Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Will Have Their Annual Conference on October 1, 2011 in Des Plaines, Illinois

Hi Everyone,

Here is a heads up on another Fall genealogical conference coming local to our area.  The Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) will be having their annual conference on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Des Plaines, Illinois.

A separate optional activity is planned for Friday, September 30, 2011.  This activity will be a guided bus tour of the old areas of Polish immigration that occurred in Chicago, IL.

The bus tour on Friday, September 30th will leave from the conference hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn, 2930 S. River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018, conveniently located near O’Hare airport.  After returning to the hotel there will be time to relax and have dinner.   Afterwards you will have the opportunity to meet with other researchers and share advice, stories, tips and comradery.

Presentations are scheduled for Saturday, October 1st at the hotel and this year the society is taking a different lecture approach. Two presenters, Matthew Bielawa and Jonathan Shea are recognized experts in the area of Polish genealogical research. They will lecture alternately and in tandem, where appropriate, eliminating the issue of wanting to hear both speakers and having to choose between them.

The first lecture “Starting From Home” will be a guide to Polish-American research and its many opportunities that are essential to the all important “place of origin” question. Also addressed will be name variations and misspellings. Subsequent lectures will cover the “3-Ring Circus” of the partitions, finding and understanding vital records across Poland, maps and gazetteers and locating and using records in Polish Archives.

While you attend a conference to nourish your mind, you will also need a break to satisfy your body, so lunch will be provided. And no PGSA conference lunch would be complete without an infusion of culture by colorful and quick-stepping Polish dancers.

Until all of the details are worked out on the tour and the unique presentation details are completed, as well as the registration information and cost, your best bet is to just keep visiting the web site of the PGSA.  You can visit the society website for updates on this annual conference as they are finalized at:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA)

You can also see a PDF file of the “flyer” for the program at:

2011 PGSA Annual Conference Flyer

If I receive further details as they are finalized, I will also provide that via another post to this blog when it becomes available.

The PGSA puts on nothing short of a spectacular annual conference.  I have attended them in the past and have always come away impressed and full of more Polish genealogical knowledge and inspiration!

The knowledge and the material you will obtain from this conference will be priceless to help you progress with your own Polish genealogical research.

You will not be sorry for making the effort to attend this all-day program!!

Don’t forget to consider the optional bus tour of many areas of Polish importance to the city of Chicago, especially if your Polish ancestry is linked to Chicago.

Put this date on your calendar, especially if you have never attended an annual conference put on by this society.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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