The State Archives in Katowice | Archiwum Państwowe w Katowicach in Poland has free, online genealogy collections as well as onsite family history collections.
There are five branch archives:
State Archives in Katowice Branch in Bielsko-Biala
State Archives in Katowice Branch in Cieszyn
State Archives in Katowice Branch in Gliwice
State Archives in Katowice Branch Pless
State Archives in Katowice Branch in Raciborz
This archive is unique in that digitized scans are available at multiple sites. We’ve included many links to record sets below. Try a few links to see which site you prefer to use. All scans are free of charge and sites include www.swwwwarchiwach.pl, the website of the Silesian Digital Library, the website of the Open Regional Spatial Information System, the website of the Upper Silesian Genealogical Society, also at szukajwarchiwach.pl and record books and marital status of PRADZIAD.
Katowice has thousands of digitized collections, including vital records, and these are at Szukajwarchiwach.pl.
You can see all online collections from the State Archives in Katowice by searching at Szukajwarchiwach.pl and filtering results by this archive. Here’s a link to the search results with thousands of digitized collections.
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The State Archives in Katowice has a downloadable document with links to all their currently digitized collections. A table from their site is below.
About the collections: “Valuable archives can be found in the files of cities, both those of medieval origin as Będzin (1549-1944), Bytom (1412-1945), Lubliniec (1411-1945), Mysłowice (1590-1944) and Woźniki (1483-1943), those about the specific sixteenth-century system of mining towns like Tarnowskie Góry (1528-1944), as well as urban urban complexes created during the industrial revolution in Upper Silesia in the 19th century, including Królewska Huta (Chorzowa, 1853-1945) and Katowice (1865- 1949).
Among the family bands [collections], the Archives of the Dukes of Hohenlohe-Ingelfingen from Koszęcin (1609-1945), the Archive of the Thiele-Winckler Family from Miechowice (1797-1925) and other historical space of the Polesie Archive from Rokitna Szlachecki (1545-1907) deserve special attention. …more description of their collections
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