The 2009 Conference of the Polish Genealogical Society of America – Day 2

The 2009 Conference of the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) ended on Saturday. I attended four lectures out of the thirteen offered:

  • Kahlile Mehr – “Online Databases of the Polish State Archives”
  • Loretto Dennis Szucs and Julianna Szucs Smith – “A Dozen Ways to Jumpstart a Family History Project”
  • Loretto Dennis Szucs – “They Became Americans – Finding Naturalizations and Ethnic Origins”
  • Loretto Dennis Szucs – “Hidden Sources for finding Family Stories”

I attended all three lectures that Loretto (Lou) Szuczs presented in the afternoon. It was sort of my “afternoon with Lou Szucs”.

Loretto (Lou) Dennis Szucs

Loretto (Lou) Dennis Szucs

SOURCE: Loretto (Lou) Dennis Szucs (Schaumburg, Cook County, Illinois. Photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 19 September 2009.

I skipped one lecture I had planned to attend by Michael Mikoś on “The Partitions of Poland and What They Meant to Our Ancestors” because I was meeting with a Polish translator, getting help with an 18th century mortgage document from Poland and, by the time I made it over to the lecture hall, all seats were taken.

In addition to the lectures, the conference attendees were treated to a lunchtime banquet where the PGSA presented several awards and the attendees watched a performance of traditional Polish dances by the Wici Dancers.

Copyright © 2009 by Stephen J. Danko

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