29 January 2014

Genealogy Indexer -- a neat little website that just might have what you need

Facebook and all that is posted there often leads me to new resources that I was not aware of.

A case in point was that yesterday I saw someone mention a new database being posted -- A list of 56,000 people repatriated to Bialystok during 1945-1950.

With some of my roots in eastern Poland and the Ukraine, I’m always curious when a resource from Eastern Europe is mentioned, especially for Poland. Though I have no ancestors who lived in Bialystock, I was curious and wanted to see what website had this data.

It ends up that the data is housed on Genealogy Indexer which was created in August, 2008 by hobbyist genealogist Logan Kleinwaks. That means this website has been around for over 5 years!

It is self-described as “... 350,000 pages of historical directories (business, address, telephone, etc., primarily from Central and Eastern Europe), 28,000 pages of 64 yizkor books (memorials to Jewish communities destroyed during the Holocaust), 32,000 pages of Polish and Russian military documents (lists of officers, casualties, etc.), 35,000 pages of community and personal histories, and 13,000 pages of Polish secondary school annual reports and other school sources. More genealogical resources are being added daily.”

As you can imagine, I had some catching up to do and so spent a bit of time looking around his website.

You can search across the entire database on the main page (see image above). Here are the search results for Malecka.  From this you will see that as its name implies, this website “Indexes” records held and made available by a variety of institutions.  As such an aggregator, it gives you one-stop searching across some pretty obscure and yet invaluable databases. 

I thought the reference to the Galician Schematism [Schematyzm Galicyjski] was interesting.  I was curious as to what is that?  I found an answer via the Glenview (IL) Public Library blog – the equivalent of our Yellow Pages.

I personally found it helpful to click on each “collection” as listed in the upper left corner.  This immediately gave me a sense of what locales and time periods are currently available for each class of records.

There is a lot listed!  If you are researching Eastern European, Russian, and ancestors from neighboring countries, you just might find a gem here.

Is there a particular database on this website where you found your ancestors listed?

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