By W. F. Hoffman May 1999 (Modified 2003)
At the PGSA Fall Conference last October, member Ted Dzieciatkowski approached
me with a suggestion for an article. He asked, "Why don't you do something
on Polish bookstores?" It's one of those things so blindingly obvious
that it had never occurred to me before. I told him I'd give it a try,
and that's how this article started.
The first question is, what do we mean by "Polish bookstores"? A Web
search for those terms turns up firms that sell books in Polish on, say,
advanced math, or the subtleties of palatalization in Western vs. Eastern
Slavic languages. I suspect that's not exactly what our readers would
have in mind. So it makes sense to concentrate first of all on vendors
who sell books offering information useful in Polish genealogical research.
Such a list, however, must go beyond just genealogy. If feedback from
you, our members, tells us anything, it tells us you understand there's
more to research than charts full of names and dates, essential as those
may be. Books providing insight on the history and culture of Poland and
Polonia can clear up all kinds of knotty mysteries you encounter in your
research, even if the word "genealogy" is nowhere in them. So this list
includes many sources of books that deal with Polish history, culture,
etc. In fact, a listing of sources exclusively for Polish genealogy would
be pretty short: Genealogical Publishing Company (the publisher of Rosemary
Chorzempa's Polish Roots), the PGSA and other Polish Genealogical Societies
around the world, and not much more.
While my main source of information was the Internet, I've tried not
to concentrate on virtual bookstores such as Amazon.com and chains such
as Barnes & Nobles. Granted, a search of their catalogs uncovers books
hard to find for individuals, but readily available at reasonable rates
through them. But I suspect many of our members love the experience of
going into a specialty store full of lesser-known books and just browsing.
So most of the firms mentioned actually have street addresses as well
as Websites. If you can visit them in the flesh, do so. If not, the Web
is not a bad alternative.
So this list focuses on book vendors and publishers, in North America
and to a lesser extent in Poland, that can sell you a respectable array
of titles dealing either with genealogy, or with related subjects that
may shed light on genealogy. I've tried to include all I could find and
think of, but I'm sure I've missed many, many good ones. Please, if you
know of one not mentioned here, don't hesitate to write and tell me of
it. I'd love to do a follow-up article that provides more information
than appears here.
In the interest of accuracy I must add that the Society cannot vouch
for these organizations; we can only pass on information you may find
helpful-but as always, let the buyer beware! Obviously I couldn't visit
all these stores in person, so I have relied largely on information given
on their Websites, on any personal knowledge I happened to have about
them, and on suggestions from folks who knew of a store they'd recommend?my
sincere thanks to all who wrote. This kind of information has a very short
shelf life; it needs constant updating. But as we went to press all the
links and information given here was correct, so far as I could determine.
I hope some of this information will prove helpful to you. Just remember:
these sources don't all offer books on genealogy, but may help you find
titles that will assist you with your research.
GENEALOGICAL (POLISH AND OTHER)
266 West Center Street, Orem, UT 84057 USA
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 990, Orem, UT 84059 USA
Phone: (801) 426-3500; fax (801) 426-3501
P.O. Box 99, Bergenfield, NJ 07621 USA
Phone: 201-387-7200; fax 201-387-2855; Toll-free order line: 1-800-286-8296
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Specializes in books for Jewish genealogists, but many of their offerings
are valuable for research anywhere in Eastern Europe.
Barnette's Family Tree Book Co.
1001 West Loop North, Houston, TX 77004 USA
Toll-free line for credit card orders: 1-888-591-8733
Blairs' Book Service
2503 Springpark Way, Richardson, TX 75082 USA
Specializes in genealogy and local history books, with an online searchable
database containing over 15,000 genealogy and local history books.
D & Z House of Books, Inc.
5714 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60634 USA
Phone (877) 282-4222
Genealogical Publishing Company & Clearfield Company
1001 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD, 21202 USA
Phone: 1-800-296-6687, 410-837-8271; fax: 1-800-599-9561, 410-752-8492
Particularly famous among Polish researchers as the publisher of Rosemary
Chorzempa's Polish Roots.
5735A Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA 22303 USA
Phone: Order Desk 1-888-960-3300 (10 am - 5 prn EST, Mon. - Sat.);
other calls 1-703-960-0086; fax: 1-703-960-0087
Heritage Books, Inc.
1540E Pointer Ridge Place, Bowie, MD 20716 USA
Phone: 1-800-398-7709 or 301- 390-7709, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday;
fax: 1-800-276-1760 or 301-390-7153
5 Triad Center, Suite 350, Salt Lake City UT 84180
Mailing Address: PO Box 417, Salt Lake City UT 84110-0417 USA
Phone: 801-531-9297, fax: 801-531-6819
Origins-A Genealogy Book Store
1521 E. Racine St., Janesville, WI 53545 USA
Origins frequently sell books at
the PGSA Conferences.
