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Anyone hear of Lajskach, Poland? Its some where near Pabianice or Lodz.

Chrissie_21 2 | 2
17 May 2011 #1
According to my grandmothers birth certificate, she was born there in 1896. I will be traveling to Poland next month and i would like to visit this town.
boletus 30 | 1,361
17 May 2011 #2
It would help if you were more precise here and spelled the name carefully. I am almost 100% sure that there never have been a village or town named LAJSKACH in Poland. But if the certificate is in Polish and if it says, for example: "URODZONA W £AJSKACH" or "UR. W £AJSKACH" that would mean that the nominative of her birthplace is £AJSKI,£ajski

But that's near Warsaw, not £ódź or Pabianice.

Laski, £ask (near Pabianice) are other possible variations on the theme, so it is important that you spell the name really carefully. Scanning the certificate would be another option, but if I were you I would not post it in public unless I doctored it first by erasing some of its parts.

You do know the difference between £ and L, do you? This is an important detail.
OP Chrissie_21 2 | 2
20 May 2011 #3
Thank you for your help. It could be either £ajski or £ask. The only thing I can make out on the birth certificate is (The first letter is not clear) "_oku w £ajskoch"
20 May 2011 #4
can it be: urodzona (or ur.) 1896 roku w £ajskach ??? so the missing letter in _oku is R
(born in 1896 in £ajski)
Perhaps you can scan this birth certficate ??

£ajski c-pl is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Wieliszew, within Legionowo County, Masovian Voivodeship, in east-central Poland. It lies approximately 4 km south of Wieliszew, 3 km north-east of Legionowo, and 23 km north of Warsaw. The village has a population of 1,100
boletus 30 | 1,361
20 May 2011 #5
"_oku w £ajskoch"

Yes, Zazulka was right here.

So your grandmother was born in the village of £ajski, in 1896. Today this a small village, population 1300, 16 km north of downtown Warsaw, in a fork of Vistula and Narew rivers, 7 km from Zegrze Reservoir - popular tourist attraction during summer days. The surrounding areas are well forested.

After the Third Partition of Poland, in 1795, Warsaw and the Narew-Vistula forks have become a part of Kingdom of Prussia. Later this region has formally become a part of Kingdom of Poland, in personal union with Russian Empire, 1815-1916. Practically, it was under the control of Russians. Some historians called it the Fourth Poland's Partition.

Accordingly, the population of Warsaw and surrounding areas was a curious mixture. At the time when your grandmother was born the entire Polish territory was inhabited by Poles(72%), Russians(2.8%), Germans(4.3%), Jews(13.5%), Ukrainians(3.5%), Lithuanians(3.2%), Belarusians(0.3%). I guess the percentage of Russians, Germans and Jews was even higher in Warsaw and its neighbourhood.

But if you are on a quest for your grandmother's Jewish roots (I gathered that much from some hints you have given), I must disappoint you: £ajski has never been a Jewish Shtetl, although some Jewish families lived outside Warsaw, in the neighbourhood of Legionowo. There is an old Jewish cemetery in Legionowo, but again - there are probably more Russian and German cemeteries around than the Jewish ones. But there is a museum of Jewish History in Warsaw, where you can learn more details.

You will have more luck, 170 km away southwest, in vicinity of £ódź and Pabianice - where I assume your grandmother has moved later on.

£ódź was well known for its huge Jewish population, and part of £ask (which you and I had mentioned before) was a Jewish Shtetl - with general population of 4890 and Jewish population 2862 (year 1921 census) . Today's £ask is a town of 18000.

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