resources

This page contains links to search engines, libraries and other resources useful in your Polish family history research. Feel free to ask questions about specific resources, obtaining records found there, etc. We are always happy to help. And there are many more records available in archives, libraries and repositories that are available (or indexed) online. For example LDS church has almost no records for the end of the 19th century and the beginning of 20th because they were not available at the time they were microfilming Polish records and now they are being sent from civil registry offices to the state archives. Also LDS does not have a lot of oldest church records. Anyway, we can help you obtain them all.

 
Polish genealogical forums

genealodzy.pl - main forum of the Polish Genealogical Society, in Polish, but you can always post in English and surely will get an answer
Forgen - another great forum (Polish)
Poland Genealogy Forum
Ancestry.com message boards

Genealogical societies

Polish Genealogical Society of America
Polish Genealogical Society - forum, indexes of metrical records, links to regional genealogical societies and a lot more resources
Association of Professional Genealogists - you can find a researcher here or compare our services to other researchers working in Poland

Online searchable databases (including indexes of metrical records)

Pradziad - database of metrical documents held by Polish state archives
Sezam - database of holdings of all Polish state archives
ZOSIA - database of scans of holdings of a few state archives in Poland (including Warszawa and Lublin)
Metryki - database of scans of metrical records, lots of records from Warszawa and Mazowieckie voivodeship
Geneteka - database of indexes of metrical documents from Polish state and church archives
GeneSzukacz - search engine for metrical indexes as well as other resources
Jewish Record Indexing Project - indexes of Jewish metrical records from Poland

Regional:
BASIA - database of indexes of metrical records in Wielkopolska region (English)
Poznan Project - database of indexes of marriages from Wielkopolska
PomGenBaza - database of indexes of Pomeranian Genealogical Society
Lubens - database of indexes from Lublin area

Other

Genealogyindexer - searches addressbooks, directories, officer yearbooks, and many more important genealogical resources
Digital Libraries Federation - search engine for hundreds of thousands historical books, newspapers and source documents

Resources

Polish Roots - lots of information about Polish history, culture, geography and other useful resources
PolishGeno - lots of useful resources
surname distribution map in Poland
PolandGenWeb - listing many resources useful in research in Poland, also some indexes for some parishes in Poland

Gazetteers

Slownik Geograficzny Krolestwa Polskiego - information about every village in Poland (1880-1914)
ShtetlSeeker on JewishGen.org
Virtual Shtetl - lots of resources concerning Jewish communities in Poland
Kartenmaister - Polish names of former German towns

 

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