REMINDER: Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Will Be Having Their Annual Conference in DesPlaines, IL on Saturday, October 1, 2011

Hi Everyone!

Conference dates appear to be coming up fast and furious at this time of the year.

Here is another reminder for an upcoming Annual Conference for the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) that will occur on Saturday, October 1, 2011.

I previously created and published a post in this blog on July 13, 2011 of this upcoming program. 

If you have not registered it appears from looking at their material that “late registration” can occur at the conference itself.  I interpret this to mean you are a “walk-in”.  So it sure looks like you can show up at the Conference and participate.  However, it does appear that you will not be able to participate in the Bus tour on Friday, September 30th, unless you still register in advance. 

What follows in Italics is the text from the original post on this upcoming program being offered by the PGSA.  Please click on the links that follow and also click on the “Register” link once you are within the PGSA website for further information about the Bus Tour and the Conference and late registration that can still occur.


Hi Everyone!

The PGSA has finalized their Annual Conference meeting plans for their upcoming October 1, 2011 conference in DesPlaines, IL.

Visit the conference part of their website to get all of the details on the program, the speakers, the optional bus tour of Polish Chicago on Friday, September 30, 2011, the cost and other things related to the program.

Speakers for the program will be Matthew Bielawa and Jonathan Shea, both well-known and published experts in Polish genealogy.

Topics they will discuss at this all-day event will be:

  • Starting at Home: The Basics of Polish-American Genealogical Research
  • Gazetteers, Maps, Geographical Dictionaries for Polish Genealogical Research
  • Three Ring Circus: Researching Roots Across Poland and It’s Three Partitions
  • Vital Genealogy: A Tour of Vital Records Across Poland
  • Websites for the Polish Researcher/Beyond Vital Records – What Else Awaits You in the Polish Archives

You can get to these details at the following link:

PGSA October 1, 2011 Annual Conference Details

I am also including a link to the actual “flyer” of this program that was supplied by the PGSA.  You can see the flyer at:

PGSA October 1, 2011 Annual Conference Flyer

It does appear that payment for the conference and the optional bus tour of Chicago Polonia can all be paid for directly through the PGSA web site.  Payment is acceptable through PayPal or directly from your own credit card.  There are “early bird” discounts for members of the PGSA.  Non-members can attend at a higher cost or can become members to take advantage of the lower costs for members.

Please visit the links above to get all of the details on the program.

The PGSA does have a fantastic Annual Conference.  They are doing something unique in this conference in that both of the  key speakers will be providing a “collaborative” program so that the attendee does not have to choose one speaker over another.  This can be referred to as “team teach”.  You will get both of the speakers who will speak on each topic at the conference.

If you have any Polish ancestral connection, this will be a great opportunity for you to jump in with both feet to attend this all-day conference conveniently located close by in DesPlaines.

You will not be sorry participating in this annual event!

Check out all of the links above for all of the details.


It is not too late to participate in this conference if you have previously forgotten it .  I think it offers an interesting twist to conference presentations in that you do not have to lose out on sitting in on topics of interest because BOTH speakers will presenting material jointly

Usually you have to make a choice because you can only be in one room at a time.  In this case both speakers will be presenting the material together.  So everyone will be together all of the time for all of the topics in the conference.

Check out the material and mark your calendar for last-minute attendance of this program.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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