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Jonathan D. Shea
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Catholic Parish Registers
Registers for parishes in most of Connecticut can be researched at an hourly rate.
Fee:  To be determined.

Information From Gazetteers
Entries for your ancestral village can be searched from 1934, 1967 and 1982 gazetteers of Poland.  the 1934 gazetteer covers portions of Poland that are now in Belarus, Lithuania and the Ukraine.  It omits, however, arts of western Poland that were under German control at that time.
Fee:  $1.00 per page and SASE.

Local Vital Records Offices Holdings Lists
A list of vital records that existed in the Polish USC (local 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.  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.

Military Maps
If you specify a location, we can send you a photocopy of a portion of a detailed map showing your village or origin. 
Fee:  $.50 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.

Polish-American Cemetery Inscriptions
We can check for inscriptions gathered principally from Polish-American cemeteries in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and parts of Pennsylvania (mostly central or northeast Pennsylvania).  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.

Please go to www.pgsctne.org and search the surname database.
Fee:  $3.00 per surname. 

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:  $1.00 per page and SASE

Polish Telephone Directory Research
Research can be done in our collection of Polish provincial telephone books.  Because there 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.
Fee:  $2.00 per entry for one surname in a specific locality.
Or, $15.00 per hour to research the whole book.

Speakers
Speakers can be provided to address your group or organization on Polish/Eastern European or Irish Research.  All speakers are credentialed, professional genealogists.  Send your requests to the e-mail links below under Contact.

Translations
Translations are offered of vital registry entries in Polish and Russian only.  Available at a lower rate are extracts 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.  This is why we need a sample copy - so we can quote an accurate price.
For all inquiries, please e-mail Jonathan Shea at 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.