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Zabużański Collection

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 along the Polish-Belorussian and Polish-Ukrainian borders.)

Therefore, a great number of records from Western Ukraine/Eastern Galicia are found in Warsaw. This includes all religious groups. 

Urząd Stanu Cywilnego
Warszawa Śródmieście
Archiwum akt Zabużańskich
ul. Smyczkowa, 14
02-678 Warszawa

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 website's searchable database PRADZIAD.  Read the explanation and instructions first, then click "database" at the bottom of the screen to search for your own ancestral parishes' registers!

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.

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