List of Translators

The Polish Genealogical Society of America has compiled the following list of translators who will provide translation services for a fee. Please send a photocopy of an original document along with a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE). Please include your e-mail address, if available, for a faster price quote. The PGSA makes no recommendations or endorsements.

Legend: Ph: Phone; e-m: email; F: Fax; LP: Language Preferences; LE: Language Education; Ws: Website

Dennis Baranov, Krasnoyarsk, Russia (Siberia). Works as a genealogist  in the archives of the Krasnoyarsk region of Russia, as well as other areas of the country, in  addition to former Soviet Union countries such as Ukraine, Belarus, etc.  He works with records to do the research. Because his webpage is in Russian, he is listing his e-m address as: [email protected]

Michaline Bak, 10401 N. Cave Creek Rd. #48, Phoenix, AZ 85020. e-m: [email protected] Ws:  I translate Polish Genealogy which includes all types of certificates, records and documents including “old Polish” script and copies of microfilmed records. Most translations are done within 24 – 48 hrs. Very reasonable rates!

Jadwiga Cyparska, 2426 N. Kennicott Dr., #1B, Arlington Heights, IL 60004. Ph: (847) 476-1852; e-m:[email protected]; LP: Polish, Russian and German.  Email or send photocopy for price quote.

Ola Heska, 115 S. River St., Batavia, IL 60510. Ph (630) 313-9506, e-m: [email protected]; LP: Polish, English, Russian; LE:MA in Russian, Lodz University, Poland. Native of Poland, lived in Russia, experience with Old Russian handwriting and Old Church Slavonic. Offers translation extracts from vital records (per hour fee). Will travel to Chicago area Family History Centers to assist in research (1 hr minimum fee). References.

Peter D. Hays, 2159 Harris Alley #2, OR 97405. Ph: (541) 485-6254; LP: Any European language into English – Polish, Czech, Hungarian, German, Russian, Ukrainian, Latin – experienced with archaic, dialectical, and archival terminology, older spelling and handwriting, and translations from the Slownik Geograficzny. LE: Graduate work, 10 languages, University of Oregon, GPA 4.0. Lived in France and Germany. Send photocopy for price quote.

Karol Jarzynski: e-m: [email protected]; LP: Polish, Russian; Offers inexpensive document translations.

Jolanta Kulinska: e-m: [email protected]; Ws:; LP: Polish, English. Very reasonable and good turn around time.

Renata Milewski, 1119 Barberry Lane, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056.Ph: (847) 590-5457; e-m: [email protected]; LP: Polish. LE: MA in Slavic Philology. Send photocopy for price quote.

Aron Raszkiewicz, ul. Kopernika 34/9, 27-400 Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski. Ph: +48 791 590 687, e-m: [email protected]; Ws:
LP: English, German, Polish, Russian; specializes in finding family in all three partitions. Contact for price quote.

Dorota Rzymska, Ph.D. Slavic Languages Services, P.O. Box 34-1197, Los Angeles, CA 90034. Ph: (310) 836-7246; F: (310) 836-7306; e-m: [email protected]; LP: 1) English into Polish, Russian, Czech, Slovak, 2) Polish, Russian, Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian, Byelorussian, Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian into English; LE: Polish, Russian, Czech, Slovak. Send photocopy for price quote

Ann C. Sherwin, Ws:; LP: German to English; LE: BA & MA in German, certified by American Translators Association for German-English since 1984; specializes in genealogy, good with old script. Send copy for price quote.


Revised: 10/8

Translation Guides

The following are references you can view or purchase that will help you translate many old documents yourself.

Russian Language Documents from Russian Poland: Translation Manual for Genealogists by Jonathan D. Shea. Available through the author, 8 Lyle Road, New Britain, CT 06053

If I Can You Can Decipher Germanic Records by Edna M. Bentz. Available through Tamara Bentz, 9150-187 Gramercy Drive, San Diego, CA 92123-4001, [email protected].