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We were once 5 strangers..........
......JewishGen's Family Finder brought us together in our search for information about our families. We exchanged e-mails and letters hoping to learn more about our Nowy Zmigród roots. Discovering more questions than answers, however, we decided to pool resources and hire a Poland-based researcher to find whatever could be found about "our town" and ancestors. The results of her remarkable efforts on our behalf, coupled with the ongoing research each of us is involved in, provided the data and inspiration for the creation of this web page.
Although many records were destroyed over the course of two world wars, our researcher found some information relating to each family. She visited archives and libraries, talked with residents and officials, took many photographs, obtained printed maps of the area, drew a street map of the town and gathered historical information to give us a better picture of the times our relatives lived in and through.......and found that four of the five of us were related!!
During the next stage we searched for, and found, folks who were born in Zmigrod. We heard wonderful stories of early family life, and we transcribed these stories onto these pages. With great sadness, we learned of the fate of the Jews still living in Nowy Zmigród in July, 1942. The murder of 1250 men, women and children by the Nazis touched every family. The development of this web page is our loving tribute to their memory and a legacy for future generations.
If you are visiting our page because your family came from Nowy Zmigród (latitude 49° 37´ longitude 21° 32´) or one of the surrounding communities remember that often marriages were arranged between families from neighboring towns, so you may well find information on your surnames where you least expect it. Click on JewishGen web pages expressly devoted to the Krosno Area (krosno is 12 miles ENE of Zmigrod), with stories and photographs from Dukla (8 miles ENE), Korczyna (14 miles ENE), Yaslo (10 miles NNW), Jasienica, Brzozow and Rymanow (15 miles E), Dukla, Frysztak, Strzyzow, and Bukowsko. Other nearby towns: Biecz-15 miles WNW, Jedlicze-9 miles NE, Krempna-7 miles S, Osiek Jasielski-3 miles WNW.
Please feel free to contact any or all of us if you have any questions or information to add.
Just like our research, this is an evolving project! The photograph on the right shows our
reunion with Zmigrod cousins Fred (& Therese) Van Vliet, Max Findling, Phyllis Kramer, Maralyn Steeg,
and Max's two sons.
Phyllis Kramer, New York City & Florida web page creator
Debbie Raff, Calif., spiritual guide
Maralyn Steeg, Westchester, editor
Bill Leibner, Jerusalem major contributor
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