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How to find a burial site / records in Poland...



JEE 1 | 1    
3 Aug 2011  #1

Hello,

Does anyone on here know of any government department, registry, etc. of births and deaths that would indicate the burial sites of people in Poland?

A few of the "graves" websites are proving to be useless and short of searching every grave yard in certain areas of Poland, I wondered if such records can be found in the care of any one government department, other body...

Please let me know if you have any suggestions...

Thanks all...


Wroclaw 45 | 5,409    
3 Aug 2011  #2

Does anyone on here know of any government department, registry, etc. of births and deaths that would indicate the burial sites of people in Poland?

i think you have a mountain to climb when searching for cemetery records.

1. the borders have moved over the years
2. some cemeteries were destroyed. during and after the last war.

Do u want Jewish, Catholic or other ?

it might help if u give us the name of the town/village where u hope to find something. then we might be able to tell u where the local cemetery is.
OP JEE 1 | 1    
3 Aug 2011  #3

Hi Wroclaw, thanks for the quick reply. I know that this is post-war and that it is a Catholic man. I am trying to find out the location and should be able to get that info within a day or so...

Hello again,

I understand that it's a military cemetery just south of Warsaw and that this person passed away in 1991.
Wroclaw 45 | 5,409    
4 Aug 2011  #4

there are a couple of possible locations.

wait for someone else on the forum to give you a direct answer.

I understand that it's a military cemetery just south of Warsaw and that this person passed away in 1991.

was this person involved in the uprising. there is a cemetery for such people.

wikipedia has warsaw military cemeteries listed, in english.
hania99 1 | 6    
8 Mar 2013  #5

Not sure if I should start a new thread but my query is so similar, I thought it best to jump in here. Apologies if this is out of order.

I have recently discovered that my Polish (Catholic) mother had an uncle who is buried in Warsaw. His funeral notice gives his name, date of death and the name of the cemetery (Cmentarz Bródnowski in Warsaw). Wikipedia tells me that over 1 million people are buried there, although I suspect that there are fewer actual graveplots. I intend to visit Warsaw to pay my respects but searching the cemetery for the grave isn't really feasible. Someone mentioned that a city archive should hold graveplot information. Does anyone know the precise name of the archive in Warsaw that would list the exact locations of graves of people buried in Bródno Cemetery? Many thanks. Hania
terri 1 | 1,156    
8 Mar 2013  #6

hania99
I am almost convinced that somewhere on Warsaw's own website, there must be a list of cemeteries wher you can specify name, date of death and the system will tell you the grave location, i.e. row and grave number. Such a site exists for Krakow, so it is very likely that Warsaw has one too.

I've found the cemeteery webpage - email and phone number, so maybe they could help you.

parafiawincentegoapaulo.pl/cmen.html
hania99 1 | 6    
9 Apr 2013  #7

Terri,

thank you SO much for this, and apologies for taking so long to reply. I'm about to send an email to this church with the relevant information about my uncle. If I get the information, I'm off to Warsaw!

All best wishes,
Hania
lbasen    
14 May 2013  #8

I am looking for an advice as to where I can find any mention on the fate of my father's grave killed in WWII. The letter in 1944 from his headquarter stated that he was buried in a personal grave (as a Soviet officer) in the village Yaduv, near Warsaw. I understand that with a high probability his grave was not preserved. But maybe they moved it or otherwise indicated his ultimate sacrifice.

Regards, Larry Basenspiler
hania99 1 | 6    
14 May 2013  #9

Larry,
if this was a personal grave, then I'm assuming it was not a cemetery. Have you tried contacting the regiment in which he served? There should be a copy of the letter from his HQ, which might be a good place to start. But if he was buried in a village (as opposed to e.g. a field outside it) then there may be local records. You could try contacting the local library, perhaps? They might be able to put you in touch with a local historian.

Hania
milawi    
14 May 2013  #10

in the village Yaduv

It's Jadów - there is an old Jewish cemetery near the village, you may try to contact authors of this website - (www) kirkuty.xip.pl/jadow.htm , maybe they will be able to help you, just click 'napisz do nas' and you will be redirected to the message window. If you speak Hebrew you may find some information in the Jadow Book of Remembrance - (www) yizkor.nypl.org/index.php?id=1256.

