|Online access to some Polish EWZ58 files|
NARA Microfilm Publication A3342-EWZ58, Stammblätter
With thanks to Karl Krueger
Thousands of immigration files are available online for people from Polish territory who went to Germany in 1940 and 1941, thanks to the work of the Bundesarchiv in Germany and FamilySearch.
This series, the Stammblätter, is helpful for finding other family members and for reconstructing villages. It includes pedigrees of immigrants recorded by the EWZ (Einwandererzentralstelle) (Immigrant Control Office) of migrants from Wartheland-Poland and Lithuania who were resettled in Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Austria. Files include names, dates and birthplaces of the immigrant, his parents, grandparents, and children; residence, occupation, and religion, and often include a photograph of the immigrant.
Note: This collection, which was filmed in 1961, is not as comprehensive as the EWZ collection filmed in the 1990s. Many case file numbers were not included in the 1961 filming. If your person of interest is not here, check the films in the complete filming of the pedigrees (Stammblätter), which is not online. Film numbers are at our EWZ58 page.
The records are filed numerically, but the Bundesarchiv has a searchable database that will provide the numbers. Those numbers can then be used to access files on the FamilySearch website. Here is how to do it:
First step: Invenio
Go to Invenio, the Bundesarchiv research portal. Click on "Suche ohne Anmeldung" to do a search without registering. If you get a welcome message, click the X in the top right to close it. Then click "Suche" and on the next page, click "Namenssuche". That will bring up a form that starts with "Name" and "Vorname" -- surname and given name.
The results list will likely have many entries from a variety of archival collections; the ones relevant to EWZ58 is "Sammlung Berlin Document Center (BDC): Personenbezogene Unterlagen der Einwandererzentralstelle (EWZ)" which will show in the results box beside the word "Bestandsbezeichnung". The non-EWZ hits might be relevant to your research so they should be checked. If you want to reduce the number of non-EWZ hits, after you fill in the name box on the search form, scroll down until you see, on the left side, a dialog box that says "Alle Standorte". Click on the arrow on the side of that box, then pick "Berlin-Lichterfelde" from the list. Berlin-Lichterfelde is the Bundesarchiv location with EWZ records.
When you do a search, your results list is likely to show two key things: birthdate and EWZ number. One can help you confirm that you have the right person, the other can help you find the file.
Second step: Family Search
To access the digitized file, go to the FamilySearch and sign in, because only registered researchers can access the images on the EWZ microfilms.
If you would prefer, here is a direct link to the EWZ collection on FamilySearch.
Third step: Check below for the EWZ numbers you need
Then use the list below, looking for EWZ number in the number ranges shown. After you open the digitized film, scroll through to find your image of interest. (They are in numerical order, and the pages on the film are also numbered, so it should be easy.)
|70301-71000, 73001-73800, 81601-83507
||226427-227700, 228001-229500, 230001-230555
||250534-263000, 294000-295000, 305001-306921
Arrivals from Lithuania:
538997-541000, 542001-542500, 543001-543600, 500014-529400
E/G Kartei EWZ-58 (numeric) film numbers | Back to Guide to EWZ records