Searching for Polish documents in Archives

Three central archives with their seats in Warsaw and thirty regional state archives along with forty one outside sections compose the Polish State Archives. Digital copies of some materials from state archives files are accessible also on websites of the archives and digital libraries and genealogic societies. Looking for their ancestors` documents one should be conscious that during the WW II the Warsaw archives lost considerable part of their resources, considerable loss suffered also collections in Poznań and Płock. The local documents of the Polish authorities from pre-war period are filed by archives outside Poland, i.e. in Grodno, Vilnius and Lvov. The documentation regarding the Polish soldiers fighting in allied armies is to be found in France and Great Britain.



The employees cooperate with dozens of Polish and foreign state archives and institutions in order to find archival documents relating to Polish citizens.

Archive search request

Helpful information:
  • date and place of birth,
  • relationship to the ancestor,
  • the name of the ancestor – Polish citizen,
  • date and place of his/her birth,
  • the known addresses in Poland,
  • date, place and circumstances of emigration,
  • The type of document sought.
Preliminary consultation – free (only via contact form)

Due to war damage we look for information about emigrants from Poland not only in the state archives. The passport documentation is stored in Poland depending on the time of its creation by the Archiwum Akt Nowych /the Archive of Modern Records/, Instytut Pamięci Narodowej /the Institute of National Remembrance/ and the voivodeship administrative offices. During our daily work we come out to the appropriate state and military archives in Poland and abroad.

It lacks in Poland one, central archive collecting the
documentation of our ancestors. Finding the documents, issued especially in the interwar period as well as during the WW II is laborious and requiring specialized knowledge process. It is worth benefitting assistance of our experts – the workers of