What is our Purpose?

“Polish Genealogical Societies Involved in Digitizing Church Records”

This directory is a first step to build awareness and mobilize local researchers to volunteer in the effort to transcribe and or digitize Polish vital records before they fall victim to the ravages of time and are lost forever.

We have developed this initial listing of sites which contains (transcribed or digital) records to inform you of who is currently involved in the transcription / digitization process, where the current records are and how you as individuals can access these records in your personal research.

In addition we intend to identify and encourage you to join the “efforts” of those with “feet on the ground” in Poland who are requesting “volunteer participation” to progress this national project to transcribe or digitize the records of specific archival or religious sites.

We will use this as page as our primary means to communicate with you, our visitors and the visitors / members of the sites that we have jointly linked.

How Can You Help

In your individual research you may have identified sites which (not here in listed) that contain transcribed or digitized records. Please be our eyes and ears and bring them to our attention. We will seek permission to link and add them to our collection.

“Volunteer” as we identify opportunities with our website partners. Our visitor’s have always reached out to help as asked. I have listed two opportunities below, one which may be familiar to all and one which is relatively new. We promise to keep this fresh and up to date.

Poznan Marriage Indexing Project …. Many of you including myself have donated time and effort here. Here is one of the best examples of how to do a project with worldwide volunteer participation Join the Project

Project Basia

http://www.basia.famula.pl/en/ Go To Site

The indexing of records scanned by the National Archive, an effort similar to the “Posen Marriage DB” … They are seeking volunteers to index Join the Project.

For additional information, help or to comment please contact:

Jim Piechorowski
Polish Researcher

[email protected]


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Polish Sites of National Scope

“Many Polish pages will have limited or no English translation buttons … Consider using Google Chrome automatic translation bars to make your experience more productive … https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/173424?hl=en”

PTG – Polskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne
PTG- Polish Genealogical Society in Poland NAT
http://genealodzy.pl/ Go To Site
This web site is available in Polish and English versions
Geneteka.genealodzy.pl/ Go To Site
Geneteka is a database created by the Polish Genealogical Society in Poland. It is the largest database on Polish genealogy, containing over 10 million indexes from many regions of Poland For how to use instructions see: https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Geneteka_database
http://metryki. genealodzy.pl Go To Site
Metryki - “Metrics” is a database created by Polish Genealogical Society in Poland. It contains number of vital record indexes. The link above will bring you to a schedule of locations and specific churches that have been filmed. The locations and churches showing “0” will not have records those with a numeric reference will. (click) on the church name. You may also access records via the opracowane indesky – developed Index tab in the top navigation bar (it looks like a step ladder) follow the same access procedure described above. You may also access the developed index of digitized documents at http://metryki.genealodzy.pl/rejestry.php
Katalog Zasobów Metrykalnych
Catalog of Vital Records
http://parafie.genealodzy.pl Go To Site
This site is in Polish with no English aids, however it is easy to navigate and provides the user with valuable information on Parishes across Poland.
Polish National Archives NAT
http://szukajwarchiwach.pl/ Go To Site
This site is in Polish with some English aids. “it is intimidating”, but here is a guide to find what’s digitized. Thank You to Paul Rakow of www.polishorigins.com


Go to the web-site http://www.szukajwarchiwach.pl/

Close the white pop-up with the title "Bazy danych w archiwach panstwowych"; or "Databases in state archives" by clicking on the grey X in the top right corner.

Click the Union Jack (or the German or Polish flag if you prefer)

Click the box "only with scans / tylko ze skanami" below the search box

Select the tab "Everything / Wszystko" above the search box

Type the place name (Kutno-Lublin-Szubin) that you are interested in … into the search box

Click "Search/Szukaj" … See what comes up - there are lots of places that still have nothing on line, it will probably take years for the online material to catch up with the LDS microfilms, and even longer for the online material to get anywhere close to what is available if you visit an archive in Poland. But, you might get lucky, especially if you have several places to try.

Genealogia Polska – GENPOL
Polish Genealogy – GENPOL NAT
http://www.genpol.com/ Go To Site


Webmaster [email protected]
The general site is in Polish and some English, you must log in (free) to use the message board or search functions available.
Project: – GenBaza
http://metryki.genbaza.com Go To Site
Here you will find here digitized vitals for Kielce - RPL , Grodzisk - GPL, Koszalin - GPL, Pultusk - RPL, Sandomierz - RPL, Lodz - RPL in Southeastern Poland.
Ksiegi Parafialne
Books of the Parish NAT
http://www.ksiegi-parafialne.pl/ Go To Site
The general site is in Polish with English help, although there is a log and register I could not get it to function. No need you can access everything. This site is an index of transcribed records organized by administrative unit. At the top of the page click Woj. And select Lodzkie you will find a table organized by Parish, vital record and the site where it may be accessed. Play with it a while and you will find it quite friendly
Jewish Records Indexing – Poland NAT
http://jri-poland.org/ Go To Site
This site is in English and very user friendly. You will need to register and log in to access the database and /or use a number of other tools in the site. It contains predominately Jewish families but you may find help if your ancestor was living in a Jewish Shtetl (Town or viliage with a large Jewish population) http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Poland/. This site is worth a look for its many tools

The Partitions of Poland

The Partitions of Poland or Partitions of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth were a series of three partitions which took place in the second half of the 18th century and ultimately ended the existence of a sovereign Poland and Lithuania, its partner in the Commonwealth, for 123 years. The partitions were conducted by the Russian Empire, the Kingdom of Prussia and Hapsburg Austria, which divided up the Commonwealth lands among themselves progressively in the process of territorial seizures.

The First Partition was decided on August 5, 1772. Two decades later, Russian and Prussian troops entered the Commonwealth again and the Second Partition was signed on January 23, 1793. Austria did not participate in the Second Partition. The Third Partition took place on October 24, 1795, in reaction to the unsuccessful Polish Kosciuszko Uprising the previous year. With this partition, the Commonwealth ceased to exist.

In Polish historiography, the term “Fourth Partition” has also been used, in reference to any subsequent annexation of Polish lands by foreign invaders. Depending on source and historical period, this could mean the events of 1815 through 1939, bringing the total number of Poland's names for acts of enslavement to neighboring empires up to seven. The term "Fourth Partition" in a temporal sense can also mean the diaspora communities that played important political role in reestablishing the Polish sovereign state after 1918.

Polish Sites in the German Partition

Kujawsko-Pomorskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne


Kuyavian-Pomeranian Genealogical Society GPL


http://kptg.pl/ Go To Site
This site is in Polish with no English aids. I did not find any digitized vitals in the tab area Nekropolis you will find an excellent transcription of the cemetery in Torun. In addition http://www.nasze.kujawsko-pomorskie.pl/o-portalu.html is an excellent description of the Kujawsko - Pomorskie Province.

Ahnenforschunf in Schlesien
Genealogy in Silesia
http/:ahneforschung.pl/?page_id42 Go To Site
This site is in German with no english aids. It contains the digitized records for the Wroclaw-Breslau. You will need to download DjVue to see the records.

Szpejankowskich i Szepejenkowskich Rodziny (Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodship)
Szpejankowski and Szepejenkowski Family GPL
http://szpejankowski.eu/index.php/en/metryki-wykazy-osob/102.html Go To Site
The Szpejankowski family has its roots in the village of Strzygi in the administrative district of Gmina Osiek within Brodnicka County, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodship , in north-central Poland. It lies approximately 5 kilometres (3 mi) south of Osiek, 15 km (9 mi) south of Brodnica, and 53 km (33 mi) east of Torun. This beautiful site family site contains indexes for nearly every church in the region and is a excellent resource for those with family in this area. Very easy to navigate and well laid out.

Lubuskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne
Lubusz Genealogical Society GPL
http://www.ltg.zg.pl/ Go To Site
This site in Polish with no English aids .... I did not find any digitized vitals here but it the tab areas"Pliki" or files you will find a transcription of 5000 Polish officers interned at Woldenberg Camp.


Polish State Archives, Olsztyn branch, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship GPL
http://olsztyn.ap.gov.pl/baza/wynik.php Go To Site
This site is in Polish with no English assistance. Olsztyn is the capital of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship in North Eastern Poland. The digitized records are primarily from the German era and you may have to determine the German name for your Polish village to be successful. The link will bring you to the dialog search table. The tab zespo?u will give you groups of records and Nazwa oryginalna - Original Name will give you a defined area. Just play with it for a bit. There is a wealth of records but the naming is mixed German - Polish. It's not friendly, but it is worth the look.

Genealogia Kresowa
Genealogy Kresy (Borderlands-Poland and Lithuania) GPL
http://genealogia.kresowa.info/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1 Go To Site
This site is in Polish with no English aids. The Kresy (Borderlands) library includes scanned vital records of State Archives in Lithuania. You must register to use the site. Then see: Akta Parafiiane - parish records, the site is rich in digitized documents, books and records.

Pomorskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne
Pomeranian Genealogy Society GPL
http://www.ptg.gda.pl/ Go To Site
This site is in Polish and English, easy to navigate and dedicated to indexing vital records in Pomerania. They work with the Diocesan Archives in Pelplin to index / transcribe vitals and photograph grave markers in the region. For a geographic definition of Pomerania see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Pomerania_%281815%E2%80%931945%29

Poznan Marriage Indexing Project GPL
http://bindweed.man.poznan.pl/posen/project.php Go To Site
This site is the work of Lukasz Bielecki in Poland and a host of volunteers around the world (myself included). The site allows one to search for marriage data primarily in the German Partition. The URL above will take you to the Polish version, but an English version is available upon request at the very top of the page. It's really not necessary as the site is very user friendly. Go to the dialog box Pan m?ody – Groom and the input box Imie – name, use the drop down to select the given name if listed. If not select Dowolne – Any. Next move to the dialog box Nazwisko-Surname and enter it ... if you are unsure of spelling you can wildcard the entry. If you know the same information for the Bride - Panna m?oda enter it and press Szukaj-Search or if finished Wyczysc-Clear. You may search for bride, groom or both to receive information. If you know the Region your family lived in you can speed the search by selecting it in the drop down dialog box. Now the downside, this is a very busy site and sometimes you just can't get in ... go back ...it's worth it ... This site is a prime example of a job well done!

Wielkopolskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne „Gniazdo"
Genealogical Society of Great Poland "Gniazdo" meaning Nest. GPL
http://www.wtg-gniazdo.org/ Go To Site
This site is in Polish (some English assistance) dedicated to indexing the vital records in Greater Poland Voivodeship (also known as Wielkopolska Province, or Województwo Wielkopolskie). You must register to use the site.

Project http://www.basia.famula.pl/en/ Go To Site The indexing of records scanned by the National Archive an effort similar to the "Posen Marriage DB" ... To access available scans go to http://www.basia.famula.pl/en/rezerwacja . If you would like to participate in the transcription effort, please contact the administrator at www.basia.famula.pl/en/kontakt Go To Site

Polish Sites in the Russian Partition

Eastern Borderlands (Ukraine, Russia Jewish Pale, etc.) RPL
http://www.agad.gov.pl/inwentarze/testy.html Go To Site
This site is in Polish with no English translation tabs but it's not that difficult to navigate and contains a wealth of digitized information. It concentrates in the areas of eastern Poland, Ukraine and Russia once a part of the greater Polish – Lithuanian empire. The home page will give you a list of selections (click) and you will go to an archive header page, scroll down to Inwentarz – Inventory and (click) galleria ze skanami ... Gallery of Scans .... ENJOY!!!

Slupca Genealogy RPL
www.slupcagenealogy.com Go To Site
This English language site maintained by Alisa Loeper has transcribed vital records for 11 parishes in Slupca County (with more in process). This area was under German or Russian governance over the years. It is very user friendly and must see for any with family in this region. There are no digitized records as of yet.

Swietokrzyskie towarzystwo genealogiczne
Swietokrzyskie Genealogical Society (Located in Kielce) RPL
http://www.genealodzy-kielce.pl/cms/index.php Go To Site
Kielce is a city in central Poland of 204,891 inhabitants (June 2009). It is also the capital city of the Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship (Holy Cross Voivodeship) since 1999, previously in Kielce Voivodeship (1919–1939, 1945–1998). The city is located in the middle of the Swietokrzyskie Mountains (Holy Cross Mountains), at the banks of Silnica river, in northern part of the historical Polish province of Lesser Poland. This is a one page site in Polish with one project site of the Old Kielce Cemetery in addition to a forum. It is included as a contact for those with ancestors in the area. We will monitor the site for expansion in the future.

Archiwum Panstwowe m.st. Warszawy (Pultusk) RPL
State Archive the Capital City of Warsaw (Pultusk Branch)
http://www.warszawa.ap.gov.pl Go To Site
This site is in Polish with some English aids. To search the transcribed files go tohttp://www.warszawa.ap.gov.pl/indeksy.html simply enter the name you are searching or a wild card version. Within the tab wyszukiwarki – search you will be directed to a number of addition records.

Grajewskiej Izby Historycznej
Grajewski Historical Chamber (Podlaskie Voivodeship) RPL
http://gih.grajewo.pl/pradziad1.html Go To Site
Grajewo, is a town in north-eastern Poland with 23,302 inhabitants. It is situated in the Podlaskie Voivodeship; previously, it was in ?om?a Voivodeship. It is the capital of Grajewo County. In this site you will find the vital records of Holy Trinity Parish (1826 to 1870). This site is the effort of the local government.

Stankiewicz z Przyjaciolmi
Stankiewicz and Friends (Masovian Voivodeship) RPL
http://stankiewicze.com Go To Site
This site in Polish with no English aids, however it is easy to navigate and rich in data, maps and documentation for those with family in north-central Poland, situated in the Masovian Voivodeship
Janusz Stankiewicz is the webmaster of this privately owned site.

Parafia Sw. Bartlomieja w Opoczno
Parish of St. Bartholmew in Opoczno (Lodz Voivodeship) RPL
http://www.fara.opoczno.pl/metryki/metryki.php Go To Site
Opoczno is a town in south-central Poland, in eastern part of Lodz Voivodeship (since 1999), previously in Piotrkow Trybunalski Voivodeship (since 1975–1998). It has a long and rich history, and in the past it used to be one of the most important urban centers of northwestern Lesser Poland. The site is an example of the Catholic Church extending its metrics to the world community.

Lubelskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne
Lublin Genealogy Society RPL
http://www.ltg.pl/ Go To Site
This site is in Polish (no English assistance) and dedicated to indexing the vital records of the Diocese of Lublin. See: http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/diocese/dlubl.htmlFor Lublin online records see: http://regestry.lubgens.eu/news.php

Polish Sites in the Austrian Partition

Towarzystwo Genealogiczne Ziemi Cz?stochowskiej
Genealogical Society of Czestochowa APL
http://www.genealodzy.czestochowa.pl/ Go To Site
This site in Polish with no English aids, however the sidebar is in English which is helpful. In the sidebar go to "Digital Library" to find a number of links to other resources or go to "Family Search" to be taken to the LDS transcription and digitized images for this area .... Easy to navigate but you will need a little Polish to get by.

Ma?opolskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne
The Lesser Poland Genealogical Society (Ma?opolskie Province) APL
http://www.mtg-malopolska.org.pl/ Go To Site
This site is in Polish with no English aids .... I did not find any digitized vitals here but in the tab area KSI?GI METRYKALNE-Registry Books and CMENTARZE WOJENNE – War Cemeteries you will find transcribed church vitals, grave marker photo's and comment that are worth a look for those with family in Malposkie. You may need a DJVU viewer for some of these files. For geographic definition http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesser_Poland_Voivodeship

Archiwum Narodowe w Krakowie


National Archives in Krakow APL
http://www.ank.gov.pl/ Go To Site
This site has been recently upgraded and contains an abundance of material. For starters click > Zasob I Udostepnianie (Our archives and how to use them)>Informacja o archiwliach(Information about archives)> Zbiory online (Stock online) and from this point on it will be evident that there are digital copies to be opened, etc. Also click the tab titled Dla Genealoga---click 1890-----this will take you to a digital library and another malopolska digital library that appears to have some cadastral maps and many, many other hot spots-links. Thanks to PGSA member Harry Kurek, for comments on this Archive.

The Bukowsko Triangle APL
http://www.semanchuk.com/gen/places/BukowskoTriangle.html Go To Site
PGSA member Debbie Greenlee's site is the product of 12 years of labor in southeastern Poland near Sanok. This site is full of pictures and transcriptions. In addition we recommend http://www.polishfamily.com/p4e/ which is another of Debbie's sites that details her many visits to the region. The site is informative and very easy to navigate

Semanchuk Genealogy APL
http://www.semanchuk.com/gen Go To Site
Webmaster Phillip Semanchuk has developed this interesting site that provides a number of interesting links to his family in the region around Sanok in Poland and their eventual migrations to the USA. Be sure to browse the many links. In addition you will find the Debbie Greenlee library and a wealth of transcriptions from the churches of the area. The site is informative and very easy to navigate

Rzeszów Vital Records APL
http://www.mikeburger.com/rzeszow.html Go To Site
This privately managed site contains in excess of 14,000 birth death and marriage transcription for the villages in the area around Rzeszow, Subcarpathian Voivodeship in southeastern, Poland. The site is very easy to navigate and worth a look if your family is from this area.

Polish Informational Sites

Family Search Wiki Poland Page INFO
https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Poland Go To Site
Family Search Wiki is a community website dedicated to helping people throughout the world learn how to find their ancestors. It is easy to navigate and contains a wealth of information on resources available on line to research your Polish ancestors. Click on the "Poland Online Records" dialog box to link to a current listing of Polish vitals currently available. You will also find links to various transcription sites and learning opportunities available to researchers of all levels of expertise

Poland Gen Web Archives – Polish Records Transcription Project INFO
https://sites.rootsweb.com/~polwgw/polandarchives.html Go To Site
This English language site is coordinated by Marie Dallas who is the administrator:[email protected] and creative consultant and co-founder: Donna Pointkouski. The link above will take you directly to the transcription project, but it is well worth your time start at the beginning
https://sites.rootsweb.com/~polwgw/ and explore the many tools available to the researcher.

Al's Wierzba Polish-American Genealogy Research blog INFO
http://polishamericangenealogy.blogspot.com/ Go To Site
PGSA Member Al (Brian) Wierzba's blog and research site has been a helpful tool for the novice or senior genealogist for a number of years. It is easy to navigate and contains excellent instructional information on how to navigate Polish Language Sites. Well worth a Look!

Towarzystwo Genealogiczne Centralnej Polski
Genealogy Society of Central Poland (Russian Partition) INFO
http://www.tgcp.pl/ Go To Site
This site is in Polish with no English tabs, its focus is Central Poland (Russian Partition). I found an interested aid to translate Polish names to Russian and vice versa but no filmed or transcribed records as of 8/18/2013. You will find in the navigation sidebar under Projekty - Projects a listing of those killed in WW1- Polegli e W1

PosenPoznan INFO
http://posenpoznan.com Go To Site
This is an English language site, very easy to navigate. Although it does not contain any digitized vital records it does present a collection of photographs of the Province Posen. The site deals with the province from the German perspective.

?l?skie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne
Silesian Genealogical Society (located in Wroc?aw) INFO
http://gento.wroclaw.pl/ Go To Site
Although I did not find filmed vitals available on this site their multi lingual search site http://eurogento.org/en.htm ... Is worth a look to anyone with family from Silesia as it contains an extensive listing of Polish family genealogies online.

Internet Polish Genealogical Source
http//:ipgs.us/index.html INFO> Go To Site
Pgsa members Stan Schmidt and Iwona Dakiniewicz collaborate to bring you this distinctive site filed with maps information and worthwhile advice. Go to Maps > Illustrated Geographic Atlas for a complete index of villages and towns in Kingdom Poland in addition to Parishes and local web sites as available. Well worth a look

Saint Joseph County, Indiana INGenWeb Site


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Updated:  Thursday, October 24, 2013 06:02:35 PM