For questions about ancestors living or visiting Poland, and records originating in Poland. The status and boundaries of Poland have varied significantly in history. This tag may be used for the previous political entities within the geographical boundaries of present-day or historic Poland.

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Researching family member that immigrated to USA from Poland in 1831

I'm looking for information on the surname Lyskowinski in Poland. I know he came on a ship named Northumber that departed from London, England and arrived in America on Aug. 23, 1852. His place of ...
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Is there an archive of Polish or Hungarian passport applications from 1900-1940 from New York consulates?

I'm wondering if anyone knows if there are archives which contain Polish passport applications or Hungarian passport applications from respective consulates in New York between 1900 and 1940. Would ...
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Correct spelling of Polish surname Mahowski? [duplicate]

I am looking for the correct spelling of Polish surname Mihowski or Mahowski? I hope to find cousins in Poland.
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What is this city name in this passenger list from Russia/Poland in late 19th/early 20th century?

The full passenger list can be found below -- I'm looking at the entry for "Stanislaw Walczykowski" line 20. What is the name of the city he identified as last place of residence and birth place? It ...
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Ostrow, Ostrowez, or Ostroweic Russia before 1907- where now?

My relatives were from Ostrow, Ostrowez, or Ostroweic Russia before 1907. Is this now in Poland? Where? I will be travelling to Poland in a month and I would like to find this place.
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Original Spelling(s) of Polish surname anglicized as Shemynski?

The English spelling of my maternal grandmother's maiden name was "Shemynski". I would like to know the original/alternate spelling(s) to look for in Polish records, with the appropriate language ...
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Why were there no Polish given names in Polish village (part of Prussia)?

In order to find information about my ancestors, I accessed a Catholic church register of a village in the upper part of Silesia, via Family Search. The village, Śmicz, was Polish but was part of ...
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Where is the Friedrichsbruch near Kokotzko in West Prussia / Poland?

I hoping to clarify where exactly Friedrichsburg / Friedrichsbruch or perhaps a similar variant immediately close to Kokotzko Poland. Per this document there were about 21 different variants of ...
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Finding church records for the Kuck family in Grudziądz, Bydgoszcz, Poland?

Gottlieb Kuck was born in 1879 in Grudziądz, Russian Poland. Gottlieb married Dorothea Hefner 1903, and had children Frieda Katherine born 1905, Reinhold was born 1907. I am looking for Lutheran ...
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How can I find surname distributions for names in Poland before WW2?

Gen-evolu allows us to see the distribution of family names in Germany both in modern times and during the peak of the third Reich in WW2, before Germany was affected with the ethnic cleansing of its ...
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Looking for location in 1910 Russia (family spoke Polish)

I am looking for the locations of two towns in 1910 Russia. They are listed as Dolowicz and Nalkozile (spelling is unclear) in this passanger manifest from Hamburg. When they arrived in America, ...
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Is there a Polish variant of the name Thillmann, and what does this name mean?

It appears my great-great-grandmother was named Thillmann, and was Silesian Polish, despite her name sounding German. I know many names and surnames have translations between both of those languages, ...
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What Polish village is named in this document?

This draft registration card lists a birth location of what looks like Soodlikof, Poland, but I cannot find any record of such a place. This relative was a Jew born in 1888, so the location is likely ...
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Finding vital records in Upper Silesia (Prussia/Germany)?

I am looking for info about my great-great-grandparents. The info I'm looking for is: Dates and locations of their birth, marriage and death Go back further in time and find their ancestry Whether ...
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What is original spelling for Polish surname Chorzelewski?

What is the original spelling of the Polish surname Chorzelewski? The name could be Chorelewski also. My grandmothers maiden name was Chorzelewski here in the US. My great grandmother spelled it ...
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What does huba mean in this Polish Catholic marriage record?

I got my hands on a marriage record from Poland. It's written in Latin. Here's what I divined with the help of Google Translate: Inter Josephem Wojnowski viduam de Bialybrod operanium et ...
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Finding information on ancestors who lived in the Polish Borderlands (Kresy)

I have been trying to find more information on one of my family lines which is from the Grodno region in present-day Belarus. A little background information: My paternal grandfather's line is from ...
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What are the names of these Polish villages?

I found a seelenliste of the Wojnowski family which includes their places of birth. The only problem is that they were all born in different places (according to this) and some of the names are ...
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How can I find which parish a village in Poland belonged to?

Someone on Facebook just helped me find immigration records for the Vannoske family which point to Rudnicze, Poland as their place of origin. How can I figure out which parish that village belonged ...
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Understanding Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration Index Numbers?

I am referring to the record marked with an arrow. Can someone tell me what do the numbers or letters in parenthesis after his name and before his birth date mean ? Also on the extracted info on ...
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Looking for grandfather's birth/baptismal certificate in Poland?

I am trying to locate my grandfather's birth record, his parents' marriage certificate or anything else that will help me delve back into my family's history in Poland. Grandfather: Jan Zaluga, born ...
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Where did the Vannoske's come from?

The origin of the Vannoske family (FamilySearch, Ancestry) is the biggest brick wall I have left. Here's what I know: The obituary of the oldest daughter, Mary Wojnowkski (Mrs Albert Zierak), says ...
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Searching for great grandfather Arnold Kuhn who lived in Poland then Russia?

