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Rzeszów - 1899

Communities tied to Rzeszów (Reisha), Poland via marriage

You might be wondering how communities could be tied to a town via marriage. I’ve gone through about a dozen years of marriage contracts for the Jewish community of Rzeszów, Poland (in Fond 533 in the Rzeszów Archives) from about 1898 to 1910, and looked for towns that were represented by official stamps used in the documents. Rzeszów was known as Reisha (in Yiddish among the Jewish community), and it was a major community in the Austrian province of Galicia, which was later split between Eastern Poland (where Rzeszów is located) and Western Ukraine. Much of my father’s family lived in the town during this period.

In the wedding files, there are frequently also birth certificates, showing which community one or more of the couple getting married came from originally. Thus if a man from outside of Rzeszow was marrying a woman in Rzeszów, his birth certificate would generally be included in the file. The birth certificates were stamped with a special stamp representing the Jewish community of the town the record was from (to confirm its authenticity), and those stamps are the basis of this post. Keep this in mind when searching for birth certificates from towns that have no records – did the person get married somewhere else? Did you find that marriage record yet? The marriage certificates would generally be stamped as well, but by the officiating rabbi. Over those dozen years there are close to a hundred towns represented, and over 50 rabbis. Obviously many of these towns (and rabbis) repeat. Not surprisingly, the towns that are larger and closer tend to repeat more frequently.

Below you’ll see all the stamps. Click on any image to load the full size image so you can see it better (you’ll need to go Back to get back to the list). For towns in Poland, I’ve linked the town name to the page for that town in the B&F Compendium of Jewish Genealogy. Keep in mind that this list is in no way comprehenive. It is just suggestive of which communities the Jewish community of Rzeszów were most connected to via marriage during those years. It might be possible to do a more scientific study of the records and generate statistics on which communities married which other communities, but that’s for someone else to do. It was also very common in Galicia during this period for Jews to marry religiously without a civil marriage, and these records only show the civil marriages, so these are not the only towns, but the towns in which people married someone in Rzeszów that a civil record exists.

For each town that stamps exist for I have posted each stamp. If the same stamp repeats (which happens often) I only show it once. If the stamp changes, I show the new stamp. The same for the rabbi’s stamps, which also change occasionally.

Did you have family from any of these towns? Did anyone in your family live in Rzeszów, or marry someone from Rzeszów? Tell your story in the comments.

