Suggestions for finding your family history from Kielce
We have received a number of inquiries requesting guidance in finding family that once lived in Kielce or the Kielce region. Although we are not skilled researchers or genealogists, we have a few suggestions to get started.
If you have the name of the town or district your family came from, you can go to the map of the Kielce region (1867 – 1917) to locate it and see the towns in local proximity.
JewishGen (link (http://www.jewishgen.org/) is an easy-to-use genealogy website which features thousands of databases, research tools, and other resources to help those with Jewish ancestry research and find family members.
If family members were killed during The Holocaust, you should search The Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names of Yad Vashem in Israel.
Someone, perhaps a neighbor of one of your family members, could have submitted data to Yad Vahem’s extensive archive.
Another good place in possibly finding members of your family from Kielce, is to see if the names might be listed in the index of names in the Sefer Kielce (Book of Kielce),
(link http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/kielce/kielce.html), then go to the appropriate pages.
You should also look for family names in the index of names in The Martyrdom and Extermination of the Jews in Kielce During WW II (2005) book by Professor Krzysztof Urbanski.
Also a treasure trove of great information has been researched and compiled by The Kielce-Radom Special Interest Group and is currently available in the JRI-Poland online searchable database.
It is best to search the Table of Contents for all issues pertaining to Kielce
If you find an article in any issue that you would like to read, this link will take you to all issues of the journal.
To possibly find any living relatives or individuals who came from the same town or city, who may have known your family, you can e-mail your inquiry to: Serena Woolrich, President of Allgenerations at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is very helpful to survivors and second generation who are attempting to find members of their family or people that might have known them. Many survivors and their descendents around the world read the e-mail newsletters from Allgenerations. The website is www.allgenerations.org.
Good luck in your search!