Local press, regional publications, monographs pertaining to a given locality or institution, old telephone books and directories, as well as bibliographical dictionaries may help in finding information on specific persons. It is recommended to start with gathering data on the history of the region in which our ancestors used to live, its state, administrative and church pertinence (names and territorial divisions in public and church administration were subject to numerous changes throughout ages). They will be of help in planning subsequent steps of the query.

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Materials gathered both in family and public archives include much information used for genealogical purposes. On the basis of archive materials, it is possible to establish the relationship by birth and by marriage, social class affiliation, financial position, occupation, functions, and religious denomination of individual family members. Information on persons noticeable by active involvement in any particular domain, e.g. political, scientific, or artistic area, may be included in collections of documents preserved by various scientific archives, party archives, archives of unions and associations, societies and foundations, social, sports and touring organizations, as well as libraries and museums. Nowadays, many archive materials of well-known persons and families are preserved by state archives.

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 Places of record preservation
- state archives,
- archives of the Churches of various denominations – of parishes, dioceses, and religious orders.

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Archives reply to inquiries sent by mail or electronic mail and also provide access to archive materials in study rooms, to be looked through by users themselves.

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ul.Rakowiecka 2D, 02-517 Warszawa
tel.(+48 22) 565-46-00, fax (+48 22) 565-46-14
email: ndap@archiwa.gov.pl