Other southern Polish State Archives

A storeroom in the Tarnów state archive

Rzeszów State Archive

Archiwum Państwowe w Rzeszowie

The large and modern Rzeszów archive opened in November 2016. The archive’s previous site had been a former synagogue in the old town center. The archive contains 11 fonds of Jewish vital records, the largest of which is from the town of Rzeszów, with records up to 1942. Another fond has vital records from Dobromil, now in Ukraine— the only non-Polish town with Jewish records in this archive. In addition, there are four fonds with Jewish community records, including from Rzeszów itself, and a large collection of material from Czudec, a part of which is from the Holocaust period.

Sanok
The Rzeszów archive has a sub-archive in Sanok (Archiwum Państwowe w Rzeszowie, Oddział w Sanoku), containing Jewish vital records from eight towns in the Sanok region, including from Lesko/Lisko and Sanok itself.

 

Tarnów State Archive

National Archives in Kraków

Archiwum Narodowe w Krakowie

The National Archives in Kraków contain Jewish vital records from several towns in the Kraków region, including much material from Kraków itself from 1798 onwards. There are also record sets from Klasno-Podgórze, Krościenko nad Dunajcem, and Nowy Targ.

Bochnia
The Bochnia sub-archive of the Kraków archive (Archiwum Narodowe w Krakowie, Oddział w Bochni) has Jewish vital records from six towns, including from Bochnia itself.

Nowy Sącz
The Nowy Sącz sub-archive of the Kraków archive (Archiwum Narodowe w Krakowie, Oddział w Nowym Sączu) has vital records from four towns – Grybów, Muszyna, Nowy Sącz, and Stary Sącz. There are also important sets of municipal documents (not specifically Jewish) from some of these regional towns. Fond 15, for instance, with municipal records from Nowy Sącz, has 16 files with valuable information on the Holocaust in the town. Similarly, Fond 18 contains files with Holocaust-period material from Krynica.

Tarnów
The Tarnów sub-archive of the Kraków archive (Archiwum Narodowe w Krakowie, Oddział w Tarnowie) has Jewish metrical fonds from seven towns in the region, including from Tarnów itself and Dąbrowa Tarnowska. The large Fond 276, whose files are otherwise all from Tarnów, also contains two index books, from Nowy Wiśnicz and Tarnopol, both of which are likely to have ended up in this collection by mistake. All the other known Jewish metrical records from Nowy Wiśnicz are held in the state archives in Bochnia and Kraków.

Sandomierz archive

Also in southern Poland there is a state archive branch in the town of Sandomierz. Though the town lies just outside the boundary of the former Galicia, it contains Jewish vital records from two Galician localities, Tarnobrzeg (Fond 921), and Radomyśl nad Sanem (Fond 1151). The Sandomierz archive is a sub-archive of the Kielce State Archive (Archiwum Państwowe w Kielcach, Oddział w Sandomierzu).

Nowy Sącz Archive

Nowy Sącz Archive, Photo: Maciej Walasek

Bielsko-Biała archive

In the far west of the former Galicia, there is a state archive building in the town of Bielsko-Biała. Bielsko-Biała is made up of two historically separate towns, divided by a river—Bielsko to the west, in what used to be Austrian Silesia, and Biała to the east, just inside Galicia. The two towns were merged into a single town in 1951. The Bielsko-Biała archive is a sub-archive of the Katowice State Archive (Archiwum Państwowe w Katowicach, Oddział w Bielsku-Białej). The only Jewish records in this archive from a Galician locality are two files with death records from Lipnik (in German, Kunzendorf) in Fond 1330. Lipnik today is the eastern district of Bielsko-Biała.

 
The Polish State Archives has a website that seeks to create an inventory of all records, maps, and other documents in state archives in Poland. It also now has an increasing number of scans of archival documents, and can be searched at: szukajwarchiwach.gov.pl/en/.

For Gesher Galicia’s inventory of Galician Jewish vital records and other types of records held in the archives listed above, click here.

 

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. Gesher Galicia is also organized for the purpose of maintaining networking and online discussion groups and to promote and support Jewish heritage preservation work in the areas of the former Galicia.

You can search our free All Galicia Database, Map Room, and archival inventories, and read about member benefits starting at $50 per year. You can also join online.

Our general contact address: info@geshergalicia.org