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Genealogy & Poland on the Internet and elsewhere

Genealogy & Poland on the Internet and elsewhere

Sections 2-4

(collected by Tom Wodzinski, Canberra, AUSTRALIA)

 

The purpose of this document is to bring together a range of Internet based information sources (as well as any other sources of information) which may be of interest to those with a specific interest in Polish (and related) genealogy. It is hoped that people just starting out in this field will find it a useful starting point.

 

 A more comprehensive coverage of researching Polish genealogy can be found in the publications listed in section 6 of this document.

 

Contributions, suggestions or corrections are always welcomed.

 
This document is sourced from:
a) other FAQs (esp. soc.genealogy.slavic) which may be of direct or indirect relevance;
b) postings to the GENPOL, Poland-Roots-l (and other) Listservs, and Soc.Genealogy.Slavic (and other) newsgroups;
c) E-mailed contributions and suggestions; and
d) just surfing.

Given the dynamic nature of the Internet I do not claim that all of the resources and links identified in this guide are still current. I last checked all the URL's in September 1999.



Contents



SECTION 2. E-MAIL LISTSERVs
N.B. The "Your name" field typically consists of Firstname Lastname

GENPOL
A mailing list for discussions of Polish genealogy. Postings are made in both English and Polish. Mailing address for postings is genpol@plearn.edu.pl.
To subscribe, send an E-Mail to listserv@plearn.edu.pl with the following message: subscribe genpol Firstname Lastname
 

GENPOL in DIGEST MODE
These commands are sent to the
listserv:
set <list> mail postpone no messages will be sent to you until you change mode again
set <list> mail digest your message is not sent back to you. New messages are not sent to you as they arrive, but are accumulated into digests that are periodically sent to you.
 
The <list> are is where you write "genpol" (without any brackets) or <>'s. These things < > are called arguments. The set genpol mail postpone is used if you go away (holiday / vacation etc) and do not want to have 300 pieces of mail waiting upon your return. It enables you to remain subscribed without receiving anything.
 
POLAND-ROOTS-L
A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Poland and the Polish out of Poland.

To post messages to everyone subscribed to this mailing send e-mail to the address poland-roots@rootsweb.com

To subscribe, send the following message to Poland-Roots-request@rootsweb.com

SUBSCRIBE

AND please turn off your signature file or line or box if you have one.
 

POLANDBORDERSURNAMES-L 
A mailing list of surnames for anyone researching genealogy in the former historical borders of Poland including Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Moravia, Hungary, Russia, the Balkans, and East Prussia.

Mailing address for postings is: PolandBorderSurnames-L@rootsweb.com

To subscribe, send an E-Mail to: PolandBorderSurnames-L-request@rootsweb.com

with the following message: subscribe

 
SOC.GENEALOGY.SLAVIC
Gatewayed with the soc.genealogy.slavic newsgroup for the discussion of Slavic genealogy.
To subscribe, send an E-Mail to: gen-slavic-l-request@rootsweb.com with the following message: SUBSCRIBE

To post messages to everyone subscribed to this mailing list, send e-mail to the address: gen-slavic-l@rootsweb.com

POLAND-L
Discussions of Polish culture and events including all subjects related to Poland, Polish Americans, and Eastern Europe (related to Poland).

To post messages to everyone subscribed to this mailing list, send e-mail to the address: poland-l@ubvm.cc.buffalo.edu

To subscribe, send the following message to listserv@ubvm.cc.buffalo.edu

SUBSCRIBE POLAND-L firstname lastname

POLISHLESSONS
A mailing list to assist Poland researchers in translating Polish documents and to further their research while visiting/researching in Poland. Basic vocabulary lessons and pronunciation will be stressed.

Mailing address for postings is polishlessons-l@rootsweb.com

To subscribe send the word "subscribe" (without the quotes) as the only text in the body of a message to polishlessons-l-request@rootsweb.com

HERBARZ
A mailing list for the discussion of Polish and Lithuanian heraldry, the history of the armorial clans, and the genealogy of noble families.

Mailing address for postings is herbarz-l@rootsweb.com

To subscribe send the word "subscribe" (without the quotes) as the only text in the body of a message to herbarz-l-request@rootsweb.com

BELARUS-L
An un-moderated discussion (e-mail) list designed to help coordinate and communicate information concerning the Republic of Belarus and all things related to Belarusian culture, history, language, literature, art, expatriate organizations, publications, etc.

