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Why Church Records? There are Civil Vital Records!

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I find that people often go for the civil vital records when researching for their ancestors, but this is not the best idea to only look for civil records. First, civil records in the US were required by different States at different times in history, some as late as the early...
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Part 4 Travel and Research in Poland's State Archives

Although I did not actually have any research to do in the State Archives in Poland, I did get to the Warsaw State Archives for Metrical records. I had actually been by this building a number of times during previous visits in 2004 and 2006 and never knew it was...
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Why learn Polish?

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What is the best language to learn? It is not the answer you might first think of. Let's say you are a native English speaker, therefore, lets rule out English. If you are not a native speaker of English, of course the answer is English! To learn Spanish, French or...
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American music is popular around the world. When i am in Poland I hear a lot of American music too, but I am not sure how that wou... Read More
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What is interesting to note is that in the areas that were occupied by Russia and Austria (Galicia) "Vital Records" where actually... Read More
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Who or what is Julian and Gregorian?

You should be aware that all calendars are not created equal. Throughout history the calendar has been changed, adjusted and tweaked. The calendar we use today is called the Gregorian calendar and was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in about 1582. This new calendar was a big change from the...
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Research in the Diocesan Archives of Tarnów

dsc05936I had the opportunity to do some research in the Diocesan Archives of Tarnów when I was in Poland.

The process is simple... you must sign in the "guest book" and then if you have not been to the archives before, you will need to purchase a researchers id card which is good for that calendar year. Of course you must present some identification which for the foreigner would be your passport.

If I recall correctly it cost about 15 złoty which is roughly about $5 give or take depending on the exchange rate. Research time costs 6 złoty per hour.

The Archive is open Monday thru Friday 9 am to 3pm with a break for lunch from noon to 1pm. On Saturdays it is open for only 3 hours from 9am to noon.

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Hi Jo, Sadly I do not. It looks like Kempna would probably be served by the Rzeszów Diocesan Archives. I was at the Tarnów Dioces... Read More
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 09:17
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Digitized Records

Anna, Although I do not know the status of the digitization of the Tarnów area records, I know that the digitization process in un... Read More
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Sherlock's Latest Blog Post

 T he long awaited day has arrived. The series of books that are guides to researching docments in other languages is complete. For awhile now, the translation guide books for Polish, Latin & Russ...

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