Our Poland genealogists research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research. They can search the various archives and libraries in Poland, including:
- Regional state archives
Contain civil records and civil transcripts (copies) of church records, residents registrations, police records, passport applications, births, marriages, and deaths
- Provincial or County Archives
Many provinces have records pertaining to their area that are separate from those of the national government. Includes birth, marriage, and death records, census records, land records, some church records
- Local civil registration offices
Records less than 100 years old, including birth, death, and marriage records
- Church Archives
Include parish registers. Each diocese has its own policies regarding gathering records into the archive of the diocese. Generally, older records are found in the diocesan archives; more recent records are found at the local parish. Some Catholic dioceses have gathered older records into a diocesan archive. Many church records are kept by local parishes, which may also have earlier records.
Contain local histories, city directories, maps, newspapers, and genealogies
- Historical and Genealogical Societies
Maintain libraries that collect genealogical records
Our genealogists can do research projects of many sizes and for many budgets. We customize the amount of research provided according to your needs.
If you would like to learn how our genealogists can further your research, request a research quote.
Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in Poland include:
- Birth, marriage, and death records were kept by some towns as early as late 1700s
- After 1874, Prussian law required a civil marriage ceremony in addition to a church ceremony.
- Earliest censuses were taken in 1567, 1676, 1775 (parish census). Contents vary according to the censuses and their purposes. State, territorial, and colonial censuses were recorded in 1855 and 1865
- Population counts are lustrums (lustracje), household tax registers (rejestry podatkowe: 1675), Prussian population surveys (przeglady: 1789, 1793, 1797), and municipal revisions (spisy ludnosci: 1619, 1765, 1792).
- Land records were kept by the towns and counties from the time they were settled
- Churches kept records of the christenings, marriages, deaths, or other information about their members
- Newspapers were written in many areas and time periods that contain information such as notices of marriages, notices of death, and obituaries
- Military records
- Town and county histories about the settlers and their families
- Immigration and emigration records begin in the 1770s