Webinar- Finding Your Polish Ancestors Online in the Polish State Archives #announcements #poland

Jan Meisels Allen

The Los Angeles Public Library will host the free virtual presentation, Finding Your Polish Ancestors Online Through the Polish State Archives, by Ted Gostin on Facebook and YouTube on Saturday, January 15, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time.


Program: This lecture reviews the “Search in the Archives” database, the largest with over 37 million scans; the AGAD archives website with record images from formerly Polish territories, particularly Galicia; and a third database from the Kujawia region; along with several more databases from individual branches of the archives.

Speaker: Ted Gostin, a professional genealogist who has researched Polish roots for over 40 years, as he reviews the growing resource of Polish State Archives databases.





Streaming will be live on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/lapubliclibrary

And on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJqAzI9vxGk


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee





Robert Hanna

Does anyone know if this will be available to view afterwards?

Robert Hanna



Robert Hanna asked if Ted Gostin's webinar about using the Polish
State Archives websites (plural!) to do Polish genealogy would be
available to view afterwards. The Los Angeles Public Library has now
put it online at YouTube, free:


It's about an hour and half long, with some Q&A at the end.

A short summary:
Over forty million scans of old Polish records are now online,
including books for some areas that used to be in Poland but aren't
anymore. Many of them are hosted on the main "Szukaj w Archiwach"
("Search in Archives") website that supplanted/absorbed the old
Pradziad database. The search interface has some really annoying
quirks, and it is also tremendously slow when displaying images or
zooming into them, but the site also has tons of material that was
never microfilmed by FamilySearch and which isn't available anywhere
else. So it's absolutely worth learning about how to use the website
(warts and all) so that you can view the scans online for free, from

Sometimes the newest Polish record scans are only posted at the
smaller archives' individual branch websites and don't get sent up to
the main "Szukaj w Archiwach" website in a timely manner, so you need
to know how to check each of the small archive branch sites, too, and
Ted explains how to do that.

Finally, the Kuyavia and Pomerania area in north-central/northwestern
Poland has a unique and separate website with text-searchable surname
indexes of their records, just from two of the archive branches
(Bydgoszcz and Torun) so far. It also has some of its own very
annoying quirks in its search interface, and Ted explains how to work
around them to find records.

It's a really excellent talk, very in depth, and I highly recommend watching it.

- Brooke Schreier Ganz
Mill Valley, California


The Moderator stated the presentation will be posted "in the open" for one day ONLY, so if you want it - you should not wait.
Meir Razy
Kisfajn / Sfard / Rothenberg / Ruttenberg / Rojtenberg in Rovno,Volhynia
Ross in Dubno,Volhynia

Relly coleman

How do we  watch it? It is set to private and requires sign in.
relly coleman

Linda Strauss

The librarian mentioned that there was a link for handouts. I could not find the link. Do you have it and could you post it here?
Linda Strauss

Harry Moatz

Inasmuch as the handout did not bear any copyright markings, I have attached a copy of the handout.  It was only available on the Library's website at the time of the presentation.
I just checked and the video on YouTube also is no longer available.  When the program was originally presented, the host said the library and You Tube presentations would be available for only 24 hours after the presentation.  It was a great and very informative program.
Harry Moatz
Potomac, MD

Harry Moatz
Potomac, MD, USA

BRODESKY - Berdichev
GOLDMAN / PASNIKOW - Hadiach or Gadyach
KESSLER - Pruzhany
KLAUBER - Sambir or Sambor
SCHWARTZ / SCHWARZ / SZWARZ - Monasterzyska and Stanislawow
TEITELBAUM - Yazloweic or Yazlovets
WARECK and MEYER / MEER - Dembitz or Debica


The fact that there is no copyright indication on the handout is immaterial.  Copyright exists as soon as you write something, and therefore you have violated the author's copyright by sending this to the list without permission.  Please do not distribute the handout any further without permission of the author.

Janice M. Sellers
Gresham, Oregon
teaches a class on copyright for genealogists

On Mon, Jan 17, 2022 at 12:17 PM Harry Moatz <hamoatzi@...> wrote:
> Inasmuch as the handout did not bear any copyright markings, I have attached a copy of the handout.  It was only available on the Library's website at the time of the presentation.

Everything turns out all right in the end. If it's not all right, it's not the end.

Terry Ashton

I listened to the YouTube presentation by Ted Gostin and it was very
informative. It's a pity it can't remain longer than 24 hours.

Ms Terry Ashton, Australia

Ted Gostin

Many thanks to the people who posted positive things about the talk I gave last Saturday for the Genealogy Garage program at the Los Angeles Public Library entitled "Finding Your Polish Ancestors Online Through the Polish State Archives."  I'm glad people found it useful.  

Regarding the short time the video was available, it was supposed to be available for 3 months after the original date.  That is what the librarian and I agreed to.  However, she informed me the night before the talk that LAPL has a requirement that all videos online be close-captioned, but that they will only spend the money to close-caption videos if they are the website permanently.  So they had to take the video down after 24 hours because the library wouldn't pay for the closed-captioning, and they are not allowed to keep it online if not closed-captioned.  Kind of a catch-22 situation.

Regarding the handout, I have no objections to anyone sharing it after the presentation, since it is no longer available on the LAPL website.  Feel free to contact me directly for a copy, if necessary.

Regarding viewing it elsewhere, it may be offered again for one or more genealogy societies in the coming year, so there may be another chance to see the talk down the line.

Ted Gostin
Sherman Oaks, CA  

Robert Hanna

I'm glad it was online for the 24 hours, as I could not watch the original presentation.  It was an incredible presentation.  I wish I could watch it over and over again until I absorbed everything.

Robert Hanna


Rick Luftglass

Thank you for presenting. I watched it in “real time” and it was incredibly helpful and well done. I had previously visited the PSA site but had no way of knowing about the layers, idiosyncrasies and tops that you revealed. I look forward to visiting again and going deeper. Pcim is my brick wall, and I had earlier found maps on the site but nothing with names.  I remain ever hopeful.  

thank you again. 
Rick Luftglass
Brooklyn, NY
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Locations of interest.
Pcim (Myslenice county), Poland
Oswiecim, Poland
Andrychow, Poland
Gdow, Poland
Narajow (present-day Ukraine)
Namestovo (present-day Slovakia)
Bogopol (present-day Pervomaisk, Ukraine)