Polish Genealogical Resources in Pittsburgh PA
The following list is not exhaustive. If you know of other suitable
resources in Pittsburgh send email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll add them
to the list.
I started this list to aid me in keeping track of the various
Polish resources availiable in Pittsburgh PA that I have needed to use for my
personal geneological research of the Ropelewski
family. A few national resources that are availiable in Pittsburgh are also
included on the list. I hope you
will find the list useful for your own research.
- US District Court Naturalizations
- This is a card-file index of all US District Court naturalizations that
took place in the Western District of Pennsylvania after 1906. The index is
located at Clerk of Courts Office in Room 829 on the 8th Floor of the U. S.
Courthouse in Pittsburgh. It is availiable for searching during normal
business hours. Declarations of intent can be obtained for individuals
listed in the index from the national archives in Philadelphia. (The fee is
- The Russian consular records index and catalog by Sallyann Amdur Sack et.
- Many people living in the USA from the Russian occupied areas of Poland
corresponded with the Russian consular offices in the USA. This is a SOUNDEX
index to those records. The index is at the Hillman Library
(Call # CS856 J4S23 1987). Microfilmed copies of the original records can be
obtained from the National Archives.
- U.S. Census Records for Pennsylvania.
- US Census Records (up till 1920) availiable at Carnegie Library and
- WWI Selective Service Draft Registration Records for Allegheny County
- The WWI Selective Service Draft Registration Records for all of Allegheny
County, including the City of Pittsburgh is availiable on microfilm at
Hillman Library. (The call number is UB1)
- Polish Family Tree Surnames by Thaddeus Obal
- This might help you locate someone researching the same family name,
although the libraries have dated copies. (WPGS # 929.1 O, Hillman
#CS 21.02 P6 v.5)
General Books and Book Collections
- Alliance College Polish Collection
- This is the name of an excellent Polish collection, donated to the
University of Pittsburgh by The Polish National Alliance (PNA), when the PNA
closed the Alliance College. The collection is mainly in Polish, and contains
approximately 35,000 cataloged and 15,000 uncataloged volumes. The collection
is filed in the Hillman Library, according to the appropriate library of
congress categories. If you want to get a particular polish book; this is the
best place to look.
- Polish Parish Records of the Roman Catholic Church, their use and
understanding in genealogical research by Gerald Ortell.
- This book helps to guide one through and interpret polish parish records.
Availiable at the Hillman Library (Call # CS873 077 1979) and the WPGS Library
(929.107 POLAND O)
- Polish Roots by Rosemary Chorzempa
- This book is availiable at the Carnegie Library, WPGS Library, and at
Hillman Library. It is "the bible" for how to research your polish ancesters at
home in the USA and Abroad.
- Russian language documents from Russian Poland: a translation manual for
genealogists by Johnathan D. Shea.
- This book is an excellent guide in understanding passports, birth
marriage and other documents written in the Russian language during the
partitioning of Poland. Contains many unique insights, such as why the
Russian documents contain middle names while Polish documents do not. It is
availiable at the Hillman Library (Call # PG2498 S49 1989).
Maps and Gazetters
- Army Map Service Maps
- In the 1940's the US ARMY mapped several countries around the world,
including Poland. The University of Pittsburgh's Hillman library contains
many of these international maps. The library has 1:300000, 1:250000 and
1:100000 scale maps of Poland. The call numbers for the 1:100000 scale
maps of Poland are: G6520 1945 U5. Since several maps are needed to cover
Poland, to find the map that you need, you can either "guess" or look through
a red index book availiable at the reference desk. Caution: The index book is
not in any particular order; you will have to search through the book to find
Poland. The Poland index is approximately half way through the book. If you
want to "guess" which map you need, I will give you three points of reference.
The Ciechanów region (North of Warsaw) is map M15. The Suwalki (North
Eastern Poland) is on Map K17 while Sejny (East of Suwalki) is on Map K18.
Gazetter of Poland: names approved by the United States Board of Geographic
Names by the Defense Mapping Agency.
- This microform contains about 57,000 entries for places in Poland. It is
useful to find the latitude and longitude for many ancesteral villages in
Poland. Availiable at Hillman Library, call number D 5.319: P 75
- Samochodowy Atlas Polski (Road Atlas of Poland)
- This resource, availiable at the Hillman Library is a series of maps that
contain most large towns and villages in Poland. (Many small villages are not
List of places cited above:
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
4400 Forbes Avenue,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (WPGS) Library
C/O Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
4400 Forbes Avenue,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
University of Pittsburgh
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15260
U. S. District Court,
Western District of Pennsylvania
PO Box 1805,
Pittsburgh, PA 15230
Phone: (412) 208-7500