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Maków Mazowiecki, Poland

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Maków Mazowiecki

This page contains information for those whose Jewish ancestors came from what is now the town of Maków Mazowiecki in what is now Poland.


Maków Mazowiecki is a town in Poland of about 10,000 people located about 70 km (43 miles) North of Warsaw.
It is located at 52°52' N, 21°06' E

Town History

Maków became a town in 1421 in the Masovian Voivodeship in the Greater Poland Province of the Polish Crown.
in 1620, a big fire destroyed the town. The town slowly reconstructed but another fire in 1787 destroyed half of the town's buildings.
After the Partitions of Poland, Maków was annexed by Prussia in 1795.
In 1815 the town came under Russian rule and became the Congress Poland (or Russian Poland) ruled by the Russian Empire.
In 1897, the Jewish population of Maków was 4,448.
About 1900, Maków was part of Łomża in the Russian Empire.
During WWI, Maków was the scene of numerous battles which destroyed a major part of the town. In 1918, following the war, Maków became part of the newly independent country of Poland.
In 1931, the Jewish population of Maków was 3,683.
Before 1939 about 7,000 people lived in Maków, including 4,000 Poles and 3,000 Jews.
Nazi Germany operated a forced labor camp in the town from 1941 to 1944. The Jewish community was murdered by Nazi Germany in the Holocaust. In 1945, 90% of the towns buildings were destroyed from heavy fighting and artillery barrages.

Jewish Ancestral Research

Jewish ancestors from Maków may have records showing they are from "Markowa". When entering Markowa into the JewishGen Communities Database, the town of Markow, Poland is suggested, which is 265 km (165 miles) SSE of Warsaw. The town of Maków Mazowiecki is not one of the suggestions.
Due to the dual designations of the country (Russian Poland) from 1815 to 1918, people from Maków sometimes stated they were from Russia, and sometimes stated they were from Poland. If they did so, then they were not from Markowa, Poland because during that period, Markowa belonged to the Austrian Empire.
The proper designation of the town on WikiTree possibly should be:
  • 1816 - 1836: Maków , Łomża Uyezd, Augustów Voivodeship, Russian Empire
  • 1837 - 1866: Maków , Łomża Uyezd, Augustów Guberniya, Russian Empire
  • 1867 - 1917: Maków , Łomża Uyezd, Łomża Guberniya, Russian Empire
Searching JewishGen's Unified Search https://www.jewishgen.org/databases/all/ for "Town is exactly Makow Mazowiecki gives 1,538 matches (as of 11 Aug 2021). This includes 327 surnames on the JewishGen Family Finder that are being researched by 152 researchers. It also includes 343 matches to the Family Tree of the Jewish People. And it includes 770 records from the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry.
The JewishGen Burial registry only lists 33 people buried in Maków
A large number of the Jewish people from Maków immigrated to the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s, settling mostly in New York City. They formed their own Landsmanshaft societies[1] for their hometown, and often had special sections in cemeteries where their hometown people and their families were buried. These are the cemeteries that JewishGen has listed in their Online Burial Registry with Maków sections (counts as of 11 Aug 2021):
  • Washington Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York, Section: Makover / Makower U. V. (Cemetery #2 Post 166), 354 burials, 127 photos
  • Bayside Cemetery, Queens, New York, Section: Makower Medrash Society (Gate 76), 225 burials, 225 photos
  • Acacia Cemetery, Queens, New York, Section: Chevra Medrosh Anshe Makower (Gate 53), 147 burials, 147 photos
  • Acacia Cemetery, Queens, New York, Section: Independent Chevra Achim Me Makower (Gate 29), 167 burials, 167 photos
  • Beth Israel Memorial Park, Woodbridge, New Jersey, Section: Makower Young Men's Aid Society, Inc (Block 12A), 68 burials, 68 photos
  • Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Queens, New York, Section: Chevra Medrash Anshei Makower of Poland, 267 burials, 254 photos
  • Wellwood Cemetery, West Babylon, New York, Section: Chevra Medrosh Anshei Makower of Poland, 23 burials, 23 photos
  • Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Queens, New York, Section: Independent Makower Young Mens Benevolent Association, Inc, 306 burials, 246 photos
  • Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Queens, New York, Section: Makower Unt. Verein, 303 burials, 272 photos
  • Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, New York, Section: Chevra Beth Joseph Anshe Makower (of Brownsville), 133 burials, 133 photos
This is the Jewish Records Indexing Page for Makow Mazowiecki:


  1. Webpage Landsmanshaft From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landsmanshaft

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