The Przemyśl State Archive and its inventories of Jewish Galician records

Przemyśl State Archive

The Przemyśl State Archive (Archiwum Państwowe w Przemyślu) is an important one for Galician genealogical research, containing as it does a large number of files with Jewish vital records and community records, from both eastern and western Galicia. It is also the only state archive in southeastern Poland with a significant quantity of Jewish records from eastern Galician towns.

In 2016-2018, the Jewish material in the Przemyśl archive underwent a significant restructuring. Files were moved between existing fonds, and much new material that researchers were unaware of was introduced into the existing fonds of Jewish records.

There are 22 fonds with Jewish records in the archive.

Fond 154

The largest fond of Jewish records in Przemyśl by a long margin is Fond 154, with 70 first-level files, in which there are 1,039 “units”, or subfiles. The first 68 files are town-specific—each one for a separate (eastern or western) Galician town. Between them they contain 342 subfiles. Fond 154, File 50, for instance, contains 28 subfiles from Stanisławów, including material from the Stanisławów ghetto. These subfiles are of different types—vital record books or index books, sets of loose certificates, lists of residents, and various types of Jewish community documents.

Following these town files comes File 69. This consists of 573 volumes, all of which are from unknown towns. Nearly all these books are index books of vital records, and for most of them the type of book (whether of births, marriages, or deaths) is known.

File 70, the final file, contains sets of vital record certificates or certifications from a further 66 towns, none of which appear in the list of the first 68 towns. There are 124 subfiles in File 70.

Fond 395 (Schools)

Originally this fond contained records from a single Jewish school in Przemyśl. Much new material has been added to the fond, which now has 50 files from nine towns. Two of the files are from unknown towns.

Fond 1657 (Tarnopol)

This is the second largest fond of Jewish material in Przemyśl. The original fond had 69 files, none of which were vital record books or certificates, though they may have contained vital information. The fond now has 328 files. Many are books of the kehilla, covering a diverse range of topics—from minutes of the community council and budgets to an inventory of the poultry slaughterhouse and documents from 1939 from the aid committee for refugees from Germany. There are also now a range of vital records, mainly as index books of vital records.

Below are links to the inventories of the 22 Jewish Galician record fonds in the Przemyśl state archive.

Fond 154 Mixed towns
Fond 395 School records (various towns)
Fond 1656 Dobromil
Fond 1657 Tarnopol
Fond 1729 Wielkie Oczy
Fond 1731 Kańczuga
Fond 1761 Pruchnik
Fond 1924 Przemyśl
Fond 2001 Sieniawa
Fond 2136 Jarosław
Fond 2230 Oleszyce
Fond 2231 Radymno
Fond 2232 Jaworów
Fond 2248 Mikulińce
Fond 2249 Pomorzany
Fond 2250 Stryj
Fond 2253 Mosty Wielkie
Fond 2254 Skałat
Fond 2255 Skole
Fond 2256 Zbaraż
Fond 2257 Złoczów
Fond 2269 Ołpiny

 

Gesher Galicia is a non-profit organization carrying out Jewish genealogical and historical research on Galicia, formerly a province of Austria-Hungary and today divided between southeastern Poland and western Ukraine. The research work includes the indexing of archival vital records and census books, Holocaust-period records, Josephine and Franciscan cadastral surveys, lists of Jewish taxpayers, and records of Galician medical students and doctors - all added to our searchable online database. In addition, we reproduce regional and cadastral maps for our online Map Room. We conduct educational research and publish a quarterly research journal, the Galitzianer.

You can search our free All Galicia Database, Map Room, and archival inventories, and read about member benefits starting at $36 per year. You can also join online.

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