The Zaręby Kościelne initiative was made possible because of a unique set of circumstances. In
the late 1990s, the Jewish Historical Institute (JHI) in Warsaw came into possession of most of the town's Jewish birth,
marriage and death registers for the years 1808-1809, and 1840-1939. Most records for 19th century years not in the JHI
collection are available in the microfilm collection of the LDS (Mormons).
The board of JRI - Poland decided to use this opportunity to index all the Zareby Koscielne records and provide
researchers with an interest in this town with the ability to do in-depth study of the history of their families.
A major part of the work required the transliteration and data entry of the Russian language index pages for the years
1868 to 1917. This work was done by professionals in Warsaw. Most of the data entry of the Polish language index pages was
handled by Judie Ostroff Goldstein of Syosset, NY with assistance of
Barbara Khait of Somerset, NJ. Judie also identified and indexed the Jewish vital
records in the LDS microfilms of the Zaręby Kościelne Catholic records (1810-1825).
Fund raising for this project was led by Morris Spector of Hamden, CT. The board of Jewish
Records Indexing - Poland expresses a hearty yasher koach to this dedicated group of volunteers as well as all those who
contributed financially to make it all possible. The resulting index will live on as a testament to what Jewish genealogical
cooperative effort can achieve.