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Research: Polish Ancestors
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While doing our own genealogical research, we found the techniques presented here assisted us in locating our families and ancestral villages. The purpose of this course is to provide recommendations and suggestions on techniques and methodology to help others succeed in locating their Polish ancestors.

An overview of resources essential to doing Polish research is presented. Emphasis is placed on web resources of Canada and United States that might provide clues to ancestral villages. For researchers lucky enough to discover that microfilm copies of records for their ancestors are available, an overview of translation resources and strategies for easier access to allow them to continue their research even though they are not fluent in the language. If your village in Poland has not been filmed, resources are provided for writing to Poland. The value of utilizing the Family History Library in both Canada and the United States is stressed.


Course Content

Module 1

 
Introduction
• Historical Background
• Polish Border Changes
• Duchy of Warsaw & Kingdom of Poland
Geography
• Polish Provinces 1999 to Present
• Polish Provinces 1975-1998
• Polish Provinces 1946-1975
• Changing Boundaries
• The Early Years 996-1773
• Partitions of Poland, 1773–1795
• Historic Provincial Boundaries of Russia, Prussia & Austria
• The Three Partitions 1773-1795
• Poland Re-Established 1918
• Post–1945: Gains in the West, Losses in the East
• The "Western Territories"
• The "Eastern Provinces"
• Polish Commonwealth circa 1634
• Surnames
• Given Names
Religious Breakdown
• Polish National Catholic–Canada
• Roman Catholic–Canada
• Roman Catholic–US
• Roman Catholic–Poland
• Greek Catholic–Poland
• Evangelical Lutheran
• Jewish
• Mennonite
Nobility/Heraldry
Polish Peasants
 

Module 2
 
Public Record Sources
Canadian Vital Records
• Alberta
• British Columbia
• Manitoba
• New Brunswick
• Newfoundland & Labrador
• Northwest Territories
• Nova Scotia
• Nunavut
• Ontario
• Prince Edward Island
• Quebec
• Saskatchewan
• Yukon
Archives Canada
American Public Records
• Archives United States
Census Records Canada
Provincial Overview
Census Content
• Indexes/Soundexes
• 1930 Census
• Naturalization Records
• Naturalization Records Canada
• Naturalization Records United States
• Post 1906 Federal Naturalization Certificate of Arrival
• Post 1906 Federal Naturalization Declaration of Intent
• Post 1906 Federal Naturalization Petition for Citizenship
Alien Registration
• Alien Registration Canada
• Alien Registration United States
• Alien Registration Receipt Card
• Alien Registration Form
• FOIA Form
• 1940 Alien Registration Receipt Card No. 4091557
• 1940 Alien Registration (No. 4091557) Form–Side One
• 1940 Alien Registration (No. 4091557) Form–Side Two
Military Records Canada-WWI
• Canadian World War I Attestation Papers, Side One
• Canadian World War I Attestation Papers, Side Two
• Personal Files
• Copies of Personnel Records
Military Records United States–WWI
• U.S. World War I Draft Registration
 

Module 3
 
Emigration/Immigration
• Canadian Arrival Records
• American Arrival Records
• Immigration by Ethnic Group
• Emigration by Foreign Port
Poles To Canada-Overview
• Kashubs to Canada
• Showing the Boundaries of the Kashub Region
• Preliminary Research
• Oral Interviews
• Cemetery Records
• Clues to Immigration in Canadian Public Records
Border Crossing Records
• From the U.S. into Canada
• 1908-1918
• 1919-1924
• 1925-1935
• Post-1936
• From Canada into the U.S.
• Canadian Border Crossings 1895-1954
• Buffalo, New York Border Crossings 1920-1954
• Port of Detroit Border Crossings 1906-1954
• Ports of Vermont Border Crossings 1895-1924
• Border Crossing Card
• Hamburg Passenger Lists
• Klüber Karteien Index 1850-1871
• Klüber Karteien Card
• Hamburg Passenger available Online
• Hamburg Police Records
• Hamburg Police Passport
• Germans to America
• Russians to America
Ellis Island
• The Processing of Immigrants
• Ellis Island Archives/The American Family Immigration History Center (AFIHC)
• Passenger Manifests
• Can't Find Your Manifest
 

Module 4
 
Polish Parishes in Canada
• Alberta
• British Columbia
• Nova Scotia
• Ontario
• Saskatchewan
• Quebec
• Manitoba
Newspapers
• Insurance/Fraternal Societies
• Gazetteers
• Place Names-Current
• Modern Gazetteer
Parish Localities (1918-1939)
• Former Russian Territory
• Former Prussian Territory
• Former Austrian Territory
• Place Name Changes
LDS Catalogue Overview
You Mean the Records are not Written in English?
• The Problem
• The "Solution" (in an ideal world)
• The (realistic) "Solution"
• The "Strategy"
• Foreign Alphabets & Scripts
• Russian Alphabet with English, Polish & German Equivalents
• German Script
Parish Registers - Poland
Russian Partition—Church Records
• Pre-1808 Baptism (1802)
• Post-1808 Baptism (1822)
• Post-1868 Baptism (1869)
• Pre-1808 Marriage (1802)
• Post-1808 Marriage (1824)
• Post-1868 Marriage (1869)
• Pre-1808 Death (1802)
• Post-1808 Death (1822)
• Post-1868 Death (1869)
• Prussian Partition—Church Records
• Baptism (1854)
• Marriage (1853)
• Death (1837)
Austrian Partition—Church Records
• Baptism (1834)
• Marriage (1835)
• Death (1830)
 

Module 5
 
Civil Registration - Poland
Russian Partition–Civil Registration Records
• Post-1808 Baptism (1820)
• Post-1868 Baptism (1877)
• Post-1808 Marriage (1824)
• Post-1868 Marriage (1877)
• Post-1808 Death (1822)
• Post-1868 Death (1877)
Prussian Partition–Civil Registration Records
• Birth (1875)
• Marriage (1875)
• Death (1874)
Austrian Partition–Civil Registration Records
• Birth (1834)
• Marriage (1835)
• Death (1830)
Military Records - Poland
Public Archives - Poland
National Archives—Poland
State Archives—Poland
Church Archives—Catholic
• Church Archives (non-Catholic)
Finding An Ancestral Parish When Only the Province is Known
• Searching the Periphery
 

Module 6
 
Genealogical Societies & Resources
• U.S. Societies
• Foreign Societies
• Jewish Genealogical Societies
• Mennonite
• Web Resources
• Canadian-Polish Biographical Manuscripts at the Archives of Canada
• Canadian Polish Organizational Manuscripts at the Archives of Canada
• Museums
• Libraries
Reference—Border Entry Film Numbers
• List of ports & microfilm numbers
• Alberta
• British Columbia (north of Vancouver)
• British Columbia (east and south of Vancouver)
• Maine
• Massachusetts
• Manitoba
• New Brunswick
• New York
• Nova Scotia
• Ontario (Rainy River to the Sault)
• Ontario (Georgian Bay to Windsor)
• Ontario (Windsor to Niagara Falls)
• Quebec
• Saskatchewan
• Vermont
• Yukon
 
 

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