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Jewish Records Indexing - Poland

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JRI - Poland Bialystok Shtetl CO-OP Project

The Bialystok Shtetl CO-OP Project has two objectives. The first is to translate the eleven microfilms of Bialystok vital records available at the LDS (Mormon) Family History Centers. The second is to create an index of vital records held at the Bialystok Branch of the Polish State Archives, which have not been microfilmed.

The eleven LDS microfilms have been fully translated by volunteers and the JRI-Poland team in Poland. These documents, originally written in old Russian (Cyrillic), have been translated by Yehezkel Aran, a volunteer at the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center at Beth Hatefutsoth in Tel Aviv, Max Polonovski of Paris, Yuri Shcherbina in Los Angeles and Bonnie Phelps in Boston. Bialystok Shtetl CO-OP volunteers Mark Halpern, Daphne Balick, Shirley Bartash, Batya Olsen, and Sidney Zabludoff entered most of this data into spreadsheet format for the Jewish Records Indexing – Poland database.

 Translated records include:

 LDS Film # 747,735 (film completed):

 1835 Birth, Marriage, Death
 1839 Birth (partial)
 1846 Birth, Marriage, Death
 1848 Birth
 1852 Death
 1854 Marriage, Death
 1855 Birth, Death
 1856 Birth, Marriage, Death
 1857 Birth, Marriage, Death
 1858 Birth, Marriage, Death
 1859 Birth, Marriage, Death
 1860 Birth, Marriage, Death
 LDS Film # 747,736 (film completed):
 1861 Birth, Marriage, Death
 1862 Birth, Marriage, Death
 1863 Birth, Marriage, Death
 LDS Film # 747,737 (film completed):
 1864 Birth, Marriage, Death
 1865 Birth, Marriage, Death

 LDS Film # 1,191,933 (film completed):

 1866 Birth, Marriage

 LDS Film # 1,191,934 (film completed):

 1866 Marriage, Death
 1867 Marriage, Death
 1868 Marriage, Death
 1869 Birth, Marriage, Death
 1870 Marriage

 LDS Film # 1,191,935 (film completed):

 1870 Death
 1871 Birth, Marriage, Death
 1872 Birth, Marriage, Death

 LDS Film # 1,191,936 (partially completed):

 1873 Marriage, Death
 1874 Birth, Marriage, Death
 1875 Birth, Marriage, Death
 1876 Marriage, Death
 1877 Birth, Marriage, Death
 1878 Birth

 LDS Film #1,191,937 (film completed)
 1878 Birth, Marriage

 LDS Film #1,191,364 (partially completed):

 1879 Birth, Marriage, Death, Divorce
 1880 Birth, Marriage, Death, Divorce

 LDS Film #1,618,509 (partially completed):

 1881 Birth, Marriage, Death, Divorce
 1882 Birth, Marriage

 LDS Film # 1,618,510 (partially completed):

 1882 Birth, Divorce
 1883 Birth, Marriage
 1884 Birth, Marriage, Death, Divorce
 1885 Marriage, Death, Divorce
 1886 Birth, Marriage, Death, Divorce

 Records located at the Bialystok branch
 of the Polish State Archives (completed):

 1888 through 1899 Birth
 1887 through 1899 Marriage
 1888 through 1890, 1892 through 1894, 1897 through 1899 Death

The Microfilmed (LDS) Records (1835 – 1886)

The searchable Bialystok data is more comprehensive than that of some towns in the JRI-Poland database. Unlike most Jewish vital records of greater Poland, which are in the Napoleanic narrative format and are generally indexed, there are no similar index pages for Bialystok records. Translations from old Cyrillic and Hebrew have to be made from the microfilms themselves. This has required hundreds of hours at microfilm readers for our volunteers, for which all Bialystok researchers owe a debt of gratitude.

Some translators were able to include nearly all of the information recorded in the vital record registers, instead of creating an index only. Since these records are written in both Russian and Hebrew, the ability to read both languages was extremely helpful. Mr. Aran, the volunteer at the Douglas E. Goldman Genealogy Center in Tel Aviv, created a hand-written spreadsheet on which he entered all the information. The Hebrew names were used to help to accurately translate the Russian names. (Microfilms 747,735 for 1860; microfilms 747,736 and 747,737 for 1861 through 1865).

Mr. Polonovsky, the volunteer translator in Paris, was also able to use the Hebrew names to check against the Russian. (Microfilm 747,735 for various years from 1835 to 1859). The Hebrew was particularly useful for entries for women’s death records, as it made it possible to determine if the patronymic applied to the father or the husband of the deceased.

The records for 1866 through 1886 (all available records) are indices only. Consult the microfilms at the LDS Family History Centers to obtain the full information for these records.

Individuals from other towns surrounding Bialystok appear in these records. The towns noted most frequently are: Bielsk, Bodky, Grodek, Goniondz, Gorodok, Khoreshtz, Krinki, Knyshin, Luna, Orly, Sololka, Sukhovola, Suraz, Tykocin, Tzekhenovitz, Volkovisk, Yanova (Janow Sokolski), Zabludov.


The Bialystok Archive Records (1887 – 1898)

In 1997, JRI-Poland has entered into a milestone agreement with the Polish State Archives (PSA) to index their holdings of Jewish vital records that were not microfilmed by the Mormons (LDS). The Bialystok Shtetl CO-OP has raised sufficient funds for the creation of an index of the vital records held at the Bialystok Archive, a branch of the Polish State Archives. These birth, marriage and death records encompass the years 1887 through 1899.

The birth, marriage and death record indices have been completed by the staff at the Bialystok Archive, working directly for JRI-Poland. The birth index includes more than 13,000 entries. Patronymics of father’s names and, in many cases, of grandfather’s names are included in this index. There are 5566 marriage records and 6206 death records in these indices. Researchers are able to order copies of the full documents from the Polish State Archives using the order form linked to the search results..

How You Can Help

Your help is needed to fund the translation of vital records at the Bialystok Archive, as they become available each year, according to Poland's 100-year privacy policy. The records for 1900 are being indexed this year. By contributing to this effort, you will help to ensure that these records will be accessible to future generations. Bialystok Indexing Contributions can be made to JRI-Poland with a note that your tax-deductible donation is to be used for the "Bialystok Shtetl CO-OP Indexing Project."

Please contact Sonia Hoffman, Coordinator for the JRI-Poland Bialystok Shtetl CO-OP Indexing Project, for further information or to offer your services as a volunteer. Contact Mark Halpern for further information regarding data being indexed for other shtetls as part of the JRI-Poland Bialystok Archives Project.

Watch for announcements of new data as it is completed !

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Last Updated: January 9, 2002