Research Assistance

  • PGS-CA members offer, by appointment only, 1-hour of voluntary research assistance. Appointments need to be made at least 2 weeks in advance of PGS-CA meetings, which are scheduled on the 4th Saturday of January, March, May, July, September, and November. Appointment time is typically: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Due to limited staffing, PGS-CA can not guarantee that there will be a volunteer on the date you desire.
  • Assistance offered for guidance to the resources available at the West Los Angeles Family History Center:
    • PGSCA Reference Library
    • Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles Reference Library
    • Computer Resources to online databases
    • Archives of the LDS Family History Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Classes/Instruction offered at the LDS/FHC West Los Angeles
  • Please bring with you the relevant documents, laptop, maps and photos, and a completed copy of the PGS-CA Focus Question Resource Form. (Click here for a copy.)
  • PGS-CA does not provide personal research for individuals. We only provide guidance to the resources, but will try to answer any of your questions.

We suggest that you use our Facebook page for questions about your research:
PGSCA Facebook link:

Some suggested online resources:

    Lost Shoebox: Online Records of Poland
    “Lost Shoebox is a collection of sites with scans/large indexes available, arranged by voivodeship. While this list doesn’t cover everything that is on the web, Lost Shoebox focuses on sites with indexes and scans of records. This should give you an idea of the major sites for your area of research.” (Text from their website.)

Additional websites providing various resources for Polish research can be found at Research Links.