BIOGRAPHY

Jonathan Shea,
a native of New Britain, Connecticut, is a professor of foreign languages in the Connecticut Higher Education System.  His academic preparation in the field of languages and linguistics has been enriched by living experience in Europe and study at the Universidad de Madrid in Spain, St. Petersburg State University in Russia and the Uniwersytet Jagiellonski in Poland. 

In addition to being a foreign language educator, Shea is a trained archivist and professional genealogist with specialization in Eastern Europe and Ireland and  frequently lectures and presents workshops internationally on the topics of document translation and other linguistic issues, immmigration history and European archival resources.  The founding President of the Polish Geneanlogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, Inc., he now serves as its Reference Archivist and as the long-time editor of its journal, Pathways & Passages.

He holds a B.S. degree in Spanish from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. and an M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst plus a M.L.S. in Library Science and Archival Management from Southern Connecticut State University.

In addition to the languages he teaches, Spanish, Polish and Russian, he also speaks Italian and French and has reading knowlege of Portuguese, Belarusian and Ukrainian.

He has over twenty years of experience in the field of genealogical research, documenting his own family (with roots in the former provinces of
Łomża, Grodno, Poland, and Counties Offaly and Mayo, Ireland) as well as the families of others.  The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has recognized him as an Accredited Genealogist in the field of Polish research.

His most recent publication Going Home:  A Guide to Polish-American Famiily History Research is a comprehensive reference work on genealogical research methodology.  He has also co-authored with William Fred Hoffman the three volume series In Ther Words: A Genealogist's Translation Guide, Volume 1 Polish, Volume 2 Russian and Volume 3 Latin.