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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.

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Photo Headlines - A First Look at the Resources of the Lyakhovichi Website

This page was created Winter (February) 2008 and will be updated Fall 2008

This is a page in the Welcome suite. To reach any other page in that category just click the button "Welcome" in the table in the left-hand column. That page will also take you to our most recent Photo Headlines Page Current Photo Headlines with its original articles, headlines and images.

New Materials and New Ways to Use Established Materials on these pages
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Mt Judah Cemetery NYC - photo by John T. Chiarella

New Ways to Use Material The Lyakhovichi Research Groupís efforts have long made available cemetery lists for Lechowitzer burial sites in the NYC area, with over five hundred names. We recently added 200 death dates and around 50 new names and identified new burial plots. The webmaster then joined the NYC lists together and created a list by date of burial. This allowed us to gather death index information on those buried between 1893 and 1933. The first burial in April 1893 was of Neche Brando, a twelve day old girl, whose parents lived in Manhattan. Days later, the only adult who would be buried in those cemeteries in the next few years, was a young 24 year old man named Rafael Abolansky, who was buried on April 20, 1893. With a reported age of 65 on the city death registers, the next adult member of our community to be buried was Benjamin Fabricant in January 1900. In September 1905, Meyer Goldberg, was buried with an age reported to the state of 87 making him the earliest-born emigrant from Lyakhovichi, so far known. Go to Emigrant Group Records to see all of the records found for these Emigrant Societies or click Death Certificates to go to the chronological list and an invitation to share your family's death certificates.

Cemetery Stone announcing "of Lechowitz" for Sam Berkowitz
This 1908 grave for Sam (Shalom ben Moshe Baruch) Berkowitz in the Baron De Hirsch cemetery on Staten Island tells the world he was from Lyakhovichi and his unusual patronymic allows us to look for connections for him within a very small group of men in Lyakhovichi with that double patronym.

New Ways to Examine Info
In November 2007 we posted the data related to men who were the fathers of Jewish men of property in the 1880s (with the sons aged from 35-60), and those who were the fathers of Jewish men of draft age in the 1880s (where the sons were said to be just past 21). We continued this process for all nineteenth century records and found ourselves with a new set of data on men whose children were born between the 1740s and 1860s and a new way to utilize those findings in a time when surnames were in flux. Click Fathers of Lyakhovichi to start using this First Name index of men who left descendants in Lyakhovichi's 19th century records.

Baranovichi Train

Expanding our Coverage We are constantly working to make more materials available on those who emigrated from Lyakhovichi. We provide many different emigration and immigration lists; articles and analysis; and images of vessels, documents, and ephemera. Destinations in the United States and South America; South Africa and Eretz Israel; and inside the European continent and the Russian interior. Click Migration Documents of Lyakhovichi to find indexes with the names not only of emigrants but third parties: family left behind, and family that they are joining, or whom they will stay with temporarily! This is the key page to a section which currently has eight web pages and is scheduled to grow!

  A 1947 aircraft manifest for Josef Angelowicz of Lyakhovichi and Palestine

  Warsaw Office of the Red Star Line, 1921

1850 Revision List of Lyakhovichi, Page 405, the first household

Brand New - The 1850 Revision List, Revision List Supplements from 1851-1852, and The 1834 Revision List!
Making New Material Available Over 1100 individuals are named in the 1834 records, and almost 1500 in the 1850 Revision List and Supplements! Images of individual pages, analysis, and background information are provided. These pages join the nine new Revision List pages introduced on our new page [Winter 2008] Imperial Russian Revision Lists

A Jewish Woman of 1834

New Techniques for Research Dr. Neville Lamdan opens the subject with an article on tracing an eighteenth century woman through four nineteenth century Revision Lists. We then provide comparative lists of every woman named in the Revision Lists in each year one was taken, organized by given name. Go to Tracing Women in Lyakhovichi Revision Lists and Women in the 1834 and 1850 Revision Lists

1816 Revision List p1

Materials Worth Looking at again We went back and sought images of Revision Lists that we had long made available! All over our pages, you will find new images accompanying the data!