You can also try and contact Roman-catholic parish in the village, here is the address:
Parafia rzymsko-katolicka p.w. Św. Jakuba Apostoła
Pl. Dreszera 10
Jadów
lbasen    
15 May 2013  #11

Dear Hania, thank you so much for your reply. I do have a letter from their regiment and it says that he was buried in the square near common cemetery for Soviet soldiers. I even remember the picture of the monument on his grave that they sent to us (usual small cone with his name and a red star). The letter stated that he was buried 8/23/1944.

All numerous web archives hold his data, but do not indicate the place and claim that he "separated" from the Army on 8/11/1944.

I will proceed from here on your advices for which I even don't know how to thank you.

Best regards, Larry

Dear Milawi, thank you so much for your reply. I have a letter from their regiment and it says that he was buried in the square near common cemetery for Soviet soldiers. I even remember the picture of the monument on his grave that they sent to us (usual small cone with his name and a red star). The letter stated that he was buried 8/23/1944.

All numerous web archives hold his data, but do not indicate the place and claim that he "separated" from the Army on 8/11/1944.

I will proceed from here on your advices for which I even don't know how to thank you.

Best regards, Larry
hania99 1 | 6    
16 May 2013  #12

Larry,

If you look for Jadów on Google Maps, you can see a Biblioteka Publiczna near Plac Gustawa Dreszera. That might be a place to start. Good luck.

Best wishes,
Hania

Larry,
I managed to find some more information about the Library in Jadów. I did this by entering Jadow Biblioteka on Google. You can then use Google Translate to get some information in English. Here are their contact details:

ul. Dreszera 17
05-280 Jadów
Tel. 0-25 / 675 40 47
E-mail: gbp.jadow@biblioteka.wolomin.pl
Website: Information on the Municipal Office Jadów
jadow.az.pl/01/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=124&Itemid=865

Do let us know how you get on.

All best,
Hania
mareksuchocki - | 1    
2 Jun 2013  #13

Hello,

Larry, maybe I will be able to help you. I'll try.
I'm from Jadow, I still live there and I'm in good contact with our local library.
I'm collecting documents about Jadow and I want to write book about Jadow (especially during WWII). It's the beginning of my work now, but maybe I can try.

Larry,
please tell me how can I help you and send me all details.
You can send here or via mail (marek.suchocki@onet.eu)

Best regards,
Marek
poland_    
2 Jun 2013  #14

ul. Dreszera 17
05-280 Jadów

I know Jadów very well my parents in law have their country house there. I did not know there was a Jewish cemetery in Jadów . The main cemetary if you are looking on google maps is opposite the church o the right hand side.The cemertary is kept in very good order we always visit on all saints day, I am sure there will be records to review. If you go to Jadów its a must to try the ice cream shop.

Good luck anyway.
inglis56    
9 Jun 2013  #15

we are trying to find our relations in poland our father was otton tumilowicz we believe he had 2 brothers boleslaw andmieczyslaw and a sister c alled kazimiera the family originated from kluk nowogrodiek we have tried red cross eastern archives warsaw polish red cross all to no avail we would dearly love to find any of the relations or the resting place of the 2 brothers or the sister our father otton is buried in scotland where he settled the last known address of the family was WOLOGDA,, oblast siewiernaja zleznaja doroga...pocztowaja stancja konesz rejon charbinskij if any body can help our search we would be truly grateful
Voakum    
4 Sep 2013  #16

Katarzyna szatanek 1856-1941 kupo poland

Looking for info on the marek family and ancestors from kupo or biezun poland. Katarzyna bialek born 1879
Callaird    
13 Mar 2014  #17

My boyfriend died almost a year ago. He is buried in Pulawy, about 2 hours south east of Warsaw. His parents are Catholic, he was no longer practising. He was cremated as per his wishes but his ashes have been interred.

His mother speaks no English and I speak no Polish (he only taught me swear words!!)

I miss him so much and on the anniversary of his passing I would like to be close to him.

I have no idea how to find out where he is, it is wrecking my life, I cannot think of anything but finding his grave.

