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In response to Sana Loue's question about obtaining records from three
towns, I will start by emphasizing that:
All online JRI-Poland data is free. No "subscriptions" are necessary.
For information about specific online or offline records for a town, contact
the volunteer town leader noted on the JRI-Poland website. Town leaders
are available to help you whatever your town of interest and get great
satisfaction from doing so. Reach out by:
* Using the web form on the Town Explorer pages of our website:
* Writing to: [townname]@jri-poland.org
I would like to take this opportunity to share part of the message that appeared
in the April edition of the JRI-Poland "For the Record" Newsletter. It said...
"Keep in mind we are often inundated with requests! Some of us receive as many
as 25 or more genealogy-related inquiries each week. And we all try to be helpful
with advice about research steps. Circumstances permitting, our volunteers will go
into detail with instructions about search results, and under some conditions, even
send an image of an actual document as a favor.
Each email we receive can take 15 minutes to an hour (or even two hours!) to fully
answer and most require a follow-up email asking the requestor for clarification before
the original question(s) can be answered. Time lag between emails, other requests
waiting for responses, and daily life adds more time to “refresh one’s memory” about
a case to construct a complete or correct answer.
All this underlines the importance of sending your email request to the right person to
obtain the best answer in the shortest amount of time. Please download this handy
Jewish Records Indexing - Poland is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization
with its own administration, volunteers and fundraising. As a way to extend our reach,
researchers are able to search the JRI-Poland.org database with more than six million
records through JewishGen. Go directly to JRI-Poland with this link: https://jri-poland.org
Stanley Diamond, M.S.M. (Montreal, 514-484-0100)
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.
I'm not sure I understand Stanley's response. There is, in fact, a required donation to each town in order to receive offline records/indexes. I understand Sana Loue's question and I face the same issue. I fully understand and respect the need for donations, but it is difficult for researchers who don't know which towns to search. Maybe all off-line records could be behind one paywall and with one donation we can have access all available records.
Sarah L Meyer
Now I fully understand your question. Once the donations for each of your towns reaches the level necessary to pay for the records (and possibly) translations, the records become part of the public part of JRI Poland. Before Stanley's response I would have suggested is if you can afford it donate to Town 1 the first year, Town 2 the second year and Town 3 the third year. But perhaps Stanley's response indicates another option - write each of the town leaders asking if there are records with your family surname (or given name and surname) from their town. Now you may learn that your family did not live in town 2 at all and that most of the records for your family are from town 3. Then I would definitely make the contribution to Town 3 (assuming that you can afford it), and the following year to Town 1.
Sarah L Meyer
ANK(I)ER, BIGOS, KARMELEK, PERLSTADT, STOKFISZ, SZPIL(T)BAUM, Poland
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania