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Polish Books of Residents and Other Valuable Polish Resources
May 1, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
A Special Program Co-Sponsored by JGSGB and
the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts.
Click here for handout of Polish Genealogy Research Resources
There are many valuable genealogical resources in Poland beyond vital records, some of which are now available online. The most informative are Books of Residents (Księgi Ludności). These are 19th–20th century municipal registration books that have survived for many towns. They contain detailed information about all the inhabitants in each household who had their legal residence in that community.
The program will also cover other useful documents include business directories, passport and I.D. applications, notary records, deportation to Siberia records, professional and military records.
Fay and Julian Bussgang will show examples of data from these sources and explain how to access them. This talk will focus on documents that are not connected to any particular religious group but apply to all who have roots in Poland. We will be joined by Marek Lesniewski-Laas, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland.
A reception with refreshments will follow the program. This program is free and open to the public.
Fay Bussgang has authored over 20 articles on genealogy, as well as the chapter “Russian Poland” in the Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy. Fay and her husband, Julian, have done extensive genealogical research during 14 trips to Poland. Fay served as co-president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston in 1998–2000.
Julian Bussgang, born in Lwów, Poland, fled with his family in September 1939 to Romania and then to Palestine. There he joined the Polish 2nd Corps (Anders Army) and fought in the Italian campaign. After the fall of communism, he served in Warsaw and Krakow as a volunteer with the International Executive Service Corps. In 2011, he received the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for his activities promoting Polish-Jewish dialogue.
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