The birth, marriage, and death records of the church in
Jastrząbka Stara, Poland have been indexed. These indices are based on microfilmed copies of Roman Catholic
parish records made by the Genealogical Society in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The records were filmed in 19731 and in 19952 in
the Tarnów Diocesan Archives. The manuscripts covered the years from 1785
to 1934. Birth records from about 1870-1890 were not on either film but are included
in the index. How is that possible? My trip to Poland in 2001 included a visit to the Tarnów Diocesan Archive where I
was able to work with manuscript copies from that time period. Unfortunately the parish priest was not receptive to a visit at
that time to find out if the originals still exist. While there were church records dating as far back as 1645 as recently
as about 18823, the existence or condition of these records
at the present time is not known.
The greater portion of the birth index is based on the
1973 film of manuscript copies of parish records.
The 1995 film appears to contain original parish registers and
would presumably be more accurate than the copies. The 1995 film was used only
to include years missing from the 1973 film. That is to say the records
from the two sources were not compared for accuracy.
The greater portion of the marriage index is based on
the 1973 film with the 1995 film used only to fill in for the missing
years. Again, the records from the two sources were not
compared for accuracy.
The manuscripts for the death records
covered the years from 1784 to 1902. The greater portion of the death
index is based on the
1995 film. Death records from 1784-1814 are from the 1973 film
because the 1995 film only begins at 1814. The 1973 film was used only
to include years missing from the 1995 film.
This index is intended as a finding aid and is not to
be used as a primary source of genealogical data. Rather than having to
read the microfilm line by line, the index helps locate persons more
rapidly. The index was prepared as a finding aid for my own research but
other researchers may find it useful. Approximations of illegible surnames
were made. It is the researcher's responsibility to go
to the filmed records for corroboration.
James Kolak, a descendant of Jastrząbka
Stara villagers, visited the church and photographed a history of the
parish that was posted there in Polish. According to that history,
1563, a wooden church was built which became the first pastoral outpost
independent of Zasów. Zasów is a nearby village having its own church.
In 1581, parish status was approved for the church in Jastrząbka
Stara. In 1790, a fire destroyed the wooden church. A stone church was
built the next year. The church was consecrated under the patronage of
Ss. Peter and Paul on 29 June 1825. The church was expanded in 1928-1931.
As a result of wartime hostilities, the church was destroyed in 1944-1945.
The church was rebuilt in 1946-1947. A tower was built in 1966. The church
has five altars, pulpit, baptismal font and three bells.4
Some General Notes
1 Microfilm # 948,598
2 Microfilm #1981483
Geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i Innych Krajów Słowianskich,
volume III, edited by Philip Sulimierski, Warsaw, 1882.
4 Church history based on a history posted in the church
and photographed by James Kolak in 1993.