Gems of Polish Genealogy at the Newberry Library

Date – Sunday, August 20, 2017 (2pm to 4pm)

Guest Speaker – Grace Dumelle

Location – Schaumburg Township District Library (NW), 130 S. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60193

This presentation will also be offered as a Webinar to members and non-members.

Registration link for Webinar at GoToWebinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2856087389645032451

This meeting will be held in the Rasmussen South room of the library. Only Library attendees (PGSA members and the general public) will need to register by phone – 847 985 4000 or on line at the library website – http://schaumburglibrary.org/ prior to the meeting.

Topic – Gems of Polish Genealogy at the Newberry Library

Topic Summary – This presentation will focus on the Polish Women’s Alliance of America (PWAA) records and other little-known sources for Polish genealogy at the Newberry, such as Slownik Geograficzny Krolestwa Polskiego i Innych Krajow Slowianskich [Geographic Dictionary of the Polish Kingdom and Other Slavic Lands] and Mapa Polska, Warsaw: Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny, 1915-1939; including holdings of city directories and histories of U.S. cities where many Poles settled, such as Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Buffalo.

Bio – An assistant in the Reference and Genealogy Services Section, Ms. Dumelle guides genealogy patrons of all levels, answers reference queries, manages the Newberry’s loan program with the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and processes donations of genealogical materials with the help of ace volunteer Melisa Limanowski. Dumelle’s research interests lie in lesser-known records and methodology. Her articles on Illinois state hospital records, posted on the library’s Genealogy Blog, continue to shed light on a sensitive topic. She is the author of the award-winning Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide to Family History in the City and Cook County.

PGSA Workshop: “The Polish Connection”

Date – Saturday, May 20, 2017 (Noon to 4pm)

First Speaker – Tadeusz Pilat – Noon to 2pm

Second Speaker – Jason Kruski – 2:30pm to 3:45pm

Translations– 11 to 11:45am/2 to 2:30pm (10-15 min per person)

Location NIU Naperville Meeting and Conference Center, 1120 E. Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563

Take exit toward Naperville Road from I-88 W & continue on Freedom Dr. to NIU; or Take Naperville Road exit from I-88 E & continue on Freedom Dr. to NIU. Check in at the conference room entrance begins at 10:30am. Food and beverages are prohibited in the conference room.

Details – The first speaker will broadcast live from Warsaw, Poland. His presentation is scheduled for 90 minutes and 30 minutes for Q/A. The second speaker will make his presentation at NIU as a non-webinar and is scheduled for 60 minutes and 15 minutes for Q/A in room 260. An “Ask Us” team (several PGSA volunteers) will be available to answer genealogical questions.

Registration for either the webinar or attendance at NIU can be made online by clicking here. Mail-in registrations will not be accepted. No walk-ins and no refunds for cancellations. The cutoff date for registration is May 10, 2017 or sooner if 50 registrations for attendance at NIU are received. There is no cutoff date or registration limit for the webinar.

Registration fees:

NIU attendees–members/non———–$15/$20

Online seminar attendees–members/non——$20/$25

Speaker – Tadeusz Pilat

Topics – (1) “Notary Records in Poland (With Emphasis on the Notary Records of the 19th Century)”and; (2) “Galician Maps in Poland: A Great Source for Family Research”

Summary – (1) Notaries were obligated to record: last wills (testaments), inheritances, deeds, cessions, sales and purchases of all kind, premarital contracts, etc. This data cannot be found in any kind of parish registers, metrical books, or civil registers; and (2) Maps that are a product of Land Surveys (also known as Cadaster) are a great source for genealogical research. Handmade 19th century maps in all partitions (Russia, Galicia, and Prussia) contain details which also cannot be found in any of the church records.

Bio – Tadeusz (Teddy) was born in Silesia, Poland. He currently resides in Poland and Germany. He pursued Library studies at the University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin, Poland, focusing on the history of books and old documents. He specialized in “Supralibros” in Private Collections of the 16th to 18th centuries. In 1999, he was granted the degree of Master of Library and Information Science. Tadeusz is an Accredited Genealogist specializing in Polish research, including all partitions of the former Commonwealth of Poland.

Speaker – Jason Kruski

Topic – Technological Advances in Polish-American Genealogy

Summary – Covers how to get one’s family tree back to Poland and finding the village of origin using technology. Will include the latest updates from various archives within Poland including Przemysl, Wloclawek, Poznan, and more along with the national and archival efforts to digitize records. Will also examine the latest collections of American records available online. An overview of how to find one’s ancestral parish utilizing the online Slownik Geograficzny will also be included.

Bio – Jason is a public speaker specializing in Polish-American genealogical research at all levels. He has delivered presentations about how to begin researching Polish-American ancestry, advanced Polish-American genealogy, and technological advances in genealogy. Additionally, he has lectured about recent advances in genealogy including indexing projects and how to utilize DNA results to expand one’s family tree. His speaking credits include the Indian Prairie Public Library Genealogy Society, CAGGNI, South Suburban Genealogical Society, Wheaton Genealogy Society, Elgin Genealogical Society, and Will-Grundy Genealogical Society.

February PGSA Meeting: “Guess Who’s Polish”

Topic: Distinguished/Famous People of Polish/Polish-American Origin

Date/Time: February 19, 2017 – 2:00PM CST

Registration link for Webinar at GoToWebinar:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5658171878320564737

The United States has been characterized as “the Great Melting Pot.” In a melting pot the identity of individual ingredients is lost in the new product that is created. In this same way, the contributions of Poles and Polish-Americans to the development of the country have often vanished. This presentation will highlight people of Polish ancestry who made contributions to American culture, or those who invented well-known products, whose Polish ancestry is often unknown or overlooked.

Presenter James S. Pula is a Professor of History at Purdue University. He has authored more than a dozen books and is the editor of the Polish American Encyclopedia and the former editor of the academic journal Polish American Studies.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Polish National Film Archives (Filmoteka Narodowa) needs your help!

by PGSA member Abbey Brewer

My cousin, Agata Zalewska, is the Film Collection Manager for Filmoteka Narodowa, the Polish National Film Archives in Warsaw. As a state cultural institution, Filmoteka Narodowa is charged with protecting national cultural heritage in cinematography and dissemination of film culture.
Since its inception in 1955, the Archives has been collecting and restoring all films made in Poland with the hope of finding copies of all films. It has an almost complete collection of films made from 1946 forward. Of course more early silent films are missing than later films.

As Polish Americans, we can be proud of the work Filmoteka Narodowa has done in preserving Polish cultural heritage. Today it has one of the largest film archives in Europe. It has restored 75% of Polish feature films made between 1930 and 1939. It is a member of the International Federation of Film Archives. Besides films, Filmoteka Narodowa has extensive collections of promotional materials, books, posters, stills and other materials related to films. It makes its materials available in its Library, through movie showings and festivals and lending, and through the production of print and digital media.

For instance, Agata gifted me with one of Filmoteka Narodowa’s publication of a DVD containing six restored shorts and an introduction about the early days of World War II for Poland especially Warsaw. It was very well done and included an English version with subtitles.

Agata’s interest at Filmoteka Narodowa is in finding missing Polish films. Although it has become harder and harder to find films and in many ways it is a race against time, Filmoteka Narodowa keeps turning up a gem here and there. There is no telling where a film, full-length, documentary or short, may be found. For instance in the late 1990s, a 1929 film was found in the Royal Archives in Brussels; and in 2003 a 1914 film was purchased from Filmmuseum, Amsterdam. I believe others have been found in private collections stored away in attics and forgotten.

If you have any materials that would be of interest to Filmoteka Narodowa, know where any are or might be, would you please contact me or Agata?

Abbey H. Brewer
1422 E. Brooklake Drive
Houston, Texas 77077 USA
[email protected]
713-882- 7229

Agata Zalewska
Filmoteka Narodowa
00-975 Warszawa
ul. Puławska 61
[email protected]