Explanations on the format of the town descriptions

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Each town description contains a listing of the following information on the town itself, and on the parishes that existed there:

  • locality name (bold characters, large font) in Polish
  • its German name (in italics) if different from the Polish version
  • the district (in brackets)
  • the geographical position on the map (latitude and longitude)
  • the Polish province (according to the pre-1999 scheme) to which the locality belonged
  • Below the first line, alternative Polish (normal font) and German (italics) names may be listed, as well as the information about cities being seats of district authorities in years 1887-1919.

    After the general town description, its parishes and civil registries are listed. The following detailed info is provided for them:

    For Catholic parishes in the Prussian province of Poznan:

    Number of parishioners according to a 1888 yearbook; towns and villages belonging to the parish.

    For Lutheran communities in the Prussian province of Poznan:

    Year of establishing, names of older communities the specific one was detached from. Communities older than 1815 are marked with an asterisk only.

    For Civil registries in the Prussian province of Poznan, as well as for all parishes and communities of the former Russian territory:

    The present USC (civil registry) where 20th century records are held.

    The next section lists the present location of records known to the author. For some localities or particular parishes you may find nothing but their general description - this indicates that there are probably no existing records.

    Each particular place where the records are held is listed in bold face.
    Birth or baptism (B), marriage (M) and death (D) records are provided, according to what the particular archive or parish possesses. The initial 'i' stands for alphabetical indexes (rather than actual records). Those are, as a rule, listed only if they fill the gaps in the actual records.

    'Open' dates (like 1880-) mean that either (in case of RC parishes) all records starting from the point provided up to present are available there, or (for civil registry records or civil duplicates) that the 100-year old records are given each year to the archive from the site provided in the previous section, and you can expect them to end at about 1898-1900 in the archive (this is according to the Polish law).

    Some civil records are also split to 'City' and 'Land' records. In the former, events from the locality itself were registered, while in the 'Land' records they registered people living in the surrounding area.

    The LDS microfilms section starts just afterwards and it lists the particular portions of records which are located on microfilms (microfilms numbers written in the bold style; 'items' numbers, i.e. microfilm section numbers also provided).

    Please remember that there is no liability for any errors contained in the records lists! They have been compiled from a large number of sources, some of them inconsistent or deficient, to the best skills of the author. There are still a handful of doubtful entries which might be corrected in future.