JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Posen City Registration Cards--they're up through R! (Take 3) #general
[Slight revision of my previous revision, with thanks to Joachim Mugdan
re: alphabetical order]
[Slight revision of my previous post: better link.]
Last summer we learned of the existence of images of the residence
registration index cards >from the city of Posen/Poznan.
The date range for these cards is given as 1870-1931. They are of great
interest because they list all the members of a family and give birth
dates and places--and sometimes the names of parents too. Moves, both
within Posen/Poznan and from/to the city are noted.
The Polish State Archive image web site had uploaded images of the cards
alphabetized A through L and the first part of M.
I just noticed that the rest of M plus N through R have been uploaded.
==NEW==> The cards are supposed to be in alphabetical order. However,
this order is generally based on the Polish spelling of a particular
name: ALEKSANDR instead of ALEXANDER, RAJCH instead of REICH. To find
the Polish spelling of a name that interests you, do a Soundex search in
the Family Finder or at JRI-Poland and see what spellings come up under
Poland. If the name in question is an unusual one, search on one that
starts the same way. <==NEW==
The cards are cataloged in groups of 500 to 1000 images each. (Some
cards have info on both sides!)
As many have remarked, the site gives excellent images (and lots of
them) but is not particularly user-friendly, especially for us who don't
know much Polish. The collection in question (Posnan Archive 474:
Records of the City of Posen) is cataloged on the site in such a way to
make it nearly impossible to find what one wants among the 26,000+
items, all of which are listed although about 97% of them aren't on line
(yet). In fact, the only part of the collection that's available is this
set of cards.
gets you to the alphabetical list of those groups.
That page and the next 10 link to a summary page for each group (click
on any column in the row you want). ==NEW==> The last 3 pages are
reserved for S through Z, so there's no need to look past page 8 for the
from there, click on "Digital Copies" to the right of the red arrowwith the call number in it.
That will get you to a page of 15 thumbnails. You can set the page size
as high as 100 thumbnails.
Click on one of them to see a medium-sized image. You can page through
these fairly quickly. The image display has a feature that will give you
an enlarged version in a separate window.
The cards are supposed to be in alphabetical order, but this is not
always exactly the case, so if you're not sure you've found everything
you need, cast your net a little wider!
Princeton, NJ USA
research coordinator, GerSIG
Prussian Poland coordinator, JRI-Poland