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
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!
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