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The database relates to towns within the current borders of Poland and towns that were formerly in Poland, but are now within the borders of Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine.

The documents were located in the following repositories:

Warsaw Head Office of State Archives
ul. Rakowiecka 2D
02-517 Warszawa, Poland
Tel: (22) 56-54-600; Fax: (22) 56-54-614
Note: to contact wojewodztwo (province) and powiat (district) archives in Poland, CLICK HERE or CLICK HERE .

Polish State Archives-AGAD
(Central Archives of Historical Records)

ul. Dluga 7, skr. poczt. 1005
Warszawa 00-950, Poland
Tel: 48/22/831-5491; Fax: 48/22/831-1608

Urzad Stanu Cywilnego m. st. Warszawy

ul. Klopotowskiego 1/3
00-987 Warszawa, Poland

Urzad Stanu Cywilnego w m. st. Warszawie Archiwum
1/3 Klopotowski str.
Warszawa 03-718 Poland
Tel: 22/443-1280; Fax: 22/852-2911
Note: This USC Warszawa office has documents from towns formerly in Poland and now in Ukraine, including the area of the former Eastern Galicia comprised of the provinces of Tarnopol/Ternopil, Lvov/Lviv and Stanislawow/ Ivano Frankivsk.

Jewish Historical Institute
ul. Tlomackie 3/5
Warszawa 00-090 Poland
Tel: 48/22/827-9221; Fax: 48/22/827-8372

Dynow Public Library of Dynow
ul. ks. J. Ozoga 6
36-065 Dynow, Poland
Tel: 48/16/652-2653

Note: For addresses of USC offices (civil registration offices with
[surviving] twentieth century vital records, usually located in the local
town hall), go to Polish Yellow Pages

Type "Stanu Cywilnego" in "keyword." Select correct województwo. Type town name if there are no diacritical marks. Otherwise, double click on "select" and choose name from list.

If your town is not included, perhaps it is too small to have a separate USC
office and the documents could be registered in a nearby larger town. If you
wish to request information about a specific individual from a USC office,
it is recommended that your brief letter be written in Polish.

Also see chapter on this website entitled "Urzad Stanu Cywilnego
Warszawa-Srodmiescie" for additional information.

Also, see * below at the end of this page.

Note: Jewish vital records are also interspersed with the Roman Catholic vital records for the period of 1808-1825 (separate records by religious community began in 1826). Therefore, the archives of the local Catholic Archdiocese (in Poland) should also be researched in addition to the Polish State Archives.

See: to search by place name in order to determine if these earlier records have been microfilmed for the town of interest.

Included in this database are repositories outside of Poland holding documents for towns within Poland's current borders including:

Lithuanian State Historical Archives
Gerosios Vilties 10
Vilnius LT-03134, Lithuania
Tel: 370/5/213-74-82; Fax: 370/5/213-76-12

Kaunas Regional Archives
Maironio 28a
Kaunas 44249, Lithuania
Tel: 370/37/732-3073; Fax: 370/37/732-3111

Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Lviv
Soborna Pl., 3-a
Lviv 79008, Ukraine
Tel: 380/322/72-30-63; Fax: 380/322-72-35-08

V. Stefanyk Lviv Scientific Library of the National Academy of
Sciences of Ukraine

vul. Stefanyka 2
79001 Lviv Ukraine
Tel: 380/322/72-57-20; 72-07-13; Fax: 76-51-58

National Historical Archives of Belarus in Minsk
55 Kropotkina Street
Minsk 220002, Republic of Belarus
Tel: 375/107/268-6522; Fax: 268-6520

National Historical Archives of Belarus in Grodno
2 Tizengauza Square
Grodno 230023, Republic of Belarus
Tel: 375-0152/44-94-66 or 47-28-56

Grodno Oblast Archives
84 Dzerzhinsk Street
Grodno 230005, Republic of Belarus
Tel/Fax: 375/0152/72-24-43 and 47-04-92

New Synagogue - Berlin Centrum Judaicum
Oranienburger Strasse 29
10117 Berlin, Germany
Tele: 49/30/88028-425, -426; Fax: 49/30/88028-405

Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People
P.O. Box 1149,
Jerusalem 91010, Israel

Note: For additional information about documents, archives and towns in Poland, visit:

Auschwitz Museum:
Majdanek Museum:
Family History Library;
      (search by place name to see if your ancestral town has been
Jewish Records Indexing Project–Poland:
JewishGen: (many related sites available here)
Galicia Jewish Museum:
Galicia Special Interest Group:
Embassy of Poland:
Polish Roots: The Polish Genealogy Source.
Judaica Foundation: Center for Jewish Culture:

Virtual Shtetl:

Note: Some entries in the database relate to documents within the current borders of Poland that have been microfilmed by the Family History Library in various repositories in Germany including:

National Archive (Bundesarchive) in Koblenz
City Archive (Stadtarchiv) in Augsburg
Central Archive for Genealogy (Zentralstelle fuer Genealogie) in Leipzig
State Archive (Geheimes Staatsarchive) in Berlin
For contact information regarding archives in Germany, see:

Note: Lists of birth, marriage and death registers (vital records) and census records preserved in the Polish State Archives are being updated on a yearly basis by the employees of the Archives. The updated information is being transmitted to the Routes to Roots Foundation pursuant to written Agreement and incorporated into the database.

Note: Among the documents included in the database, are the following entries:

Marriage Supplements: Includes attachments to marriage applications and can include birth/death certificates and marriage announcements/banns.

Birth/Marriage Announcements: Reconstructed documents on the basis of witness evidence when the original documents no longer exist (often registered long after the event).

* Note: Public access to USC documents is regulated by law, which prohibits on-site access and research by individuals looking for multiple records for genealogical purposes. It is not uncommon to find a sympathetic clerk in a local USC office who will cooperate in varying degrees in order to accommodate the visitor during an on-site visit. However, this is a courtesy response and not available upon demand.

It is possible to write to the Polish Consulate in your country and request a search for a very few specific vital records. This is a time-consuming process; it may take months to receive a response. If the search is successful, a letter will be sent to the requestor advising him/her to forward a sum of money to the consulate’s office; in return, a certified extract of the document (on a typed form) will be sent out by mail.

None of the documents in any USC office have been microfilmed and there are no plans to do so (due to privacy restrictions relating to twentieth century records).

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