WWI - Canadian Expeditionary Forces Draft Record - Jacob Selig Nathanson of Lyakhovichi

Records Just being Made Available for Indexing Our Pages on the Primary Records of Other Nations will expand quickly with your efforts. Records in which we are beginning to find the Lyakhovichi-born, include: US Draft Records of World War I, the "Old Man's Draft Registration" of 1942 in the US; Passport Applications, et al. They can be found with other records of North America (Canada, Mexico, Cuba, and the Caribbean) on the page Primary Records of Other Nations Israeli records are at our page Primary Records -Israel. Miscellaneous data such as 6 individuals named in the 1891 and 1901 Censuses of the United Kingdom as from Lechowitz Russia; British WWI pensioners records; and French info on aliens in the 1920s including those from "Lachowicze Poland" have not yet been added to the pages but will be included in the near future.

This 1921 American passport application for Isidore Winograd says he was born in Slutsk but his father was born in Lyakhovichi.

WWI Draft Card for Lyakhovichi native Moses Malowitsky
For an emigrant generation whose families may have resided for a time in larger communities like Baranovichi, Slutsk, Minsk, or Warsaw, the WWI Draft registration of the United States was their first chance to list a specific town of birth.

  Signatures of Students and Teachers in the Baranovichi Tarbut School, 1926

Records newly discovered
In the Twentieth Century, Lyakhovichi was part of three different governments: Imperial Russia (1900-1919); Poland (1920-1939); Soviet Union (1939-1941). After 1941 Lyakhovichi fell into the hands of the Nazis, and Jews who survived, never returned to the town. Go to Polish Records to learn about Polish era records -passports, compulsary military service, education records, and more. A similar document to the one above for the elementary school in Lyakhovichi is in the US Library of Congress.

Soviet Soldier Isaac Shklyar of Lyakhovichi and Baranovichi
Go to Soviet Records to learn about records on Soviet soldiers; or about people deported to Siberia, Uzbekishtan, Kazahkastan, and Turkmenistan, from Lyakhovichi or about other records that may still be available on Lyakhovichi ancestors who lived in Soviet cities after World War I (like Slutsk, Minsk, et al.)

Russian Consulate records of Canada - Aaron Palevsky Nathanson of Lyakhovichi resident in Sydney Nova Scotia
Go to Imperial Russian Records to learn about Twentieth Century records of the Czarist government including voters lists, property records, and more. We also have a number of pages on Russian Records from the nineteenth century - tax registers, voters lists, government petitions from the Jewish community, property records, military discharges and military notices for draft-age men to appear;etc.


Bazarskaya - Market Square - showing the masonry buildings of Abram Yankel Kaplan; the hotel of the Kogans; the State Liquor Store; and the teamster and cab area in front of the Lemkich's bar.

Market Square's Stone Buildings meeting an older block of wooden structures. The Stoliner shul is in this working-man's neighborhood, it shares space (in the white bldg in center of photo) with a flour warehouse.

The residential area called the Rampart, this upper class neighborhood was built on the old road by the castle.

All of these street scenes and the many inhabitants and their businesses are described in detail in a moving tribute by Avrom Lev in a street-by-street remembrance translated by Neville Lamdan for the Yiskor book project. Find that link and a wide range of extracted data detailing the businesses and business owners in Lyakhovichi at Business Directories of Lyakhovichi covering the Imperial Russian period, and Business Directories in the Interwar Period covering the 1920s and 1930s. Get a new appreciation of the physical layout of the community, the business opportunities, and the wide range of Jewish housing in Lyakhovichi ranging from masonry buildings in a vibrant downtown, to beautiful houses surrounded by orchards, to hovels on a road of beggers.


