More Info - Polish Parish Records

Preserving the Past for the Future

Mission Statement

As genealogical researchers – beginners, avid researchers or experts on Polish vital records, we all relish the excitement in finding actual and/or copies of Polish ancestral records. While the accessibility and availability of these records has grown exponentially in the last several years, some researchers are frustrated to find that records for their ancestor's church, district or area are not available.

Recently, we read in our Quarterly Journal, Rodziny, about an individual success story that required many trips to Poland, costs associated with obtaining records and the overall time required even when granted access to film or information. We, of course, have also heard of failures to obtain access to even view records.

Several PGSA members have expressed concern that these vital records are fragile, quickly deteriorating, and may be on the verge of disappearing. A message was sent to the PGSA Board requesting we engage all the organization's resources to help identify and actively pursue a project to preserve such records.

In response, early this year, PGSA established and dedicated a sub-committee of the Board to review this request. In the President's message of the fall Rodziny, he outlined our detailed efforts at that point in time.

We are now in a position to publicize to our members, a detailed list of current efforts and progress that many in Poland and elsewhere are making on an ongoing basis to make more records available (on line).

David Lewandowski, PGSA President

Recent Activity

We want to thank our Board members, Rosalie Lindberg, Eileen Carter, Jim Piechorowski, Steve Szabados and Program Chair Harry Kurek for their dedication and efforts in 2013 to prepare a proposal for full Board approval in February, 2014.

A special thanks to Jim Piechorowski for organizing all these sources for the website. I also want to thank Fred Hoffman(Rodziny editor), Tomasz Nitsch (Chief Information Officer for TVN S.A. – the top media company in Poland), Ceil Jensen (Co-Director of the Polonica Americana Research Institute (PARI), Sonja Nishimoto (PGSA's LDS Liaison) and Greg Nelson (Eastern Europe Collections Manager –Family Search) for their professional input.

Parish Records

What we will do

We have formed a Board working group along with interested members, to identify and reach out to Polish Archival, Regional Genealogical Societies and individuals involved in current efforts to save these records. Our basic question “How can we best help”.

We have developed this initial listing of sites which contain (transcribed or digital) records to inform you of who we are talking to, where the current records are and how you as individuals can access these records. In addition we intend to identify and join effort with those with “feet on the ground” in Poland who may be the recipients of financial aid (within our means) to transcribe or digitize specific sites.

We will use this as page as our primary means to communicate with you, our visitors and the visitors / members of the sites that we have jointly linked.

How you can help

In your individual research you may have identified sites, not listed here, that contain transcribed or digitized records. Please be our eyes and ears and bring them to our attention. We will seek permission to link and add them to our collection.

"Volunteer" as we identify opportunities with our website partners. Our members have always reached out to help when asked. We have listed two opportunities below, one which is familiar to all and one which is relatively new. We promise to keep this fresh and up to date.

Poznan Marriage Indexing Project - Many of you have donated time and effort on this project. It is one of the best examples of how to do a project with worldwide volunteer participation.

The Baza Systemu Indeksacji Archiwalnej (BaSIA) or Archival Database Indexing System, of the Wielkopolska Genealogical Society makes it easier to access the digitized scans of Polish vital records online from the Polish National Archives. Type your surname in the search box in the upper right corner and then select a pin from the resulting map to access the digitized records. The website is available in English, French, German, and Polish (look for a dropdown box near the top of the page to select your language preference). Project BaSIA is an effort similar to the "Posen Marriage DB". They are seeking volunteers, join the Project.

For additional information, help or to comment please email Jim Piechorowski, PGSA Website Team.

Polish Sites of National Scope

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Partitions of Poland

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Polish Sites in the Austrian Partition

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Polish Sites in the German Partition

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Polish Sites in the Russian Partition

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Polish Informational Sites

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