Transcribers wanted: Lissa census. It's easy! #poland
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
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.
http://tinyurl.com/LissaThumbs 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