19 May 2008

JRI-Poland: New data added

Genealogists and family historians investigating their Polish roots will find their searches more fruitful on the searchable online JRI-Poland Database, with the addition of 160,000 new searchable record indices, indexed data from LDS microfilms of Polish Jewish vital records, and new Lodz area indices.


JRI-Poland's executive director Stanley Diamond of Montreal has announced the addition of one of the largest batches of new data in the group's history. The database contains nearly 3.4 million searchable records.

"More than 160,000 new entries have been added to the JRI-Poland database from 80 towns. The entries include data from 43 towns in our database for the first time as well as new data for later years from previously indexed towns which have had other data in our database."

Data is from 15 Shtetl CO-OPs, 60 Polish State Archives projects and five CRARG (Czestochowa-Radomsko Area Research Group) projects. There were 8,700 additions to the Warsaw Cemetery database, now totaling 65,000 entries.

There are also hundreds of thousands of records from more than 100 towns that cannot yet be uploaded for numerous reasons. Researchers with an interest in Polish records should subscribe to the JRI-Poland mailing list for the most up-to-date information here.

To learn more about towns, record status and how to access indices before they are available online, click here, or email questions@jri-poland.org.


Hadassah Lipsius, Shtetl CO-OP Coordinator of JRI-Poland, notes that more than 32,000 indices are now available. This includes the newly added towns of Loslau, Nadarzyn, Siedlce, Szczercow, Wolanow and Zory, as well as updated information for Kielce, Konin, Krasnik, Kremenets, Opatow, Opoczno, Ozorkow, Przasnysz and Warszawa.


Lodz (Poland) area researchers were notified, by the town's coordinator Roni Seibel Liebowitz, that new indices for towns with records in the Lodz Archives have been added into the online JRI-Poland database.

JRI-Poland's team of Michael Tobias, Stanley Diamond and the town leaders and contributors have made this possible to all researchers. Records include births, marriages, marriage supplements and deaths for these towns:

Alexandrow Lodzki
Konstantynow Lodzki

See what is now online and what needs to be funded before being made available online for the Lodz area here.


As noted above, more than 100 towns have data that cannot be uploaded because funding is still needed.

JRI-Poland researchers and supporters know that making a qualifying contribution towards indexing of records for their town will make them eligible to receive the Excel file will all entries in the project. The amount of the contribution depends on the number of records and number of known researchers with an interest in that specific town. Donations are tax deductible in the US and Canada.

For more information, click on JRI-Poland, go to the "Your Town" link and contact the town leader or archive coordinator for your town, or email questions@jri-poland.org

General donations are also accepted to enable funding of "orphan towns."

When fundraising is complete and the data is eligible to go online, some delays may occur because of quality control and processing issues. Please be patient! If something isn't there today, check back frequently.

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