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From (May, 2006) ·

Tabula Registers: An Untapped Genealogical Resource in the Lviv Archives

by Alexander Dunai

There is a little-known resource for Galician researchers held in the Lviv State Historical Archive — the “Tabula Krajowa,” or Tabula Registers (Fond 166, 1780-1891). In 1780 the State Registrar Department — established by the Austrian Emperor Joseph II — began documenting the purchase and sale of real estate and land, property leasing, testaments, deeds, money-lending agreements, promissory notes, public sale for debts, etc.. Because Jews were active in commerce — it was one of those areas in which the government allowed them to work — many families had occasion to participate in some kind of business relationship and sign a contract, which often contained names of both the husband and wife represented in the deal as one participant. Other documents, like testaments and public sales for debts, frequently contain information on several generations.

In order to give you an idea of how important and universal were the documents kept by the Department, its enough to mention that there were about 300 volumes of various indexes to the records and ALL the landownership registers after 1874 were arranged basing on the Tabula registers.

The Tabula Registers

Tabula Register - Lviv

A Tabula Register entry for the city of Lviv

  1. For the City of Lemberg: There are 932 vols of registers dated 1787 – 1886 that include registers of realty owners, books for registration of deeds & contracts, books for registration of wills.
  2. For the towns in the vicinity of Lemberg: Basiowka, Bilogorszcze, Brzuchowice, Hamulets, Grzybowice, Hodowice, Horodowice, Holosko Wielkie, Holosko Male, Zydatice, Zawadow, Zamarstynow, Zarudce, Zaszkow, Zboiska, Zimna Woda, Rudno, Kaltwaser, Zniesienie, Zubra, Kleparow, Kosiejow, Krzywczyce, Persenkowka, Sichow, Sknilow, Jaryczow, Jaryczow Nowy.
  3. For the villages and towns of Galicia: (See table below.)
  4. For Galicia arranged by counties: Brzezany, Bochnia, Wadowice, Zolkiew, Zloczow, Kolomyja, Lwow, Nowy Sacz , Jaslo, Przemyslany, Rzeszow, Sambor, Stanislawow, Stryj, Sanok, Tarnow, Tarnopol, Czortkow.

Examples of Tabula Register Entries and the Wealth of Detail They Contain

  • Contract of purchase #124. Kalusz April 29, 1816: Today, at the end of the day, between a realty owner Ester Glanz on the one side and her son Moses Glanz on the other side, there has been agreed and declared next: Ester Glanz sells a house #327 (which she inherited according to the will dated Iyar 5, 5567 issued by her husband Izaak Glanc, who died because of fire) and a parcel of land within the known boundaries between the neighbors Osias Hausner and Dawid Lemonim, to her son Moses Glanz for the amount of 1400 florins which she has received in advance. This contract has been signed by witnesses: Berl Frankforter & Jakob Rudolf.
  • Contract of purchase #146. Kalusz, May 6, 1817: Today between two married couples: Chaim and Sara Mariam Kaufman and Abraham and Chaje Kaufman with permission of their stepfather Feibel Spindel on the one side and Joel and Scheindel Juny on the other side, there was agreed and confirmed next: the seller, above mentioned brothers Chaim and Abraham Kaufman, with permission of their stepfather Feibel who acts as heir of their deceased mother Malka, have sold to the purchaser Joel Juny for the amount of 1060 guldens a parcel of land with a house #376. The above mentioned parcel with a house is located within the next boundaries: on the east – Coetur Street, on the south – neighbours Abraham Spatz and David Vogler, on the north – a parcel with a building belonging to Markus Klarman. This agreement has been signed by witnesses: Marcus Pflugman and Hersz Schuldiner
  • Power of Attorney. Krakowiec, May 17, 1810: Moszko Med, Susse Med and Feiga Zlota Med issued a Power of Attorney to Hershko Haberman, Przemysl citizen, in order to represent them as the heirs of their deceased parents Abraham Mortkowicz and Dyna Leibowiczowa. Power of attorney has been signed by witnesses: Szmul Rosenbach and Joseph Knapp
  • Promissory note. Krakowiec, August 17, 1810: Dawid Malc and his wife Eidla borrow 500 zlotys from a priest Michal Sawicki. Promissory note was signed by Icko Judenberg as a guarantee.
  • Public sale of ½ of house #16. Krakowiec, 1817: Matla Judenberg, widow of Icko Judenberg and her underage children Mendel, Laja and Leizor own ½ of the house #16. Mendel Judenberg is owner of another ½ of the house #16. Mendel Judenberg, Leib Elster, Dawid Nuskorn and Abraham Felsen applied as bidders. Mendel Judenberg bought ½ of the house #16 for 2050 florins. Mendel Judenberg and his wife Sara issued a promissory note for 700 florins in the names of Matla Judenberg and her children for the period of 3 years with annual provision 6 florins per 100 florins.
  • Decision. Krakowiec, 1822: Decision of Justices of the peace Leib Oranz and Icko Leib Manber in the case of claim on marriage contract between Hersh Leib son of Josel Brand from Yavorov and Ettel daughter of Mendel Judenberg from Krakowiec who were married October 31, 1820.

