There is exciting news for Raciaz researchers!
Indexing of the Books of Residents for Raciaz has been completed by Jewish
Records Indexing - Poland!
What are Books of Residents?
Where these volumes have survived, Akta Miasta or Ksiegi Mieszkancow or
Ksiegie Ludnosci (Books of Residents) are a unique source of information on
the citizens of towns and villages of Poland. In simple terms, these
registers contain a house-by-house census of the people in the town and
the authorities' way of monitoring the movement of the
population. Different series and types of Books of Residence and Census
registers have been in use since the middle of the 19th century but, unlike
the vital records of Poland, most have not survived the passage of time.
The Raciaz Books of Residents
These are held in the Plock branch of the Polish State Archives. They
cover the period >from the late 20th century until 1931. The earliest year
of birth mentioned is 1800 and there are also entries for the 20th century.
The Raciaz Books of Residents Excel file includes page number, house
number, entry number), surname, first name(s), father's given name,
mother's given name and maiden name, date and place of birth, occupation,
place of domicile, previous place of domicile, and remarks (deaths, changes
of residence, and military service, for example).
Why are Books of Residents for Raciaz important?
These entries contain a full picture of family groups. In addition,
approximately 25% of the entries are for individuals NOT recorded in the
birth registers. Many entries include information about where
people moved to so it can open up the door to previously unknown family
branches that lived in another town. This is particularly important for
young women who moved to their new husband's town.
How do I know if my family is in these books?
JRI-Poland has created a surname list extracted >from all the
entries. Below is a list of all the surnames appearing 25 or more
times. If you do not see your family surname(s) in this list, please
contact me and I will gladly send you a file listing all the surnames and
25 most frequent SURNAMES in Raciaz Books of Residents
Other towns mentioned
The most frequently mentioned places of birth (other than Raciaz) are:
Brzesc Kujawski 5
For more information about this database, please contact me at
Great Falls, Virginia