Austrian Ministries Indexing Project

REV Chula Katz Complaint 1

Gehser Galicia has learned of an interesting set of bureaucratic records generated by the Austrian government in the 19th and early 20th century which involves the Jewish population of Galicia. These Austrian Ministries Registers are now held in AGAD, the State Archive of Older Records in Warsaw, Poland.

These “Austrian Ministries Registers” include professional registries, contracts, licenses, business issues and disputes for Galitzianers living throughout the province. Gesher Galicia is in the process of inventorying and indexing the names in these collections and we expect to have the results available online within a few months. You will be able to order digital copies of registers involving your relatives at that time.

REV Chula Katz Complaint 2

There are also documents covering metrical record issues and immigration. Of special interest are a set of files involving the “legitimization” of persons born “out of wedlock,” (which applies to Galician Jews who were children of a couple who only were married in a religious, versus civil, ceremony,) the granting of foreign passports, adoptions, annulments and divorces. Below is the “Finding Aid,” which we commissioned our research staff in Poland to create, with a few samples of the names in these documents, and there are some sample images below. Although Gesher Galicia’s focus is on records with a preponderance of Jewish names, the names of both Christians and Jews are found in these records, so all researchers will benefit from the indexing.

If you want to donate to the general fund to help the indexing effort click here and indicate “Austrian Ministries Project” in the notes section or on your check. If you have questions about this project contact: pamela@geshergalicia.org

MINISTRY OF JUSTICE
(K.K. Justiz-Ministerium/Ministerswo Sprawiedliwosci)

  1. Personal records of lawyers and state clerks

MINISTRY OF INTERIOR (Fond 307)
K. K. MINISTERIUM DES INNERN
MINISTERSTWO SPRAW WEWNĘTRZNYCH

  1. Alcohol retail (wyszynk) licences
  2. Tax on alcohol retail (wyszynk

MINISTRY OF JUSTICE (Fond 305)
K. K. JUSTIZ-MINISTERIUM
MINISTERSTWO SPRAWIEDLIWOŚCI

  1. Personal records of lawyers and state clerks
  2. Pardons

MINISTRY OF INTERIOR (Fond 307)
K. K. MINISTERIUM DES INNERN
MINISTERSTWO SPRAW WEWNĘTRZNYCH

  1. Alcohol retail (wyszynk) licences
  2. Tax on alcohol retail (wyszynk)
  3. Production and sale of liquor
  4. Retail trade, craft
  5. Licenses for small businesses
  6. Peddlers
  7. Infringements of regulations in force

MINISTRY OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY (Fond 308)K. K. MINISTERIUM FÜR HANDEL UND GEWERBE
MINISTERSTWO HANDLU I PRZEMYSŁU

  1. Peddlers

MINISTRY OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY (Fond 308)
K. K. MINISTERIUM FÜR HANDEL UND GEWERBE
MINISTERSTWO HANDLU I PRZEMYSŁU

  1. Cases related to sale of alcohol without a licence.
  2. Cases related to licences
  3. Retail sale of alcohol (wyszynk)
  4. Issuing industrial certificates

MINISTRY OF INTERIOR (Fond 307)
K. K. MINISTERIUM DES INNERN
MINISTERSTWO SPRAW WEWNĘTRZNYCH (zespół nr 307)

  1. Certifications of vital records: example of Jewish names: Josef Rosenberg, Getzel Schloss)
  2. Legitimization of individuals born out of the wedlock– almost all documents concern Jewish individuals; establishing the place of birth or origin of a given person may cause a problem as most official documents are decisions of the Governors in Lviv.
  3. Documents relating to vital records: almost all the documents concern the Jews; establishing the origin of individuals may be problematic. It is because the applicants are individuals from Saxony or Germany but who were born in Galicia. They are applying for a certificate from a specific Jewish town in Galicia.
  4. Change of name – a lot of documents concern Jewish individuals, but it is not possible to determine the place of origin of a given person; these are mostly documents which are decisions by the Governor’s Office in Lviv.
  5. Foreign passports – records concerning different nations (many Jews represented) ; these include application for a passport in order to leave for destinations like Palestine, Berlin. The records often contain the place of birth or origin of a given person

MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE (Fond 309)
K. K. ACKERBAUMINISTERIUM
MINISTERSTWO ROLNICTWA

  1. Appeals against decisions of governors in Lwow.

MINISTRY OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY (Fond 308)
K. K. MINISTERIUM FÜR HANDEL UND GEWERBE
MINISTERSTWO HANDLU I PRZEMYSŁU

  1. Appeals against official decisions
  2. Cases relating to trade, craft

MINISTRY OF INTERIOR (Fond 307)
K. K. MINISTERIUM DES INNERN
MINISTERSTWO SPRAW WEWNĘTRZNYCH

  1. Adoptions – Jewish names occur quite often, however, there is no town from where the people come; a large part of the files in Hungarian language and it is not certain what areas they relate to specifically, although clearly these deal with the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
  2. Support for families of employees
  3. Working post applications
  4. Retirement pensions
  5. Personal files of office clerks
  6. Military service exemptions – small number of Jewish names (e.g. Sokal Jozef, dr; Salomon Hochwald)
  7. Personal files of the police – small number of Jewish names (e.g. Flatau, Pomersbach)
  8. State decorations – small number of Jewish names
  9. Disciplinary cases of officials – small number of Jewish names
  10. Search for missing persons – small number of Jewish names
  11. Cases relating to annulment and conclusion of marriage (divorce) – a lot of documents concerning Jewish individuals; files may be difficult to index
  12. Determination of the community affiliation [community where registered] – files relating basically to Jewish individuals, however only the first name and surname can be indexed; partly in the Hungarian language.

MINISTRY OF JUSTICE (Fond 305)
K. K. JUSTIZ-MINISTERIUM
MINISTERSTWO SPRAWIEDLIWOŚCI

  1. Personal files of court staff in Galicia – a small number of Jewish names
  2. Files of court appointed physicians – a small number of Jewish names
  3. Files of notaries public – a small number of Jewish names

Gesher Galicia Vice-President Tony Kahane was in Warsaw a few weeks ago and personally reviewed these files. No one is sure why these ended up in Warsaw, as opposed to being returned to Vienna, the seat of the Austrian government, or even Lwow, which appears to the source of many records, but we are grateful for the opportunity to work with these. Gesher Galicia members will eventually be able to order scans based on results in our All Galicia Database search engine and the “comments sections” of the originals are certain to provide insights into family members, their business dealings and more.

A sample index for “Alcohol Retail Licenses for the years 1910-1913,” shows the following individuals:
Moses WEITZNER from Kałusz, Israel LÖW from Frysztak, Alfred BIASION from Kraków, Simon BRANN from Łęki Górne, Elkuny ROSENBLUTH from Leżajsk, and Ladislau GROCHAL from Myślenice.

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