An estimated 9.5 million Polish-Americans are living in the United States. They represent about 3% of the U.S., population. Many grow interested in tracing their family heritage to rediscover their ancestral ties to Poland. This type of travel tends to create a very memorable, emotional and personal attachment to the country or location. Many first-time heritage focused visitors are found to be returning to Poland for sentimental reasons or further research. With many resources available, reconnecting with your Polish heritage has never been easier.

There are specific resources and tools you can use to begin tracing your heritage trail. You could start by contacting the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) for particular questions and tips. Warsaw’s POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews has created a Virtual Shtetl project which can prove invaluable in researching your Jewish ancestry in Poland. One can also explore the history and fates of Polish emigrants at the Emigration Museum in Gdynia. Additionally, the Polish State Archives collect vital information from various sources but unfortunately could prove challenging to navigate for non-Polish speakers.

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