Registry offices

More than 418 thousands of scans from the Registry Offices in Chorzów.

In response to the request of the State Archives in Katowice, we publish on our website, in the "Metrics and indexes" tab, the digitized files of four former registry offices from the area of ​​today's Chorzów: Królewska Huta I, Królewska Huta II, Chorzów and Hajduk Wielkie.

Registry offices in Prussia, to which from 1742 r. most of Silesia belonged, were established by the Act of 9 brand 1874 roku (law on the registration of civil status and the form of marriage). They introduced the obligation of civil registration of events related to marital status, that is, births, marriages and deaths, replacing religious registration carried out so far by parish offices or religious communes. A year later, this law was replaced by the tail German Act of 6 February 1875 year.

Today's Chorzów was created from the merger in the 1930s of the city of Królewska Huta and two rural communes - Chorzów (the area today called Chorzów Stary) and Wielkie Hajduki.

Królewska Huta (Ger. Königshütte) developed intensively with the progressing industrialization of Upper Silesia and in 1868 r. received city rights. The neighboring colonies and villages of Erdmannswille were also included in the new town, Klimzowiec (Ger. Klimsawiese, former part of Lower Hajduki), stumps, Szarlociniec (Ger. Charlottenhof). In the area of ​​Królewska Huta, St. 1886 r. more than 27 thousand. residents. Due to the constantly growing number of inhabitants, created there 1 January 1898 year second registry office, covering the northern part of the city of Królewska Huta. Since then, the previous office was given the number I, and the newly created number II.

Chorzów (Ger. Chorzow) was a rural commune up to 1934 r. W 1886 r. it was inhabited a little over 4300 residents.

Hajduki Wielkie is a name that has been in use since the 1920s after the area was incorporated into Poland. The previous name was Bismarckhütte, however, it also functioned for a relatively short time, namely from 1903 r. after the merger of the two communes of Lower and Upper Hajduk (Ger. Nieder / Ober Heiduk). The original registry office was located in Hajduki Górne. W 1886 r. it was subject to over 7000 residents. The local hospital (Knappschaftslazarett) was in charge of this office., in which he was staying, but also many metallurgists and miners from nearby plants died.

Year 1934 r. is the year of merging several communes into one new city of Chorzów:

– the city of Królewska Huta (rural communes were incorporated into it, but in order to implement the Polonization policy, the name derived from the Prussian king was changed to the Polish-sounding name Chorzów),

– the rural commune of Chorzów together with Maciejkowice (Ger. Maczeikowitz),

– the Nowe Hajduki rural commune (Ger. New Heiduk), created in 1880 r. from the land belonging to Górne Hajduki.

W 1939 r. The greater part of the Wielkie Hajduki commune was also incorporated into Chorzów, which were renamed to Chorzów-Batory (along with the change of the name of the Bismarck steelworks to the Batory steelworks).

Thus, the published resources of four offices cover almost the entire modern city of Chorzów, while Maciejkowice belonged to the Registry Office in Michałkowice. Resources include birth certificates, marriage and death, as well as allegates and indexes, starting of 1 October 1874 r. till the end 1910 year (and for Królewska Huta II from 1898 year). In May 2021 r. we placed the following years from Królewska Huta II (birth to 1917, weddings and deaths to 1937), Chorzów (birth to 1917, weddings and deaths to 1935) and Wielkie Hajduk (born to 1917, weddings and deaths to 1937).

To make it easier for you to navigate the resources, we present the tool, which will allow you to quickly find the right folder in each of the four offices in Chorzów:

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At the request of the State Archives in Katowice, we publish on our website under the tab “Metrics and indices” (Metrics and indexes) > Civil registry offices (Urzędy stanu cywilnego) digitized civil registry of four former registry offices in the area of ​​today's city of Chorzów: Königshütte I (Królewska Huta I), Königshütte II (Królewska Huta II), Chorzow (Chorzów) and Bismarckhütte (Hajduki Wielkie).

The registry offices in Prussia, to that since 1742 most of Silesia belonged, were established by the Law on the Registration of Civil Status and the Form of Marriage 9. March 1874 created. They introduced an obligation to register civil status events, d. h. of births, Marriages and deaths, and thus replaced the religious registration previously carried out by parish offices or religious communities. A year later, this law was replaced by the all-German law of 6. February 1875 replaced.

Today's city of Chorzów was created in the 1930s through the merger of the city of Królewska Huta with two rural communities – Chorzow (the area, today called Chorzów Stary) and Bismarckhütte (Hajduki Wielkie).

The Königshütte had developed intensively with the advancing industrialization of Upper Silesia 1868 the city law. The following colonies and villages were also incorporated into the new city: Erdmannswille, Klimsawiese (Klimzowiec, former part of Nieder Heiduk), stumps, Charlottenhof (Szarlociniec). 1886 survived 27.000 People in the area of ​​the Königshütte. Because of the ever growing population there was 1. January 1898 a second registry office for the place, that included the northern part of the city of Königshütte. Since then, the former registry office Königshütte has been number I and the newly created registry office number II.

Chorzow (Stary Chorzów) war bis 1934 a rural community. 1886 lived in Chorzow a little more than 4.300 People.

The place Bismarckhütte (called Hajduki Wielkie from the area cession to Poland in the 1920s) has only existed since 1903 the two communities Nieder and Ober Heiduk merged. The original registry office was in Ober Heiduk. In the year 1886 the place included more than 7.000 population. Among other things, the local hospital (miners' hospital) in the Neu Heiduk district was subordinate to this registry office, which is why the deaths of many ironworkers and miners from the surrounding towns were registered there.

In the year 1934 several municipalities were merged into a new city of Chorzów:

– the town of Huta Królewska Huta (theoretically the rural communities were connected to it, but to implement the policy of polonization, the name referring to the Prussian king was changed to the Polish-speaking name Chorzów)

– the rural community Chorzów together with Maciejkowice (German: Maczeikowitz),

– the rural community Nowe Hajduki (German: Neu Heiduk), the 1880 in the area belonging to Ober Heiduk.

1939 most of the municipality of Wielkie Hajduki was incorporated into Chorzów. As a result, this district was also renamed Chorzów-Batory (this was accompanied by the change of the name of the Bismarck steelworks to the Batory steelworks).

The documents of the four registry offices published by Silius Radicum cover almost the entire city of Chorzów today, but Maciejkowice belongs to another USC (Michałkowice). The files include birth, Marriage- and death certificates as well as contest registers and indexes from 1. October 1874 until the end 1910 (for Königshütte II 1898).

To make it easier to navigate the Dropbox folder, we provide you with navigation aids for all four registry offices: