Announcement: The Polish Genealogy Society of Connecticut and the Northeast 2019 Conference

If you have Polish/Eastern European roots, you won’t want to miss the 2019 Polish Genealogy Conference hosted by The Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast (PGSCTNE) on 18-19 October 2019 at the Institute of Technology, Business and Development, downtown campus of Central Connecticut State University, 185 Main Street, New Britain, CT. 

Nationally known speakers will present on a variety of topics including DNA, Immigration, Photo Detecting, and how to research Polish/Eastern European roots.  PGSCTNE has provided the press release below.

I have been a speaker for this conference several times, and it is an outstanding event.

Any questions/comments should be addressed to PGSCTNE at the contact information provided in the press release. 


Polish Genealogy Conference 2019

The Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, Inc. and The S. A. Blejwas Endowed Chair of the Polish and Polish American Studies, Central Connecticut State University cordially invite you to attend the 2019 GENEALOGY CONFERENCE to learn the strategies for tracing your Polish-American and Eastern European roots.

It will be held on Friday, October 18, 2019 and Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Institute of Technology, Business and Development, downtown campus of Central Connecticut State University, 185 Main Street, New Britain, CT.

The conference provides an opportunity to learn strategies for tracing your Polish-American and Eastern European roots.  The speakers are well known in Polish genealogy circles and their discussions will enable attendees to fill in the missing pieces of their family history.  Speakers have extensive experience in their respective fields and have been featured at numerous regional, national and international conferences.

Featured speakers will be Blaine BettingerMatthew Bielawa (Vice-President, PGSCTNE),  Dr. Mieczyslaw B. Biskupski, (Endowed Chair, Polish and Polish-American Studies, CCSU),  Daniel Bućko (Warsaw,Poland),ThomasSadauskas (Virginia), 
Jonathan Shea, A.G., (President, PGSCTNE) and Maureen Taylor (Photo Detective, Rhode Island ).

Daniel  Bućko will speak on “Inaccuracies, Errors and Conflicts of Information in Polish Vital Records and How to Resolve These Problems” and “The Genealogical Value of Royal and Government Estate Inventories.” 

two-part seminar will be presented on “Introduction to Polish and Eastern European Family History.” 

Many lectures scheduled include:  
1.  “ Introduction to DNA”
2.  “Phasing and Mapping Your DNA”
3.  “Photo Detecting 101”
4.  “Advanced Photo Detecting: Cracking the Cold Case”
5. “Who Created Modern Poland?”
6.  “A History of Ellis Island – Separating the Myth from Reality and What
       Really Happened There”
7.  “How Your Ancestors Came to America and Finding Their Records 
       (1890 to 1950)

Another feature of the conference will enable participants to share their surnames and villages. This document will be distributed to all participants at the conference who will be able to view the information.  Hopefully, they will find a new connection to their roots.

For more information, please see our website at which includes our conference schedule, speakers’ biographies, and lecture summaries.   Information and forms about our one-on-one consultation appointments with the speakers (a limited number are available), registration and lecture selections are also available.

Throughout the day, a collection of books, maps and other materials will be available to all attendees for consultation.  Officers of the Society will be present to answer questions.

We also have many exhibitors who will display their items.

For more information, please email Diane Szepanski at   

Copyright, 2019, Lisa A. Alzo and PGSCTNE
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Learn How to Research Your Polish Roots: Legacy Family Tree Beginning Polish Genealogy Webinar – 28 September 2016

Curious about your Polish roots but don’t know where to begin? 

Then, register for a free Legacy Family Tree webinar on Beginning Polish Genealogy presented by Prof. Jonathan Shea on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US). I will also be participating as a co-presenter for this webinar.

In this webinar, we will explore document sources in the US to help find your ancestral birthplace then we will take you across the ocean to search in the archives of Poland, and much more.

Click here to register.

For more help with Polish Genealogy research, pick up a copy of Prof. Shea’s Polish Genealogy Legacy QuickGuide available in the Legacy Family Tree store.

[Disclosure: I am a member of the Legacy Family Tree Affiliate Program. What does this mean? If you click on the link and make a purchase I receive a small sales commission].

Other Upcoming Polish Seminars – Professor Jonathan Shea

In addition, Prof. Shea will be giving the following presentations at upcoming conferences. These are some excellent opportunities you won’t want to miss!

