ShtetLinks Page -- Tetiev/Tetiyev

ShtetLinks: Tetiev/Tetiyev

Welcome to the Tetiev/Tetiyev ShtetLinks page. This is a continuing project. If you are interested in Tetiev and have any information to share with others, or are able to help in presenting a more complete resource for genealogists working on families from Tetiev, please send an e-mail message by clicking here

Tetiev is the form of the name most commonly used by those who lived there and who emigrated, as well as many of their descendants. It is often (though not invariably) pronounced Tet-eev, in two syllables. Tetiyev is the local official name form approved for use within the US Government by the US Board of Geographic Names (US BGN), and represents the more Russian pronunciation.

The name of the town has been reported in many forms over the years, including-
Tetiev-Tetijev-Tetiyev-Tetievo-Tetiewo-Tetiyiv-Tetiew-Tatiew-Tetiw-Tetyiow (Polish)-Titeyow-Titejov-TeTiïb/TETIÏB (Cyrillic).   When using JewishGen's databases such as the JewishGen Family Finder and the business directory Vsia Rossiia , as well as Internet search engines, be sure to check all spellings. Misspellings (on passenger manifests and elsewhere) include Tetico.   Other variants and misspellings can be seen in the passenger manifests that recorded the arrival of Tetiever emigrants.

All of the original names are of course spelled with the Cyrillic alphabet, used by both the Ukrainian and Russian languages. The names in the following table are, and have been transliterated quite a few ways over the years, and there are no absolutely correct variants. Be prepared to see almost any Ukrainian place-name spelled several ways in the Latin alphabet, or in English, as you consult various sources of information.

Geography and Access

Tetiev is a small town located about 70 miles south-southwest of Kiev. The largest nearby city is Belaya Tserkov, about halfway up the road to Kiev.

Coordinates-Latitude 49º22´N; Longitude 29º40´E
Population, current-10,000-19,999 range
Altitude-561 feet/170 meters
Time Zone-Same as Moscow-3 hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time. Relative to the U.S.A., Tetiev is 8 hours earlier than New York most of the year; 9 hours earlier from April 1 to the fourth Sunday of April and 7 hours earlier from October 1 to the fourth Sunday of October.

Distances from Tetiev to Nearby Communities
Place names are per US Bureau of Geographic Names (US BGN).



Distance, miles


Belaya Tserkov

49º47´N 30º07´E


Kiev (Kyyiv)

50º26´N 30º31´E




49º29´N 29º16´E



49º44´N 29º40´E



49º23´N 30º12´E



48º46´N 30º13´E



49º31´N 29º55´E



49º15´N 30º06´E


Telephone Access-Ukraine Country Code-380. Tetiev City Code-


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Our photo collection has begun.  See Jerry Cook's  four general views of Tetiev and three Tetiev cemetery views taken in September 2003.  Gregg Rickman visited Tetiev in September 2006. Here are some of his photos of a gravestone, a bucolic scene, and himself. We are also posting images of two nearby synagogues to show what the building in Tetiev might have looked like.

A web site is now presented by a group in Tetiev who provide a large selection of photographs. Their  Tetiev "Photo-Archive" web site is in Ukrainian but can be appreciated without having to read Ukrainian. Ambitious visitors to that site may wish to use some free on-line translation services such as to translate the Ukranian into English.

Please contribute other images that show Tetiev people, places and styles.

Background Information

Memoirs and Family Stories

Here is an opportunity to share with others some of the stories that emigrants have told.   Read Fred Geyzer's oral history (998 KB) of his early life in Tetiev and his escape finally to the U.S.  Read David Spevack's story of separation, the pogrom of 1920, and reuniting with his father (who had emigrated) after ten years.

Extensive family trees are not allowed in ShtetLinks pages and should be added to the FTJP (Family Tree of the Jewish People" project. However, short Family Trees and narrative Family Biographies are welcome. It is always nice to read about a family, what they did for a living and, of course, who they married, their children, parents, in -laws, dates of events, etc. as long as this is displayed in a narrative form.


Famous people born in Tetiev or descended from Tetievers.

Phil Spitalny (1890-1970) orchestra leader, noted as the leader of Phil Spitalny's All-Girl Orchestra..... Yoselle [Josef] Rosenblatt (1882-1933) was probably the most famous cantor of all time. His recordings were used for the first talking movie-The Jazz Singer. His grandfather was from the Tetiev suburbs..... Lee Rich ( - ) founded Lorimar Productions (the Waltons, Dallas, etc.), was CEO of GM/United Artists, and is an Executive Producer for Warner Brothers (e.g., Moonstruck)..... Hershel Orland ( - ) who stayed in Russia, was a famous Russian poet.


Tetiev is mentioned in a number of documents relating to pogroms dating from centuries ago. Some of the reports, together with the localities mentioned in connection with Tetiev, are:


These links bring you to information about cemeteries or burial sites that are associated with Tetiev or Tetiyev. However, not all burials in these cemeteries are of Tetievers or their descendants.

Landsmanschaftn (Vereins/Associations)

Here is a preliminary List of Associations related to Tetiev.

Emigration and Population

The Searchable Ukraine Database

We now have a resource that allows searches of the JewishGen Ukraine database with either of two links:

The first link allows you to search the database for any entry that mentions Tetiyev/Tetiev.
The second link allows search of the database for other towns and surnames.

The JewishGen Ukraine Database is a multiple-database search facility that incorporates the databases containing over one million entries on individuals living in the area that is now Ukraine. These databases have been contributed by the JewishGen Ukraine SIG and individual donors. They include all of the following databases: JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF), JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR), JewishGen Holocaust Database, Vsia Rossiia Business Directories and much more! The database is a work in progress and new entries are being added regularly.

Click the button to show all entries for Tetiev/Tetiyev in the JewishGen Ukraine Database.

or click the following button to search more generally for any surname or town in the Ukraine.

Statistics and Lists

 Compiled by Irwin B. Margiloff
Updated by IBM September 23, 2012
Copyright © 2002 Irwin B. Margiloff

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