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Jewish Records Indexing - Poland

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The JRI-Poland Shtetl CO-OP Initiative
scroll down to see if work on your Shtetl is underway
or how you can start a Shtetl CO-OP
Read our "Step-by-Step Guide for the Shtetl CO-OP Coordinator."
Read the information about the Toronto Photocopy Service for Shtetl CO-OPs.
Read our helpful indexing techniques.
Make your town's records Shtetl CO-OP ready.

JRI-Poland has undertaken the massive task of indexing the Jewish vital records of Poland in the LDS (Mormon) microfilms. To date, more than 1.2 million Russian and Polish language records from 260 towns have been indexed, principally by volunteers from many different countries. Some of the difficult Russian (Cyrillic script) entries have been transliterated by professionals whose work has been funded by contributions from individuals and groups of Jewish genealogists with family roots in Poland.

The invaluable contribution of the JRI-Poland database for Jewish family research, evidenced by the numerous testimonies of our fellow genealogists, prompted the JRI-Poland board to seek ways to expedite the work of the project. As a result, in late 1997, JRI-Poland launched the Shtetl CO-OP initiative.

Shtetl CO-OPs consist of groups of volunteers with a common interest in an ancestral town. Under the leadership of a project coordinator, each JRI- Poland Shtetl CO-OP team will copy the index pages in the LDS films for their town(s) and enter these indices into an Excel or Lotus file. The standard format (template) and instruction guide is available from JRI-Poland. The completed file will reviewed by the project's transliteration coordinator and then uploaded to the JRI-Poland database.

The Shtetl CO-OP concept is an outgrowth of our own experience and a reflection of the success of the JewishGen ShtetLinks project which emphasizes the value of cooperative research and sharing. This team approach is particularly invaluable for those cities and towns which had large Jewish populations and for which there are many microfilms.

The initial Shtetl CO-OPs were formed for the indexing and/or data entry of the LDS microfilms of the Warsaw and Bialystok Jewish vital records. These projects are being led by Barbara Khait, and Sonia and David Hoffman respectively, and are being done with the invaluable contributions and cooperation of the DOROT, the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Centre of Beth Hatefutsoth, Tel Aviv.

Refer to the following summary of Shtetl CO-OPs with contacts. Also see: "Starting a Shtetl CO-OP to index the records for other towns for the JRI-Poland database"

Summary of all current Shtetl CO-OP Initiatives
Contact the co-ordinator to learn the status or to offer your assistance.
Read our "Step-by-Step Guide for the Shtetl CO-OP Coordinator."
Read about the Toronto Photocopy Service for Shtetl CO-OPs.
View some of the Shtetl CO-OP leaders who attended the International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in SLC, Utah, July 2000.

 

  These CO-OPs have indexed all of the available LDS film indexes and all data is now in the JRI-Poland database.

