The resources below can be found in the SSGHS Library. For more recent additions to the library collection, check the library catalog here. Additional materials can be found in the Pamphlet File.

Also, there were large Polish communities on Chicago’s South Side and suburbs, including Calumet City. Check the following indexes to see if your ancestor is listed:


943.8A-CHOPolish roots  Korzenie Polskie / by Rosemary A Chorzempa. — Baltimore : Gen Pub Co, 1993. 240 p  maps  illus  paper
943.8A-HOFPolish surnames : origins and meanings / by William F. Hoffman. — Chicago : Polish Genealogical Society of America, n.d. 295p  index
943.8A-KONPolish family research / by J. Konrad. — Munroe Falls , OH : Summit Publications, 1987. 72p  maps  paper Revised edition.
943.8A-OBABibliography for genealogical research involving Polish ancestry / by Thaddeus J Obal. — Hillsdale , NJ : Thaddeus Obal, 1978. np   paper
943.8A-WELTracing your Polish roots / by Maralyn A Wellauer. — Milwaukee ; the author, 1979 87 p  illus   paper
943.8D-BEIDictionary of Jewish surnames from the Kingdom of Poland / by Alexander Beider. Teaneck , NJ : Avotaynu, 1996. 570 p
943.8D-HISHistorical bibliography of Polish towns, villages, and regions (except Warsaw and Krakow ). — Chicago : Polish Genealogical Society, 1990.
943.8D-OBAPolish family tree surnames / by Thaddeus J Obal. — Hillsdale , NJ : Thaddeus Obal, 1975-1983. 5 vol  paper  Library has vols:1-2, 3,4,5.
943.8D-ORTPolish parish records of the Roman Catholic Church their use and understanding in genealogical research / by Gerald A. Ortell. — Chicago : Polish Genealogical Society, 1996.
943.8H-MIKSix years ‘til Spring: a Polish family’s odyssey / by Teresa Mikosz-Hintzke. San Jose , CA : Authors Choice Press, 2001. 366 p  paper
943.8H-MIZGreat men and women of Poland / edited by Stephen P. Mizwa. — New York : Macmillan Co, 1942. 397p  illus  index
943.8H-NOBNobility of the Polish commonwealth. — Anneslie , MD : Polish Nobility Association Foundation [1996] 48 p  ill  maps  paper
943.8H-THOPolish peasant in Europe and America / William I. Thomas and Florian Znaniecki; ed. & abr. by Eli Zaretsky. — Urbana : University of IllinoisPress, 1984.
943.8T-LITLatin Church in the Polish Commonwealth in 1773 / by Stanislaw Litak. — Chicago : Polish Gen Soc , 1990. 42 p  maps  paper
943.8T-MULRoman Catholic parishes in the Polish People’s Republic in 1984 / by Lidia Mullerowa. — Chicago : Polish Genealogical Society, 1995.
943.8T-NASNasza ojczyzna: szkolny atlas historyczny [our home school atlas (of Poland )] — Wroclaw , PO : Panstowe Predsieb Cartographic Publishing, 1989. 24 p paper. [in Polish]
943.8T-POGPoland a historical atlas / by Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski. — Revised edition. — NY: Dorset Press, 1987. 32 p  maps  index
943.8Z-CHODok lodny slownik Polsko-Angielski i angielsko- poliski / by Alexandra Chodzki. — Chicago : Polish American Book Co, nd.
943.8Z-FRATranslation guide to 19th century Polish- language civil-registration documents / by Judith Frazin. — Second edition. — Northbrook , IL : Jewish Gen Society of Illinois , 1989.  311p
943.8Z-GRZLangenscheidt’s pocket Polish dictionary English-Polish Polish-English / by Tadeusz Grzebieniwoski. — sl : Langenscheidt, nd. 807 p
973.09438BROPolish Americans, 1854-1939 / Andrzej Brozek. — Warsaw , Poland : Interpress, 1985. 274 p  illus  index  paper
973.09438BULBulletin of the Polish Genealogical Society of America . — Chicago : Polish Genealogical Society of America , 1992- . Periodical
973.09438CHOIndex to the newsletters, journals, bulletins of the Polish Genealogical Society of America, 1979-1996 / compiled by Rosemary A. Chorzempa, George Wieslaw Helon, & William F. Hoffman.
973.09438GOLStudy of obituaries as a source for Polish genealogical research / by Thomas E. Golembiewski. — Chicago : Polish Genealogical Society, 1984. 63 p  illus  glossary  paper
973.09438HAIPolish past in America / by Miecislaus (Mieczyslaw) Haiman. — Chicago : Polish Museum of America , 1974. 178 p  paper  illus  maps
973.09348MILMillennium of the Polish People: one thousand years of Christianity 966-1966.—s.l.: Committee for Observance of the Millennium of Poland’s Christianity, c. 1996.  160 p  paper
973.09438PIEOne hundred years going : a history of the Polish Falcons of America, 1887-1987 / by Donald E. Pienkos. — Boulder , CO : East European Monographs, 1987.  348p  photos index
973.09438PIEPNA: a centennial history of the Polish National Alliance of the United States of America / by Donald E. Pienkos. — Eastern European Monographs. — New York : Columbia University
973.09438POLPolish Genealogical Society newsletter. – Chicago : Polish Genealogical Society, 1978- .  Periodical Library has vol 3:1- .
