This collection of records is from areas previously
occupied by Poland before WWII but which became a part of the USSR following the
border changes after the war. The
collection is held at the Urząd Stanu Cywilnego, Warszawa Śródmieście.
This is the Department of Civil Records, Downtown Warsaw Office. Since the
records originate from territory that was previously Polish before World War II,
but which now lies outside contemporary Polish borders, the records were
transferred to the capital Warsaw.
(In Polish “zabużański" means "beyond the Bug River", which roughly runs
along the old Polish-Soviet border...now along the Polish-Belorussian and
Therefore, a great number of records from Western Ukraine/Eastern Galicia are
found in Warsaw. This includes all religious groups.
Urząd Stanu Cywilnego
Archiwum akt Zabużańskich
ul. Smyczkowa, 14
One should write a letter to this archives asking for the
availability of records for a parish.
Or, you can check the availability of parish and civil
records housed at the
Zabużanski Collection (along with other Polish Regional
State Archives) right on-line yourself! Visit the Polish State Archive
PRADZIAD. Read the explanation and instructions first, then click
"database" at the bottom of the screen to search for your own ancestral
On-site research of the Zabużanski
Collection is not allowed.
Keep in mind that this is only one possible location of
parish registers. Registers can be at other repositories, such as Polish
or Ukrainian state archive, diocesan or archdiocesan archive, local Polish USC
or Ukrainian ZAHS records office, or original parish.
Letter Writing Guide coming soon!