Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
 
== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
  
Polska,Księgi metrykalne  
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Polska, Księgi metrykalne  
  
== Collection Time Period ==
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== Image Visibility ==
  
The earliest Catholic Church records in Poland date from 1537, but very few records exist from the 1500s; many date from the 1600s and 1700s to the present. Starting dates vary depending upon the region. This collection includes records from about 1600 to 1946.  
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Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. The Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books collection is limited available only to members of the supporting organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  
  
== Record History ==
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== Record Description ==
  
In 1563, the Catholic Church (Council of Trent) issued the first mandate to keep a record of baptisms and marriages. The Council of Piotrków in 1607 re-emphasized the need for record keeping in Poland. A general church directive in 1614 additionally required the keeping of death records, which was emphasized by the 1631 Piotrków Ritual. Roman Catholic records are generally in the Latin language. Other churches also kept such records. In 1595 Orthodox Ukrainians were formally brought into union with the Roman Catholic Church, retaining their orthodox liturgy and doctrine. Their records are kept in Old Church Slavonic, Polish, Latin, and Ukrainian. Luther’s teachings (Augsburg Confession) had only a small following among the Polish people, but did become firmly established in Poland among the German population. Those Protestants who accepted the creed of the Swiss reformers (Zwingli and Calvin) were called Evangelical Reformed. Records for this collection are in Latin, Polish and Russian.  
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Parish register volumes come in various sizes but are normally large bound books. Information is given in a narrative format containing a mixture of standard phrasing and the names and dates of those involved.&nbsp;
  
=== Why These Records Were Created  ===
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The earliest Catholic Church records in Poland date from 1537, but very few records exist from the 1500s; many date from the 1600s and 1700s to the present. Starting dates vary depending upon the region. This collection includes records from about 1600 to 1946.&nbsp;
  
Parish registers were created by the local priest to record important Church sacraments and report vital statistics to civil authorities.  
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1867931/waypoints Browse].  
  
=== Record Reliability ===
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=== Citation for This Collection ===
  
Keeping of registers was an important religious and civil obligation. The records are reliable.  
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
  
== Record Description  ==
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| text=<!--bibdescbegin-->Parishes in Poland. Poland, Roman Catholic church books. Archiwum Diocezji Radomska, Radom, Poland.<!--bibdescend-->}}
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Archiwum Archidiecezjalne, Lublin. Archiwum Diecezja, Radom.
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[[Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
  
Parish register volumes come in various sizes but are normally large bound books. Information is given in a narrative format containing a mixture of standard phrasing and the names and dates of those involved. '''Images for The Radom Diocese records collection are currently unavailable in FamilySearch, please check back later.'''&nbsp;  
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== Record Content &nbsp; ==
  
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<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px" caption="Poland Catholic Church Record Examples">
 
Image:Poland Catholic Church Birth Record in Latin.jpg|Birth Record in Latin
 
Image:Poland Catholic Church Birth Record in Latin.jpg|Birth Record in Latin
 
Image:Poland Catholic Church Marriage Record in Latin.jpg|Marriage Record in Latin
 
Image:Poland Catholic Church Marriage Record in Latin.jpg|Marriage Record in Latin
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Image:Poland Catholic Church Birth Record in Russian.jpg|Birth Record in Russian
 
Image:Poland Catholic Church Birth Record in Russian.jpg|Birth Record in Russian
 
Image:Poland Catholic Church Marriage Record in Russian.jpg|Marriage Record in Russian
 
Image:Poland Catholic Church Marriage Record in Russian.jpg|Marriage Record in Russian
Image:Poland Catholic Church Death Record in Russian.jpg|Death Record in Russian
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Image:Poland Catholic Church Death Record in Russian.jpg|Death Record in Russian</gallery>  
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=== Record Content  ===
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'''These baptismal records usually contain the following information:'''
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in most baptism records are:'''  
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*Date and place of baptism  
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*Given name of child
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*Date and place of birth
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*Parents' names and occupation of father
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*Legitimacy of child and parents
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*Names of godparents
  
*Name of individual
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'''These birth records usually contain the following information:'''
*Date of birth and baptism
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*Names of parents (early records often omit the mother’s name)
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*Some records list the names of the child’s grandparents
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'''The key genealogical facts found in most&nbsp;marriage records are:'''  
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*Name of declarant/father
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*Declarant's age, occupation and residence
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*Name and gender of child
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*Date and place of birth
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*Parents' names including maiden name of mother
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*Names of witnesses or godparents, their age, occupation and residence
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'''These marriage records usually contain the following information:'''  
  
*<span id="1292539305749S" style="display: none">&nbsp;</span>Names of bride and groom
 
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
*Bride and groom's&nbsp;ages, sometimes their birthplaces
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*Groom's age, marital status, occupation and residence
*Parents' names
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*Names of groom's parents, including maiden name of mother
*Witnesses' names <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1292539305295_665" />
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*Bride's age, marital status, occupation and residence
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*Names of bride'sparents, including maiden name of mother
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*Sometimes, birthplaces of bride and groom are given
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*Dates of the marriage banns
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*Witnesses' names, their age and occupation
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in most&nbsp;death or burial&nbsp;records are:'''  
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'''These death/burial records usually contain the following information:'''  
  
*Name of the deceased
 
 
*Date and place of death and burial  
 
*Date and place of death and burial  
*Deceased's age at time of death
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*Name and age of deceased
 
*Cause of death  
 
*Cause of death  
*Sometimes&nbsp;date and place of birth
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*Father of deceased and his occupation
*Marital status  
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*Sometimes, date and birthplace of deceased
*If married, the&nbsp;name of the spouse  
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*Marital status of deceased
*Names of parents
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*If married, the name of the spouse
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
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To search the collection image by image you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒ Select the "Province (Województwo)" category<br> ⇒ Select the "Place (Miejsce)" category<br> ⇒ Select the "Event/Years (Wydarzenie/Lata)" category which takes you to the images<br>
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
  
 
Entries are normally made separately for baptisms, marriages and burials, in chronological order. In later years, separate volumes were created for each sacrament type. If there isn't a separate&nbsp;index volume, page through the entries chronologically.  
 
