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Lists of vital records for the Province of Posen (Poznan)

Lists of vital records for the Province of Posen (Poznan)

The lists of existing records are organized according to the 1887 district division of the Poznan Province and the Eastern Greater Poland.

Babimost (Bomst) Jarocin (Jarotschin) Nowy Tomysl (Neutomischel) Rawicz (Rawitsch) Wielen (Filehne)
Bydgoszcz-City (Bromberg St.) Kepno (Kempen) Oborniki (Obornik) Skwierzyna (Schwerin) Witkowo
Bydgoszcz-Land (Bromberg Ld.) Koscian (Kosten) Odolanów (Adelnau) Strzelno (Strelno) Wrzesnia (Wreschen)
Chodziez (Kolmar) Kozmin (Koschmin) Ostrów (Ostrowo) Szamotuly (Samter) Wschowa (Fraustadt)
Czarnków (Czarnikau) Krotoszyn (Krotoschin) Ostrzeszów (Schildberg) Szubin (Schubin) Wyrzysk (Wirsitz)
Gniezno (Gnesen) Leszno (Lissa) Pleszew (Pleschen) Smigiel (Schmiegel) Znin
Gostyn Miedzychód (Birnbaum) Poznan-City (Posen St.) Srem (Schrimm)  
Grodzisk (Grätz) Miedzyrzecz (Meseritz) Poznan-East (Posen Ost) Sroda (Schroda)  
Inowroclaw (Hohensalza) Mogilno Poznan-West (Posen West) Wagrowiec (Wongrowitz)
Eastern Greater Poland:
Kalisz (Kalisch) Kolo Konin Slupca Turek


Note: If you don't know to which district your town or village belonged, please refer to the alphabetical list of localities (only seats of Catholic parishes, Protestant and Jewish communities or civil registries are listed! For smaller villages you first have to determine what parish etc. would be keeping their records).



Explanations on the format of the lists of records



As you can see, the format of the records lists is somewhat 'raw'. This is due to the method the files are generated. They are produced by an automated routine which processes the simple text formatted lists of records and LDS microfilms for each locality in the Province. Therefore, the lists can be automatically updated once there is any correction introduced, but it can be admitted that the layout would be more convenient if I could prepare the files myself!


The lists are clear and easy to use. Here are the guidelines:


The list is arranged alphabetically and indicates the records available for each district.


  • each locality (bold characters, large font) in Polish
  • the German name (in italics) if different from the Polish version
  • the district (in brackets)
  • the geographical position on the map (latitude and longitude)
  • the Polish province (according to the pre-1999 scheme) to which the locality belonged

Below the first line, alternative Polish (normal font) and German (italics) names may be listed, as well as the information about cities being seats of district authorities in years 1887-1919. As a rule, the town names in the first line are circa 1890, the alternative names were in use after 1890. Read here about the renamings.


Key to code and records:
RC Roman Catholic records
LU United Evangelical church - the "mainstream" Protestant (Lutheran) church officially approved by the Prussian monarchy
JE Jewish vital records
CI Civil records (introduced in 1874) where all confessions had to register their births, marriages and deaths
OL "Old Lutheran" - other Protestant denominations which did not accept the unification
MRC Roman Catholic records for the military
MLU Protestant records for the military
PRC Roman Catholic records for the prisoners
PLU Protestant records for the prisoners
GC Greek-Catholic (only one parish)
OR Eastern Orthodox (only three parishes)


Christian communities, are designated as 'P' or 'C' which denotes their status as an independent parish/community during the 19th century. Filials (where separate records were sometimes produced) are marked with 'F'. Civil registries may be cited for several neighboring locations and are identified in brackets. Additional information on e.g. date of establishment of a parish may be listed.


Below the code of the records type, additional info is provided:


For Catholic parishes in the Prussian province of Poznan:

Number of parishioners according to a 1888 yearbook.

For Lutheran communities in the Prussian province of Poznan:

Year of establishing, names of older communities the specific one was detached from. Communities older than 1815 are marked with an asterisk only.

For Civil registries in the Prussian province of Poznan, as well as for all parishes and communities of the former Russian territory:

The present USC (civil registry) where 20th century records are held.

The next section lists the present location of records known to the author. For some localities or particular parishes you may find nothing but their general description - this indicates that there are probably no existing records.


Each particular place where the records are held is listed in bold face.
(Postal addresses for the
Polish archives)


Birth or baptism (B), marriage (M) and death (D) records are provided, according to what the particular archive or parish possesses. The initial 'i' stands for alphabetical indexes (rather than actual records). Those are, as a rule, listed only if they fill the gaps in the actual records.


'Open' dates (like 1880-) mean that either (in case of RC parishes) all records starting from the point provided up to present are available there, or (for civil registry records or civil duplicates) that the 100-year old records are given each year to the archive from the site provided in the previous section, and you can expect them to end at about 1898-1900 in the archive (this is according to the Polish law).


Some civil records are also split to 'City' and 'Land' records. In the former, events from the locality itself were registered, while in the 'Land' records they registered people living in the surrounding area.


The LDS microfilms section starts just afterwards and it lists the particular portions of records which are located on microfilms (microfilms numbers written in the bold style; 'items' numbers, i.e. microfilm section numbers also provided).

Please remember that there is no liability for any errors contained in the records lists! They have been compiled from a large number of sources, some of them inconsistent or deficient, to the best skills of the author. There are still a handful of doubtful entries which might be corrected in future.


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