Kraków Marriages
and Banns 1877-1939
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Project to index genealogical collections at
the Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw
in cooperation with
The Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. (New York)
 Kraków Jewish Community Marriage and Banns Registers 1877 - 1939

Full extracts of the more than 23,000 Kraków marriage and banns records were uploaded to the JRI-Poland database on May 20, 2001.

The on-line search results include bride and groom, father and mother's names, mother's maiden name (where available), and town of birth. Search Results also include notes indicating when handwriting was impossible to read. In such cases, researchers may want to order copies of the records and do their own investigation. Copies of records found in JRI-Poland searches may be ordered directly from the Jewish Genealogy & Family Heritage Center at The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute. Click here (familyheritage@jhi.pl) to email them.

PLEASE NOTE: The Marriage records (fonds 998 -1010) contain more information than the Banns (fonds 991 to 997). To see if additional information might be available, refer to the fond tables below.

Kraków Bann Registers: Fonds 991 to 997
Main
Column #
Main Column Headings Subsidiary
Column #
Subsidiary Column Headings
1 Sequential number (Akt/Record#)    
2 Relating to GROOM and his parents a First and family name, birth place, status and occupation
    b Residence Location
3 Relating to BRIDE and her parents a First and family name, birth place, status and occupation
    b Residence Location
4 Location and time of the Bann
announcements
   
5 Remarks    
Kraków Marriage Registers: Fonds 998 to 1010
Main
Column #
Main Column Headings Subsidiary
Column #
Subsidiary Column Headings Minor
Column #
Minor Column Headings
1 Sequential number (Akt/Record#)        
2 Relating to the GROOM A First and family name, birth place, occupation, residence location and house number; no less than (first) names, occupation, and residence location of his parents.
    B Age a years
        b months
    C Status a free
        b widower
3 Relating to the BRIDE A First and family name, birth place; no less than (first) names, occupation, residence location, and house number of her parents.
    B Age a years
        b months
    C Status a free
        b widow
4 Relating to the MARRIAGE A Day    
    B Month    
    C Year    
    D Location    
5 and 6 Authentic (with own hand) Signature A Rabbinical functionary (religion pointer, rabbinical clerk?) a with reference to residence location
    B Witnesses and their occupations    
7 Remarks        
 Surname List from Kraków Marriage & Banns Registers

A list of 8843 SURNAMES extracted from these records can be viewed by clicking here. This will enable you to see if your family names are included or if there are other spellings that might not be identified in a soundalike search. Note, where there are two names together separated by an "f" or "r" or "z", it indicates the SURNAMES of both the father and mother under which the bride or groom was originally registered.

Fond Details
JHI Fond # Year Type of Entries Size of Volume, Notes
991 1897, 1898, 1899 Kraków (banns) 24cm / 39cm
992 1901, 1902 Kraków (banns) 24cm / 39cm
993 1892, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907 Kraków (banns) 24cm / 39cm
994 1908, 1909, 1910 Kraków (banns) 24cm / 39cm
995 1912 Kraków (banns) 24cm / 39cm
996 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919 Kraków (banns) 24cm / 39cm
997 1920, 1921, 1922 Kraków (banns) 24cm / 39cm
998 1877, 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882 Kraków (marriages) 24cm / 39cm,
6 pages only
999 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899 Kraków (marriages) 42cm / 53cm
1000 1904 Kraków (marriages) 42cm / 53cm,
50 marriages only
1001 1905 Kraków (marriages) 42cm / 53cm
1002 1906 Kraków (marriages) 42cm / 53cm
1003 1909 Kraków (marriages) 42cm / 53cm
1004 1913 Kraków (marriages) 42cm / 53cm
1005 1919 Kraków (marriages) 42cm / 53cm
1006 1921 Kraków (marriages) 42cm / 53cm
1007 1924 Kraków (marriages) 42cm / 53cm
1008 1929 Kraków (marriages) 42cm / 53cm
1009 1919 - 1928 Kraków (marriages of progressive
(reformed) Israelites)
42cm / 53cm
1009 1928 - 1939 Kraków (marriages of progressive
(reformed) Israelites)
42cm / 53cm
 Thank You

A debt of gratitude is owed to many who made this valuable resource possible - starting with the Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. (New York) whose generosity enabled JRI-Poland to launch the project to index records of genealogical value at the Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw and JRI-Poland Town Leader Judy Wolkovitch who led the fund-raising campaign.

The oversize Krakow marriage and banns registers (24 x 39 cm and 42 x 53 cm, respectively) presented unusual handling and set-up problems for the data entry. Special thanks goes to Adriana Choros, JRI-Poland's transliterator who labored so intently to transcribe the data and to ensure that it would be as accurate as possible.

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Adriana Choros Transcribes the Banns

Bann Samples

We also would like to thank others who played important roles in this project; Professor Feliks Tych z"l, former Director of the Jewish Historical Research Institute, Yale Reisner and associate Ania Przybyszewska Drozd who provided their knowledge and guidance during the project. Our appreciation also goes to Howard Fink who did the extensive database manipulation to prepare the file for uploading.

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