Our archivists collect and share information about archival materials in the form of online databases, which can be used to quickly and efficiently search for the information you need.  The list below only contains online databases. Other databases may be available in the reading rooms of the various archives.

This website offers access to archival materials stored by the State Archives and other institutions from various parts of Poland – all online, from the comfort of your home. This open, free service is available to anyone interested in examining its contents. Search the Archives contains parish and vital records (birth, marriage and death certificates), maps, photographs, posters, audio recordings, videos, technical documentation and more. The website is constantly expanded to include new materials. The copies of archival materials accessible on the website, unless specified otherwise in their descriptions or on the digital copies themselves, can be used freely (they can be downloaded from the website, copied or distributed using any method or technology). This database is an excellent tool for learning about Polish history and conducting genealogical research.

Go to: Search the Archives

This database contains genealogical sources related to the residents of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship. It is the result of a joint project carried out by the State Archive in Toruń and the State Archive in Bydgoszcz, between 2014 and 2015. The Head Office of the State Archives was also a partner in the project. The result was the digitisation of vital records, Roman Catholic parish records, residence registry books, prisoner lists, and other sources. Their digital copies can be examined free of charge with the help of the indices and catalogs of names created by the users, in addition to other aids. The joint process in expanding the database continues to this day, with scans of new sources being added on a continuous basis.

The project was partially funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the 2007-2013 Regional Operational Program for the Kujawsko-Pomorski Voivodeship, Priority axis 4, Information society infrastructure development, Measure 4.2. Developing services and applications for citizens (Project no. RPKP.04.02.00-04-007/13).

Go to: Genealogy in Archives

This database contains information about soldiers of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army and Russians held in POW and internment camps in the territory of Poland between 1918-1924 (between the end of World War I and the abolishment of the camps and the repatriation of any remaining POWs and interred individuals to Russia).

Go to: POWs of 1920

This database contains the holdings of selected Belarusian archives, which are in possession of the largest and most valuable collection of Polish archival materials from the Second Republic period:

  • Brest Region State Archive,
  • Grodno Region State Archive,
  • Regional State Archive in Maladzyechna,
  • National Archives of the Republic of Belarus,
  • Belarusian State Archives – Museum of Literature and Art,
  • as well as selected collections stored at the Yakub Kolas Central Scientific Library of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

Go to: Poland – Belarus

This database contains an index of victims and persecuted individuals – citizens of Poland of various origins – who were repressed, killed or went missing during World War II. The State Archives provided one of the largest collections of data included in the database. These data encompass nearly all documented categories of victims: concentration camp prisoners, individuals interred in ghettos and Holocaust victims, repatriates from the East and the West, individuals who were expelled, forced laborers, as well as those who were killed in battle. The database is managed by the Institute of National Remembrance.

Go to: Casualties and victims of German repressions

This website contains a catalog of archived and largely digitized materials related to the Greater Poland Uprising and its participants. The catalog is based on the work of Stanisław Sierpowski and Dr Marek Rezler, as well as archival inventories created by the staff of the State Archive in Poznań. In the Digital Archive of the Greater Poland Uprising, you can quickly find the archival materials you are looking for by entering a name, place or any other indexed phrase.

Go to: Digital Archive of the Greater Poland Uprising

The Polish implementation of the Access to Memory (AtoM) system is used by many institutions across several continents. AtoM is compliant with the four main standards of description for the International Council on Archives – ISAD(G), ISAAR(CPF), ISDIAH and ISDF, and can be used to export and import data using the EAD, EAC and EAG formats. The system is used for research purposes by the State Archive in Wrocław, and contains descriptions and scans of archived materials kept by that archive.

Go to: AtoM