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on the history of the Jewish community
in what is today Lyakhovichi, Belarus    


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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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Website Indices (Indexes)
by Deborah Glassman, copyright 2008, 2009

You are on the Key Page for Indexes across the Lyakhovichi Shtetl website. You can get to any index posted on our site from this page. Many of the indices are published across multiple pages, but the links on this page will take you to the first page of each of them.

Finding Aids
and Indices
Surname Index
Given Name Index
Patronym Tables
Migration Tables
Site Map
Image Index

Searching the Entire Lyakhovichi Website with a Search Engine

There is a way to search for a single term across every page (over 250 Pages November 2009) of this site using

Go to the Google search bar and type in the search subject immediately before the phrase    site:
See example below:

Here is the results page for that search. Sample Results Page

Tip - Use less of the name if it has variant spellings. "Gold" rather than Goldin, Golden; "Piln" rather than Pilnik, Pilnick. You may also have to search multiple times. In the search page results above only Olcha was used, not Olkha, Olha, or Olekh.

There are other search engines. Go to their instructions page for how to do a whole-domain search. The domain for the Lyakhovichi shtetl website is

The Website Indexes Key Page

The Lyakhovichi shtetl website continues to grow and so does the concern that its sheer size may make finding information difficult.

In November 2009, we went back to the original records, the original pages, and tried to create a clear, inclusive, surname index, that would bring together every kind of material on our page. Now you can search the cemetery stone index, but you can also find that information in the main index, which will lead researchers to more good connections. The same for the Migration Tables - they are now much more than an index, they have the complete extracted data. And they are fully included in our main index. We have eliminated separate indices for newly added material by working to the last minute to bring the whole site up to date. We have also worked hard to bring all links to current working order.

What do these Indices do well?
They suggest other records, other spellings, other sources. They bring together items you would not expect. Did you know that Govsey and Ovsey are two nicknames for the name Yehoshua (Joshua) and that while they are interchangeable and may be written one way in one document and another in a second, they are never interchangeable with a third nickname for Joshua - Heshel. Heshel, however, may also be written as Geshel or Gessel. These indices for given names, surnames, and patronyms (father's names) should greatly assist in your research progress.

The Immigration Indices are an aspect of the Migration Tables being in alphabetical order, but all of the auxiliary people (destination relatives, traveling companions, et al), appear in the main index. The Patronym Tables have been completed for all of the eighteenth and nineteenth century records currently on our pages. The Given Name Index had previously been expanded to include all Jewish men and women named in eighteenth and nineteenth century records, but has not been updated for November 2009. The Surname Index is comprehensive and now includes every surname on every page of our site.

Special comparison pages - like Searching for Women in the Revision Lists have been relocated to the articles on the Key page for Documents that discuss comparison tools and how-to methodologies, rather than appearing among the indices. You can use the instructions at the site map to refresh you on how to navigate the site and that same page holds an article index and a table index. You can now look for tables, articles, photos, and captions, with the index appropriate to each. You can move across this website with both traditional and new media methodologies. You can start at one end and progress to the other as in a book, or you can link from article to article in the wonderful sensation of reading random Wikipedia pieces, going where the whim of the day takes you. But most importantly for both styles, you can get from any page on this site to any other page on this site, by clicking on the Key Page links in the left-hand column.

Important Notes about This Page

All names on this page were included in Surname Index Nov 2009

Find any name on this page by hitting "control F" on your keyboard and typing in the name.

Find any name anywhere on this website by going to the Google search bar and typing the name immediately before this phrase

from the word "site" to the slash after lyakhovichi (just cut and paste it into your browser)

New Materials

Info on Lyakhovichi Names Possessive Names, Double Names, and Surname Derivations specific to Lyakhovichi

Lyakhovichi Annotations
A posting of the references used in articles and research reports across our pages. So far just a landing page.

4 Pages of New Info Names of Every Person listed in Cemetery Stones by Surname and by Hebrew Name
Cemetery Stones, p23 Hebrew Index A-C

Cemetery Stones, p24 Hebrew Index D-K

Cemetery Stones, p25 Hebrew Index L-R

Cemetery Stones, p26 Hebrew Index S-Z