[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] EWZ Files
Sigrid Pohl Perry
perry1121 at aol.com
Thu Oct 5 18:18:03 PDT 2017
Whether your families can be found in the EWZ files depends on where
they were living between 1939 and 1941. If they were ethnic Germans
living in Volhynia (now Ukraine or Belarus), Russian Poland (the Lublin
region and other areas near there), the Baltic countries, Romania,
Hungary, Serbia, and Croatia, then they were likely resettled and
information recorded which is in the EWZ files. Some of the groups have
created alphabetical files of these people, e.g. Volhynians and
Galizians. But most of those living in Poland must first be searched in
the alphabetical EWZ index, their Stammblatt file number noted, and yet
another file consulted which was created for each village processed.
In the past both the alphabetical microfilms and the individual
Stammblatt films could be ordered from FamilySearch, but microfilms may
no longer be ordered. The films themselves are at the National Archives
in College Park, Maryland and in Berlin. I asked a FamilySearch
representative if they would be digitizing those microfilms and they did
not yet have an answer.
It is possible that an SGGEE member who lives near College Park,
Maryland, would be willing to look up a few names for you if you are
quite certain you know of families who might be there. But if you do not
have specific information, the alphabetical files are quite daunting.
For example, I knew my families all lived in particular villages near
Lublin. I began with one film for Domres and two films which included
Pohl. I found those families but had to look carefully through those
films because I only knew the names of my immediate parents and
grandparents. I had to watch carefully for any siblings, aunts, uncles,
or cousins who lived in other villages. Then I had to order more films.
I found information. But the Lublin records indexing project eventually
gave me the real parish records and accurate information--not the oral
history recorded by National Socialist bureaucrats from frightened
people about to be resettled.
However, all that information on EWZ is a place to begin--very important
if nothing is known.
Sigrid Pohl Perry
On 10/4/2017 12:39 PM, Frank Schultz wrote:
> Could anybody please tell me how I can find out whether there are EWZ files about people I am researching?
> Is there an index somewhere with names? How could I obtain copies if files are available?
> Thank you,
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