Distinguish from the smaller city of Sędziszów, 35 miles N of Kraków, 31 miles SW of Kielce (Kieltz), 6 miles NW of Wodzisław.
This project is under the umbrella Jewish Communities of Poland.
Maps and historical information at David's blog.
Stanley Diamond of JRI-Poland wrote:
Sadly, there are no surviving Jewish vital records for the town. (Sędziszów Małopolski)
However, there are records for a number of nearby and not so nearby towns in which there are references to Sędziszów
Do you have ties to any nearby towns?
Stanley Diamond, Montreal (☎514-484-0100)
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.
Coordinator, Ostrow Mazowiecka Research Family
President, Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal"
So we have some challenges and some places to start and some people to work with.
Update from Susan Wynne, Feb 14, 2014: When readers have questions about where Jewish Galician records are stored, they can refer to numerous posts on the subject in the SIG digest archives. They can also consult my book, "The Galitzianers: The Jews of Galicia, 1772-1918," for a more comprehensive review of how Jewish vital records were collected and stored. In brief, the Austrian government structured things so that every religious community in the territories they governed was essentially self-governing. The Jewish community of Galicia was broken up into regional administrative centers, usually with sub-administrative centers. Elected representatives and paid staff oversaw most if not all of the Jewish affairs in the district.
After 1877, the Jewish community had the authority to collect and store vital records. Previously, that authority was given to the church but, in reality, this only happened in a small number of cities.
Sedziszow was a subdistrict in the district of Ropczyce. To my knowledge, all vital records for the district were destroyed or lost.
I know that there are still people out there who want to believe that there are scattered Jewish records in amongst the Catholic records of Galicia. Years and years ago, I fully explored this issue and found no evidence that this was the case. Where the church kept Jewish records pre-1877, they were maintained separately and then bound in books. Indexes to those records and, sometimes, the records themselves, are part of the Jewish Records Indexing - Poland database. As I said, the church kept the records only in a handful of the larger cities.
Aleisa Fishman.... wrote:
<<I'm trying to find birth/marriage/death records for my FISCHMANN and MANDEL relatives from Sedziszow Malipolski, Galicia. I understand that the Jewish records are gone from the town, but perhaps they were sent (or copies were sent) to a county seat? Could the records be part of local church records?....>>
JewishGen's Kahila Kolbuszowa Region Research Group has a webpage for Sedziszów Malopolski.
Translation of “Sedziszow” chapter from Pinkas Hakehillot Polin gives an overview of the history.
Gersher Galicia has a web page for Sedziszow Malopolski. This one lists email addresses, names and phone numbers of researchers interested in the town.
David Jacobowitz posted some research notes, including a link to a web-cam.
The Jewish Cemetery had been destroyed and there are efforts to clean it up:
Please post comments and suggestions of where to find more information about the families from here and add profiles to the project.
Susana Leistner Bloch posted her travel notes and photos.
Last names in the directory include familiar family names: Wilner, Zweifach, Kreinik, Neppel.
Since families from the same town would form societies for burial and other functions, you can search for SENDIZOW GALICIAN in the society search box at Mount Hebron Cemetery.
I called the cemetery on Dec 2 2013, and found that the Society is no longer active. The last activity was in 1997 by Rabbi Pinches Horowitz and a man named Tenzer. There are three Tenzers under the Society search for RZESZOWER.
The Shindishover Relief Landsmanshaft held a Dinner Dance in 1945. There is a photo and links to more information. Perhaps you will recognize faces and names of some of the large number of attendees, and from there trace back to Sędziszów Małopolski.