Baranów Sandomierski - 1898
Baranów Sandomierski – 1898
Błażowa - 1897
Błażowa – 1897
Błażowa - 1904
Błażowa – 1904
Bochnia - 1899
Bochnia – 1899
Bochnia Rabbinate – 1899
Borysław (now Boryslav, Ukraine) - 1898
Borysław (now Boryslav, Ukraine) – 1898
Borysław (now Boryslav, Ukraine) - 1906
Borysław (now Boryslav, Ukraine) – 1906
Brezany - 1907
Brezany – 1907
Brody (now Ukraine) - 1901
Brody (now Ukraine) – 1901
Brzesko - 1908
Brzesko – 1908
Brzesko - 1908 - Rabbi Tobias Lipshitz
Brzesko – 1908 – Rabbi Tobias Lipshitz
Brzozów - 1892
Brzozów – 1892
Brzozów - 1905
Brzozów – 1905
Chrzanów - 1897
Chrzanów – 1897
Cieszanów - 1906
Cieszanów – 1906
Czernowitz (now Chernivtsi, Ukraine) - 1906
Czernowitz (now Chernivtsi, Ukraine) – 1906
Czudec - 1898
Czudec – 1898
Czudec - 1908 - Rabbi Mozes Herzig
Czudec – 1908 – Rabbi Mozes Herzig
Dąbrowa Tarnowska - 1906
Dąbrowa Tarnowska – 1906
Dębica - 1896
Dębica – 1896
Dębica - 1906
Dębica – 1906
Dębica - 1906 - Rabbi Samuel Horowitz
Dębica – 1906 – Rabbi Samuel Horowitz
Dobromil (now Dobromyl, Ukraine) - 1901
Dobromil (now Dobromyl, Ukraine) – 1901
Dobromil (now Dobromyl, Ukraine) - 1901 - Rabbi Abraham Markus Rimald
Dobromil (now Dobromyl, Ukraine) – 1901 – Rabbi Abraham Markus Rimald
Drohobycz (now in Ukraine) - 1884
Drohobycz (now in Ukraine) – 1884
Drohobycz (now in Ukraine) - 1896
Drohobycz (now in Ukraine) – 1896
Dukla - 1899
Dukla – 1899
Dynów - 1899
Dynów – 1899
Dynów - 1910
Dynów – 1910
Frysztak - 1910
Frysztak – 1910
Głogów Małopolski - 1892
Głogów Małopolski – 1892
Głogów Małopolski - 1906 - Rabbi Moses Rubin
Głogów Małopolski – 1906 – Rabbi Moses Rubin
Głogów Małopolski - 1908 - Rabbi Moses Rubin
Głogów Małopolski – 1908 – Rabbi Moses Rubin
Gorlice - 1896
Gorlice – 1896
Gorlice - 1899
Gorlice – 1899
Gorlice - 1904 - Rabbi Baruch Halberstam
Gorlice – 1904 – Rabbi Baruch Halberstam
Gródek - 1903 - Rabbi Osias Klieger
Gródek – 1903 – Rabbi Osias Klieger
Gródek - 1908
Gródek – 1908
Gródek - 1908 - Rabbi Josef Kliger
Gródek – 1908 – Rabbi Josef Kliger
Hussaków (now Husakiv, Ukraine) - 1908
Hussaków (now Husakiv, Ukraine) – 1908
Jarosław - 1895
Jarosław – 1895
Jarosław - 1906
Jarosław – 1906
Jarosław - 1906 - Rabbinate
Jarosław – 1906 – Rabbinate
Jasło - 1896
Jasło – 1896
Jasło - 1897 - Rabbi Hersch Josef Rubin
Jasło – 1897 – Rabbi Hersch Josef Rubin
Jasło - 1900 - Rabbi Hersch Josef Rubin
Jasło – 1900 – Rabbi Hersch Josef Rubin
Jasło - 1904
Jasło – 1904
Jasło - 1906
Jasło – 1906
Jasło - 1910 - Rabbi Meilech Rubin
Jasło”>Jasło – 1910 – Rabbi Meilech Rubin
Jaworow (now Yavoriv, Ukraine) - 1900
Jaworow (now Yavoriv, Ukraine) – 1900
Kalusz (now Kalush, Ukraine) - 1900 - Rabbi Isak Babad
Kalusz (now Kalush, Ukraine) – 1900 – Rabbi Isak Babad
Kamionce (now Kamianka-Buzka, Ukraine) - 1906
Kamionce (now Kamianka-Buzka, Ukraine) – 1906
Kańczuga - 1900
Kańczuga – 1900
Kańczuga - 1906
Kańczuga – 1906
Kańczuga - 1907 - Rabbi Benzion Westreich
Kańczuga – 1907 – Rabbi Benzion Westreich
Klasno - 1905
Klasno – 1905
Klasno - 1908 - Rabbi Schmelke Frankel
Klasno – 1908 – Rabbi Schmelke Frankel
Kolomea (now Kolmyia, Ukraine) - 1897
Kolomea (now Kolmyia, Ukraine) – 1897
Kolomea (now Kolmyia, Ukraine) - 1897 - Rabbi Jacob Thumim
Kolomea (now Kolmyia, Ukraine) – 1897 – Rabbi Jacob Thumim
Kraków - 1895
Kraków – 1895
Kraków - 1907
Kraków – 1907
Kraków - 1907 - Rabbinate
Kraków – 1907 – Rabbinate
Kraków - 1910 - Rabbi Dr. Ozyasz Twon
Kraków – 1910 – Rabbi Dr. Ozyasz Twon
Krakowiec (now Krakovets, Ukraine) - 1897
Krakowiec (now Krakovets, Ukraine) – 1897
Krzywcza - 1910
Krzywcza – 1910
Łańcut - 1896
Łańcut – 1896
Łańcut - 1907
Łańcut – 1907
Łańcut - 1907 - Rabbi Simche Spira
Łańcut – 1907 – Rabbi Simche Spira
Lemberg/Lwow (now Lviv, Ukraine) - 1881
Lemberg/Lwow (now Lviv, Ukraine) – 1881
Lemberg/Lwow (now Lviv, Ukraine) - 1896
Lemberg/Lwow (now Lviv, Ukraine) – 1896
