The Distinction between JRI-Poland and JewishGen

What is the relationship between JRI-Poland and JewishGen?

Jewish Records Indexing - Poland is a totally independent non-profit organization with its own administration, volunteers and fundraising. JRI-Poland fundraising is "shtetl-specific" so that you can direct your donations to the support of indexing records for your town or towns.

To best serve those researching their Jewish roots in Poland, JRI-Poland shares its data with JewishGen.

As a result, JRI-Poland data can be accessed from the unique JRI-Poland search page at as well as the JewishGen All-Poland database.

The JRI-Poland search page offers many free search capabilities not available with searches of the All Poland database including the new Surname Distributon Mapper.

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Kindly direct inquiries to:

Surviving records less than 100 years old are held in the Civil Records Offices (Urzad Stanu Cywilnego) of each town.

For information on the 20th century records available for your town, visit the Routes to Roots Foundation website, click on the 'SEARCH DATABASE' button (on the right side) and enter the town name. Look for the town name in the Repository/City column of the search results. There are typically links to lists of available births, marriage and death records for the town.

Note, however, the Routes to Roots Foundation database may indicate turn of the century records that have already been transferred to the appropriate branch of the Polish State Archives where they can be indexed for the JRI-Poland database.

JRI-Poland is an independent non-profit tax-exempt Organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
For all general inquiries about JRI-Poland activities and indexing, address email to:
For specific town information, write to [TownName]
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