When researching your Polish ancestors it helps to know the English equivalent to the Polish given names. Here is a list of some of the more common names.
James Smock has always held an interest in his Polish ancestors and heritage. He is a native Houstonian with Polish roots in Bremond, Marlin and New Waverly, Texas.
James is a past president of the Polish Genealogical Society of Texas and was the founding webmaster of the PGST website. He also served as the Surname Index Coordinator from 1994 - 2000.
In addition to serving as the webmaster and editor of this Polish Texan website, he maintains a number of other websites including;
- On The Way To Texas, The Genealogy of James and Cherry Smock
- Rip Smock Tribute
- Polish Texan Gift Shop
- Polish Heritage Gift Shop
- Polish American Gift Shop
With a lifelong passion for photography, James can often be found with a camera around his neck. In addition to photographing family events and his grandchildren, he is the church photographer for St. Mary Catholic Church in Plantersville and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stoneham. Many of his photographs can be found on the church website or his photography gallery.