Finding info on great grandparents Bayarsky in Belarus (Grodno? Minsk?) #belarus

Karen Heller Key

I am trying to find records regarding the deaths of my grandparents, Avram Elia Bayarsky and Nechama Shapiro Bayarsky and their children and grandchildren who lived in a small village called something like Szewoholodwicz - I’ve been told it was in the Minsk gubernia near Slutsk, though I also have reason to believe it was near Grodno. We were told that the family was taken out and shot in the woods near their farm - a neighbor wrote my grandmother after the war. We don’t have the letter, unfortunately. My grandmotther and four siblings came to the US between 1910 and 1920, but apparently many siblings and their parents remained in Belarus / Russia (depending on the report). I’ve found out a great deal about my great grandmother’s family, the Shapiros, but nothing about my great grandfather’s, though I have a photo of him. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Karen Heller Key
Washington, DC


Hi Karen
I managed to track my family down to Lida which is a town near Grodno in Belarus. My great grandfather Avram Avigderov Boyarsky from Lida married Frume Girshonova Rosenberg there in 1897. My grandfather Harry travelled to Pittsburg, via London where he was in 1911. He spent most of his life in Montreal. Sometimes Harry's papers name him Boyarsky sometimes Boyarsky.

best wishes

Nicholas Boyarsky

Gerald and Margaret

I suggest you contact "The together Plan", a charity based in London UK and Belarus, which helps local Jews learn to be able to earn money.  They have the huge advantage of being fluent in the relevant languages and have full knowledge of the local bureaucracy. !

Good luck,  

Margaret Levin London UK

Carl Kaplan

I also had good luck with the Together Plan.
Carl Kaplan

KAPLAN Minsk, Belarus
EDELSON, EDINBURG Kovno, Lithuania


Hi Nicholas,

My great-grandfather, Yankel Itskovich Boyarskiy, was from Lida. He got married in 1890 in Kiev. I don't have any additional information about his Lida family. I understand it's a common last name, but did someone like him happen to pop up in your research?


Mikhailina Karina


We are asked about the BAYARSKY family from Lida. There are many resources for Jewish research in Lida and nearby towns.

The JewishGen Belarus Database (which includes vital records for Lida town) and the LitvakSIG All Lithuania Database at which includes census-type records.

The LitvakSIG Lida District Research Group has a password-protected site with dozens of files of translated records for Lida and nearby towns...with many BOYARSKY listings! (You can write me privately for more info).

The Kehillalink page for Lida at

The Facebook Group for Jewish Lida District in Vilna Gubernia.


Judy Baston, Coordinator,
Lida District Research Groups for
LitvakSIG and JewishGen Belarus Research Division