Is there any way to trace the origins of my great grandfather Arnold Kuhn? He lived in poland and had a family there I believe towards the end of the 1800s and early 1900s. At some point he moved ...
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Current name of Jatotowicze village from 1903 Russia?

I'm trying to locate the current name of the village my grandmother was born. She was born in 1903 in the village of Jatotowicze, in or near the township if Iwje, in the province of Nowogrodek. She is ...
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Where to find information about Grünberg and Rosenbaum relatives from Danzig?

My grandmother came from Danzig to Australia when she was 16 and has very little knowledge of her families names or locations. Where is the first place I can start searching, she knows her father ...
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Where is Cesna (City) in Russland from 1909 ship manifest of Polish grandmother?

My grandmother's ship manifest states her city of origin as Cesna Russland. She is Polish. Does anyone have any idea what or where Cesna is?
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Tracing genealogy of people with particular Polish surname?

I am trying to trace the genealogy of one or more people with the surname "Wozniack." I believe that it is Polish name and that these people are of Polish descent Where in Poland are people with ...
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What is the name of the sister and what is the town in this passenger list?

I am trying to research my husband's grandparents. They arrived in St. Albans, Vermont, in 1913 from or through Canada, emigrating from Poland/Russia. This is from the column that states who is their ...
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Ancestors in Lemberg (Lviv) and Czyczkow/y

My great-grandfather was born in Lemberg, Galicia (now Lviv, Ukraine). However, I am unsure how to proceed to further back in the family tree. I have written to the archives in Lviv which hold the ...
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Finding original Polish surname of 19th Century immigrant to United States?

My great, great grandfather's American name was Steve Voiten. I know his Polish given name was Stanislaw, but our family records say Woytinkewicz as a last name. I can't find any evidence of that ...
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Where to find information on villages Jablonow & Suchostaw, Husiatyn, Ukraine (Galicia area, formerly Austria & Poland)?

Looking for information or databases that will help with my research of Jablonow & Suchostaw, Husiatyn, Ukraine. These two villages are in the area known as Galicia and have in the past been part ...
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How to find correct spelling of Polish last name ?

My Polish grandmothers last name was Dziubenofska, but I know that's not how it spelt! I'm looking for the proper spelling. Can you help find it for me, please. she came over to Ellis Island and they ...
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How to find records of a refugee from the Nazis?

I am trying to find my husband's great gradnmother's details. She was born on July 15, 1913 in Germany or Poland. Her name was Mae Bernstein. Her parents were Max and Edith Bernstein (from her ...
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Spelling alternatives for polish name “Mushke”

My grandmothers mother's name was something like "Mushke" (from what my father remembers from his mother). I am trying to determine the correct spelling (e.g. for looking up a birth certificate), or ...
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Would the Polish surname Jurkiewicz have been different in Russia?

Elias (Alexander) Jurkiewicz was living in Bilyi Kamin', Ukraine when his first children were born. Family lore says Elias came from Russia and worked there as a shoemaker for the Czar (we haven't ...
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Finding a Ship Record from 1902

Where do I begin? I know my great-grandfather, Josef Boksa, 2/28/77 was born in Warsaw. And recently found his naturalization papers from 1917. It lists the date of his arrival as 8/16/1902 and that's ...
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Polish spelling variants for “Yechezkel Fleker”

I am trying to locate any records about my grand father. His name in "Yechezkel Fleker" or in hebrew "יחזקאל פלקר" and I am trying to search some polish archives for information about him. I am not ...
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Researching Michael Patron (1897-1972) and Genia Zeimer (1900-1983), born Poland (possibly Warsaw)

I am looking for my ancestry and starting on my Father's side of the family. I am currently looking for my great great grandparents and further back on my Father's side. My Grandpa (Father's ...
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Finding records about Germans from Russia (Bessarabia)

Many of my German ancestors seem to have come from a place called Plotzk, Bessarabia. They ended up in South Dakota, many in Parkinston, Hutchinson County, SD. Here are some examples of a few of ...
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Where to find information about Italy - Czech - Poland migration?

Reviewing my grandfather's documents I found evidences that his family arrived in Poland after some generations that left Italy and lived in the (actual) Czech republic. Where can I find information ...
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Locating German or Polish Cavalry military record from late 19th century?

My g-grandfather was supposed to have been in the Cavalry. He was born in 1860, where ?(Germany/Poland). I know at that time Poland was under German rule. Married in Gollub, Germany and my grandmother ...
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Finding genealogy research companies offering their service in Poland?

I am interested in finding out more about my family genealogy by hiring some company or person to do the work for me. My entire family comes from Poland, so I am wondering whether there are any ...
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What is the Russian town in this census listing?

I'm trying to determine my (step-)grandparents' birth place from the 1916 Canadian Census. The relevant portion is this: For context, here is the entire record. The people in question are listed as ...
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Where can I find Jewish Historical Information Pre WWII in Europe?

I am looking for a site/records for information on Jewish History in Europe of pre WWII era. Mainly of birth and marriage records from Poland.