40 days in Poland
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
Cousin Baiting and Cousin Stalking - Finding Descendants
Christine will discuss the many ways to reach out to distant living cousins to help you expand your pedigree chart forward in time. You may be lucky and find family treasures, photos, and information that will break down a brick wall. She will share the various resources including online trees, lineage societies, online cemetery indexes, obituaries in newspapers, living people finder websites and social media.
As a 15 year member of the Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS), Christine Johns Cohen has held the positions of President, Newsletter Editor and Membership Director. In addition, at WAGS and at other Southern Californian genealogical societies, she conducts presentations on a wide variety of genealogical topics. Christine is currently a member of the El Redondo Chapter of the DAR and the Society of the Daughters of Holland. Her interest in genealogy began in 1977 with the airing of the TV mini-series "Roots". She is a native Californian, a graduate of UCLA in Political Science and has worked for Vitol Aviation Company for the past 25 years.
What I’ve Learned at Conferences:
Three Steps to Genealogical Success
Conferences provide a venue to learn a lot about one’s genealogical research in a short period of time. Attending national conferences like NERGC, RootsTech, SCGS, FEEFHS, NGS, etc., one can learn many bits and pieces to up their genealogical research. But attending them can be expensive and overwhelming.
This presentation will include information gleaned from attendance at various conferences and focus on: new research pathways, methodologies, and strategies; technology and online resources; latest strategies for using DNA; ethnic genealogy of many types; social history and preserving family history; successful research planning and project implementation; general genealogical research skills and techniques; effective use of social media and online sources; and many other topics. We will also review pertinent information regarding participants’ general genealogical research with a focus on Polish research.
Disclaimer: This presentation will NOT include any pierogi making or eating!
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.
Knocking Down Our Brick Walls
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 (email@example.com), to get on the list and get an assigned time. You will also receive information on what you’ll need to come prepared with.