Tourism & Genealogy

 

This material is for information only. JHE does not endorse any of the guides or agencies listed here and declines any responsibility in case of problems.

 

GENEALOGY

 

Czestochowa-Radomsko Area Research Group

A database  of records including more than 700,000 items including Holocaust, tombstone, synagogue, birth, marriage, death, emigration, immigration, draft, taxation, craftsman, and 1790s census records. The group has photographed gravestones in many towns in the area and translated epitaphs.

Jewish Genealogy and Family Heritage Center at the Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw

A key source for genealogical research.

Gesher Galicia

JewishGen.org Special Interest Group for people researching family history in the historical Austrian province of Galicia (now southeastern Poland and western Ukraine.) The site has a separate searchable online database, the  All Galicia Database, and has published a print book, A Guide to Jewish Genealogy: Krakow (Weisgard, 2011)

 Gombin Jewish Historical & Genealogical Society

 Resources on Jewish history and culture in the town of Gombin, Poland.

Jewish Family Search

Guiding and professional genealogy searches, based in L’viv and working in Ukraine and Poland.

Jewish Records Indexing Poland

Vast searchable database.

JewishGen Shtetl Seeker for Poland

A wide variety of information on scores of towns in Poland.

Museum of Family History

Many resources, photographs and exhibitions on Polish Jewish history, culture and heritage, including in several individual towns.

Polin Travel 

A Krakow-based Jewish travel company that also carries out genealogy research.

The Miriam Weiner Routes to Roots Foundation

Extensive resources compiled by Miriam Weiner, a pioneer of researching Jewish family history in eastern Europe. Many links to groups, databases, and more.

 Warsaw Ghetto Database

A collection of facts from the history of the ghetto based on archival and bibliographical data. The Internet database  enables its users to easily find related information on specific subjects: people, events and places from the Warsaw ghetto.

 

 

TOURISM/TRAVEL

 

GENERAL AND REGIONAL

 

Diapositive — Online Guide to Jewish Heritage in Poland

A very useful online guidebook — it’s a few years old, but most of the information is still current. It has entries on dozens of sites around the country/

Insiders Heritage Travel

Tour operation that offers some Jewish tours as well as genealogy services.

Polin Travel

Krakow-based company whose web site has a wealth of historical and descriptive information, as well as basic information on scores of Jewish heritage sites.

Poland Jewish Heritage Tours

A U.S.-based company specializing in Jewish tours to Poland.

 Taube Jewish Heritage Tour Program

Custom-tailored tours for individuals, families and groups exploring Jewish Poland, including study tours, organized by the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland

 

INDIVIDUAL TOWNS, CITIES & SITES — AND ITINERARIES

 

Białystok — Jewish Heritage Trail

A project of the University of Białystok Foundation. The web site has site information and itineraries, plus downloadable guides and maps, in Polish and English

The Chassidic Route

An informal itinerary in southeast Poland put together by the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland (FODZ) that links the towns of Baligrod, Bilgoraj, Chelm, Cieszanow, Debica, Dukla, Dynow, Jaroslaw, Kolbuszowa, Krasnik, Lesko, Lezajsk, Lublin, Lancut, Leczna, Nowy Zmigrod, Przemysl, Radomysl Wielki, Ropczyce, Rymanow, Rzeszow, Sanok, Tarnobrzeg, Ulanow, Ustrzyki Dolne, Wielkie Oczy, Wlodawa and Zamosc. You can download PDF brochures with information on Jewish history and heritage on many of these places from the FODZ web site.

 

 Gombin Jewish Historical & Genealogical Society

 Resources on Jewish history and culture in the town of Gombin, Poland.

Jewish Krakow: A Visual and Virtual Tour

The web site lists places to see and locates them on a map; it also lists accommodation, restaurants and cafes in and around the Jewish quarter, Kazimierz

 Oshpitzin

 Web site of “tour guide” and educational project of the Auschwitz Jewish Center that takes visitors to the Jewish sites of pre-World War II Oswiecim, the town where Auschwitz was built. Before the Holocaust it had a majority Jewish population: Oshpitzin was the town’s name in Yiddish.

Sosnowiec: Jewish Traces of Sosnowiec

Online guide to Jewish history and heritage, hosted by the town’s official web site.

 Jewish Warsaw and Polin History Tours

Warsaw-based  tour guide specializing in Jewish tours of Warsaw and elsewhere in Poland.