The Slownik Nazwisk Is Still Online

by William F. Hoffman  [Author’s note – This article originally appeared in the November 2006 issue of Gen Dobry! And is reprinted with permission. Not surprisingly, some of the information in it is now outdated. I have left the text mostly unchanged, but websites... read more

Place Names – More Important Than Surnames

by Fred Hoffman  This article is from the July 2006 issue of Gen Dobry!, and is used with permission. Website URLs have been updated to be current as of May 2019. I think lately I’ve been irritating people who write to me for information on their surnames. I keep... read more
Guide to Reading Letters From Archives in Polish

Guide to Reading Letters From Archives in Polish

(This guide is excerpted from the book In Their Words… Vol. I: Polish. It is an edited version of an article that originally appeared as “Translating Letters from the Polish National Archives” by William F. Hoffman in the August, 1995 issue of Rodziny, The... read more