Jewish Galician records in state archives in southern Poland

A storeroom in the Tarnów state archive

Rzeszów State Archive (Archiwum Państwowe w Rzeszowie), and Sub-archive in Sanok

The Rzeszów archive is housed in a large modern building that opened in November 2016. The previous site of the archive had been a former synagogue in the old town center. The archive contains 11 fonds of Jewish metrical (vital) records, the largest of which is from the town of Rzeszów, with records up to the year 1942. Also included here is a fond containing 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.

The Sanok sub-archive (Oddział w Sanoku), has Jewish metrical records from eight towns in the Sanok area, including from Sanok itself and Lesko.

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Tarnów State Archive

Kraków National Archive (Archiwum Narodowe w Krakowie) and sub-archives in Bochnia, Nowy Sącz and Tarnów

The Kraków archive contains Jewish metrical records from 13 towns in the Kraków region, including material from Kraków itself from 1798 onwards. There are also record sets, both going to the end of the 1930s, from Nowy Targ and Krościenko nad Dunajcem.

The Bochnia sub-archive (Oddział w Bochni) has Jewish metrical records from six towns, including from the town of Bothnia.

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The Nowy Sącz sub-archive (Oddział w Nowym Sączu) has metrical 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 and other towns in the region. Fond 15, for instance, with municipal records from Nowy Sącz, has 16 files with valuable information on the Holocaust in the town. In a similar way, Fond 18 contains files with Holocaust-period material from Krynica.

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The Tarnów sub-archive (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.

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Nowy Sącz Archive

Nowy Sącz Archive, Photo: Maciej Walasek

Other Jewish Galician archival records in southern Poland

Outside these seven state archives and sub-archive branches, the State Archive in Sandomierz, which town lies just outside the former Galicia, contains Jewish 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.

The Polish State Archives have a project to scan all their archival records and upload the scans to the website


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