Stanley Diamond, Project Coordinator of Jewish Records
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Indexing - Poland, has posted an announcement that is
Please note that these comments and suggestions DO NOT
apply to the ordering procedure for copies of records >from the
AGAD Archives. The AGAD orders are processed through an
Order Processing Center in the United States.
Orders for copies of records >from the AGAD Archives have
also experienced long delays. However, this is solely due to
a backlog of orders at the AGAD Archives. Please rest
assured that all orders for AGAD records placed through the
JRI-Poland ordering system will be filled. Right now the
processing time is 100-150 days. We are hoping this will be
reduced in the future.
If you ordered records >from the AGAD Archives through
JRI-Poland >from near the end of November 2001 and early
January 2002 and these orders were received by the AGAD
Order Processing Center by January 10, you should be
receiving your record copies in a week or two.
Please bear with us as we try to resolve this situation.
AGAD Archive Coordinator
This message is for researchers of Polish Jewish records who
do not subscribe to the Jewish Records Indexing - Poland
mailing list and who may therefore not be aware of a very
important announcement posted on the JRI-Poland list a few
As most JewishGen mailing list readers are aware, Jewish
Records Indexing - Poland <www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl> is
indexing Jewish vital records of Poland, generally those more
than 100 years old.
As a service to users and supporters, JRI-Poland provides an
order system enabling researchers to fill out, print and mail
orders to the Polish State Archives (PSA) for records indexed in
the JRI-Poland database (and not available in the LDS microfilms).
This system has generally worked well. However, there have
been a few problems.
As a result, at a recent meeting between JRI-Poland and the PSA,
a number of possible changes in the ordering procedures were
One problem relates to transaction fees charged to the PSA
Branches by their local banks for depositing bank / cashier checks
from outside of Poland. These fees vary >from bank to bank andtown to town and in some cases have exceeded the face value of
the bank check sent by a researcher to pay for copies of records.
This has resulted in some confusion on the part of various archive
branches, which has included long delays in processing orders,
returned orders and requests for additional funds (or bank to bank
JRI-Poland has developed and submitted a proposal to the PSA
for a system that we hope can solve the problem, and would be
beneficial to both our researchers and to JRI-Poland. This proposal
is now being considered.
What to do about orders you are ready to place?
Because of the pending changes, we recommend that researchers
hold their orders until further notice. But, if you have an URGENT
need for record copies, we also recommend that payment be made
by bank to bank transfers. To obtain the name and address of
the bank, include a short letter with your order to the PSA branch
archives holding the records you need.
JRI-Poland will provide an update and further recommendations
by the end of May.
If you have a specific question about a *particular pending order* -
in light of this message - please send it to: Judy Baston at
NOTE: the above comments and the suggested hold on placing
orders with PSA branches does *not* apply to copies of Galician
Town records >from the AGAD Archives branch. A special
temporary payment system is in place for AGAD.