Lemberg/Lwow (now Lviv, Ukraine) - 1896 - Rabbi Dr. Jecheskiel Caro
Lemberg/Lwow (now Lviv, Ukraine) – 1896 – Rabbi Dr. Jecheskiel Caro
Lemberg/Lwow (now Lviv, Ukraine) - 1896 - Rabbi Dr. S. Guttman
Lemberg/Lwow (now Lviv, Ukraine) – 1896 – Rabbi Dr. S. Guttman
Lemberg/Lwow (now Lviv, Ukraine) - 1903 - Rabbi Alexander Halpern
Lemberg/Lwow (now Lviv, Ukraine) – 1903 – Rabbi Alexander Halpern
Lemberg/Lwow (now Lviv, Ukraine) - 1908
Lemberg/Lwow (now Lviv, Ukraine) – 1908
Lemberg/Lwow (now Lviv, Ukraine) - 1908 - Rabbi Leib Braude
Lemberg/Lwow (now Lviv, Ukraine) – 1908 – Rabbi Leib Braude
Lemberg/Lwow (now Lviv, Ukraine) - 1910 - Rabbi Dr. Jecheskiel Caro
Lemberg/Lwow (now Lviv, Ukraine) – 1910 – Rabbi Dr. Jecheskiel Caro
Leżajsk - 1888
Leżajsk – 1888
Leżajsk - Samuel Birnbaum - 1910
Leżajsk – Samuel Birnbaum – 1910
Lipsko - 1906
Lipsko – 1906
Lisko (now Lisok, Ukraine) - 1910
Lisko (now Lisok, Ukraine) – 1910
Lubaczów - 1904
Lubaczów – 1904
Lubaczów - 1906
Lubaczów – 1906
Mielec - 1896
Mielec – 1896
Mielec - 1909 - Rabbi Naftali Horowitz
Mielec – 1909 – Rabbi Naftali Horowitz
Mielnica (now Melnytsia-Podilska, Ukraine) - 1908
Mielnica (now Melnytsia-Podilska, Ukraine) – 1908
Mosciska (now Mostyska, Ukraine) - 1906
Mosciska (now Mostyska, Ukraine) – 1906
Mosciska (now Mostyska, Ukraine) - 1909 - Rabbi Chaim N. Halberstam
Mosciska (now Mostyska, Ukraine) – 1909 – Rabbi Chaim N. Halberstam
Mosciska (now Mostyska, Ukraine) - 1909
Mosciska (now Mostyska, Ukraine) – 1909
Muszyna - 1908
Muszyna – 1908
Myślenice - 1907
Myślenice – 1907
Myślenice - 1910 - Rabbi Josef S. Perlman
Myślenice – 1910 – Rabbi Josef S. Perlman
Niebylec - 1892
Niebylec – 1892
Niebylec - 1906
Niebylec – 1906
Niebylec - 1908
Niebylec – 1908
Nisko - 1906
Nisko – 1906
Nowemiasto - 1906 - Rabbi Moses Kreitstein
Nowemiasto – 1906 – Rabbi Moses Kreitstein
Nowy Sącz - 1902
Nowy Sącz – 1902
Nowy Sącz - 1907 - Rabbinate
Nowy Sącz – 1907 – Rabbinate
Nowy Targ - 1909
Nowy Targ – 1909
Nowy Wiśnicz - 1910
Nowy Wiśnicz – 1910
Oleszyce - 1904
Oleszyce – 1904
Oleszyce - 1910
Oleszyce – 1910
Ołpiny - 1902
Ołpiny – 1902
Pilzno - 1907
Pilzno – 1907
Podgórze - 1905
Podgórze – 1905
Podgórze - 1906
Podgórze – 1906
Podgórze - 1909 - Rabbi Jakob Frankel
Podgórze – 1909 – Rabbi Jakob Frankel
Preworsk - 1906 - Rabbi Hersch Aschkenasy
Preworsk – 1906 – Rabbi Hersch Aschkenasy
Pruchnik - 1900
Pruchnik – 1900
Przemyśl - 1896 - Gedalje Schmelkes
Przemyśl – 1896 – Gedalje Schmelkes
Przemyśl - 1900 - Rabbi Nathan Hebenstreit
Przemyśl – 1900 – Rabbi Nathan Hebenstreit
Przemyśl - 1902
Przemyśl – 1902
Przemyśl - 1904 - Rabbi Nathan Hebenstreit
Przemyśl – 1904 – Rabbi Nathan Hebenstreit
Przemyśl - 1905 - Rabbinate
Przemyśl – 1905 – Rabbinate
Przeworsk - 1895
Przeworsk – 1895
Przeworsk - 1906
Przeworsk – 1906
Radomyśl nad Sanem - 1907
Radomyśl nad Sanem – 1907
Radomyśl Wielki - 1909
Radomyśl Wielki – 1909
Radymno - 1901 - Rabbi Samuel Spira
Radymno – 1901 – Rabbi Samuel Spira
Radymno - 1902
Radymno – 1902
Radymno - 1906
Radymno – 1906
Radymno - 1906 - Rabbinate
Radymno – 1906 – Rabbinate
Ropczyce - 1897
Ropczyce – 1897
Ropczyce - 1897
Ropczyce – 1897
Ropczyce - 1904 - Rabbi Mendel Moriles
Ropczyce – 1904 – Rabbi Mendel Moriles
Ropczyce - 1905
Ropczyce – 1905
Rorczcach - 1894
Rorczcach – 1894
Rozwadow (now part of Stalowa Wola) - 1906
Rozwadow (now part of Stalowa Wola) – 1906
Rozwadow (now part of Stalowa Wola) - 1907
Rozwadow (now part of Stalowa Wola) – 1907
Rudnik - 1897 - Rabbi Hersch Halberstam
Rudnik – 1897 – Rabbi Hersch Halberstam
Rudnik - 1901
Rudnik – 1901
Rudnik - 1906 - Rabbi Hersch Halberstam
Rudnik – 1906 – Rabbi Hersch Halberstam
Rymanów - 1892
Rymanów – 1892
Rymanów - 1905
Rymanów – 1905
Rzeszów - 1870
Rzeszów – 1870
Rzeszów - 1880
Rzeszów – 1880
Rzeszów - 1890
Rzeszów – 1890
Rzeszów - 1895 - Rabbi O.H. Wallerstein
Rzeszów – 1895 – Rabbi O.H. Wallerstein
Rzeszów - 1896 - Rabbi Chaim Wolf Ellenbogen
