JGSGB Publication Addenda
As everyone knows, any reference book once published is immediately out of date as information changes all the time. This applies to general information and to specific data. With the Internet, changes happen even more rapidly than ever before. This applies a lot to website addresses and new websites. Republishing our Jewish Ancestors? Guides every time a few websites change is not realistic, so we will be providing updated information for of our Guides on this page. We will add not only new website links but some more general information.
A Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Poland - Update 10 July 2014
"Discussions are taking place in Poland about instituting new legislation covering access to birth, marriage and death records. The major item of interest for genealogists is a clause under discussion that would still require that birth records be 100 years old before they could be released while marriage and death records could be made available after 80 years, rather than the 100 years currently in force.
Another significant change being discussed is a clause that would enable Civil Registration Offices (USCs) to take up to 10 years between the date that records become 100-years old and the time they are transferred to the relevant branch office of the Polish State Archives. The clause would allow Civil Records Offices up to 10 years to prepare records that are 80 to 100-years old for transfer to the Branch Archives. (Where the condition of the record registers do not meet their standards, the Polish State Archives requires that the books be fumigated and/or repaired prior to being moved to the archives.)
There is another clause under discussion covering death records that would require transfer to the Branch Archive within two years of when the latest records in the books become 80 years old.
Jewish Records Indexing-Poland has not taken a position on this pending legislation; any statements from other organizations do not reflect the viewpoint of JRI-Poland.
JRI-Poland's approach has always been one of careful analysis and consultation. We have been in touch with major parties interested in this legislation and will continue to do so. When there is additional information, we will share it on this forum.
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland"
A Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Poland - Update 3 August 2014
"The first cadastral map of Lemberg/Lwow/Lvov to be posted in the Gesher Galicia Cadastral Map Room:
A complete cadastral map of the city of Lemberg surveyed 1849 and lithographed in 1853. A very clear and beautiful full-color cadastral map, showing this gem of the Austrian Empire already developed with many of the streets and significant buildings still visible today."
A Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Poland - Update 22 August 2014
Gesher Galicia has added two new inventories of cadastral map holdings in the Rzeszow and Przemysl branches of the Polish State Archives
Przemysl: http://www.geshergalicia.org/ inventory/maps-przemysl-state- archives/
Rzeszow: http://www.geshergalicia.org/ inventory/maps-rzeszow-state- archives/
A Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Poland - Update 20 September 2014
Announcing three recent additions to the Gesher Galicia Cadastral Map Room:
Krakow Street Map Under Occupation ca. 1941
This important map showing Krakow (Cracow, Krakau) under German occupation during WWII was provided to Gesher Galicia by the Jewish Historical Institute of Warsaw, Poland. Four zones are highlighted by hand, including the town center ('mixed/business district', A), initial German residential area (B), extended German residential area (C), and the ghetto ('Jewish residential', D). Streets are labeled with their Polish names, but some are Germanized. The Kazimierz district, two Jewish cemeteries and key churches are indicated, but not synagogues.
There are also two cadastral maps for two different towns named Rudawka: one in Poland, the other about 40 kilometers NNW, across the border in Ukraine.
Rudawka Village Cadastral Map 1852 (Gmina Bircza)
This is a selectively-colored cadastral map of the village of Rudawka (now in the Gmina Bircza of Poland), surveyed 1852 and lithographed 1854. The map shows no village center or masonry buildings, but includes a modest estate and two small Catholic chapels.
Rudawka Village Cadastral Map 1853 (Stary Sambor Raion)
http://maps.geshergalicia.org/ cadastral/rudawka-rudavka- 1853/
A complete, selectively-colored cadastral map of the village of Rudawka (Rudavka,) now a defunct settlement in the Stary Sambor Raion of Ukraine, surveyed 1853 and lithographed 1854. Covering a large but sparsely populated village straddling the Rudawka River with two other rivers flowing in, the map shows no village center or masonry buildings, and only a tiny Catholic church.
