JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen More about those military "draft board" records containing previously unavailable Jewish birth records #general

Asparagirl <asparagirl@...>

Thank you to everyone who wrote to me with nice comments about the
partial Jewish birth records discovered within the military "draft
board" records. Thank you especially to Tomasz Jankowski, who wrote to
me that "The original files were microfilmed at the State Archives of
the Ivano-Frankivsk Region >from the fonds of regional authority
(starostwo powiatowe)."

Tomasz is correct; FamilySearch (the LDS Church) apparently
microfilmed those records on site at the Ivano-Frankivsk archives, not
at the Lviv archives as I had previously written. The Lviv Archives
do hold many military records, but almost all of theirs are >from the
Austrian (Galician) era, not Polish period. FamilySearch lists them
this way:

"Miltary [sic] records, 1865-1930"

As usual, this FamilySearch microfilm set's title is misleading; those
records are nearly all >from the Austrian era, which was up basically
only through 1918, except for one item at the end of this record set
that gives medical test results >from 1920-1930 for military personnel
born in 1883.

I personally haven't looked at those Austrian military records, but
they appear to be alphabetical by surname and then grouped by year,
which doesn't sound so bad to search through. If anyone has experience
with that record set, perhaps they could comment if the data is as
helpful as the later Polish records whose examples I posted the other

So, here's some more good news: I found even more of those excellent
Polish draft board records preserved and filmed by FamilySearch. It
is sadly not easy or intuitive to find these records in the
FamilySearch catalog if you do a search by location, but if you leave
the location field blank, then do a combination of keyword searching
and subsequent filtering of the results based on Polish language, it
yields a much bigger list of records.

The main takeaway is that there is at least one more large record set
of "draft board" files available, besides the Bohorodczany powiat and
Stanislawow powiat records mentioned in my previous message to the
listserve. And that would be the Sniatyn powiat records for 1920-1939
-- again, this is a fortuitous record set to be preserved, since many
of the smaller towns in the Sniatyn area had few or no 19th century
Jewish vital records that survived. Or didn't until now, I guess.
Czernowitz [Chernivtsy] researchers might want to look at this record
set, too, since that area borders the Sniatyn area.

So, to sum up, the three largest collections of "draft board" records
each cover multiple towns in the former Stanislawow Voivodeship, and
each have many records available for many years:

#1: "Miltary [sic] records, 1884-1910"
Covers multiple towns (perhaps all towns?) in the former Bohorodczany
powiat, Stanislawow Voivodeship, Interwar Poland -- now the
Bohorodchany area, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, Ukraine
NOTE: All the example images linked in my previous message to the
listserve came >from this record set. I am pretty sure that these
records do cover all towns in the powiat, even the very small towns.

#2a: "Miltary [sic] records, 1883-1939"
#2b: "Military records, 1903-1938"
Covers multiple towns (perhaps all towns?) in the former Stanislawow
powiat, Stanislawow Voivodeship, Interwar Poland -- now the
Ivano-Frankivsk area, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, Ukraine
NOTE: It is unclear why these two collections of records are given
separate catalog entries; they should probably be combined as they
cover the same area and complementary years.

#3: "Miltary [sic] records, 1920-1939"
Covers multiple towns (perhaps all towns?) in the former Sniatyn
powiat, Stanislawow Voivodeship, Interwar Poland -- now the Sniatyn
area, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, Ukraine
NOTE: This record set is very poorly named; according to the record
descriptions, these files actually cover men born >from 1890 up through
1921, but with several years missing.

I also found these two new smaller collections:

#4: "Miltary [sic] records, 1928-1938" [actually recruits born in 1890 and 1896]
It is unclear whether this is just for the town of Kolomyya,
Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, Ukraine or whether it refers to multiple towns
within the former Kolomyja [Kolomea] powiat

#5: "Military records, 1938" [actually recruits born in 1917]
Jablonow -- now Yabluniv, Kolomyya region, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, Ukraine

The following towns were all in Stanislawow powiat in Interwar Poland,
and all have single record sets in the FamilySearch catalog labeled
simply "Military records, 1924", which >from the record descriptions
were all for recruits born in 1903:

- Knihinin -- absorbed into the city of Stanislawow, now
Ivano-Frankivsk, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, Ukraine

- Pawelcze [Pavelche] -- now Pavlivka, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, Ukraine

- Perlowce -- now Perlivtsi, Halych region, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, Ukraine

- Podbereze -- now Poberezhzhya, Halych region, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, Ukraine

- Podluze -- now Pidluzhzhya, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, Ukraine

- Pukasowce -- now Pukasivtsi, Halych region, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Ukraine

- Radcza -- now Radcha, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, Ukraine

- Rybno -- now Rybne, Ivano-Frankivs'ka oblast, Ukraine

- Sielec [Selets] -- now Silets, Halych region, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, Ukraine

- Sobotow [Subotow] -- now Subotiv, Halych region, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine

- Uhrynow Dolny -- now Uhryniv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine

So, lots of records available!

To sum up: if you have late 19th century or early 20th century
ancestry >from the southern part of what was once the Stanislawow
region, but your family comes >from a town where the conventional
wisdom is that "the records didn't survive", you might want to take a
look at these military records to see if they could be a useful

Good luck!

- Brooke Schreier Ganz
Mill Valley, California

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