Reliable Sources for Poland Pre-1700 Profiles

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Reliable Sources for Poland Pre-1700 Profiles

The general reliable sources for your Polish ancestry for Poland Pre-1700 Profiles are the same as any sources at any time. However, the amount of records for Poland pre-1700 gets harder to find with border changes, wars and destruction of records.

You want to find RECORDS like Church books, passport applications, Social Security applications, Vital records, Burial records, miltary certificates, ect. Also SECONDARY SOURCES are important like newspaper articles, obituaries, some written genealogies, nobilty records, census records, voter's records, directories, ect.

Microfilms from archives or digital images of records are avaiable from FamilySearch, Ancestry and various government websites.

All the records for Polish research that are reliable are listed in these impeccable resources (always updated)

Reliable Sources with Conditions

  • User-contributed trees: Family trees published on FamilySearch, Ancestry, Geni, MyHeritage, Rootsweb, etc. If a tree cites sources, find those original sources and cite them.
  • Secondary EvidenceBiographical, memorials, historical journals, obituaries, published articles, ect. Double-check the facts and events by sources.
  • Published Family Genealogies with citation of sources. i.e.,original location of source, publication of source and year created, page numbers, certificate numbers, ect.

Unreliable Sources

  • User-contributed trees: Family trees published on FamilySearch, Ancestry, Geni, MyHeritage, Rootsweb, etc. If a tree cites sources, find those sources and use them.
  • Find A Grave memorials: Many memorials come without an actual burial place and burial details, and are in fact reconstructed from trees. These cannot be used as sources. Only those memorials with photographic evidence of the burial should be used as a source.
  • Published databases containing information of uncertain origin: There are a number of "records" collections available on websites such as Ancestry and MyHeritage (and in some instance formerly distributed on CD-ROM) that do not identify their information sources and in fact are built in whole or in part from doubtful publications and user-contributed content. These include the "Family Data Collection" and similar sources associated with Edmund West, the "Ancestral File," the "Millennium File," the "Pedigree Resource File," and "U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900."

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