A Jewishgen search of my paternal ancestral family name also brings me to JRI Poland and the following list of BMD at Lubartów, Lublin Gubernia,(records in Fond 1752 Lublin Archive), located at 51°28’ 22°38’ (Polish ZAJONC is pronounced ZIONTS):-
What made me pick out this town's list is because Baruch Leib
was the name of my great-great-grandfather as this appears on
the gravestone of my great-grandfather Mordechai (Marks) ZIANTS.
My paternal grandfather, Moshe (Morris) was born in Narewka, and
always identified himself as a Bialystoker, but I have been told
by other family members that his mother's family were from
Bielsk. I see from the map, that Lubartow is also in this
general region. My grandfather just had sisters and from the
descendants of Mordechai at least, I am now the oldest living
person carrying the ZIANTS name within this small immediate
The name on the list, though, cannot be my
great-great-grandfather because Mordechai, his son, was born in
the 1860s (exact date not certain due to discrepancies of age in
different documents, etc.), and the name on the list was born in
a substantially later generation. I am very curious to find
hints that these, or some of these might be cousins.
Although I am not in a position to be able to do DNA testing (these are not available in Israel where I live and in any case at this time I cannot afford the expense), I would be very happy to try and reach out to anyone who feels that they might be descended from the people on that list, or anyone else of Jewish descent that carries my family name.
Is any one able to tell me the root of the first names of the
marrying couple Gerszek and Szandla Zlata? I initially thought
that maybe Gerszek was Gershon, but the different family name
seems to indicate that this is the female. I would not be
surprised if many of the others on the list are their children,
but this is probably something we will never know due to the
One of the issues that held me back in examining myself as a ZIANTS in my earlier family research was because of a buber-maaser ("grandma's tale") in the most literal sense, and this can be seen in some of the postings I made on this forum from two or three decades ago. My grandmother told me, concerning my grandfather's father, that his family name was originally ZENETSKY and was changed to ZIANTS. It turned out that his mother's family name was ZENETSKY and was changed to ZIANTS when she married Mordechai - as many wives change their name when marrying :-) . Moreover there really was a paternal family name change in that generation, from ZENETSKY to SCHLOSBERG of my great-grandmother's brothers (they did this in Hamburg on route to England and America) - which I do not remember my grandparents telling me and I only found out, after they had left this world, from a third cousin.