Re: Lodz Census Registration Cards 1916-1921 #poland

Susan Solarz <solaking19@...>

I find the index for my grandfather Jakob Berlinski but cannot find
the scan. Am I doing this incorrectly or does this not exist? Also, I
hope to visit Lodz this summer. Can I gain access to these or other
records of birth, location of residence, etc there or here before I
leave the U.S.? Thank you.

Susan Solarz
Sacramento, CA


Subject: Re: Lodz Census Registration Cards 1916-1921
From: Ronald Brandt <reb124@...>
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 2015 12:42:07 -0500
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I already thanked Logan yesterday, but I would like to share with this
group the emotional connection I felt when I found the registration
cards for both my Father's and Mother's families. Aside >from seeing
the names of Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles I never met, I also learned
for the first time, the name of a great grandfather. This for me is a
real treasure, which I immediately shared with my own children, niece
and nephews.

I am now anxiously awaiting the release of more names, so that I can
search for my Father-In-law's family record as well.

Thank you once again.

Ron Brandt

On Dec 18, 2015, at 10:12 PM, Julian & Fay Bussgang
@fbussgang <lodz@...> wrote:

This is fabulous to have these online. I have used them at the
and they contain wonderful information. For some reason, they are
limited mainly to the years 1918 to 1920. I think that was a time of
turmoil following World War I, when lots of people were displaced.
Spelling of names may be different than what you expect. For instance,
my Bursztajn family suddenly became Burstein, a German spelling, but
went back to Bursztajn later. So don't be put off if the spelling is
a little different.

These documents are the registration cards that one fills out in order
to be registered in the Spis Ludnosci, that is, the official Books of
Residents of a town/city. They contain name of head of household and
his/her occupation (widow can be listed as head of household),
birthplace and birth date and where they lived before. They also have
the name of the spouse and where born, and the names of children and
their birthplace and birthdate. There is also an address where they
live, and changes of address are recorded. All in all, a very
resource. Thanks Logan!

Fay Bussgang
Dedham, MA

Subject: Lodz Census Registration Cards 1916-1921
From: Logan Kleinwaks <kleinwaks@...>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2015 13:30:49 -0500
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Scans of about 135,000 Lodz registration cards with census-like
genealogical information stated as being >from 1916-1921 are now
viewable online, organized roughly alphabetically by surname of head
of household.

Here is a typical example, a card for Hersz STEINHARDT and family:

To view the scans, first go to the list of groups of scans at:

Note the last column on the right, Number of Scans/Liczba Skanow. If
that is 0, there are no scans available for the group. For example,
there are currently very few scans for surnames beginning with A-J.
(I do not know if/when additional scans will be added.)

Clicking the title of a group (e.g., [Spis ludnosci Lodzi]
Sztajnberg-Sztejnke) will bring up an overview page, with a red tab at
the top. Click the link to the right of the red tab, Scans/Skany.
This will lead to a group of thumbnail images, 15 per page by default.

Note that the alphabetization is not always precise and sometimes is
based on a Polish version of the surname. For example, Steinhardt
appears with Sztajnhart in the Szt- section, not in the St- section.

Clicking on a thumbnail will enlarge it. On the enlarged image, there
is an icon near the bottom right that looks like a white rectangle on
a black circle -- clicking that will open a new window to display a
high-resolution image. Because of the size of the high-resolution
image, it might not be fully visible on your screen, but you can
click, hold, and drag it with your mouse to change the visible region.
To save a high-resolution image to your computer, click the
Download/Pobierz link below the image, in the bottom center.

I have not examined these scans carefully, and I regret that I am not
able to offer further information about this material or individual

Logan Kleinwaks
near Washington, D.C.

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