I really hope someone can give me some advice.

Thank you in advance. A.
K_Marciniak - | 10    
17 Mar 2014  #18

Hi,

There is a website of Pulawy cemeteries where you can search for graves:
polskie-cmentarze.com/pulawy/

You need to click 'SZUKAJ GROBU'.

If you don't find his grave using this website, the best way would be to contact the office of each cemetary in Puławy and ask...

Hope it helps,

Katarzyna
Callaird    
18 Mar 2014  #19

Hi,

Thank you so much for your message.

I have been on the website you mentioned but I cannot find Szukaj grobu link that you said to click!

I'm also not sure where I would find a list of cemetries in Pulawy to find telephone numbers to call.

Do you know where I would find that? Thank you so much for your help so far. I really do appreciate it. A.
K_Marciniak - | 10    
18 Mar 2014  #20

Hi,

Maybe try this link: polskie-cmentarze.com/pulawy/grobonet/start.php?id=form

You just need to enter the name...

If it is not there, I may try to find contact details for the cemeteries in Pulawy (it seems that there are about three cemeteries where he could have been interred). However, you would need someone speaking Polish because I don't think they will be able to communicate in English...

Katarzyna
Callaird    
18 Mar 2014  #21

Hi Katarzyna,

Are you in Poland? I can enter his name and search but the next page is blank. I wonder if it doesn't work outside Poland.

I don't know anyone who speaks Polish apart from his parents but they don't speak any English! We exchange occasional e-mails but use translation sites and a lot is lost in translation! I have asked them for the address for the cemetery but I never get a full (understandable) reply back.

I know it's a huge imposition but if I gave you my e-mail address, could I send you his name to see if the site you gave me will work for you?

Thank you so much for all your help, I truly am grateful.

Ali.
K_Marciniak - | 10    
18 Mar 2014  #22

Hi,

As far as I know there is no central inventory of graves in Poland...

You can send me an e-mail through this website or provide me with yours, I could check that for you.

Katarzyna
Callaird    
19 Mar 2014  #23

Hi Katarzyna,

My e-mail address is callaird at yahoo dot co dot uk Obviously @ not at and . not dot! Just don't want my address to be found on google. Thank you again. Ali
MarekS    
8 Jul 2014  #24

Search a grave in Poland: ww (dot) ksiegazmarlych24.pl
Nickidewbear 20 | 523    
30 Jan 2015  #25

There is this really-good site where I found a, e.g., Czerniecki grave in a Russian Orthodox cemetery (not sure if related convert or non relative). I also found some Andrulewiczes in Jewish cemeteries there. What website is that?
Looker - | 919    
30 Jan 2015  #26

What website is that?

yourrootsinpoland.com
Nickidewbear 20 | 523    
31 Jan 2015  #27

Thank you, though I don't think that that's it. I remember that you could search for names, graves in kinds of cemeteries, etc..
bogi-12    
24 May 2016  #28

Jadwiga Kurowska
dgawell    
21 Aug 2016  #29

I've been to several cemeteries in Poland: Niwiska, which has an online website of their graves, and Lutcza and Zawoja which do not. Most graves are for persons who still have relatives to pay for the grave so you rarely see anyone born before 1900. My great grandparents are buried in Niwiska but my ggrandmother died abut 60 years after her husband in the 1990's.

I would highly recommend a visit to the area but do your prep and contacts before you get there or it is likely no one will be willing to meet with you. We had great success in Niwiska only because I located cousins. The priest in Zawoja met for just a short time to search the record only because we had a connection with a local. Genealogy is VERY difficult in Poland. I located the ancestral records on microfilm only for Niwiska and have them on permanent loan at a Family History Center in the USA. It took me a year to go through them but I was able to trace the family to the 1790's. The records were in Latin and I used translation guides.

I am writing a book on how I did all this but it won't be out for about a year.
TheOther 5 | 2,952    
22 Aug 2016  #30

Genealogy is VERY difficult in Poland.

Only if you are looking for ancestors before (about) 1725, and only if your ancestors were not catholic. Otherwise, it's actually quite easy because Polish state archives are digitizing old records with the help of EU funds at the moment, and these records are available for free online.




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