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Many societies and organizations have information that would help you in your genealogical research. The following links are for societies in Poland as well as numerous societies dedicated to Polish genealogy in the countries Poles immigrated to, especially the United States. You may find it helpful to join one of these societies and support its efforts.
Most of these societies have websites on the Internet. Most are also members of the Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS). Individuals may also join FEEFHS and receive its journal. This organization has a web site, with links to its member societies.
Several genealogical societies emphasize Polish research. Most of these societies publish helpful periodicals, transcripts, and compiled genealogies and may have special indexes, collections, and projects. Many publish queries about Polish ancestors or maintain a list of members’ research interests. Some specialize in the immigrants to a specific area.
The following societies may be of interest:
Polish Genealogical Society of America
984 North Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Polish Genealogical Society of California
P.O. Box 713
Midway City, CA 92655-0713
Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, Inc.
8 Lyle Road
New Britain, CT 06053-2104
Polish Genealogical Society of Greater Cleveland
c/o St. Mary's PNC Church
1901 Wexford Ave.
Parma, Ohio 44134
Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts
P.O. Box 381
Northampton, MA 01061-0381
Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan
Burton Historical Collection
Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
Polish Genealogical Society of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55116-0069
Polish Genealogical Society of New York State
12645 Route 78
East Aurora, NY 14052
Polish Genealogical Society of Texas
Route 1, Box 475-S
Navasota, TX 77068
Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe
(focus is on Germans from Russian Poland and Volhynia)
Box 905 Stn. “M”
Calgary, AB T2P 2J6
For a link with a good list of Polish genealogical societies: click here
Historical societies can be valuable sources of information on Poland. Similar societies exist in countries where Polish emigrants settled. These societies often collect information about Polish immigrants. Some may have information about specific Polish individuals. Many societies have special collections of books and manuscript material for Poland that may be difficult to find in libraries and archives. You may be interested in the services, activities, and collections of the following historical societies:
Immigration History Research Center
University of Minnesota
826 Berry Street
St. Paul, MN 55114-1076
Polish American Archives
Alumni Memorial Library
St. Mary’s College
The Orchard Lake School
Orchard Lake, MI 48033
Your ancestor or relative may have belonged to an association, lodge, or fraternal society whose membership is based on common interests, religion, or ethnicity. These societies were involved in political, social, and financial activities, including life and burial insurance.
Several sources, such as local histories, biographies, obituaries, tombstones, family records, and artifacts, may give you clues that an ancestor belonged to a fraternal society. Examples of these societies include:
Alliance of Poles of America (1895)
6966 Broadway Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44105
Association of Polish Women of the United States
7526 Broadway Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44105
Association of Sons of Poland
Carlstadt, NJ 07072
Polish National Alliance of the United States of North America
6100 North Cicero Ave.
Chicago, IL 60646-4385
Polish Roman Catholic Union
984 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622-4101
For more information about fraternal societies in North America, see:
- Chorzempa, Rosemary A. Polish Roots. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1993. (FHL book 943.8 D27c.)
You may be able to get genealogical information from fraternal organizations by writing to them.
Societies in Poland
Some of the Polish websites have an English interface. Look for the British or American flag. Otherwise, use the Google Translation Toolbar to get the gist of the website. (download at: http://toolbar.google.com/T4/index_pack_xp.html)
Polskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne (Polish Genealogical Association) has regional societies in all major cities.
BTH-G Bydgoskie Towarzystwo Heraldyczno-Genealogiczne
GTG Galicyjskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne
KPTG Kujawsko-Pomorskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne
LTG Lubelskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne
LTG Lubuskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne
MTG Małopolskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne
OTG Opolskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne
OTG Ostrowskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne
PTG Pomorskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne
STG Suwalskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne
ŚTG Śląskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne
TGCP Towarzystwo Genealogiczne Centralnej Polski
TGZC Towarzystwo Genealogiczne Ziemi Częstochowskiej
TG-HwP Towarzystwo Genealogiczno-Heraldyczne w Poznaniu
WTG Warszawskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne
WTGG Wielkopolskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne "Gniazdo"
ŚTG Świętokrzyskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne "Świętogen"
PTH Polskie Towarzystwo Heraldyczne
SPSW Stowarzyszenie Potomków Sejmu Wielkiego
TBP Towarzystwo Bambrów Poznańskich
TGW Towarzystwo Genealogiczne Worsten
ZSP Związek Szlachty Polskiej
Locating Records at the Family History Library
Records of these societies are usually described in the Author/Title section of the FamilySearch Catalog under the name of the society. They are also listed in the Place Search of the catalog under:
POLAND - SOCIETIES
POLAND, (COUNTY) - SOCIETIES
POLAND - GENEALOGY
POLAND, (COUNTY) - GENEALOGY
Some records gathered by societies are listed in the locality section of the FamilySearch Catalog under the type of record. For example, cemetery transcripts gathered by a genealogical society are listed in the catalog under:
POLAND, (COUNTY) - CEMETERIES
Lists and guides that describe the collections of societies are listed in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:
POLAND - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS
POLAND, (COUNTY) - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS
POLAND, (COUNTY), (TOWN) - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS
- FEEFHS Foundation For East European Family History Studies http://feefhs.org/
- http://www.sggee.org (Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe)