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Research Guide Index General Genealogy Polish Genealogy Heraldry Periodicals Genealogical Bookstores General Genealogy Ancestry’s Guide to Research by J. Cerny and A. Eakle. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry Publishing. A great book for beginning genealogists! Tracing Your Ancestry by F. Wilbur Helmbold. Another good resource for American genealogy. The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy by […]

Polish Surnames: Origins & Meanings, 3rd Ed., Book & CD

Author: William F. Hoffman (Third Edition, Revised)

Volume 1: Softcover; 2012; 260pp; 6”x9”
ISBN: 978-0-924207-13-6

Volume I consists of 12 chapters focusing on the history of surname development and name suffixes (such as ski, czak, owitz and more) and may serve to solve some the mysteries resulting from the twists and turns of family names. It also looks at the various categories into which names can be classified and other ethnicities—Czech, German, Lithuanian, Ukrainian and Jewish.

CD Volume II: ISBN: 978-0-924207-15-0

Volume II is an index of some 50,000 common surnames, organized by the roots the names are derived from, with an indication of the number of Polish citizens that bore each name as of 2002. The CD contains English and Polish font searchable PDFs.

Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings, 3rd Ed, 2 volume book set

Author: William F. Hoffman (Third Edition, Revised)

Volume 1: Softcover; 2012; 260pp; 6”x9”
ISBN: 978-0-924207-13-6

Volume I consists of 12 chapters focusing on the history of surname development and name suffixes (such as ski, czak, owitz and more) and may serve to solve some the mysteries resulting from the twists and turns of family names. It also looks at the various categories into which names can be classified and other ethnicities—Czech, German, Lithuanian, Ukrainian and Jewish.

Volume II: Softcover; 2012; 936pp; 6”x9”
ISBN: 978-0-924207-14-3

Volume II is an index of some 50,000 common surnames, organized by the roots the names are derived from, with an indication of the number of Polish citizens that bore each name as of 2002.

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PGSA 2019 Annual Conference

Register Now!!! — ONLINE or BY MAIL — Download a Conference Schedule   Speakers • Ola Heska – Ola received her M.A. in Russian Philology from Łódź University, Poland. She works as a genealogist and translator. For over 20 years, she has been researching her family roots. Fluent in Polish, Russian, and English, with some […]

2017 Rodziny – Fall 2017

Table of Contents for Rodziny Fall 2017

President’s Column, Chet Szerlag…………………………………………………1

Letters to the Editor………………………………………………………………………..2

Upcoming PGSA Meeting……………………………………………………………..2

From Our Correspondent in Poland: How the Tsar Decimated

the Polish Nobility, Iwona Dakiniewicz………………………………..3

A list of Selected Lublin Gubernia Applicants for

Certification of Nobility………………………………………………………….5

First Year of Schenectadians John and Julia (Polek)

Jakubczak’s Sojourn in Buffalo, New York (1925–1960):

Their Cousins – The Frank Jakubczaks of Its Black Rock

District, Leonard F. Jakubczak, Ph.D.…………………………………….7

Gems of Polish Genealogy at the Newberry Library…………….. 16

Book Review—Polish Immigration to America: When,

Why, How, and Where………………………………………………………….. 17

Remembering Those Who Died in World War I, Richard

Warmowski…………………………………………………………………………… 18

What Exactly Was a “Colony”?, William F. Hoffman………………… 20

“Kronika Bukowsko” on DVD, Debbie Greenlee………………………. 22

Memoirs of a Peasant: From Serfdom to Today, Chapter

Eleven, Part Three, Jan Słomka………………………………………….. 23

From the Słownik Geograficzny…………………………………………………. 27

Articles of Interest……………………………………………………………………….. 31

Index to Surnames Mentioned in This Issue…………………………… 32

2015 Rodziny – Winter 2015

Table of Contents for Rodziny Winter 2015

News and Notes from the President………………………….1

Letters to the Editor………………………………………………..1

The Fourth Partition, Czwarta Dzielnica…………………….2

From Our Correspondent in Poland—Time for the

Nobles, Iwona Dakiniewicz………………………………..3

Meet the 2015–2106 Board Members……………………….5

We Need You!………………………………………………………..8

Notebook Subscribers…………………………………………….8

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!…………………………………8

A Review of the Cloud-Based Course: The Guide to

Documentation and Source Citation, Leonard

F. Jakubczak, Ph.D…………………………………………..9

Comments on the Surname Dymek, William F.

Hoffman……………………………………………………….. 11

From the Library—Did They Come to Chicago?,

Virginia Witucke……………………………………………..13

Memoirs of a Peasant: From Serfdom to Today,

Chapter Three, Jan Słomka……………………………..14

From the Słownik Geograficzny: Chotowa, Łączki

Kucharskie, Ropczyce, Sędziszów Małopolski……25

Articles of Interest…………………………………………………31

Index to Surnames Mentioned in This Issue…………….32

2014 Rodziny – Winter 2014

Table of Contents for Rodziny Winter 2014

News and Notes from the President…………………………………..1

Letters to the Editor…………………………………………………………1

From Our Correspondent in Poland—The Wandering Archive

of Archbishop Baziak, Iwona Dakiniewicz…………………….3

PGSA Wants You! Become a Board Candidate, Rosalie

Lindberg………………………………………………………………….6

A Project Worth Supporting, Ola Heska……………………………..7

PGSA’s February Meeting………………………………………………..7

Salt Lake City—Spring into Research, Rosalie Lindberg………8

From the Library—Donating Genealogies, Virginia Witucke….8

Academic Corporations and “Lechia”, Ed Rozylowicz…………..9

Tips from Eric Basir, Author of “Ask the Retoucher”……………15

Genealogist’s Bookshelf: An Important Tool to Finding

Your Polish Roots, Rosalie Lindberg………………………….16

In Their Words … Volume III: Latin, Andrew Podraza…………17

Cremation—A Worrisome Problem for Genealogy, Len

Kurdek…………………………………………………………………..18

Peasant Uprising in Tajno in 1853: Using Parish and Civil

Records to Flesh Out a Village Story, Jay Orbik………….20

More on Record Entries “Bez Nazwiska,” Without a

Surname, William F. Hoffman……………………………………25

From the Słownik Geograficzny………………………………………29

Articles of Interest………………………………………………………….31

Index to Surnames Mentioned in This Issue……………………..32

2013 Rodziny – Winter 2013

Table of Contents for Rodziny Winter 2013

News and Notes from the President……………………… 1

Letter from the Editor………………………………………….. 1

From Our Correspondent in Poland: How to Find

Living Relatives, Iwona Dakiniewicz……………….. 3

PGS Elections, David Lewandowski…………………….. 5

Meet the 2013-2014 Board Members……………………. 5

From the Library: Tour Guidebooks, Virginia

Witucke, guest author Cynthia Piech………………. 8

Birth-Baptism Intervals for Polish Children, John L.

Rys…………………………………………………………….. 9

Ignatius K. Schultz: Polish Immigrant and

Entrepreneur, Joseph F. Martin…………………….. 12

Tips from Eric Basir, The Author of “Ask the

Retoucher”………………………………………………… 15

Walter L. Sojka: A Funeral Director in Chicago’s

Polish Downtown, Kenneth P. Nowakowski……. 16

Excerpt from The Town of Nakel and Its HIstory,

Prof. R. Heidrich, translated by William F.

Hoffman……………………………………………………. 23

From the Słownik Geograficzny: Krościenko………… 27

Articles of Interest…………………………………………….. 31

Index to Surnames Mentioned in This Issue………… 32

2012 Rodziny – Fall 2012

Table of Contents for Rodziny Fall 2012

News and Notes from the President…………………………….1

Letters to the Editor…………………………………………………..1

PGSA’s November Meeting……………………………………….2

Daniel J. Kij, RIP……………………………………………………….2

From Our Correspondent in Poland: Belarus, A

Pleasant Surprise!, Iwona Dakiniewicz…………………..3

Countdown to Publication, Rosalie Lindberg…………………5

The Toledo Polish Genealogical Society Celebrates

Its Tenth Anniversary, 2002-2012, Rosemary

A. Chorzempa…………………………………………………….6

From the Library: Genealogy Online, Virginia Witucke……8

Digital Reprint of St. Hedwig’s Centennial Anniversary

Book…………………………………………………………………8

Respecting Polish Heritage—A Review of The Crowned

White Eagle: My Polish Heritage, reviewed by

Magdalene & Arthur A. Wagner…………………………….9

The Benefits of Digital Rodziny…………………………………..9

Nowy Targ, Poland and Schenectady, New York—

A Very Special Relationship, Phyllis Zych Budka…..10

Excerpt from A History of Masuria by Max Pollux

Toeppen, translated by William F. Hoffman…………..16

From the Słownik Geograficzny: Brześć Kujawski,

Ryn, Stary Brześć……………………………………………..24

Articles of Interest……………………………………………………31

Index to Surnames Mentioned in This Issue……………….32

2012 Rodziny – Winter 2012

Table of Contents for Rodziny Winter 2012

News and Notes from the President……………………… 1

Society Announcements……………………………………… 2

From Our Correspondent in Poland: The

Gubernia Military Police Department,

Iwona Dakiniewicz……………………………………….. 3

It’s Not Too Late!………………………………………………………5

The Five Sisters, Kenneth P. Nowakowski………………….6

Don’t Throw These Papers Out!, William F. Hoffman…..13

Ask the Retoucher, Eric Basir…………………………….. 16

From the Library: The Family Tree Sourcebook,

Virginia Witucke…………………………………………. 17

Upcoming PGSA General Meeting……………………… 17

The “Twins,” Margaret Baker……………………………… 18

Titanic: The Polish Perspective, David Greenlee….. 22

From the Słownik Geograficzny: Gołęczyna,

Korczyn, Krzywa, Nowe Miasto Korczyn……….. 23

Articles of Interest…………………………………………….. 31

Index to Surnames Mentioned in This Issue………… 32

In Their Words – Polish – ELECTRONIC VERSION – 10.4 MB pdf

In Their Words: A Genealogist’s Translation Guide to Polish, German, Latin, and Russian Documents – Volume I: Polish – ELECTRONIC VERSION

Authors: Jonathan Shea and William F. Hoffman

This will be downloaded as a 10.4 MB pdf file.

Acclaimed translation guides written with the Polish genealogist in mind.> These volumes reproduce and analyze in detail dozens of documents in Polish and Russian. These are the kinds of documents your research is likely to encounter – and not just birth, marriage and death records but also passports, obituaries, population registers, military service records, and so on.

In addition, each book gives information on the language’s alphabet, spelling, pronunciation, and standard handwriting; lists thousands of the terms most often encountered in documents; provides information on how to locate records in America and Europe; offers a series of maps illustrating the history of Poland; and includes a whole chapter on using gazetteers to locate your ancestral villages and thus determine which archives are likely to have documents relating to your family, along with contact information for those archives and help writing letters to them.