These entries were typed by Les Muriel from a card index compiled by Antoni and Stella Szachnowski, members of the Catholic Family History Society and donated to the Society of Genealogists in November 1999.The original slips related to the names of Poles “primarily before 1939” found in a number of sources including, amongst others no doubt, the following:
Parliamentary Papers “Russia, Poland & Servia,[sic] miscellaneous papers 1803-1854” (returns of Polish refugees receiving subsistence or any assistance from the Grant voted by Parliament from 1838-1841)
Chapel of the Virgin Mary of Czestochowa, Diocese of Westminster, London St Peter Apostulate – baptisms
Electoral rolls (St Pancras 1891, Lambeth 1891, St Marylebone 1892, Westminster Borough 1908)
1841 Census Portsea Hants, Polish Refugee Hospital soldiers from the Polish Army
Further correspondence and papers assembled by Mr and Mrs Szachnowski but not indexed in the above can be found in two archives boxes called the Polish Collection held amongst the Society’s Special Collections. These boxes contain the following:
Archive box 1 - correspondence and enquiries dealt with by Mr and Mrs Szachnowski during the 1980s and 1990s. This is filed in alphabetical order of the enquirer.
Archive Box 2 -:
Notes relating to Poles who came to Great Britain after the 1831 uprising who were granted a pension or assistance from the grant voted by Parliament for the relief of Polish refugees, specifying the name and amount paid in each year from 1837-1842. In addition is a translation made by Mr Szachnowski of an article in Polish concerning these Poles
Manuscript pedigrees of some Polish families
Post 1939 indexes of Polish names in the Roman Catholic Royal Army Chaplains Department baptisms, marriages and burials
Index of names in St Margaret’s parish church, Darenth
Lists of Polish subjects who took British Naturalisation 1801-1900 (in Polish)
1891 Census Abstracts (Polish and Eastern European names) Spitalfields, Marylebone, St Giles North, City of London-St Botolph, Hampstead, Westminster St James & St George Hanover Square
Leaflets, addresses and finding aids relating to Polish organisations and sources of information in the UK, USA and Poland.
Antoni and Stella Szachnowski
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