Birth Index -- Limited Public Access







Sample of a baptismal transcript. It is not the original record which was entered into a baptismal volume.

by James J. Czuchra

The Birth Index is based on the filmed records of various parishes. These parishes are enumerated here. Be mindful of the dates of inclusion because you will not find entries for births in this index outside of the given date range.

Most of the index is prepared from microfilm copies of parish registers and the index will tell you which film (and usually the item number and page) the record is found on. Many of the record images are available on familysearch.org and the location of the image is given in the index. Subscribers to this website can view a record online at familysearch.org (if they have it online) in a couple of steps-- no need to go to the FHL and deal with microfilm! In addition, subscribers get more sophisticated search capabilities. For example, they can search by father's or mother's name to find all indexed children of a particular family. There is also a capability to search for similar sounding and similar looking names.

Polish place names may be indexed by search engines (eg. Google) by their correct Polish spelling or by their 'English' spelling without the diacritical marks. So a search for Makowarsko might not turn up pages for Mąkowarsko, and vice versa. Jastrząbka Stara might be indexed as Jastrzabka Stara, etc. In short, it may be advisable to search by both spellings.

Birth Index

Enter information into any of the fields below. It is not necessary to fill in both fields. In fact, doing so is only recommended when the name is very common.

exact match: enter the name exactly the way you want it found (e.g., Adam will find ONLY Adam).

match first: enter the first part of name to be matched (e.g., Adam will find Adam, Adamik, Adamowski).

wildcard search: enter any part of the name (e.g., Adam will find Adam, Adamik, Adamowski, and Hadam).

Provided you are using "match first" or "wildcard search", you may use the % character to represent any number of letters and the _ (underline) character to represent one specific letter. Additional explanation here.