[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Poznan Project Newsletter Winter 2011/2012

Rose Ingram roseingram at shaw.ca
Sun Jan 8 11:53:34 PST 2012

I subscribe to the Poznan Project Newsletter to see what they are doing from time to time.
I received this message the other day.
The second paragraph about personal cameras now being allowed in the Polish Archives will be good news for many.  

Rose Ingram

From: Lukasz Bielecki 
Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2012 5:26 AM
Subject: Poznan Project Newsletter Winter 2011/2012

Dear Poznan Project Friends,

Year 2011 is over and it was a good year... for the Poznan Project.

After numerous requests, the timeframe of the Project was extended and it
now covers years 1800-1899, i.e. the whole century! This decision also
triggered a rapid growth of the database contents which now exceeds
730,000 marriage records. In the last weeks, another category of sources
started to enter our holdings:, i.e. civil marriages from the last quarter
of the 19th century. As church books are often missing for the last part
on that century for a significant number of parishes, adding civil records
will certainly reveal a vast number of couples which can't be found in
church registers, Protestant or Catholic. We only need to increase the
amount of indexed records of this type.

In the last months genealogists were unexpectedly allowed by the Polish
National Archives to make digital pictures of documents with their own
camera and this development has facilitated obtaining source documents
for the Poznan Project search results. Certainly, indexing material that
had never been filmed will be made easier this way.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all those who have
contributed to the development of the Poznan Project in a number of ways
(see http://bindweed.man.poznan.pl/posen/data/support.php ). Your support
has helped tens of thousands users to learn more about their Polish and
German ancestors from the Poznan/Posen territory. In many cases, finding
them in our database was the key moment in long efforts to locate their
actual town of birth, as very often emigrants provided no other
information on their origin than the single word Posen or Prussia.

Your continued support will allow me to increase the number of parishes
covered (there are still many missing in the database, probably about a
third of those existent in the 19th century). Also new volunteers for
transcriptions of marriage records are welcome (many esp. German
volunteers have joined the team recently). I appreciate any other
idea you might have to improve and develop the Poznan Project.

Here is the web address for our main search engine:

I wish you a successful year 2012 full of new discoveries and especially
much fun with the Poznan Project.

Dr. Lukasz Bielecki
Poznan, Poland


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