Rzeszów – 1896 – Rabbi Chaim Wolf Ellenbogen
Rzeszów - 1897 - Rabbi O.H. Walirstein
Rzeszów – 1897 – Rabbi O.H. Walirstein
Rzeszów - 1899
Rzeszów – 1899
Rzeszów - 1904 - Rabbi Dr. N. H. Bau
Rzeszów – 1904 – Rabbi Dr. N. H. Bau
Rzeszów - 1906 - Rabbi Natan Lewin
Rzeszów – 1906 – Rabbi Natan Lewin
Sambor (now Sambir, Ukraine) - 1903
Sambor (now Sambir, Ukraine) – 1903
Sambor (now Sambir, Ukraine) - 1908 - Rabbi Aron Lewin
Sambor (now Sambir, Ukraine) – 1908 – Rabbi Aron Lewin
Sanok - 1896 - Rabbi Nathan Jacob Dym
Sanok – 1896 – Rabbi Nathan Jacob Dym
Sanok - 1901
Sanok – 1901
Sanok - 1908
Sanok – 1908
Sędziszów Małopolski - 1896
Sędziszów Małopolski – 1896
Sędziszów Małopolski - 1904 - Rabbi Tobias Horowitz
Sędziszów Małopolski – 1904 – Rabbi Tobias Horowitz
Sieniawa - 1900
Sieniawa – 1900
Sieniawa - 1910 - Rabbi Meilech Bindiger
Sieniawa – 1910 – Rabbi Meilech Bindiger
Skała - 1901
Skała – 1901
Skole (now in Ukraine) - 1906 - Rabbi Isak Moses Rothenberg
Skole (now in Ukraine) – 1906 – Rabbi Isak Moses Rothenberg
Sokal (now in Ukraine) - 1909
Sokal (now in Ukraine) – 1909
Sokołów Małopolski - 1893
Sokołów Małopolski – 1893
Stanisławów (now Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine) - 1897 - Rabbi Isaac Horowitz
Stanisławów (now Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine) – 1897 – Rabbi Isaac Horowitz
Stanisławów (now Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine) - 1903
Stanisławów (now Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine) – 1903
Stanisławów (now Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine) - 1906 - Rabbi L. Horowitz
Stanisławów (now Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine) – 1906 – Rabbi L. Horowitz
Stara Sol (now Stara Sil, Ukraine) - 1907
Stara Sol (now Stara Sil, Ukraine) – 1907
Stara Sol (now Stara Sil, Ukraine) - 1908 - Rabbi David Reiss
Stara Sol (now Stara Sil, Ukraine) – 1908 – Rabbi David Reiss
Stryj (now Stryi, Ukraine) - 1895
Stryj (now Stryi, Ukraine) – 1895
Stryj (now Stryi, Ukraine) - 1906
Stryj (now Stryi, Ukraine) – 1906
Stryj (now Stryi, Ukraine) - 1906 - Rabbi Schulem Jolles
Stryj (now Stryi, Ukraine) – 1906 – Rabbi Schulem Jolles
Strzyżów - 1897
Strzyżów – 1897
Strzyżów - 1900
Strzyżów – 1900
Strzyżów - 1903 - Rabbi Alter Horowitz
Strzyżów – 1903 – Rabbi Alter Horowitz
Tarnobrzeg - 1906
Tarnobrzeg – 1906
Tarnopol (now Ternopil, Ukraine) - 1890
Tarnopol (now Ternopil, Ukraine) – 1890
Tarnopol (now Ternopil, Ukraine) - 1907
Tarnopol (now Ternopil, Ukraine) – 1907
Tarnopol (now Ternopil, Ukraine) - 1908 - Rabbi Simon Babad
Tarnopol (now Ternopil, Ukraine) – 1908 – Rabbi Simon Babad
Tarnów - 1896
Tarnów – 1896
Tarnów - 1901 - Rabbi Abraham Schnur
Tarnów – 1901 – Rabbi Abraham Schnur
Tarnów - 1904 - Rabbi Abraham Schnur
Tarnów – 1904 – Rabbi Abraham Schnur
Tarnów - 1906 - Rabbinate
Tarnów – 1906 – Rabbinate
Turka (now in Ukraine) - 1909 - Rabbi Leizer Mischel
Turka (now in Ukraine) – 1909 – Rabbi Leizer Mischel
Turka (now in Ukraine) - 1909
Turka (now in Ukraine) – 1909
Tyczyn - 1894
Tyczyn – 1894
Ulanów - 1900
Ulanów – 1900
Ulanów - 1908
Ulanów – 1908
Ustrzyki Dolne - 1904
Ustrzyki Dolne – 1904
Ustrzyki Dolne - 1910 - Rabbi Josef Reinmann
Ustrzyki Dolne – 1910 – Rabbi Josef Reinmann
Wielopole Skrzyńskie - 1899
Wielopole Skrzyńskie – 1899
Wien (Vienna), Austria - 1901 - Rabbinate
Wien (Vienna), Austria – 1901 – Rabbinate
Wien (Vienna), Austria - 1903
Wien (Vienna), Austria – 1903
Wien (Vienna), Austria - 1909
Wien (Vienna), Austria – 1909
Wiznitz (now Vyzhnytsia, Ukraine) - 1910
Wiznitz (now Vyzhnytsia, Ukraine) – 1910
Wojnicz - 1903
Wojnicz – 1903
Zablotow (now Zabolotiv, Ukraine) - 1897 - Rabbi Mendel Hager
Zablotow (now Zabolotiv, Ukraine) – 1897 – Rabbi Mendel Hager
Żołynia - 1893
Żołynia – 1893
Żołynia - 1901 - Rabbi Elias Horowitz
Żołynia – 1901 – Rabbi Elias Horowitz
Żołynia - 1909
Żołynia – 1909

