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Posted by: Ed Duel Date: February 01, 2002 at 19:25:19
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“Family History Centers”

Has anyone research LDS (Latter Day Saints) or Mormon microfiche looking at Dul’s surnames in the reels of 17th and 18th century Roman Catholic parish film they have available for Poland? If not, people researching their genealogy at these LDS’s Family History Centers mentioned they were able to find and verify their last five to eight generations of relatives looking at reels of baptism, marriage and death record films at the centers. Indicating this information also included witnesses, godparents and deceased relatives (including infants who died during childbirth). The key is finding the right reel of parish film. Evidently, there has been a huge quiet genealogical search going on for a very long time by other families who obtain excellent results and success researching their ancestors! The main genealogical tools these people used are these LDS’s Family History Centers!

Most noteworthy is the fact LDS has a huge collection of over 2 million reels of film for viewing! One of the paragraphs below explains the many different types of microfiche film materials that you can view! Anyway, these Family History Centers branches are open to the public, are located throughout the country, and there is no fee using their facilities. The only fee found was rental of microfiche ordered from Salt Lake City. The price is more than reasonable at $3.25 per film. Their Internet site reveals what reels of film they have available for viewing.

However, hunting for the microfiche reel reference numbers can be difficult locating if you’re not familiar with the site. It’s almost like a trick finding the microfiche reel number information that you need on the LDS Internet site.

Anyhow, early Catholic Parish records can be discovered on your ancestors without requiring the need to travel to the facility in Salt Lake City, a personal pilgrimage to Poland, or writing to the parish in Poland for this information. You can make it easy upon yourself by just going to the nearest FHC center in your area. Information about these facilities can be found on the Internet too! Type in “Family History Center” on your Internet search button. Once inside the site, direct yourself to your state and nearest locality!

Recently, I discovered that Illinois (where I’m from) has 34 Family History Centers throughout the state. As time permits, I’ll again venture over to one of the facilities to browse what Polish Parish information they have available. Also, since I’m moving shortly the 28 microfiche reels that LDS has for Bychawa, Poland from 1616 – 1877 unfortunately are in limbo until after resettling.

Additionally, keep in mind your local library may have the LDS genealogy book that explains the types of archive records you can view. The book is call “The Library; A Guide to the LDS Family History Library”, reference number 929.3 L69. Usually, the book is located only in the library’s reference section.

The book indicated vast collections of archive material, especially very old Catholic Parish/Church records! Remember through history the names of many towns changed with whatever country of jurisdiction that Poland was under. Therefore, information may be covered under the country of Austria, Galicia, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Russia or Germany.

Moreover, the FHC microfilm collection covers over 80% of all Poland’s parishes. Of further significance, the book indicates other materials for viewing like, old Polish biographies on microfilm FHC # 1044531-1044549. Including, Polish civil registration records, emigration records (FHL# 1125476-1125477 and 118756-118757) and Gazetteers on microfilm. Also, there are old Polish Nobility records, Polish history and ancient maps that you can view.

The last thing to note from the book in another interesting item that mentions 68 reels of microfiche film from the Central Immigration Office of Nazi Germany. These records are the genealogical accounts of internees in the labor camps of German-occupied Poland. The files are arranged by registration number of about 300,000 people. Unfortunately, there is no index. The files include personal records on internees, plus information of their family members, including parents and grandparents! In addition to where these people lived and what type of religion. These internee’s were the general Polish population (non-Jewish) who homes were confiscated and given to German citizens.

Remember, when researching old parish records that one draw back encountered is records are written in Latin. This means you need to brush up a little on Latin terminology.

Also, one additional closing note, the Internet site shows an alphabetical listing of the 19th century towns and villages of Poland. Including, the LDS genealogical microfiche reference numbers of the parish records for these towns/villages!

To conclude, if anyone has already discovered anything please past along your discoveries of other helpful tidbits too? Likewise, if anyone has any additional inquires just contact me at the following email address; qaarp@hotmail. Good luck with your genealogical searching and continuous deserving returns on your venturing!

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