Notarial Documents

M Fine

I recently have been in touch with Daniel Paczkowski, from Ancestral-Tourism.

He found and translated a notarial document of a real estate sale by my great great grandfather from Choroszcz, Leib Calewicz.

I am wondering how much experience people might have had with such documents?  Can I deduce any genealogical information about my Calewicz family, besides that he owned some property and seemingly had to sell it to satisfy some debts?  This document was from 1893.  In 1898 he left to join his daughter in NY.

Perhaps this is a resource that more researchers should be using?

Mitch Fine

FINE, CALEWICZ, SOLOWITZ –Bialystok, Choroszcz

Barbara Ellman

Our ancestors used the notaries whenever a contract was called for: sale/purchase of property, business agreements and even dowry agreements.  The most genealogical information will be found in those notary records that relate to the family.

I know of a notary record that defined the fate of a dowry should the marriage end.  The bride's uncle was providing the dowry and the document named 3 generations of the family!

Notary records can be a good source of family information, but they generally require having go to the archives and search for relevant documents.

I'm not sure if there is any genealogical information to be gleaned from this particular transaction.

Barbara Ellman

Barbara Ellman
Secaucus NJ USA
ELLMAN, COIRA, MAIDMAN - Minkovtsy, Ukraine
KAGLE, FASS - Ulanow, Poland