Shtetl CO-OP
Initiative
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Make your town's records Shtetl CO-OP ready.

As part of its mission to index all available Jewish records of Poland, JRI-Poland has undertaken the massive task of indexing the Jewish vital records for 600 towns in the LDS (Mormon) microfilms. All or some of the records for 520 towns have now been indexed.

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, JRI-Poland created 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 Shtetl CO-OP leader, each JRI- Poland Shtetl CO-OP team obtains digital images of the index pages in the LDS films for their town(s) and enters these indices into an Excel file. The standard format (template) and Step by Step Instruction guide is available from JRI-Poland. Completed files are reviewed by the project's transliteration coordinator and then uploaded to the JRI-Poland database.

The Shtetl CO-OP team approach is particularly invaluable for those cities and towns which had large Jewish populations and for which there are many microfilms.


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"

The 'Complete' column indicates which 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

Complete?

Annopol

Lublin

Jim Feldman

Babiak

Poznan

Liba Maimon

Israel

yes

Babimost

Zielona

Geoff Kaiser

Melbourne, Australia

Baranow

Lublin

Robinn Magid

Kensington, CA

yes

Bedzin

Katowice

Jeff Cymbler

Rego Park, NY

yes

Belchatow

Lodz

Roni Seibel Liebowitz

Scarsdale, NY

yes

Belzyce

Lublin

Joe Newman

Fayetteville, Arkansas

yes

Biala Podlaska

Lublin

Robinn Magid

Kensington, CA

Bialystok

Bialystok

Sonia and David Hoffman

Los Angeles, CA

yes

Bielawy

Lodz

Sheila Salo

Cheverly, MD

Biezun

Warszawa

Ron Geller

Cypress, CA

yes

Biskupice

Lublin

Marc Ber

Fairlawn, NJ

yes

Blaszki

Poznan

Madeleine Okladek

New York, NY

Bobrowniki

Warszawa

Paul Brenner

Bodzentyn

Kielce

Reuben Baumal

Toronto, Canada

yes

Bolimow

Lodz

Gilbert Hendlisz

Brussels, Belgium

yes

Brezc Kujawski

Rieke Nash

Lane Cove, Australia

Brzeg

Opole

Roger Lustig

Princeton, NJ

Brzesko

Krakow

Brzeznica-Nowa Osada

Lodz

Gloria Berkenstat Freund

New York, NY

yes

Bychawa

Lublin

Ester Csaky and
Robinn Magid

Melbourne, Australia and
Kensington, CA

Bytom

Katowice

Ceglow

Warszawa

Jacob Goldstein

Chorzele

Warszawa

Jim Hazlett

Marblehead, MA

Chorzow

Katowice

Roger Lustig

Princeton, NJ

Ciechanow

Warszawa

Stan Zeidenberg

Toronto, Ont. Canada

yes

Czekanow

Katowice

Roger Lustig

Princeton, NJ

Czemierniki

Lublin

Mila Begun Z"L

yes

Czersk

Warszawa

Czerwinsk nad Wisla

Warszawa

Larry Blum

Port Richey, FL

Czestochowa

Katowice

Michael Chen

Herzliya, Israel

yes

Czyzewo-Osada

Gary Palgon

Atlanta, GA

yes

Dabie

Poznan

Madeleine Okladek

New York, NY

Drobin

Warszawa

Barnett Mitzman Z"L

yes

Dubienka

Lublin

Sherill Pociecha

Wroclaw, Poland

yes

Dzialoszyce

Kielce

Judy Golan

Kfar Vradim, Israel

Dzialoszyn

Lodz

Marcos Frid

San Carlos, CA

yes

Frampol

Lublin

Kirsten Gradel

Nyborg, Denmark

yes

Gliwice

Katowice

Roger Lustig

Princeton, NJ

Glowno

Lodz

Ada Holtzman

Tel Aviv, Israel

Glusk

Lublin

Robinn Magid

Kensington, CA

Gniewoszow

Kielce

Gniezno

Poznan

