Book of Residents #poland
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
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
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
Daniel Kazez <dkazez@...>
Regarding Fay Bussgang's mention of "Ksiegi Ludnosci," here is an exampletoggle quoted messageShow quoted text
drawn >from Czestochowa (south of Lodz):
TELMAN family in Lodz and Zgierz
Daniel Kazez <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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
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