1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Finding lost Polish Relatives

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by smoove, 7 Oct 2009.

  1. smoove


    Joined: 15 Dec 2002

    Posts: 5,390

    Hi there, my grand father was polish, who moved to the UK shortly after the war and had a family here.

    He died many years ago and we have never been able to find out about his family back in poland. (sisters and brothers)

    We know his mother and father were killed in the war, but we would like to be able to trace any of his remaining relatives, as my gran (his wife), would like to visit Poland before she dies.

    Where the hell would i start? I've got their names, town they lived in, but beyond that, nothing else.
  2. lee32uk


    Joined: 9 Nov 2005

    Posts: 10,542

    Location: manchester,uk

  3. Sankari


    Joined: 29 Dec 2007

    Posts: 26,439

    Location: Adelaide, South Australia

  4. ron3003

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 Oct 2006

    Posts: 1,554

    Location: Skegness

    One of those 'heir hunter' programs on tv a few weeks back showed how hard it is to trace Polish relatives. There's no central records of births/deaths from years gone by. Records were kept by local monasteries and getting access is very difficult if not impossible.
  5. WalesOwl


    Joined: 8 May 2009

    Posts: 576

    Location: Cardiff

    From my time in working in north wales crematorium you will need a date of death/interment for any chance of a quick find. Unless you know which cemetery they were buried in.
  6. qwerty

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 27 Jul 2005

    Posts: 2,351