Getting Ready for the PGSA Conference

On Friday, I leave for the 28th Annual Conference of the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) in Schaumburg, Illinois (just outside of Chicago).

I’ve lined up a tentative schedule from the choices for concurrent sessions:


    • The Importance of the National Archives: Records Not Found on the Internet
    • The Grasinski Girls: The Importance of Oral History
    • Mariana: Matka, Żona, Córka, Siostra


    • Polish Heraldry
    • Sources for Researching Polish Nobility
    • Polish Nobility
    • Cemeteries: Look High and Low, Above and Below!


    • Sto Lat: A Plan for Finding 100 Years of Ancestors
    • Maps for Genealogy: Old, New and Electronic

My Saturday schedule is heavy on Heraldry and Nobility, since I’ve traced one of my grandfathers back to Polish Nobility.  I’ve been told that records were maintained for the nobility long before records existed for the commoners.  Who knows?  Perhaps I’ll find out how to trace this line back a bit further, before the churches kept baptism, marriage, and death records.

More information on the conference is available on the PGSA website.

Now, it’s time for me to pack.  I hope to see some of you at the conference!

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2 Responses to Getting Ready for the PGSA Conference

  1. Jasia says:

    Have a great trip Steve! I wish I were going to the conference. It sounds like a good one. I expect to read all about it when you’re back to blogging next week 😉

  2. Hi Jasia,

    Yes, I read on your blog that your son didn’t think a trip to the Polish Genealogy Conference was a particular exciting way to celebrate his birthday. Oh well, maybe he’ll change in mind when he’s older.

    I saw Ceil Jensen today and she mentioned you. I also mentioned your blog to James Conroyd Martin. So, even though you’re not here, we’re thinking of you!

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