Parish Record Photographs
The Galizien German Descendants group is pleased to announce the availability of
many church records from parishes covered by the Krakow archives. These church
record images are on the GGD Members-Only portion of our web site. These images
generally cover births, marriages and deaths from part of the time period
between 1850 and 1918. GGD member Anna Babel de Fronsberg worked diligently in
the Krakow branch of the Polish State Archives to photograph these church
records. The images were then categorized by volunteers Dave Gorz and made
web-ready by John Kaminski. As our time and GGD funds allow, we will continue to
use our membership fees for further research.
So if your
research has led you to the Lutheran parish of Stadlo, study the section below. Villages found in the Stadlo records include Alt
Sandez, Barcice, Biczyce, Gabon, Golkowice, Jazowsko, Juraszowa, Mokra Weis,
Mostki, Naszacowice, Neudörfel, Niskowa, Olszanka, Poczekai, Podegrodzie,
Podrzeczce, Popowice, Rytro, Skrudzina, Stadlo, Swidnik, Swierkla, Swiniarsko
The records for the years 1838-1850 were filmed by the Family History Library,
digitized and are found online at "film" DGS 100295696. These images of the
Births, marriages, deaths for 1838-1850 can be viewed at your home computer.
Also available on AGAD
as item 21.
The records for the years 1849-1918 were recorded for our members as described
above and can be viewed at the links at the bottom of this page.
The records for the years 1919 - 1938
were filmed by the FHL in Warsaw and are found on microfilm #2379997. They have
been digitized but are not viewable due to contractual restrictions. They have
also been digitized by the Polish Archives and the marriages and deaths are
available as item #178 on
their web site. The births have been omitted due to EU privacy laws. However,
thanks to the work of two of our members, we have a 37 page searchable index of
the records available on that microfilm. Members can view this index
HERE. If you find an ancestor in the index, contact either member G028
or member B139 who may be able to provide further details.
New in Dec 2020:
We now have an index of marriages from 1919 to 1938;
Neu Sandez 1849-1918
Similarly, if your research has led you to the Lutheran parish of Neu Sandez, its
records include Biala bei
Grybow (Biala Ninza), Biczyce (Ger: Deutsch-Bitschitz), Biegonice, Bobkow,
Chelmiec, Chrzastowka bei Jaslo, Cieniawa, Dabrowka, Dombrowka, Drzykowa,
Falkowa, Golabkowice, Grodzkie, Hutweide (Pol: Gaj), Jamnica, Kunow, Laufendorf
(Pol: Biegonice), Mystkow, Nawojowa, Nawojowka, Neu Sandez, Staraweis,
Strzeszyce (Ger: Wachendorf), Wieloglowy, Wielopole, Zakopane, Zalubincze,
Zawada, and Zbikowice.
The Family History Library has digitized Film 905270 Item 5 and images of
the following records are available for viewing at Family History Centers:
Taufen, Trauungen, Tote 1838-1850.
Scans of births, marriages and deaths from 1838–1844 can be viewed at home at AGAD as item 19 of group 427.
For 1845-1850 see item 20.
Similarly, if your research has led you to the parish of Königsberg Gillershof,
or Baranowka (the parish center and the two main filialsof the Reformed
Evangelical -Helvetica Confession faith), those records include Baranowka,
Brzoza Stadnicka, Brzyska Wola, Gillershof, Hucisko, Kamien, Königsberg,
Kurylowka, Lezajsk, Lukowa, Neu Dornbach, Ranischau, Reichsheim, Ruda,
Siedlanka, Staremiasto, and Steinau. Note that the Königsberg records are often
intermingled with those of Gillershof or Baranowka, so be sure to look through
the all the files in the date range you are researching. Also, some of the years
are not in order (especially the births) due to the way the books were filed in
the archives. Thus look for your year of interest throughout the directory.
The Family History Library has digitized Film 905269 Item 6 and images of the
following records are available for viewing at Family History Centers:
Geburten, Heiraten, Tote 1838-1851, 1858.
Similarly, if your research has led you to the parish of Ranischau, its records include
Cholewiana Gora, Glogow, Grebow, Kamien, Kolbuszowa, Krawce, Mazury, Nisko, Nowosielec,
Poreba Ranischau, Przedzel, Pysznica, Ranischau, Ranizow, Rzeszow, Steinau, Sulichow, Windenthal
Wola Ranizowska, and Wydrze.
These images are in addition to the text-based spreadsheets we have had for
several years for Ranischau and
Steinau. It might be worthwhile looking in
the typed out listings before looking in these images. For the years 1849-1864, the Births, Marriages, and Deaths are grouped so they
have been put into a directory called BMD. For some other years, the
Steinau district was recorded separately from the Ranischau main records.
These are noted as (S) or (R) where appropriate.
The Family History Library
has digitized Film 905271 Item 2 and images of the following records are
available for viewing at Family History Centers:
Taufen, Heiraten, Tote
Reichsheim 1849-1918Similarly, if your research has led you to the
Lutheran parish of Reichsheim or Hohenbach, its records include Czermin,
Dabrowka, Goleszow, Gorki, Lysakow, Lysakowek, Mielec, Padew,
Rzedzianowice, Trzciana, Tuszow-Kol, Wojslaw, and others..
