Book of Residents #poland


Daniel Kazez <dkazez@...>
 

Regarding Fay Bussgang's mention of "Ksiegi Ludnosci," here is an example
drawn >from Czestochowa (south of Lodz):

http://tinyurl.com/do34c
or
http://www.benkazez.com/dan/Englender-Book-of-Residents/Census.html

Dan Kazez

TELMAN family in Lodz and Zgierz

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Daniel Kazez <dkazez@wittenberg.edu>
Professor of Music / Wittenberg University / Springfield, Ohio USA
TALMAN, ENGLANDER, JURKIEWICZ, STRAUSBERG, KIFER, BRODA, SZEWCZYK,
LEWKOWICZ, SZPALTYN, OFMAN, ZYLBERBERG, KRZEPICKI, LUKS, MOSZKOWICZ, STROZ,
SZWIMER, GUTMAN, PESACH, FEYNER/FEINER/FAYNER, BORZYKOWSKI, SZEWCZYK,
SZWARCBERG, HILLER, FEDERMAN, WAJSHAUS, WAJSBERG, GELBART, FINGERHUT,
PLOTEK, FAJWLEWICZ, SZKLARCZYK, WAJCENBLUT, KRZESOWICZ/KRESOWICZ

Dear Tzilla Kratter,

Lodz Archives have very good records called Ksiegi Ludnosci
(until 1931) which list all legal residents of Lodz. A whole
family is listed on one page with birth date, place, names of
parents, occupation, where they last lived, etc.

In addition, they have Personnenblatt-Karty Meldunkowe from
1918-1920 with much the same information. You could write the
Lodz State Archives and ask someone to do the research.

Fay Bussgang
Lexington, MA


Fbussgang@...
 

Quite a few people have written me about where to write to request research
on Books of Residents.

If you write in English it might be best to write to the main headquarters:

Naczelna Dyrekcja Archiwow Panstwowych
ul. Dluga 6, skr. poczt. 1005
00-950 Warsaw, Poland

If you want to try Lodz directly, write:
Archiwum Panstwowe w Lodzi
pl. Wolnosci 1
90-950 Lodz, Poland

They will write to you (in Polish) and tell you where to send the money. They
will give you a Bank Account Number, and you can send a money order to that
account.

Fay Bussgang
Lexington, MA


sbloom@...
 

In my experience, the Books of Residents of towns can often
refer to individuals who had no other vital records recorded
(to my knowledge in Poland). In fact, though I found many
records tracing back to my 5th great grandparents, it was
the birth record of my own great grandfather, who came to the
US and died only a few years before I was born, that was missing.

However, eventually a paid researcher in Poland found him in the
appropriate BoR.

Could someone escape being mentioned in a BoR? I imagine, yes.
Though I often see things like "missing, left for the United States"
or "missing, escaped military service" -- so, I think someone did
try to record everybody.

If an archivist told you years ago that a relative had no records
in their archives, I wouldn't trust it.
Unless this was someone you paid, and they told you what they did
and did not look at, I'd ignore it. Looking for names in all
appropriate records takes a lot of work.
I can't imagine that a typical archivist would (or even be
allowed to) do such an expansive search.

As was said previously, I wouldn't look at it as "your only hope",
but, perhaps, the best hope that you have not considered in depth
to date.

Steve Bloom
Central Virginia