Polish Genealogy Sources

Recently, I decided it was time to begin researching my Aunt Annette’s family.  For the record, my Aunt Annette was my grandfather’s second wife.  Although she is of no genetic relationship to me, 30 years after her death I remain emotionally linked to her.

Grey regions transferred to the Soviet Union; pink lands removed from Germany & transferred to Poland

Grey regions transferred to the Soviet Union; pink lands removed from Germany & transferred to Poland

Anyway, her family line was from Poland. She married my grandfather in the 1940s and I met her first in the early 1960s.  So although I knew she was a nice woman who could hardly cook, none of that went very far in aiding my genealogy efforts on her behalf(which continue today). To begin my research, I had an awareness that her family was from Poland; plus I had my own, my sister’s and my dad’s snippets of memories and stories.  What all that really means is, I was basically flying blind.

With as much German research as I conduct in the former German Eastern Provinces (today’s Poland), you would think my Polish research skills and data would have been better and provided me with a solid basis to begin this search.  But they weren’t.  I knew very little about actual Polish genealogy research. So, I sought help from others; and, I received quite a lot of assistance.

What follows is part of what many smart people (Polish Genealogists) have provided me with.  Those information sources and communities were invaluable.  Thank you.

I hope these links will help others, find their families. In another posting, I will recount my adventures and lessons-learned in the conduct of this research.