Ellis Island (Database now includes all immigration through the Port of New York from 1820–1957)

Potpourri of Ellis Island (History and related information. Many interesting links!)

The Immigration Era’s Effect on New York Today

Buffalo Research

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Genealogy Databases (Erie County residents with a valid Buffalo & Erie County Public Library card number have free access to HeritageQuest Online, which contains U.S. federal census records from 1790-1940, special federal census schedules, over 20,000 local and family history books, over 20,000 U.S. city directories, a genealogical and local history serials index, Revolutionary War Pension Files, Freedman’s Bank Records, and select content from the U.S. Serial Set.)

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library’s Digital Collections (Unique collections for genealogy which include Erie County Poor House Ledgers; Marriage and Death Announcements, 1811–1833; as well as atlases and city directories.) (A portal for researching architecture, business, genealogy, literature, and obscure websites in Buffalo, NY.)

Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood: Polish-American History in Buffalo, NY (A collection of links to photos and articles documenting the architectural history in one of Western New York’s Polish neighborhoods.)


Dziennik Translation Guide (Helpful template for translating Polish-language death notices.)

PolishOrigins Translation Forums for Polish, Russian, German, and Latin records

Genealogical Translations group on Facebook

In Their Words: A Genealogist’s Translation Guide to Polish, German, Latin, and Russian Documents, by William F. Hoffman and Jonathan D. Shea (A four-volume series of highly-recommended translation guides available in print or PDF form)

Databases for Research in Poland

Geneteka (Indexed vital records for locations throughout Poland today as well as other areas with a Polish presence historically. Marriage records from St. Stanislaus Church in Buffalo, 1874–1913 are included here.)Lubelskie Korzenie [Lublin Roots] (Indexed vital records from the Lublin region)PomGenBase (Indexed vital records from the Pomerania region)Projekt Warmia (Indexed vital records from the Warmia region)FBPGG Index (Miscellaneous indexed records from Poland and other locations)Jamiński Zespół Indeksacyjny [Jaminy Indexing Team] (Indexed vital records from these parishes in northeastern Poland, Lithuania, and Belarus)

Słupca Genealogy (Indexed vital records from Słupca, Kalisz, and Ostrów Wielkopolski Counties in Wielkopolska)Projekt Podlasie  (Indexed vital records, court records, conscription records, etc. from the Podlasie region of Poland)BaSIA (Indexed vital records from Wielkopolska)

Poznan Marriage Index Project (Indexed marriage records from the Poznań region of Poland between 1800–1899)Projekt Kurpie (Indexed vital records from the Kurpie region of Poland)

Portal Rodziny Szpejankowskich i Szpejenkowskich [Szpejankowski and Szpejenkowski Family Portal] (Indexed vital records from the Dobrzyń nad Wisłą region of Poland)


Member Submitted Links lists useful websites that have been submitted with commentary.

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