JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Danzig records #general


Roger <julierog@...>
 

The PSA's resources do include databases of varying completeness.
www.archiva.gov.pl has some English-language pages, including intros to the
database query forms. The *Pradziad* database specializes in BMD records; *Sezam*
attempts to list all holdings at the "fond" level, with more or less elaboration.
*Pradziad* is incomplete, especially in the German-speaking parts, but still very
useful; and they do update as they find more stuff.

Another item to check: _Quellen zur Geschichte der Juden in polnischen Archiven_,
Stefi Jersch-Wenzel, ed. Muenchen, K.G. Saur, 2003-2005. The second volume of
this has just appeared; it covers Silesia plus the holdings of the ZIH in Warsaw.
The first volume covers the rest of what was Prussian Poland. It lists everything
that a) might be useful to a historical researcher or genealogist interested in
Jewish matters, and b) appears in the inventory lists. That is to say, the
people who did this (long may they flourish) didn't have the resources to check
out every item. But it's your best guide at the moment. There's certainly a
lot of material in the Gdansk archive; possibly the items you need.

Roger Lustig
Princeton, NJ
researching Upper Silesia, mostly

-----Original Message-----
From: Anita Springer <aspringer@post.harvard.edu>
Sent: Jun 6, 2005 10:40 AM
To: JewishGen Discussion Group <jewishgen@lyris.jewishgen.org>
Subject: Re: Danzig records


Danzig records are now kept by the Polish State Archives. I have had
success accessing old German records in the Polish archives by hiring a
German-speaking Polish researcher to go and read through them for me.
I believe that writing to the Polish archives for information yourself
would not be likely to result in success; I believe they are not able to
provide any genealogical research help for reasons of being generally
understaffed and poorly paid.

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