In Congress Poland and Galicia, each community was required to maintain an ongoing census-like record of all legal residents of the community. The information was recorded in huge volumes called Księgi Ludności [Books of Residents]. Individual Registration Cards were first filled out, and the information was later copied into these books.
Until around 1932, the Books of Residents contained only those whose legal residence was in that community. During World War I, from 1916–1918, Łódź was controlled by the Germans, and they began registering all residents of the city, not only those who had their legal residence there. This is a collection of these cards, which exist for the years 1916–21.
- Spelling of surnames in these cards may be different than other records for the family as these were often Germanized [e.g., Bursztajn to Burstein].
- A child reaching 18 years of age was registered under her/his own card. (This is important to remember if you know the name of a younger person and not the parent. )
See table below for links to the bilingual (Polish and German) Registration Cards.
The Lodz Registration Cards may include previously unknown family members who were victims of the Shoah and not yet memorialized through Pages of Testimony. Researchers are encouraged to submit a Page of Testimony to Yad Vashem where you determine that it is likely that a family member did not survive. For information on Pages of Testimony, see: www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/about/hall_of_names/what_are_pot.asp.