Recent posts about obtaining a Polish passport, lead me to share a few thoughts:
1. Why pay for search archival sources when JRI-Poland may have the needed record
information in our offline data from more than 200 towns? These are typically birth,
marriage and/or books of residents with the records of parents and grandparents
to be used for your applications.
2. Some professional companies and individuals are known to charge you for research
rather going the easy root and contacting JRI-Poland on your behalf. We have heard
many stories of duplication of research for records previously indexed by JRI-Poland,
obviously a waste of money.
3. We have been thanked by claimants in many countries for providing them with the
information they needed to obtain certified copies of the documents for their application.
Many have subsequently made donations to JRI-Poland that are minimal compared
to the cost of on site research in Polish repositories. And for the sake of full disclosure,
a few have made very generous donations for our help in literally "pulling a rabbit out
of the hat" by providing a document from a totally unexpected source.
4. Not all companies/individuals in the business of helping you obtain a Polish passport
are created equal. Do your homework and check them out.
Stanley Diamond, M.S.M. (Montreal, 514-484-0100)
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.