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Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in Poland include:
- Birth, marriage, and death records were kept by some towns as early as late 1700s
- After 1874, Prussian law required a civil marriage ceremony in addition to a church ceremony.
- Earliest censuses were taken in 1567, 1676, 1775 (parish census). Contents vary according to the censuses and their purposes. State, territorial, and colonial censuses were recorded in 1855 and 1865
- Population counts are lustrums (lustracje), household tax registers (rejestry podatkowe: 1675), Prussian population surveys (przeglady: 1789, 1793, 1797), and municipal revisions (spisy ludnosci: 1619, 1765, 1792).
- Land records were kept by the towns and counties from the time they were settled
- Churches kept records of the christenings, marriages, deaths, or other information about their members
- Newspapers were written in many areas and time periods that contain information such as notices of marriages, notices of death, and obituaries
- Military records
- Town and county histories about the settlers and their families
- Immigration and emigration records begin in the 1770s