RESEARCH SERVICES OFFERED BY JONATHAN D. SHEA
Additional research resources to enhance your family's story
"We treat your research as if it was our own."
CATHOLIC PARISH REGISTERS
Registers for the Archdioceses of Hartford, Connecticut and Providence, Rhode Island can also be researched at an hourly rate. Fee: to be determined.
INFORMATION FROM GAZETTEERS
Entries from your ancestral village from the 1934, 1967 and 1982 gazetteers of Poland. The 1934 gazetteer covers portions of Poland that are now in Belarus, Ukraine and Lithuania. It omits, however, parts of western Poland that were under German control at that time. Fee $1.00 per page.
LOCAL VITAL RECORDS OFFICES HOLDINGS LISTS
A list of vital records that existed in the Polish USC (local vital statistics office) in the early 1980s. This list enumerates records of all religions that were under the jurisdiction of the local civil authorities and covers records for the 1880-1945 period. These records were largely religious records that were seized by the government and used as civil records. They are arranged by vital statistics office, so please send all qualifying geographical information to help us determine which office is the proper one for your locality of interest. Note these are lists of birth, marriage, and death volumes for each locality and the years they cover. They are not lists of names -- names can be found in the records themselves. These lists let you know if the records you are searching for do exist and will give you concrete information you can cite when writing to Polish archives and churches. Fee: $3.00 per locality.
If you specify a location we can send you a photocopy of a portion of a detailed map showing your village of origin. Fee: 50 cents per 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper copied. If you provide incomplete or inaccurate info and we have to use other sources to find the village, that portion of the hourly research rate will apply.
PASSENGER LIST RESEARCH
We will search the microfilm holdings of the ports of New York and Boston. (1897-1942). Contact us for further details. At this time research for other ports and time periods is not available. We speak Polish, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian and have knowledge of Lithuanian, Belarussian which makes us distinct from others who offer the same research service. Our extensive phonetic and linguistic knowledge helps us to determine alternate spellings of both first and last names. Fee: to be determined.
POLISH-AMERICAN CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS
We can check for inscriptions gathered principally from Polish-American cemeteries in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania (mostly Central or northeast PA). Some but by no means all inscriptions for non-Polish parish cemeteries are also in this collection. Your request MUST specify a location. We also have inscriptions from the following cemeteries in Poland: Dabrowa Bialostocka, Majewo, Rozanystok and Grodzisk in the former province of Bialystok; Przytuly and Stawiski in the former province of Lomza, Myszyniec in the former Province of Ostroleka; and Wola Ranizowska in the former Galicia. Fee: $2.00 per surname per locality.
POLISH DIOCESAN CHURCH DIRECTORIES
Polish diocesan church directories, issued at periodical intervals by diocesan officials, can be located for your ancestral parish. The guides vary in quality. Some merely list the church's address, others provide a brief history, a photograph of the church, a list of villages that belong to the parish and other statistical information. Fee: $2.00 per page.
POLISH TELEPHONE DIRECTORY RESEARCH
Research can be done in our collection of Polish provincial phone books. Because these directories are NOT one master alphabetical list, an hourly research fee will be charged for a thorough search of the entire directory (average time is 2 hours). Most directories date from the 1990s, and after 2000 addresses are not given. Still, this can be a way to find living relatives in Poland when other leads fail you. Fee: for one surname in a specific locality, the fee is $2.00 per entry, or $15.00 per hour to research the whole book.
Speakers can be provided to address your group or organization on Polish/Eastern European or Italian Research. All speakers are credentialed professional genealogists. Send your requests to the e-mail links below under Contact.
Translations are offered of vital registry entries in Polish and Russian only. Available at a lower rate are extracts ($5.00 per extract) in which the vital information is transferred onto pre-printed forms we have devised for this purpose. You must send a sample copy of the material to be translated for evaluation purposes. (Fee: varies according to the nature of the material to be translated -- that's why we need a sample copy, so we can quote an accurate price.)
VITAL RECORDS AND OTHER RESEARCH in CONNECTICUT,
MASSACHUSETTS, and RHODE ISLAND
Document retrieval rates are dependent on what type of vital records you need and the quantity (i. e., retrieving one record vs. general research of a whole family unit). Fee: to be determined.
For all inquiries, write to: Jdmshea@aol.com. Please use this address only to order copies or services. Much as he would like to help you, answers to general questions such as "How do I do genealogy?" are simply beyond the scope of what he can offer here.
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