Jewish Genealogical
Society of Illinois


Learn to Find, Decipher and Translate Old Polish Vital Records with

"The Guide"

A Translation Guide to 19th-Century Polish-Language Civil-Registration Documents (including Birth, Marriage and Death Records)

by Judith R. Frazin

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The new and expanded 3rd edition is a user-friendly and practical publication which focuses on 19th-century Polish-language birth, marriage, and death records but also includes many other related topics as follows:
  • Suggestions on how to locate an old Polish town on a modern map
  • Tips on finding 19th-century documents & indexes from Polish towns
  • Sample vital-record documents in script & block- letter versions
  • A unique step-by-step guide on how to extract data from the documents
  • A list of many given names which appear in 19th-century documents
  • Tips on how to find out what records are at the Polish State Archives
  • Information on how the Polish language works
  • Translations of column headings from old Polish census records
  • Model sentences in the Polish language for genealogical correspondence
  • 15 topical vocabulary lists, such as Age, Family and Occupations
  • Hundreds of new vocabulary words and phrases

Product Details
Hardcover: 472 pages
Publisher: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois
3rd edition (August 2009)
Language: English
ISBN: 9780961351229
Dimensions: 10 x 8.5 x 1 inches
Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
Price: $41.00 which includes $6.00 for shipping and handling to U.S destinations. For international destinations, please contact

A Translation Guide

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