(1Chronicles 1:55) And these are the generations of the DINOFF family. Israel begot Naftaly Herts, who begot Yisroel, who begot Phillip, who begot Max, who begot Norman, who begot Sheldon, who begot David. (not really in the Bible)
The farthest the family tree has been traced back is 5 generations to my great-great-great grandfather Naftaly Herts. The DINOFF / DAINOW family lived in Slutsk. It was located in the Slutsky Uyezd which is part of the Minsk Gubernia of the Russian Empire. Present day country of Belarus in Europe. The family worship at the Kalter shule (cold shul) on Kopyl street (Kopulier Gass).
My great grandfather was Phillip Dinoff (Ferival Dainow 1866 - 1944) the son of Yisrael reb Hertzel ( - 1919) and Cheshia (Khisha) Golda ( - 1898). Phillip was married to Chasha (Khasheh) Bayla Svadell ( - 1919). He traveled to America twice. Phillip left Slutsk and traveled on the ship Gallia with 31 other passengers arriving on February 02,1890.1 He lived with Hessel Ratner in New York City. He did not like the big city, climate or food. He missed the religious community he had in the shtel. So he returned to his home town. Before returning to the U.S. they had 3 more children. A daughter Tillie (Tziporah 1893 - 1968), Max (Morduch 1903-1963) and Joseph (Geoalie 1905 - 1973). Just before World War I, he came back to America through the Galveston plan2. He was chaperoning his daughter Tillie & Sam Ratner (Schlioma Ratner, son of Hessel, 1894 - 1982). They left on June 11,1914 from the Port at Emiden (Germany?). They arrived on July 6,1914 aboard the steamship Chemnitz 3 with 180 other Jewish immigrants at a port located in Galveston, Texas.4 They spent all their money to get to their assigned destination, Sioux City, Iowa. Tillie and Sam were married on October 25, 1914. Phillip was brought to Chicago in 1939 or 1940 by his sons.
Phillip had a sister Razal ( - 1908) in Slutsk. And a brother (Hertzl 1872-1948) who followed a 1st cousin of their father Yisrael to England in 1903 or 1904. He emigrated with his wife Dora (Devorah 1874-1948) and several small children . His brother was a Cantor (Chasen) in a large London Synagogue.
Picture of Hertzl and Dora Dainow & Gravesite
The 1st cousin was Zevi Hirsch Ben Ze'ev Wolf Dainow (1832 - March 6, 1877). He was know as the "the Maggid of Slutsk", "the Polish Maggid" or "the Russian Maggid". Was well known as a preacher of the Jewish Enlightenment - Haskala. Who had settled in London in 1876.
Joseph arrived at Ellis Island on November 02,1923 aboard the Majestic.
Max left Slutsk after the Russian Revolution and headed west for Danzig, West Prussia, Prussia, Germany (Poland). He lived there for a year or so until his father in Sioux City, Iowa had made arrangements. He was to either come to America or South Africa as there were relatives there also. His father sent him papers to come to America arriving on June 02,1922 aboard the Susquehanna Through Ellis Island. He was a cabinetmaker. He married Beatrice Olbinsky (1905 - 1994) on July 1,1928.
The son of Max and Beatrice was Norman (1930 - 1995) was a Switchman for Burlington Northern Railroad. Volunteering his time to the Salvation Army Canteen service and a member of the 5-11 club.
Going farther back in my genealogy. There was a man named Abraham who lived about 2000 B.C.. Before that a man who survived a flood Noah. Even farther back there was a couple named Adam and Eve. View family tree from Adam to Moses by World ORT Union Navigating the Bible.
I have traced 3 other branches spanning across the USA, England, Australia, South Africa and Canada.