15550 W Woodview Dr., P 0 Box 510062, New Berlin WI 53151-0062 USA
Phone: 414-821-1280; order toll-free 800-360-3555; fax 414-780-4541
Used Books Search
Used Books Search
U.S. BUSINESSES EMPHASIZING POLISH
OR SLAVIC WORKS
The American Institute of Polish Culture, Inc.
1440 79th Street Causeway, Suite 117, Miami, FL 33141 USA
Phone: 305-864-2349; fax: 305-865-5150
You may wish to consider joining -members get a 20% discount.
Folk Arts of Poland
118 Don Gaspar Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87501-2120 USA
Phone: (505) 984-9882; Fax: (505) 894-8974
I am told they offer mainly Polish folk art, but they apparently sell
a limited number of books, too.
Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute
1583 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Phone: 617 495-3692; fax 617 495-8097
PGSA member David Zincavage says they have a number of academic titles,
primarily of Ukrainian interest for instance, Grimsted's Lithuanian Metrika
171 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016 USA
Offers a wide variety of books on Europe and European languages, including
works on Poland and Polish
7 Dendron Court, Baltimore MD 21234 US
Publishes inexpensive, very detailed works, devoted primarily to aspects
of Baltimore's Polonia, as well as the series by David Philip Wilson
families from the Gora (Znin) parish, Poznania
Ksiegarnia Literacka w Nowym Jorku
161 Java Street, Greenpoint, New York 11222 USA
Order line: 1-800-277-0407; fax 718-389-7050
Open: 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Mon-Sat., 12 noon - 5 p.m. Sunday
Offers new publications from Poland, and a review of Polish-interest books
in English. Apparently affiliated in some way with PTVN Polish Bookstore
Lithuanian Research and Studies Center, Inc.
5600 South Claremont Ave.. Chicago IL 60636 USA
Phone: 773-434-4545; fax: 773-434-9363
Oriental Research Partners Box 158
Newtonville MA 02160-0001 USA
Phone: 617-455-8575; fax 617-455-061
PGSA member David Zincavage says this is a source of material of academic
interest. They import a large number of Russian titles.
Polart Distribution (USA) Inc.
5700 Sarah Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34233 USA
Customer Service: 941-927-8873
Phone: orders 941-927-8983; fax: 941-927-8239
Polish American Journal Bookstore
1275 Harlem Road, Buffalo NY 14206 USA
Toll-free order line: 1-800-422-1275 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST)
Polish Art Center
9539 Jos Campau, Hamtramck MI 48212 USA
Phone: (toll-free order) 888-619-9771; 313-874-2242; fax: 313-874-1302
While they specialize in importing and distributing all kinds of Polish
art and related objects, they also have a respectable selection of books,
some of which are helpful with genealogy.
Polish Military History Books
Dr. Z. P. Wesolowski
P. 0. Box 291465, Davie FL 33329 USA
Phone: voice 954-472-0063, fax 954-472-0063
Offers books by Prof Dr. Zdzislaw P. Wesolowski, including Polish Orders,
Medals, Badges, and Insignia. Military and Civilian, Decorations, 1705
to 1985 and The Order of the Virtuti Militari and its Cavaliers 1792-1992.
4738 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago IL 60630 USA
Phone: 773-481-6968; fax 773-481-6972
12 Saranac Avenue, Lake Placid, NY 12946-1102 USA
Phone: (518) 523-1311
PTVN Polish Bookstore
135A India Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222 USA
Phone & E-mail: same as for Ksiegarnia Literacka v Nowym Jorku
Schoenhof's Foreign Books
76A Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge MA 02138 USA
Phone: 617-547-8855, fax: 617-547-8551
E -mail: email@example.com
A search of their on-line catalog found 104 titles on Poland or Polish,
19 on Lithuanian, over 250 on Russian, etc.
Slavica Publishers, Inc.
