Polish Genealogy Websites, Books and Organizations

By Lisa A. Alzo Premium

Web Sites

Cyndi’s List: Poland


Discovering Roots


Genealogy of Halychynal Eastern Galicia


Gesher Galicia


Jewish Records Indexing — Poland





Routes to Roots Foundation: Archive Database


Search Engine for Online Historical Directories



A Translation Guide to 19th Century Polish-Language Civil Registration Documents, 2nd edition, by Judith R. Frazin (Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois).

First Names of the Polish Commonwealth: Origins and Meanings by William F. Hoffman and George W. Helon (Polish Genealogical Society of America).

Finding Your Polish Ancestors by Kathleen Ann LaBudie-Szkall and Jan Steven Zaleski (Heritage Productions).

Following the Paper Trail: A Multilingual Translation Guide by Jonathan D. Shea and William F. Hoffman (Avotaynu).

In Their Words: A Genealogist’s Translation Guide to Polish, German, Latin, and Russian Documents, 2 volumes, by Jonathan D. Shea and William F. Hoffman (Language& Lineage Press, Volume 1: Polish, out of print; Volume 2: Russian).

Polish and Proud: Tracing Your Polish Ancestry by Jan and Len Gnacinski (Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe).

Polish Roots by Rosemary A. Chorzempa (Genealogical Publishing Co.).

Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings, 2nd edition, by William F. Hoffman (Polish Genealogical Society of America).

Sto Lat: A Modern Approach to Polish Genealogy by Ceil Wendt Jensen (Polish Genealogical Society of America)


Central Archive of Historical Records (Archiwum Glowne Akt Dawnych)

Ul. Dluga 7, 00-263 Warszawa, Poland, +48 (22) 831-54-91, <>

East European Genealogical Society

Box 2536, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 4A7 Canada, (204) 989-3292, <>.

Federation of East European Family History Societies

Box 510898, Salt Lake City, UT 84151, <>

Polish Genealogical Society of America

984 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622, <>

Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast

8 Lyle Road, New Britain, CT 06053, (860) 223-5596, <>

State Archives of Poland (Naczelna Dyrekcja Archiwów Panstwowych)

W. Dluga 6, 00-950 Warszawa, Skrytka Pocztowa 1005, Poland, +48 (22) 635-68-22, <>

From the May 2007 issue of Family Tree Magazine