To post messages to everyone subscribed to this mailing list, send e-mail to the address: BELARUS@solar.rtd.utk.edu

To subscribe, send the following message to listproc@solar.rtd.utk.edu

SUBSCRIBE BELARUS firstname lastname

UKRAINIAN
To post messages to everyone subscribed to this mailing list, send e-mail to the address: genealogy@InfoUkes.com

To subscribe, send an email to the address genealogy-request@InfoUkes.com

with no message but with the word SUBSCRIBE as the Subject.

BALT-L
Online forum devoted to communications to and about the Baltic Republics of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Subscription to this list is welcomed from anyone with skills or interests relevant to the Baltics, or who just wants to know what's going on. Short requests to help locate families or villages are carried in general-interest digest messages. Mailing address for postings is balt-l@ubvm.cc.buffalo.edu.
To subscribe, send the following to listserv@ubvm.cc.buffalo.edu:
 SUBSCRIBE BALT-L firstname lastname
 
GEN-DE-L
Gatewayed with the soc.genealogy.german newsgroup for the discussion of German genealogy. Mailing address for postings is gen-de-l@mail.eworld.com (American continent) or gen-de-l@rz.uni-karlsruhe.de (elsewhere in the world).
To subscribe, send the following to listserv@mail.eworld.com (American continent) or listserv@rz.uni-karlsruhe.de (elsewhere in the world):
 SUB GEN-DE-L firstname lastname
There are currently (Aug '96) approximately 80 subscribers to this ListServ.
POMMERN-L
A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Pommern, a German province until 1918 (now in Poland) that borders on the Baltic Sea east of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. To post messages to everyone subscribed to this mailing list, send e-mail to the address: pommern@rmgate.pop.indiana.edu.
 
To subscribe, send the following message to maiser@rmgate.pop.indiana.edu:
 SUB POMMERN
PRUSSIA-ROOTS-L
A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Brandenburg, Hannover (or Hanover), Ostpreussen (East Prussia), Pommern (Pomerania), Posen, Provinz Sachsen (Province of Saxony - northern Saxony), Schleswig-Holstein, Schlesien (Silesia), Westpreussen (West Prussia), Lubeck, Hamburg, and Bremen.
 
To post messages to everyone subscribed to this mailing list, send e-mail to the address: prussia-roots-l@rootsweb.com
To subscribe, send the following message to  prussia-roots-l-request@rootsweb.com SUBSCRIBE
SCHLESIEN-L
A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Schlesien (Silesia), including Ober- Schlesien and Nieder-Schlesien, for the time period when it was under German rule. The German portion of this area is now in Poland. To post messages to everyone subscribed to this mailing list, send e-mail to the address: ger-schlesien@rmgate.pop.indiana.edu.
To subscribe, send the following message to maiser@rmgate.pop.indiana.edu:
 SUB GER-SCHLESIEN
OW-PREUSSEN-L
A mailing list for those interested in sharing and exchanging information on genealogy and history which has a connection to the former East and West Prussia.
 
Mailing address for postings is ow-preussen-l@genealogy.net
 
To subscribe, send the following in the body of your message to majordomo@genealogy.net subscribe OW-PREUSSEN-L
POSEN
A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Posen for the time period when it was under German rule to 1945.
To post messages to everyone subscribed to this mailing list, send e-mail to the address: ger-posen@rmgate.pop.indiana.edu.
 
To subscribe, send the following message to maiser@rmgate.pop.indiana.edu:
 SUB GER-POSEN
LITHUANIA
A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical or historical interest in Lithuania. To post messages to everyone subscribed to this mailing list, send e-mail to the address: lithuania@rmgate.pop.indiana.edu.
 
To subscribe, send the following message to maiser@rmgate.pop.indiana.edu:
 SUB LITHUANIA
GER-RUS2
A mailing list for general discussions of Germans from Russia genealogy and family research. To post messages to everyone subscribed to this mailing list, send e-mail to the address: ger-rus2@listserv.nodak.edu.
To subscribe, send the following message to listserv@listserv.nodak.edu:
 SUBSCRIBE GER-RUS2
 
GERMAN-BOHEMIAN-L
A discussion group for those interested in sharing information about the culture, genealogy and heritage of the German-speaking people of Bohemia and Moravia, now the Czech Republic. To post messages to everyone subscribed to this mailing list, send e-mail to the address: german-bohemian-l@rootsweb.com.
To subscribe, send the following message to german-bohemian-l-request@rootsweb.com:
 SUBSCRIBE
MORAVIA
A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Moravia, now part of the Czech Republic.

