PGSCA Meetings 2019
LDS Family History Center
10741 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90025
PGS-CA General Membership Meetings begin at 1:00 p.m.
followed immediately by presentation
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Absorbing Culture and Collecting Family
Elaine's adventure started in 1971 when she was hired by the American School of Warsaw. She will give us a taste of what it was like to live in an occupied city (Warsaw under communism during the cold war era) and benefits of living there as an employee of the school. During this adventure, she was able to met some relatives in Lublin but there were impediments to knowing more of them. Decades later she had the opportunity to return; this presentation is review of her recent trip there and what she experienced in today's Poland, She also shares additional stories in collecting more family.
Elaine McKearn, PGS-CA Member
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Saturday, May 25, 2019
NERGC, the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium, meets every two years someplace in New England, this year in Manchester, NH. NERGC is a consortium of over 20 Member Societies that join forces to put on an inclusive conference. Having attended in 2015, much was learned and expecting a lot of new learning in 2019. Items of interest include new research pathways, methodologies, and strategies, including technology and online resources; latest strategies for using DNA; ethnic genealogy of many types; social history and preserving family history; successful research planning & project implementation; general genealogical research skills & techniques; and many other topics. This presentation will review pertinent information regarding participants’ general genealogical research along with some focus on Polish research.
Gregg Legutki, PGS-CA Member
Gregg has been researching his family for over 40 years, going back to time BC (Before Computing). His research extends back centuries to both Poland on his father’s side and England on his mother’s. He is a member of NEHGS (New England Historic and Genealogical Society), SCGS (Southern California Genealogical Society) and PGS-CA (Polish Genealogical Society of California), as wells as various New England genealogical and historical societies. As a member of the PGS-CA, he has served on the Board as President, and previously as editor of the Bulletin and currently of their eNewsletter electronic publication. Since retiring, Gregg has found ocean cruising, and in 2013 went back to Poland (cruise to Italy, train to Poland!) to his grandfather’s birthplace where he found relatives who had no idea they had living cousins in the United States, along with records going back to the late 1600s in the ancestral village. Gregg is a Google Certified Teacher having attended the Google Teacher Academy. He currently volunteers at the Victorville, CA, Family History Center.
Saturday, July 27, 2019
PGS-CA Annual Brickwall Smashdown
Each year. PGS-CA invites our members, novices or veterans, to bring their brick wall problems to the group and solicit ideas for breaking through their brick walls. With the combined expertise of our membership, some brick walls can “come a tumblin’ down.”
New records are constantly being added to Ancestry.com and Family Search, as well as other online sources - direct from Poland. New Facebook pages also come available on a regular basis. Some of those will be explored along with your “Brickwalls.”
Even if you have presented a brick wall problem in the past, someone in the group may have a new idea to provide possible assistance!
NOTE: All are invited to the brickwall event, but members who wish to bring their brick walls to the group must contact Annette Gathright, our Programs Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org), to get on the list and get an assigned time. You will also receive information on what you’ll need to come prepared with.
Saturday, September 28, 2019
4th Annual Polish Potluck and Member Sharing
PGS-CA 4th Annual Polish Heritage Potluck!
Since 1981, October has been designated as Polish American Heritage Month. What better way to celebrate our Polish Heritage with a potluck lunch at our September meeting?
On September 28, 2019, the Polish Genealogical Society of California will celebrate our Polish Heritage with a meeting designed around our Polish Heritage. The focus of the September meeting will be “Our Polish Treasures.”
SIGN UP DETAILS will be available in Summer, 2019
We are asking that PGS-CA members bring one of their Polish Treasures to talk about at the meeting, while we all savor a delicious potluck lunch of Polish goodies.
A Polish Treasure can be a memory of a person from our past, an artifact of great importance, a story about our research, anything that has some personal significance in our Polish ancestral research.
We’ll be meeting in the same place, the LA Family History Center, at the same time, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
Saturday, November 23, 2019