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8 Jul 2011  #91

A couple of really, really good books are "Polish Roots" by Rosemary A. Chorzempa, and "A Translation Guide to 19th-Century Polish-Language Civil-Registration Documents", by Judith A. Frazin. The first one is readily available, probably on Amazon (or through, and the second one is only easily available through the Polish Genealogical Society of America (at

TRUE, I have even payed for the services in Cyndi's List but we found nothing in concrete.

I agree with your comments, for years we tried to look for any family in Poland but the lack of the language is always a wall. Reading in the linkedin genealogist forum I found the contact of a consultancy company that for 10 euros found the original birth certificate of my grandfather, and thanks to this information we found the whole family! I personally was calling to the local church with the help of a local polish guy and spent money in Ancestry com but no results, only these guys were able to read the realstate documents, find names and find the birth certificates.

This summer will be the second visit and we will start with a heritage process. You guys may ask them for advice, their website is: castaneda com pl, there you can find their contact. I think all possibilities should be explored.

maksym Activity: 2 / 47
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2 Sep 2011  #92

For those looking for immigration records is offering FREE access to it's immigration records until September 5
Nickidewbear Activity: 20 / 524
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27 Feb 2012  #93

Why did nobody suggest JewishGen?
archiwum Activity: 15 / 141
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29 Feb 2012  #94

There is a book on surnames: Polish Surnames&Meanings-Steven F. Hoffman.

I have not read any of the replies given you.
Polonius3 Activity: 979 / 11,644
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29 Feb 2012  #95

It is good as far as it goes but contains only a limited number of surnames.
dn85752002 Activity: - / 4
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15 Aug 2012  #96

Just joined this site.. also am looking for info on the Bodnarczuks, \my great great grandmother was Anastasia Kowalczuk-she was married to Nicholai Bodnarczuk. One of their children was Hrynko (1872-1935)married to Mary Lapczak(Lapchuk). These are my greatgrandparents...I think one of the Lapchuks married a Turczyn,if this makes any sense to you would love to hear.

Thanks Diane Bednarchuk Ryan
maksym Activity: 2 / 47
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25 Nov 2012  #97

Website for burials in Poland. Coverage varies for different areas of Poland. The website is in Polish.

Type your surname in the top box, and leave the 2nd one as is to search all areas of Poland, or use drop down box to search different areas.
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14 Feb 2013  #98

Hello, I am looking to find my great grandparents both of whom were born in Gnesen (Gniezno). My great grandfather was born between 1885-1900 and his wife was born in the year 1900. does anyone know of any websites or organisations who can help me ?

kind regards
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15 Feb 2013  #99

I am looking to find my great grandparents both of whom were born in Gnesen (Gniezno).

sites can be found, but check the small print at some of them.
KenW Activity: - / 4
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14 Apr 2013  #100

I have found the treasure trove of church records online.

It is

It seems to be a collection of all of the official archives from around Poland.

Use this

If you know what town or village your ancestors came from enter it in the search box.

If you get a result, see if there are any digital copies available.

More records are to be released in June
Nickidewbear Activity: 20 / 524
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14 Apr 2013  #101

Thank you!
maksym Activity: 2 / 47
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3 Aug 2013  #102

Here's another Polish website which has digital images online. It covers different areas.
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31 Jan 2015  #103

Merged: Polish births/deaths/marriage records?

I'm curious to know when my two aunties died. They probably died in the 1990s. In the UK we can look this kind of thing up online. Is there an equivalent for Polish deaths?

If not, is it possible for me to email a registrar or something in their home towns (Radomsko and Lublin) and obtain this information?


30 Apr 2015  #104

Merged: Polish Family Research Invitation

We are masters students at the Madeira Interactive Technology Institute (M-ITI). Our research explores how technology may be used to facilitate family relationships. We are seeking families in Poland (or from Poland) with children between 5 and 12 years old. The study includes a series of short activities over four days and a brief Skype/phone interview.

Please let us know if you or someone you know is willing to participate.

