Library and Resource Center

Explore your family history using the resources of our Archive and Resource Center. 

** Some of these materials can be viewed by appointment only.

Początki (Beginnings)
An introduction to Polish genealogy and
designed for those just starting out on the paper trail.  To view this document, please click here.

Pathways and Passages
Our own newsletter is published twice a year, Winter and Summer, for current members.  You can read a sample of articles wrriten for our newsletter or  view an index to our publication's past issues or purchase some of these issues by using our Request Form

Church Directories
These directories list the addresses and provide a brief history of Roman Catholic parishes in Poland, many with photos.  We also have several for Polish territory now in Lithuania and Belarus plus a list of Russian Orthodox and Lutheran parishes in present-day Poland.  Please click here for more information and a listing of our Church Directories. 

Gazetteers / Geographical Dictionaries
We have the Slownik Geograficzny (Geographical Dictionary) of Poland dating from the end of the 19th century, maps showing parish locations from the 1700s as well as current maps, the 1934, 1967 and 1982 gazetteers for Poland, tourist guidebooks for certain areas and other miscellanea of a geopolitical nature. Our collection, which also houses many street maps for the northeastern United States, can be viewed here.

Vital Records Index From Polish Town Halls
We have access to a list of vital statistics registers of birth, marriage and death which are extant and for what years from the critical period 1880-1945.  There is a small fee for obtaining this information.  For the availability of filmed vital records prior to 1880, please visit a Family History Center branch library at a local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) near you or consult the LDS website at

Archival Guides
We have archival guides for most of Poland's archives, some providing detailed annotations for certain record groups.  To view our collection, please click here.

Microfiche Index to Russian Consulate Records
If your ancestor was from the Russian partition of Poland, and may have had business with the Russian consultate, you may find his or her name in this compilation.  ** Please contact the society to view these records.

Nobility Sources
We have volumes which give brief descriptions of noble families including those by Boniecki and Nieciecki.  Our collection contains numerous Polish Parish Anniversary Books giving detailed accounts of various Polish Roman Catholic and National Catholic parishes, principally from the northeastern states.  If you have such publications, please consider donating them to our collection.  Our collection can be viewed here.

Need Documents Translated?
We maintain a list of professional translators who work in Polish, Russian and Latin, many with advanced degrees in the appropriate languages.

Need a Speaker for a Meeting or Workshop?
Contact us to discuss your needs.  We can provide speakers or instructors for seminars or genealogy mini-courses.

Surname Sources
In our collection is the Slownik Nazwisk, a 1990 listing of all surnames in use currently in Poland, providing the total number of bearers and their distribution by province.  This series can be used in conjunction with our collection of Polish Telephone Books to recover the exact names and addresses of persons bearing your surname.  We also have the CD-ROM telephone directory for the United States.  See our database of changed surnames as well.  ** Please contact the society to view these sources.

We have the microfilmed index for Connecticut naturalizations up to 1938.  Our staff, nearly all bilingual, can assist you by suggesting alternative spellings for the names you are seeking, if you are having a problem.   ** Please contact the society to view this index.