Reichsheim is listed as the parish center by both the Polish Archives and the
Family History Library, though another source refers to the Hohenbach parish.
Both villages were prominent in the area, and some of the records that have been
photographed also make reference to the village of Padew.
The earlier records
(1849-1863) are birth, deaths, and marriages (BDM below) grouped by year in the
same volume, often separating Reichsheim from Hohenbach. Later volumes covered
births, marriages, and deaths separately, but once again with the Reichsheim
listed first and Hohenbach at the end. When researching in these records, it
would be best to look at both sets, just to be sure nothing is missed. The
predominantly Reichsheim records are flagged with an "R"; Hohenbach with an "H",
and Padew with a "P". The type of record is also noted, as well at the year(s)
covered by the records. There is a transcript of some of these records on our
Reichsheim web page.
History Library has digitized Film 905271 Item 1 and images of the following
records are available for viewing at Family History Centers:
Trauungen, Tote 1838-1858
Neu Gawlów 1859-1881
Neu-Gawlów is shown on the military survey map as the northern enclave of the
town, with the primary portion shown as Stary Gawlow. The Gemeindelexikon shows
only three German inhabitants out of 592 for the combined Gawlów Nowy - Gawlow
Stary area. If you look at the map of settlements in Galicia drawn by Rudolf
Unterschütz, you'll see the nearby towns of Bratucice, Bogucice, Fürstenau,
Klaj, Krzeczow, Majkowice, Niepolomice, Trynitatis, Vogtsdorf, and the city of Bochnia (159 Germans out of
10071). Given the positions of the various villages, they were likely to all
have belonged to the Neu-Gawlów parish.
The Family History Library has digitized
Film 100295684 and images of the following records are available for viewing
at Family History Centers:
Birth, Marriage, Death, 1838-1850
The records below are be available for members only access and additionally
we remind members that this information is supplied for private personal use
only. Any other use could cause this project to end. This page is updated as
we receive new information.
The links below are to raw directory listings. You will see a list of
file names starting with something like P77170209. This first part is just
the picture number given by the camera. Following some entries is a
statement of what is in that file. A typical series goes like:
In this case, P7150081 (or 081 for short) is the first page of the 1854
births while 084 is the last page of 1854 births. 085 is the first page of 1855
births. In some cases, especially in the German listings, there is an
alphabetical list of all the events for that year, labelled with a suffix of
"_alpha", "index", or "grooms" in the case of some marriage records. Many files have been renumbered to remove the camera number
and instead supply a sequential number. These look like "B1025.jpg" where
the B signifies Births and the 1025 is just a sequential number that ensures the
files are listed with the oldest at the top.
For more information, please
contact Dave Gorz at
Stadlo Parish- Birth Records 1850 to 1918
Stadlo Parish- Marriage Records 1849-1918
Stadlo Parish- Death Records 1841 to 1918
Stadlo Parish -
Index of BMD records 1919-1938
Neu Sandez Parish - Birth Records 1849 to 1918
Neu Sandez Parish - Marriage Records 1849 to 1918
Neu Sandez Parish - Death Records 1849 to 1918
Königsberg Parish - Birth Records 1849 to 1918
Königsberg Parish - Marriage Records 1849 to 1918
Königsberg Parish - Death Records 1849 to 1918
Ranischau Parish - Birth/Marriage/Death Records
(BMD) 1849 to 1867
Ranischau Parish - Birth Records 1868 to 1918
Ranischau Parish - Marriage Records 1862 to 1918
Ranischau Parish - Death Records 1868 to 1918
Reichsheim Parish - Birth/Marriage/Death Records (BMD) 1849 to 1863
Reichsheim Parish - Birth Records 1862 to 1918
Reichsheim Parish - Marriage Records 1862 to 1918
Reichsheim Parish - Death Records 1862 to 1918
Neu Gawlów Parish - Birth/Marriage/Death Records (BMD) 1859-1866
Neu Gawlów Parish - Birth/Marriage/Death Records (BMD) 1867-1881
Lutheran and Reformed church records for parishes in the eastern end of
Galicia, which is now part of Ukraine, are found in the Central archive in
Warsaw and were photographed by the Family History Library (FHL). They have been
available on microfilm for a number of years and the Polish State Archives has
recently made those images available on-line. In addition to the bulk of the
Lutheran and Reformed records, Roman Catholic records of interest to GGD members
are also often available on-line. Check the AGAD web site. Lutheran church
records for parishes in the western end of Galicia, now part of southern Poland,
are found primarily in the regional archives. The parishes of Biala, Stadlo, Neu
Sandez, Neu Gawlow, Königsberg, Hohenbach/Reichsheim, and Ranischau have a
limited group of records in the Central archive in Warsaw, and those were
photographed by the FHL. Those records typically cover the years 1838 to 1850
with some 1919 to 1939 records also being available. But records from the
mid-to-late 1800’s and early 1900’s are found in Krakow and have not been
photographed by the FHL. This lack of records is reflected in the
Ortsfamilienbücher for villages in western Galicia, which often end at 1870.
Thus GGD decided to undertake a project to photograph member requested records
in the Krakow archive and make those records available to the membership.
A copy of the images has been sent to Manfred Daum for eventual transcription
into the database for the OFB’s (Village Family Books).