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)