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Ask a Librarian – Library of Congress
Compiled Bibliographies/Library Collections
Catholic Worldwide Research Guide
DNA Testing
For Starters (Guides for Novices)
Fraternal Organizations
Genealogical Sources from Dworzaczek’s Genealogia
Medical Terms
Military Genealogy
Miscellany (Alphabets, Computer Fonts, DNA etc.)
National Obituary Archive
Online Genealogy Index
PGSA Information Exchange
PGSA Translation Guides and Translators
Regional International Research Sources
Regional U. S. Research Sources
Resource Addresses
Researchers & Guides/Travel

PGSA Translation Guides

A Crash Course in Polish:Words You Can Use by Fred Hoffman
Notes from a talk given at the 2002 PGSA Conference.

First Name Translation Guide
English, Latin. Polish and German

Letter Writing to Poland
Two forms of Letter Writing are given to obtain genealogical information.

Obituary Translation Guide
Useful in translating obituaries found in the many Polish newspapers published in the U.S.

Polish Alphabet and Pronunciations

Polish Church Name Translations

Polish Genealogical Dictionary

Polish Name and Location Examples

Translating Polish/Russian Records

Translation Aid for Napoleonic Format
Providing aid in translating records written in the Napoleonic format (in Polish and Russian).

Translation System
New free English-Polish bidirectional full automatic translation system. Our expert translator’s opinion is that it does not approach the quality of a good human’s translators work but the quality is good enough in getting some gist of a passage, especially when translating Polish to English.

Translation Tips
by Fred Hoffman at the 2001 Conference of the PGSA.

From around the world.

Compiled Bibliographies/Library Collections

Polish Military Bibliography
Useful in locating books of interest to Military research.

Polish Museum Library Genealogical Collection (in Acrobat form)
The Polish Museum houses the PGSA collection along with many other materials of interest in your research.

Reference Collection Recommendations
Want to build a personal reference collection? PGSA compiled this guide to help you decide what may be a valuable addition to have.

Resource Addresses

Addresses of Polish Parishes

Genealogy Indexes, Records & Databases

Genealogia Polska
Polish Parish Infomation

Genealogical Sources in Poland and Lithuania
Learn more about how to approach research your Polish ancestors who came from Lithuanian lands.

Lutherans Online

Polish State Archives SEZAM Database

Polish Diocese Addresses
Where to write to request archival records. This list was compiled from the latest Polish National Archives directory.

US Military Personnel Records

WW II Polish Soldiers buried in France

Fraternal Organizations

Polish Fraternal Benefit Societies
Polish Falcons
Polish National Alliance (PNA)
Polish National Union
Polish Roman Catholic Union
Polish Women’s Alliance

For Starters (Guides for Novices)

Genealogical Sources from Dworzaczek’s Genealogia
– as translated by William F. Hoffman. It is of great value to beginners.

Compiling an Oral History
Useful tips on how to collect family history from living relatives.

Family Tree Searcher
Makes your seach for family trees on the Internet easier.

Freedom of Information Act
Learn what the law allows and how to use it to your benefit when requesting government records.

The Genealogical Society of Utah: Worldwide Activities

Genealogy: Advice for Effective Searches
Customized advice on the most effective next steps in your genealogical search.

How to Tips for Beginners
If you are stumped on where to go next, this guide will help get you back on course.

How to Trace your Family Tree
Another source to get you started on your quest.

Help! I’m Lost Help
A guide to on-line genealogy

RootsPoland Research

Searching Ellis Island – One Step

Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Family Immigration History Center

Writing your Personal History
How to document your family history now that you’ve gathered the exciting details.

Virtual University class on Internet Genealogy
Useful Genealogical Information


Other Polish Genealogical Societies

Ancestry- the Polish Connection
Avotaynu Home Page (Jewish genealogy)

Czech & Slovak Genealogy Society

DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society

Eastern European Genealogy Society

Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS)

Illinois State Archives

Kashubian Association of North America (KANA)

LDS Family History Resources
Lithuanian Global Genealogy Society

NGS (National Genealogical Society)
NGS on Line Newletter – UpFront with NGS

Polish American Historical Association (PAHA)
Polish Nobility Association Foundation (PNAF)

Silesia Club-USA
Silesian Genealogical Society
South Shore Genealogical Society (IL)
Southeast Side, The (IL)

U.S. National Archives & Records Administration

Surnames & Given Names

Kashub-Polish Surname Anthology
For those with a Kashubian background, learn more about your surname and its distibution in North America.

Mutilation: the Fate of Eastern European Names in America by William F. Hoffman

Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings
Notes on selected surnames that do not appear in the second edition of this definitive work by Fred Hoffman.

Prawdzik Surname Website Project
A genealogy of our immigrant ancestors

Surnames from East and West Galizien

U. S. Surname Distribution
Shows distribution of 50,000 of the most commonly occurring names in the US.

What Does Your Given Name Mean

DNA Testing

DNA Heritage

Family Tree DNA

Oxford Ancestors

Medical Terms

Archiic Medical Terms – Genealogy Quest

Are Strange Diseases of Ancestors Interpreted in 20th Century Terms?

Diseases of Yeasteryear


Genealogy and Military Records

Military Genealogy


American WWII Orphans Network

Carpathian Mountain Lemko People

Census Information Online
Information by State and County.

Cyrillic Script
Handy when you are trying to interpret the Russian language documents you’ve located.

Expert Geneology Search

European Focus
Photos of Your Ancestral Town – Private Genealogical Research Trips

Family Genealogical Newsletter
An Acrobat pdf download describing how to prepair a family genealogical news letter, in print and on the Internet.

Find a Grave
Information on cemeteries in the United States.

Immigration History Research Center News OnLine

Infobel International Telephone Directory

Internet Telephone Directories

Krakow by Light
It’s all about photographs – actually daguerrotypes.

Latin Terms and Phrases

Molecular Genealogy Research Project
Genealogists with Polish roots are invited to become participants of this DNA Research Project

Perpetual Calendar

Polish Alphabet
Having trouble deciphering the nomenclature used to designate Polish Fonts? This will unravel the mystery.

Polish Telephone Yellow Pages in English

Polish Telephone Directories at the Library of Congress

Supersearch for Genealogy – A combined index of various search engines.

Virtual University – Internet Genealogy

Visual Genealogical Website
AncientFaces is a free visual genealogical website. It contains thousands of old photographs.

You Can Create Your Own Time Line

ZABA People Search
Free People Search and Public Information Search Engine


A list of Polish Researchers and Guides

A general listing of available travel resources to use when planning a trip to Poland.

Poland Hotel Guide and Travel Center

Polonia House in Pultusk
A genuine Polish castle with an 800-year history. Situated on a hill overlooking Narew River, it borders the Biala Forest.

Information portal about Poland offering discount hotel and car reservations.