Posen City Registration Cards--they're up through R! #general


Roger Lustig
 

[Slight revision of my previous post: better link.]

Dear all:

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.

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.

http://szukajwarchiwach.pl/53/474/0/19.3/str/1/100#tabJednostki

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).

>from there, click on "Digital Copies" to the right of the red arrow
with 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!

Roger Lustig
Princeton, NJ USA
research coordinator, GerSIG
Prussian Poland coordinator, JRI-Poland


André Günther
 

Hi Roger,

you should have mentioned, that the person must have MOVED in this
period - otherwise it's logical that he/she is missing.
90-95 % of all cards exist!

Regards Andre Munich


snip......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.
snip........


Roger Lustig
 

André:
I don't think that's the case. The authorities kept registration books
long before then and probably transferred the information to cards in 1870.

I'm looking at a card for a family of 6, where the youngest was born in
1866. The original address (Judenstrasse 16!) is dated 30 Oct 1855, and
is the only one in the same handwriting as the names of the family
members. The first updates (1877 and 1879) are for 2 sons moving away
and one of them returning. The family address does not change until
1881, so the creation of the card cannot be the the result of a move.
Here it is:

http://szukajwarchiwach.pl/53/474/0/19.3/14854/str/1/2/100/yA1IVjM_BOFs8q2_
NdK03A/#tabSkany

( MOD: http://tinyurl.com/naowzu3 )

In any event, people moved often in those days--and in the early 1920s
almost all the German Jews moved away and Polish ones moved in.

Best regards,
Roger

On 1/26/2014 7:38 AM, André Günther wrote:
Hi Roger,

you should have mentioned, that the person must have MOVED in this period
- otherwise it´s logical that he/she is missing.
snip...............


Roger Lustig
 

Dear Andre:

I don't think this is the case. I just found a card that recorded the
names of a family with 6 children, all born before 1870 (the stated date
when the card catalog began). The card said that the parents lived in
one place >from 1855 until 1881. The original enumeration of the family
and the mention of their residence since 1855 are in one hand; all
others-->from 1877 to 1925--are in different handwriting, which means
that the card was created at least 4 years before that move.

Residence registration was nothing new in 1870, and I suspect that the
family's information was transferred >from a book to a card around that time.

Roger Lustig
Princeton, NJ USA

On 1/26/2014 7:38 AM, Andre Gunther wrote:
Hi Roger,

you should have mentioned, that the person must have MOVED in this
period - otherwise it's logical that he/she is missing.
90-95 % of all cards exist!
snip........