- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company (January 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806313781
- ISBN-13: 978-0806313788
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #727,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rosemary gives lists of Polish names and what they may translate to in English. A list of the months in Polish also is a great help in determining which month a date means. Another wonderful asesst is a guide to translating church records, as all of the Catholic parish registers were written in Latin. Rosemary also makes mention of Jewish and Protestant records. Get this book and refer to it often, it is a treasure !
This book contains a brief course in Polish history, geography, class hierarchy, ethnic minorites as well as a short course in Polish (and Latin) languages, Polish surnames, Polish, Ukrainian, German and Jewish first names. This all is done for one reason - to help a person learn something about Poland before starting its roots search. The sources are often given in other than Polish languages since Poland did not exist as a country for almost 150 years. This knowledge is necessary for anybody who wants to understand his/her Polish roots! Interesting to read and quite concise! I recommend it to all who want to start to do their genealogy search in Poland!
I soaked up the information about Poland's history (although I beg to differ on the part about Poland being "mother" to Russia, Lithuania, the Ukraine, etc. I'm sure those countries don't feel that way) and was always curious to know why the country suffered through so many partitions and wars. My curiosity was satisfied history-wise.
Genealogy-wise, I'm a tad more hopeful than before that I'll be able to locate something, anything, on my great-grandparents (who were the immigrants). As it stands now, I only have their names but I'd like to put plenty of personality to those names.
Great read and practical advice for the beginning and experienced genealogist alike.
Unfortunately, this is yet another genealogy book that could use some serious updating.
This book presents data on various nationalities and their influence on Poland. This includes not only obvious ones (such as Germans, Russians, Ukrainians, and Jews), but also ones such as the Armenians, Tatars, Gypsies, Italians, Dutch, Irish, and Scots.
This work provides fascinating information about the origin of various names. For instance, and -SKI or -CKI ending in Polish names originally denoted nobility, but had subsequently been adopted by the peasants living on the manor owned by the noble of that name. (p. 58, 157). The -UK, -CHUK, and -UIK suffix in Ukrainian names denotes "son of", as does the -EV, -OV, -OVYCH and -EVYCH in Russian names. (p. 162). The -IAN or -YAN ending in Armenian names denotes "of the tribe of" or "descendant of". (p. 164). Information is given on Polish-specific names and their Latin equivalents: Czeslaw/Ceslaus, Mieczyslaw/Miecislaus, Boleslaw/Boleslaus, Stanislaw/Stanislaus, Wladyslaw/Vladislaus, Kazimierz/Casimir, Wojciech/Adalbert, etc. (p. 170). A list is given of common Polish names and their feast days in the Catholic Church.
Finally, this book gives the reader lessons on the geography and outline history of Poland. There is quite a lot of information in such a small book! As if all that was not enough, extensive lists of books are provided for further reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Covers almost everything you would ever need to know about delving into Polish genealogy, helping you understand the history, as well as geographic and ethnic divides that may be... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Adam Dawson
Helpful thumbnail regional history of Poland, and good getting-started pointers to institutional resources.Published 14 months ago by /
The summary of the numerous geographic/political rearrangements of Poland is quite useful. The listing of changes in place names names which accompanied the partitioning events... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great starting point for those just beginning to understand Polish ancestry. I would have to say now with ancestry. Read morePublished on December 19, 2013 by Jamie Olson
I am researching a Polish branch of my family tree. This book has been an excellent resource. It has given me a basic understanding of the Polish culture and history of the... Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Iceman4
If you are interested in developing your Polish family tree, this book is a great resource. It's also a great read because it is filled with a lot of interesting historical &... Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by czyn1213
This is one book I haven't read yet.
Sure it will be good. This is what I enjoy(genealogy).
This book was informative but also included several requests in polish that can be copied and used by people who do not know how to write in Polish. Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by Moz
Polish Roots is printed in two Parts; part 1 (45 pages) offers basic information and advises which records in the United States are likely to produce the best results for... Read morePublished on June 21, 2012 by UBHappy