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The Polish related tips can be found under the Polish Tips Category.
Tip number 1: Polish genealogy is a quest to learn about our ancestors, their culture, traditions, language and history. We build our family tree beginning with ourselves, our parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins in the United States. Speak to your oldest living relatives; ask them for their memories, pictures, letters, documents and keep a log of everything that is said and done.
Tip number 2: Research skills are developed over time. It is still important to read books, use maps, gazetteers, visit libraries, archives, courthouses, cemeteries and attend genealogy society meetings, seminars and conferences. The internet is a vast storage space to fill in all the rest of the blanks in our family tree. Free searches are always best and Family Search is one of the best places to look for records by state and country. Subscription sites such as Ancestry and My Heritage offer even more possibilities. Webinars and podcasts are also available online.
Tip number 3: Maps are very important to use when doing your research. Use historical and modern maps for comparison, this is extremely important for reseaching in current day Poland as the borders changed with the Partitions of Poland, which took place in 1772, 1793, and 1795. No sovereigh Polish state existed between 1795 and 1918. Study of the three partitions of Poland would be helpful to understand where one should concentrate their area of ancestral research.
Tip number 4: Develop an organization style that is best and easiest for you to maintain. Pedigree charts, group sheets, surname binders, genealogical software and cloud storage are some options for organizing your genealogy.