Lyakhovichi Castle as drawn in 1660
The only fortification in all of the Polish lands to repel every attack by Chmelnitsky Cossacks and Russian soldiers in the seventeenth century. This stone castle built in the 1570s thru 1610s replaced a fourteenth century wooden fort and was a critical part of Polish and Grand Duchy of Lithuania Defenses. It stood undefeated until forced to give its cannons for the defense of Slutsk in the Great Northern War of the early eighteenth century and then was captured and burned after withstanding a six month siege. See another picture of it drawn in 1654 on our page Historic Sites of Lyakhovichi

Kazimir Jan Sapieha
Lyakhovichi's owner from 1665-1720

Nikitin's "Portrait of a Lithuanian Hetman"
said to be Kazimir Jan Sapieha owner of Lyakhovichi 1665-1720. See information about him and the other owners of the town of Lyakhovichi on our page Title Chain of Lyakhovichi

Minsk Vedemosti Masthead
The official gazette and newspaper of record for all government notices in Minsk guberniya. Source of our translated and extracted: Notices to appear for the Draft; Notice to seize the assets of those who emigrated without permission; Notice of court hearings and decisions; et al. See our page Newspapers as Research Tools

This obituary is part of a collaborative research project for which you can make a real difference, while adding to what you learn about your own family. Come to Obituaries as Research Tools for Lyakhovichi History and help us begin.

"Grandparent picture"
taken for emigrating children of Simeon Rabinowitz (c.1838-1938) and 3rd wife Mina Go to Images of Lyakhovichi Residents
Thanks to Ben Robinson for this family photo!

"Homefront picture"

taken for husband who went ahead. The Lifschitz Family
Learn why Lyakhovichi Photographer A.Brewda advertised that he took pictures for "American wives" at Photos of Lyakhovichi Residents and their Families Thanks to Arthur Lowell for this image of his grandmother among her children!

"Doing Fine picture"
of young man away in "big" European city. Grandson Osher Gavzy in Bialystok for grandparents in Lyakhovichi. You can see it in more detail on Photos of Lyakhovichi Residents and their Families Thanks to Maris Gavzy Rabolini!

For Siblings Gone Abroad
Family portraits of large groups were difficult to arrange in a timely fashion, the emigrants were more likely to pack along, or receive in the mail, individual photos of their newly and not yet married siblings. This 1908 picture of siblings Shmuel Shaya Beder and Rachel Beder was generously shared by Joseph Beder.
See it in a larger format and see the three current pages of our photo section Images of Lyakhovichi; AND Lyakhovichi Residents Abroad in Photos AND The Rachil Sztejn Palgon Collection


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Collaborative Efforts - Your Photographs
There is an immense amount of pure data in private hands. Judge Joseph Beder of Australia shared this picture that his family took of his grandfather's stone in Lyakhovichi's "New Cemetery" in 1929. His grandfather had died the year before and this "photographic unveiling" provided a shared experience for family members scattered around the globe. But the photograph that the Beder family kept also shows the surrounding graves, like the adjoining grave of Yosef Shloima Glazman and others which the webmaster hopes to make clear. We would love to post your family's photos also! More images can be found at Lyakhovichi's cemeteries.

The Potential of this Website

In November 2007 we did an update of this website that increased the image resources more than ten-fold. This does more than make pretty, or pretty confusing, webpages. It changes how we can research the Jewish history of this town. If we can collect a hundred photos of Lyakhovichi Jews in uniform, we don't only have a richer visual archive - we have data (from the cap badges and shoulder boards) on the units in which Lyakhovichi Jews served. If we can collect the death certificates that give parents names on a different 100 Lyakhovichi emigres, we know information about their parents' marriages that may have taken place in Lyakhovichi though the person died in a country far from there. Share your photos and your documents and what you have actually learned as you searched! There are projects for which you can volunteer your time, we can keep you updated on the progress of projects that are in-process but not yet ready for publication, we can help you network with other Lyakhovichi researchers, and more. Click Contact , write Lyakhovichi in the subject area, and let us know what interests you.

It is hard to believe that this photo of hundreds of people can be blown up to give useful images of people way back in the rafters. But this picture shared by Sharon Racusin of a 1923 anniversary dinner of the Baranovicher-Lechovicher Workman's Circle in NYC once again proves the value of bringing these pictures out of our private collections and sharing them online. Go to Baranovicher-Lechovicher Workman's Circle Dinner to see what we could do with a group picture that you may have, as well as to help identify people at that party in New York City 1923.

This is an official extract from a 1914 Family Roll given to a soldier in proof of his military service. It combines Revision List, Family Register , and Military Document all in one place. And it was shared by Gloria Kay, native of Leeds England, who thought her father's papers might help our research. We can learn from your family's papers too!