I'm looking to trace my family while in Poland. Does anyone know a reputable business in Eastern Europe that can help me?
Mary, sorry you haven't gotten any replies. Have you checked polishroots.org or the Polish Genealogy Society? Google them up and there may be some helpful info on local researchers there. I do know there are a lot of individuals who do this as a business.
Hi Mary, I traveled to Poland last summer to visit the town where my grandfather was born. I suggest that you do as much research as possible ahead of your visit. I worked with someone from Polish Roots, and she was able to connect me with someone to help with reasearch. If you are on Facebook, there is a group called Polish Genealogy that I have joined. They have been very helpful in pointing me in the right direction to do my own research here at home. From time to time, they also recommend researchers in Poland, depending on the area of Poland you need to research. I believe that I've seen them recommend Polish Origins. Hope this helps a little. We really enjoyed our visit to Poland, and I was thrilled to be able to visit the church where my grandfather was Baptized.
Thank you Kathy and Stan. I will check out the sites you mentioned and hopefully we'll be able to get the information we need to trace my grandparents. You are very kind to help.
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One of the best resources is the Polish genealogy page on Facebook. Some very knowledgeable people there who have been a great help. Have you done the genealogy for your family? Go to the Ellis Island site and find their manifest for the name of the village. Familysearch.org and Ancestry.com have some manifests and naturalization records. The NR contains the name of the town/village. If you don't have that, most of your efforts will be for not.
I started in genealogy 5 years ago and managed to trace my Polish grandparents' line back to the early 1700's. Polish genealogy is HARD so you need help. There is a book offered by the Polish Genealogy Society of America that instructs you on how to read and translate the Latin records. With no knowledge of Polish or Latin, I was able to do a very credible job. I also found family and had the trip of a lifetime traveling to my grandparents' village. I wrote a book about how to do this on Amazon- Travel Back to Your Roots.
We traveled to Poland in June 2017. My family is from the Poznan/Torun area. I worked with Tomasz Laskowski at Poznan Tours who was incredible. He did research before we arrived and then took us to several of the villages where my family originated. We got to see churches where they were married and even found a place where it was likely they worked as young people. Tomasz really searched hard to find these places and was persistent --even knocking on rectory doors so we could see the interiors of churches that were not open. He also knocked on the door of a village elder to see if she recalled anyone with my family's name. He was able to obtain copies of marriage certificates for several family member. His advice and suggestions saved us significant time, allowing us to avoid research dead ends. In addition, Tomasz is extremely personable, funny and speaks very good English. You can check his site at www.poznantours.com
Thank you for taking the time to give me the benefit of your experience. I will certainly look into this company should I ever be fortunate enough to be going to Poland again.