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What types of records can be found in the database?

The JRI-Poland online database includes indices and extractions of more than six million Jewish records from current and former territories of Poland.  

The database primarily consists of vital records (birth, marriage and death records), but also includes:

  • Population lists (Books of Residents and census lists)
  • Registration cards
  • Cemetery records
  • Directories
  • Homeowner lists
  • Army draft lists and military records
  • Notarial documents
  • School records
  • Polish passports
  • Birth, marriage, and death announcements in Polish newspapers
  • Holocaust-era records (ghetto lists and death records, and post-war court and legal announcements in official newspapers)

The data varies widely by town or region, depending on, among other things, when records started to be kept in each town or region, which records have survived, and which records have been extracted.

Updated on August 30, 2020

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