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The Archives of Poland and where to find Online Genealogy Records for Poland

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The tables below show the Archives of Poland and where to find Online Genealogy Records for Poland with collections originating from each archive. Be sure to look at the archive itself because many of the archives host their own unique collections in addition to records they permit others to host.

This was such a large table I had to post pdfs of the table here, but this link will take you to the spreadsheet itself and all the archives link to their official website and each secondary record provider links to that site through the column title or a checkmark in the column beneath the title.

Understanding the Table Columns

  • The first column lists the National Archives of Poland, then the state archives of Poland in alphabetical order with their related branch archive(s).

  • The second column lists the territorial scope of each archive by provinces covered.

  • The remaining columns identify places, other than the archive itself, where you can find images, indexes, or transcriptions of collections. These websites include:

    • Search the Archives – the official online database for free images of records from all Polish archives (many images pending online publication

    • GenBaza – free, digitized images from several Polish archives, needs free registration to see some scans

    • Geneteka – free, digitized images and some vital record indexes from state and church archives, hosted by the Polish Genealogical Society in Poland

    • JRI-Poland – English site with primarily Jewish records in Poland but not exclusively Jewish, requires free registration

    • AGAD – the official search site for the Central Archives of Historical Records in Poland, free, online images

    • Gesher Galicia – transcribed records for the Galicia region of Poland in southeastern Poland and western Ukraine

    • Archeion.net – the new online search system, AtOM (Access to Memory), from the State Archives in Wroclaw for hosting collections online, a few thousand images currently

    • Lubgens – a free site for indexes of birth, marriage, and death records from the Lublin region of Poland, more than 630 parishes

    • Genealogy in the Archives – a free site initiated by the State Archives in Toruń and Bydgoszcz for images and indexes of vital records and parish records from Kuyavian-Pomerania, Pomerania, Western Pomerania, and Masovia in central and northwestern Poland

    • Poznan Project – a free index of marriages from the 1800s in the Poznan province (formerly Prussia), now Greater Poland and Kuyavian-Pomerania

    • BaSIA – free indexes of parish and civil registers from Greater Poland and Kuyavian-Pomerania provided by volunteers and Wielkopolska Genealogical Society (WTG)

    • PomGenBase – free indexes of birth, marriage, and death records for the Pomeranian region provided by volunteers and the Pomeranian Genealogical Association

    • Szpejankoskiches and Szpejenkowskis – a family surname site with free records and information for the provinces of Masovia, Kuyavian-Pomerania, and Warmia-Masuria (where their family lived)

    • Podlaska Digital Library – a digital image site for Podlaski Lublin and that general region of Poland

    • Upper Silesian Genealogical Society – free images and some indexes of vital records including civil registers and church records (Catholic, Evangelical, and Jewish) in Upper Silesia

    • Silesian Digital Library – free site hosted by the State Archives of Katowice with images and indexes, including online scans of birth records

 

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June 4, 2017 |

The Barbour Collection – Fee or Free

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The Barbour Collection is the best early vital records collection for Connecticut birth, marriage, and death records, aside from town vital records. It’s named after Lucius B. Barbour, Connecticut’s examiner of public records in the early 1900s. It’s a statewide index of Connecticut birth, marriage, and death records listed alphabetically and by towns.

The date ranges vary by town, based on when the town was created and started keeping records. In Connecticut, by law, each town was and still is responsible for keeping and maintaining the birth records, marriage records, and death records for that town.

Barbour, as well as those he enlisted, went town to town copying these vital records. They attempted to compile records through 1850 but some towns have records up to 1870. The Barbour Collection is not complete, and AmericanAncestors (NEHGS) has a great article explaining some known deficiencies.

 

David Rumsey Map Collection 1855 Map of Connecticut published by Desilver & Butler Cowperthwait

David Rumsey Map Collection 1855 Map of Connecticut published by Desilver & Butler Cowperthwait

 

Fee options for the Barbour Collection

AmericanAncestors.com

AmericanAncestors has the Barbour Collection published as images from typescripts donated to the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) by Mr. Barbour’s family in 1938. It’s organized first by town, then alphabetically.

Ancestry.com 

Ancestry has the Barbour Collection online searchable by either births, deaths, marriages, or towns and their data comes from The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, Vol. 1-55, Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002, edited by Lorraine Cook White.

Genealogical.com – books

Genealogical sells individual volumes of  The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, Vol. 1-55, Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002, edited by Lorraine Cook White.

Amazon.com – books

Amazon sells individual volumes of  The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, Vol. 1-55, Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002, edited by Lorraine Cook White.

FamilySearch microfilm

FamilySearch has microfilms of the Barbour Collection available for research at any of their participating facilities. Search for a facility near you to order and view these films.

Connecticut town clerks 

Connecticut Town Clerks have the Barbour Collection and more. They have records from the time the town was formed to the present. There is usually a fee for requesting a record look-up at the town clerk’s office and they may require a request for a certified copy. As far as the specific Barbour Collection goes, according to AmericanAncestors/NEHGS, “a copy was sent to each town clerk. The town books are labeled “The Arnold Copy” and are known to many town clerks only by that name.”

VitalChek for a few towns

VitalChek doesn’t have the Barbour Collection, per se, but VitalCheck has access to birth, marriage, and death records for a few Connecticut towns for a fee.

 

FREE options for the Barbour Collection

Online Transcriptions

Several sites have posted free transcriptions of parts of the Barbour Collection. The two websites with the most transcriptions are CtGenWeb and New Horizons Genealogy. I’ve found about one-third of the Barbour Collection town records available online as free transcriptions. (For example, CtGenWeb has Barbour collections posted for Windham County.)

Libraries 

Some libraries and archives, including NEHGS, have the complete set of The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, Vol. 1-55, Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002, edited by Lorraine Cook White

 

I’ll be updating this blog with a link to a comparison chart* where you can access the fee & free online Barbour Collection sites. Best in your research whether it’s fee or free!

*Comparison chart for Fee or Free Barbour Collection options

March 27, 2017 |
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