Suzan Wynne <srwynne@...>
Alex Sharon says that there is only one Zubow, but, according to
an Austrian-government document in 1877, there were two. In
1877, along with the regulations governing the 1875 law which
authorized the Judische Kultus Gemeinde (i.e., kehilla) to register
vital events, the government published a list of all of the
Gemeinde districts. Within each district, there was a breakdown
of subdistricts and the towns, villages and dorfs within each
district and subdistrict.
A now deceased member of the Jewish Genealogy Society of
Greater Washington and a passionate Galitzianer, found the
regulations and the district/town list in a small, crumbling
volume at the Library of Congress in the Legal Division. It was
too fragile to photocopy and, so, the Library of Congress
microfilmed it and gave me a copy. The Mormons added this
film to their collection. But, in that form, it was tortuous to
use. The typescript was, of course, in Old German, there was
no index, and the lists of towns were not always in alphabetical
order. When I purchased my first computer, I loaded it with
primitive database software and proceeded to create a database.
When I published my first book through Avotaynu, Gary Mokotoff
put the database into his mainframe computer and added it to
My current book also includes the list. At a glance, one can easily
find the town and its main and subdistrict. Why is this important?
Because birth, marriage and death records were collected and
maintained by the Jewish registrar in the subdistrict. With minor
changes in the 20th century, this was the method for keeping
records even under Poland after WWI. In a number of instances,
there were multiple towns of the same name.
And this is how I know that there were two towns named Zubow.