Patronymic Years

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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 nad Wisla Click here Plock Warszawa Rieke Nash Z"L
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
Ogrodzieniec Click here Katowice Robert Heyman
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
Wloclawek Click here Warszawa Bydgoszcz Barbara Rubinstein
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