We specialize in Polish Genealogy Research
No two genealogy projects are the same. While each research project has similarities, each customer has different expectations. Some customers want help filling out an existing tree, while others want the same with full source citations.
We like to speak with our clients before a project starts.
Before we began if you have done any prior research we suggest you send copies of any information you have.
This will help prevent duplication a previously researched or known information and cuts down on time and cost.
We have a multi-step process that has worked for us over the years.
Phase 1 – United States Records (3 Hours Max)
We find it best to trace your family from the 1940s back to the point of immigration before we jump the pond and gather Polish records.
This preliminary research provides us a better overall understanding of your family. Sometimes it gives clues and information you may be unaware of. During this phase, we can determine what your ancestors did for a living, where they lived who their neighbors were and potential cousins that may have been lost over time.
Note: if you have already done this preliminary phase we can review what you have and determine if we can locate any online Polish records thereby skipping this part in moving to face two.
The records we locate during this phase include:
- Census and voter lists- census records give a wealth of information on where the family lived if they rented or owned a listing of household members possible borders or other family living with them job information and income number of children born versus living and other details.
- Birth marriage and death records- in these records we may locate birth, marriage and divorce documents. We may also discover children that passed or unknown spouses & marriages.
- Church and school records- sometimes with photos!
- Immigration and travel records- this by far is the most important of our fines is this helps us locate information regarding the point of entry into the United States. Not everyone came to Ellis Island, some immigrants cross the border from Canada, or entered through other ports such as Philadelphia. These documents contain information regarding:
- where the immigrant was headed and who they were staying with.
- Where they were born and the last place of residence.
- Whom to contact back in the Fatherland and where they reside.
- How much money the immigrant had on hand.
- Other marks on these documents help us determine if your ancestor became a naturalized citizen. If they did, we could help you obtain those records.
- Military records – these records include draft enlistment and service records. Also World War I and World War II draft notices, casualty soldier veteran, and prison roles and lists. Awards and decorations of honor and more.
- Newspaper articles – we have access to numerous newspaper archives. We find things like old obituaries, marriage and birth notices. These records generally help families recall cousins they may have forgotten.
Phase 2 – Polish Records
Many Polish records are now available online. There are hundreds of sites with this information and finding them is a task in itself. We subcontract with only a few of the best Polish genealogists in the world. We do this to save you time and money.
- Birth marriage and death records are generally available. In some instances only indexes are available and are researcher must travel to the archives to gather the actual documents. You will get digital copies of all the documents we can find.
- Translations: many of these documents are written in various languages. Typically records are found in Polish Russian German and Latin. We translate these records for you giving you all the details within.
- Record gaps and missing records: sometimes there are gaps in the records or books are missing. The church has not released some. Each area is vastly different. Some archives go back hundreds of years while others only 50.
- On-site searches: we can do on-site searches. Art contacts go directly to the records offices in your ancestral hometown. There they can search records less than 100 years old. You are required to sign a document in front of a notary public granting the researcher permission to research these records on your behalf. This phase can be rewarding as living family members may be located.
- Living relatives: if we locate living family are researcher can visit them and help you make contact.
Our hourly rate is $35 per hour. From our experiences, we suggest 10 hours for most research projects.
As we work on your project, we keep you up-to-date as far as time and what we have located. We like to stay in frequent contact with you to keep you informed. If we do not use all the time allotted you are refunded.