Genealogical conference focusing on Polish and Polish-American methodology and techniques for the beginning researcher and the advanced genealogist. Seminars to include current trends in Polish genealogy, hands-on and general computer technology featured for research, US and Polish archive navigation, Polish history, translation and individualized help with sign-up sheet.
PLEASE COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION FORM WITH LECTURE CHOICES and SATURDAY LUNCHEON CHOICE ONLINE; OR SEE www.pgsa.org for printable registration form, fill out, enclose personal check made payable to Polish Genealogical Society of America at 984 North Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642, attention CONFERENCE. PERSONAL CHECK WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED with this registration and must be postmarked by August 30, 2013! Spouses of members registering for the conference please register at the member's fee remembering to check the lecture choices and the Saturday luncheon choice. Spouses/guests of members OR non-members that desire to attend the Saturday luncheon only, please check the luncheon choice box and not the lecture choices. The cost for the luncheon only, is $35.00.
*FRIDAY, September 13, 2013, REGISTRATION BEGINS 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Browse Vendor/Media Room or Obtain Translation/Other Help at this time, also). Dinner Break from 4:30 PM until 7:00 PM on your own. Located on premises is the "Allgauer's Restaurant" and "The Bar At Allgauer's" with full menu at both spaces. Other meal options are available via a gratuity based shuttle to within a three mile radius of the Hilton, which includes downtown Lisle and Naperville (front desk/bellman would need notification for shuttle).
Vendor/Media Room will be open until 7:00 PM or possibly later...
**SATURDAY, September 14, 2013, if not participating in the HANDS-ON ANCESTRY.COM LAB, the Vendor/Media Room will be open for browsing, and Translation/Other Help will be available. Hot meal luncheon (included with registration) at midday with entree selection on conference registration. At this time there will also be a cultural entertainment program with Award Presentation. Vendor/Media Room will close at 4:00 PM on Saturday.
Windy City Limousine provides shuttle to and from O'Hare and Midway Airports. Please see their website for hours, rates and fees: www.windycitylimos.com or call: 1-866-949-4639.
DON'T FORGET TO RESERVE YOUR SLEEPING ROOM BY AUGUST 31, 2013 to receive the special rate of $95.00 per night, either by phone at 1-800-552-2599 or online at www.hiltonlislenaperville.com using the group conference code CPGS in either case.
Walk-ins welcome at the door, however, the Saturday hot luncheon meal will be chef selected based on hotel food availability. The registration cost of $175.00 at that time will apply for either day or both days.
Refunds will be given up to the closing day of registration Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 11:55 PM (CDT).
TOMASZ NITSCH, attended Akademia Ekonomiczna in Krakow majoring in Information Technology and Economics. As Information Technology Director for successful television stations in Poland, he has a strong reputation for quality programming. He is a leader in cutting-edge technology demonstrating this talent as administrator of his website "GenPol", that includes an American's favorite research online tool that generates a map showing the frequency of a given surname in various parts of Poland. He is extremely active in the genealogical community in Poland supporting the efforts of societies to promote and preserve the history and culture.
CEIL JENSEN, CG is a Certified Genealogist, author, educator, researcher, co-founder and director of the Polonica Americana Research Institute (PARI), the Polish Mission's genealogy center in Orchard Lake, Michigan. She has conducted research in Poland at libraries, civil archives, diocesan archives, and local parishes. She has published, more numerous to count, articles in national society bulletins and newsletters, magazines, journals, and has authored five books and collaborated on the dvd "OUR POLISH STORY" (2007).
THOMAS MacENTEE, is a genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and to interact with others in the family history community. When he's not busy writing blog posts, organizing the 3,000+ members of GeneaBloggers (http://www.geneabloggers.com), teaching online genealogy webinars and more, Thomas MacEntee is busy in his role as "genealogy ninja". Stealth is not easy, but he manages to get the inside track on emerging technologies and vendors as they relate to the genealogy industry. After being laid off from a 25 year career in the tech industry in 2008, he has been able to "repurpose" his skill set for the genealogy community and loves to see other genealogists succeed, whether it is with their own research or building their own careers in the field.
Ola Heska, has been researching her family roots for over 12 years. She is fluent in Polish and Russian, is knowledgeable and experienced in Latin, reads old Rusian and old church slavonic handwriting. She received her M.A. in Russian Philology from Lodz University, Poland, works as a genealogist translator, and volunteers at the Naperville Family History Center. As a member of the Polish Genealogical Society of America she volunteers her expertise at the annual conference. Also, is a member of the Polish Genealogical Society (PTG) in Warsaw, Poland and for the past few years has volunteered in a vital records transcription project led by the society. Ola lectures at various Chicago area libraries and genealogical societies.
Vendors as of April 17, 2013 (more to come):
Polish Genealogical Society of America (www.pgsa.org)
Funstuff for Genealogists (www.funstufforgenealogists.com)
Michiana History Publications (www.michianahistorypublications.com)
Stitched For You
Polish Museum of America (www.polishmuseumofamerica.org)
Illinois State Genealogical Society (www.ilgensoc.org)
Wisconsin State Genealogical Society (www.wsgs.org)
CAGGNI-Computer-Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (caggni.shuttlepod.org)
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Polish Genealogical Society of America
The Polish Genealogical Society of America is this year's conference organizer. The society was established in 1978. The Society's mission statement is to collect, disseminate and preserve information on Polish and Polish-American family history and to help its members use that information in their own research.