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Some societies and organizations in Poland publish genealogical periodicals in Polish. Many other genealogical and historical societies and organizations with interest in Poland publish English-speaking periodicals. Much of their content is devoted to research helps, indexes, and compiled genealogies. The articles often include:

  • Family genealogies and pedigrees.
  • Transcripts of church records, migration lists, and cemetery records.
  • Helpful articles on research methodology.
  • Information about local records, archives, and services.
  • Book advertisements and book reviews.
  • Research advertisements.
  • Queries or requests for information about specific ancestors that can help you contact other interested researchers.

Obtaining Periodicals

Copies of periodicals are available from the local societies that publish them. Archives with major genealogical collections will have copies of many  periodicals, particularly those representing the area they serve.

Although not many Polish genealogical periodicals have been published, many good periodicals have been published by Polish-American societies. Of particular note are the publications of the Polish Genealogical Society in Chicago and the Federation of East European family history centers:

Rodziny: 'The Journal of the Polish Genealogical Society of America.'''Chicago, Illinois: Polish Genealogical Society, 1992–. (FHL book 943.8 D25p.) Previously called Polish Genealogical Society Newsletter

Newsletter of the Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies (FEEFHS). (FHL book 940 C4f.)

Some excellent publications that are centered on immigrants from Galicia are:

Galicia: The Galician Genealogical Magazine. Wroclaw: Alleum, 1996–. (FHL book 943.86 D25gg.)

The Galitzianer. Chevy Chase, Maryland: Gesher Galicia,1993–. (FHL book 943.86 F25g.) Information on Jews from Galicia, Austria (now part of Poland and Ukraine).

Galitzien German Descendants. Kent, Washington: Galizien German Descendants, 1995–. (FHL book 943.86 D25g.) Dedicated to family history research of German descendants from Galicia. Includes how-to articles on doing genealogical research in Galicia.

Many other Polish-American genealogical societies publish periodicals and newsletters. These contain many useful articles about research in Poland, archives in Poland, and local Polish-American communities and people. Two good examples are:

The Polish Eaglet. Detroit, Michigan: Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan, 1995–. (FHL book 977.4 D25p.) Called The Eaglet 1981–95.

Pathways & Passages. New Britain, Connecticut: Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut, 1984–. (FHL book 974.6 F25p.)

There are many other genealogical periodicals. Try to learn if there is a society in the area where your Polish ancestors settled. Polish societies with newsletters exist in Minnesota, Texas, Wisconsin, and many other states.

The Family History Library subscribes to the newsletters of most Polish genealogical societies as well as other journals and magazines relating to Poland. These are listed in the Family History Library Catalog several ways. If you know the title of a periodical, search the Author/Title section. To find periodicals in the Place Search of the catalog, use the following approaches:

POLAND - GENEALOGY - PERIODICALS

POLAND - HISTORY - PERIODICALS

POLAND - PERIODICALS

POLAND - SOCIETIES - PERIODICALS

POLAND, (COUNTY) - [SAME HEADINGS AS ABOVE]

POLAND, (COUNTY), (CITY) - [SAME HEADINGS AS ABOVE]

(STATE) - [SAME HEADINGS AS ABOVE]

See also the “Societies” section in this outline.

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