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Jewish Records Indexing - Poland

The searchable database of indices to 19th century Jewish vital records
from current and former territories of Poland.
More thannumber.gif (187 bytes)records from
Polish towns now indexed
and available. More added every month.
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Belchatow Shtetl CO-OP Project

BELCHATOW (51 22’N /19 23’E) is 26.7 miles (50 km) south of Lodz and 13 miles west of Piotrkow Trybunalski in the district of Piotrkow, Lodz Province. Nearby towns and villages include: Grocholice (2.4 miles SSW), Kamiensk (11.5 miles SSE), Szcercow (11.7 miles W), Rozprza (11.7 miles ESE), Piotrkow Trybunalski (13.1 miles E), Sulmierzyce (14.9 miles SSW), and Tuszyn (17.6 miles NNE), Lask (18.4 miles NW) Widawa (19.2 mles WNW), Pabience (20.7 miles N) and Radomsko (20.9 miles S). If your family lived in any of these places, it’s possible some of their records are in the Belchatow Jewish civil record registers.

Jews first settled in Belchatow in 1764. By 1939, six thousand Jews, more than 50% of the population, made it their home. Many were engaged in the textile industry. During the Holocaust, most of the Jews in Belchatow were sent to the Lodz ghetto and then deported to the death camp at Chelmno. The Jewish community did not rebuild after the war. (Source: Encyclopedia Judaica, Volume 4).

The Belchatow Shtetl CO-OP finished indexing the Jewish vital records for Jewish Records Indexing – Poland utilizing the microfilms in the LDS (Mormon) collection.

Indices for the years 1809-1888 have been indexed and are available for searching at the JRI-Poland web site. The years from 1868-1874 were put onto spreadsheets by previous volunteers and are also available for research on JRI-Poland. Our international Shtetl CO-OP team is made up of: Dr. Lester Bilsky (Arkansas, USA), Pawel Brunon Dorman (Warsaw, Poland), Miriam S. Deitcher (Ohio, USA), Alan Frishman (New York, USA), Jenny Jackson (Victoria, Australia), Roni Seibel Liebowitz, Coordinator (New York, USA), and Steve Rabinowitz, MD (New York, USA).

We are very excited to announce that through the PSA/JRI-Poland project, indices for years 1889-1899 are also now included on the database. These will be updated as additional indexes for more current years become available in the future. If you have family from Belchatow or a nearby shtetl, please consider making
a financial contribution to this project. See the JRI-Poland website for information on how to make your contribution. The donations will also be used to hire people who can extract those brides names writtten in Cyrillic that are missing from the original Polish indexes. These people will have to look at the records themselves to extract the names.

To learn more about the Belchatow Shtetl CO-OP and the PSA/JRI-Poland project, contact Roni Seibel Liebowitz.

 

Microfilm # 0681031 (1809-1818)

Years

Births

Marriages

Deaths

1809-1810

1/3

0/2

2/5

1810-1811

8/16

1/2

2/4

1811-1812

5/15

0

1/8

1812-1813

none listed

1814-1815

0/24

0/3

0/22

1815-1816

1/15

2/7

2/9

1816-1817

9/33

0/4

2/20

1817-1818 9/31 1/5 5/31
This film contains Mixed Religion civil records. The Jewish records (55 individual names) were extracted and are indicated by the first number in each cell. The total number of records found is indicated by the second number. The work is complete and can be searched on the JRI-Poland website.

 

Microfilm # 0681032 (1818-1825)

Years

Births

Marriages

Deaths

1819-1820

11/51

3/8

10/19

1818-1819

14/40

3/10

8/27

1820

10/28

0/9

6/17

1821

14/46

3/7

3/27

1822

13/61

0/5

5/30

1823

13/53

5/11

11/50

1824

13/61

0/11

0/37

1825 13/60 1/15 3/41
The years are listed in the order they appear on the film. The Jewish records (178 individual names) were extracted from the Mixed Religion civil records. The Jewish records are indicated by the first number in each cell. The total number of records is indicated by the second number. The work is complete and the indices may be searched on the JRI-Poland.