Madeleine Okladek

New York, NY

Golina

Poznan

Madeleine Okladek

New York, NY

yes

Golub-Dobrzyn

Bydgoszcz

Uri Ladell

Kibbutz Ma'ale Gilboa, Israel

yes

Golymin

Warszawa

Marty Meyers

Montclair, NJ

Gorzkow

Lublin

Kirsten Gradel

Nyborg, Denmark

yes

Goszczyn

Warszawa

Grabowiec

Lublin

Chris Guss

Colorado, USA

yes

Grocholice

Lodz

Andrzej Selerowicz

Vienna, Austria

yes

Grodzisk Mazowiecki

Warszawa

Gary Palgon

Atlanta, GA

Horodlo

Lublin

Esther Minars

yes

Hrubieszow

Lublin

Kirsten Gradel

Nyborg, Denmark

yes

Ilza

Kielce

Carolynne Veffer

Toronto, Canada / Hong Kong

yes

Irena

Warszawa

Robinn Magid

Kensington, CA

yes

Izbica Kujawska

Lodz

Rieke Nash

Lane Cove, Australia

yes

Izbica Lubelski

Lublin

Jerry Schneider and
Marc Ber

Burk, VA and
Fairlawn, NJ

yes

Janowiec

Kielce

Stewart Driller

New York, NY

yes

Jozefow

Lublin

Kirsten Gradel

Nyborg, Denmark

yes

Jozefow nad Wisla

Lublin

Sol Zatz

Brooklyn, NY

Kalisz

Poznan

Sue Fifer

Middlesex, England

yes

Karczew

Warszawa

Naidia Woolf

San Francisco, CA

Kargowa

Zielona

Geoff Kaiser

Melbourne, Australia

yes

Karniewo

Warszawa

Marty Meyers

Montclair, NJ

Kazimierz Dolny

Lublin

Norm Katz

Monroe Township, NJ

yes

Kepno

Poznan

Nicole Heymans

Belgium

yes

Kleczew

Poznan

Madeleine Okladek

New York, NY

Klimontow

Kielce

Yechezkel Anis

Jerusalem, Israel

Klobuck

Katowice

Gloria Berkenstat Freund

New York, NY

yes

Klodawa

Poznan

Madeleine Okladek

New York, NY

Kock

Lublin

Peggy Nehmen

St. Louis, MO

yes

Koden

Lublin

Joyce Oshrin

Kolbiel

Warszawa

Kolo

Poznan

Kirsten Gradel

Nyborg, Denmark

yes

Komarow

Lublin

David Trost

Toronto, Canada

yes

Konin

Poznan

Madeleine Okladek

New York, NY

yes

Konskie

Kielce

Gideon Carmi

Kibbutz Machanaim, Israel

yes

Konstantynow Lodzki

Lodz

Morris Wirth

Baltimore, MD

yes

Kosow Lacki

Warszawa

Judy Baston

San Francisco, CA

yes

Kozminek

Lodz

Madeleine Okladek

New York, NY

Krakow

Krakow

Judie Ostroff-Goldstein

Syosset, NY

yes

Krasniczyn

Lublin

Robinn Magid

Kensington, CA

yes

Krasnik

Lublin

Sol Zatz

Brooklyn, NY

Krasnobrod

Lublin

David Trost and
Randy Eckstein

Toronto, Canada and

yes

Krasnystaw

Lublin

Kirsten Gradel

Nyborg, Denmark

yes

Kremenets

Ukraine

Ron D. Doctor and
Sheree Roth

Portland, OR and
Palo Alto, CA

Krylow

Lublin

Kirsten Gradel

Nyborg, Denmark

yes

Krzynowloga Mala

Warszawa

Marty Meyers

Montclair, NJ

Krzynowloga Wielka

Warszawa

Marty Meyers

Montclair, NJ

Krzywin

Poznan

Madeleine Okladek

New York, NY

Kuczbork Osada

Warszawa

Ron Geller

Cypress, CA

Kurow

Lublin

Robinn Magid

Kensington, CA

yes

Lasin

Bydgoszcz

Peter Nash

Lane Cove, Australia

yes

Laszczow

Lublin

Kirsten Gradel

Nyborg, Denmark

yes

Latowicz

Warszawa

Lipsko

Kielce

Lodz

Lodz

Morris Wirth

Baltimore, MD

yes

Lomazy

Lublin

Jay Feinberg

Deerfield, IL

yes

Losice

Warszawa

Gert Rogers

Toronto, Canada

yes

Lowicz

Lodz

anonymous volunteer

JRI-Poland

Lozdzjie

Lillian Faffer

New York, NY

yes

Lubartow

Lublin

Robinn Magid

Kensington, CA

yes

Lublin

Lublin

Robinn Magid

Kensington, CA

yes

Lukow

Lublin

Shirley Rosen

Beer Sheva, Israel

yes

Lutomiersk

Lodz

Marcos Frid

San Carlos, CA

