Nearly 20 million Poles and people of Polish origin live outside Poland what makes this diaspora one of the largest in the world.
Being a second or third generation born outside Poland might make the root tracing process a bit challenging. Most likely your family name has been misspelt or even changed, you have no clue where your grandfather was born as sometimes it was said that he was born in Poland, then in Russia and suddenly you find out that he considered himself to be German – all due to European, historical turmoil. Average person doesn’t know much about their family heritage usually because of a belief repeated by the relatives, along the lines of: “it is not possible”, “the documents were burnt”, “grandparents did not want to talk about their lives, we should respect their decision”, etc.
Good news is that many various documents have been preserved until this day. Including vital records, censuses, military and student files, address books, ID applications and many more. Thanks to those files we can learn the names of our ancestors, their pre-war addresses and in some cases find a photograph or hand written letter of theirs. All of the above enable us to imagine what their daily life was like.
For many years I have been professionally involved in genealogical research and have solved hundreds if not thousands of cases already.
Here’s the specific list of things I can help you with:
Effective genealogical research requires the know-how and time. Often plenty of it. Thanks to many years of professional experience, a search result that can take you years to find I can probably achieve in a few weeks time.
In this work it is necessary to know several languages and also own a skilled eye to read Cyrillic, Kurrent and Latin manuscripts, and in some cases the Hebrew alphabet comes in handy. Historical knowledge, efficient navigation in many databases, experience in working in archives and the ability to analyse the acquired information are equally important here.
By commissioning me to do your research, you will:
The most important are:
After couple of weeks the final report is ready. It will contain everything I managed to find. The copies of found documents, translations, checked sources and detailed summary. If it is possible to continue with the research, I will also describe possible further steps.
Please note that I can’t promise anything. Sometimes the specific document I look for may not be found. It can be either misplaced, missing or even worse, non-existing anymore (i.e. destroyed in an archive fire decades ago). Unfortunately, I can’t predict it before the research starts, as I often find out about this many hours into the research. This fact doesn’t affect the price we agreed on.
The reports may differ a bit. There are no two reports that look the same. Depending on the place of your family origin the birth, marriage and death certificates (from the Prussian, Austrian and Russian Partitions) are different regarding the form and content.
The final report consists of copies of documents, translations, maps and a summary. I describe the whole process, explain the connection between certain people, mention the sources and the historical context. I also present further possibilities.
Sometimes a specific act may not be found for various reasons – migrations, gaps in the records, destruction of documents in a fire or during wars. In such cases the price doesn’t change as the same amount of effort is put in a research regardless the final result.
The reports may differ more or less depending on the place where the family came from (e.g. documents from the Prussian, Austrian and Russian partitions differ in form, language and content).
Based on the gathered information (yours and mine), I will prepare a plan and a quote – if you accept it, I will ask you to send me the down payment and I start the research. Usually it takes about 1 month and if takes longer, I keep you updated.
I will reply to your inquiry within 3 working days and this part is free of charge. Perhaps I will ask you a few additional questions or will present a research plan.
The more details you provide, the more things I can discover so I please share everything you know, especially:
And most importantly – if you have little information, don’t worry. I will find a solution in such situations as well.