The Jewish Historical Institute, Zydowski Instytut Historiczny (ZIH), in Warsaw, has a large holding of material that may be of interest to the genealogist researching his Kraków ancestors. One problem, though, was that the genealogist had to wade through the entire General Index in order to find the material (s)he was researching. Now, with the compilation of the list below, the genealogist can go directly to the documents (s)he is seeking without having to go through the entire General Index. This time–saving list is very important for those coming to Warsaw for a very short period. To expedite matters further, you are advised to follow the procedures below when visiting the ZIH (Telephone: 48+22+8279221 to 5):
Reading room working hours:
- Mon-Wed: 0900-1600
- Thu: 0900-1800
- Fri: 0900-1400
Procedure for ordering documents:
- Go to the Archives office on the top floor and register your name at the archive's diary.
- Prepare a note with the numbers of the "signatures" you request (it can be several at a time). It should be noted that you are looking for Kraków or Podgorze files.
- Return to the first floor (reading room). The files will be brought to you by the Archive personnel.
- It is possible to order copies of documents (don't leave this to the last minute!). Each copy costs two zloty (0.5 USD).
- Knowledge of Polish is VERY helpful. Some documents are also in Hebrew, Yiddish and German. The archive personnel do not speak fluent English but they really do their best to help.
The list below contains the following fields:
(Data provided by Alex Kerner, with many thanks to Yale Reisner, staff at the ZIH, and the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation.)
Gmina Signature Year Subject Remarks
Podgorze 2 1898 List of voters name and voting fact (person or by proxy) Podgorze 12 to 15 1924 List of voters name and voting fact (person or by proxy) Podgorze 10 1924-28 List of families head of family, number of persons, address Podgorze 53-70 1910-1933 List of Payments to community name and amount Podgorze 73-76 ? Personal applications for financial support letters Podgorze 81,84-6 1925, 1932-33, 1937-8 Documents from Podgorze new cemetery Podgorze 3 1926-29 Contributions to "Gemilat Chassidim" name and amount, letters Podgorze 135 1600-1930's List of names for prayer in Yahrzeit names + father + date of death Podgorze 123 1871 Chevra Kadisha "Ahavat Tora" names of members of the union Kraków 983 90's XIX century List of members of the community name and address Kraków 998-1010 1905,1906,1924, 1919-27 Marriage books name, address, occupation, DOB, DOM Kraków 1013-1016 1895-1932 Payments to community name, amount, sometimes address Kraków 1026-1043 1895-1932 Payments to community name, amount, sometimes address Kraków 1029-1034 1895-1932 Payments to community name, amount, sometimes address Kraków 993-997 1903-8, 1920-22 Marriage announcements many personal details Kraków 1174-1213 1840-1901 Registry of people hospitalized in the Jewish Hosp. name, disease, age, occupation Kraków 1160-1166 1849-1909 Registry of people hospitalized in the Jewish Hosp. Kraków 1020-1060 1829-1883 Contributions to community Kraków 1016-1019 1900-1920 + - Cemetery - permissions for erecting Matzeva name, death register number, date Kraków 1012-1015 1821-1928 Members & Contributions Syn. Popper hebrew. Names contributions, elections to Vaad Kraków 1011 Memorial Plaques of the Remuh Synagogue names, parent, date (Jewish) Kraków 1014 1920-1922 Contributions to syn. REMUH names, contributions Kraków 954-966 1862-1883 Alphabetic index of letters sent to community name, subject of letter Kraków 940 1899-1924 Personal matters files of doctors of the Jewish Hospital Kraków 991 1897-1899 Marriage announcements Kraków 985 1937-1939 List of present people (working journal) names of employees of the community Kraków 983-984 1900 List of male members of community name,occ,dob,address Kraków 928 1900-1903 Correspondence with rabbinate not found Kraków 909 1906-1935 Correspondence about support to Palestine Jews some names, basically NOT RELEVANT Kraków 904-908 1900-1906 Correspondence idem Kraków 893 1929-1931 Requests of aid list of names, parents, address, DOB (!!) Kraków 892 1900-1939 Requests of aid letters - personal problems, names Kraków 859 1899-1920 Payments to employees of hospital Kraków 845 1899-1920 Payments to employees of cemetery & other inst. names + salary Kraków 818 1931-1932 Cards of Payments of members of community index, names, addresses, professions Kraków 795--817 1902-1938 Contributions to community Kraków 785-791 1935-1936 List of community tax payers names, taxes paid Kraków 754 1929-1935 List of grants to students