Welcome to Polish Genealogy Academy. We have created this website as a result of many years working on Genealogy Tours and Genealogy Research services with thousands of our guests and clients.
Many of you, before contacting PolishOrigins were struggling on how to begin, how to conduct some basic research on your own, and, most of all, how to verify the data you already have. Of course, there are many cases when cooperation with a professional genealogist will be more effective, sometimes our local presence is simply necessary.
On this website we offer you a series of videos, discussing different aspects of Polish genealogy, starting from the basics, to more complex problems. We hope this will help you to work on your ancestry on your own or to understand the specifics of the research in this part of the world.
We hope that it will bring you a lot of joy and satisfaction, regardless of whether you will decide to use our research services later or not.
In this video, we are presenting you three tools that we regularly use to determine to which parish a certain village or town belonged. Some of these sources are in Polish only, but inside the video we try to guide you through each step and help you to learn how to obtain the information you need from them. We hope that thanks to our film you will be able to kick start your adventure with genealogy.
Even if you have learned the name of the town or village your ancestors came from, it still might be hard to determine where its geographical position is exactly. In some cases, there are dozens of places in Poland with the same name and they can be spread across the whole country. We present you two tools that we use in our daily work and that can help you with this matter.
In the previous video we have talked on how to find the geographical position of the town or village of your interest. We only talked about the area of modern Poland and today we want to add a short supplemental video that will focus on its former Eastern borderlands.
This is the first, short video presenting how to locate where the vital records from the parishes of your ancestors are stored. We discuss here the website https://parafie.genealodzy.pl/.
We describe briefly the partitions of Poland and what is Galicia. The division into Eastern and Western Galicia. You will learn about the history of the vital records in the Habsburg Empire and what are their characteristics. We teach you how to recognize that your ancestors arrived from Galicia. The extended version will be available in the upcoming weeks.
Introduction to genealogy research in the Russian partition
Another video created by our genealogist and research manager, Aleksander Zawilski. This time he describes the territory of the Rusian partition of Poland and its border changes oves the years. You will also learn about the characterisitics of the vital records in this area.
#4 extended video
Finding where the documents for your ancestor’s parish are stored (upcoming)
In this video you will learn which institutions can store the vital records in Poland and how to locate the relevant archive, which will have the records from the parish of your interest. We will discuss and show you some useful functionalities of the following websites: SzukajwArchiwach, FamilySearch, Geneteka. You might be able to find the online scans and indexes of some records.
#5 extended video
Research in Western Galicia (upcoming)