Explanations of the project

1. The list includes persons participating in the Greater Poland Uprising, mentioned in archival sources and publications based on which we created the database (see References). Each name is accompanied by a list of sources from which the information on a given Uprising participant comes from.

In the sources themselves you will often find much more information than those written by us. This is due to the fact that we did not write participants' biographies, but only created their list with the given data. It is worth referring to the source.

The sources include source no. 500 (other sources). These are information sent by individuals (mostly the Insurgents’ families) as well as the information found by the persons indexing (e.g. from cemetery search engines or birth records), which we have gathered into one position. The access to details requires prior contact with the project administrator.

On the project website you will also find a full list of sources and publications used (see References).

2. Greater Poland Uprising participants’ details. In the project we record: the surname, given name and place of birth (written down as presented in the sources). The problems with surnames, given names and places (cities, towns) are described in About tab.

We paid great attention to write the burial place of the deceased or fallen. This point is of great importance, because it is worth knowing where our heroes are buried in order to prevent the liquidation of those graves that no one cares for. We believe that all graves of Greater Poland Uprising participants should be marked (which is already happening in many cases) and preserved for posterity.

Some dates recorded as dates of death may be the dates of burials. If you find such issues, please report them to the Project administrator and this will be corrected.

In many cases the annotation ‘commissioned second lieutenant’ is included in the rank, status' column. Such entry concerns the commissioning of Greater Poland Uprising participant to the officer's rank, which took place in the seventies and eighties of the twentieth century. For each such entry, in a ‘comments’ section there is a resolution number upon which the participant was commissioned to officer's rank.

3. The ‘comments’ section sometimes includes the sequence, e.g. I.487.14240 These are file signatures located in the Military Historical Bureau (Central Military Archives), where detailed copies of such documents can be obtained.

The ‘comments’ section includes the information allowing the closer identification of the participant. The names of places included in this section relate, for the most part, to the participant’s place of residence after the Greater Poland Uprising.

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Read more about the project, see the list of persons involved in project implementation and learn about the history of Greater Poland Uprising.

Database search

To search for information, enter only surname or first name and surname in the format "surname, first name". Use the extended search criteria with additional parameters to narrow down the list of results.

Enter the surname and/or place. The unit and status are not required, but you can get more precise results.





Genealogical Society

Genealogical Society of Greater Poland "Gniazdo" (WTG "Gniazdo") is Polish non-profit and public benefit organisation which supports people discovering their family stories and promotes genealogy in its broadest sense. It also carries out many interesting genealogical and historical projects. You can read more about the details on our website.

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Our list is based on over 600 archival items and publications. Volunteers indexed these documents and combined data about the insurgents into one coherent collection. The bibliographic census is not complete and in the future we will add further studies, enrich the project with new people, so that our census is as complete as possible.

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The Greater Poland Uprising Cross is an award established in 1957 by a decree of the Council of State. In 2014. Genealogical Society of Greater Poland "Gniazdo" has prepared a list of those who have been awarded the Cross, for whom the applications for its award together with the justification have survived. The project contains 23 thousand names.

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