In the digital age, it almost seems like without leaving your
house, you can find all the genealogy records you ever dreamed
of. Millions are accessible online through subscription
websites and many are even freely viewable with just the click of a
mouse. But, as you progress deeper into the tangled branches of your
family tree and, especially, as you make your way to the foreign lands
ancestors, you will find that many key records are simply not available
online (at least not yet) and must be found in the archives themselves.
Most countries (including the U.S.), it seems, have begun the difficult
task of digitizing
their archival records, but it will be a while before all such records
accessible from home. Nevertheless, although the records often can't be
remotely accessed, the internet has made it easy and
convenient to contact
the archive staff to make requests. Once you have an idea
of what you are looking for, this is the method I would most recommend.
Some archivists are more helpful than others but, in general, I have
found them to be friendly and eager to help. They are often
experienced with the records you are looking for and are familiar with
their format and scope. Before you begin a long, exhaustive search,
they might tell you that the information you seek is simply not
included in a particular record set. Or they may be able to quickly
point you to it.
of the archives in Poland have digital images online for free viewing.
For example, from the
Czech Republic (Bohemia)
Familianten records (Fond 2098)
Vital records, part 1 (Fond 1073)
Vital records, part 2 (Fond 241)
Polish State Archive in Siedlce
Jewish records (1826- )
Stoczek Łukowski (no images yet)
Civil records (1810-1825)