Where can I
learn Polish language in
How do I
immerse my children in Polish?
How can I get / buy
Polish books & movies?
I look for a
education for children in Polish
How can I setup &
use Polish characters
such as ćęś on my
Polish character support
Setting up Polish
characters on any Windows computer is quite simple. Basically 1) you tell the
system to use a Polish keyboard 2) make sure that it is on when you want
to use it 3) use a simple convention to indicate a character with Polish
see a step by step guide on how to
setup Polich characters for details.
I donít speak Polish but I would like to get involved in Polish
community, be in contact with other people interested in Polish culture...
Where can I buy Polish food?
need a Polish translator, a lawyer, a notary ...
I am of Polish origin, how can I get birth
certificates etc. from Poland?
The best chance is
to use the family connection back in Poland. Trace your American data to
an ancestor with known date of birth and place of birth. If you
have that, the family can write to the appropriate state archives in
Poland asking for birth certificates for these people or even for
genealogical search on them. Depending on how far in the past it is, the
documents can be in the state archives at a provincial capital
(appropriate voivodship) or at the central archive in Warsaw. The state
archives have official state records or copies of those, as well as
records or copies of records from religious institutions like parishes
etc. Also the state archives in Warsaw have many records from towns and
villages that were Polish before WWII and now are in Western Ukraine or
nowadays actually make money on this type of genealogical queries, so
other than writing appropriate specs for searching, paying upfront some
and waiting, the first steps in this research should be fairly
How many people of
Polish ancestry live in Seattle? In the Washington State?
These numbers come from
the US Census Bureau site
Polish ancestry in Washington
42,500 people claimed
Polish ancestry in King County
15,000 people claimed
Polish ancestry in City of Seattle
People of Polish Ancestry By Percentage in Washington
the Piast Institute, © 2007 The Piast Institute
One unappreciated aspect
about people with Polish ancestry is that they are widely dispersed
throughout the state of Washington; in fact there are many small towns
and rural areas settled by Polish immigrants in 19c and early 20c., now
with many 4th or 5th generation Polish-Americans.
Please note that these
numbers indicate the ancestry, that is old-timers. For example, according to the US Census
Bureau, the number of people with Russian ancestry in the state, both in King
County and in Seattle, is several times smaller than the number of
people with Polish ancestry. As we know, for fresh immigrants the
situation is reversed - everyday experience indicates that Russians are
about 5 or 10 times more numerous than Poles. However, I could not find
US Census Bureau numbers indicating the country of origin for
immigrants, i.e. the first generation immigrants, for our region.
I would like to visit
how can I buy tickets and make reservations?
Whatís a cheap way of sending packages and money to
packages via airmail w/ US Post Office is advised only for simple
packages or with single item envelopes (a book, a CD, a medication). In
particular people had mixed experiences with the Global Airmail Parcel
Post. When the speed of delivery and tracking number is essential, such as when sending
legal documents etc, use DHL, Fedex etc; for big cities in Poland this
works as you would expect in the US Ė except for price: the service is
almost as fast as they promise but very expensive; however, double check with
the shipper when sending to small towns. Bigger packages can be sent
much cheaper and more convenient at the receiving end by
Polamer, toll free number
(877) 544-1844, is based in Chicago,
so this requires sending packages via UPS or similar carriers to Polamer
Chicago and then they send it to Poland for you; call them to
obtain their rates and shipping forms to fill. This is a bit involved
but you definitely save money on the combo of sending ground to Chicago
and then by sea by Polamer.
They have been very
reliable and deliver packages to the door in
(put a local phone contact on the form). Typically a sea parcel takes
about 3-4 weeks to arrive. They also have a faster airmail service.
Polonez Parcel Service,
tel. (413) 732-3899, no toll
free number, is a similar company based in West Springfield, MA. You can
send a parcel to Polonez by UPS etc. and they would ship it to Poland.
However, Polonez has a local agent in Fife,
WA; this is near Tacoma. (This is the same agent that used to run a
store and a Polonez agency in the Commons Mall and also was in Renton a
few years back.) So in lieu of sending a parcel to Polonez, you have an
option of driving with a parcel to Fife to ship it from there. You can
obtain the forms from the agent or by calling the company. Overall costs and delivery times are similar.
However, I have heard complaints about Polonez service in Poland from
Note that when sending a book or a couple of CDs or a medication, it's
typically an overkill to use a parcel services. A padded envelope sent
by a regular airmail to Poland goes through well enough. You still need
to fill in a custom form to go with it.
There are several
options to send money to
Poland. The fastest and safest way to
send a big sum is a direct bank transfer or wire from a bank or
brokerage account in US to a bank account in
Poland. It does not matter which bank
but a full bank/account number (with the international SWIFT/BIC number)
is a must; also, besides the account, the target bank branch address and
phone number is a frequent requirement. Fees range between $25-50 and
typically do not depend on the amount; 2-3
business days can be
expected to complete the transaction. For smaller sums
US Money Express can be
used, fees depend on the amount but they have a home delivery option.
Another approach is to add a family member to an ATM card or credit card
and let the family use it.
What are the
Polish organizations in Seattle and vicinity?
I want to
rent the Polish Home for an event, what's the price and availability?
Is there a
Polish Consulate in Seattle?
Yes, Honorary Consul
Teresa Indelak Davis resides in Seattle and the
Consulate of the
Republic of Poland in Seattle
covers the entire State of Washington. Consul Davis can be reached at
[email protected] or at 206-948-8064.
I renew my Polish passport in Seattle?
I am a Polish
citizen, can I vote in Polish elections in Seattle?
This may be possible depending on the elections - as the polling station may or may
not be available in Seattle in a given year.
Since 2007 typically there has been a polling station at
the Polish Home in Seattle, or one could vote by mail. Polish News publishes election info when
elections happen, see for example
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