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:
Archiwum Panstwowe w Koszalinie Oddzial w Szczecinku
ul. Parkowa 3
78-400 Szczecinek, Poland
Telephone: 011 48 94 374 03 63
- Ancestral Attic:
Poland Research and Tours.
Architektura Sakralna Pomorza Zachodniego - Pictures of
former Pommern churches in Poland. Click on 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.
Records in Poland.
Consulate General of Poland, 1530 N. Lake Shore Dr.,
Chicago, IL 60610-1695 Email:
Ortsname Index. Index to German-Polish place names. (In
Diözesanarchiv Posen (Poznan) Church records from over 300
congregations in the archdiocese of Poznan. (In German)
"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!
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
"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.
and Cities of Poland. The map itself contains all polish
cities of more than 15.000 inhabitants. At present over 85 of
these cities are clickable and 45 of them with information in
Obtaining Polish Records. Information on how to get
information from various archives and libraries in Poland. (In
Poland. Local history and description. Pomerania (Pomorze
Poland. (In English)
- Polish Genealogical Society
of America, 984 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622 ,
(Research information, bulletin boards, and other Polish help.
- Polish Worldwide
Web Resources. Many links to information about Poland. (In
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
Staatsarchiv Bromberg (Bydgoszcz) Brief information about
the state archive in Bromberg. (In German)
Staatsarchiv Danzig (Gdansk) Brief information about the
state archive for West Prussia. (In German)
Staatsarchiv Posen (Poznan) Brief information about the
state archive of the Province of Posen. (In German)
- Staatsarchiv Stettin,
Außenstelle Landsberg/Warthe (Gorzów Wielkopolski). Brief
information about the archive and contact information. (In
- Voivodships of Poland.