Poland Goals:  1: Research   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Census and Vital Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Maps and Gazetteers   7: Newspapers   8: Websites   9: Search Records   10: Get Help  




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Goal 1: Learn about Poland research and records.


Choices:

A. Explore Polish research.

  1. Get familiar with Polish research on the Rootswebsite, in a Lesson or the Poland GenWeb site.
  2. Get answers to your frequently asked questions and see genealogical hints on the Polish Genealogical Society of America site.
  3. Use the Poland Beginning Research Wiki article for help with beginning Polish research.
  4. Explore the main FamilySearch Wiki page for Poland for additional ideas.
  5. Get an introduction to research in Poland in these FamilySearch videos.
    FS—Research in Poland, Part 1—28:31
    | FS—Research in Poland, Part 2—23:38
  6. Learn about online Polish genealogy databases.
    AB—Polish Databases Online
  7. 2017-10-06

B. Learn about Polish language resources for research.

  1. Get an introduction to the Polish words and terms needed for research.
    FS—Wiki: Polish Language
    | FS—Wiki: Polish Genealogy Terms
  2. Learn to read Polish handwritten letters.
    FS—Reading Polish Handwritten Letters
  3. Learn to read Polish handwritten words and dates.
    FS—Reading Polish Handwritten Words and Dates
  4. Learn to read Polish handwritten records.
    FS—Reading Polish Handwritten Records
  5. Learn about Polish names and surnames in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Poland Names
  6. Learn about Polish naming customs on the RootsWeb site.

C. Use effective research methods for your Polish ancestors.

  1. Learn about basic techniques for Polish research.
    FS—Intro to Polish Research—53:00
  2. Learn about Polish record resources.
    FS—Intro to Polish Research—60:28
  3. Explore the Forebears.io site for research records.
  4. 2017-10-08
  5. Review this Case Study in Polish Research for additional research techniques.
  6. Go into more depth with your Polish research.
    FS—Advanced Polish Research—49:00
  7. Learn about research in Prussian Poland.
    FS—Research in Prussian Poland—60:13


Goal 2: Learn about Poland archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about Poland archives and libraries.

  1. Learn about Poland archives and libraries in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Poland Archives and Libraries
    | FS—Digitized Records, Polish State Archives—4 pgs.
  2. Explore Polish archive links in the Univ. of Idaho collection.
  3. Explore other sites for Polish Archives and Libraries.
  4. Explore the Archives Portal Europe site.
  5. Explore the Books We Own site for books that can be checked out or researched for you by others.
  6. Learn more about using the Polish State Archives for research in this article.
    FS—Polish State Archives


Goal 3: Learn about Poland census and vital records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Poland vital records.

  1. Learn how to read Polish birth records.
    FS—Polish Marriage Records
  2. Learn how to read Polish marriage records.
    FS—Polish Birth Records
  3. Learn about the Poznan Project for marriage records.
    FS—Poznan Project
  4. Learn how to read Polish death records.
    FS—Polish Death Records

B. Learn about Poland census records.

  1. Learn about Poland census records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Poland Census Records


Goal 4: Learn to use Poland church and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Poland church records.

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  1. Learn about Poland church records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Poland Church Records
  2. Learn about researching with Polish Lutheran records.
    How to Use Polish Lutheran Records
  3. Explore other sites for Polish church records.
  4. Explore the Jewish Genealogy Encyclopedia for Jewish resources in Poland.

B. Explore Poland cemetery records.

  1. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  2. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.



Goal 5: Learn about Poland emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about Poland emigration and immigration.

  1. Learn about Poland emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Poland Emigration and Immigration

B. Explore Poland emigration and immigration.

  1. Explore the Polish Migration website.


Goal 6: Learn about Poland maps.


Choices:

A. Learn about Poland maps.

  1. Learn about Poland maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Poland Maps
  2. Learn about Poland gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Poland Gazetteers

B. Explore Poland maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore the Perry-Castaneda map collection for Poland maps.
  2. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Poland maps.
  3. Explore old maps of Poland in the 1900 Collection.
  4. Access Poland map resources in the About.com site.
  5. Explore other maps of Poland on the Internet.
  6. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Poland maps.


Goal 7: Learn about Polish newspapers.


Choices:

A. Explore Polish newspapers for ancestor research.

  1. Learn about using Polish community newspapers in research.
    FS—Polish Community Newspapers—43:31
  2. 2017-10-02
  3. Search Polish newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  4. Search Polish newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  5. Search Polish newspapers in the ABYZ News Links site.






Goal 8: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Polish research.

  1. Learn about Polish websites in this FamilySearch video.
    FS—Discoverint Polish Websites—46:25
  2. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  3. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  4. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.
  5. Explore these FamilySearch links.
  6. Explore surname distribution (a map where certain surnames are prevalent) in Poland.


Goal 9: Search records from Poland.


Choices:

A. Use links to quickly search the most common record collections for Poland.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. Click a link in the first section to search a FamilySearch collection.
  2. Click a link in the second section to search an Ancestry collection.

B. Explore additional record collections.

  1. 1. Explore the FamilySearch page for Polish online record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast or MyHeritage), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.
  3. Explore these links to online databases and records for Poland.
  4. Explore the Polish Genealogical Society of America site for record resources.
  5. Explore the Jewish Records Indexing project for Poland.
  6. Learn about tracing Jewish roots in Poland.


Goal 10: Get Help with your Poland research.


Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Polish Genealogy group on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Genealogy in Poland page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the Central Europe Genealogical Research Community page on Facebook.
  4. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Poland.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Poland research.

  1. Search the RootsWeb site for Poland research mailing lists.
  2. Explore the Poland research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  3. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Poland research.

C. Learn about Poland genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about Poland genealogy societies in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Poland Societies
  2. Explore Poland genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.





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Tarnow Catholic Church Books:  1612-1900
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