Records of the Better family in the All Galicia Database

There are currently 232 records for the surname Better (including soundalike names and spelling variants) in the All Galicia Database (the AGD), Gesher Galicia's free searchable collection of genealogical and historical records from the former Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia, which is now eastern Poland and western Ukraine. Here is a sampling of some of the results you can find there:

  • Marcin WOYTERZ
    1787 property record from Lwów Halicz City District Josephine survey (1787)
  • Jankiel BEITER
    1787 property record from Lwów Żółkiew District No. 3 Josephine Survey (1787)
  • Jankiel BEITER
    1788 property record from Lwów Kraków suburbs Josephine Survey, part 3 (1788)
  • Jankiel BEITER
    1788 property record from Lwów Halicz District No. 1 Josephine Survey, part 2 (1787-1788)
  • Moschke BITTER
    1789 property record from Lwów Żółkiew District No. 3 Josephine Survey (1789)
  • Isaac BITGER and Rase HITZIGEN
    1803 marriage record from Lwów Jewish Marriages (1801-1866)
  • Nechemje, son of Berel BAWER?/BETTER? and -
    1806 birth record from Lwów Jewish Births (1805-1872)
  • Chaye BEITER
    1809 death record from Lwów Jewish Deaths (1805-1880)
  • ?, child of N [Nescio=not known] RITES?/RITER?/BITER? and -
    1811 birth record from Lwów Jewish Births (1805-1872)
  • Dresel BETTE?/BENNIE?/BENNE?, daughter of Chaim
    1813 death record from Lwów Jewish Deaths (1805-1880)

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Family & Location Researcher Researcher's Location Date Added
Dynow, Poland
GG Member Brooklyn, NY
Jul 6, 2020
Ropczyce, Poland
GG Member New York, NY
Jun 25, 2020
Stryy, Ukraine
GG Member Belmont, MA
Dec 22, 2018

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Records of the Better family in Logan Kleinwaks' Genealogy Indexer website

There are 55 search results for the surname Better at Logan Kleinwaks' Genealogy Indexer website, a few of which are listed below. Note that results listed below are limited to purely Galician sources, such as telephone and business directories from Galician cities, or school records, but they do not include the many other sources available on his website that span all of pre-war Poland. You may need the free .DjVu web browser plugin to view these files.

  • Brzozow Yizkor Book (1984), image 451 {y94}
    ... details, yet, in spite of our inability to imagine the horrible events, we were well aware of the terrible tragedy that had overtaken our families. No words can describe the atmosphere at the camp that evening. We had all been orphaned, our loved ones killed, our homes destroyed. Here we were, in the hands of merciless killers who were preparing a similar end for us. Would it not be better to put an end to such a hopeless, meaningless existence ? Like a herd encircled by slavering beasts of prey we huddled together, without a word of comfort for each other. Later on we lay down on the boards for a night that had no end. Each one of us tried to rationalize the tragedy, but it was useless to do so. From every corner rose the sound of weeping and in the camp with the terrible ...
  • Brzozow Yizkor Book (1984), image 478 {y94}
    ... found in the wagons. Among the Jewish prisoners were several strongly religious Jews who refused to eat non-kosher food, therefore we gave to them the items suitable to their needs. The following day when the gentile prisoners found out about our "good luck" on the railroad station, they sought out the German under officer in charge and told him that they would perform the work even better than the Jews. The under officer ignored their request with the following answer, "Those who worked yesterday will also work today and the day after for as long as it will be necessary." Several days later new staff arrived for the purpose of taking over the guard post for the camp and in this way "our seven good years" came to an end. The new staff came especially to block number 23 to take ...
  • Brzozow Yizkor Book (1984), image 503 {y94}
    ... help. Also the children of our neighbor Reb. Yankale Reich used to help decorate the "sukah". To the reader of these lines it will be hard to believe that in spite of the fact that my Grandfather was a devoted Hassidic Jew of the Rabbi from Sandtz and a true believer of the Rabbi of Munkacs, he was also a Zionist in his way of thinking. He be-lieved that the Zionist delegates would better serve the Jewish interests in the Polish parliament. He believed that the orthodox Jews on the other hand should be occupied with studying the Torah and spreading Yiddishkeit. And in terms of the "Hecha-lutz" movement (Jewish pioneer movement to Eretz Israel) to work and build up the land, my Grand-father had a very positive attitude and a very warm feeling and understanding for the building of Eretz ...
  • Brzozow Yizkor Book (1984), image 528 {y94}
    ... . A bottle of vodta is opened, glasses are lightly knocked against each other and drunk, to be followed by herring and rolls. Then a black or a white "Okuchimske" beer is ordered and talk begins about the business of the day, what was sold for how much. With each glass spirits improve and the funny sides of deals begin to emerge. One blabbermouth boasts, to the admiring laughter of his companions, how he got one better of a Jew. selling him shoddy goods at a fantastic price. The publican at the counter fills up the "halbos" (beer mugs) from shining nickel taps fixed in the wall in a kind of buffet. The beer comes straight from a large barrel in the cellar where it is kept cool. The waiters, carrying trays loaded with foamy "halbos", make their way with difficulty through ...
  • Brzozow Yizkor Book (1984), image 532 {y94}
    ... the goods, speaks to him shortly but firmly and tries to get him out of the store as quickly as possible. Should the customer miss the hint and not draw the right conclusion, parti-cularly if "the case" happened to be a woman — and therefore nothing to be afraid of — she is un-hesitatingly sent to perdition, a finger pointing in the right direction, accompanied by a judicious piece of advice : a customer like herself had better go and buy some "grey ointment", i.e., an ointment against fleas ! briefing him on each member of the family, where he was at the moment and what he was doing. Finally — the food on the table ! This was somewhat disap-pointing. Instead of a well set table half covered by a folded cloth on which was placed a knife, some salt, bread and butter, he would now find just ...

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