PGSA 2019 Annual Conference

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Ola Heska – Ola received her M.A. in Russian Philology from Łódź University, Poland. She works as a genealogist and translator. For over 20 years, she has been researching her family roots. Fluent in Polish, Russian, and English, with some experience in Latin. She is currently a Board member of PGSA.
Maciej Orzechowski – With more than 10 years of experience in genealogy, Maciej works mainly in the state and Catholic archives of Przemysl, Rzeszow, and Tarnow. He is open to working in other areas of the country offering personal assistance to individuals with their research and is associated with the site “Polish Documents.”
Aleksandra Kacprzak – An enthusiastic and dedicated researcher in Poland who speaks, English, Russian and Polish and can also read German and Latin documents. She organizes and conducts personal tours according to your demands.
Julie Szczepankiewicz – A family historian with 20 years of experience in researching her family’s origins in Poland, Germany, the U.S. and Canada. She enjoys sharing research strategies and resources via genealogy lectures and webinars.
Judith Frazin – A genealogist for more than 49 years and author of of “A Translation Guide to 19th Century Polish-Language Civil-Registration Documents“.
Tadeusz Pilat – An accredited genealogist specializing in Polish research, including all partitions of the former commonwealth of Poland. Fluent in Polish, German, English, and can read Latin.
Robert Sliwinski – As a M.S. biologist and genetic genealogist he not only has an understanding of the various DNA types but, what to expect from the various companies, understanding the results, and how to contact matches.
Steve Szabados – Has been researching his ancestors for about 14 years and has traced them back to the 1600s in New England and 1730s in Poland, Germany, Bohemia, and Slovenia. He has given numerous presentations and is the author of six books, among them “Finding Grandma’s European Ancestors.”
Karen Stanbary – With a M.A. in Clinical Social Work, Karen lectures on topics including Genetic Genealogy, and the Genealogical Proof Standard. She is a coordinator and faculty member at three genealogical institutes and completed ground breaking research on DNA analysis, published in 2016.
Scott Potter – Scott Potter is the owner and creative director of Hidden Catalyst, a film company that believes strong stories have the power to influence the world in meaningful ways. His work has been seen on national TV, has won international awards and has worked with clients ranging from Northwestern Hospital to TEDx. His most recent history project took him to Nantucket MA for a week of filming. The stories uncovered there will be archived as well as shown at their local shipwreck and lifesaving museum.


  Friday OnlySaturday Only (Includes Polish luncheon)Both Days
Not-So-Early Registration (till 9/14) - Member$50.$110.$160.
Not-So-Early registration (till 9/14) - Non-Member$65.$120.$185. (includes 1-year PGSA membership, Electronic Rodziny)
Regular registration (as of 9/15) - Member$55.$120.$175.
Regular registration (as of 9/15) - Non-Member$65.$135.$200.

Where to Stay

PGSA has a block of rooms reserved for attendees, at a rate of $95. per night at the Chicago Marriott Northwest, 4800 Hoffman Blvd. Hoffman Estates, IL 60192, (800) 395-5921. The Chicago Marriott Northwest is located about a mile away and offers a shuttle service to NIU. Book your group rate for the “PGSA Annual Conference” here. The last day to book is Thursday, September 26. Click here for a listing of other restaurants and shops near the Marriott.

There are a number of other hotels located 4-6 miles away.  They are: