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  • Old World Records

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  • The purpose of this article is to show readers an example of one original old world record that a lucky descendant found among her family possessions, along with examples of typical family records that can be found by researchers in the State Archives, local Registry Offices, and local Churches in southeast Poland. While a great many old world records can be viewed as microfilmed copies at LDS Family History Centers throughout the US, that experience, while always memorable, pales in comparison with the sense of connectiveness one gets with their ancestors from seeing and touching original records that village priests made of family events in their lives so many years before. Perhaps readers will share that same feeling as they view some of the records shown here.

    Note that there is an unbelievably large volume of original old world records still on hand in Poland, in spite of the destruction wreaked on the country by two world wars and the backwardness suffered by the country in its 50-odd years of communist rule. Note also that there is a gold-mine of family information contained in those records, compared to similar records available in this country. Birth and marriage records in particular provide not just the names of parents, but of grandparents and sometimes even of great-grandparents along with the names of the villages where they lived and their occupations. In addition, birth records usually give the names of god-parents and that of the midwife who delivered the child, so even one single record can provide a wealth of information for a family tree.

    Readers should also be aware that in almost all cases the archives and registry offices holding the records do not permit researchers to copy the records themselves but will make photocopies for $10/copy but sometimes for less, depending on the number of copies. Although the priests at parishes are generally more accommodating, similar rules may apply there. Sometimes one gets lucky, though, and is permitted to photograph some records. That was so on occasion in my case and the resulting digital photographs of those records are shown here.

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