Hi. The reason I am using this letter as the Novogrudsky Home Page is that my cousin and I are curious about our original family name and the where abouts of lost family members. My father was born Yankel Novogrudsky and my aunt was born Rinka Novogrudsky in Byelorussia> near Minsk when this area belonged to Poland. Their families were living in kletz (kleck Polish spelling) and Nesvizh (Nieswitz Polish spelling)>until about 1919. Their parents names were Sarka (Sarah) Budowla (Budowlia, Budovla, Budovlya, Budoff, Budovitch or Budovich and Owszej (Yeshia in Yiddish) Nowogrodzki (Polish spelling). I believe Owszej parents names were Fannie and Isidore Novogrudsky but I am not sure because Owszej was orphaned at a young age. Owzsej had a brother who also left for parts unknown (United States or maybe South America). We do not even know his name. Coupel who was living some where in South America could have been his name or a name of a cousin of my grandfather. Here is one picture of some family membersand another picture and another picture that we do not even know who they are. My grandfather died in 1935 and not much was known about him. Here is a family picture around 1932 just few years before he passed away. My father also passed away about 17 years ago during November 1980.
Novogrudsky might be a common name in Byelorussia but I have not seen to many here in the U.S. until I relocated to Brooklyn and happened to see three Novogrudskys as well as many Nowogrodzkis and Novogrodskys in the New York area phone books. With the coming of the internet with search engines and people find services such as Lycos, I have found them across the United States, Canada and other countries. See the links below. The Novogrodskys and Nowogrodzkis in the phone books may or may not from the same town because I believe that some of these people got their last name from living by the town of Nowogrod which is located near the larger city of Lomza in what is today north eastern Poland. There name was pronounced Novogrudsky. I believe that many of the people with the name Novogrudsky came from the area where my father was born. This is a town called Novogrudok which in past times was part of a region called Novogrudok. Again the Polish spelling was Nowogrodek and the Byelorussian spelling is Navahradak. Novogrudok is located today in Belarus. The different area Nowogrodzki names were spelt similar or the same and pronounced the same. The O with an accent on top is pronounced like the english U. When the accent was dropped people began to pronounce the name Novogrodsky. The last O was now pronounce like an English O especially by Novogrodskys that immigrated to English speaking countries.
This genealogy hobby of mine and my cousin is one we have been working on little by little over the years. I have done quit a bit of research. Some of my findings are included in the links below. We are very curious what might have happened people related to my father's uncle, our cousins as well as other novogrudsky's and how they are doing.
Please answer this letter if you have any information. If you feel more comfortable to write in any other language feel free to do so as I can have it translated. If you also do not know much about your Novogrudsky side of the family, please let me know what you do know and pass or send this letter to some relatives who might have more information.
I have gotten a few nice responses from people interested in these names. One nice response was from a Novogrodsky that lives in California. Unfortunatly after speaking with a few of his family members there is no way to tie his family to mine with the exception that his family does come from the same area but lived in different towns. It looks like their name comes from the same town that my family name originated and was pronounced the same. It also seems that a large number of Novogrodskys are related to his family. Another Nowogrodzki who responded to me now lives in New York and was originally from Poland. He feels that all these variations are the same name which is pronanced Novogrudsky and spelled in Polish Nowogrodzki with an accent over the third O. As with the first person that contacted me we can not tie our families together. An other gentleman, whose Mother's maiden name was Novogrodsky, was incouraged by his friend, called me. As before we can not tie our families together. In addition, I had correspondence with a few people who work with genealogy. Lastly, I emailed a young lady who entered her name, address, and email address in on of the Genealogy sites on the web. As before there is not enough information to tie her family to mine. She stated in an email that she will talk to her father about the Novogrodsky name. A Novogrodsky from England even called my home on April 10, 1996. As before we can not tie our families together as his family was from a different area and other details are unavailable. I received email from another Novogrodsky in Israel. His family comes from the same area as my father but as with the previous Novogrodskys I can not yet find a common ancester. I also emailed a Novogrudsky from Russia and a Nowogrodzki from Poland. As before none of them know much about the history of the Nowogrodzkis.
All the people I have spoken in connection to Novogrodsky come from the same area. Some pronounce their names Novogrudsky and other pronounce their names Novogrodsky. The majority of the male Novogrodskys that have contacted me or that I have found on the web or through databases and books seem to be involved in the profession of computers, law, accounting, education, and medicine. Novogrodskys were even involved in medicine and law in Poland. I have copies of the pages about these Novogrodskys from books I found in the Florida International University Library. I will create a web page called Novogrodskys during the Holocaust from these materials when I get a chance.
My address and phone number are:
David Novick 2665 Hubbard Street Brooklyn, New York 11235 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Email email@example.com Phone (718) 314-8768Sincerely,
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