29 March 2012

Visiting Graves in Wroclaw

Some of you might be researching your genealogy and having a difficult time.  If it's because you are having difficulty locating which city or town your ancestor was buried, or their date of birth and death, that can really cause issues tracing them in the records department.

The digital age is beginning to make things easier in many aspects of life.

Including, finding family graves.  Wroclaw now has the graves of each cemetery online.  On the website for Zarząd Cmentarzy Komunalnych we Wrocławiu (or ZCK), you can go to the tab "Wyszukiwarka Grobów" (Search for Graves).

In the field marked "Nazwisko", put in your ancestor's last name. 

Remember, if you are looking for a female family member, it's highly probably that their last name ends with the feminine "a", instead of the masculine or group "i".

In the field marked "Imię", put in their last name.  Or, you can leave that blank.

"Data urodzenia" means "Date of Birth".  "Data zgonu" literally means "Date of Loss" but actually means "Date of Death".  "Data pochowania" means "Date of Burial".  You don't really actually need any of these dates, if you don't have them.  Simply enter what you have.

Results will show the person's name, all three dates explained above, which cemetery in Wroclaw they are buried in, which plot, group and row.

The database is not yet complete, so don't be discouraged.  The office of the ZCK is also staffed with (Polish speaking) people who are very professional and very helpful, as well.  But, I cannot stress this enough, they are not there to help you with your genealogy research.  They are there to care for the graves of our dearly departed.  Which includes helping us find their graves so that we can visit.

If you find a family grave in their database, you can call the ZCK to check that their account is up to date, which would mean you have family around there as well.  If not, would you do an act of kindness to your departed ancestors, and kindly pay for their continued care in their final resting place.

This is not intended to be for genealogical purposes, but rather, for people to find their family's grave in order to visit.  It's helpful for me, since my Babcia is the one who knows where our family is buried there and her memory is slipping.  I visit the graves whenever I am in Wroclaw, but eventually, I will be visiting on my own.  And then, one day, my children's children will be visiting.

The information on this site cannot be used as part of "proof of citizenship" documentation. 

Other places around Poland will soon be having sites like this for people to find their families graves, as well.

When that happens, I'll be able to find and visit the graves on my mother's side, since as of right now, nobody I have contact with knows that information.

Na razie...

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