Archive for August, 2019

August 4, 2019

Dziennik Dla Wyszystkich — Everybody’s Daily

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Buffalo Polish Newspaper — Dziennik Dla Wyszystkich

Buffalo Polish Newspaper 🗞 — Dziennik dla Wszystkich (Everybody’s Daily).

A bunch of co-workers of the newspaper.

August 1, 2019

Historical Polish Language Newspapers: Part 3 of 3 — In Poland

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk, is a long time fan of using historical newspapers to do research and to tell the family history story.

So where can you find Historical Polish Language newspapers (in Poland)?

Today I will chronicle the possibilities of historical Polish Language Newspapers. For my ancestors (near Pacanow, Biechow, Stopnica, really anywhere in Kielce Gubernia), I search the newspapers (czasopismo) in Świętokrzyska Digital Library. This jester has had good luck with Gazeta Kieleckie (1870-1945) & Gazeta Kielecka. 

 

To give an example, I once found my 2x-great-grandfather, Marcin Elijasz in a news article about a horse thief who was stealing from his father’s horse barn! It was found at Gazeta Kielecka, 1879 #35 [Source: SBC Digital Library, 1879, #35, pages 1-2]. The second page is shown at left.

 

NOTES:

So what should you search on? I have had success with surnames (ex. Elijasz), placenames (ex. Pacanow, diacriticals not usually needed), keywords (poborowi [conscripts], wojna [war], śmierć [deaths], etc.). Of course you need to use the Polish word(s). When you are searching the archive, you want to find newspapers, so use the keyword: czasopismo. If your ancestor’s village is small/insignificant, try using the parish or the gmina to find the next larger town/city. 

I found that unless you are fluent in Polish, then having a translator window (ex. translator.google.com) open in another tab very handy to understand which articles may be useful to your research.  Look through newspapers that match your family events or are a small offset  after a family event occurred (use timelines to assist). Sometimes historical dates can be interesting (ex. 1st-September-1939). Holidays like, Christmas or Easter are often fascinating. You should notice business registrations (rejestru handlowego). This lists businesses owned by all, but it is extremely helpful for Jewish researchers who have few places to search. So,  you can find your ancestor (the business owner) by look at these business registers before 1939! It does not list the business owner’s religion, but in my experience the Jewish names and the Christian names are usually easy to tell apart.

     Business Register

 

 

Newspapers Online:

  1. Świętokrzyska Digital Library
  2. Polona.pl 
  3. FBC Online Digital Libs LIST

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