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Księgi metrykalne i stanu cywilnego w archiwach państwowych w Polsce: Informator

 

Finding Vital Records housed in the Polish National Archives System using the book Księgi metrykalne i stanu cywilnego w archiwach państwowych w Polsce: Informator. The text was published in 2000 by the publishing house "DiG" in Warsaw.

 

The book lists names of thousands of parishes for which there are vital records in the Polish National Archive System, either in the main archives in Warsaw or in one of the regional state archives.

Just because your ancestral village is no longer found within Polish borders, it is an excellent idea to consult this text. Many of the records of Polish, Lutheran and Jewish records from localities now located in Ukraine were moved westward to Polish archives following the border changes occurring at the end of the Second World War. Also, many Greek Catholic records also found their way to Polish archives.

With each parish is listed the province (either current, or in the case of lands no longer within Polish borders, the pre-WWII province), county, any records from either the Roman Catholic, Greek Catholic, Lutheran or Jewish religious centers. With each of these, the record type (birth, marriage, death) and years are listed. Next to each set of records will be a code, which gives the archives and archival catalog code.

 

 

Abbreviations used in the catalog

Polish abbreviation Polish English
p. rwnież patrz filie lub odrębne miejscowości z danej parafii Look at the offices or separate places with the given parish
p. też patrz dawne miejscowości, obecnie części większych miast Look at former places, at present a part of larger cities
gm. gmina town/village district
gub. gubernia province (term used in Russian Empire)
par. parafia parish
pow. powiat county
woj. wojewdztwo province
U: (next to years) akta urodzeń birth records
M: (next to years) akta małżeństw marriage records
Z: (next to years) akta zgonw death records

Remember that smaller villages will NOT be listed. You must first know what parish that village belonged to in order to search by the parish.

Once you find the parish, there will be a listing of religions for which there are vital records:

ewangelicko-augsburskie Evangelical Augsburg Lutheran
greckokatolickie Greek Catholic
mojżeszowe Jewish
prawosławne Orthodox
rzymskokatolickie Roman Catholic

 

Then under each religious grouping will be the Vital Record Type and years for which there are records.

U: (next to years) akta urodzeń birth records
M: (next to years) akta małżeństw marriage records
Z: (next to years) akta zgonw death records



Next to each grouping of records, there is a box with code numbers. The important first number is the code for the particular archives which houses the records. In the front of the box is a list of code numbers and corresponding archives COMPLETE WITH CURRENT MAILING ADDRESS. Things cant be made easier!!

 

 

Therefore, this is the listing for Biały Kamień, county Złoczw, province Tarnopol (pre-WWII)

Greek Catholic records (church Holy Trinity)
    Birth/Marriage/Death: 1845-1846 are found in archive #56, which is State Archive in Przemyśl
Jewish records, which are found in archive #1, which is Main Archives of Older Records (AGAD)
    Birth: 1879, 1883-1888, 1895-1897; Death: 1862-1876, 1892
Roman Catholic records, which are found in archive #1, which is Main Archives of Older Records (AGAD)
    Marriage/Death: 1748-1782, 1831
    Birth: 1665-1778, 1831

 

You can check the availability of parish and civil records housed at any of the Polish Regional State Archives (along with the Zabużanski Collection) right on-line yourself!  Visit the Polish State Archive website's searchable database PRADZIAD.  Read the explanation and instructions first, then click "database" at the bottom of the screen to search for your own ancestral parishes' registers!

In addition to this information, one should also check with the Zabużański Collection.

Go to information on the zabużanski collection

Go to list of archives and addresses

 

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