Searching for Polish roots

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Searching for Polish roots

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Finding Polish roots: the path to Polish citizenship

Do you dream of Polish citizenship? It is possible if you have Polish roots. In this article, we will tell you how to start searching for your ancestors and what documents you will need. Obtaining Polish citizenship is a dream of many Ukrainians, as it opens up many new opportunities: life, study, and employment in the European Union.

The Law "On Polish Citizenship" provides for the possibility of obtaining citizenship based on Polish origin. This means that you can apply for a Polish passport through repatriation. Repatriation available to you if you or one of your relatives up to the 4th generation once held Polish citizenship. You or one of your relatives up to the 4th generation (parents, grandparents, great-grandparents) were citizens of Poland.


What documents confirm Polish ancestry?

  • Birth certificates of relatives indicating their Polish citizenship.
  • Archival certificates or extracts from the metric registry of births of relatives, which indicate their Polish citizenship.
  • Passport documents of the Republic of Poland of your relatives.
  • Other documents proving Polish ancestry (e.g. marriage, divorce, death certificates, military records, employment records, etc.)

Important steps:

  • Determine what documents your ancestors had.
  • Establish the years and place of their birth.
  • Find out where to look for the documents (civil registry office or archive).

How to start searching for documents?

Gather information about your relatives: their names, dates of birth, places of birth, as well as years and places of residence. Determine what documents they might have that confirm their Polish origin.

Depending on the place where the documents were issued:

  • Duplicates of documents issued up to 75 years ago can be obtained at the Civil Registry Office.
  • Duplicates of documents issued more than 75 years ago or extracts from metric books can be obtained from archival institutions.
  • Other sources: family archives, records, photographs; historical and genealogical resources.

How can we help you?

Consultation: we will help you determine what documents you need. We will advise you on the Polish legislation on obtaining citizenship and on the list of documents required in your specific situation.

Preparation of documents: we will help you collect and prepare all the necessary documents. We will help you with notarized translations of Ukrainian documents into Polish. We will help you prepare documents confirming your Polish origin.

Support: we will provide you with full support in the process of obtaining Polish citizenship.


Remember: finding Polish roots is a painstaking process that takes time and effort. Lawyers have more powers and leverage to demand the necessary information from various authorities.

Turning to specialists will help you to make this process much easier and avoid mistakes.

Contact us and we will help you search for Polish roots. Fill out the form on our website and our lawyer will contact you shortly.

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