Entries are normally made separately for baptisms, marriages and burials, in chronological order. In later years, separate volumes were created for each sacrament type. If there isn't a separate&nbsp;index volume, page through the entries chronologically.  
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*The name of the parents or spouse
 
*The name of the parents or spouse
  
Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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<br>Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.<br>'''For example:'''  
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.<br>  
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'''For example:'''  
  
 
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.  
 
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.  
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  
'''Keep in mind:'''  
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<br>'''Keep in mind:'''  
  
 
The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant and the diligence of the recorder.  
 
The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant and the diligence of the recorder.  
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:  
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<br>If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:  
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames, particularly phonetic variants.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames, particularly phonetic variants.  
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== Known Issues for this Collection <br>  ==
 
== Known Issues for this Collection <br>  ==
  
{{HR Known Issues}}The Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1600-1950 is a collection of records from three dioceses; each of the dioceses granted different rights to publish the images online. Many images are available for all users, without having to log in. Others, however, require an LDS login.
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection, please read the attached [[Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, feel free to report them at [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
 
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection, please read the attached [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Poland,_Roman_Catholic_Church_Books_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29/Known_Issues Wiki article]. If you encounter additional problems, feel free to report them at [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.<br>
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== Related Web Sites  ==
 
== Related Web Sites  ==
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[Poland Church Records]]  
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*[[Poland|Poland]]
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*[[Poland Church Records]]
  
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
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When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
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==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection: ====
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" Poland, Random Diocese Church Books, 1654-1946. " &nbsp;database and images, ''FamilySearch'': accessed April 1, 2011. &nbsp;entry for &nbsp;Alexasnder Jasowski, bon 23 May 1798; citing Church Books, &nbsp; Andrzejow, Births (Akta urodzen), 1798-1822, Image 1; Archiwum Archidiecezjaine, Lublin, Poland.  
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
  
== Sources for This Collection  ==
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->“Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1600-1946,” &nbsp;index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org); from Archiwum Archidiecezjalne – Lublin, Poland. “Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books.” FHL Digital capture DGS Folders. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
br><br>“Poland, Radom Diocese Church Books, 1600-1946,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org); from Archiwum Diecezja Radomska, Poland. “Poland, Radom Diocese, Catholic church records.” Catholic Church Radom Diocese Archive, Radom, Poland. FHL Digital capture DGS Folders. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.<br> <!--bibdescend-->
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"Poland, Radom Diocese Church Books, 1654-1946." index and images, ''FamilySearch''(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VN5V-QSM&nbsp;: accessed 10 May 2012), Stefan Franciszek Wąsowski and Marya Piasecka, 27 August 1921; citing Radom parish, Births, Archiwum Diocezji, Radom.  
  
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[[Category:Poland]]

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Contents

Title in the Language of the Records

Polska, Księgi metrykalne

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. The Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books collection is limited available only to members of the supporting organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Record Description

Parish register volumes come in various sizes but are normally large bound books. Information is given in a narrative format containing a mixture of standard phrasing and the names and dates of those involved. 

The earliest Catholic Church records in Poland date from 1537, but very few records exist from the 1500s; many date from the 1600s and 1700s to the present. Starting dates vary depending upon the region. This collection includes records from about 1600 to 1946. 

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Parishes in Poland. Poland, Roman Catholic church books. Archiwum Diocezji Radomska, Radom, Poland.

Archiwum Archidiecezjalne, Lublin. Archiwum Diecezja, Radom.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content  

These baptismal records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Given name of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Parents' names and occupation of father
  • Legitimacy of child and parents
  • Names of godparents

These birth records usually contain the following information:

  • Name of declarant/father
  • Declarant's age, occupation and residence
  • Name and gender of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Parents' names including maiden name of mother
  • Names of witnesses or godparents, their age, occupation and residence

These marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's age, marital status, occupation and residence
  • Names of groom's parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Bride's age, marital status, occupation and residence
  • Names of bride'sparents, including maiden name of mother
  • Sometimes, birthplaces of bride and groom are given
  • Dates of the marriage banns
  • Witnesses' names, their age and occupation

These death/burial records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of death and burial
  • Name and age of deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Father of deceased and his occupation
  • Sometimes, date and birthplace of deceased
  • Marital status of deceased
  • If married, the name of the spouse

How to Use the Record

To search the collection image by image you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Province (Województwo)" category
⇒ Select the "Place (Miejsce)" category
⇒ Select the "Event/Years (Wydarzenie/Lata)" category which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Entries are normally made separately for baptisms, marriages and burials, in chronological order. In later years, separate volumes were created for each sacrament type. If there isn't a separate index volume, page through the entries chronologically.

Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to baptisms, marriages, and death or burials make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:

  • The place where the event occurred
  • The name and surname of the person
  • The approximate date of the event
  • The name of the parents or spouse


Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
  • Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of the celebrant is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.


Keep in mind:

The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant and the diligence of the recorder.

  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.


If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames, particularly phonetic variants.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

Known Issues for this Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection, please read the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, feel free to report them at support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Web Sites

Polish Archives

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Poland, Radom Diocese Church Books, 1654-1946." index and images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VN5V-QSM&nbsp;: accessed 10 May 2012), Stefan Franciszek Wąsowski and Marya Piasecka, 27 August 1921; citing Radom parish, Births, Archiwum Diocezji, Radom.