2611 E. 10th St.. Bloomington IN 47408-2603 USA
Phone: 1-877-SLAVICA (toll-free); 812-856-4186, fax 812-856-4187
Szwede Slavic Books
2233 El Camino Real
P.O. Box 1214
Palo Alto, CA 94302-1214
BOOKSTORES IN AUSTRALIA
Bayda Books, P. 0. Box 178, East Brunswick VIC 3057, AUSTRALIA
Tele: +61 3 9380 2988
Fax: +61 3 9387 2799
Our stock range has expanded in recent years to encompas ten languages: English,
Ukrainian, Polish, Russian, Macedonian, Croatian, Czech, Hungarian, Serbian
BOOKSTORES IN CANADA
Centrum Polonijne Husarz
1906 Dundas St. E. Unit 3 & 4, Mississauga ON L4X I L9, CANADA
3840A Cadboro Bay Rd., Victoria, BC V8N 4G2 Canada
Phone 250-477-2708, Fax 250-658-3947: Credit cards 800-747-4877
Hours: 12 noon to 4 pm, Wednesday through Saturday
Interlink bought out Genealogical Unlimited in Salt Lake City
Ksiegarnia Polska w Ottawie (Polish Bookstore in Ottawa)
7986 Parkway Road, Metcalfe, ONT K0A 2P0, CANADA
BOOKSTORES IN ENGLAND
66 Kenway Road London SW5 ORD ENGLAND
Phone: +44 171 370 2210, fax: +44 181 742 7686
BOOKSTORES & PUBLISHERS IN POLAND
Gdanskie Wydawnictwo Oswiatowe
80-164 Gdansk, ul. Trzy, Lipy 3, POLAND
Phone/fax: +48 58 302 59 16, +48 58 302 62 12
Interface in Polish. GWO is a publisher of educational works, at first
on math but now in many fields.
GKN-Prus ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 7
00-068 Warszawa POLAND
Phone/fax: +48 22 826 18 35, +48 22 826 64 49
Glowna Ksiegarnia Naukowa,
rakow/ Main Scientific Bookstore in Cracow (formerly called "Elefant")
31-118 Krakow, ul. Podwale 6, POLAND
Phone: +48-12 422 90 57, fax +48 12 422 37 17
Liber - Warsaw Univ. Bookstore
LIBER sp. z o.o.
ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 24, 00-325 Warszawa, POLAND
Phone: +48 22 826 30 91; fax: +48 22 696 20 16
Interface in Polish.
Merlin.com.pl Sp. z o.o
ul. Garazowa 7, 02-651 Warszawa, POLAND
Phone/fax: +48 22 607 79 92, phone +48 22 607 79 91
This is sort of like a Polish version of Amazon.corn - an on-line vendor
of bestsellers and translations in Polish.
Main Office & Bookshop
ul. Szpitalna 7/4, Ip., 31-024 Krakow, POLAND
Phone/fax: +48 12 422 03 90
Bookshop at the Jewish Culture Center
ul. Meisselsa 17, 31-058 Krakow, POLAND
Phone:+48 12 423 59 29
Interface in English - specializes in rare and second-hand books.
Wydawnictwo Stanislaw Krycinski
ul. Zabinskiego 9/41, 02-793 Warszawa POLAND
A note on the Internet mentioned this publisher's detailed, three-volume
series on villages in the Bieszczady region of southeastern Poland. I
could find no further information, but those with roots in that region
might want to write this address and learn more.
MORE LISTS OF BOOKSTORES
"Polish Connections," ZEM Software, page with many links, including books,
Interface in Polish - actually this is not a list but an on-line magazine
with information on books in Poland. It has numerous links and an extensive
list of publishers, bookstores, etc.
POLISH LIBRARIES HOME PAGES
(Polish Library in Washington, D.C.)
Suite 185, 3044 Bloor Street West, Etobicoke ON M8X 2Y8, CANADA
Phone: 416-236-4865; fax: 416-766-5704
Yevshan Communications Inc.
P.O. Box 325, Beaconsfield QC H9W 5T8, CANADA
Offers books, videos, music, software, etc. of Ukrainian interest.
MAPS OF POLAND
Ukrainian Book Store, P.O. Box 1649 - 10215 - 97 Street, Edmonton AL T5J
Phone 780-422-4255; fax 780-425-1439
If you happen to be in Poland, Robert Oldowski (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
wrote of a great map store in Warsaw, located about a 15-minute walk southeast
of the Warsaw Central Train Station. "They have maps of areas throughout
Poland. The store has a small master map of Poland marked off showing
what area each detail map covers, from which you can order. You should
have a pretty precise idea of what sections you want. I found one or two
people who spoke a little English.
"The finest detail in stock was 1:25,000 scale. At this scale, each map
covers a grid 10 km by 16 km (6 by 10 miles), and is 19 by 31 inches in
size. The maps I bought were produced in the 1980's. Each is in color,
topographical, and shows the terrain, the roads and such, the names of
all the communities in the area, even specks representing houses and farms
in the rural areas. Each map cost 3 zloty, which is about $1.
"Unfortunately, they said you must purchase the maps in person; they
do NOT mail them out. Here is the address:
Centralny Ogrodek Dokumentacji
Geodezyjnej i Kartograficznej
00-926 Warszawa, ul. Zurawia 3/5, Punkt Sprzedazy Map, Poland
Phone: +48 22 661 83 54, fax +48 22 628 68 85
"Open Monday through Friday 8:30 to 3:30."