Records from Suchowola and Sidra, Poland (formerly in Grodno, Russia) #poland


Looking for any records available for the towns of Suchowola and Sidra near Bialystok in Poland.

Jill Whitehead

Suchowola is right on the borders with the Suwalki Lomza gubernias, so may be records there. See JRI Poland for any shtetel in this area.

Mark Halpern

Dear Damon and other researchers interested in Suchowola and Sidra:

I am the JRI-Poland coordinator for the Bialystok area. I also have deep roots in Bialystok and other nearby towns now in Poland, but in Grodno Gubernia up to 1918/1919. 

Unfortunately the Jewish vital records for both Suchowola and Sidra have not survived. In addition, if you search Miriam Weiner's Routes to Roots Foundation Archival Inventory, you will not find many other records of interest. 

However, for those with ancestry from Suchowola, Sidra, Bialystok or 24 other towns previously in Grodno Gubernia and now in Poland, JRI-Poland is your genealogical partner in two respects.

1) When people associated with JRI-Poland travel to this area, we delve deeply into those towns and find local resources that may be of value. For example, JRI-Poland has been provided with copies of school records from Sidra covering years in the 1920s and 1930s. In 2018, I visited Sidra with a group of people and we met a school principal who has an original register from 1936/37 of members of the Sidra Fire Brigade which included many Jews. In 2018, I also visited Suchowola and met the headmaster of the public school complex, who serves as the unofficial historian of the town.

2) JRI-Poland has embarked on a project to extract all Jewish records held at the Belarus Historical Archive in Grodno for the 27 or so towns now in Poland, but formerly in Grodno Gubernia. These are revision lists and associated list of Jews covering the period of 1816 through to about 1890. For Sidra, the inventory of the Grodno project includes about 100 records mostly from 1834 and 1850. For Suchowola, the inventory includes about 600 records covering years from 1834 to 1861 and also 1889. I want to impress on you and all researchers that the Archive in Grodno does NOT hold any Jewish VITAL records. 

The other towns now in Poland with records/lists in the Grodno Archive are Bialystok, Bielsk Podlaski, Bocki, Bransk, Choroszcz. Ciechanowiec, Dabrowa Bialostokca, Drohiczyn, Goniadz, Grodek, Janow Sokolski, Jasionowka, Knyszyn, Korycin, Krynki, Kuznica, Niemirow, Nowy Dwor, Orla, Siemiatycze, Sokolka, Suraz, Trzcianne, Wasilkow, and Zabludow. 

Assuming that people in Belarus will be fully mobile after the pandemic is under control, this project will be moving ahead in about 3 months. If you have an interest in these towns and this project, please let me know. We are raising funds to pay for the indexing that will be authorized in the near future. 

This response is for Damon as well as other researchers of towns in the Bialystok area. When you are researching in this area, the first place to look is JRI-Poland. Contact me for more information. Also contact me if you would like to volunteer to be a Grodno Project Town Leader for those town referenced in this posting. 

Please stay safe during this difficult period. 

Mark Halpern
JRI-Poland Bialystok Area Coordinator
Conshohocken, PA, USA

On 2020-03-23 9:25 pm, damon@... wrote:

Looking for any records available for the towns of Suchowola and Sidra near Bialystok in Poland.