Document and Internet Links
Dainow,Ferival.1 - from the New York City Immigrants (Austria, Galicia, Poland), 1890 at http://search.ancestry.com/
Ship Manifest from the American Family Immigration History Center at Ellis Island at http://www.ellisislandrecords.org/
Dainow,Morduch (Max) - Susquehanna Ship Manifest at morduch.gif
Dainow,Geoalie (Joseph) - Majestic Ship Manifest at Geoalie.gif
Dajnow,Morduch (Max) - American Consular Service fee receipt at dajnow_morduch.pdf
Max Dinoff Naturalization
Zevi Hirsch Ben Ze'ev Wolf Dainow (1832 - March 6, 1877)
Record for DOYNOV Izrail. I believe this is Yisroel.
The 1905 List of Real Estate Possessors of the District Town of Slutsk, Minsk Province at
SLUTSK, BELARUS - Necrology at http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/slutsk/slu529.html
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1 From Index of 1890 New York Immigrants from Austria, Poland, and Galicia Compiled by Dr. Howard M. Relles at JewishGen.
This index contains only those 1890 New York immigrants who responded "Austria", "Poland", or "Galicia" to the question: "What is your country of citizenship?" It is important to note that the first two of these answers could have more that one meaning each. In the latter part of the 18th century, Poland was divided up and taken over by the three great surrounding powers: Austria, Russia, and Prussia (Germany). After the completion of this division in 1795, there was officially no longer a country named Poland. However, as can be seen on these 1890 ship’s records, many people still responded that their country of citizenship was Poland. Interestingly, these responders were probably 3-4 generations later than their ancestors who had been alive when Poland’s breakup was completed 95 years earlier.
2 Because of the concentration of immigrant Jews in New York City and rising anti-Semitism in Russia, Jewish leaders such as financier Jacob Schiff and the English writer Israel Zangwill felt the Jews should enter the United States through a port other than New York. Because of his knowledge of the railroads, Schiff proposed Galveston, which had good rail connections to points throughout the Midwest. He raised funds for the Galveston project including $500,000 from his own pocket.
3 The voyage of Chemnitz to Galveston also stop at New York on June 26, 1914 and at Philadelphia on June 28, 1914. From CIMO - Cimorelli Immigration Manifests Online
4 Galveston: Ellis Island Of The West; Bernard Marinbach; page 177
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was also known as "Byelorussia" (literally "White Russia")
Gubernia or Guberniya
administrative-territorial division in the Russian Empire and in the USSR from 1708-1929. Similar to a state. It was introduced by Peter the I. By the end of reign of Ekaterina the II, there were 51 gubernii. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were 101 gubernii. The head of the gubernya was the Gubernator (governor). In 1924, gubernii in Belarus were canceled. In the Russian Federation, gubernii existed until 1929. Each gubernia was divided into several (uyezd) district or county.
Also spelled HASKALAH (from Hebrew sekhel, "reason," or "intellect"), also called Jewish Enlightenment, a late 18th- and 19th-century intellectual movement among the Jews of central and eastern Europe that attempted to acquaint Jews with the European and Hebrew languages and with secular education and culture as supplements to traditional Talmudic studies.
a fraternal organization made up of immigrants from the same region.
(Heb., "a speaker"). A preacher among the eighteenth-century Hasidim.
Russian gubernia, 1795-1917, in Pale. Today south-central Belarus.
Pale of Settlement
The 15 gubbernias on the western edge of the Russian Empire, to which Jewish residence was restricted, 1794 to 1917.
(section) were overlooked by (nachal'niks) managers who reported to the governor of Minsk. Uchastoks also had judges.
is pronounced OO-YES-ED or OO-YEZD. Also referred to as Rayoner - is a district or (volosts) similar to a county within a state. A typical uyezd had 16-18 major towns or Jewish communities in it.
Local militia and auxiliary police under German supervision in occupied areas.
Jewish city, town or village.
similar to a county within a state. Two to four volosts formed a (uchastok) section.
another name for Byelorussia (Belarus).
Ze'ev or Zev
Hebrew equivalent of Wolf.
