Lecture Summaries

Matthew Bielawa
and
Jonathan Shea

Introduction to Polish and
Eastern European Family History

 This session will expose researchers to basic research
 techniques needed to assemble a Polish American
 family history.  American records such as ship lists,
 vital records, cemetery inscriptions and census
 records will be featured. 
The historical geography of
 Poland along with map and gazetteer sources will be
 presented. 

 Finally, the nature and structure of high use Polish
 language European records wil be discussed as well
 as their location and methods to access them.
 Information on websites and digitized records will
 also be discussed.

   

Dr. M. B. Biskupski

Did Pilsudski Raise a Polish Army in America?

 Late in World War I, residents of a sleepy town along the
 Hudson discovered that Polish soldiers were on the march.
 They were training to offer themselves to their beloved
 Fatherland, Poland.  All were sacrificing a great deal, and risking
 much to be available for the service of Poland.  They were
 inspried by the charismatic figure of Jozef Pilsudski, the founder
 of modern Poland.

 Whereas Poles in America who volunteered to join the so-called
 "Haller's Army" are well known, these young men are virtually
 forgotten.  At the lecture, perhaps, they shall be given the
 attention their partriotism has demanded.

   
   
  Michelle Chubenko

        Jersey Roots:  Touring the Garden State

 Take a tour of the Garden State and enjoy
 genealogical gems found in the New Jersey's twenty-
 one (21) counties.

 You will learn how to access historical material
 spanning three centuries in lesser known collections
 within local respositories and libraries.

   

Michelle Chubenko

                 Genealogy in Ukraine: 
             Discover Online Resources

 Whether your roots are in Galicia, Volhynia, Inter-
 War Poland or today's Ukraine, Michelle will share
 her "top-ten" websites for research. 

 From online indexes to digitized images of records,
 you will learn about who is bringing greater access to
 the records from the Central State Historical Archives
 (TsDIAK & TsDIAL), Oblast (Regional) Archives,
 Archiwum Główne Akt Dawnych (AGAD) and
 other historical organizations in the diaspora. 
 Discover how to use message boards and other
 databases to find fellow researchers and historical
 information on Ukraine's rich, yet turbulent history.

   
 
David Ouimette

From Wojtowa to Chicopee:
The Story of Polish Immigrant Millworkers

 This case study traces Polish families immigrating to
 Chicopee, Massachusetts from Wojtowa, in Western
 Galicia, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth
 centuries.  Learn about the pushes and pulls of
 migration. 

   

David Ouimette

         

Overcoming Spelling Problems and
Unlocking the Power of Names

 Names are the most powerful means of identifying
 ancestors.  This presentation shows how to overcome
 spelling problems and discover the hidden ptential of
 family names.

   

Tadeusz Piłat

Greek Catholics in Poland and Family Research

  Poland was and still is predominantly Roman
 Catholic.  Most Greek Catholics lived in the South-
 East part of Poland (Galicja).  Before World War II,  
 this religious group constituted approximately eleven
 percent (11%) of the population. 

 Most Polish genealogical databases available online
 are Roman Catholic oriented.  Several years ago a
 private indexing project of Greek Catholic records
 was launched.

  This lecture presents the history of Greek Catholics
 in Poland and also talks about the uniqueness of this
 group with an emphasis on genealogoical research.

   

Tadeusz Piłat

Military Conscription Lists in the Kingdom of Poland and Genealogical Research

 This lecture presents major facts about Conscription
  lists in the Kingdom of Poland (Russian partition). 
  In 1832 when the Kingdom of Poland's autonomy
  was liquidated, Poles were obligated to serve in the  
  Russian army. 

  The material generated by conscription comissions is
  an excellent source for genealogical research.

   

Thomas Sadauskas
  Europe's World War II Displaced Persons (DPs):
 Their Little Known Story

 Following the end of WWII in Europe in May, 1945,
 there were more than eleven million displaced
 persons (DP) in Germany alone with several million
 other DPs in neighboring countries.  Yet by the end
 of 1945, more than 95% of these DPs had been
 repatriated (both billingly and unwillingly) back to
 their original homelands.  Less than one million DPs
 remained, either unable to unwilling to return to their
 homelands.  Ultimately, the majority of these DPs
 were able to emigrate to other countries for
 resettlement and to begin new lives.

 Topics to be covered include:
 
 * The Role of Refugee Organizations including the 
     IRO and UNRRA

  * Repatriation of DPs to the East


  * Ethnic Cleansing of Germans from Eastern
     Europe

  * Life in the DP Camps

  * How DPs were Screened and Processed for
     Emigration to their New Countries

   * How DPs were Transported to their New 
     Countries by Ship and Plane

  * Impact of Displaced Persons Act of 1948

  * Processing & Resettlement of DPs in the U.S.

   * What DP Records Are Available and How to
      Access Them

  * How These Records Can Aid Your Genealogy
     Research

  * Useful Books and Related Websites
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Julie Szczepankiewicz

   

The Ins and Outs of Geneteka:
How it Works and How to Use it Most Effectively

 Geneteka is a popular and powerful database of 
 indexed vital records from Poland, but it can be
 confusing to the uninitiated.

 After a brief historical overview explaining Geneteka's
 genesis and development, Julie will explain how to
 use it effectively: how to search within a particular
 parish or across an entire province, how Geneteka's
 search algorithms work and how they can be
 exploited to find surname variants, and how to
 understand the search results.