Tabula Registers for the Villages and Towns of Galicia

  • Bandrow
  • Bania Kotowska
  • Belz (15 vols)
  • Berwinkowa
  • Bialoberezka
  • Bialogora
  • Bialy Kamien
  • Blyszczywody (incl. in Mokrotyn)
  • Bolechow
  • Bolehowce
  • Brody (32 vols, 1794-1884)
  • Bronica
  • Brzegi Dolne
  • Brzezany (12 vols)
  • Buda (incl. in Wysoka)
  • Busk (5 vols)
  • Cholojow
  • Chorocowa
  • Chyrow
  • Czajkowice
  • Dobra
  • Dobrohostow
  • Dobromyl (16 vols)
  • Dobrzanica (incl. in Uszkowice)
  • Dolhopol
  • Dolina (10 vols)
  • Dolina area villages (incl. in Lopianka)
  • Drohobycz & suburbs (81 vols)
  • Dunajow vicinity villages
  • Dynow (3 books, 1780-1825)
  • Engelsbruk
  • Falkenberg
  • Falkenstein
  • Folwarki Wielke & Folwarki Male
  • Gaje Starobrodskie
  • Gerynia (incl. in Witwica)
  • Gleboka
  • Gliniany (8 vols)
  • Grodek Jagiellonski (11 vols, 1797-1880)
  • Halicz (10 vols, 1753-1886)
  • Holowy
  • Hoszow
  • Hoszow (incl. in Stankowce)
  • Hrusatycze (incl. in Strzeliska)
  • Hubice
  • Huczko
  • Jagielnica
  • Jaroslaw (50 vols, 1792-1892)
  • Jasien
  • Jasienica
  • Jasienica Solna
  • Jaworow (9 vols, 1792-1893)
  • Jozefow
  • Kalusz (7 vols, 1758-1822)
  • Kamionka Strumilowa (21 books)
  • Katyna
  • Kimirz
  • Kniahinin (4 vols, 1801-1885)
  • Kniazpol
  • Kobasz
  • Kolomyja (30 vols)
  • Kolpiec
  • Komarno
  • Korostow
  • Kotacin
  • Krakowiec
  • Krasnoila
  • Krechow
  • Kropiwnik Nowy & Stary
  • Krystynopol (7 vols, 1792-1883)
  • Kulczyce
  • Kulikow
  • Kurowice
  • Kuty (18 vols, 1781-1888)
  • Kwaszenina
  • Lacke
  • Liskowate
  • Liszczyny
  • Lisznia
  • Lopianka
  • Lodyna
  • Lopuszanka
  • Lopusznica
  • Lubycza Krolewska
  • Makow
  • Mariampol (3 vols, 1807-1855)
  • Migowo
  • Mizun
  • Modrycz
  • Mokrotyn
  • Mokrotyn, Smerekow, Przedrzymichy, & Blyszczywody
  • Muzylowice
  • Nadziejow (incl. in Lopianka)
  • Nahujowice
  • Nanow
  • Narajow
  • Neudorf (incl. in Bolechowce)
  • Niedwedza
  • Nojdorf (incl. in Zawidowice)
  • Nowe Miasto (1 volume)
  • Obersdorf
  • Olesko (3 vols, 1798-1882)
  • Orow
  • Paprotno
  • Plebania
  • Polana
  • Potylicz
  • Powitno
  • Prochnik (14 vols, 1814-1874)
  • Przerzymichy (incl. in Mokrotyn)
  • Przemysl with suburbs (56 vols, 1799-1894)
  • Przemyslany (11 vols, 1816-1881)
  • Radziechow (2 vols, 1827-1874)
  • Raniowice
  • Rawa Ruska (12 vols, 1796-1882)
  • Rodatycze
  • Rogozno
  • Rozenburg
  • Rozen Maly and Rozen Wielki
  • Roztoki
  • Roztoczki (incl. in Witwica)
  • Rudawka
  • Rudki (4 vols)
  • Rybno with Slobodka
  • Rybotycze
  • Rymanow with neighboring villages (6 vols, 1782-1888)
  • Sambor & neighboring villages (69 vols)
  • Sielec
  • Smereczna
  • Smerekov (incl. in Mokrotyn)
  • Slobodka
  • Smolnica
  • Smolno
  • Sniatyn (vols, 1791-1832)
  • Sokal (vols with index)
  • Solec
  • Sopotnik
  • Stainfeld
  • Stanila with Stebnik and Kolpets
  • Stanislawow & suburbs (99 vols, 1784-1882)
  • Stankowce with Hoszow
  • Stare Miasto
  • Stary Sambor
  • Starzawa Sanocka
  • Stebne with Dolhopol
  • Stebnik
  • Strzeliska Nowe and Stare
  • Sulukow (incl. in Lopianka)
  • Szmankowce
  • Tarnawa
  • Tartakow (1 volume 1817-1883)
  • Tarnopol city (50 vols).
  • Trebowla (12 vols, 1803-1886)
  • Truskawiec (incl. in Tustanowice)
  • Tudiow
  • Tustanowice (1802-1889)
  • Tyzlow
  • Uhnow
  • Ulyczno
  • Untervalden (incl. in Uszkowice)
  • Ustrzyki Dolne (1855-1880)
  • Uszkowice
  • Warez
  • Wierzblany
  • Witkow Nowy
  • Witwica incl. Roztoczki & Gerynia
  • Wojnilow (3 vols, 1652-1839)
  • Wolica
  • Wysocko
  • Wysoka & Buda
  • Wyzniany & vicinity
  • Zablotow (3 vols)
  • Zaleszczyki (4 vols)
  • Zawidowice & Nojdorf
  • Zbadyn
  • Zbaraz (8 vols)
  • Zloczow (50 vols)
  • Zolkiew (24 vols)
  • Zoltantce
  • Zurawno (2 vols)
  • Zydaczow (8 vols)

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