NEW PROJECT: TRANSLATION OF "PINKOS BIALYSTOK"
the definitive history of the Jewish Community of Bialystok
by Abram Shmul Hershberg
A JEWISHGEN YIZKOR BOOK PROJECT
NEW PROJECT: TRANSLATION OF YIDDISH BOOK "STATISTICS OF THE MOVEMENT OF THE JEWISH POPULATION IN BIALYSTOK 1909-1918"
Bialystok Region Jewish Genealogy Group
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Bialystok Great Synagogue - burned to ground by Nazis on June 27, 1941
We welcome you to and thank you for your interest in the BIALYGen, the Bialystok Region Jewish Genealogy Group.
The primary function of BIALYGen is to facilitate cooperation and discussion amongst Jewish researchers interested in the Białystok region of Poland. This includes the city of Białystok and nearby towns and villages currently in Poland that were formerly in Grodno Gubernia when these towns were under Russian rule.
BIALYGen was formed on July 23, 2003, when 40 researchers met at The 23rd International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Washington, DC, USA and committed to the following objectives:
To this end, the goal of this website is to share information and data amongst Jewish genealogists interested in the Bialystok region and to provide the most up-to-date inventory of information about our ancestors lives and the Jewish history of the region where they lived from the 16th Century.
This website starts with the basic information:
How to contact BIALYGen
How to participate
Finding out What's New?
Exchanging ideas via our Discussion Forum
Finding your town or village, the town coordinator for you town, and the type of information available for your town
Finding links to other useful websites
And then provides more details on available resources and those provided by our members under the following categories:
Archival Records -- Records available for BIALYGen towns in Archives worldwide
Articles & Features -- Contributed articles about life in and the history of the BIALYGen region
Cemeteries -- Information and photos for Cemeteries in the BIALYGen region and Landsmanschaft plots in countries to which our ancestors immigrated
Databases -- BIALYGen and external databases of interest to researchers
Holocaust -- Information and links to information about the Holocaust in the BIALYGen region
Maps -- Maps and links to maps of the BIALYGen region
Photo Album -- Contributed photos of family, towns, events, and travel in the BIALYGen region
Publications -- Bibliography of books and other publications, including short synopsis where available
Research Projects -- BIALYGen sponsored research projects
Translation Projects -- BIALYGen sponsored translation projects
Yizkor Books -- Information and links to information about Yizkor Books for BIALYGen towns
The specific goals of BIALYGen as determined on July 23, 2003 are:
Our effort to bring together all the available information for the Bialystok region depends first on the substantial efforts of others who have worked diligently to find, catalogue, translate, and place on the web the historic evidence for the BIALYGen region. This includes JRI-Poland, JewishGen, Belarus SIG, Ada Holtzman and her cohorts in the Zchor.org website, Tilford Bartman's Zabludow website, Andrew Blumberg's Bielsk Podlaski website and others.
The success of BIALYGen depends on all researchers with an interest in this area. More needs to be done. Please contribute your expertise, your time, and your funds to help us all succeed. Click on the buttons Research Projects, Participate, Towns, and Translations for more information. Or, contact Mark Halpern, BIALYGen Coordinator or Sidney Zabludoff, BIALYGen Research Coordinator about how you can help.
|From the beginning of the 1800s to the Holocaust, Bialystok was a prominent Jewish City. The Jewish share of the population for most of that period ranged between 50 and 75 percent. Among major cities of Poland, Bialystok clearly had the highest percentage of Jews. While Vilnius (Wilno) was considered the "Jerusalem of the North," Bialystok was a major "entrepreneurial zone" for Jews. Even so, Bialystok had the largest number of Synagogues per capita in Poland while the region has one of the oldest Synagogues in Tykocin and had the famous wooden Synagogue in Zabludow.|
Photo of Bialystok Great Synagogue courtesy of Tomasz Wisniewski
This research group, its mailing list, and this website are hosted by JewishGen, Inc. 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.
Copyright © 2004-2006 BialyGen, Mark Halpern, Coordinator, All rights reserved.
Last Updated on 16 April 2006.