More Information re Lodz PSA Births #poland
Here are a couple of significant points you should be aware of concerning the
city of Lodz PSA births recently added to the JRI-Poland database.
I. Dates and Akt Numbers of Births in the Lodz PSA file
One point that should always be kept in mind is that the year listed for a
birth, marriage or death is the year the event was registered with the civil
registration office of that town, and may or may not be the actual year the
event took place. You must see the vital record itself to verify the exact
date and year the event took place.
After searching for your family's surname in the JRI-Poland database, you may
come up with resulting births containing consecutive Akt (record) numbers. In
Lodz records earlier in the 19th century, you might correctly assume that two
births with the same surname and consecutive Akt numbers were those of twins.
However, later in the 19th century, a number of families appear to have
registered the births of their children all at once. Here is an example:
Surname/ Given Name / Year / Birth / Akt Number
KROCHMAL Mania 1898 B 773
KROCHMAL Pinkus 1898 B 774
KROCHMAL Mendel 1898 B 775
KROCHMAL Ginda Rajzel 1898 B 776
KROCHMAL Berek 1898 B 777
You should NOT assume that Mrs. Krochmal gave birth to quintuplets in 1898!
However, you could reasonably assume that all five of these individuals are
siblings, and this may be an important clue in your family research. If you
find there are just two consecutive birth Akt numbers with the same surname,
they could be twins, siblings or other. This can only be verified by viewing
the actual vital record.
II. Ordering Vital Records >from the Polish State Archives
If you are interested in ordering a record >from a PSA file, scroll to the
bottom of the JRI-Poland database search results page, where you will find a
link next to "Lodz PSA Births" or "Lodz PSA Marriages." Click on one of these
links and go to the Lodz PSA page. >from there, click on the link to "special
instructions regarding the order form." That will bring you to this page:
"Jewish Records Indexing - Poland Polish State Archives Data
Special Instructions for ordering documents >from the PSA"
On this page, you can access the order form by clicking on the link to "order
form." Follow the instructions >from there.
I hope this clarifies some of the questions you might have and makes your
research a bit easier!
Shirley Rotbein Flaum
Lodz JRI-Poland / Polish State Archives Project Coordinator