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Introduction to Polish Genealogy: Language Help

Strategies and resources to research your Polish family history.

Language Help

Translation guides and English-Polish dictionaries can help you with Polish-language records. NYPL has guides and dictionaries in our print materials, but there are also resources available online.

SŁOWNIK JĘZYKA POLSKIEGO -- Polish language dictionary (online)

Wielki słownik języka polskiego - Polish dictionary (online) 

Genealogical Word Lists

Family Search offers genealogical word lists in world languages, which is especially helpful to translate common words in genealogical records:

Handwriting Help

Analyzing old records is easier with a little help deciphering historic handwriting. Family Search offers a great series of instructional videos about the print and scripted forms of world languages. This is especially helpful if you are trying to read Russian records in the Cyrillic alphabet.

Translation Guides and Dictionaries