Do you have ancestors >from Belchatow or the surrounding areas? Belchatow
(5122/1923) is located only 27 miles south of Lodz and 13 miles west of
Piotrkow Trybunalski. If you have or will be using the Jewish Records
Indexing - Poland database to do research into your family names, we need your
The Belchatow Shtetl CO-OP volunteers have begun transcribing the family names
and dates of birth, marriage and death indices of the Belchatow records held
by the Family History Center in Salt Lake City. The results of our time and
effort engaging in this project will be made available to all researchers via
the Jewish Records Indexing - Poland website on JewishGen.
To date, we've ordered most of the the Polish language films (1809-1867),
placed them on permanent loan to be able to check the records themselves when
the indices are illegible, copied the indices, made xeroxed back-up copies,
enhanced some pages by further enlarging and adjusting the lighting on those
copies for easier readability, and mailed packets to volunteers. When we
first started this, many of you expressed interest in the records of
Belchatow but were unable to volunteer to help index these records. Some of
you offered to contribute cash to help us cover the many costs related to the
project. Now we really need your help and the help of all of you with
interests in that area. With your help we can ensure that all of us,
descendents and researchers of Belchatow alike, can support and benefit from
this project. Your donation will help pay for the rental and photocopying of
a roll of microfilm and will cover some of the mailing charges.
Contributiong is now easier than ever. A contribution to "Jewish Records
Indexing-Poland is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization and therefore is tax-
deductible in the U.S. You can donate at the JRI-Poland website
<<http:www.jewishgen.org/JRI-PL/visa.htm >> using VISA or you can mail your
contribution to Jewish Records Indexing, Inc. The address is at the website.
Please be sure to indicate that the donation is earmarked for the Belchatow
Shtetl CO-OP Initiative.
We volunteers are eager to get the results to you as soon as possible. We
need your help.
Roni Seibel Liebowitz
Belchatow Shtetl CO-OP Coordinator