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.

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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 – 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.