Kraków Jewish Community Marriage and Banns Registers 1877 – 1939

Full extracts of the more than 23,000 Kraków marriage and banns records from the Progressive Synagogue were uploaded to the JRI-Poland database on May 20, 2001.

The on-line search results include bride and groom, father and mother’s names, mother’s maiden name (where available), and town of birth. Search Results also include notes indicating when handwriting was impossible to read. In such cases, researchers may want to order copies of the records and do their own investigation. Copies of records found in JRI-Poland searches may be ordered directly from the Jewish Genealogy & Family Heritage Center at The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute. Click here ([email protected]) to email them.

PLEASE NOTE: The Marriage records (fonds 998 -1010) contain more information than the Banns (fonds 991 to 997). To see if additional information might be available, refer to the fond tables below.

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A list of 8843 SURNAMES extracted from these records can be viewed by contacting the Kraków Town Leader. This will enable you to see if your family names are included or if there are other spellings that might not be identified in a soundalike search. Note, where there are two names together separated by an "f" or "r" or "z", it indicates the SURNAMES of both the father and mother under which the bride or groom was originally registered.

Thank you

A debt of gratitude is owed to many who made this valuable resource possible - starting with the Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. (New York) whose generosity enabled JRI-Poland to launch the project to index records of genealogical value at the Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw and JRI-Poland Town Leader Judy Wolkovitch who led the fund-raising campaign.

The oversize Krakow marriage and banns registers (24 x 39 cm and 42 x 53 cm, respectively) presented unusual handling and set-up problems for the data entry. Special thanks goes to Adriana Choros, JRI-Poland's transliterator who labored so intently to transcribe the data and to ensure that it would be as accurate as possible.

We also would like to thank others who played important roles in this project; Professor Feliks Tych z"l, former Director of the Jewish Historical Research Institute, Yale Reisner and associate Ania Przybyszewska Drozd who provided their knowledge and guidance during the project. Our appreciation also goes to Howard Fink who did the extensive database manipulation to prepare the file for uploading.