Mailing address for postings is moravia-l@rootsweb.com

To subscribe send the word SUBSCRIBE as the only text in the body of a message to moravia-l-request@rootsweb.com

AUSTRIA
A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical or historical interest in Austria including the German speaking lands annexed to Italy at the end of World War I. To post messages to everyone subscribed to this mailing list, send e-mail to the address: austria@rmgate.pop.indiana.edu.
To subscribe, send the following message to maiser@rmgate.pop.indiana.edu:
 SUB AUSTRIA
BUKOVINA-GEN
The Bukovina Genealogy mailing list is a discussion group for those researching their genealogy and family history in Bukovina, a former crownland of the Austrian Empire (a.k.a. Bucovina, Bukowina, Bukovyna, or Buchenland), now divided between Romania and Ukraine. To post messages to everyone subscribed to this mailing list, send e-mail to the address: bukovina-gen@gpfn.sk.ca.
To subscribe, send the following message to listproc@gpfn.sk.ca:
 SUBSCRIBE BUKOVINA-GEN Firstname Lastname
EMIGRATION-SHIPS
The "real" experts on ship arrivals and passenger lists are to be found on this ListServ.

To post messages to everyone subscribed to this mailing list, send e-mail to the address: EMIGRATION-SHIPS@northwest.com

To subscribe, send the following message to majordomo@northwest.com

SUBSCRIBE EMIGRATION-SHIPS

*** also make sure you turn off your Email's automatic signature line.

THE SHIPSLIST
TheShipsList is for anyone interested in the ships carrying immigrants to the US. Subjects include emigration/immigration, ports of entry, ports of departure, ship descriptions and history, passenger lists and other information.

To subscribe, send the following message to TheShipsList-L-request@rootsweb.com  SUBSCRIBE

LVIV (LWOW) JEWISH GENEALOGY
To subscribe, send the following message to listserve@lyris.jewishgen.org

subscribe lviv your-first-name your-last-name

OR subscribe via the WWW homepage as follows:

At http://www.jewishgen.org, select "Special Interest Group Mailing Lists" and click on "Subscribe". The automated web form will take you through the process, then scroll down to where you will see Lviv Area listed, tick the little circle to the left, scroll down to the submit button and you're done.

For a comprehensive listing of all Genealogy Email Listservs on the Internet
http://members.aol.com/johnf14246/gen_mail.html
http://www.cyndislist.com/mailnews.htm
E-Mail ListServ Search Facilities
Liszt: Searchable Directory of e-Mail Discussion Groups (ListServ's)
Polish Genealogy Forum at Family Treemaker
Polish Genealogy Forum at PolishRoots™


SECTION 3. NEWSGROUPS

Soc.Genealogy.Slavic
It covers east, west and south Slavs - from Russia and Belarus thru the Ukraine to Poland and south thru Czech, Slovak and Carpatho-Rusyn areas to Bulgaria and the countries that used to be a part of Yugoslavia
The HomePage for soc.genealogy.slavic
 
Soc.Genealogy.German

Soc.Genealogy.Jewish

Soc.Genealogy.Surnames
Although Surnames are permitted in newsgroups such as soc.genealogy.slavic, you will reach a far wider audience in newsgroup soc.genealogy.surnames.
 
Soc.Genealogy.Marketplace
Whereas commercialism is discouraged in newsgroups such as soc.genealogy.slavic and email listservs, it is often useful to find out what products are available and find a way to sell your old books. This is the appropriate forum.
 
Soc.Genealogy.Methods
This group has some outstanding professionals monitoring the group.
Soc.Genealogy.Computing
This is where you go to learn about things such as the latest genealogical computer programs.
For a comprehensive listing of all Genealogy Newsgroups on the Internet
http://members.aol.com/johnf14246/gen_use.html
http://www.cyndislist.com/mailnews.htm


SECTION 4. ONLINE SURNAME DATABASES and DICTIONARIES

Rafal Prinke's Polish Genealogy Surname Database
Currently provides the largest (public) surname database on the Internet specialising in Polish surname. As of April 1997, the database had just over 3800 entries. It is located on a server at the Uni of Poznan (Poland). Where all good GENPOLers and POLAND-ROOTSers should register the surnames that they are researching (and look occasionally).

