The Widelka Records Index
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The Widelka birth, marriage, and death records in this Index cover the period 1784 to 1889. Many priests and/or people entered the information over that time period - some neatly and some illegibly – some spelled incorrectly or the spelling changed overtime. Some were not complete.

There are a total of 14,243 indexed items on MS Excel – births 7,134; marriages 1,757; deaths 5,352. The Index uses the English alphabet without the proper Polish alphabet diacritic marks. The Polish alphabet made some of the surnames appear to be spelled differently because when spoken, the spelling in English may appear different.

The records were indexed by a descendant of a family listed in the records. Another descendant of a different family in Widelka and her husband ran a quality check on the Indexes. Due to recording, indexing, reading and interpretation errors the final index is not 100% correct but we feel that it has a relatively high level of accurate information.

One of the problems was the correct spelling of the surnames. In the index there were some surnames that were apparently misspelled and some had multiple spellings. Surname spellings were reviewed using the “Dictionary of Surnames in Current Use in Poland at the Beginning of the 21st Century” CD as compiled by Kazimierz Rymut. By comparing the spellings and the location of the areas where the surname is currently used, a surname spelling was used in the index. It may not necessarily be correct but it is the best guess from the information available and the most likely be to correct for genealogy research. Names that do not appear in the Dictionary have a "?" after them.

The first names were more of a problem – some were easily identified in Latin and Polish and they didn’t need a special translation to English. But there are some names in the records that cannot be translated to English. The index approach was to have the first name in the index in English or if not translatable have it fit the era of the early 1900s as they were used in passenger lists, immigration documents, Polish newspapers, obituaries, etc.

View the Widelka Surname List.


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Last Updated on October 16, 2011