Kisenyed district, Jewish civil records, 1818-1886 [miscatologued as Vințu de Jos: Israelite community, births 1818-1886]
This item is a register recording civil record events for Jewish families throughout the subdistrict of Kisenyed (Kis-Enyed). The book appears to have been maintained by Philipp Gerst, whose stamp as recordkeeper appears in other civil record registers for the area. In addition to being the recordkeeper, he describes himself as a landowner, in this first section of this book. The book is unique in that it also includes a section recording details on Jewish families in each village. The top of the page records the head of the family and the village in which they reside. Below this, family members are listed, including birth and marriage dates; gender; and other comments (occupation of father is normally given). These Jewish families lived primarily in Tău (Tóhát); Păuca (Pókafalva); Bogatu Român (Oláhbogát); Roşia de Secaş (Rothkirch); Ţapu (Apesdorf); Armeni (Örményszékes). Following the family registry section, is the death register, then marriage, then births. The register book was used during the 1870s and 1880s, but birthdates recorded in the family registry date to the second decade of the 19th century. The book is entirely in German, both printed headings and handwritten entries, with the exception of an official closing remark made in Hungarian. The data recorded is somewhat different than in other such books and may signify that the template was one more commonly used by the Saxons. In general, typical biographical data is recorded (birth date and place, occupation, residence) and other information specific to the occasion (date of ceremony, officiant name; etc). The register represents one of the few records with specific information about village Jews from this region.
Jewish recordkeeper of Kisenyed subdistrict, Philipp Gerst