Biała Podlaska
1939 Jewish Census
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 1939 Jewish Census of Biała Podlaska, Poland

The 1939 census of Biała Podlaska is a unique snapshot of a Jewish population of a Polish town at a very crucial time in history. Through it, we can learn the names of each member of every family at that time.

This census lets us know their connections to their antecedents who lived in the 19th century - and whose births, marriages and deaths can be researched in the 1826 to 1902 indices of Biała Podlaska vital records searchable online on the JRI-Poland database.

The census was handwritten on approximately two-sided highly detailed cards, 21 cm x 19 cm. Each of the 2800 cards contains a wealth of genealogical information for a researcher with a connection to the individual and family. Some cards include Property, Other Identification, or Changes of Status. Cards contain notations up to 1942 and one card states: "in 1947 in Tel Aviv".

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Sample Census Card Front

Sample Census Card Back

Because of 100-year Polish privacy laws, the JRI-Poland on-line index only contains the basic information for each individual.

 Surname and Town Lists

Click here for a list of 1844 SURNAMES extracted from the 1939 Census of Biała Podlaska.

Click here for a list of approximately 400 towns and villages mentioned in the 1939 Census of Biała Podlaska. These are places of birth, former residences or "moved to" locations of individuals listed in the Census.

For further information, please contact bialapodlaska@jri-poland.org.

 How to Obtain Copies of Records

Researchers with an interest in their families' records must identify themselves as relatives when ordering copies of the cards from the Jewish Genealogy & Family Heritage Center at The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute. Write to familyheritage@jhi.pl with a copy to recordrequest@jri-poland.org.

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