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Poland
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Location of Poland in Europe
Location of Poland
Record Description
Record Type Church Books
Language: Polish
Title in the Language: Polska, Księgi metrykalne
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The earliest Catholic Church records in Poland date from 1537, but very few records exist from the 1500s; many date from the 1600s and 1700s to the present. Starting dates vary depending upon the region.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Baptism

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Given name of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Parents' names and occupation of father
  • Legitimacy of child and parents
  • Names of godparents

Birth

  • Name of declarant/father
  • Declarant's age, occupation and residence
  • Name and gender of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Parents' names including maiden name of mother
  • Names of witnesses or godparents, their age, occupation and residence

Marriage

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's age, marital status, occupation and residence
  • Names of groom's parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Bride's age, marital status, occupation and residence
  • Names of bride's parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Sometimes, birthplaces of bride and groom are given
  • Dates of the marriage banns
  • Witnesses' names, their age and occupation

Death and Burial

  • Date and place of death and burial
  • Name and age of deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Father of deceased and his occupation
  • Sometimes, date and birthplace of deceased
  • Marital status of deceased
  • If married, the name of the spouse

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