Polish Refugee Subsistence & Genealogy Records


The Society of Genealogists have an increasing number of online datasets available to their members. This one is of particular interest to those with Polish ancestry.


Polish Refugee Subsistence and Genealogical Data

Entries from a card index compiled by Antoni and Stella Szachnowski, members of the Catholic Family History Society and donated to the Society of Genealogists in November 1999. The original slips, now divided into two indexes, relate to the names of Poles ‘primarily before 1939” found in a number of sources including, amongst others no doubt, the following:

  • Polish Subsistence:  Parliamentary Papers “Russia, Poland & Serbia miscellaneous papers 1803-1854” (comprising returns of Polish refugees receiving subsistence or any assistance from the Grant voted by Parliament from 1838-1841.)
  • Polish Genealogy: entries from the registers of the Chapel of the Virgin Mary of Czestochowa, Diocese of Westminster; London St Peter Apostulate – baptisms; Electoral rolls (St Pancras 1891, Lambeth 1891, St Marylebone 1892, Westminster Borough 1908); 1841 Census Portsea Hants, Polish Refugee Hospital; soldiers from the Polish Army; Naturalisations.

Further correspondence and papers assembled by Mr and Mrs Szachnowski but not indexed in the above can be found in two archives boxes called the Polish Collection held amongst the Society’s Special Collections.

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