Patronymic
Years

THE PATRONYMIC YEARS

Understanding Polish Jewish Records
That Have No Family Names

Until the late 18th century or early 19th century – depending on the area -- there were no family names used in Polish-Jewish records. As a result, it has been impractical to include the indices to such records in the Jewish Records Indexing-Poland database that is based on surname searches.

Jewish Records Indexing – Poland is now addressing the problem of these early records of Poland that do not contain family names, often referred to as "patronymic" records.

In addition to the post-1825 Jewish vital records filmed by the Mormons (LDS), there are typically mixed Catholic / Protestant / Jewish records in the 1808-1825 period for the Kingdom of Poland and earlier for areas such as the former Galician province.

Patronymic records

Because the indexes during this period contain few, if any, Jewish surnames; it is necessary to look at each registration (the entire record) in full in order to determine possible relationships. By extracting the given names of the father, mother and paternal and maternal grandfathers, researchers may be able -- through deduction – to determine if a record could possibly be for their family and perhaps even move their family search back a generation or two.

Jewish Records Indexing - Poland has Patronymic data on the following towns. Click on the town's link below to view the file. [The files are in Microsoft Excel version 5.0 format]. If you have a questions about the town's data or can derive a surname from the information provided then e-mail the town contact listed below. You may also need an Eastern Europe Roman font.

Town

Data file

Gubernia

Province

Coordinator

Bedzin

Click here

Piotrkow

Katowice

Fred Frenkel

Belchatow

Click here

Piotrkow

Lodz

Roni Seibel Liebowitz

Biezun

Click here

Plock

Warszawa

Ron Geller

Brzeziny

Click here

Piotrkow

Lodz

Fay Bussgang

Brzeznica-Nowa Osada

Click here

Piotrkow

Lodz

Gloria Berkenstat Freund

Bychawa

Click here

Lublin

Lublin

Robinn Magid

Chorzele

Click here

Plock

Warszawa

Ron Geller

Czyzew

Click here

Lomza

Bialystok

Gary Palgon

Dobrzyn n. Wisla

Click here

Plock

Rieke Nash

Drwalew

Click here

Lodz

Dzialoszyce

Click here

Kielce

Kielce

Judy Golan

Glowno

Click here

Piotrkow

Lodz

Fay Bussgang

Goszczyn

Click here

Warszawa

Warszawa

Grojec

Click here

Warszawa

Warszawa

Ilza

Click here

Radom

Kielce

Lowell Ackerman

Izbica Lubelski

Click here

Lublin

Lublin

Jerry Schneider

Jasienica

Click here

Lomza

Warszawa

Judie Goldstein

Jazgarzew

Click here

Warszawa

Klomnice

Click here

Lodz

CRARG

Kopciowo

Click here

Bialystok

Dorothy Leivers

Kuczbork Osada

Click here

Plock

Warszawa

Ron Geller

Lejpuny

Click here

Suwalki

Bialystok

Dorothy Leivers

Lodz

Click here

Piotrkow

Lodz

Dorothy Leivers

Mstow

Click here

Piotrkow

Katowice

CRARG

Mykanow

Click here

Katowice

CRARG

Plock

Click here

Plock

Warszawa

Shmuel Kehati

Przasnysz

Click here

Plock

Warszawa

Ron Geller

Sereje

Click here

Bialystok

Teresa Galloway

Serock

Click here

Warszawa

Warszawa

Howard Orenstein

Sieradz

Click here

Lodz

Joe Ross

Strykow

Click here

Lodz

Jeff Wexler

Warka

Click here

Warszawa

Warszawa

Warta

Click here

Kalisz

Poznan

Madeleine Okladek

Wiejsieje

Click here

Bialystok

Dorothy Leivers

Wierzbica

Click here

Radom

Kielce

Lowell Ackerman

Zarki

Click here

Piotrkow

Katowice

CRARG

Zdunska Wola

Click here

Kalisz

Lodz

Daniel Wagner

Zgierz

Click here

Piotrkow

Lodz

Joe Ross

Zolkiewka

Click here

Lublin

Lublin

Jerry Schneider

Zychlin

Click here

Warszawa

Lodz

Sheila Salo


Surviving records less than 100 years old are held in the Civil Records Offices (Urzad Stanu Cywilnego) of each town.

For information on the 20th century records available for your town, visit the Routes to Roots Foundation website, CLICK ON THE 'SEARCH DATABASE' button (on the right side) and enter the town name. Look for the town name in the Repository/City column of the search results. There are typically links to lists of available births, marriage and death records for the town.

Note, however, the Routes to Roots Foundation database may indicate turn of the century records that have already been transferred to the appropriate branch of the Polish State Archives where they can be indexed for the JRI-Poland database.

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