Thank you,
~ Team Push (Dani, Israel, Leticia, and Michael)
8 May 2015  #105

Warning to those who use or plan to use - they share DNA info with the United Nations and the police so only the uninformed and gullible would use their services (and pay for it):
Polonius3 Activity: 979 / 11,644
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8 May 2015  #106

Only those with something on their conscience or planning to commit a criminal offence should be wary of having their DNA on file with the police. It is the so-called "cookies" one should be wary of. That is legitimised espionage of all net users which we are sheepishly forced into. No cookie consent, no access to websites.
8 May 2015  #107

Only those with something on their conscience or planning to commit a criminal offence should be wary of having their DNA on file

The sheeple go with the flow and they are too stupid to understand the implications of their DNA stored in a governmental database. counts on stupidity of the people and they have good chances to succeed.
Polonius3 Activity: 979 / 11,644
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9 May 2015  #108

What are the implications? Will they increase the volume of spam sent to your email account, zap you with a sci-fi-style ray gun, increase your taxes, send you a letter containing anthrax germs or what? If you commit a crime having your DNA on file may help he authorities track you down, and the sooner the better.

Would all posters please remember the topic please....
10 Jun 2015  #109

Merged: Genealogy - Poland - Galicia - Rzeszow - Mielec

I have a lot of data on Galicia, the region and the surrounding area Mielec (Podkarpackie - Rzeszow)
If you need help, please email me

Write to me:
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2 Dec 2015  #110

I thought this would be valuable resource for some. Victims of Totalitarianisms
21 Jan 2016  #111

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Hi,new to this forum.Born in Australia but Polish parents,both deceased.Went to Poland last year (first time O/S) to trace family history on my mother's side and was successful as some relatives still alive.Now trying to trace my father's side but little information.Documentation scant and not much on standard ancestry sites.My question is,how to proceed from here?Have tried looking up grandparents names but no luck,information may have been destroyed or non-existent due to WW2.Look forward to any advice.
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21 Jan 2016  #112

Look forward to any advice.

If you know when and where your parents married, you should either have their marriage certificate (which also lists their parent's birth places and dates), or you should be able to contact the state archive in Poland that holds the civil registration records for the place where the marriage took place. Usually, the marriage was at the bride's hometown. Once you know the names of all four grandparents plus the birth dates of your parents, you can try to find additional siblings in the records (start with your mom and dad, and then move forward and backward in time). When you've found the oldest sibling, go backwards in time from his/her date of birth. You should be able to then find the marriages of your grandparents, which are usually a few months to 1+ year prior to the birth of the first child. Then start all over with your great grandparents, and so on and so forth.

When you contact Polish archives, always provide as much information and details as possible. Write in Polish, German or English, and if they find something they will ask for a pre-payment (modest prices!) before they'll send you document copies. Good luck!
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22 Mar 2016  #113

Thank you for all your suggestions, of websites.
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27 Apr 2016  #114

If anyone does manage to locate Polish (or Russian-language, my great-grandparents were from villages taken over by the Russian Empire) records, does free translations - I believe there are Latin and German translators as well, but I haven't needed their services so I'm not sure.

They all do wonderful work, and I've found out so much about my family from the records - because of them I'm now able to recognize the names I need in Cyrillic.

There's also an archival site called BaSIA (, and an index of marriages (Poznan Project) for families in Wielkopolska. My great-grandfather's family was from near Częstochowa and those church books (microfilmed original records) are available for free on

Hope this helps a little.
singingfalls Activity: 2 / 41
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15 May 2016  #115

Merged: Genealogy web page

I put this together for my Polish relatives. Let me know if it is understandable and in good form. Thanks.
stevedardz Activity: - / 1
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16 Aug 2016  #116

Hello Everybody,
I need to find my family's old Polish passports and visa records of any type...

They had three Polish passports, for all 6 family members, issued in Ostroleka, PL on 16 October 1922.
They were Visaed before "The American Consul", in Warsaw, PL on 12 January 1923.. The Visas had a Notation, "Born in Poland"..

I need to find something to prove my grandmother and her son (my father) were Polish Citizens in Poland after 1918..
Then shortly there after they all left for America. They got to Copenhagen, Denmark and left from there about 08 February 1923. I do not know how they got to Copenhagen. They arrived in the USA on 20 February 1923.
Any ideas on how to accomplish this ? Thanks, Stephen Dardzinski
terri Activity: 1 / 1,056
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16 Aug 2016  #117

Your best bet would be to try and obtain their birth records. Chances (if slim) are that you may find these at or near your family's place of birth.

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