markskibniewski 3 | 200 23 Nov 2009 #1I have paid a professional researcher to research my surname in Poland. He has done an outstanding job and with his research I was able to contact living relatives in Poland and the U.K. , however I have come to a little bit of a roadblock. The records do not go back further than 1808 (LDS). The earliest record I could find was for my G G G Grandfather. Antoni Skibniewski married to Apolonia (maiden unknown) My researcher discovered that my family based on records he found and has provided me were szlachta. He suggested looking in Grodzkie or ziemskie books for further research before this date. He explained it is risky because it is time consuming and there are no guaranteed results.My question to all is are there other sources that anyone knows of other than these books to find out more information regarding noble origins. The reason I ask is I believe my family moved to Podbilko from another area around 1820-1826 because there is a large gap (no information) from 1808 - 1826 in the LDS records. Granted it is possible that Antoni did not have a large family or that he was the youngest of many and the records just don't exist for his siblings but based on the reseach it seems my family tended to knock kids out like there was nothing else to do on a saturday night. I believe there is a record out there somewhere which will lead me to where my family origionally became szlachta or at least where, so I may attempt further research in that area.I have looked on the web and found what clan I belonged to but no links to my family yet.