Bialystok Area Data Added to the JRI-Poland Online Database #announcements #poland #records

Mark Halpern

On behalf of all the great volunteers that make JRI-Poland so successful in serving the needs of Polish Jewish Genealogists, I am proud to announce some sweet Passover gifts for those researching families in Ciechanowiec, Jasionowka, Knyszyn and Trzcianne as follows:

Ciechanowiec: Marriage Annexes /Alegata for 1934 and 1936. These are from LDS Film #1186445.

Jasionowka: Births 1870-72,74-76,79-80,82-84,86,90-1914; Marriages 1870-72,74-77,79-80,82-85,87-88,90,92,94-95,98-1909,11-14; Deaths 1870-72,74-76,79-80,82,89-90,99,1902,05-14; and Divorces 1870-72,74-76,79-82,85,1906,10.
These records are the only surviving Jasionowka Jewish vital records. Each record is linked to an image of the actual record. All records are in Cyrillic Russian script in columnar format. The Bialystok Branch of the Polish State Archive was kind enough to allow the JRI-Poland Warsaw based team to digitize these records.


1) Knyszyn Vital Records: Marriages 1881,82,84,88,89,94,97,99,1900,07-09,13,14; Deaths 1877-81,83-85,88,91-93,95-97,1900,01,06-14; Divorces 1882,83,85,88,1912.
These records are the only surviving Knyszyn Jewish vital records. Each record is linked to an image of the actual record. All records are in Cyrillic Russian script in columnar format. The Knyszyn USC (civil records office) was kind enough to allow the JRI-Poland Warsaw based team to digitize these records. All of these records are outside of the privacy protected period.

Please note that most of the marriage records tell us the amount of the dowry that the Bride’s family brought to the marriage.

2) Census of Jewish Residents of Knyszyn conducted in February 1929. This census lists 1,249 residents in 268 family groups.
JRI-Poland would like to thank Sam Solasz Z”L and his family for donating this Census to JRI-Poland. Sam was born in Knyszyn in 1928. He was the only survivor of his family having endured the Bialystok Ghetto and escaped from a transport on its way to Treblinka. After the end of the War, Sam returned to Knyszyn where the Mayor presented him with this document. Sam left Knyszyn and landed in Palestine where he was a member of the Israeli Defense Forces in the 1948 War of Independence. Sam later immigrated to New York City where he started a successful wholesale meat business. Sam was the long time President of The Bialystoker Center in New York and a donor of significance to the Bialystok Landsmanschaft in Israel and to Jewish memory projects in Bialystok. In 2018, Sam was honored by the City of Bialystok at the 75thanniversary of the Bialystok Ghetto Uprising. Sam, as a teenager, smuggled arms into the Ghetto that were later used in the second largest Jewish Ghetto uprising.

3) A list prepared by the town of Knyszyn in 1944 of property damage during World War II listing all the properties. For example, the Synagogue on Ulica Szkolna, worth 62,700 zloty, was completely destroyed, the brick Cheder was 80% destroyed, and the brick Mikvah was 50% destroyed. The Catholic Church on Ulica Koscielna worth 330,500 zloty was 50% destroyed. This database contains the following columns: parcel number, street location, owners surname and given names, type of buildings on the property and their value, percent destruction, and value of the damage. The database does not tell us the fate of the property owner or his/her family.
JRI-Poland would like to thank Lucy Lisowska, the Bialystok area representative of the Jewish Community of Warsaw, for sharing this database with us.

Trzcianne: Births 1871,72,75,80,83,85,86,88-94; Marriages 1871,72; Deaths 1871,72; Divorces 1898,1900,02,07,09,12,13.
These record indices are extensions of existing indices that now provide date of birth, marriage, and death, both parents’ names, and, for births, the names of parents’ father.

I would like to thank all the generous donors to the Knyszyn and Jasionowka indexing project. You know who you are. I would also like to thank Denise Fletcher from Australia, Tanya Labizon from Germany, and Max Wald from Australia for their volunteer work on this data. And thanks to Hadassah Lipsius and Michael Tobias for ensuring that this data is processed for presentation to you in the JRI-Poland online database.

Search the complete JRI-Poland database at The URL has changed, but the data has not. We continue to add data to this "Legacy" database. The NextGen database reached at has limited data used for testing. Please do test this database and provide feedback.

Mark Halpern
JRI-Poland Bialystok Area Coordinator