Polish Handwriting Helps
Helpful notes about Polish:
You will seldom find a double letter combination in Polish – no ll as in Miller, no nn as in Hermann, no oo as in root.
Common problems arise from the diacritic ł and Ł. This is actually an L with a slash or stroke. It is found in both upper and lower case. It is commonly transcribed incorrectly to the letter T or t.
• Władysław is commonly misspelled to Wtadystaw when transcribing.
Ƶ is not a regular alphabet letter in Polish but is a European style of writing the letter Z. It should be keyed as the letter Z. However, note that Ƶ is commonly transcribed incorrectly to the letter F.
• Ƶdziebko is commonly misspelled to Fdziebko when transcribing.
Example of confusion regarding names. Be cautious of the letter W.
• Władysław Wilmowicz was incorrectly transcribed to Nladislaus Nilmouriez.
Ancestry World Archives Project would like to thank the following for assisting in creating this Polish language tutorial:
Source: Sto Lat: A Modern Guide to Polish Genealogy; Published 2010 by Michigan Polonia, LLC; Author: Cecile Wendt Jensen