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This site is created as a way to further research and publication of materials on the history of Lyakhovichi.If you have been aided in your research and wish to contribute materials and resources to further our knowledge, contact Gary Palgon and ask how you can help.

This site is hosted at no cost by JewishGen, Inc., the Home of Jewish Genealogy. If you have been aided in your research by this site and wish to further our mission of preserving our history for future generations, your JewishGen-erosity is greatly appreciated.

Welcome to the Lyakhovichi Shtetl Website

Bazarskaya - the main Market Street in Lyakhovichi
This is Lyakhovichi's main street and can be marked by Lyakhovichi's geographical coordinates at Latitude 53º02' Longitude: 26º16'. This website is devoted to the study of the Lyakhovichi that is today close to the city of Baranovichi, that is in the Brest district, of modern Belarus.

June 2010 on the Lyakhovichi update

This update was promised repeatedly by the Webmaster to the Lyakhovichi SIG. It is a volunteer effort happening around a full time job and other responsibilities, but nevertheless I apologize for the delays.
As of June 2010, I believe all broken links on 250 pages are repaired.
You can now more successfully use the Google full search site capability to look for all Surnames, Given Names, and places cited anywhere on our pages.
The Surname Index which has around 2000 to 3000 names on each of its pages is being uploaded.
All pages except the surname index will be accessible on June 27.
Because each of the 30,000 names are a separate link,that needs to be checked when live, the surname index's upload may proceed slowly (2 or 3 days) but it will be continuous.

1932 class, Melnik School, "Lachowicze, Poland"
Szulama Pinczuk is the little girl to the right of teacher Mr. Promeranietz.
Thanks to Sheron Stone whose sharing of this picture epitomizes what can be learned from our community-wide knowledge base.
And help Sheron learn more about Szulama's classmates and the teachers. Szulama Pinczuk arrived in the United States in 1939, perhaps others escaped the Nazis as well.

Using The Lyakhovichi Shtetl site HomePage

Use the links on the left hand side of the page to navigate to any page on this website. But make your first stops at New on the Lyakhovichi Shtetl Website and Current Projects of the Lyakhovichi Shtetl Website

The Lyakhovichi Research Group has again deepened the resources of those researching the Jews of Belarus.

There are over 5,200 Jewish residents of Lyakhovichi specified in two valuable documents, being made newly available to researchers. These new resources also cite Jewish property holders in communities around the Russian Empire who are the landlords of Lechovichers. They also document a number of other landlords with Lechovicher Jewish residents on their properties - and those property holders from Russian nobles, to peasants, to religious orders, are cited as well.
Supplements to Revision Lists 1858-1884
1874 List of Jewish Males of Lyakovichi, Residing in the Russian Empire

Both of these sources are still being brought to publication by supporters of the Lyakhovichi Resource Group. Contact Gary Palgon to learn how you can contribute and view this information now. See the letter from Gary Palgon and a brief note from Dr. Neville Lamdan introducing these documents and explaining their value, in the column below. Both of these resources also have new pages dedicated just to them on our website at The Revision List Supplements of 1858-1884 and The 1874 List of Jewish Males of Lyakhovichi

Each surname has been included in our Surname Index that begins at our newly updated Surname Index You can also see three specific indices for these lists

Surnames from the 1858-1884 Supplementary Revision Lists

Surnames from 1874 List of Jewish Males of Lyakhvichi

400+ Place Names in the 1874 List of Jewish Males in Lyakhovichi
reformatted July 2009 for easier usability

The 1874 List of Jewish Males in Lyakhovichi

An Important Announcement to those Researching Belarus-Jewish Genealogy
from Gary Palgon
March 2009

We are excited to announce the translation and databasing of the 1874 "List of Jewish Males" for the shtetl of Lyakhovichi (Lachowicze, Lechovich, Lechowitz) in the former Minsk Gubernia. The list records 3,058 individuals registered in Lyakhovichi and its surrounding villages, residing in 906 separate households, having over 350 different surnames between them.

Grouped by family units, each entry contains the individual's surname, given name, relationship to the head of the household, his age both as shown in his papers and by his appearance, the date of the last revision (census) he was included in, his place of registration, address and landlord. When an individual was out of town, the List gives an indication of where he has moved to (when known). Prepared primarily for recruitment and taxation purposes, the List is a goldmine for genealogical information for researchers interested not only in Lyakhovichi but also in nearby towns, such as Nesvizh, Kletsk, Novo Myzh and Baranovichi.

Details of the surnames on the List are to be found below. The List will eventually be posted on the Lyakhovichi Website but if you are interested in having an early sight of it or acquiring it, please contact me, at

Gary Palgon
Atlanta, GA
March 2009

The list of 364 Surnames of Jews in the 1874 List of Jewish Males originally included below is now at Surname List of 1874 List of Jewish Males

Revision Lists
Revision List- type files

Archival resources for the the Jews in Lyakhovichi and environs – a brief note from Dr. Neville Lamdan
November 2009

The Lyakhovichi SIG continues to implement its plan to translate and database all available Revision (Census) and Revision-type files for Lyachovichi and its environs during the 19th Century, when the town was part of the Russian Empire and, for administrative purposes, located within the Slutsk Uyezd (District or County) of the Minsk Gubernya (Governate or Province).