Magnuszew

Kielce

yes

Markuszow

Lublin

Barry Weiss

Boulder, CO

yes

Michow Lubartowski

Lublin

Stan Zeidenberg

Toronto, Ont. Canada

yes

Miedzyrzec Podlaski

Lublin

Mila Begun Z"L and
Robinn Magid

and
Kensington, CA

yes

Minsk Mazowiecki

Warszawa

Mlawa

Warszawa

Harriet Brown

Madison, WI

Mogielnica

Warszawa

Leah Jordan Bisel and
Morris Wirth

W. Bloomfield, MI and
Baltimore, MD

yes

Mordy

Warszawa

Gert Rogers

Toronto, Canada

yes

Nysa

Opole

Ellen Lowe

Granada Hills, CA

yes

Olesno

Opole

Roger Lustig

Princeton, NJ

Opoczno

Kielce

Debra Kay

Simi Valley, Ca

yes

Ozarow

Kielce

Suzanne S. Waxman

Santa Rosa, CA

Ozorkow

Lodz

Madeleine Okladek

New York, NY

yes

Pabianice

Lodz

Alan Glixman

Sydney, Australia

Pajeczno

Lodz

Gloria Berkenstat Freund

New York, NY

Parczew

Lublin

Robinn Magid

Kensington, CA

yes

Piaseczno

Warszawa

Pinczow

Kielce

Michael Chen

Herzliya, Israel

yes

Piotrkow Trybunalski

Lodz

Marla Waltman Daschko

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Plawno

Lodz

Gloria Berkenstat Freund

New York, NY

yes

Plock

Warszawa

Ada Holtzman

Tel Aviv, Israel

yes

Plonsk

Warszawa

Larry Blum

Port Richey, FL

Przybyszew

Kielce

Pszczyna

Katowice

Marian Krzyzowski

Ann Arbor, MI

yes

Pulawy

Lublin

Norm Katz

Monroe Township, NJ

yes

Pyzdry

Poznan

Madeleine Okladek

New York, NY

Raciaz

Warszawa

Flora Gursky

Great Falls, VA

Radomsko

Lodz

Gloria Berkenstat Freund

New York, NY

yes

Radzilow

Bialystok

Jose Gutstein

Miami, FL

yes

Radzyn Podlaski

Lublin

Coby Goldwasser

yes

Rejowiec Fabryczny

Lublin

Marc Ber

Fairlawn, NJ

Rogozno Wielkopolski

Poznan

Rosachate

Judie Goldstein

Rozprza

Lodz

Leah Jordan Bisel

W. Bloomfield, MI

yes

Rybnik

Roger Lustig

Princeton, NJ

Sepolno Krajenskie

Bydgoszcz

Monica Leonards

yes

Sereje

Bialystok

Teresa Galloway

Ithaca, NY

yes

Siedlce

Warszawa

Brian Braun

Champaign, IL

yes

Siedliszcz

Randy Eckstein

Sienno

Kielce

Meira Puterman

Johannesburg, South Africa

Skulsk

Poznan

Madeleine Okladek

New York, NY

yes

Slawatycze

Lublin

Henry Gitelman

Montreal, Canada

yes

Slesin

Poznan

Madeleine Okladek

New York, NY

yes

Slupca

Poznan

Madeleine Okladek

New York, NY

yes

Sluzewo

Bydgoszcz

Rieke Nash

Lane Cove, Australia

Smoszewo

Warszawa

Larry Blum

Port Richey, FL

Sobkow

Kielce

Warren Blatt

Waltham, MA

Sochocin

Warszawa

Larry Blum

Port Richey, FL

yes

Sokolow Podlaski

Warszawa

Anne Fendrich

Denver, CO

yes

Sompolno

Poznan

Madeleine Okladek

New York, NY

Sosnowiec

Jeff Cymbler

Rego Park, NY

Staszow

Kielce

Jean-Pierre Stroweis

Jerusalem, Israel

Stawiszyn

Poznan

Sue Fifer

Middlesex, England

Strykow

Lodz

Jeff Wexler

Los Angeles, CA

Sulechow

Zielona

Geoff Kaiser

Melbourne, Australia

Sulejow

Lodz

Andrzej Selerowicz

Vienna, Austria

Swierze

Lublin

Robinn Magid

Kensington, CA

yes

Szadek

Lodz

Morris Wirth

Baltimore, MD

Szczebrzeszyn

Lublin

Perry Eisman

New York, NY

yes

Szczercow

Lodz

Gilbert Hendlisz and
Fay Nissen

Brussels, Belgium and
Sydney, Australia

Szczuczyn

Bialystok

Les Amer

Los Angeles, CA

Szrensk

Warszawa

Ron Geller

Cypress, CA

Tarnogora

Lublin

Jerry Schneider

Burk, VA

Tarnow

Krakow

Howard Fink