973.09438RODRodziny: the journal of the Polish Genealogical Society of America. — Chicago : Polish Genealogical Society, 1977- . Periodical     Library       has vol 21:1 -.
973.09438SANPolish-American community life: a survey of research / by Irwin T. Sanders and Ewa T. Morawska. — Boston : Boston University , 1975.
973.09438SOUSouvenir album of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America for the Centennial and 51st National Convention. — Chicago : Polish Roman Catholic Union of America , 1974.
973.09438VALHaller’s Polish army in France / by Paul S. Valasek. — sl: Whitehall Printing, 2006. 432p  illus  index  paper
973.09438WYTPoles in America / by Joseph A. Wytrwal. — Minneapolis , MN : Lerner Publications, 1974. 84 p  illus  index
977.2H-INDIndiana Poles in the bicentennial year of the United States 1976. Munster , IN : Bicentennial Committee, Polish American Congress, 1976. 80 p paper
977.289D-SZYPolish marriage applicants St. Joseph County , Indiana 1905-1915 / by Gene Szymarek and G. Lucky Ladewski. Bowie , MD : Heritage Books, 1988. 212 p  paper
977.299H-PIGUnshod: the men of Carmel / by Carmen Peter Pignatiello. s.l.: Pigniatiello Enterprises, 1981. 88p paper.  [Discalced Carmelites of Munster ,IN ]
977.311D-CITChicago’s Polish population / City of Chicago Dept of Development & Planning . – Chicago : the author, 1976. 38 p
977.311D-GOLIndex to Polish American family biographies / by Thomas Golembiewski. Chicago : Polish Genealogical Society, 1982. 20p  paper
977.311D-HOLIndex to the obituaries and death notices appearing in the Dziennik Chicagoski / compiled by Thomas L. Hollowak and William F. Hoffman. –Chicago : Polish Gen Soc, 1984-91  5 vols  paper
977.311D-POLPolish directory for the city of Chicago 1903. Chicago : Polish Genealogical Society, 1981. 39p paper
977.311D-POLPolish Yellow Pages 1997-1998.  Chicago : Caesar Lapa Advertising, 1997. 210p paper [In Polish]
977.311H-KANPolish-American politics in Chicago 1888-1940 / Edward R. Kantowicz. – Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1975. 260p  index
977.311H-OZOPolish settlers in Chicago / by Joann Ozog and Kathryn Rosypal. Chicago : Polish Museum of America , 2007. 40p paper
977.311H-PACPolish immigrants and industrial Chicago: workers on the South Side, 1880 – 1922 / by Dominic Pacyga. Chicago : University of ChicagoPress, 2003. 298p paper
977.311H-PARPolish Catholics in Chicago , 1850 – 1920; a religious history / by Joseph John Parot. DeKalb , IL : Northern Illinois University Press, 1981. 298p paper
977.311H-POLPoles of Chicago 1837-1937. — Chicago : Polish Pageant, 1937. 256 p  plus I-XI   illus  index Separate everyname index by Rea Reed
977.311H-POLPoles of Chicago 1837-1937 (an index) / indexed by Rea Reed. — South Holland , IL : SSGHS, 1995.   28 p   paper every name index to Poles of Chicago 1837-1937,
977.311H-ST BSt. Bruno Church golden jubilee celebration 1925 -1975. sl: sn, 1975. 136p   [church located at 47th & Harding, Chicago ]
977.3151H-ST JSt. Joseph [Catholic] Church history. s.l.: s.n., n.d. [contains 75th anniversary book] [ South Chicago ]
977.3161H-ASSAssumption BVM history. s.l.:s.n, n.d 3 vols. [including 25th and 50th anniversary books and clippings ][ West Pullman area of Chicago ]
977.3161H-ST SSaint Salomea [Catholic] Church History. s.l.: s.n., n.d. [contains 75th anniversary booklets and clippings] [West Pullman area of Chicago ]
977.3164H-ST CS.S. Cyril and Methodius Church Lemont, Illinois history. s.l.: s.n., n.d. [contains centennial booklet (1984)]
977.3167H-ST ASt. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church history. s.l.: s.n., n.d. 2 volumes [ Calumet City , IL ]
977.3168H-ST JSt. Joseph Catholic Church history. s.l.: s.n., n.d. 10p paper [ Chicago Heights , IL ]
977.3168H-WOZGrowing up Polish a history of the Polish pioneers in Chicago Heights / by John W. Wozny. — Steger , IL : “Growing Up Polish”, 1993. 2 vols  illus  paper
977.423H-JENDetroit ’s Polonia / by Cecile Wendt Jensen. Charleston , SC : Arcadia Press, 2005. 128p paper
977.5H- ETHPoles in Wisconsin .  s.l.: State Historical Society of Wisconsin , 1979. 49p paper
977.6365H-RADOne community one church two towns: the Poles of Southwestern Minnesota / by John Radzilowski. Marshall , MN : department of History, Southwestern State University , 1991. 26p paper
CD/943.8T-SLOGeographical dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland . Chicago : Polish Genealogical Society of America , 2003.
V-T/943.8POLPolish genealogy. — Family Historian #32 — . West Caldwell , NY : Stephen Conte, nd. Video tape  30 minutes Narrated by Stephen Conte