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Are Any Birth Records Kept from "Poland" in the 1800's

Lisa236 1 | 1
10 Jan 2015 #1
I know that theoretically speaking, for various political reasons, Poland wasn't Poland in the 1800's but my grandparents were born there in the late 19th century and they are a mystery to me. I just read a thread here that blew me away because it was about my ancestors, written by what appears to be their great-great grandson. It gave me more clues than I've had in my entire 50 years of life. From what I do know of my grandparents, he was absolutely talking about my family but just the fact that I don't even know who this person is, is an illustration of the mystery of my family. I would like to look up my grandparents' birth records but I suspect they don't exist. I know that my grandmother was a peasant; her father was a Forest Ranger. I am guessing that my grandfather was wealthy because he was highly educated and my mother tells me he studied law but didn't finish. A family friend who is a historian specializing in that region told me that in the 1800's only aristocrats were entitled to a college education. My grandparents met in the US so I can only speculate that his education was interrupted due to some crisis and he absolutely refused to discuss his past so nobody ever knew. I also find it odd that an educated man who spoke between 5 and 7 languages chose to come to the US to become a farmer and marry a completely illiterate woman. From what I understand, he was offered a job at the League of Nations (now the United Nations) and turned it down. I have always had a need to solve the mystery of who he is. Can anyone enlighten me as to whether or not records might have been kept and if so, would they have lived through two world wars?
Yason - | 6
13 Jan 2015 #2
I can't speak for Poland specifically, but that was a time of a lot of movement and immigration in world history, which makes records a little spotty. Did you try I know that may sound silly, but their records are pretty good from what I understand. Best of luck!
ryszardsys - | 7
19 Jan 2015 #3
There are various sites holding records. Try Many records there from various Parishes

You didn't say which part of Poland he was own research has revealed some interesting things. My family is from what is now Belarus, but I wrongly assumed that because my family were Polish, their records would have been transferred to Poland when it became Belarus. Indeed, I was wrong and all records remained at the parish of birth - copies are simply issued as confirmation of a Belarussian Birth. Once records reach 100 years old, they get transferred to the regional or zonal archives (ZAGS) but bear in mind it is when the LAST record is 100 years old. If the books are less than 100 years old, then they are at the local registry offices. (I found my dad was born on a totally different day, month and year to what he always thought!)

I know some records were sent to Vilnius but I think those have now been returned to Belarus.
TheOther 6 | 3,692
19 Jan 2015 #4
That's one of the reasons why in genealogy, the nationality of your ancestors is much more important than their ethnicity.
20 Feb 2018 #5
looking for michal maciol married Aleksandra Gidzinska wolyn . mother was zofia zein. my email is
24 Jul 2021 #6
needing birth records for my grandparents who were born in Kombornia Poland. Where would the records for mid to late 1800's be kept??? email:
kaprys 3 | 2,501
31 Jul 2021 #7
Start with geneteka
20 Sep 2021 #8
I am looking for Vincent Hojnowski/Choenowski/Hoenowski (dob 22 jan 1895 dod 22 oct 1965 New York) m: Mary Roszkowski (birth unknown - dod 22 sep 1973 New York) as well as Vincent's father Adam Cojnowski (dob 25 dec 1868 dod unknown) m: Ros(z)alia Mierzkewski and allied families. All parties were born in Poland, and emigrated to the United States. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.
20 Sep 2021 #9
Looking for Thomas (Tomasz) Joseph Kotkiewcz (dob abt 1888 dod 17 dec 1960) m: Mary Krug (dob abt 1892 dod 26 aug 1958 New York) and allied families. Tomasz was born in Poland and emigrated to the United States. Their child, Joseph Thomas Kotkiewcz was born in New York in 1929. Any assistance would be so very appreciated.

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