Transcribers wanted: Lissa census. It's easy! #poland

Roger Lustig

Dear all:

In 1793, Lissa/Leszno, on the western edge of the former Posen Province,
became Prussian in the 2nd Partition of Poland. 4 years later, new
regulations demanded that Jews in the new provinces adopt a surname.

There is little evidence that such surname adoption actually occurred
throughout South Prussia and New East Prussia. The Lissa town
records--now on line--contain several lists that plainly show that the
local Jews did indeed take--and keep--surnames, and that they did so
around 1798.

The biggest prize in this collection is a complete census of the Jews of
Lissa, taken in 1806-7. It has over 3,600 entries and lists everyone,
young and old. Even better: its written mainly in a nice, round Latin
script that many of us will have no trouble reading. gets you to a page of thumbnail images.
Click on the 2nd one >from the right in the top row to see the first page
of the census. For further enlargement, click on the "enlarge" icon to
get a full-sized, downloadable scan.

There are about 100 pages to transcribe. Who wants to do a few? Or even
just one? All collaboration is welcome. This will go into both the
Germany Database and JRI-Poland.

Just email me at this address.

Thanks in advance,

Roger Lustig Princeton, NJ research coordinator, GerSIG and Prussian
Poland area coordinator, JRI-Poland

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