The Cemetery Project

  Town List

 

 

Included below is a list of more than two hundred shtetls, towns and cities, as well as a small number of other organizations, that are associated with various society burial plots located in more than thirty Jewish cemeteries in the New York and New Jersey area.

Most of these plots of land were bought between by various organizations or societies that were originally formed in a particular town in Europe. These societies, known as "landsmanshaftn," would tend to the needs of it members who were inhabitants of that town or region. One function that these societies performed was to provide for the member's burial. These landsmanshaftn often extended outside of Europe, most often to the United States, and especially to the New York metropolitan area, where most of the immigrants initially settled once they passed successfully through the screening process at Castle Garden or Ellis Island. Here in the United States, the societies would serve a similar need, and also provide a way via monthly meetings for its 'landsleit' to socialize, and perhaps hear of news from their hometown from recently-arrived immigrants, or from other members who received letters and photographs from their families.

Though most of the plots of land were bought by landsmanshaftn, mostly between the 1880s and the early 1920s, many were purchased by various synagogues, labor unions, fraternal orders, and other society types. Some plots were not owned by one organization alone, but were either co-owned by different societies, associated with the same location within countries such as Poland, or with a different location entirely (the names listed in this exhibition are associated with plots associated with today's Poland unless otherwise indicated.) Some burial plots were originally bought by a particular landsmanshaft or synagogue, and after a number of years were taken over by an entirely different society that was not connected in any way to the original society. This happened most often in later years when societies began to lose members, and financial conditions forced societies to merge. Also, many landsmanshaftn societies became defunct, beginning in the 1960s, because of this.

For the vast majority of shtetls, towns and cities listed below, every society plot has been properly photographed and databased. This list of more than 105,000 names is available only through the Museum of Family History.
 

Left-click on any of the underlined names below, and you will be taken to the web page that lists all the unique surnames of all those who are buried within the plots specified. The lists will only tell you if someone with that surname is buried in a plot associated, e.g. with a particular town in Europe. Feel free to contact the Museum at postmaster@museumoffamilyhistory.com if you find a surname in a particular list that you are especially interested in.

 

Ahawath Achim of East New York
Andrzejewo

Augustow
Baligrod
Baranow
Bedzin-Warszawa
Belchatow
Bialystok
Bielsk Podlaski
Biezun
Bilgoraj
Bitola/Monastir (Macedonia)
Bocki
        Bransk         
Brok
Brzeziny

Brzozow
Budanov (Ukraine)
Bychawa

Chelm
Chevra Bnei Israel Anshe Oise Toive
Chodorow
Choroszcz

Chrzanow

Ciechanow
Ciechanowiec

Cong. Adas Israel Anshei Gal Menach Sfard
Cong. Nachlas Israel
Czernowitz (Ukraine)
Czestochowa
Czyzew
Dabie
Dabie/Klodawa
Debica
Divin (Belarus)
Dlugosiodlo
Drohiczyn
Dubno
Dworzysk

Eisiskes (Lithuania)
Falticeni
Frampol

Gac/Wysokie Mazowieckie
Glogow
Gniezno
Golub-Dobrzyn
Goniadz
Goniadz/Khomsk (Belarus)
Goniadz/Tr
zcianne
Gorlice/Rudnik

Gorodok
Gostynin
Goworowo
Grajewo
Grajewo/Szczuczyn
Grodno (Belarus)
Grodzisk Mazowiecki
Hrubieszow
Ilintsy (Ukraine)
Isaac Garlick Grounds
Grodno (Belarus)
Janow Lubelski
Janow Sokolski
Jasionowka
Jedwabne

Kalisz
Kalvarija (Lithuania)
Kazimierz Dolny
Khomsk (Belarus)

Khoshcheatoye (Ukraine)

Kielce
Kiev (Ukraine)

Kleczew
Kleszczele
Knyszyn
Kock
Kolbuszowa
Kolno

Konin
Konskie

Kosow Lacki

Krakow
Krasnik
Krasnosielc
Kraziai (Lithuania)
Krosno-Jedlicze
Krynki
Krzeszow
Kutno
Kuznica
Labun (Ukraine)
Lask
Lezajsk
Lodz

Lokachi (Ukraine)

Lomza
Lomza/Gac
Lomzyca

Lubaczow

Lubien Kujawski
Lublin

Lubraniec
Lyubcha (Belarus)
Majdan Krolewski

Makow Mazowiecki
Marijampole (Lithuania)
Michalowo

Miechow
Miedzyrizec Podlaski

Mielec
Mielnica

Milejczyce
Minsk (Belarus)

Mlawa

Mogilev (Belarus)
Myszyniec
Narewka
Nasielsk
Novogrudok (Belarus)
Nowogrod
Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki
Nur
Odessa (Ukraine)
Opoczno
Orla
Ostroleka
Ostropol (Ukraine)
Ostrow Lubelski
Ostrow Mazowiecka
Ostrow Wielkopolski
Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski

Ozarow
Ozorkow
Piatnica

Piatra Neamt (Romania)
Pilica
Pinczow

Pinsk (Belarus)
Plock
Plonsk
Poddebice
Pomoryany (Ukraine)
Pryluky (Ukraine)
Przasnysz
Przeworsk

Pukhovichi (Belarus)

Pultusk
Pyzdry

Radom
Radomysl Wielki
Radoshkovichi (Belarus)
Radymno
Radzilow/Lebedow

Rajgrod
Ranizow
Raygorodok (Ukraine)
Rozan

Rymanow
Rzeszow
Salant (Lithuania)
Sandomierz
Sanok
Sedziszow

Serock

Shargorod (Ukraine)
Shumskoye (Ukraine)

Siedlce
Siemiatycze
Sieniawa
Sierpc
Smotrich (Ukraine)
Sniadowo

Sochaczew
Sokolka

Sokolow Podlaski
Sokolow Malopolski/Lezajsk

Sosnowiec
Stary Sacz
Stavishche (Ukraine)
Stawiski

Stawiski (Poland)/Vilnius (Lithuania)
Stoczek
Suchowola
Suraz

Suwalki

Szczawne/Kulaszne
Szczuczyn
Sztabin

Tarnobrzeg
Tarnow
Tiraspol (Moldova)

Tomaszow

Tomaszow Lubelski/Lublin

Tomaszow Mazowiecki/Pietrokov
Trzcianne
Turobin
Tyczyn
Tykocin

Uniejow
Ustrzyki Dolne
Veisiejai (Lithuania)
Vilnius-Sejny (Lithuania)
Voynilov (Ukraine)
Warka
Warszawa

Wegrow
Wielun
Wislica
Wizna
Wizna/Kurland
Wloclawek
Wlodawa
Wysokie Mazowieckie
Wyszkow
Yiddish Theatrical Alliance
Zabolotiv (Ukraine)
Zabludow
Zambrow
Zamosc
Zareby Koscielne
Zdunska Wola
Zgierz
Zmigrod
Zolynia
Zyrardow


 

 


 



 

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