Back to topThe Dinoff \ Dainow Name
The name Dainow (European version) was translated to Dinoff after Phillip came to America. He and his children used it after they arrived.
NARA Soundex code: 510
Various Hebrew spellings and Gematria absolute value
Russian = ??????
Possible alternative spelling name: DAINOW, DAINOV, DAJNOW, DAJNOV, DAYNOV, DEINAV, DEYNOV, DIENOV, TSIENOV, DOYNOV, DOYINAV
Name possibly origin:
Back to topFrom the Pinkas of the Cheverah Kadisha of Slutsk.
Highlighted notes after entry are comments add by me.
562. On the aforementioned day the twenty-first day of M' Av (5 August 1920) passed away the venerable mh"r MOSHEH the son of mh"r r' N' HERTS DAYNOV from Oretesheh Kirzner and he rests in an empty place to the south side by mh"r MOSHEH-LEIB who passed away on Wednesday the sixteenth day of the aforementioned Tevet (7 January 1920) and to the town side by his brother mh"r YISRAEL who passed away on the holy day of Shabat the second day of "rosh-khodesh" of the aforementioned Marchkheshvan (25 October 1919) row "twenty-five" b"k to the town side.
NOTE: MOSHEH is my great-great uncle. Cross referenced with entry 740, 973, 2568, 3920 & 4309.
607. On the aforementioned day the eighth day of Iyar (26 April 1920) passed away the venerable mh"r r' AVRAHAM-YITSKHAK the son of mh"r EZRIEAL-ZELIG OZDENSKYwho was approximately thirty years a worker for the "khevra-kadisha" here and rests by mh"r YISRAEL DIENOV who passed away on the holy day of Shabat the second day of "rosh-khodesh" of the aforementioned Marchkheshvan (25 October 1919) row "twenty-five" b"k to the town side.
NOTE: YISRAEL DIENOV is my great-great grandfather. Cross referenced with entry 562, 740, 2568 & 3920.
698. On the aforementioned day the ninth day of Tevet (31 December 1919) passed away in an institution the woman Mrs. KHASHEH-BEILA the daughter of mh"r CHAIM-ZALMAN the wife of r' M' FIEVIL DIENOV 34 and she rests by the woman Mrs. RIVKA who passed away on Tuesday the eighth day of the aforementioned Tevet (30 December 1919) row.
34 DIENOV - Also might be: DEYNOV, DYANOV. (Also at entry no. 740).
NOTE: M' FIEVIL DIENOV is my great grandfather. Cross referenced with entry 740.
740. On the holy day of Shabat the second day of "rosh-khodesh" Markheshvan (25 October 1919) passed away the elderly G-D fearing mh"r r' YISRAEL the son of mh"r NAFTALY HERTS DIENOV who dealt with purification of the dead for approximately thirty years and he rests three graves away from mh"r r' FIEVIL who passed away on Monday the twelfth day of the aforementioned Tishrei (6 October 1919) row "twenty-five" b"k to the town side.
NOTE: YISRAEL is my great-great grandfather. NAFTALY HERTS DIENOV is my great-great-great grandfather. Cross referenced with entry 562, 607, 2568, 3920, 973 & 740.
973. On Tuesday the twenty-third day of Markheshvan (29 October 1918) passed away the elderly woman Mrs. REIZIL the daughter of mh"r r' N' HERTS DEYNOV the wife of r' YEHUDA BAYENOV and she rests in an empty place to the south side by the woman Mrs. FREIDIL who passed away on Thursday the twenty-fifth day of M' Av 5655 (15 August 1895) and to the town side by her sister Mrs. IEDLEH IKHNEH who passed away on Wednesday "Hoshana-Raba" 5656 (30 September 1896) one row before a' a' a' to the town side.
NOTE: REIZIL is my great-great aunt. Cross referenced with entry 562, 740 & 4309.