New records indexed from Vienna, even more on microfilm

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For those with family from Vienna, the web site Genteam.at is an indispensable genealogy resource. It’s a volunteer-run site that has indexed over 8 million records from Vienna, including many Jewish records including birth, marriage and death records, obituaries, cemetery records, directories of professionals, membership lists of lodges (including B’nai Brith), conversion records, and more. Access to their database is free, you just need to register for a free account on their site before you can search.

Recently, the site added 482,000 new records, including a 180,000 records from the Jewish community of Vienna – marriage and death records from 1913-1928, and birth records up to 1913. I believe this record addition is what brought them over 8 million records, so congratulations to the whole team of volunteers at Genteam.at, past and present, who have accomplished an amazing task.

The records indexed all conform to the Austrian privacy laws, which is why the records end when they do. Presumably next year they will add birth records through 1914, etc. In two years my grandfather’s birth record from 1915 will presumably be published on the site. For more on my grandfather, see Friends from Antwerp – and is that a famous Yiddish poet? and Remembering my grandfather.

Keep in mind that while sites like this (located in Austria) cannot publish indexes to these records due to privacy laws, some later records were microfilmed prior to the current privacy laws, and already exist in the Family History Library. It’s unclear to me whether those records can (or will) be indexed online by FamilySearch.org, or whether they too will not provide them online, even if someone can view the records on microfilm in any Family History Center.

