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.

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.

Online Images and Cataloging Problems

I am very happy that the LDS has been putting images of records online. But, I don't like their cataloging of the online material. For example, images of catholic parish records for the Archdiocese of Chicago are online. Most of these were originally on microfilm and were scanned to create digital images.

Duncan, Platte County, Nebraska

Duncan is a town about 8 miles west of Columbus. Early on, its post office was known as Cherry Hill. The Union Pacific Railroad ran through the area and named it Jackson.

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