Roni S. Liebowitz
Dear Lodz Area Researchers,
I am so pleased to announce that Joe Ross agreed to serve as
Town Leader for Lodz at Jewish Record Indexing-Poland as well
as a contact person for Lodz. Joe has been assuming much of
the responsibilities of Town Leader for Lodz over the past
several years. Now he will be official! As a new Archive
Coordinator, I am very grateful to be working with Joe. In
addition to his duties as Town Leader for Lodz, he wears the hat
as contact person for Szczercow, Zgierz, and just agreed to be
the contact for Lodz.
Welcome to another volunteer, Leon Weintraub of Sweden, who has
agreed to serve as the contact person for Dobra.
Leon has been working hard over the past several years to
create a Memorial for the Jews of Dobra which is near Turek.
The Municipality of Dobra expressed a desire to establish such
a monument commemorating the Jewish history in Dobra. After
long negotiations, Leon was finally able to sign an agreement
October 3, that enables the memorial to be constructed. It
will be erected on part of the site of the former Dobra
synagogue, which was destroyed by the Nazis. To learn more
about this project, contact Leon at Leonweintraub@comhem.se.
The Town Contacts for the towns in LARG can be found at:
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Lodz/LARGtown.htm We have
several "orphan" towns that need volunteers as contacts. Please
consider volunteering for this position.
Let us not forget or neglect all the LDS records that are
microfilmed for our towns. Films may be ordered at any one of
the thousands of local Family History Centers worldwide. In
addition to the complete collection at the Family History
Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, there are also locations where
large collections of FHL films are permanently available. The
Jewish Records Indexing-Poland Project with its goal to index all
the vital records for our LARG towns needs your help. We need
volunteers to index these records. If you cannot get to a
Family History Center but would be able to work at home
inputting data into an excel spreadsheet, please let me know.
You can join a Shtetl CO-OP if one exists for your town, see
http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/shtetl/status.htm, or order
the microfilms for your town of interest and work on your own. No
matter how you do it, there are many people ready to help.
If you have never done this before, there are many of us ready
and willing to help you become familiar with the process. I
recall when I first looked at the Polish indices, I thought I'd
never ever be able to decipher the letters. Now only a few
years later, I can even plow through some of the Cyrillic
records for my family, albeit sometimes checking letter by
letter. It is a great sense of accomplishment when you can look
at your ancestor's Polish marriage record and know what it
says!!! Please consider joining the team so we can
benefit >from all our efforts.
All the best,
Mrs. Roni Seibel Liebowitz
Scarsdale, New York
Lodz ShtetLinks http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Lodz/index.htm
Lodz Area Research Group (LARG)
Jewish Records Indexing- Poland, http://www.jri-Poland.org/
26th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy