstein, Isidor; Brownstein, Bella; Brownstein, Dora; Brownstein, Fannie (Belanki) –see Rothenberg; Brownstein, Jacob; Burd, Gerald; Burd, Hyman; Burd, Libby; Burd, Minnie; Burd, Nathan; Burd, Sarah; Burd, Wolf; Burtman, Frances; Burtman, Myer ;Cadess, Roslyn; Callan, Isidor; Callan, Rachel L ; Chamow, Ida; Chamow, Meyer; Cohen, Anna; Cutler, Israel; Cutler, Yetta; Datz, Morris; Datz, Sarah; Eig (Tepper), Ethel; Eikenberg, Alter; Feingold, Max; Finehandler, Reuben Israel; Fisher, Belle; Fogel, Joseph; Fogel, Zlota; Geller, Mary; Geller, Percy;  Geller/Giller, Bernice; Genat, Efroim; Genatt, Burt I; Genatt, Irving Bertram; Genatt, Isidor; Genatt, Nathan; Genick, Fannie; Genick, Samuel; Gilberg, George; Gitter, Bella; Gladstein, Isidore Benjamin; Goldberg, Allen; Goldberg, Beulah; Goldberg, Eleanor; Goldberg, Georg;e Goldberg, Pauline; Goldberg, Pauline; Golt, Leah; Greenfield, Sander Alexander; Gross , Meyer; Gross, Abraham; Gross, Max ;Gross, Mollie; Gross, Sarah; Gross, Zlotta; Grossman, Max Morris; Grossman, Mollie; Gubernick, Joseph; Hirschorn, Goldie; Hirschorn, Meyer; Horowitz, Eva; Horowitz, Hyman; Horowitz, Julius; Kamenetsky, Yedis; Kanis, Samuel; Kantor, Abraham; Kantor, Azer; Kantor, Bella; Kantor, Rebecca; Kaplan, Nathan; Karp, Cecelia; Kaufman, Abraham; Kaufman, Isidore; Kaufman, Israel; Kaufman, Jennie; Kaufman, Max; Kaufman, Nochoma; Kaufman, Rebecca; Kaufman, Rebecca; Kellner, Charles; Kellner,  Max; Kellner, Jennie; Kennis, Harry; Kennis, Rose; Kennis, Tillie Minnie; Kornetzky (Karnitsky), Ethel; Kornetzky (Karnitsky), Simon (Sam); Kravetz, Beckie (baby); Kravitz, Clara; Kravitz, Minnie; Kravitz, Nathan; Kravitz, Tevya; Leifer, Leah; Leifer, Rachel; Lerner, Benjamin; Lerner, Celia; Malkes, Bessie; Marshak /Gilberg, Goldie; Messinger, Bessie; Messinger, Max; Meyerson , Meyer; Meyerson , Nechame; Meyerson, Bella; Meyerson, Bessie; Meyerson, David; Meyerson, Felix;Meyerson, Frieda; Meyerson, Ida; Meyerson, Isaac; Meyerson, Louis; Meyerson, Meye;r Meyerson, Rebecca; Meyerson, Selma; Meyerson, William; Miller, Dora; Miller, Harry; Miller, Isaac; Miller, Ray; Needelman, Esther; Needelman, Morris; Oderman, Annie; Oderman, Isaac; Oransoff, Anna; Oransoff, Max; Piltch, Barnet; Piltch, Jennie; Polishook, Gussie; Richman, Rae; Richman, Bertha; Richman, David; Richman, Goldie; Richman, Samuel; Rosenblatt, Joseph; Rosenblatt, Lena; Rosenblatt, Rose; Rothenberg, Fannie (Belanki); Sandler, Mary; Sandler, Philip; Saxe, Louis; Schafer, Max; Schlager, Abraham; Schlager, Bertha; Schlager, Ida; Schneider, Abraham (baby); Schneider, Jennie; Schneider, Samuel; Schwartz, Frances; Schwartz, Pauline Pearl; Seitzman, Abraham; Shalita, Joseph; Shalita, Rebecca; Shatz, Elsie; Shatz, Max; Shear, Fannie; Shear, Morris; Shulman, Abraham; Shulman, Wolf; Shulman, Rebecca; Shulman, Sarah; Silberstein, Sarah; Soslofsky, Hyman; Soslofsky, Sarah; Stein, Bertha; Stein, Charles; Stein, Gussie; Stein, Joseph; Stein, Lena; Stein, Louis; Stein, Miriam; Stein, Nathan; Steinberg, Fannie; Steinberg, Samuel; Task, Esther; Task, Max; Venakur, Morris; Venakur, Pessie; Wasserstrom, Augusta; Weiner, Joseph; Weiner, Regina; Weinstein, Riva Rivka; Weinstein, Bessie; Weinstein, Harry; Weinstein, Isidore; Weinstein, Louis; Weisberg, Gitl; Weisberg, Hinda; Weissberg, David; Yasko /Feingold, Ida; Zaslowsky Weinsteiin, Bessie; Zemlock, Esther; Zemlock, Israel; Zemlock, Max;   
This page is here because good people have contributed lots of time and energy, or made purchases and contributions to the work!

Frank Burd, Bill Burd, Barbi Harris,  have gone out and captured image after image in difficult conditions.  I have translated the Hebrew, sought out complementary  records, and asked lots of questions.  

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I will post the maiden surnames here,  of  the deceased and their mothers. Look for it in the next update.  At this time, there are over  200  individuals who have a different last name in those categories to contribute! Check back!

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