The PUR Collection:
Examples of Documents:
Registration Lists of Repatriates and Resettlers
There are two types of records that are extremely valuable to the
genealogist: Registration Lists and Town/Village Records (Ewidencje) of
Repatriates and Resettlers. Both types of records may not be available for all
powiaty. Furthermore, determining the type of record is not easy due to
the various methods of cataloging the material at each of the State Archives.
Registration Lists of Repatriates and Resettlers.
the Wrocław State Archives, they are usually catalogued as
Ewidencja Repatriantów, (Record of Repatriates) while in Opole State
Archives they are often listed as
Księga Rejestracji Repatriantów i
Przesiedleńców (Registration Book of Repatriates and
Resettlers). These are sometimes referred to as
Napływ Repatriantów i Przesiedleńców
in the book Migracje ludności na ziemiach
zachodnich i północnych w latach 1945-1950. However,
the cataloging of the PUR material is not uniform, so this collection of
Registration Lists can be disguised under different titles.
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As the Repatriates and Resettlers came to their new location, they had to
register at an Assembly Point (Punkt Etapowy), usually the
The lists are held separately for each Assembly Point. The lists, usually
handwritten, were then bound in books. The forms are not standardized; they vary
from month to month and from powiat to powiat. The information is
usually found on pre-printed forms. This makes reading the information easy.
However, I have often seen many lists on blank paper without the column headings
and descriptions. Therefore, one should understand the types of information that
can be included in the lists. The Registration Lists were created in the order
that someone was registered.
of the bound books are indexed by the head of the family of the relocating
group. These indexes are not strictly alphabetized, but rather, are kept by the
first letter of the surname. The index was created only using the head of the
family of the relocating group. Not all families were relocated at the same
time. If members of a family traveled separately, the head of each traveling
group would be processed separately in the Registration Lists and thus indexed
separately. Therefore, you may find a father traveling with his children and the
wife traveling separately with some uncles and aunts. In the indexes, you will
find both the father’s name and the mother’s name since they traveled
separately. If, however, they all traveled together, usually the
father’s/husband’s name. The index will list only the first and last name with
the entry number in the actual Registration Lists. This number corresponds to
the line number of a ledger containing all the detailed information about that
person and his/her traveling companions.
Often, the indexes and Registration Lists were written on the back side of
used paper. Many of the pages are old memos and letters. While studying the
Registration Lists for Oława Assembly Point,
I discovered many of the pages were old Nazi memos, complete with swastika
letterhead. Due to the upheaval of society following nearly 6 years of brutal
war, any paper that could be found was used.
As the forms were not standardized, any of the pieces of information listed
below may be provided. In addition, the pieces of information may be listed in
|Nr. Kolejny ewidencji (sometimes
abbreviated as "N", or "Kol." or "L.P."
||The Line or Record Number
||Surname and First Name
||Names Of Parents
||Date of Birth
(miejscowość i powiat)
||Place of Birth (locality and
|Repatriant lub przesiedleniec
||Repatriate or Resettler
||Date of Departure
(wieś, powiat)(sometimes listed as Miejsce pobytu w kraju lub zagranicą)
||Place of Origin (village,
|Data przybycia or Data przyjazdu
||Date of Arrival
skierowany (or Dokąd skierowano or simply Dokąd).
||Date of Registration
|Skąd wydana karta
przesiedleńcza i Nr.
||Where was the Resettlement Card
issued and Card Number
Nr. Kolejny ewidencji (sometimes abbreviated as "N", or "Kol." or "L.P."
The Line or Record Number is important if an index is available. In some
cases, I was able to find an index for some counties (powiaty). The index
contains only the name of the head of household. The indexes are grouped
together alphabetically by the first letter of the last name. Within each letter
of the alphabet, the names are not strictly alphabetized. Next to each name is a
number which corresponds to the Line Number in the Registration List.
