Polish Genealogy Databases Online

Tools To Help You Discover Your Polish Heritage

View on Wawel and river Wisla, Poland
Krakow, Poland.

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Do the roots of your family tree grow in Poland? If so, you can research your Polish ancestry online with this collection of genealogy databases and indexes from Poland, the United States, and other countries.

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Polish Genealogical Society of America—Research Databases

The online search is a free feature from the Polish Genealogical Society of America. The site offers records of births, cemetery burials, death indexes, and other data culled from Polish churches, Polish-language newspapers, and other sources in cities and states across America.

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Geneteka—Baptisms, Deaths & Marriages

This database created by the Polish Genealogical Society contains over 10 million indexed records, many linked to digital images, from parishes across many regions of Poland. Select a region from the map to view available parishes.

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The JewishGen Poland Database

Search or browse more than four million records for Poland from a variety of sources including vital records, business directories, voter lists, passenger manifests, Yizkor books, and other Holocaust sources. A joint project of Jewish Records Indexing—Poland and JewishGen.

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Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1587—1976

Browse digital images of church books containing baptisms and births, marriages, burials, and deaths for parishes in the Częstochowa, Gliwice, Radom, Tarnow, and Lublin Roman Catholic Dioceses of Poland. Dates and records available vary by diocese and parish. Free from FamilySearch.org.

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PRADZIAD Database of Vital Records

The PRADZIAD database (Programme for the Registration of Records from Parish and Civil Registration Offices) of the State Archives of Poland contains data on parish and civil registers preserved in state archives; Archdiocesan and Diocesan archives, and Jewish and Roman Catholic parish registers from the Civil Registration Office in Warsaw. Search for a town to learn which vital records are available and where they can be accessed. The site does not include actual copies of these records, but see Databases in State Archives below to see how to access some of these records online.

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Databases in State Archives

This free online repository of digitized vital and civil records from the State Archives of Poland is being created by the National Archives of Poland. Detailed directions with screenshots for navigating this Polish website are available on FamilySearch.

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BASIA

The Baza Systemu Indeksacji Archiwalnej (BASIA) or Archival Database Indexing System of the Wielkopolska Genealogical Society, makes it easier to access the digitized scans of Polish vital records online from the Polish National Archives. Type your surname in the search box in the upper right corner and then select a pin from the resulting map to access the digitized records. The website is available in English, French, German, and Polish (look for a drop-down menu near the top of the page to select your language preference).

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Jewish Records Indexing—Poland

An index to more than 3.2 million Jewish birth, marriage, and death records from over 500 Polish towns, as well as indices from other sources, such as census records, legal notices, passports, and newspaper announcements.

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AGAD—Central Archives of Historical Records in Warsaw

Access online registry books and other digitized parish records from the Eastern areas of Poland, now in Ukraine. This online resource is a project of the Archiwum Glowne Akt Dawnych (AGAD), or The Central Archives of Historical Records in Warsaw. 

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Poznań Marriage Indexing Project

This volunteer-led project has indexed over 900,000 marriage records from the 19th century for parishes in the former Prussian province of Posen, now Poznań, Poland.

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Cmentarze olederskie—Ocalmy od zapomnienia

This Polish-language site offers Evangelische Church Records from 1819 through 1835 for Nekla, Posen, and Preussen, plus births, marriages, and deaths in Nekla Evangelisch Church Records, 1818 through 1874. The site also includes land registers for Nekla, Siedleczek, Gierlatowo, Chlapowo, and Barcyzna as well as some photographs of area cemetery headstones.

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Rzeszów Vital Records

Search by surname in approximately 14,000 vital records transcribed by Mike Burger from a variety of Family History Library microfilms covering the Przeclaw area of Poland.

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Polish Origins—Polish Genealogy Database Search Tool

The Polish Genealogy Databases tool from PolishOrigins.com allows you to access the increasingly rich Polish genealogy resources available online and see the content displayed in English, by entering a keyword (surname, place). Google and Google Translate are used to search and provide translations from Polish-language sites. Included websites and databases are handpicked for their Polish genealogy content.

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1929 Polish Business Directory—Town Index

JewishGen has indexed more than 34,000 locations in inter-war Poland, with links to directory pages for each city, town, and village.

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Polish Marriages in Chicago Through 1915

This index of marriages in Catholic Parishes in Chicago was also created by the Polish Genealogy Society of America.

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Dziennik Chicagoski Death Notices 1890—1920 and 1930—1971

The Dziennik Chicagoski was a Polish-language newspaper which served Chicago's Polish community. These databases of death notices from 1890–1929 and 1930–1971 were compiled by the Polish Genealogy Society of America.

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PomGenBase—Pomeranian Christening, Marriage & Death Indexes

Over 1.3 million baptisms, 300,000 marriages, and 800,000 deaths have been indexed by the Pomeranian Genealogical Association and made accessible through their online PomGenBase database. Some cemeteries and monuments are also included.

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1793—1794 Land Records of South Prussia

Browse information from 83 volumes of 1793—1794 South Prussia land registration records. These land records provide the head of household names of nobility villages.

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Index of Polish Marriages Until 1899

Marek Jerzy Minakowski, Ph.D., has organized this index of Polish marriage records prior to 1900. At 97,000-plus records, it's not a huge database but it continues to grow.

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Genealogy Indexer: Historical City Directories

Search 429,000-plus pages of historical directories, primarily from countries in Central and Eastern Europe, along with 32,000 pages of Polish and Russian military documents (lists of officers, casualties, etc.), 40,000 pages of community and personal histories, and 16,000 pages of Polish secondary school annual reports and other school sources.