students, names, letters requesting and granting Kraków 753 1924-1926 List of grants to students students, names, letters requesting and granting Kraków 749 1926-1931 List of grants to students names of pupils and teachers Kraków 746 1916-1918 School issues lists of pupils and teachers Kraków 722 1900-1939 Personal issues of employees of community personal files Kraków 710-719 1895-1936 Correspondence - cemetery Kraków 692 1928 List of synagogues in Kraków addresses + name of contact person Kraków 688 1899-1936 Protocol of elections, sinag. Eysik names of voters & elected people Kraków 687 1897-1920 Protocol of elections High synagogue names of voters & elected people Kraków 686 1887-1925 Akta synagogue Nowa elections, lists of electors and candidates Kraków 685 1893-1934 Akta synagogue Kupa elections, lists of electors and candidates Kraków 682 1905-1931 Elections to synagogue Popper names of voters Kraków 666 1918-1920 Divorce documents ("Gittin") and related letters in Hebrew Kraków 663 1912-1918 Divorces documents Hebrew, "Gittin" Kraków 640-642 1897-1939 Personal issues of employees of Rabbinate Kraków 618-639 1889-1936 List of candidates to the community elections names, addresses, professions, house owners Kraków 637/1 1936 List of deaths 1934-1936 names, age, date of death, address Kraków 524 1898 Document about Dawid Weiss Kraków 539 1899 List of voters for elections of Rabbi Kraków 482 1895-6 Contributions to community Kraków 475 1894 "Population issues" not found Kraków 459 1894 Contributions to community letters asking for reduction in tax. Names Kraków 445 1891 Connected with List of voters voting cards. Names Kraków 444 1891 Cemetery issues names, payments Kraków 431 1890-93 Personal matters, Requests for tax reductions names Kraków 428 1890-91 Evidences about people Kraków 425 1890-93 Contributions to community Kraków 423 1890-3 Cemetery issues Kraków 417 1889 Legitimization voters cards Kraków 418 1889 Issues related to the synagogue Nowa elections - Names of electors, candidates Kraków 416 1889 Issues related to the synagogue Wysoka elections - Names of electors, candidates Kraków 398 1889 Evidences about people List of people and their children (!!) Kraków 393-4 1889 Contributions to community letters asking for reduction in tax. Names Kraków 388 1887 Legitimization voters cards name, occupation Kraków 378 1887 Evidences about people not found Kraków 366-7 1887-8 Contributions to community letters asking for reduction in tax. Names Kraków 360 1884-1887 Legitimization voters cards name, occupation Kraków 355 1884 Evidences about people some names, basically NOT RELEVANT Kraków 340 1883 Legitimization voters cards name, occupation Kraków 329 1881-83 Evidences about people Kraków 317-318 1881 Personal issues Kraków 308 1880 Evidences about people Kraków 307 1880 Contributions to community some names, basically NOT RELEVANT Kraków 282 1879 Lists of Jews from small communities near Kraków census like lists. Kraków 230 1876-7 Evidences about people letters about taxes, personal requests Kraków 208 70's & 80's Correspondence "Bikur Cholim" letters Kraków 203-4 1875 Contributions to community Kraków 202 1875 Different matters Kraków 189 1874 Chewra Kadisha Kraków 190 1874 Bikur Cholim Kraków 183 1874 Evidences about people Kraków 182 1874 Contributions to community Kraków 181 1874 Payments Kraków 173 1874 Evidence about wealth status of people Kraków 164 1873 Evidence about people Kraków 161-2 1873 Payments Kraków 157 1873 Payments Kraków 153 1873 Evidence about wealth status of people Kraków 131-3 1873 Evidence about wealth status of people Kraków 139 1872 Evidences about people Kraków 137-8 1872 Payments Kraków 119-21 1869 Payments Kraków 112 1868 Payments Kraków 107 1868 Payments Kraków 106 1868 Evidence about wealth status of people Kraków 102-5 1867+ Payments Kraków 94 1866 Payments personal letter on payment issues Kraków 92 1865 Payments personal letter on payment issues Kraków 82 1856 List of members, Requests of aid, Personal issues Kraków 80 1854 Taxes for government collected by community names, amount, address Kraków 62-77 1820-1851 Elections, Personal issues etc. Kraków 57 1812 Elections, Personal issues etc. lists of people classified acc. To profession Kraków 51 1805 List of names asking for safe-conducts early surnames. Doc. In German Kraków 52 1806 Lists (Marriages, members of community, etc.) payments, only first names. In Hebrew Kraków 48 1802 Evidence, soldiers, house owners names "x son of y" no surnames Kraków 32 1786 Payments to army Kraków 31 1785 Payments to army Kraków 18 1772 Payments for the elections of the committee many names, but no family names
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