Thus far, we have posted the Russian Revisions for the years 1816/19, 1834, and 1850-51. We have also posted an earlier Polish-Lithuanian Tax List from 1784.

We are now pleased to augment our collection with:

1.     Relevant extracts from “Supplementary Revision Lists” for years between 1859 and 1884, amounting to a total of 2,258 individual entries.

2.      The voluminous 1874 “List of Jewish Males” registered in the town of Lyachovichi, comprising 3,058 entries for men and boys.

Russian Revisions – Brief Background

Following the 3rd Partition of Poland in 1795, the Russian authorities had a clear need to make a record of the large numbers of Jews who, for the first time in Russia’s history, had come under their jurisdiction. To that end, they conducted so-called “Revisions” of the Jewish population in 1795, 1811, 1816/19, 1834, 1850-51 and 1858. These Revisions, scarcely censuses in the modern sense, attempted to enumerate the Jews in Lyakhovichi and its dependant villages by household and included everyone living in a given household, men, women and children, whether related or not.

Jews who had been overlooked in a previous Revision, or Jews newly arrived in town who were required to register with the authorities, were recorded in “Supplementary Revision Lists”. These were compiled on an ongoing basis between full-fledged Revisions and transmitted to the authorities in Minsk, the provincial capital, on a periodic basis.

In 1874, the system was changed and comprehensive “Lists of Jewish Males” were compiled for the larger towns in the Minsk Gubernya, specifically for tax and military recruitment purposes. By definition, females were not included in these lists. However, the system of Supplementary Revision Lists, to register “overlooked” or newly-arrived Jews, continued for some years after 1874.

Russia held its first “modern” National Census, based on Western models in 1897. Unfortunately, by far the largest part of that Census has been lost, including the section for Lyakhovichi. Only the summary numbers for the populations living towns, cities and provinces throughout Russia have been published.

Dr. Neville Lamdan
November 2009

The list of 374 Surnames from the 1858-1884 Supplements are at Surnames from the 1858-1884 Supplementary Revision Lists
The list of 364 Surnames of Jews in the 1874 List of Jewish Males originally included below is now at Surname List of 1874 List of Jewish Males

Important Notes about This Page

ALL SURNAME INDEX updated August 2012

Find any name on this page by hitting "control F" on your keyboard and typing in the name.

Find any name anywhere on this website by going to the Google search bar and typing the name immediately before this phrase
from the word "site" to the slash after lyakhovichi (just cut and paste it into your browser)
Here is the results page for that search. Sample Results PageTip - Use less of the name if it has variant spellings. "Gold" rather than Goldin, Golden; "Piln" rather than Pilnik, Pilnick. You may also have to search multiple times. In the search page results above only Olcha was used, not Olkha, Olha, or Olekh.

All links on this page were validated June 2010

You are looking at the simplified, easier-to-navigate Home page of the Lyakhovichi shtetl website, for the town of Lyakhovichy in Belarus located at latitude 53º02' Longitude: 26º16' (in Brest oblast near the city of Baranovichy). The Key Pages in the left-hand column are an easier-to-use interface that can take you from any page on the site to any other. Almost 4,000 people viewed the site in the four month period between July 2, 2008 and November 28, 2008! Double that number viewed it between November 2008 and November 2009,

This is the website for the town of Lyakhovichi (most recently called Lyakhavichy, Belarus) and in the past called by a number of synonyms including Lechowitz, Lechovich, Lachowicze, et al. For a fuller list of alternate names go to our page on the History of this Website. Since many places share this name and its alternate names it is important to note that this is the Lyakhovichi currently close to the city of Baranovichi, in the oblast of Brest, in Belarus. It's geographical coordinates are at Latitude 53º02' Longitude: 26º16'.

Begin with the set of people-finding tools to help you find people named on every page on our site in text and images. The Welcome pages start you at the Home Page and move you through a series of pages including What's New on our site and Projects in progress. Each subsequent heading will take you to the hundreds of pages of documents and the scores of articles written specially for these pages. The purpose of every page on this site is to create an environment in which you feel welcome to participate in the documentation of the history of Lyakhovichi's Jews. We need your photos, documents, and family stories. We need the questions that spur us to new discoveries and the observations you have made in your own searching. You can write to us, by clicking Contact . Gary Palgon has agreed to be our single point of contact, and he will answer and/or forward your queries to Deborah Glassman and Dr. Lamdan. Please write Lyakhovichi in the subject area of any email you send him.

The article on finding photographs across our pages and looking at the 1910 Funeral of a Lechovicher Zionist for the potential resources it offered in photo identification, has been moved to our page Photograph, Image, and Map, Index to the Lyakhovichi Shtetl website