Jewish Records Indexing - Poland
and the
Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center
at Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv


The Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center houses the largest collection of microfilms of Jewish vital records of Poland outside of the LDS (Mormon) Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The specific films available at the Goldman Center are noted in the downloadable file on the JRI-Poland LDS (Mormon) microfilms page.

Realizing the enormous value of these records to researchers, the Goldman Center initiated a project to create extracts of the information for a number of towns in the collection. In the spirit of goodwill that characterizes the world of Jewish genealogy and family history research, the Goldman Center has shared this data with JRI-Poland. Copies of the large hand-written ledger sheets have been sent to JRI-Poland Shtetl CO-OPs for data entry and information from thousands of vital records from Bedzin, Bialystok, Kraków, Tarnów, and Warsaw.


The Goldman Center volunteers

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Shoshana Tannenwurzel (Tarnow), Chana Arten (Co-ordinator), Diana Sommer, Yecheskel Aran (Bialystok), Miriam Sigali (Bedzin, Warsaw), Dora Hennefeld (Krakow)


Data from the Goldman Center extracting project

Search results based on extracts from the Goldman Center project provide considerably more information than that included in other JRI - Poland searches. In addition to the usual fields, the birth extracts often include other facts available in the records such as parents' ages, father's name and patronymic, mother's given name, mother's patronymic and/or maiden name. Death records will have the age at death as well as parents' names, the name of the surviving spouse and sometimes the names of children 'left behind.' Marriages include the ages of the couple, place of residence, parents' names, etc. For Warsaw, the city district will also be noted.

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