 

Microfilm # 0681038 (1824/1843)

Years

Births

Marriages

Deaths

1824

13/61

0/11

0/37

1828

16

-

10

1829 28 - 3

1830

30

2

4

1831

17

-

16

1832

22

6

14

1833

41

3

8

1834

35

4

23

1835 22 3 16
1836 22 3 16
1837 31 7 15
1838 22 11 23
1839 43 3 10
1840 21 4 11
1841 35 6 8
1842 29 6 13
1843 46 10 25
There are no index pages for the years 1828-31 and 1843. Years 1828-30 are grouped together on the film. 1824 is an exact duplicate of 1824 on the previous film. The work is complete and the indices may be searched on the JRI-Poland web site.

 

Microfilm # 0681039 (1844-1851)

Years

Births

Marriages

Deaths

1844

57

23

15

1845

39

13

15

1846

45

6

38

1847

39

3

64

1848

21

12

79

1849

46

12

21

1850

57

6

27

1851 72 20 35
There are no index pages for the years 1844-1847. The names were extracted from the individual records by our volunteers and entered into a spreadsheet. The work is complete and the indices may be searched on the JRI-Poland web site.

 

Microfilm # 0681040 (1852-1860)

Years

Births

Marriages

Deaths

1852

63

14

31

1853

55

17

21

1854

54

9

32

1855

36

10

57

1856

34

10

30

1857

63

19

20

1858

57

13

25

1859 67 21 22
1860 58 8 19
The work is complete and the indices may be searched on the JRI-Poland website.

 

Microfilm # 0681041 (1861-1865)

Years

Births

Marriages

Deaths

1861

66

25

21

1862

94

18

33

1863

39

11

33

1864

71

21

35

1865

97

18

52

The work is complete and the indexes may be searched on the JRI-Poland website.

 

Microfilm # 0766354 (1866-1870)

Years

Births

Marriages

Deaths

1866

84

17

64

1867

57

14

32

1868

86

11

19

1869

76

23

41

1870

73

13

39

Starting in 1868, the Jewish vital records were written in the Cyrillic characters of the Russian language. The work is complete and indices may be searched on the JRI-Poland web site.

 

Microfilm # 1189029 (1871-1874)

Years

Births

Marriages

Deaths

1871

65

23

19

1872

67

16

47

1873

53

20

128

1874

64

14

17

These are also in Cyrillic; work has been completed and the indices may be searched on the JRI-Poland web site.

 

Microfilm # 1713996 (1875-1880)

Years

Births

Marriages

Deaths

1875

42

16

18

1876

44

19

34

1877

56

13

18

1878

56

31

28

1879

41

22

18

1880

78

16

21

There are 31 marriage records in 1878 but only 30 listed in the index. These records are all in Cyrillic. These work is complete and the indices may be searched on the JRI-Poland web site.

 

Microfilm # 1713997 (1881-1888)

Years

Births

Marriages

Deaths

1881

69

20

36

1882

54

22

53

1883

49

25

30

1884

43

17

30

1885

87

23

34

1886

113

12

39

1887 38 18 27
1888 58 21 36
The work is complete and indexes may be searched on the JRI-Poland web site.

 

PSA/JRI-Poland project (1888-1899)

Years

Births

Marriages

Deaths

1889

57 16* 23

1890

72 22* 26

1891

104 25* 23

1892

70 17* 13
1893 87 37 37
1894 133 40 66
1895 124 33 25
1896 197 41 27
1897 164 32 29
1898 120 28 44
1899 113 39 24
The indices for these years were completed through the work of the PSA/JRI-Poland project and are searchable on the JRI-Poland web site. *For the years 1889 through 1892, the marriage indexes include only the names of the grooms.

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Last Updated: February 28, 2003