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How can I assist with indexing and extraction?

While JRI-Poland has processed more than 6 million individual records, there are millions of records that remain to be indexed and extracted.

Many records in JRI-Poland’s database have been indexed, but are yet to be fully extracted in order to glean all genealogically relevant information from the available records for each town.

JRI-Poland needs volunteers:

  • to index or extract Polish, Russian, and German language records (with opportunities for even those who have little or no experience with these languages)
  • to proofread indices and extracts
  • to link indices and extracts to online record images

How can I help coordinate JRI-Poland projects for my town or region of interest?

Volunteer to be a Town Leader

  • Town Leaders are responsible for fundraising for the indexing and extraction of additional records in the Polish State Archives for a specific town, and for handling inquiries about records from their towns.
  • Town Leaders may also be responsible for management of data and sources associated with the town in conjunction with Excel, Google Sheets, and other internal systems

Volunteer to be a Research Area Coordinator 

Research Area Coordinators are responsible for guiding and coordinating the activity of Town Leaders and the processing of and fundraising for records for multiple towns.

How else can I volunteer for JRI-Poland?

JRI-Poland needs volunteers to help with a variety of tasks in addition to the acquisition, indexing, and extracting of records, including:

  • Database, data management, and data entry
  • Moderating JRI-Poland’s subscription email group
  • Development and fundraising
  • Finances
  • Publicity
  • Legal

Please email us at [email protected] and let us know how you would like to volunteer or what skills you can offer to help on JRI-Poland projects.