Warszawa Research Group
On the eve of the Second World War, there were nearly 375,000 Jews living in our ancestral city of Warszawa. In 1939, Warszawa was the largest Jewish populated city in all of Europe, and only second to New York in the world. A simple search of the JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF) for people researching surnames from town "Warszawa" shows over 5,000 hits and growing!
The Warszawa Research Group has undertaken the massive project of researching and indexing City business directories and life cycle information on the Warszawa community. We have begun with several projects and there is so much more to do. Volunteers and ideas are always welcome. Some of our projects are as follows:
Indexing of the 1937-1939 Glos Gminy Marriage Announcements
Yes, you read correctly, we are talking about 20th century marriages! The Glos Gminy Zydowskiej [The Voice of the Jewish Community] was a Warszawa periodical that was published monthly/bimonthly from August 1937 till May/June 1939. There are over 3,000 marriage announcements -- over 6,000 names. The data can be found in the JRI-Poland database. For information can be found at http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/warsaw/warsmarr.htm.
Warszawa Homeowners lists
The Warszawa Research Group is currently indexing the homeowners' list from the 1869 and 1870 Warszawa Business Directories, from an LDS microfilm. We were also able to obtain a copy of the 1852 Warszawa homeowners' lists. The 1869 list is complete and the 1870 list is currently being added. Not every one of our ancestors owned property but this list also provides a reference of the plot number to the street name and the respective Cyrkuli number. So if you family lived at 18 Franciszkanska Street then they lived in Cyrkuli 4 and in 1852 the property was owned by Fischel SCHMIDEBERG and in 1870 it was owned by L. WEJNKRANTZ.
The Warszawa & Praga Homeowners' Lists (1852, 1869 and 1870) can be searched at http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Poland/WarszawaHomeowners.htm.
Indexing of the Nasz Przeglad Death Notices 1937-1939
The Nasz Przeglad [Our Review] was a Polish language daily newspaper published in Warszawa from 1923-1939. The New York Public Library has on microfilm the 1937-1939 issues. The Death Notices were paid for by family or friends, and often provide information on the deceased such as names of immediate family members, age, profession and location of cemetery plot. A good resource for Polish Jewish newspaper information is the article written by Michael C. Steinlauf, "The Polish-Jewish Daily Press", in Polin - A Journal of Polish-Jewish Studies, Volume 2, 1987.
The Nasz Przeglad Warszawa Death Notices database can be searched at http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Poland/NaszPrzeglad.htm.
And there is so much more to do!
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