Family Research

Before You contact Us

Before contacting PISM, persons interested in tracing details of their relatives should firstly make the following enquiries.

Persons interested in researching their relatives’ history during the period of the Second World War should initially contact one of the institutions listed below.

These institutions hold the primary personal records for people whose wartime experiences fall under specific categories, such as the Polish Army, Navy and Air Force, the Home Army, prisoners of war. and others.  

Once this primary information has been obtained from the institutions whose contact details are given below, researchers can then approach the Archive at the Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum and enquire whether any additional information might be found.

Opening hours and contact

The Archive reading room is open Tuesday – Friday 09.30 – 15.45 with the exception of the month of February when it is closed.

Tel. : +44 (0)20 7589 9249 – ask for the Archive
XXX  Email –

1. Persons interested in tracing their relatives who were soldiers, seamen and airmen in the Polish Armed Forces under British Operational Command

In the first instance, please write to the Polish Section, Ministry of Defence where their individual service files are held:

Ministry of Defence
Army Personnel Centre Disclosures 5 (Polish)
Building 1 (Ops)
RAF Northolt
West End Road
Ruislip
Middlesex
HA4 6NG
United Kingdom

https://www.army.mod.uk/people/join-well/army-personnel-centre

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/requests-for-personal-data-and-service-records

2. Persons wishing to trace ancestors who served in the Polish Armed Forces prior to 1939

please write to:

Military Historical Bureau
Central Military Archives
ul. Pontonierów 2A
00–910 Warsaw-Rembertów
Poland

https://wbh.wp.mil.pl

3. Persons wishing to trace ancestors who served in the Polish Army in France 1939–1940 and who subsequently did not serve under British Operational Command

please write to:

Ministère de la Défense
Service Historique de la Défense
Centre des Archives du Personnel Militaire
Caserne Bernadotte
Place de Verdun
64023 Pau Cedex
France

https://www.servicehistorique.sga.defense.gouv.fr/centres-shd/pau-centre-des-archives-du-personnel-militaire-capm

https://francearchives.fr/service/34577

4. Persons wishing to trace ancestors who were prisoners of war (POW) following the Polish 1939 Campaign and the Warsaw Uprising 1944

please write to:

Central Museum of Prisoners of War
ul. Minorytów 3
45-017 Opole
Poland

https://www.cmjw.pl

5. Persons wishing to trace ancestors who were forced to serve in the German Armed Forces (Wehrmacht) during the Second World War

please write to:

Bundesarchiv
Abteilung Bereitstellung (Abt. BE)
Finckensteinallee 63
12205 Berlin
Germany

https://www.bundesarchiv.de/DE/Navigation/Home/home.html

https://www.bundesarchiv.de/EN/Content/Artikel/Artikel-ausserhalb-der-Navigation/Hinweise-milit-Unterlagen-persbez/benutzen-hinweise-militaerische-unterlagen-persbezogen-en.html

6. Persons wishing to trace ancestors who were prisoners in concentration camps, forced labourers and Displaced Persons (DP) during the Second World War

please write to:

Arolsen Archives
International Center on Nazi Persecution
Große Allee 5-9
34454 Bad Arolsen
Germany

https://arolsen-archives.org

7. Persons wishing to trace ancestors who served in the Polish Guard Companies attached to the US Army from 1945 onwards

please write to:

The National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue
Northwest
Washington
District of Columbia 2040
United States

https://www.archives.gov

https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/about/feature?feature=military-personnel-file

8. Persons wishing to trace ancestors who were forced to serve in the Soviet Red Army after 1939

please write to:

Central Archive of the Ministry of Defense
(Центральный архив Министерства обороны Российской Федерации)
ul. Kirova 74
Podolsk
Moscow oblast
142100
Russia

https://eng.mil.ru/en/archival_service/central.htm

https://archive.mil.ru/archival_service/central/history.htm

9. Persons interested in tracing ancestors who were prisoners of German concentration camps

please write to:

Yad Vashem The World Holocaust Remembrance Center
Har Hazikaron
P.O.B. 3477
Jerusalem 9103401
Israel

https://www.yadvashem.org/archive.html

10. Person searching for missing family members and searching in general

International Committee of the Red Cross
19 Avenue de la Paix
1202 Geneva
Switzerland

https://www.icrc.org/en

With the information from the above institutions, researchers can then approach the Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum to enquire whether any additional information might be found.

Opening hours and contact

The Archive reading room is open Tuesday – Friday 09.30 – 15.45 with the exception of the month of February when it is closed.

Tel. : +44 (0)20 7589 9249 – ask for the Archive
XXX  Email –

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