Warren Blatt <wblatt@...>
Daniel Kazez <dkazez@...> wrote:
A few weeks ago, I sent out a message about this book:
This is basically a compilation, >from Polish government sources,
of all people living in Poland as of 1990 -- which means that
it includes virtually no Jews. (There were only about 5,000
Jews in Poland as of 1990, as opposed to over 3 million Jews
living there 50 years earlier).
It might be a good source for Polish Catholic genealogical
research, but has no practical value for Jewish genealogical
research -- except in those rare cases where there might be
a survivor still living in Poland. But also realize that about
half of all surnames used by Jews in Poland were also used by
non-Jews -- most were not distinctively Jewish surnames.
These volumes tell you the number of people with each surname
living in each of Poland's then-49 provinces.
See William F. Hoffman's "Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings"
2nd edition. (Chicago: Polish Genealogical Society, 1997); and
his "First Names of the Polish Commonwealth" (Chicago: PGSA, 1998)
for a detailed explanation of this work, in English.