Mission & FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

The goal of this website is to develop resources (mostly indexes) for genealogists doing research on Polish ancestors here and abroad. Genealogical societies, sadly, often do not provide the vision and leadership to initiate and sustain projects of this nature. Ideally, the resources of this site will include records of Polonia nationwide.

Links to Online Images

Now it's easier for subscribers to find some of the records indexed on this website. If the image is online, the Parish/Location column may show a link to get you closer to the image faster. The link brings you to the first page of the appropriate online image collection (you may be prompted to log in to familysearch.org first). Enter the value in the LDS Image column and click Go. This should take you to the image containing the indexed record. Just two easy steps!

St. Joseph Church, Lockport, IL

St. Joseph Church in Lockport, IL was founded in 1868 by German immigrants. There were few Polish families in this parish but is included here because it was my home parish and is part of my "family". The parish records don't start until 1874. There seemed to be a lot of crossover between St. Joseph and St. Alphonsus in Lemont. So, maybe the person you are looking for is in Lemont. Before St. Joseph's was established, the only other Catholic church in Lockport was St. Dennis-- another place to search out.

Maps on this Site

Many of the maps on this site have some interesting features that are not readily apparent unless you do a little experimenting. They are not your typical static maps like we find in print. These maps are interactive.

Map of Jastrząbka Stara and Vicinity

Use the slider in the upper right hand corner of the map to darken or lighten the old map overlay over the modern satellite

Map of Kołas (Kollas) and Koźmin Wielkopolski (Koschmin)

Kołas was a suburb of Koźmin and the source of the Kołaski family name.

Partial Map of Chicago in 1873

This overlay map is from 1873 (2 years after the Chicago Fire) and is centered around the northside Polish neighborhood.

Polish Roman Catholic Churches in the Archdiocese of Omaha, NE

The Polish Catholic churches were identified based primarily on The Polish-American Parish published in 1963 by the Orchard Lake Schools, Henry P. Mucha, editor. One such church was St.

Polish Roman Catholic Churches in the Diocese of Grand Island, NE

The Diocese of Grand Island was formed in 1912 at Kearney, NE but moved to Grand Island in 1917.

Beware of "Selected record" Transcripts

It is fairly common practice for family researchers to view records and extract information for not only their known family members but also "same surnamed" individuals that they haven't had the time yet to sort through. These lists are shared on the web in the hope that someone else might benefit from them and that someone will connect to their family. Some of these lists are fairly extensive and might give the impression that someone took the time to index a complete volume of records. Be sure to read the description of the list.

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