World Archives Project: USHMM - Poland, Jewish Holocaust Survivors Registered in Warsaw, 1945-1946

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Contains registration cards of Jewish Holocaust survivors who registered in Warsaw after the war.

Project Overview

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Project Instructions This collection of registration cards contains a single form type. The cards themselves are printed in Polish, however, the data to be keyed is easily found by referring to keying helps for each field. Not all fields will be keyed for every record.

Many names and locations will contain diacritics. Key those as seen using the "Insert international characters" button located directly above the keying grid and directly below the image. For Polish Handwriting Helps, click here.

Important: Do not key the names of government or other officials as the goal is to capture information about the people whom the document is about and not the people who administered or signed the documents.

Please rely on common sense when keying.

Project Form Types and Field Helps
Registration Card
Cover page, Section header, etc.
Image with no data


Registration Card

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Choose the 'Registration Card' form type for images with records to key.

Registration Card Keying Instructions


Card Number

Key the card number as seen on the record. Card number is typically found in the upper left corner of the image. If there are two numbers and one is crossed out, key the number that is not crossed out. If there are two numbers separated by a / mark, key the first number.

Surname

Key the surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

The surname is usually written near the top of the card preceding the given name and is typically written larger than the rest of the information.

Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Initials should be keyed with a space between them.

The given name is usually written near the top of the card following the surname and is typically written larger than the rest of the information.

Maiden Name

Occasionally an alternate surname may be recorded for an individual. This name is typically written below the primary name with the words "z domu" or the abbreviation "z d" preceding it. Key the maiden name as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Birth Day

Key the day in its numerical form from the birth date.

Birth date is typically found in the upper-right corner of the card following or near the word "urodz," "ur" or something similar. The date appears in day-month-year format.

Birth Month

Key the month as an abbreviation in Polish from the birth date using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Birth date is typically found in the upper-right corner of the card following or near the word "urodz," "ur" or something similar. The date appears in day-month-year format. Many months appear as Roman numerals and should be transliterated into the proper Polish month. For example, "III" refers to "3" or "Mar."

Months with Polish Abbreviations in Bold

Jan - I - stycz
Feb - II - luty
Mar - III - mar
Apr - IV - kwiec
May - V - maj
Jun - VI - czerw
Jul - VII - lip
Aug - VIII - sierp
Sep - IX - wrzes
Oct - X - paźdz
Nov - XI - listop
Dec - XII - grudz

Birth Year

Key the year in its numerical form from the birth date.

Birth date is typically found in the upper-right corner of the card following or near the word "urodz," "ur" or something similar. The date appears in day-month-year format. If only two digits of a year are present on the image, then only those digits should be keyed. Do not key the "r" following the year.

Birth Place

Key the birth place as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

When present, birth place may be found just below the birth date, usually in the upper-right corner of the card. "W-wa" or "W-wie" (meaning Warsaw) is frequently found and should be keyed. It should be keyed as seen and not expanded.

Occupation

Key the occupation as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Supplemental list of occupations

When present, occupation is typically found just below the birth location, usually in the upper-right corner of the card.

Father Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the father of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Initials should be keyed with a space between them.

When present, father given name is typically found just below the primary person's name separated by an "i" from the mother name.

Father Surname

Key the surname of the father of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

When present, father surname is typically found just below the primary person's name following the father's given name.

Mother Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the mother of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Initials should be keyed with a space between them.

When present, mother name is typically found just below the primary person's name separated by an "i" from the father name.

Mother Maiden

Often the maiden name is recorded for the mother. This name is typically written below or after the mother's given name. Key the mother maiden as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Pre-1939 Address

Key the pre-1939 address as seen on the record.

When present, pre-1939 address may be found below the parents' names following or near the word "1939r," "39r" or sometimes just "1939." Only key address/locality information into this field, excluding street number. Keye as seen. Do not expand. Do not key Country.

Locations During War

Key the locations during the war as seen on the record.

When present, locations during the war may be found in quotation marks or following or near a date range similar to "1942-1945." The location(s) will usually appear after the pre-1939 address and before the post-war address. Only key address/locality information into this field, excluding street number. Do not key Country.

Post-War Address

Key the post-war address as seen on the record.
When present, post-war address may be found following the letters "Ob." Only key address/locality information into this field, excluding street number. Do not key Country.

Registration Day

Key the day in its numerical form from the registration date.

Registration date is typically found at the bottom or lower-left corner of the card. The date appears in day-month-year format.

Registration Month

Key the month as a Polish abbreviation from the registration date using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Registration date is typically found at the bottom or lower-left corner of the card. The date appears in day-month-year format. Many months appear as Roman numerals and should be transliterated into the proper Polish month. For example, "III" refers to "3" or "Mär."

Months with Polish Abbreviations in Bold

Jan - I - stycz
Feb - II - luty
Mar - III - mar
Apr - IV - kwiec
May - V - maj
Jun - VI - czerw
Jul - VII - lip
Aug - VIII - sierp
Sep - IX - wrzes
Oct - X - paźdz
Nov - XI - listop
Dec - XII - grudz

Registration Year

Key the year in its numerical form from the registration date.

Registration date is typically found at the bottom or lower-left corner of the card. The date appears in day-month-year format. If the year appears as two digits, expand it to include the prefix "19."

Registration Card Image Samples



Cover page, Section header, etc.



Use the “Cover page, Section header, etc” type for images that don’t contain any data, but might be interesting to look at because they provide some type of context for the image set. For instance, historical notes, affidavits, and so forth.

Image with no data



Use the “Image with no data” type for images that don’t contain any data or any useful context that might be interesting for someone to look at. For instance, an image containing only the blank background or an image with a microfilm target on it.