On this occasions we have also stared a miniseries called Genealogy Pro Tips. This will be some short tips, useful links and small steps, which might help you to uncover your family history.
We hope that it will be of some help for you.
If you have some other tips that helped you in your research, you might share them with others here. This is why this community is for
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Last edited by Agnieszka Pawlus on Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:55 am; edited 2 times in total
Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:14 am
Post subject: Genealogy Pro Tip #3
There are multiple towns and villages in Poland with the same name. Sometimes determining the proper place of origin of your ancestors can be a real nuisance. There are many sources available.
We can recommend here two useful databases:
1. Index of the Places of the Republic of Poland https://www.wbc.poznan.pl/%E2%80%A6/publ%E2%80%A6/7126/edition/12786/content
It can be helpful, especially for someone who does not read Polish, in determining the parish to which a particular village belonged. It was published in the early 1930s but most of the data included fits the 19th Century. The main advantage for anyone who is not familiar with the Polish language is that the information is found in the columnar format. The first column on the left gives city, town and village names in alphabetical order and the last column on the right gives the location for the Roman Catholic, Greek Catholic, Lutheran, and Orthodox parish to which the place belonged.
2. Eastern Borderland Places https://www.kami.net.pl/kresy/. This database is extremely helpful to identify the correct village and its parishes in different confessions. It mainly includes villages in East Galicia, but also quite a bit of its western part, including many eastern counties of Krakowskie voivodeships.
Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:17 am
Post subject: Genealogy Pro Tip #4
If only it's possible check rather church records than their civil equivalents. Church records will probably contain more accurate information.
First of all: church records were probably recorded by a Polish priest (instead of the Russian, Prussian or Austrian official), so the surnames, places and other details are likely to be spelled more or less correctly. What is also important: civil records in Poland (from 19th century) are often just copies of the church records, therefore might contain some typing mistakes.
Of course, if you have time and possibilities, it is always good to check both and compare the data they include.
Have you narrowed down the village of your ancestors but are not certain to which parish it belonged and thus where its vital records are stored? As a part of our Genealogy Pro Tips series, we have prepared a video where we present some of the tools we are using in our daily work. They might help you in learning more about your ancestral village and moving your research forward. Good luck!
A while ago we have talked on how to find the geographical position of the town or village of your interest. Today we want to add a short supplemental video, that will focus on its former Eastern Borderlands.
Tip for today: In records from Galicia do not fixate on house numbers. This is the fastest strategy for quick search of the records but it may be misleading since families moved sometimes and new houses were built
Tip especially for those who have Jewish roots: In Jewish families, newly born children could not be named after a living person so when you notice the same name in the family given to a newly born child it is very probable that the older one (so usually a grandfather or a grandmother) had just died recently.
Tip for today: Do not limit your search to direct descendants' records and look for their siblings or even cousins as well since their records may sometimes contain information that direct ancestors' records don't.
We also read your stories and questions posted on our Forum.
We know you well enough to write that many of you struggle with similar problems: you don't know how to start, what kind of information is vital at the beginning, how to eliminate the uncertain and confusing data, where to look for records and... why are there so many places with the same name in Poland
You will find there some short videos presenting useful tools and sources, showing you the basic steps in Polish genealogy, which are (and will remain) free.
There will also be extended videos, discussing the whole topics, which might help you in finding your ancestors on your own. First video: How to find the archive that stores the records of your interest is already available on our website..
It is accessible for free till the end of September 2020, but it is password protected, available for you - subscribers of our newsletters and members of PolishOrigins’ Forum.
The password is: LearnWithPO
and is valid till Sep 30, 2020, so make sure you will watch it till the end of this month!
In this video you will learn which institutions can store vital records in Poland and how to locate the relevant archive, which will have the records from the parish of your interest. We will discuss and show you some useful functionalities of the following websites: SzukajwArchiwach (Search Archives), FamilySearch and Geneteka. With the hint of luck you might be able to find the online scans and indexes of some records.
This time Aleksander describes the territory of the Rusian partition of Poland and its border changes over the years. You will also learn about the characteristics of the vital records in this area. There is also a downloadable pdf presentation.
Let us know if the video was helpful. Thank you for all your comments and suggestions.
Preparations for the holidays are in full swing. In Poland, the time has come to send greeting cards, baking gingerbread cookies and fermenting borscht. I am sure you’re already busy, but if you will find some time for genealogy, we have prepared something special:
"I appreciate above information. Hopefully I will be able to view some of the videos etc. over the holiday period..... Just not good at spending long periods on the internet....But I remain very interested in my Polish heritage & would love to learn more.
Would you believe I (in Australia) knew more about my mother's journey during WW2 & to Australia in 1947 than the relatives she had been in contact with until she died aged 94 in 2012! It was only after I contacted them upon her death (after finding addresses in her belongings) that they started tracing the movements of the relatives they lost contact with way back then. They have concentrated on tracing the descendants they had lost track of - I'm more interested in the ancestors & the history - direct & lateral.
I ask a favour =
In this time of Covid19 - I am very aware that direct & extended families in Poland, Europe, England & America are experiencing many more difficulties than I am in Australia. I have no way of doing it BUT could you put out a message everywhere that there are family folk they don't even know exist & in distant countries, - who actually are concerned re their welfare & are sending positive thoughts their way. ......during this Crisis & for Xmas 2020 & the new year approaching of 2021."
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