(Note to researchers: there are several other formerly Galician towns with the name of, or beginning with, Rudawka. Knowing the coordinates of "your" towns are key when names are so similar.)
The map room home page is: http://maps.geshergalicia.org
New databases added: :Drohobycz Jewish Birth Index (1921-1938); Kosów Jewish Marriage Records (1852-1876); Mielnica Jewish Death Records (1820-1851); and Sanok Jewish Marriage Index (Grooms Only) (1916-1939).
Major updates to existing databases: Thousands of more records added to the existing vital records collections: Lviv Jewish Birth Records (1805-1871); Lviv Jewish Death Records (1805-1880); Lviv Jewish Marriage Records (1801-1866); and Sanok Jewish Birth Index (1869-1913) (the 1890-1913 births are new)
Want to know more about finding records in Poland please buy the guide.
3 November 2014:
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee - http://search.archives.jdc.org
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee announced that they will be posting online with free public access its Poland collection from 1945-1949. This collection was confiscated by the Communist Authorities. To access the collection go to: http://tinyurl.com/nhrj5vw
The general procedure is to first check the two name indices, which are roughly alphabetized by surname of the head of household:
When you find an index entry for a person of interest, record the two numbers next to it in the "Lizcba domu" and "Dziel. miasta" columns (e.g., 50 and VIII).
which has links to groups of census images, and find the link that includes "Dz." followed by your "Dziel. miasta" number (Roman numerals) and has a "nr" range including your "Lizcba domu" number (Arabic numerals). For example, if your numbers are 50 and VIII, the relevant link is "Spis ludnosci 1880, Dz. VIII, nr 25-67, T. 19."
After following that link, search for a census image that looks like a spreadsheet and has your "Liczba domu" number (e.g, 50) in the top right. There might be several with the same "Liczba domu" number, and one or more should have information about the person/family of interest.
Along the way, you will need to enlarge thumbnail images (by clicking on them), and possibly enlarge even further (by clicking on the icon that looks like a white rectangle on a black circle near the bottom right of the first enlargement). Fully enlarged, high-resolution images can be saved to your computer ("Download" link below the image)
Update 21 January 2015
The following new book should be considered along with the rest of the Bibliography on page 71
"Polin: 1000 Years of Jewish Life in Poland" Published by Polin the Museum of the History of Polish Jews
(2014) ISBN 978-83-62887-00-2
Updated 3 August 2015
"There are important reasons to repeat your past searches on the JRI-Poland database.
A significant change to the JRI-Poland search system was introduced just prior to the July 2015 conference in Israel. Following one-year of intensive development by Michael Tobias, there is now a new search system with additional options for refining your searches with faster results, especially for the JRI-Poland surname mapper.
The new search system features:
· A new standardised format for all vital records results.
· Exact spelling
· Given name searches include some limited given name synonyms.
· Quick access mapping link for all search results (for town-based data).
· Due to the recent change in Polish Privacy Law, Marriage and Death results and Mapping will include data up to 1934 where available.
· Improvement in the handling of accented characters.
· Introduction of "Fuzzy Matching, a technique to find close matches that are mis-spelled or mistyped. There are 3 levels of Fuzzy Matching starting with searches for names or towns which are different from your request by 1 letter or pair of transposed letters.
There are links to a full explanation of Fuzzy Matching on the JRI-Poland search page.
There are exclusive tools for searching on the JRI-Poland website. Instead of just surnames, it's possible to search the JRI-Poland database by surname, given name, and town or a combination of these. In addition, you can search by year ranges and record types.
Also, only by searching through the JRI-Poland portal can you specify a radius of, say, 50 or 100 kilometres from certain geographical coordinates. This can still focus your search, but also yield results from several different Gubernias.
Together, these features provide an invaluable tool - both for expanding your overview or focusing searches and solving dilemmas associated with too many results when a search involves large towns and common surnames. But these extras are only available as a standard feature when you search via www.jri-poland.org."