Right now, FamilySearch.org has a record set called Austria, Vienna, Jewish Registers of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1784-1911, which has the images online (over 200,000), but is not indexed. That means you can look at the images and try to find the record you want, but there is no way to search it.

If you search their catalog, however, there exists many more Jewish records from Vienna, including:

  • Register of Jewish births, marriages, deaths, and indexes for Wien (Vienna), Niederösterreich, Austria. Includes Leopoldstadt, Ottakring, Hernals, Währing, Fünfhaus and Sechshaus. 1826-1943
  • Circumcisions and Births 1870-1914
  • Jewish converts in Vienna 1782-1868
  • Index to the register books of the Jewish community, 1810-1938
  • Births, marriages and deaths of Austrian Jewish military personnel in Wien, Niederösterreich, Austria. 1914-1918.
  • Reports the exit from the Jewish faith: 18000 defections from Judaism in Vienna, 1868-1914
  • Names of Jewish infants who were forcibly baptized Christians and left with foundling hospitals in Vienna, Austria. The mothers of the infants were primarily servants and manual laborers from Hungary, Slovakia, Bohemia and Moravia. Each entry includes genealogical data. 1868-1914.
  • Genealogies and biographies of the Jewish upper class of Vienna, Austria, 1800-1938.

Eventually, these records will also presumably make it to FamilySearch.org, and eventually they will be indexed as well. Many of these records are clearly the same records making their way onto Genteam.at – it’s even possibly that Genteam.at is working form the FHL microfilms to create their indexes.

The odd thing is that the online record set covers the dates 1784-1911, while the microfilm record set covers 1826-1943. The question is if the microfilm set only goes back to 1826, then how does the online set go back to 1784? Even stranger, if you click through to the wiki page describing the record set, it says the records cover only the years 1850-1896. Perhaps the online records go back further because they include other record sets like the conversion data, which covers the years 1782-1868 – but if that’s the case then why doesn’t the online set go back those extra two years to 1782? It’s very confusing.

In any case, just to be clear, there are many Vienna records available, even if they apparently run counter to the Austrian privacy laws (which seem to ban the release of birth records for 100 years). As proof that these records are accessible via microfilm, I’ll just end with this birth record for my grandfather who recently passed away at the age of 98, which I acquired from the FHL microfilms with the help of a local researcher a few years ago:

JakobTrauring-Birth-Excerpt

A Major Breakthough for Jewish Polish Records

JRI-Poland and the Polish State Archives have announced a new agreement to expand the availability of Jewish records from Poland. An earlier agreement which was in effect between 1997 and 2006 resulted in the indexing of more than 4 million records which make up the bulk of the JRI-Poland database. The cancellation of that agreement in 2006 was a major blow to Jewish genealogy. There have been ongoing discussions since 2007, but the resumption of cooperation did not materialize until now. This announcement, made on Friday, is much more than most expected, and well worth the wait.

The first major component of the announcement is that JRI-Poland will be able to add an additional million records to its database within the next year. That is in addition to the 4 million existing records already in their database that originate from the Polish State Archives.

JRI-Poland Executive Director Stanley Diamond signing the agreement in the
presence of Polish Consul General Andrzej Szydło in Montreal, Quebec.

The second major component is that JRI-Poland will launch a new Order Processing System, which will allow people searching for records on the site to click on a record they want and order it directly on the JRI-Poland site using a credit card. JRI-Poland will handle the credit card processing and the archives in Poland will copy the records. For anyone who has dealt with ordering records from Polish archives directly, this is a major breakthrough.

While my Finding and getting copies of Jewish records in Poland article is still one of the most popular on this site, and was published in print as well, it is my hope that this announcement means that in the future that article will not be needed.

Polish State Archives General Director Władysław Stępniak signing the agreement,
with JRI-Poland representative 
Krzysztof Malczewski (on left) looking on.

The third major component of the announcement is that the Polish State Archives is starting a major effort to digitize all of their records in all 30 Regional Archives, and make them available for free online. As these digital scans come online, JRI-Poland will link directly to the images from their database search results. As the images come online, the new Order Processing System will be phased out.

The announcement is available on the JRI-Poland site (in English) as well as the Polish State Archives site (in Polish).

I’d like to congratulate Stanley Diamond, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of JRI-Poland, as well as the other JRI-Poland board members, staff and volunteers who made this agreement possible.

I look forward to seeing the different elements of this agreement come to fruition, and will let readers of this blog know about things as they happen.