- From: jfibel@xxxxxxx (Joseph Fibel)
- Date: 23 Oct 2007 12:42:24 -0700
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Eric Svirskis in his today's posting. alludes to a very important
requirment. It is very important to all of our research, that we know the
history of the area that our communities are located in over probably at
least 150 years. Poland existed prior to 1772- then until 1795 there were
three times when pieces were pulled off by its stronger neighbors. It then
ceased to exist for a while but the piece that went Russia was called
Russia Poland (it was actually Russia)
Similarly, the border moved several times between Lithuania, Poland,
Germany, Belarus, etc. We have to know where our home communities where in
every time period in order to search the correct records. Most of the SIG's
on their home pages have comprehensive dated maps which you can and should
down load and keep with files for the families involved there. Google is
also a good source and as a last resource is the map room of your local
library. Not only will they have individual maps but also gazeteers
(collections of maps for various time periods.
One of our best genealogists, Miriam Weiner, has published several books,
Jewish Roots in Poland, etc, that tells us which archive has the records
for which community during each time period. Look for the Routes to Roots
Foundation, since this has all been transferred to the internet.
If your community has a Yizkor Book (and you should know if it has one or
more) these usually have good maps. I suggest that you utilize all of the
resources of Jewishgen, not just the Jewish Gen Discussion Group.
New Rochelle, NY
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