The WWW site to contact in order to search for, or submit Polish surnames is;

http://hum.amu.edu.pl/~rafalp/GEN/wykaz-eng.html (In English)

or http://hum.amu.edu.pl/~rafalp/GEN/wykaz.html (In Polish)
 

PGS Surname Lists
To date (Jan '98), the following three PGS's have had the vision to publish its members surname list on their Internet WWW page:
PGS of Minnesota
PGS of California
PGS of Texas

Other PGS WWW sites of interest:
PGS of Connecticut and the North East
PGS of New York State
PGS of Michigan

 
FEEFHS Research Lists
Belarus 
Bohemia
Brandenburg
Czech Republic
East Prussian
Galicia
Kashubian
Lithuanian
Poland
Posen
Silesian / Schlesien
Ukrainian
West Prussian

Poland GenWeb

Poland Border Surname Home Page

Lineages Genealogical Surname Queries

PolishRoots SurnameSearch

Carpatho-Rusyn (and related) Surname Research Lists:
http://www.carpatho-rusyn.org/surnames.htm
http://www.carpatho-rusyn.org/gencom/index.html
http://www.iarelative.com/search.htm
 
CZECH REPUBLIC, MORAVIA, BOHEMIA Surname Research Lis

GERMAN-BOHEMIAN SURNAME Research List **Researching Link

Family History Centre (FHC) Web Site incl. IGI Surname database
RSL or ROOTS Surname List
The RSL is a database of surnames (over 100,000 in summer of 1996, submitted by nearly 7,000 researchers) with associated dates and locations, and information on how to contact the person who submitted the surnames. Its purpose is to help genealogical researchers locate others interested in sharing and comparing data about the same families. The database can be searched interactively via the World Wide Web from three sites:
http://www.rootsweb.com/rootsweb/
http://www.rand.org/personal/Genea/
 
Once on the site, choose "more about the RSL". There is an entire section there, explaining how it works. You type all your names in the formula that is listed there, and then the names stay available on the World Wide Web for at least a year, waiting for other researchers to come along and find them.
 
It can also be searched interactively via e-mail. For more information about it, including how to submit data, how to obtain a full copy, how to search interactively via e-mail, etc. visit the URL
http://www.rootsweb.com/roots-l/family.readme.html
 
The COMPUTERIZED ANCESTOR
THE COMPUTERIZED ANCESTOR is a database containing over 1,000,000 names with associated dates, places, and spouses, primarily from the USA, pre-1900. About 2/3rds of the entries have been generated from GEDCOM files and are coded to the name and address of the submitter. The remaining 1/3 are from other sources, and there is a fee to obtain more information on those.
The database is available from the URL
http://www.montana.com/yates/
 
LOMZA YIZKOR BOOK INDEX
This database is designed for genealogical researchers who are interested in Jewish records and research in the city of Lomza, Poland. In 1992-1995 an effort was made to create an index of the "Sefer Zikaron Le Kehilat Lomza" (Lewinski, Y.T.,ed; 1952, Tel Aviv, Israel) also known as the Lomza Yizkor Book. The Index, completed in 1996 contains more than 5000 records of Jews who lived in that town. There are two flavours for the database: 'shareware' and 'registered'. The shareware version includes no duplication of last names. The registered version is the entire database with all duplicated records by last name. The registered version is available for a small fee ($7 in 1996) or pro-bono if requested.
 To read more about the database try:
http://users.aol.com/rechtman

GENDEX
GENDEX is "an enterprise devoted to advancing the progress of family history and genealogy research on the World Wide Web." It has a searchable database of over 400,000 names. This server indexes hundreds of World Wide Web databases containing genealogical data for hundreds of thousands of individuals, and gives you the ability to locate and view data of interest to you on any of these databases, without having to go and visit each of the databases separately. This server is also the home of the "GED2HTML" shareware program, which can create web pages from GEDCOM data. The address is http://www.gendex.com/
 
The mailing list is CLA-L@mininet.systems.smu.edu.
 
Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS) surname databases
The FEEFHS has a large number of surname databases (+30) at its site (a keyword search facility is provided).
Ancestry Search-Database Search Index
 
Other online databases
http://www.cyndislist.com/database.htm

ONLINE DICTIONARIES

Web of On-Line Dictionaries

Pedro's Dictionaries
Links to Dictionaries of the following languages (alphabetical order): Estonian, German, Hungarian, Latin, Slovak, Slovene, Russian, and others.
 
Other Dictionary sites
http://galaxy.uci.agh.edu.pl/~polak/slownik/
http://www.june29.com/HLP/show.cgi?ml
www.word2word.com/dictionary.html

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