[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Polish records

Paul Rakow rakow at ifh.de
Wed Jun 24 10:32:33 PDT 2009


        Usually the Polish parish records have indexes, sorted by
  the first letter of the surname, so instead of having to look
  through all the births, you just have to read through the list
  of "H" surnames, looking for Haak, (or similar), a much easier
  task. The index will tell you the record number and/or page number
  for the full entry.

       I looked at the LDS catalogue. For Protestants in Warsaw I only
  saw two churches, one Evangelical, and one Evangelical-Reformed.
  The LDS catalogues these as copies of the church records,
  these copies served as the civil records.

    Unfortunately, they both stop in 1862! Might still be worth a try,
  in case Karl is a year older than you think, or to look for possible
  older siblings, possible marriages of Haak couples.

       There are also some city directories from 1869 and 1870 - maybe
  you could look if there are any Haak families listed. (I do
  agree with what you said - there's a risk that he just said Warsaw
  because it was simpler than putting down the name of a small village
  somewhere in Poland).

                   Paul Rakow
                   rakow at ifh.de

  Robin Grube <robinquilter at gmail.com> wrote:
> Since we have been talking about Polish records lately, I wonder if any of
> you have looked at records of Germans born in Warsaw, probably evang
> (Lutheran). I just want to know, in a general way, if you think I have any
> chance of finding him just by paging through parish records. Are there civil
> records available? My grandfather, when he came to the USA after marrying
> another German near Kiev, wrote "Warsaw" as his place of birth on passport
> application, etc. Perhaps he is not from there, at all, but just thought
> that might be the only place Americans would recognize! I would be happy to
> order some FHL microfilms if I knew what parish might be worth a try. My
> particular details: Karl HAAK, born 1863. Only other info I have is that he
> had a brother Gottlieb, born c. 1867
> Thanks for any pointers. I have written about him before, but I still have
> no new info, and don't know what to try next.
> Robin Haak Grube

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