Recent additions to Internet Genealogical research –

The “Polish Genealogy” Facebook page has posted (Oct 4) a list of genealogical “websites” currently available – be aware this is an extensive list (118 pages printed) and does not promote or include commercial genealogical sites.  It is broken down by states, and is by no means comprehensive, just available links to assist you in your research.

 PGS-MN Genealogy Links on Facebook, September 2014 version


Another website to explore Polish origins is  It is one of several databases of records and indexes prepared and maintained by the Polish Genealogical Society (Poland).  (It is not as well known as its sister database



NOTE: Records found on these databases are available at the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) Library in South St. Paul, Minnesota. These original church records are available in microfilm format.

Members of the various Minnesota genealogical societies are permitted to use the MGS library without costs.  For non-members there is a fee to use the MGS Library.

Members of the Polish Genealogical Society of Minnesota do not pay a fee for use of the library; a membership is beneficial if planning to use the library for continued genealogical research.


NOTE: The original PWEA Insurance records are stored at the Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota, Andersen Library. There is no microfilm of this collection at the Minnesota Genealogical Society Library.



 Record Searches in Poland

Poland GenWeb Project Research tutorials, maps (historic and present day), town locators, translation aids, archives addresses and more.
Poland State Archives Poland State Archives
Poznan Marriage Project Marriage indexing for the 1800-1899 period within the former Prussian province of Posen.
German/Polish Locations Database includes the following provinces: East Prussia, including Memel, West Prussia, Brandenburg, Posen, Pomerania, and Silesia.
Surnames in Poland Present
Family History Library Please note the Family History Library has records to search in both the U.S. and Europe.
PolishRoots ® PolishRoots covers areas that were part of the Polish Commonwealth, from the 16th through the 18th centuries, the years of partitions by Prussia, Russia, and Austria, through its rebirth in 1918, World War II and post-War occupation and to present.
the internet Polish Genealogical Source
Polish Genealogy Project Additional links to other sites for polish research

Record Searches in the U.S.

Minnesota Historical Society MN Historical Society website includes:  MN Birth & Death Certificate Index and MN State Census Index.
Stephen P. Morse Site Passenger Manifests for Ellis Island, Castle Garden and other arrival ports.
Winona Newspaper Project
Winona newspapers:  from late 19th century and early 20th century Winona newspapers.  Includes issues of the Winona Argus, the Winona Daily Republican and the Winona Republican Herald. 
The Library of Congress Geography and Map Division The Library of Congress Geography and Map Division (G&M) has the largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection in the world with collections numbering over 5.5 million maps, 80,000 atlases, 6,000 reference works.  The online Map Collections represents only a small fraction that have been converted to digital form. These images were created from maps and atlases and, in general, are restricted to items that are in public domain, meaning those which are not covered by copyright.
NewspaperARCHIVE NewspaperARCHIVE is the world’s best resource for historical and genealogical information. Our unique archive spans more than 400 years of family history, small-town events, world news and more. Explore your family tree and discover your history at, the world’s largest online newspaper archive.

Looking for:
A map of the new 16 provinces of Poland, or one of the 49 former provinces?
A list of cities and towns?
Wondering what records are available in Poland?
Looking for more resources in America and other countries?
Links to more Polish Genealogical Societies?
General genealogical or Polish genealogical research tips?

Visit our friends at one of these websites:

Polish Genealogical Society of America
Kashubian Assoc. of North America
Pommern Group of Minnesota
Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota Federation of East European Family History Societies

Other Polish Genealogical Societies

Polish Genealogical Society of California Polish Genealogical Society of Greater Cleveland
Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan
Polish Genealogical Society of New York State Polish Genealogical Society of Texas
Toledo Polish Genealogical Society Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut


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