- Ancestry's Guide to Research
by J. Cerny and A. Eakle. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry Publishing.
A great book for beginning genealogists!
- Tracing Your Ancestry by F. Wilbur Helmbold.
Another good resource for American genealogy.
- The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy
by Val D. Greenwood. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1001
N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD, 21202
Often the text of choice in courses in American genealogy. The National Genealogical
Society uses it as its basic text in their home study courses.
- Voices in Your Blood by G.G. Vandagriff.
Narrative, humanistic approach to American genealogy by an author of Polish/German
- Handbook of Genealogical Sources
by George K. Schweitzer, Ph.D., ScD, Knoxville, TN:407 Regent Court, Knoxville,
A very detailed, step-by-step handbook for locating American genealogical
sources with precise information on how to get information from them. Barbara
Fink is especially in awe of its thoroughness.
- Guide to Genealogical Research in the National
by Staff of the National Archives. National Archives and Records Service,
The National Archives houses major U.S. genealogical resources: censuses,
naturalization papers, ships lists, etc. This book tells you what's there
and how to access it.
- Polish Roots
by Rosemary A. Chorzempa. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.,
1001 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.
Basic American and Polish Genealogy. Good reference and informative Polish
- Essentials in Polish Genealogical Research
by Daniel M. Schlyter. Chicago, IL: Polish Genealogical Society of America.
A MUST. Explains basic research but, most
importantly, explains what Polish resources are to be found
in the Family History Library and how to use those resources.
This library is the most comprehensive genealogical resource
library in the world. Their Polish holdings are numerous and
- The Study of Obituaries as a Source for Polish
by Thomas E. Golembiewski. Chicago, IL: Polish Genealogical Society of America.
Contains glossaries for terms describing causes of death, religious titles,
abbreviations, common family relationship terms.
- Index to the Obituaries and Death Notices Appearing
in the Dziennik Chicagoski
compiled by Thomas Hollowak and William F. Hoffman. Chicago, IL: Polish Genealogical
Society of America. Four volumes covering the years 1890-1929.
The Dziennik Chicagoski was the prominent Polish language newspaper in Chicago.
Wonderful resource for those whose families ever lived in Chicago. Also a
good resource for finding accepted spellings of Polish family surnames.
- The Latin Church in the Polish Commonwealth
by Stanislaw Litak. Chicago, IL: Polish Genealogical Society of America.
Excellent resource for finding an ancestral village church. Church sites
expanded over the years, but these churches generally continued to exist.
Includes village index and maps.
- Roman Catholic Parishes in the Polish People's
Republic in 1984
by Lidia Mullerowa. Chicago, IL: Polish Genealogical Society of America.
For more recent church locations. It also includes village and town index
and numerous maps.
- A Translation Guide to 19th Century Polish-Language
Civil-Registration Documents: (Birth Marriage and Death Records)
compiled and edited by Judith R. Frazin. Northbrook, IL: Jewish Genealogical
Society of Illinois, c/o 1025 Antique Lane, Northbrook, IL 60062
A step-by-step blueprint for Polish-to-English translations of these key
documents. Especially good genealogical vocabulary indexes in English-to-Polish
and Polish-to-English. Although helpful in all Polish research translations,
it is extremely helpful to those whose ancestors came from Russian Poland
before the records were required to be written in Russian.
- Following the Paper Trail: A Multilingual Translation
by Jonathan D. Shea and William F. Hoffman. Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, Inc.,
P.O. Box, Teaneck, NJ 07666
A more encompassing though less detailed guide to translating civil and church
records. Also has genealogical vocabulary terms for each language. Among
the many languages included are German, Latin, Polish and Russian.
- Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings
by William F. Hoffman. Chicago, IL: Polish Genealogical Society of America.
A fun read and a comprehensive explanation of our incomprehensible ancestral
surnames. Includes an index of some 30,000 common surnames.
- Euro-Reiseatlas Polen (Poland) by R.V. Verlag.
Published in Germany but available at genealogical bookstores. Best atlas
of modern Poland. Almost all the villages and towns in existence are
included. A worthwhile purchase. 1:200,000 maps.
- Polish and Proud: Tracing Your Polish Ancestry
by Jon and Len Gnacinski.
May be out of print but is available at the Chicago Polish Library and Museum.
Particularly good for its Polish letter writing
guide in which you need only "fill in the blanks."
- Slownik Nazu Geogisiczn by Rospond.
This out-of-print dictionary may be found in genealogical libraries and the
Polish Library and Museum in Chicago.
This is a dictionary of Polish names for formerly held German-named locations.
It is essential for research to know both the Polish and equivalent German
name of your ancestor's town or village if it was ever under German control.
- Index to the Newsletters. Journals and Bulletins
of the Polish Genealogical Society of America 1979-1993
compiled by Rosemary A. Chorzempa and George Wieslaw Helon. Chicago, IL:
Polish Genealogical Society of America.
Name says it all. Articles are listed by author, subject, title, along with
an index of surnames, locations, etc. mentioned in the articles. Get this
index. As you progress with your research, you will refer back to it again
We are including a few suggestions that may be of
help to those who have an interest in researching their Polish heraldry.
- Over the years many excellent articles about heraldry
have been written in the various newsletters, journals and bulletins
of the PGSA. Look through the above-mentioned Index for
the location of these articles.
- The Polish Library and Museum in Chicago has a
number of books on heraldry. Of special note are Herbarz Polska (Armorials
of Poland) by Stupnicki and Herbarz Polski by Kasper Nesieki.
These are both written in Polish.
- Everton's Genealogical Helper
Published bimonthly by Everton Publishers Inc., P.O. Box 368, Logan, Utah
84323-0368. Telephone: 800 433-6325. Subscription rates: $24/yr.
Often called the "Genealogist's Bible," it is considered a great
general genealogical magazine. It consists primarily of a very large queries
section, some articles, and many, many pages of advertising for genealogical
products and services. Our personal opinion is that it is a worthwhile "read"---in
your local library, not through a subscription. Good magazine in which to
place a query.
- Heritage Ouest Magazine
Published bimonthly by the American Genealogical Lending Library, 593 W.
100 North, P.O. Box 329, Bountifill, Utah 84011. Subscription rates:
An excellent magazine for general genealogical information with an endless
variety of interesting articles. In contrast to the Genealogical Helper,
it's well worth a subscription.
- Bulletin of the Polish Genealogical
Society of America and Rodziny:
Journal of the Polish Genealogical Society of America.
Both are offered with membership in the PGSA. If you're into Polish genealogy,
we think membership is a good idea
It's worth your while to have knowledge of bookstores
that specialize in genealogy. They will have most books you seek
and keep you abreast of the latest new books being published. We
have had great success purchasing books from the following vendors
and can, therefore, recommend them to you.
- Storebeck's Genealogy and Computer Store,
16515 Dane Court East, Brookfield, WI 53005. Telephone: 414 783-7616.
- Origins, 4327 Milton Ave., Janesville, WI
53546 608 757-2777
- Avotaynu, P.O. Box 900, Teaneck, NJ 07666.
- PGSA, c/o Marcia Bergman, 926 Oxford Lane,
Wilmette, IL 60091
Prepared by Barbara Bieszczat, Barbara Fink, and
Dorothy Pancoast of the PGSA.