Our next meeting will be held at 1:30 pm on Sunday, September 23, 2018 in the Education Center Auditorium of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital at 5305 Elliott Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Our speaker this month will be Patricia B. Yocum.
"Researching Polish Family History: Getting Started"
Researching Polish family history can be a challenge. Poland’s history is complex, its language may seem daunting, and familiar sources often prove fruitless. The good news is that the research situation is fast improving. Records are being digitized rapidly both in the U.S. and in Poland, translations are increasingly available and the Web puts its riches at our fingertips. With a bit of guidance about fundamentals, use of selected sources and proven strategies, you can establish a Polish family tree back many generations. Emphasizing sites freely available on the Web, this program will help you set course for successful searching in an area of increasing interest.
Patricia Yocum is librarian emerita at the University of Michigan. A native of Utica, N.Y. she earned a B.A. from SUNY Binghamton, and M.A. and A.M.L.S. from the U of M. Her interest in family history dates from her childhood and was fostered by stories of her grandparents’ immigration from Poland. She has taken her family’s history in Poland back to the early 1800s and extended her research to nearly 300 immigrants from two family villages. She has given talks on these topics and on the “how to” of Polish genealogy in Michigan, Florida, New York and Massachusetts. A member of several Polish genealogical societies, she currently serves as a research consultant to the Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan.
The class, beginning at 3:15 p.m. will be:
"Organizing Your Genealogy" presented by Barbara Snow
"Beginning Genealogy: Part 1" presented by Omer Jean Winborn.
This is the first in a series of three classes that will be offered throughout this year focusing on Beginning Genealogy.
If you have been interested in starting to investigate your Family History, or you have already started but would like to learn more, these classes are for you!