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Subject: Re: [PBS] Marriage index site / Indexes of Polish records
Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2006 11:15:36 EDT


List members with ancestors from Galicia may find the following information
useful.
The bio below is about a Polish scholar who is indexing Polish genealogical
records. There is a link for contact at the top right of the various pages
in his website.
His online databases are accessible at the URLs below:
Karen
Marek Jerzy Minakowski (born 13 June 1972 in Olsztyn) is a Polish
philosopher, historian and genealogist. Graduated from the Jagiellonian University with
the dissertation Formal Logic before Aristotle which was the result of
collecting all traces of the use of formal logic in Greek writing prior to 350 B.C.
(book contains a large catalog of all passages, with original text, translation
and logical formalization. Being 26 years old, he was one of the youngest PhDs
in Cracow.
Soon before graduation, in 1997, Minakowski accepted an editorial post at
OptimusNet (now Onet.pl), where he build the leading Polish financial site,
OnetBiznes, which by the end of the year 2000 turned to be a most-read source of
financial information in Poland. Later, he switched to search business, as a
director of Search at Onet.pl.
With this double background (logical formalization of texts and managing
large Internet database systems), Minakowski was able to cope with his idée fixe
and started building the genealogical database of the whole Polish historical
élites.
For the beginning, Minakowski prepared the densely-tagged XML edition of Adam
Boniecki's Herbarz Polski (originally 17 volumes or 6500 pages published
between 1899 and 1913, with genealogies of about 0.3 million people living since
13th to 20th century). The edition is available at CD-ROM since 2003.
The next stage was building a GEDCOM database of all people related
genealogically to the icons of the Golden Age of Polish culture: Jan Kochanowski and
Mikołaj Rej. The first edition, published in 2005 under the title Ci wielcy
Polacy to nasza rodzina. Not only Minakowski connected about 170,000 individuals
to both of them, but also found that every fifth person out of 25,000 described
in the Polski Słownik Biograficzny is related to them (with a finite chain of
three relations: being son of, being parent of and being spouse of).
Currently Minakowski focuses on building the database of descendants of all
members of the Great Sejm. The online version of the database is available at
Sejmwielki.pl.
Select the UK flag for English, other flags as needed.
English search page is at:
http://www.sejmwielki.pl:2317/sejmwielki?lang=en

From a PBS list memeber:
In the Minakowski site there is the Warsaw town index, where you can look for
an individual surname and find where they resided. This is a great tool. I
do not know if Minakowski has indexed any Jewish records in his marriage site.
The Jewish Genealogical group has been indexing records in Poland now for
several years. This indexing is still going on in the main Polish archive in
Warsaw. They hire archive employees to come into the archive before the employee
official work time to does this indexing. I doubt if the Polish archive keeps
Jewish indexing, If you go to the Jewish web site, you may discover where it
is kept. However, you have to look for a Kaminski not a Kaminsky.


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