Pommerscher Verein Freistadt
The Pomeranian Society of Freistadt
The Pomeranian Society of Freistadt

Polish Records

Polish Records for Former Pomeranian Areas Under Polish Jurisdiction

Archives in Hinterpommern - Polen

The Polish State Archives (Naczelna Dyrekcja Archiwów Panstwowych) maintains the older German church and civil records. There are five district archives for the regions of what was formerly Hinterpommern.  Many of these records dating before 1880 have been microfilmed by the LDS Church, and are available in the U.S. through the Family History Library.

Hinterpommern civil records (Urzad Stanu Cywilnego) were originally recorded in the local town office. Vital records less than 100 years old are located in the town's local government office, while records older than 100 years are at one of the Polish State Archives regional branches.

The Polish State and District archives include:

Additional Information

  • Ancestral Attic: Poland Research and Tours.
  • Architektura Sakralna Pomorza Zachodniego Pictures of former Pommern churches in Poland. Select A to Z on the right and it brings up church pictures from many different cities/villages. It gives the Polish name with the German name in smaller letters below.
  • Archives in Poland. The holdings of the archives in Poland. In many cases they are only a brief overview. Knowledge of Polish and how the archives are organized is helpful in finding information. (In English and Polish)
  • Blatt, Warren. Vital Records in Poland.
  • Consulate General of Poland, 1530 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60610-1695 Email:polcon@interaccess.com
  • Deutsch-Polnsich Ortsname Index. Index to German-Polish place names. (In German)
  • Diözesanarchiv Posen (Poznan) Church records from over 300 congregations in the archdiocese of Poznan. (In German)
  • Discovering Roots. "Discovering Roots" can help you visit Poland, find your ancestral towns, research your roots and imagine how your ancestors lived here in the old days that are gone, although the traces are still easy to find!
  • Genealogy and Poland: A Guide. Millions of people all around the world trace their roots to the territory of present-day Poland. Their ancestors might have been of Polish, German, Jewish, Ruthenian or other ethnic backgrounds and they might have belonged to the Roman Catholic, Greek Catholic, Lutheran, Orthodox, Calvinist or Mennonite Churches, or professed Judaism. This guide is designed for helping their descendants in researching their family's history dating back to different times and places in contemporary Poland. 
  • "How to Apply for a Certificate from Poland." Sample letters to a Polish parish, Ecclesiastical Archive, Polish State Archive, and Polish Civil Registration Office. (In English)
  • Kilburn, Paul. "Germany Then, Poland Now." Everton's Family History, May/June 2004, 22-25.
  • Maps and Cities of Poland.  The map itself contains all polish cities of more than 15.000 inhabitants. At present over 85 of these cities have links and 45 of them with information in English.
  • Obtaining Polish Records.  Information on how to get information from various archives and libraries in Poland. (In English)
  • Polish Genealogical Society of America, 984 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622 , Email: pgsamerica@aol.com (Research information, bulletin boards, and other Polish help. In English)
  • Regions of Poland. Regions of Poland, past and present. (In English)
  • Research Reports from Polish archives by Polish researcher. From the web page of Dr. R. Reuben Drefs. (.rtf file - In English) 
  • Staatsarchiv Bromberg (Bydgoszcz) Brief information about the state archive in Bromberg. (In Polish)
  • Staatsarchiv Danzig (Gdansk) Brief information about the state archive for West Prussia. (In Polish)
  • Staatsarchiv Posen (Poznan) Brief information about the state archive of the Province of Posen. (In Polish)
  • Staatsarchiv Stettin. (In German)
  • Voivodships of Poland.
    Nov. 2020