Polish Genealogical Society of America 28th Annual Conference

From Research to Rodziny
September 8-10, 2006, Schaumburg, IL

Have you always wanted to find out about your Polish roots but did not know how to start? Or maybe you have started but have run into problems with records or language or some other brick wall. Help is at hand for the beginner and the more experienced researcher!

The Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) will present its 28th Annual Conference, From Research to Rodziny, September 8 -10, 2006 at the Marriott, Schaumburg, IL.

From Research to Rodziny will cover 19 different Polish genealogy research topics including introduction to Polish genealogy, the importance of oral histories, researching the female line, post-mortem records, cemeteries, funeral customs, maps, archives, and missing birth certificates. There will be a special presentation by Ceil Wendt Jensen on Stuthoff: The First and Last Concentration Camp in Poland. Other speakers include Rosalie Lindberg and Harry Kurek of the PGSA, Professor Mary Patrice Erdmans, Jeffrey Bockman, and Mikolaj Pietrszak Dmowski, a Polish genealogy researcher and co-founder of the first post-1945 heraldic genealogical society in Poznan. Certified Genealogist and author Ceil Wendt Jensen will introduce her latest book Sto Lat: A Modern Approach to Polish Genealogy.

You can learn more about this conference at the PGSA website.

8 thoughts on “Polish Genealogical Society of America 28th Annual Conference

  1. I am just beginning to think about finding out about my husband’s family–father-Slowakiewitz (?) and mother-Karbowniczek. I have traced his grandmother as far as the ship bringing her to Baltimore in 1906. I have no idea as to how to look for relatives in Poland as I know little about them and the Polish state changed so much over the years.

    Any suggestions?

  2. Some places I’ve found to get clues are in the WWI draft registration, they are supposed to list where they came from and nearest kin. I’ve found confirmation on great grandparents name and town of origin this way. Also, if you can find naturalization papers, it was a three step process back then and if you can get the Declaration of Intent and/or Petition for Naturalization papers you can find more information there. The port the sailed from, home town, ship name, port of entry, where they filed the first papers, who is being naturalized with them…(wife and all children and birthdates!)The more information you get compiled the easier it will be to write to Poland (in Polish only)and request birth, death, marraige info. You need to find the town or region of where they lived last. I highly recomend the Polish Genealogy of America site PGSA for lots and lots of help.They even have sample letters to download to write to Poland! I’m a member and I went to the conference last year for the first time and I highly recomend that if you can go. Wow, what a wealth of knowledge!!PGSA.org

  3. Does the manifest have a village? We can use online databases such as Sthetel Seeker to find the location of the village.
    We speak of immigrants coming from Russian, Austrian or German Prussian) Poland. There are a number of finding aids that will help locate the correct parish. Then it’s off to the Familysearch.org database to see if the church records have been filmed.

    Feel free to email me if you hit a snag.



  4. i am doing my family tree my mother came to England in 1945
    i know there are still family living in Poland but do not know how to go about finding them
    can you help
    thank you y Gill

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  6. I am building a family tree starting with Charles Casimer Grzanka born in the Bronx NY in 1906, married Bella Kawalesko (born in Polland) in 1929.

    Any connections out there?

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