Nazwisko i imię
Surname and First Name. Although the head of the
household is listed first for each family, surnames differing from the head of
household will be listed. Be aware that the surnames are often spelled
phonetically, and therefore, may be different than what you are familiar with.
Dumanski may have been written as Dómanski.
Frątkiewicz may have been written as Frontkiewicz.
In both these cases, the variations in Polish are pronounced identically.
Sometimes, all children accompanying the head of family were listed.
Sometimes, only children above the age of 16 are listed. In such cases, names of
children under the age of 16 are not provided, but only a number count of such
young children is listed.
Possible Polish terms found in the Lists:
||Number Of Members In The Family
|Ilość dzieci do
||Number of Children up to the age
||Number of Children
Additionally, the relationship of each person to the head of household is
often provided. Here are some common Polish vocabulary regarding household
||nephew, brother’s son
||niece, brother’s daughter
||sister-in-law, brother’s wife
||niece, sister’s daughter
||nephew, sister’s son
||aunt on father’s side
||daughter-in-law, son’s wife
||aunt by marriage, wife of your
Imiona rodzicówImię ojca).
Very rarely is the maiden name of the mother given.
Names Of Parents. Sometimes, only the father’s name was listed (in which
case the heading would read
Date of Birth. Usually, only the year of birth was listed. This, however, is
obviously in invaluable piece of information that can help distinguish
ancestors. In some rare cases, I did find that a complete date of birth was
provided in the document.
Miejsce urodzenia (miejscowość i
Place of Birth (locality and county). Most of the
times, only the year would be given for date of birth. However, I have found in
some rare cases a full birth date. In some other records, I found only the age
of the person given. Fortunately, the names of the villages are usually
accompanied by the county in which they existed. This makes searching for
specific villages much easier. Keep in mind, however, that there may be a
mistake as to listing the correct powiat. In a couple of instances, I
found villages listing not the correct powiat, but a neighboring one.
Repatriant lub przesiedleniecPrześ."
or "Przesied.") is someone who is coming from another part of Poland.
Sometimes, other classifications are listed:
Repatriate or Resettler. This is the status or type of person being
relocated. Repatriate (Repatriant sometimes abbreviated "R" or "Rep.")
is an ethnic Pole who is coming from a region that was Poland before WWII, but
which became the USSR after the war. Resettler (Przesiedleniec, sometimes
abbreviated "P" or "
|Zwolniony z wojska
||Discharged from the army
|Wraca z Niemiec
||Returning from Germany
||From the army
|Powrót z Niemiec
||Return from Germany
|Wrócił z Niemiec
||Returned from Germany
Nationality. This is usually listed as "Polska"
Occupation. This lists the occupation of all members in the family.
Date of Departure. This is the date when the person(s) left for the
Skąd przybył (wieś, powiat)
(sometimes listed as Miejsce pobytu w kraju lub zagranicą)
Place of Origin (village, county). This lists the
village, and usually the powiat, from where the person came.
Data przybycia or Data przyjazdu
Date of Arrival. The date when the person arrived, usually by train, to the
Dokąd został skierowany (or Dokąd skierowano or simply Dokąd)
Appointed Settlement. This is the destination of the
person being resettled. The locality will be somewhere in the powiat
of the Assembly Point. Sometimes, a street name was included for larger towns
and cities. Other times, only a general description without a specific place
name was provided, such as "koło Oławy”
(near the city of Oława).
Date of Registration. This is the date that the person registered at the
Assembly Point in the new home in the Western Territories. These Registration
Lists were created as the people were processed. Therefore, you may not find all
members of an extended family together. Furthermore, you will not find all
people traveling from one village together.
Skąd wydana karta przesiedleńcza i Nr.
Where was the Resettlement Card issued and Card Number.
(Sometimes listed as Nr. Ewidencji, Record Number) This is a number on
the person’s resettlement documents. I was not able to locate any of these
documents in the State Archives. At both the
Wrocław and Opole State Archives, I was told that these records were not
preserved. Unfortunately, the people I met in the villages did not keep any such
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