Zaręby Kościelne

Jewish Records Indexing - Poland

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Your search of the JRI - Poland database has turned up vital records with SURNAMES from the town of Zaręby Kościelne, Poland (about 100 km NE of Warsaw, and 100 km SW of Bialystok). The Zaręby Kościelne Jewish vital records were indexed through the efforts of volunteers, and the generous contributions of project supporters. The result is immediate access to an index of virtually all of the town's vital records from 1808 to 1903 and readily available information from the indices to the records from 1904 to 1939!

The history of the Zaręby Kościelne indexing project

The Zaręby Kościelne initiative was made possible because of a unique set of circumstances. In the late 1990s, the Jewish Historical Institute (JHI) in Warsaw came into possession of most of the town's Jewish birth, marriage and death registers for the years 1808-1809, and 1840-1939. Most records for 19th century years not in the JHI collection are available in the microfilm collection of the LDS (Mormons).

The board of JRI - Poland decided to use this opportunity to index all the Zareby Koscielne records and provide researchers with an interest in this town with the ability to do in-depth study of the history of their families.

A major part of the work required the transliteration and data entry of the Russian language index pages for the years 1868 to 1917. This work was done by professionals in Warsaw. Most of the data entry of the Polish language index pages was handled by Judie Ostroff Goldstein of Syosset, NY with assistance of Barbara Krasner of Somerset, NJ. Judie also identified and indexed the Jewish vital records in the LDS microfilms of the Zaręby Kościelne Catholic records (1810-1825).

Fund raising for this project was led by Morris Spector of Hamden, CT. The board of Jewish Records Indexing - Poland expresses a hearty yasher koach to this dedicated group of volunteers as well as all those who contributed financially to make it all possible. The resulting index will live on as a testament to what Jewish genealogical cooperative effort can achieve.

How to obtain copies of records of interest to you.

The vital records "Location Table" indicates the sources of the Zaręby Kościelne records in your search results. Note the location and then refer to the following instructions on how to obtain copies of records from the various sources:

Latter Day Saints (Mormon) microfilms (LDS):
All of the LDS microfilms mentioned in the table may be viewed at your local LDS (Mormon) Family History Center. Photocopies of the records can be readily made.

The Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center
Microfilms of part of the Zaręby Kościelne records are also available at the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center at Beit Hatfutsot, Tel Aviv. Copies of the records may be ordered directly from the Goldman Center. Available films are noted at the end of the Location Table.

Urzad Stanu Cywilnego (Civil Records Office) of Zaręby Kościelne, Poland (USC)
1926-1931 birth registers are only available at the town's Civil Records Office. To order official extracts of these records, follow the instructions outlined in the JewishGen InfoFile PolandV. Send letters (for 1926-1931 births only) to:

				Urzad Stanu Cywilnego
				18-323 Zaręby Kościelne

Polish State Archives
Some records may be ordered from the Pultusk and Lomza branches of the Polish State Archives as noted on the inventory page.

Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw (JHI)
The collection of Zaręby Kościelne vital record registers at the JHI includes most records in the LDS collection. Other than 1836 to 1839, and the marriage records for 1860-1867, researchers have the option of ordering copies of records from these years from the JHI. [Marriage record copies for 1860 to 1867 are only available from the Polish State Archives. Refer to JewishGen InfoFile PolandV for instructions; when ordering, include the year, act (document) number and names of husband and wife.]

To order copies of records which are in the Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw, researchers should use the following sample order form as a guide. Please do not request additional help, such as translations, with your orders. Translations, if required, should be arranged for separately from other sources.

Sample Order Form (only to be sent by regular post; no e-mail orders, please.

			To:    The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute  
			       Jewish Genealogy & Family Heritage Center
			       ul. Tlomackie 3/5
			       00-090 Warsaw 
			Subject:  Photocopies of Zaręby Kościelne vital records.
			I have printed and reviewed the location table and
			have determined that the Jewish Historical Institute
			has the following records for which I would like to
			order photocopies:
			Year   Type (B, M, or D)  Act No.
			~~~~   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   ~~~~~~~~
			Mail the above copies to:  
			     (please indicate your full name and address)

Delivery Time

The Jewish Historical Institute will do its utmost to fill requests within a reasonable period of time. This may vary according to the volume of orders on hand for copies from various JRI-Poland projects, other activities of the Jewish Genealogy & Family Heritage Center at the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute or holidays and vacation schedules.


The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute does not have a set fee for photocopies. However, it is naturally expected that researchers will make freewill contributions according to their abilities. Contributions will be used solely for the preservation and cataloguing of Eastern European Jewish archives. Jewish Records Indexing - Poland urges researchers to show their appreciation for this special service.

Contributions should be made with a personal check, money order or bank draft drawn on a U.S. bank. (To eliminate bank charges, payments will be deposited in the U.S.) Contributions should be made payable to: "The Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture” and earmarked "Archives – Warsaw.” (For U.S. contributors, such donations are tax-deductible.) Please enclose your contribution with your order.

For those unable to pay by check or money order in their country, contributions can also be made by wire transfer to The Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, Account # 601153059; Citibank, 260 California St., San Francisco, CA 94111 USA -- ABA Routing #321171184. Please indicate that the funds are for "JHI Archives, Warsaw." Thank you for your help and support.


Before you send your order to the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, please verify once more that the records you have selected are actually available in the Jewish Historical Institute.

This Location Table contains details of all available Zaręby Kościelne records and their sources. (Note, it is recommended that the above page and the table be printed prior to ordering.)

For more information about the records of Zaręby Kościelne please write to

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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