Saturday, November 15th at 2 p.m.
In this program, Jonathan Shea and Matthew Bielawa will show you how to research your ancestors in Poland, Ukraine and the neighboring countries of Eastern Europe. They will introduce you to a variety of sources to compile information about your family. In this program you will learn to:
- Determine your family’s place of origin using the many documents and sources available in the United States.
- Determine what records were generated for your ancestral village and where they are to be found.
- Know where to look depending on the event date and who had jurisdiction, since these countries’ external and internal borders changed frequently in the last 300 years.
- Know which language the records were recorded in and which publications and tools are available for translating these documents of genealogical value.
- Learn about the naming conventions and surname distribution in the country.
About the Presenters
Jonathan Shea is a professor of foreign languages in the Connecticut Higher Education System. He has over twenty years of experience in the field of genealogical research, documenting his own family (with roots in the former provinces of Lomza and Grodno, Poland, and Counties Offaly and Mayo, Ireland) as well as the families of others. He is founding President of the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast.
Matthew Bielawa is the Associate Registrar at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. His research specialization is in Eastern Galicia and Western Ukraine. He is webmaster of Genealogy of Halychyna/Eastern Galicia, a site devoted to Polish and Ukrainian genealogical research in Eastern Galicia and Western Ukraine.