  • October 14-15 President  Jonathan Shea and Board Member Dorena Wasik  were chosen as speakers for the annual conference of the Genealogical Society of Poland which will take place in Brzeg. The presentations, which deal with American archival sources, will be conducted in Polish. For further information
  • October 22  DNA lecture – Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast.
  • November 4-5 Jonathan Shea will be speaking at the Ukrainian Cultural Center 135 Davidson Ave. Somerset NJ. A hands-on workshop on the Cyrillic alphabet will be held on Friday. On Saturday he will present a lecture on foreign languages and their impact on genealogical research and on using Polish language websites for family history research. PGSCTNE member and our NERGC delegate Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz will also be speaking at the event.  For further information
  • November 19 Jonathan Shea will present a workshop entitled” Finding the Missing Pieces of Your Polish American Family History”  for the Indian River Genealogical Society  at the Indian River County Main Library in Vero Beach FL at For further details see

Copyright 2016, Lisa A. Alzo
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Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast Forensic Genealogy/DNA Seminar: 22 October 2016

My friends at the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast are hosting a seminar in October on Forensic Genealogy and the latest innovations in DNA analysis. PGSCTNE  has provided the following announcement about the seminar.  


Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast cordially invites you to attend a seminar for ALL RESEARCHERS to learn about forensic genealogy and the latest innovations in DNA analysis.  

Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, is an internationally recognized forensic genealogist, the founder of Identifinders International.  As a world traveler and multi-lingual, Colleen specializes in international cases. She has researched in over 50 countries, assists nonprofits, military organizations, attorneys, and law enforcement with cold case work, forensic identification, and with locating hard-to-find individuals.  Colleen has appeared in hundreds of domestic and international newspapers and magazines and on international radio and television programs.

DATE:    Saturday, October 22, 2016

PLACE:  Institute of Technology, Business and Development
                 Central Connecticut State University

                 100 Main Street –  3rd floorNew Britain, CT

Please note this event is taking place at CCSU’s downtown campus and not the main campus.

 FEE:       $20.00 – Refreshments will be served

Free parking is available in the municipal garage adjacent to the lecture venue.  Directions can be |found at

REGISTRATION:  12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

LECTURE:  A Different Kind of DNA Talk – 1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

 REFRESHMENTS:  3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

LECTURE:  Genealogy and the Six Degrees of Separation – How to Find Anyone in the World – 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

For more information and the Registration form, please go to
For any questions, please email Diane Szepanski, Seminar Chair, at  

Copyright 2016, Lisa A. Alzo
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PGSCTNE Outreach to Host Genealogy Seminar in Philadelphia April 28, 2012

I’m pleased to announce this upcoming free Slavic genealogy seminar to be held in Philadelphia, PA on April 28, 2012. Hope you can join us!


New Britain, Connecticut, March 24, 2012: On April 28, 2012, the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast will present a free “how to” genealogy seminar from 10 AM to 2 PM at Nazareth Academy High School, 4001 Grant Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114. Speaking will be Prof. Jonathan Shea (Poland, Belarus, Lithuania) Matthew Bielawa(Poland and Ukraine) and Lisa Alzo (Slovakia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire).

The speakers will present practical steps to enable you to successfully trace your family from the U.S. to the location of the family’s origin in Europe, essentially the immigration process in reverse. Session one will cover sources for family history information on this side of the ocean including church and civil records, census returns, records of ethnic organizations, ship passenger lists and anything and everything you can find locally to unearth information on your ancestors and discover places of origin in the Old World.

The second session will address historical geography and explain the oft-changing borders in Eastern Europe as well as present various print and electronic sources to pinpoint the locations of villages, provinces and counties on a map.

Session three will examine the format and location of the wide array of records awaiting researchers in Eastern Europe in the archives of Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Ukraine and Slovakia and provide instructions as to their translation into English. On line sources for doing family history will also be examined.

There is no admission charge to attend the lectures. However, if you plan on attending you must pre-register by e-mailing the local seminar coordinator Marie Dallas at or telephone her at 215-360 3422. Please do NOT contact the high school.

To learn more, visit:

Copyright, 2012, Lisa A. Alzo
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Disclaimer: I will be a presenter at this event but will receive no monetary or other compensation