2568. On Tuesday the sixteenth day of Adar a' (18 February 1908) passed away the woman Mrs. REIZIL the daughter of mh"r r' YISRAEL DAYNOV the wife of r' YITSKHAK PASS k"m... 25 and she rests by the woman Mrs. KHANA SARA who passed away on the first day of "rosh-khodesh" of the aforementioned Adar a' (2 February 1908) row "one" before the row "eighteen" by "kdoshim" to the town side.
25 k"m - I don't know what this abbreviation stands for (in the Hebrew:....).
NOTE: REIZIL is my great-great aunt. Cross referenced with entry 562, 607 740 & 3920.
3635. On Wednesday the seventeenth day of Iyar (16 May 1900) passed away the venerable rabbi mh"r SHIMON the son of mh"r r' MOSHEH MESHIL the son-in-law of mh"r Z' VOLF TSIENOV 15 and he rests in an empty place to the south side by mh"r r' NAKHUM YITSKHAK who passed away on the twenty-second day of the aforementioned Adar a' (21 February 1900) and to the town side by TSVI who passed away on the twenty-third day of the aforementioned Adar b' (24 March 1900) row "six" by the "geonim" to the town side.
15 TSIENOV - It also might be: DINOV, DIENOV, DYANOV.
NOTE: Z' VOLF TSIENOV is probably the same person as ZEV VOLF in entry 7468. Possibly husband to BLUMA entry 8071.
3920. On the night before 7 the day of Friday, the eve of the holy day of Shabat, the twenty-first day of Iyar (13 May 1898) was burnt the the modest woman Mrs. KHISHA GOLDA the daughter of mh"r r' M' FEIBIL the wife of r' YISRAEL DIENOV, that on this night after mid-night happened an occurence, May G-D save us, that went forth a fire, terrible and harsh from G-D and burnt within two hours more than four hundred houses. It began from Sulhief street and reached till the Sholkeh field, and on Sunday...8 -after the fire, was found this woman burnt by the fire and her flesh was like a torch of smoke, and a large population gathered by the Shulhief, and the great rabbi made a great mourning and a large population accompanied her to the cemetery and she rests one grave away from the slain and burnt of Kretsim 9 Bakshits who were killed and burnt the Kretsim... three men with two 10 children, the woman Mrs. ESTER and her daughter KHAYA and her son YAKOV, on the eve of Sunday "rosh-khodesh" of Kislev of the year 5640 (16 November 1879) row "kdoshim" to the south side.
7 On the night before the day of Friday - Which means: Thursday night. The Hebrew expression is based on the fact that by Jewish law the day starts from the night before.
8 Sunday... - In the Hebrew is added:. I have related to this previously.
9 Kretsim* Bakshits* - I don't know what this means.
10 with two children - It doesn't make much sense. In the manuscript an unclear word is added between the lines, before the word "two".
NOTE: KHISHA GOLDA is my great-great grandmother. Cross referenced with entry 562, 2568, 607, 740 & 3920.
A Fire in Slutsk at http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/slutsk/slu289.html#page297
4309. On the aforementioned day (9 October 1895) passed away in an institution the venerable woman Mrs. IEDLEH VIKHNEH, the daughter of mh"r r' N' HERTS DIENOV, and she rests one grave away from the woman FREIDIL who passed away on Thursday, the twenty-fifth of the aforementioned M' Av, (15 August 1895) in the row before a' a' a' to the town side.
NOTE: IEDLEH VIKHNEH is my great-great-great aunt. Cross referenced with entry 562, 740, 973 & 4309.
7239. On Friday, the eve of the holy day of Shabat, the fourth of Tamuz, (15 June 1877) passed away mh"r YEKHIEL, the son of m' MORDEKHAI HAKOHEN "shamesh" of the "dayan tsedek"11 DAYNOV and he rests by MOSHE who passed away on Sunday Rosh Khodesh of the aforementioned Sivan (13 May 1877) row "new" against the wall.
