Location of Lenchyza Poland Russia? #poland


Dave Smith
 

Hi All
My best wishes to you. The 1921 English census has just been released and using this I have found the record for my ancestors Hyman & Rachel (nee Simon) Cohen when they were living in the UK. Their entry clearly lists their birthplaces (for 1866/5) as "Lenchyza Poland Russia". I was very excited since I have not found their precise place of birth given on any of the other documents (US or UK) which relate to them. I have searched the JewishGen databases and some World Atlases etc for this town, allowing for possible handwriting variations (Senchyza, Serchyza, Lerchyza, etc) without any success although I think the entry (snip jpg attached) is fairly clear. I suspect that it is a hamlet or very small village that may have disappeared soon after they emigrated to the US in the 1880s. Has anyone come across this before or suggest other places to search, please? Thanks for any help!
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Rodney Eisfelder
 

Dave,
Using the JewishGen town finder for "Lenchyza", but using "Sounds like" instead of the default search method "Phonetically Like" returns one possibility that you should consider: Łęczyca, Poland
This town has over 130 entries in the JewishGen family finder, so you should have no shortage of fellow researchers to consult.
The bad news is that JRI-Poland does not seem to have much anything from this town.

I hope this helps,
Rodney Eisfelder
Melbourne, Australia


Dave Smith
 

Hi Rodney

Thanks for the info. I have had a number of similar replies some with extra information. Although it at first appears that all records from this settlement have been lost, Robin Dryen told me by private email that "there are some surviving records from Leczyca - but they are not easy to access. Some are in Lodz in the State Archives branch there, and some are in Leczyca in the local branch of the Plock archives.
Lodz was a big manufacturing town and many Jews moved there from smaller surrounding towns and villages - if your family was among them, the digitised records of Lodz town registration can be a goldmine of information." 

I am replying to you on the group to share this information in case any others are interested in this settlement and so might find this helpful, too.
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Dave Smith (01892 835974 / 07896 310693)
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Michael Tobias
 

I am not sure where Robin Dryen found that information but according to the Polish State Archives website there are NO known surviving Jewish vital records for the town. The records being referred to are NON-JEWISH.

Regards

Michael Tobias
Glasgow, Scotland


Yossi Jalas
 

As far as I know, the only Jewish Records that still exist from Leczyca are from 1817, 1818 and 1824 and are at the Lodz archive, fond #1558. If anyone knows of more extant Jewish records from that town, please do let us know the precise location and fond number.

The good news is that there are very good Books of Residents for this town starting from 1865. These books are not available online yet so in order to search them you would have to reach out to the Plock archive, here: leczyca@...

Yossi Jalas
USA