Search the Archives is a website, the purpose of which is to make available on the Internet descriptions and scans of archival materials from state archives and other institutions. Thanks to this, you can use many collections without leaving your home. Access is completely available to all — no login or payment fee is required.

The website presents data from:

- The Integrated Archival Information System (ZoSIA) in which state archives and other institutions collect data,

- the database “Programme for the Registration of Records from Parish and Civil Registration Offices” (PRADZIAD) in which state archives collected information on genealogical materials;

The first version of the website was released in 2009 and is constantly developed by the National Digital Archives.

Historical materials published on the website may contain content that may be considered drastic, e.g. victims of warfare and other.

The website terms service are available here.



Anyone can use the website genealogists, students, pupils, teachers, academics and all interested persons. The website allows the use of archival materials stored in archives from various parts of Poland without the necessity of leaving your home.

Ease of search for interesting information is guaranteed by a user-friendly search engine that offers many useful filters and options.


Re-use of materials

Unless otherwise stipulated in the descriptions of such materials or on the digital copies themselves, copies of archival materials presented on the website can be used in any way, also including downloading from the site to a local disk, copied and otherwise distributed using any technique.

In the event of re-use of the materials presented on the site, it is recommended to:

  1. add information about the source and time of obtaining information from the website (archive name, group, signature, scan link, time of access)

  2. refrain from using materials of a martyrological nature containing the national emblem, colors and anthem of the Republic of Poland as well as crests, reproductions of medals or honorary awards, military badges or decorations or other awards in the field of commerce and such that would undermine the dignity of these symbols.


Detailed conditions for sharing original archival materials and performing reprographic services or retrieving information, including for re-use, are governed by the provisions of individual state archives. The National Digital Archives, which is the website administrator, shall not be responsible for errors in the description of materials that do not constitute part of the National Digital Archives resources.


Institutions publishing on the site

State Archives in Poland which contribute content to the portal:

  1. Central Archives of Historical Records

  2. Archives of Modern Records

  3. National Digital Archives

  4. State Archives in Białystok (incl. Łomża branch)

  5. State Archives in Bydgoszcz (incl. Inowrocław branch)

  6. State Archives in Częstochowa

  7. State Archives in Gdańsk (incl. Gdynia branch)

  8. State Archives in Gorzów Wielkopolski

  9. State Archives in Kalisz

  10. State Archives in (incl. branches in Bielsko-Biała, Cieszyn, Gliwice, Pszczyna, Raciborz)

  11. State Archives in Kielce (incl. Sandomierz branch)

  12. State Archives in Koszalin (incl. branches Słupsk and Szczecinek)

  13. State Archives in Kraków (incl. branches in Bochnia, Nowy Sącz and Tarnów)

  14. State Archives in w Leszno

  15. State Archives in Lublin (incl. branches in Chełm, Kraśnik and Radzyń Podlaski)

  16. State Archives in Malbork

  17. State Archives in Olsztyn

  18. State Archives in Opole

  19. State Archives in Piotrków Trybunalski (incl. Tomaszów Mazowiecki branch)

  20. State Archives in Płock (incl. branches in Kutno and Łęczyca)

  21. State Archives in Poznań (incl. branches in Konin, Piła and Gniezno)

  22. State Archives in Przemyśl

  23. State Archives in Radom

  24. State Archives in Rzeszów (incl. Sanok branch )

  25. State Archives in Siedlce

  26. State Archives in Suwałki (incl. Ełk branch )

  27. State Archives in Szczecin (incl. branches in Międzyzdroje and Stargard)

  28. State Archives in Toruń (incl.  Włocławek branch)

  29. State Archives in Warszawa (incl. branches in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Łowicz, Mława, Otwock and Pułtusk)

  30. State Archives in Wrocław (incl. branches in Bolesławiec, Jelenia Góra,  Kamieniec Ząbkowicki and Legnica)

  31. State Archives in Zamość

  32. State Archives in Zielona Góra

Institutions outside the network of state archives publishing on the website:

  1. Archiwum Biblioteki Polskiej im. Ignacego Domeyki

  2. Archiwum Fundacji Kultury i Dziedzictwa Ormian Polskich

  3. Archiwum Instytutu Hoovera

  4. Archiwum Muzeum Narodowego w Krakowie

  5. Archiwum Muzeum Zamoyskich w Kozłówce

  6. Archiwum Nauki Polskiej Akademii Nauk i Polskiej Akademii Umiejętności

  7. Archiwum Polskiej Akademii Nauk w Warszawie

  8. Archiwum Polskiej Misji Katolickiej w Szwajcarii

  9. Archiwum Polskiej Misji Katolickiej we Francji

  10. Archiwum Polskiej Prowincji Dominikanów

  11. Archiwum Rzymskie Zmartwychwstańców

  12. Archiwum Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego

  13. Archiwum Uniwersytetu Jana Kochanowskiego w Kielcach

  14. Archiwum Uniwersytetu Rolniczego im. Hugona Kołłątaja w Krakowie

  15. Archiwum Uniwersytetu Szczecińskiego

  16. Centralne Archiwum Polonii Amerykańskiej w Orchard Lake

  17. Centralne Muzeum Jeńców Wojennych

  18. Fundacja Archeologia Fotografii

  19. Fundacja Archiwum Helveto-Polonicum

  20. Fundacja Sztuki Współczesnej In Situ

  21. Instytut im. Jerzego Grotowskiego

  22. Muzeum Romantyzmu w Opinogórze

  23. Muzeum Uniwersytetu Opolskiego

  24. Papieski Instytut Studiów Kościelnych w Rzymie

  25. Polish Music Center

  26. Polska Akademia Nauk Archiwum w Warszawie Oddział w Katowicach

  27. Polska Akademia Nauk Archiwum w Warszawie Oddział w Poznaniu

  28. Polski Instytut Badawczy i Muzeum w Budapeszcie

  29. Polski Instytut Naukowy w Ameryce