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Nekrologia Minakowskiego

Biographic encyclopedia
created by Dr Marek Jerzy Minakowski
based on complete set of obituaries from main Polish newspapers
since February 1845 until September 1939.

About 1,050,000 newspaper pages checked*,
almost 500,000 obituaries found.
Over 200,000 distinct people,
whose death was announced in pre-war newspapers.
Only about 5% of them can be found in Wikipedia or Polish Biographical Dictionary (PSB).

Index of keywords, places, names

Searched terms are first names, surnames, year of death and key words**.
E.g., “rektor Uniwersytetu 1925”, “Minakowski 1908”, “doktor Zygmunt”.

User manual in plain Polish: what Nekrologia Minakowskiego is all about, what is it for and how it was being built
and exemplary article.

*) Whole collections of titles: “Kurier Warszawski” 1845-1939 (distinct obituaries appear since February 1845 only, earlier times are covered in paper Sieć społeczna wokół Kuriera Warszawskiego na podstawie jego nekrologów z lat 1821–1861, PDP 39/2017), “Dziennik Poznański” 1859–1939 (whole), “Czas” [krakowski] 1848–1939 (whole), “Słowo” [wileńskie] 1922–1939 (whole), “Ilustowany Kurier Codzienny” [Kraków] 1910–1939 (whole), “Dziennik Kijowski” 1906–1918 (ostatnie lata z lukami). Other titles can be added in the future if additional funds are found.

**) Keywords from obituaries have been extracted either manually (rewritten) or authomatically (by optical character recognition). The latter need to be checked and corrected but this will take about ten man-years. Therefore further work needs support.

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