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Polish Genealogy & Family History

Explore genealogy and family history databases and resources for Poland, including tutorials for tracing your roots in Poland, Polish surnames, free online databases, family trees and maps.

Polish Genealogy Databases Online
Research Polish ancestry online with this collection of Polish genealogy databases and indexes from Poland, the United States and other countries.

Polish Surname Meanings & Origins
Uncover the meaning of your Polish last name with this guide to Polish surnames meanings and origins, plus a list of the fifty most common Polish surnames.

Archives in Poland
Learn about the organizational structure of Poland's archives, where records can be found, how to get access to records in the archives and a history of archives in Poland. Plus addresses (and Websites when available) for each of the National and State archives.

Carpatho-Rusyn Genealogy
Carpatho-Rusyns are an ethnic group from the Carpathian Mountain region where Poland, Slovakia, the Ukraine and Hungary adjoin. This site includes the Carpatho-Rusyn Surname Listing, the Carpatho-Rusyn Immigrant Listing and other information for people who are interested in their Carpatho-Rusyn ancestry.

Ethnologue: Poland
Very useful information on the different languages spoken/used in Poland.

Finding Parish Addresses
Links and suggestions to help you find the name of the parish to which a specific town in Poland belongs. From Poland GenWeb.

Galicia / Galizien Genealogy
The former territories of Galicia (a crown land of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy) are now shared between southern Poland and western Ukraine. This is an excellent outline for record sources and contact info for Galician genealogy.

History of Poland
A brief history of Poland from its Slav origins through post-war Poland.

How to Obtain Polish Records
Addresses and information for obtaining records from Poland including civil records, church records, Jewish records, emigration records, Polish archives and military records. From PolandGenWeb.

How to Locate Your Ancestor's Place of Origin in Poland
Poland's place names and boundaries have changed numerous times in the past 200 years. This article explains how place names have changed over time and gives tips on locating your ancestor's town of origin. State boundary changes are also discussed.

Maps and Geography of Poland
Maps and other good geographical information for Poland and its cities, from About Geography Guide, Matt Rosenberg.

The 1900 Collection: Poland Maps
Maps of Poland, its regions, cities and towns as they looked like in the 1880s, 1890s, 1900s, 1910s and shortly after the World War I.

Poland Genealogy Forum
A free message board devoted to queries about Poland and Polish ancestors.

Poland GenWeb
A part of the World GenWeb project, this purpose of this site is to provide visitors with the tools they need to successfully research their roots in Poland.

Polish American Historical Association
PAHA is a non-profit organization devoted to the study of Polish American history and culture. Their site offers information on membership and lists of links to Polish archival sites and organizations, but no databases

Polish Ancestors
A nice section on researching your Polish ancestors from RootsWeb's Guide to Tracing Family Trees.

Polish Genealogical Society of America
PGSA is open to anyone doing research within the borders of the old Commonwealth of Poland and works to collect, disseminate and preserve information on Polish and Polish-American family history and to help its members use that information in their own research. They offer a number of online databases for Polish genealogy research, including vital records and place names.

Polish Genealogical Word List
A list of Polish words commonly found in genealogical records along with their English translations. From the FamilySearch Web Site.

Genealogy and Poland – A Guide
A wonderful guide to genealogy research in Poland by Lukasz Bielecki, Poznan, Poland.

FamilySearch - Polish Letter Writing Guide
Need to write a letter to Poland requesting family tree information? This guide from the FamilySearch site will assist in drafting that very important letter.

Polish Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts a number of free mailing lists devoted to Polish genealogy research.

Family History Library Catalog - Poland
Find a comprehensive listing of Polish records which have been microfilmed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church) and are available through Family History Centers worldwide.

A site dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing resources to trace your Polish heritage.

Polish Translation - Polish/English & English/Polish
New free English-Polish bidirectional full automatic translation system and dictionary. It's not quite the quality of a human translation, but it helps to get the gist across, especially when exploring Polish Web sites.

Roman Catholic Dioceses in Poland
Links to Web sites for the 42 Roman Catholic dioceses in Poland. Most sites are in Polish.

Tracing Polish Ancestors
Preparing for old country research from RootsWeb's Guide to Tracing Family Trees.

Tracing Your Roots in Poland
An informative travelogue by Leonard Markowitz.

Where are German-Poland, Russian-Poland & Austrian-Poland?
From the late 1700s until the end of WWI, Poland did not exist as a country. It was divided among the Russian, German (Prussian), and Austrian Empires in sections known as partitions. Learn more about these partitions and how they affect your Polish genealogy search. From PolishGenWeb.com.

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