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NYC Port Documents of Lyakhovichi

This is a page in our Documents section. Click the Documents button in the left-hand column to see other resources. You may also wish to see other pages related to Migration linked from our page Migration Documents

The tables formerly on this page have been moved into our Migration Tables but the articles still have a separate value and have been retained on this page.

This page's function has changed. Originally it was the site of an article about the records included here, and about the evolution of the collection provided to Lyakhovichi researchers. It was the page to which you were directed if you clicked on an index notation that the name for which you were searching appeared on the page NY Port Records, page 1. But in November 2008 we have undertaken a mammoth task. All of the fifteen sources of immigration records which we had on our pages, have been brought together, most have been newly examined, and entirely new indices of never-before indexed material has been created. They appear on what are so-far, 8 pages divided alphabetically. As our sources continue to expand, this collection of data will also grow. The sources previously on this particular page included a detailed examination of records relating to Immigrants through Ellis Island whose Last Residence was Lyakhovichi, whose surnames began with A-J.. A second unexamined listing was provided for Jews through Ellis Island whose last residence was Baranovichi. Both of those lists have been incorporated into the Lyakhovichi Migration Tables . On this page you will continue to find the explanatory articles and the images.

NYC Port Documents of Lyakhovichi

Researched, Indexed, and Arranged by Deborah Glassman, copyright 2005

This page has multiple lists on it, all tied back to a single set of data. We began with the list that Eilat Gordon Levitan so generously provided to the Lyakhovichi Special Interest Group way back in 2001. She extracted from the Ellis Island Database every version of Lechowitz and gave us a great start. Then we added to that list, by recognizing that indexer misreads were excluding many that should be in such a list and we found a substantial number, indexed as Sechowitz, Jechowitz, and Zechowitz, variants. Now we had a comprehensive list of the towns named Lechowitz and the variants of all of its recognized names. But examination of the individual records, showed that we had overshot the goal. Many of the towns were in fact named Lechowitz, but they were not our Lechowitz. The Lechowitz in Volhynnia guberniya sent at least a hundred people to Massachussets communities, while I have yet to confirm a single native of Lechowitz, Minsk, in that same region. The Lechowitz in Volhynnia has been called by every name that our Lechowitz has used and spelled with all of the same variants. People with names common in both areas, have made it no simple task to separate the one from the other. Sometimes emigrants from both towns appear on the same manifest, just a few lines apart. When I have not been sure, I included the listing, hoping for future clarification. Sometimes that clarification came eliminating ten or more previously included listings at a time. Examining each record has been a painstakng process and has not gone as quickly as I would like. Names that were misidentified had to be clarified, but the old form had to be kept so that researchers could continue to use the links to the Ellis Island Data Base. There are several hundred changed names, meaning there are several hundred new names of immigrants for you to check. I indexed material that had never been indexed before in the same records. Who were the third parties at Destination and at Departure? Who were the other members of the travel party? What towns were they going to? There is at least as many names of Third Parties as Emigrants. Before 1906, most had to list the party to whom they were headed. After Spring 1907, they had to also list their nearest relative in the old country. Many were also traveling in parties, and such groups are reported for each person. Our lists now include those identified in the 1892-1906 period who were Jews but not recorded as Hebrews on immigration, but the lists have not yet been amalgamated. You will find that list, and all of the third parties named in their records, elsewhere on our Migration pages.

Some Manifests from these Pages

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The second page of the manifest of Baranovichi resident Basche Breude tells the tale of adults from Baranovichi: Line 25 of the first page tells her last residence was Baranowitz, and her father Jessel Breude lived in Baranowitz; line 25 of the second page, excerpted above, shows her going to her uncle Aron Breude in NYC and her birthplace was Lechowitz. Almost all Baranovichi adults before 1914 were born in other towns, many in Lyakhovichi.The image above has been manipulated. Several columns of dittos were removed to compress the information into a format easily intrepreted on this page.

Brothers Salomon and Chone Stein of Lyakhovichi

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They were going to a third brother, Simche Stein, and Simche cited this early residence in NYC when he made a second entry from Baranovichi nine years later, again showing the close interaction between Baranovichi and Lyakhovichi.

Brewde, Losch, Kaplan, May 1888, emigrants from Lyakhovichi

The images have been indexed in our Lyakhovichi Migration Tables also.

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786 Jews with a Last Residence of Baranovichi Entering the US thru Ellis Island 1892-1920s
Introduction by Deborah Glassman

Why should the Lyakhovichi Shtetl Website include a list of emigrants from Baranovichi? Are we expanding our coverage? Is it relevant? We are not expanding our coverage, the webmaster's hands, at least, are quite full enough with Lyakhovichi without looking to grow geographically. Others have taken on the task of providing shtetl coverage for nearby communities including Baranovichi, and I congratulate all of the research groups and webmasters committing to such a venture. But Baranovichi is a special case, and its emigrants are very relevant to Lyakhovichi. It is special, because it was founded so late, that almost no adults leaving there before 1910 had been born in the town. It is special because it was so close, that originally it was treated as a train-station suburb of Lyakhovichi. It is special because though it drew from the entire region for new settlers, Lyakhovichi was a huge contributor of Jewish families to the new town.

New November 2008
When the list was first constructed it had both limitations and possibilities. The limitations were that in an effort to keep the work-load manageable for the webmaster, not all spelling variants of the town had been searched under, and the list had been restricted to those whose manifests declared them as Hebrews. Now the list, which is fully integrated into our Migration Tables, has been expanded to remove the restrictions of both of those factors. All those who posted a previous residence of Baranowitz, Boranowitz, Baranovich, Baranovichi, et el, have been examined for inclusion in this list of Jews from our area. The possibilities had included the ability to call on the user community to help us winnow down the list to just those families with clear ties to Lyakhovichi. The webmaster has now indexed all of these records to include the relatives and destination parties cited in the original documents, none of which had been previously indexed. I have not however removed those whose listings do not cite Lyakhovichi - such an activity requires your feedback. When someone is reported from another large community, had they lived in Lyakhovichi prior to that move? When someone is reported as in Kletsk or other local town, is there a family link to Lyakhovichi anyway? So we still need your help! Tell us what you have learned researching your family from this area. When you find a relative on our lists, let us know both that we were helpful and share your family info with us so we can better understand who is reported here. This is a collaborative website, and we will grow resource assets more quickly with your help.