11 "shamesh" of the "dayan tsedek" - These words were added between the lines. It means: the one who assists the Jewish judge.
NOTE: "dayan tsedek" DAYNOV. I do not know who this is referring too.
7361. On Tuesday, the nineteenth of Tamuz, (11 July 1876) passed away the woman, gentle in years, Mrs. PESY', the daughter of m' N' HERTS DOYINAV, she rests by RIKLA who passed away on Tuesday, the twenty-second of the aforementioned Iyar, (16 May 1876) in row "maids".
NOTE: PESY is my great-great-great aunt. Cross referenced with entry 562, 740, 973 & 4309.
7468. On Monday, the twenty-third of M' Av, (22 August 1875) passed away the venerable mh"r r' ZEV VOLF, the son of mh"r YISRAEL DIENOV, and he rests to the left side by YAACOV who passed away on the holy day of Shabat, the fourth of M'Av 5634 (18 July 1874) lp"k, in the row against the wall.
NOTE: This YISRAEL DIENOV is my great-great-great-great grandfather. Brother to NAFTALY HERTS DIENOV in entry 740. ZEV VOLF is Zevi Hirsch Ben Ze'ev Wolf Dainow (1832 - March 6, 1877) father. Cross referenced with entry 3635.
7939. On Tuesday, the fourteenth of Elul, (17 September 1872) passed away the woman SARA RIVKA, the daughter of ELIEZER, the wife of r' YISRAEL DOYINAV, she rests by [...] who passed away on Thursday, the ninth of the aforementioned Elul, (12 September 1872) in row "seventeen" by "kdoshim", to the south side.
Note: Unsure if YISRAEL DOYINAV is my great-great grandfather. Possible SARA RIVKA was his first wife. Cross referenced with entry 562, 607, 740, 2568, 3920.
8071. On Friday, the eve of the holy day of Shabat, the twenty-first of Adar a', (1 March 1872) passed away the woman BLUMA, the daughter of mh"r r' ZEV DEINAV, and she rests by ESTER who passed away on Tuesday, the twenty-eighth of the aforementioned Tevet, (9 January 1872) in row "child-bearing women" by "kdoshim", to the town side.
NOTE: Daughter of ZEV DEINAV. Cross referenced with entry 7468.
10,079. On Tuesday, the twenty-third of Adar, (9 March 1858) passed away the woman FEIGA, the daugher of mh"r r' YISRAEL DEINAV, she rests by DALY who passed away on the fourth of the aforementioned Shvat, (19 January 1858) in row "ten" by "kdoshim", to the town side.
NOTE: FEIGA is my great-great-great-great Aunt. Brother to NAFTALY HERTS DIENOV in entry 740. Brother to ZEV VOLF in entry 7468.
Many dates where obtain from Waldheim Cemetery at the Slutzker Rayoner section, gate 268. Located at 18th and Harlem, Forest Park, Illinois.
Special Thanks to Mrs. Helen Schwartz (daughter of Tillie Dinoff and Sam Ratner), Iris Cohen (daughter of Max and Beatrice Dinoff) and her son Rabbi Mitchell Cohen for their great contribution.
Special Thanks to Susan Sklan, Brandt Dainow, Jill Dainow, Cyril Dainow, Ivor Dainow, Bill Biber, Michael Biber, Naftoli Biber, Helen Eshkeri and Sergey Shklyar for providing me this the information on the Dainow family tree.
Thanks to the Historical Society of Slutsk and the Belarus SIG discussion group for there historical information.
Support the work of the Belarus SIG. Contribute to the "Duma Voter List acquistition and translation" and "Slutsk Property Owners List" projects.
Thanks to Bill Gladstone for the information of Rev. Hirsch Dainow.
Thanks to Paul Pascel for his explanation of entries from the Pinkas of the Cheverah Kadisha of Slutsk.
The information was collected from various sources. Accuracy is questionable.
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