Acton, Massachusetts, USA

yes

Terespol

Lublin

Robinn Magid

Kensington, CA

yes

Tomaszow Lubelski

Lublin

Kirsten Gradel

Nyborg, Denmark

yes

Tomaszow Mazowiecki

Lodz

Hadassah Lipsius

Kew Gardens Hills, NY

yes

Turobin

Lublin

Kirsten Gradel

Nyborg, Denmark

yes

Tuszyn

Lodz

Leah Jordan Bisel

W. Bloomfield, MI

Tykocin

Bialystok

Richard Hoffman and
Mark Halpern

Santa Clarita, CA and
Devon, PA

Tyszowce

Lublin

Kirsten Gradel

Nyborg, Denmark

yes

Uchanie

Lublin

Moshe Steinberg

Vancouver, Canada

yes

Warka

Warszawa

Nicolas Trokiner

Warszawa

Warszawa

Hadassah Lipsius

Kew Gardens Hills, NY

Warta

Poznan

Madeleine Okladek

New York, NY

yes

Wegrow

Warszawa

Susan Stone

New York, NY

yes

Widawa

Lodz

Freda Leiba

Australia

Wielun

Lodz

Marcos Frid

San Carlos, CA

yes

Wieniawa

Lublin

Robinn Magid

Kensington, CA

yes

Wierzbica

Kielce

Lowell Ackerman

Scottsdale, AZ

yes

Wilczyn

Poznan

Madeleine Okladek

New York, NY

yes

Wisznice

Lublin

Joyce Oshrin

yes

Wizna

Bialystok

Jose Gutstein

Miami, FL

yes

Wloclawek

Bydgoszcz

Rieke Nash

Lane Cove, Australia

yes

Wlodawa

Lublin

Robinn Magid

Kensington, CA

yes

Wojslawice

Lublin

Robinn Magid

Kensington, CA

yes

Wolbrom

Krakow

Judy Golan

Kfar Vradim, Israel

yes

Wysokie

Lublin

Kirsten Gradel

Nyborg, Denmark

yes

Wyszogrod

Warszawa

Zaklikow

Lublin

Robinn Magid

Kensington, CA

Zakroczym

Warszawa

Steve Rosenberg

Or Yehuda, Israel

Zamosc

Lublin

Shelley K. Pollero

yes

Zarki

Katowice

Michael Chen

Herzliya, Israel

yes

Zarnowiec

Krakow

Michael Tobias

Glasgow, Scotland

Zawichost

Kielce

David Price

Toronto, Canada

yes

Zawiercie

Katowice

Ruth Wilnai

Palo Alto, CA

yes

Zdunska Wola

Lodz

Daniel Wagner

yes

Zgierz

Lodz

Joe Ross

Bala Cynwyd, PA

yes

Zloczew

Lodz

Madeleine Okladek

New York, NY

Zolkiewka

Lublin

Kirsten Gradel

Nyborg, Denmark

yes

Zuromin

Warszawa

Catherine Youngren

Vancouver, BC

Zwolen

Kielce

David Price

Toronto, Canada

yes

Zychlin

Lodz

Sheila Salo

Cheverly, MD

yes

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: Stanley Diamond

For more information on JRI-Poland, please see the website Home Page.

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)
For further information see the website.

Wyszków Jewish Vital Records and Cemetery Monument Project

For further information on this initiative, click here.

For more information on becoming a Shtetl CO-OP leader, please contact Stanley Diamond
Surviving records less than 100 years old are held in the Civil Records Offices (Urzad Stanu Cywilnego) of each town.

For information on the 20th century records available for your town, visit the Routes to Roots Foundation website, CLICK ON THE 'SEARCH DATABASE' button (on the right side) and enter the town name. Look for the town name in the Repository/City column of the search results. There are typically links to lists of available births, marriage and death records for the town.

Note, however, the Routes to Roots Foundation database may indicate turn of the century records that have already been transferred to the appropriate branch of the Polish State Archives where they can be indexed for the JRI-Poland database.

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