Shtetl Province Coordinator Address
Annopol Lublin Jim Feldman Newton, MA
Bedzin Katowice Jeff Cymbler Rego Park, NY
Belchatów Lodz Roni Liebowitz Scarsdale, NY
Biala Podlaska Lublin Stephen Krefman
and Mila Begun
Paw Paw, MI and
New York, NY
Bialystok Bialystok Sonia and David Hoffman Los Angeles, CA
Bielawy Lodz Sheila Salo Cheverly, MD
Biezun Warszawa Ron Geller Cypress, CA
Bobrowniki Warszawa Nolan Altman Oceanside, NY
Bodzentyn Kielce Reuben Baumal Toronto, Canada
Bolimow Lodz Gilbert Hendlisz Brussels, Belgium
Bresc Kujawski Poznan Rieke Nash Lane Cove, Australia
Brzeznica Lodz Gloria Berkenstat Freund New York, NY
Bychawa Lublin Ester Csaky Melbourne, Australia
Bytom Katowice Henry Graupner Toronto, Canada
Chelm Lublin Please contact
Hadassah Lipsius
Chorzele Warszawa Jim Hazlett Marblehead, MA
Ciechanow Warszawa Stan Zeidenberg Toronto, Ont. Canada
Czemierniki Lublin Mila Begun New York, NY
Czersk Warszawa Reserved Please contact Hadassah Lipsius
for further information
Czerwinsk Warszawa Larry Blum Port Richey, FL
Czestochowa Katowice Michael Chen Herzliya, Israel
Czyzewo-Osada Bialystok Gary Palgon Atlanta, GA
Drobin Warszawa Barnett Mitzman
and Richard Stark
Brooklyn, NY and
New Jersey
Dubienka Lublin Sherill Pociecha Wroclaw, Poland
Dzialoszyn Lodz Marcos Frid San Carlos, CA
Frampol Lublin Yoav Kliger Pardes Hana, Israel
Glowno Lodz Ada Holtzman Tel Aviv, Israel
Glusk Lublin Robinn Magid Kensington, CA
Golub-Drobzyn Bydgoszcz Sandra Greenberg Denver, CO
Gora Kalwaria Warszawa Reserved Please contact Hadassah Lipsius
for further information
Grajewo Bialystok Reserved Please contact Hadassah Lipsius
for further information
Grodzisk Mazoweicki Warszawa Gary Palgon Atlanta, GA
Grojec Warszawa Reserved Please contact Hadassah Lipsius
for further information
Hrubieszów Lublin Barry Megdal Northridge, CA
Ilza Kielce Carolynne Veffer Toronto, Canada / Hong Kong
Irena Warszawa Nolan Altman Oceanside, NY
Izbica Kujawska Poznan Rieke Nash
and Bernard Freedman
Lane Cove, Australia
Izbica (Lubelski) Lublin Marc Ber Fairlawn, NJ
Jablonka Koscielna Bialystok Reserved Please contact Hadassah Lipsius
for further information
Jablonka Swierszczew Bialystok Reserved Please contact Hadassah Lipsius
for further information
Josefow nad Wisla Lublin Sol Zatz Brooklyn, NY
Kalisz notes Poznan Sue Fifer Middlesex, England
Kaluszyn Warszawa Linda Shabat Hayward, CA
Karczew Warszawa Naidia Woolf San Francisco, CA
Kazimierz Dolny Lublin Norm Katz Norfolk, VA
Kepno Poznan Basil Samuels London, England
Klimontów Kielce Yechezkel Anis Jerusalem, Israel
Klobuck Katowice Gloria Berkenstat Freund New York, NY
Kolo Poznan Kirsten Gradel Nyborg, Denmark
Komorow Lublin David Trost Toronto, Canada
Konin Poznan Madeleine Okladek New York, NY
Konskie Kielce Gideon Carmi Kibbutz Machanaim, Israel
Konstantynow Lodzki Lodz Morris Wirth Baltimore, MD
Kosow Warszawa Judy Baston San Francisco, CA
Kraków Kraków Judie Ostroff-Goldstein Syosset, NY
Krasniczyn Lublin Robinn Magid Kensington, CA
Krasnik Lublin Sol Zatz Brooklyn, NY
Kremenets Volhynia,
Ukraine
Ron D. Doctor
and Sherre Roth
Portland, OR and
Palo Alto, CA
Kromolow Katowice Ruth Wilnai Palo Alto, CA
Kurów Lublin Jonathon Mark Newman Leeds, England
Kutno Lodz Dick Goldman Baltimore, MD
Lodz Lodz Morris Wirth Baltimore, MD
Lomazy Lublin Jay Feinberg Deerfield, IL
Losice Warszawa Gert Rogers Toronto, Canada
Lowicz Lodz anonymous volunteer JRI-Poland
Lozdzjie Suwalki Lillian Faffer New York, NY
Lublin Lublin Robinn Magid Kensington, CA
Lukow Lublin Shirley Rosen Beer Sheva, Israel
Lutomiersk Lodz Marcos Frid San Carlos, CA
Markuszow Lublin Barry Weiss Boulder, CO
Michow Lubartowski Lublin Robinn Magid Kensington, CA
