Or maybe Zalesie?
I could go on like this for a while. There are no less than 78 towns/villages in Poland named Zalesie, which means "place beyond the woods". I don't know why this sounds so odd...here in the US we have approximately 30 states with a city/town named Greenville. The difference here is that it initially created some confusion in my research and now I have the problem that the village of Zalesie where my ancestors lived was so small I can't find any information about it. This is the first time in my research that I've had to deal with this situation.
Zalesie was too small to have its own town officials so registration of births, marriages, deaths, and other government business had to be done in the nearest town that did have officials, in this case Lukow. Thanks to JRI-Poland I now have family records.
I have the 1837 birth record for my 3rd great-grandfather Szymon Wolf LAST, son of Jankiel and Liba Malka LAST (maiden name not known at this time). I also have the birth records for his brothers Leybus (1848) and Boruch Josef (1851). All of these births were recorded in Lukow and the records show that the family living in Zalesie with Jankiel's occupation listed as shoemaker on two records and day-laborer on the third. In 1858, Szymon Wolf LAST, still residing in Zalesie, married Sura GRYNBERG, daughter of Ajzyk Lejb GRYNBERG and Leja AJZENBERG and a resident of Miedzyrzec Podlaski (see map...this town is located 18 ENE of Lukow). The marriage took place, and was registered, in Lukow. By the time two of their daughters were born, Mirjem Szprynca (1863, my 2nd great-grandmother) and Nojma (1867), the family was living in Miedzyrzec. I'm working on records for the GRYNBERG family in Miedzyrzec and whatever LAST records I can find. Lots more to order from the Family History Library and Polish State Archives.
That's it...the extent of my knowledge of the village of Zalesie.
It's interesting looking back at the map above. The family seemed to be following a general eastward migration along that road #2. Marjem Szprynca (known only as Szprynca) LAST married Moshe-Hersz TOKAR sometime in the early 1880s and their first child Szymon, named for Szprynca's father which means the elder Szymon was deceased, was born in 1885. The family was either living in Terespol or Brest-Litovsk (now Brest, Belarus) by that time (see east side of map). I don't have Szyprynca and Moshe-Hersz's marriage record yet but I'm feeling more hopeful that the TOKAR family lived in Poland vs Belarus (makes a huge difference in my ability to learn about the family). Szprynca died in the early 1920s and was buried in the Jewish Cemetery in Brest (now covered by a sports stadium). Moshe-Hersz and most of their children and their families were murdered in the Holocaust (five out of nine...one child died much earlier, two emigrated to America and Israel before the war, and that last child's name has been lost to time).
The hunt continues. I taught myself to extract data from the 19th century Polish records so I don't have to pay a translator anymore. By the late 19th century, records in this part of Poland were written in Russian and I need to see if I can learn to extract data from those too. As I come forward in time I may find family members who emigrated from Poland and whose descendants may be located....maybe. The LAST name is difficult to research because search results include "no last name" records and the GRYNBERG name is very common. The hunt is part of the thrill...good thing I don't need a gun for this type of hunting :-D