Next Installment of Polish Mission Webinar Series!


To all the Friends of the Polish Mission, we want to extend an invitation to join us for some of the webinars in the upcoming series!  We have sessions planned for May 4, May 11, May 18 and May 25.  Each webinar costs $15 to attend, and participants will receive access to the recording for 30 days following the session and also a content handout.  Registration for the webinars can be found on our Michigan Polish Heritage genealogy website by clicking here.  Those virtually attending the webinar are encouraged to ask questions and our genealogy team, Ceil and Hal, welcome the opportunity to work with those interested in discovering their family history after the webinar has concluded.

The next four webinar topics can be found below

This is Women’s Work – Midwifery – May 4, 2016 – 1 p.m.-2 p.m. EST

Explore the records, traditions, and superstitions that accompanied our ancestors’ births. This session explores the role of midwives in the 19th and early 20th century in Poland and ethnic communities in America. Ledgers, licensing, and newspaper accounts document the important role of the midwives.

An In-Depth Look at the Prussian Partition – May 11, 2016 – 1 p.m.-2 p.m. EST

The Polish provinces of that make up this partition include East Prussia, known in German as Ostpreußen and West Prussia, known in German as Westpreußen. Additionally, the Province of Posen (German: Provinz Posen) will be listed in Polish documents as Prowincja Poznańska; Silesia (German: Provinz Schlesien) is Prowincja Śląska in Polish; part of the Province of Pomerania (German: Provinz Pommern) became Poland’s Województwo Pomorskie after World War II. Ancestors may have cited their place of birth as one of the larger cities such as Poznan, Września, Gniezno, Luboń, or Kalisz. They are more likely to have come from small villages or shtetls such as Tulce, Bnin, Rogalinek, or Świątniki. Join us and explore the records, maps, and history of this ancestral area.

An In-Depth Look at Russian Poland – May 18, 2016 – 1 p.m.-2 p.m. EST

Russian Poland was also known as Congress Poland or the Kingdom of Poland. This area of Poland was under Russian imperial rule from 1772-1918. Its population increased to 6.1 million in 1870 and 10 million in 1900. Ancestors might cite their place of birth as one of the larger cities in such as Płock, Łomża, Białystok, Warsaw, or Lublin. They are more likely to have come from shtetls or small villages such as Kuczbork, Posadów, or Ilza. Explore with us the history, maps, and records of this ancestral area.

An In-Depth Look at Galicia – May 25, 2016 – 1 p.m.-2 p.m. EST

Not to be confused with a region of the same name located on the Iberian peninsula in Spain, Galicia was a historical region once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, covering territory currently divided between southern Poland and Ukraine. The name changes slightly with regional languages: Galicja in Polish, Galizien in German, and Galytsye in Yiddish. Ethnic Polish ancestors coming from this region may be listed as “Austrian” in stateside records. Additionally, they may provide their birthplace as one of the major cities such as Lviv (Polish: Lwów, German: Lemberg), Kraków (German: Krakau, Yiddish: Kruke), or Przemyśl (Ukrainian: Peremyshl, German: Prömsel). However, in most cases, they were from outlying villages. The Polish Galician region had a varied ethnic mix: Poles, Ruthenians (Ukrainians), Germans, Armenians, Jews, Hungarians, and Romanians. Explore with us the records, maps, and history of this ancestral area.


Please join us for a fun afternoon of learning and research, where you don’t even have to leave the comfort of you own home!