Minsk Mazowiecka Warszawa Linda Shabat Hayward, CA
Mlawa Warszawa Harriet Brown Madison, WI
Mordy Warszawa Gert Rogers Toronto, Canada
Miedzyrzec Podlaski Lublin Mila Begun
and Stephen Krefman
New York, NY and
Paw Paw, MI
Mogielnica Warszawa Leah Jordan Bisel
and Morris Wirth
W. Bloomfield, MI and
Baltimore, MD
Mszczonow Warszawa Aron Meron-Michowski Alfe Menashe, Israel
Nysa Opole Ellen Lowe Granada Hills, CA
Nowogrod Bialystok Reserved Please contact Hadassah Lipsius
for further information
Opoczno Kielce Debra Kay  
Ozarów Kielce Suzanne S. Waxman Santa Rosa, CA
Pajeczno Lodz Gloria Berkenstat Freund New York, NY
Piaseczno Warszawa Reserved Please contact Hadassah Lipsius
for further information
Pinczow Kielce Michael Chen Herzliya, Israel
Piotrków Trybunalski Lodz Marla Waltman Daschko Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Plock Warszawa Ada Holtzman Tel Aviv, Israel
Przybysew Kielce Reserved Please contact Hadassah Lipsius
for further information
Pulawy Lublin Norm Katz Norfolk, VA
Pszczyna Katowice Marian Krzyzowski Ann Arbor, MI
Raciaz Warszawa Flora Gursky Great Falls, VA
Radzilow Bialystok Jose Gutstein Miami, FL
Radomsko Lodz Gloria Berkenstat Freund New York, NY
Radzyn Podlaski Lublin Judith Silver
and Yaakov Goldwasser
London, UK and
Gesher Haziv, Israel
Rojgród Bialystok Reserved Please contact Hadassah Lipsius
for further information
Rozprza Lodz Leah Jordan Bisel
and Gideon Carmi
W. Bloomfield, MI and
Kibbutz Machanaim, Israel
Sereje Bialystok Teresa Galloway Ithaca, NY
Siedlce Warszawa Brian Braun Champaign, IL
Skierniewice Lodz Aron Meron-Michowski Alfe Menashe, Israel
Skulsk Poznan Madeleine Okladek New York, NY
Slawatycze Lublin Henry Gitelman Montreal, Canada
Sluzewo Bydgoszcz Rieke Nash Lane Cove, Australia
Smoszewo Warszawa Larry Blum Port Richey, FL
Sniadow Bialystok Reserved Please contact Hadassah Lipsius
for further information
Sobkow Kielce Warren Blatt Waltham, MA
Sochocin Warszawa Larry Blum Port Richey, FL
Sokolow Podlaski Warszawa Anne Fendrich Denver, CO
Staszów Kielce Jean-Pierre Stroweis Jerusalem, Israel
Stawiszyn Poznan Sue Fifer Middlesex, England
Szadek Lodz Morris Wirth Baltimore, MD
Szczebrzeszyn Lublin Perry Eisman New Yor, NY
Szczuczyn Bialystok Les Amer Los Angeles, CA
Tarnów Kraków Howard Fink Acton, MA
Tomaszów Mazowiecki Lodz Hadassah Lipsius Kew Gardens Hills, NY
Tarczyn Warszawa Reserved Please contact Hadassah Lipsius
for further information
Tuszyn Lodz Leah Jordan Bisel W. Bloomfield, MI
Tykocin Bialystok Richard Hoffman and
Mark Halpern
Santa Clarita, CA and
and West Conshohocken, PA
Warka Warszawa Nathalie Wajzer-Klein Rechovot, Israel
Warszawa Warszawa Hadassah Lipsius Kew Gardens Hills, NY
Warta Lodz Madeleine Okladek New York, NY
Wasosz Bialystok Reserved Please contact Hadassah Lipsius
for further information
Wielun Lodz Marcos Frid San Carlos, CA
Wieniawa Lublin Robinn Magid Kensington, CA
Wierzbica Kielce Lowell Ackerman Scottsdale, AZ
Wilczyn Poznan Madeleine Okladek New York, NY
Wizna Bialystok Jose Gutstein Miami, FL
Wloclawek Bydgoszcz Rieke Nash Lane Cove, Australia
Wolbrom Kraków Robert Heyman Canberra, Australia
Wysockie Mazowiecki Bialystok Reserved Please contact Hadassah Lipsius
for further information
Wyszogród Warszawa Stuart Richler Montreal, Canada
Zakroczym Warszawa Steve Rosenberg Or Yehuda, Israel
Zambrów Bialystok Reserved Please contact Hadassah Lipsius
for further information
Zamosc Lublin Sheila Grossnass London, England
Zarnowiec Krakow Michael Tobias Glasgow, Scotland
Zdunska Wola Lodz H. Daniel Wagner Rehovot, Israel
Zgierz Lodz Joe Ross Bala Cynwyd, PA
Zolkiewka Lublin Kirsten Gradel Nyborg, Denmark
Zuromin Warszawa

