Polish Books of Residents and Other Valuable Resources
Speakers Fay and Julian Bussgang will present a special program
co-sponsored by Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston (JGSGB)
and the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts on Sunday, May 1,
2016, 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Goodnow Library , 21 Concord Road, Sudbury,
There are many valuable genealogical resources in Poland beyond vital
records, some of which are now available online. The most informative
are Books of Residents. These are 20th century municipal registration
books that have survived for many towns. They contain detailed information
about all the inhabitants in each household who had their legal residence
in that community.
The presentation will also cover other useful documents including
business directories, passport and I.D. applications, notary records,
deportation to Siberia records, and professional and military records.
Fay and Julian Bussgang will show examples of data >from these sources
and explain how to access them. This talk will focus on documents that
are not connected to any particular religious group but apply to all
who have roots in Poland. We will be joined by Marek Lesniewski-Lass,
Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland.
Fay Bussgang has authored over 20 articles on genealogy, as well as
the chapter "Russian Poland" in the Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy.
Fay and her husband, Julian, have done extensive genealogical research
during 14 trips to Poland. Fay served as co-president of the Jewish
Genealogical Society of Greater Boston in 1998.
Julian Bussgang, born in Lwow, Poland, fled with his family in
September 1939 to Romania and then to Palestine. There he joined the
Polish 2nd Corps (Anders Army) and fought in the Italian campaign.
After the fall of communism, he served in Warsaw and Krakow as a
volunteer with the International Executive Service Corps. In 2011, he
received the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of
Poland for his activities promoting Polish-Jewish dialogue.
A reception with refreshments will follow the program. This program is
free and open to the public.
For information about upcoming JGSGB programs go to jgsgb.org.
To learn more about becoming a member of JGSGB or subscribing
to JGSGB's journal MASS-POCHA, go to jgsgb.org/mass-pocha.
Ellie Goldberg, JGSGB