In Their Words: Polish – A Genealogist’s Translation Guide

Authors: Jonathan Shea and William F. Hoffman

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.


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