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Crossing the Ocean: Researching Family History in the Polish Archives

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Chicopee Public Library

449 Front Street

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Crossing the Ocean: Researching Family History in the Polish Archives

by Professor Jonathan Shea

Saturday, October 28, 2017

1:00pm – 3:00 pm

Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee, MA

This Presentation will examine the record keeping practices in all three partitions (Austrian, Prussian and Russian) and show frequently encountered formats of sample vital records of birth, death and marriage. Additional record types will also be discussed such as parish censuses, military draft lists, inventories, and cemetery research. Polish websites which contain indexes and digitized records will also be presented. The location of archival materials and access policies to collections will be discussed as well.

Jonathan Shea is a professional genealogist specializing in Eastern Europe and Ireland. He frequently presents workshops nationwide on the topics of document translation, immigration history and European archival resources. He is the President of the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast and serves as editor of its journal, Pathways and Passages.

ALSO, on the same day following this event:

OPEN HOUSE

Polish Center of Discovery and Learning

33 South Street, Chicopee, MA

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

You are invited to visit the Host Organization of the PGSMA Genealogical Research Library for light fall-themed refreshments and to explore the rich collection of artifacts, photographs and personal items that document the proud heritage of Polish-American life.

Galleries include a reconstruction of a typical 19th Century Polish Peasant Cottage, a stunning display of regional clothing and ceremonial costumes, folk art including hand-crafted szopki krakowskie and carvings as well as the Genealogical Research Library. These are housed in an 18-room, 130 year-old building that was renovated and converted into the Polish American museum and culture center that it is today.

Come enjoy the Polish Center as well as our relaunched Genealogical Library in the company of your fellow members and guests.

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