Polish Genealogy 101: Strategies for Searching in the US and Poland

Poland’s long history is fraught with border changes, ethnic strife and an ongoing quest for autonomy. If you’re among the more than 10 million Americans with Polish roots, we’ll help you find your Polish ancestors by debunking myths, explaining history and pointing you to the most useful records.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • The history of Polish immigration—and what it means for your research
  • What records to search for in North America and in Poland
  • What resources exist overseas for genealogists

Tuition:

$99.99 ($89.99 for VIP)

Course Length:

4 Weeks

Instructor:

Lisa Alzo

Start Date:

See upcoming start dates.


WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE

  • Anyone with Polish ancestry
  • Librarians and volunteers wishing to assist patrons researching Polish roots
  • Researchers who want to improve their skills in using Polish records

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: REQUIREMENTS & SUPPLIES

  • This course assumes you understand the basic principles of genealogy and have done some research on your family history. If you’re a complete beginner, you should take our First Steps: Discover Your Family Tree course.

Outline

Lesson 1: Historical Background

  • Introduction
  • Polish Immigration and emigration
  • Famous Polish People
  • Understanding Poland’s three partitions
  • Key events in Polish history
  • Quiz


Lesson 2: Researching Over Here—North American Records

  • Preparing for old country research
  • Setting research goals
  • Determining names and places
  • Finding and using records
  • Exercise

Lesson 3: Researching Over There—Polish Sources and Resources

  • Locating the ancestral town or village
  • Using maps, atlases and gazetteers
  • Polish record sources
  • Utilizing the Family History Library
  • Online resources
  • Contacting Polish archives and repositories
  • Exercise

Lesson 4: Overcoming Research Obstacles

  • Common problems and pitfalls
  • Languages and handwriting
  • Collateral research and cluster genealogy
  • Networking with other researchers
  • Other strategies
  • Exercise

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