Catherine Youngren

Vancouver, BC
Zychlin Lodz Sheila Salo Cheverly, MD

Starting a Shtetl CO-OP to index the records for other towns:

JewishGenners wanting easy access to the indices of vital records for their towns are being urged to form their own Shtetl CO-OPs. JRI-Poland will provide the procedures for photocopying, transliteration where necessary, and data entry. Here's how to get your Shtetl CO-OP underway:

Start by identifying other researchers with a common interest in the town (the JewishGen Family Finder lists these researchers), agree on a project leader or - better still - don't wait for someone else to accept the responsibility, you take the initiative (sound familiar!) and get your Shtetl CO-OP going.... this week!

JRI-Poland is extending a special incentive to those who accept the responsibility of becoming Shtetl CO-OP project leaders. By agreeing to coordinate the entire effort to index all their town's records in the LDS microfilms, these volunteers will be granted official access to the resulting database of indices to these records. This offer will be extended to towns which have only been partially indexed. To view a list of the towns/records already on the JRI-Poland database, click the "database contents" button on the JRI-Poland website.

To register your interest in being a Shtetl CO-OP project leader for your town, contact: Hadassah Lipsius at: kesher@lipsiusgroup.com

For more information on JRI-Poland, please see the website Home Page at http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl.

Other major initiatives underway

Zareby Koscielne (Zaromb) Initiative

Through unusual circumstances, the Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw, has come into possession of the Jewish birth, marriage and death registers for Zareby Koscielne for the years 1808 - 1809 and 1840 to 1939! Using these and other years in the LDS microfilms (1810 - 1839), JRI-Poland has created a complete searchable index of the vital records from 1808 to 1939. This is unparalled in Jewish vital records research for any Polish town. Almost 10,000 records for this town are now available through the JRI-Poland search engine.

Because of marriages between families in surrounding towns and shtetels, the Zareby Koscielne vital records will have references to SURNAMES from Zambrow, Ostrow Maz., Nur, Brok, Kosov, Czyzew, Ciechanowiec, Przasnysz, and other former Lomza Gubernia locations.

The Zareby Koscielne Shtetl CO-OP project was led by Morris Spector of Hamden, For further information, contact Morris:

Morris Spector
Zareby Koscielne Project Coordinator
P.O. Box 6132
Hamden, CT 06517
203-288-2816
203-281-0316 (fax)
MSpector@aol.com

Wyszków Jewish Vital Records and Cemetery Monument Project

For further information on this initiative, follow this link.

Kielce-Radom Project:

Volunteers in the Kielce-Radom SIG are working on extracts of records of additional towns; a list may be viewed on the K-R SIG website. When completed, the indices to these extracts will be added to JRI-Poland database.

For more information on becoming a Shtetl CO-OP leader, please contact Shtetl CO-OP and Transliteration Co-ordinator, Hadassah Lipsius.

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Last Updated: March 20, 2002