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Family History Library of the Church of Latter Day Saints
(Salt Lake City, UT)

Family History Library of the Church of Latter Day Saints
(Salt Lake City, UT)

The Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has microfilms of vital records from the Vengrov Jewish community. These include birth, marriage, and death records. The reels are kept in the European Film Area at the main library on the west side of Temple Square in Salt Lake City. For a modest fee, the reels may be ordered from any branch in the LDS library system. To locate branches of the Family History Library, go to the website of the Family History Library.

The films containing the Vengrov vital records have the following content and reel numbers:


Archives in Poland

In her landmark book Jewish Roots in Poland: Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories, Miriam Weiner published the results of her extensive survey of Jewish records in Polish archives. Ms. Weiner reported the following material relating to Vengrov (Wegrow):


Source: Weiner, Miriam, Jewish Roots in Poland: Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories, (Miriam Weiner Routes to Roots Foundation, Inc. and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 1997), p. 283. For more information about Ms. Weiner's research, go to the website of the Routes to Roots Foundation, Inc., Secaucus, NJ.

Jewish Records Indexing-Poland

The Jewish Records Indexing-Poland website has searchable, on-line indices of Jewish vital records in Poland. On it, Vengrov [Wegrow] is referred to as "the Crossroads Town," because some one-hundred communities in the Vengrov area recorded their vital statistics in Vengrov. The JRI-Poland website has a map showing these towns.

Unfortunately, the Vengrov vital records have a unique and dubious distinction: "Among the hundreds of towns in Poland for which there are Jewish vital records, [Vengrov] is the only one in which the annual indices, starting in 1826, do not contain surnames. While the actual birth, marriage, and death records include the family names, these surnames were not included in the birth indices until 1872 and death indices until 1856. Surnames in Marriage indices were sporadic until 1856." For a more detailed discussion of this issue, click here. Although this aspect of Vengrov vital records vastly complicates a researcherís task, the JRI-Poland website is a priceless resource for Vengrov researchers.

Jewish Theological Seminary
(New York, NY)

The Rare Book Room of the JTS library has a copy of Josippon, printed in Vengrov in 1794. Call number: DS122.Y57 1794

To go to the website of the JTS Library main catalogue, click here.

Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts
(Jewish National and University Library, Jerusalem)

The goal of this archive is to microfilm all Hebrew manuscripts in private and public collections. Its catalogue has a listing for a microfilm of Records of the Jewish court in Vengrov (1782-1804).

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