The following records were compiled by Debbie Greenlee. She is the owner and author of this page.
The Spis Parafialny (Status Animarum in Latin) is the Roman Catholic church’s record of parishioners in a given parish. The priest visits each home annually and records the people living in each home, updating information (births, deaths, marriages). This is done to make sure parishioners have satisfied their religious requirements, for the priest to bless the house and to accept donations. The Spis is not seen as a bonafide legal document as the information is based on memory and it is never verified against church or civil records. However, in the absence of church or civil records the Spis can certainly be used to glean information such as other family members, spouses, births, deaths, marriages, emigration, and so on.
You can jump to the 5,277 records in the index using one of the links below. All three pages have the same records, they're just sorted differently.
The "Spis" contains listings from the village of Bukowsko, the “downtown” or ”in-town” section of Bukowsko and the other member villages. This Web site also has translations of the spis from other member villages of Bukowsko.
While translations of the “Spis” were done for the other member villages of the Bukowsko parish, Bukowsko itself was too large for such an undertaking. Instead several volunteers joined me in compiling a surname index. There are three pieces of information for each name in the index; first is the page number, then the surname and finally the “new” house number. In doing a search through this long list, you will certainly find many pages and house numbers with your own family’s surname. With this information you can contact me for copies of the exact pages. There is a small charge for these copies. The Index does not indicate if everyone with the same surname is related. Yes, you could end up with a stack of Spis pages containing people you can not connect to your own family.
The top of a typical spis page looks like this:
This means that this one particular property was numbered three times throughout a span of 50 years or even more. It is impossible to know which of these house numbers was relevant in 2010 but I suspect the Nowy 14 number is current. (The homes are to be re-numbered yet again in 2011, but in sequential order.) The family information can be found on page 262 of the Spis.
Using the example above, this particular property was originally #16. The house burned down between 1890 - 1893 and was the 13th house to be rebuilt. The house burned down again in 1946 and was the 14th to be rebuilt.
Houses in Bukowsko were numbered according to the order in which they were built. The homes are not in sequential order on the roads. It would be very difficult, if not impossible, to locate for example, house #14. You would have to drive up and down every road in the village and hope that house #14 was actually marked.
Because of the way the Spis is written, I decided to list only the house number reflected as Nr domu or New House number. The red number (Nowy) is considered the Current House number. I did this because some houses were not rebuilt after the last fire in 1946. I tried to be as consistent as possible with this index.
Using church and civil records I have been able to determine that most, if not all, of the homes in Bukowsko were burned down between 1890 and 1893. Recent historical records tell us that the village was again burned down (except for the church and three other buildings/homes) in 1946.
So what good are the Spis house numbers? If you have church or civil records from Bukowsko dated pre-1946, the house numbers listed in those records are not today’s house numbers. Using the Spis you can compare the dates of the records to the Spis and hopefully determine the number/address of the house in 2010 (red number on page). If you have house numbers from the Kadastral records, the Spis could also verify who has lived in the house and, once again, tell you the current house number.
Some "addresses" did not have occupants.
Some pages are blank.
Page numbers are in blue colored pencil at the top of each page.
Many pages list people who emigrated and the location.
Many pages list Jewish owners. It is unusual indeed that the priest, for some reason, saw fit to include at least some of the Jewish residents. Of course we do not know exactly when this Spis was written so we do not know when these particular Jewish people owned these homes. The wonderful thing is, however, this is the only record in existence which lists over 140 Jewish families. For a numerical house number list of just the Jewish residents, please see Debbie Raff’s Web site.
There are over 1,000 pages in this “Spis.”
The indexing took three years with the help of Andrzej Mandat and Ann Poslosky. Translation help was provided by Roman Kaluzniacki and Joe Armata. My gratitude goes out to all of these wonderful people.
For more information or copies of specific pages please contact Debbie Greenlee.
Photos, transcriptions and English translations © 2011 Deborah Greenlee; no claim made to original records; used at this website by express permission; all other rights reserved.