About the site
This is a joint effort by the Torun and Bydgoszcz State Archives that was launched in June 2015. The site features scans from 450 registry offices, mostly in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian area. You can filter the site by things like village, date, Voivodeship, type of act (birth, marriage, death) etc… Online users also have the option to index records as they come across them.
Available as of March 2016
– 3.1 million scans from the years 1808-1900
– 36,900 books (as early as 1837)
– They have records mostly from Kuyavian-Pomeranian (Kujawsko-Pomorskie)
– They also have some from Pomeranian (Pomorskie), Warmian-Masurian (Warmińsko-Mazurskie) and Greater Poland (Wielkopolskie)
Navigating the site
1. After going to the website, you will want to click the flag in the top right so that the site will be in English.
2. You will see 2 search boxes. Type the placename in the box on the right “town/city”
3. For the purpose of this tutorial we will search MOGILNO, so once we type it in and hit search, this is what our search results will look like. On the left of the page you will see options to filter on the right you will see all the collections of scans that area available.
4. So what are we looking at on the search results page? On the left of the page you will see filters
1) The number in ( ) will tell you how many choices are under that filter.
2) You will see that we have 3 choices [in English they are Births(urodzeń), Marriages(małżeństw) and Deaths(zgonów)].
3) Again in ( ) you will see how many records are in this selection.
5. Understanding the right side of the page, you will see all these boxes, the information inside them will tell you about the collection, like what archive it’s from, what year it is, what it is (birth marriage death) etc..
1) You will see a set of numbers, this is the collection/record set (it will differ from box to box)
2) This number tells you how many images are in this recordset
3) You can see further information like the town name, community and the archive this record set comes from
4) If you hover over one of these boxes, you will be able to see more information, in the this case we see that this record set would be for marriages (Akta małżeństw).
5) We also see that it’s from the year 1874 and it come from the Civil Registration Office (Urząd Stanu Cywilnego).
6. The important icons to know are
1) This icon will open the collection (images).
2) This number tells you how many records are indexed (you will understand this more further along in the tutorial). So let’s look at the box for page 3 and click the first icon 1 to open the collection
7. Working our way across the page from left to right….
1) If you click on this + sign, it will open a menu to navigate to the different pages (we will go over this next).
2) In the middle of the page you will see the record, pressing the + sign near the top of the record (in the white box) will open the feature to zoom.
3) These 3 icons will show information in the frame to the right of the icons. Top Icon – This icon will show the basic information about the collection, what it is, where it’s from etc.. Middle Icon – This icon will show the indexed information, I believe the blue number 1 indicates 1 contributor. Bottom Icon – This item will show you the contributor’s information.
8. Back to the navigation menu on the left of the page, when you click the + sign to expand it, you will get one of 2 views.
1) You can toggle between the image view and the list view.
2) You again can see that image 3 is indexed, as it has the little icon. Compare it to page 1, which has nothing to index.
How to save in image
– You will see in step 2 that there is an advanced search feature, but it only works for those records that are indexed. Because this site is so new, not much has been indexed, but give it some time and this feature will really become useful. This is what it looks like