Polish Mission Genealogy Team Introduces Webinar Series!

canstockphoto28714925In an effort to allow the extensive knowledge of our genealogy team, Ceil and Hal, to reach further across the world, we are venturing into the world of webinars!  The Internet opened up so many opportunities to share information with other genealogists and historians around the world, and we are happy to be utilizing this opportunity to our advantage.  The Polonica-Americana Research Institute, genealogy department under The Polish Mission, is spearheading the effort to launch this Polish Genealogy Webinar Series.  Ceil Wendt Jensen, PARI co-director, will be presenting the lectures, and on occasion, will be joined by special guests from Poland!

The lectures will be recorded live on the campus of the Orchard Lake Schools, Orchard Lake, Mich.  The archived webinars will be available on the Michigan Polish Heritage website: www.miplheritage.org.

The webinar homepage can be found here, and the first four webinars will take place from March 2nd to March 23rd, 2016.  We would love to have you join us for “Webinar Wednesdays’” and will be able to seat 23 participants for each class!  The sign-up fee for each webinar will be $15.00.

A few of the lectures will be free, and registered on a first-come, first-served basis. All proceeds from these webinars will support the genealogy work of The Polish Mission (a 501c3 non-profit).

Read on for descriptions of the first four webinars:

  1. Intro to Polish Genealogy – March 2, 2016 – 1-2 p.m.

This session will dispel the myths that records were destroyed during the World Wars and that language barriers make research difficult. Learn about the foundation documents held in the U.S. that will lead you to your ancestral village in Poland. Practical examples and suggestions on how to use records, databases and archives to start or advance your Polish genealogical research will be shown

      2.  Advanced Polish Research – March 9, 2016 – 1-2 p.m.

This lecture will advance your research. Prerequisites for this course include identifying census records, ship manifests, and WWI Draft Registrations. We’ll cover finding your ancestors’ parish and civil registration records in Poland. Genealogist Ceil Wendt Jensen gives examples and suggestions on how to use advanced records, databases, and archives.

  1. A Guide to Genealogical Websites Based in Poland – March 16, 2016 – 1-2 p.m.

Is English your only language? Learn the tips and tricks perfected to extract useful data, maps, and genealogical matter from Polish archives, digital libraries, and regional websites. Case studies span Russian, Prussian, and German Partitions. During this session, you will learn how to find archives, libraries, museums and regional websites that contain materials relevant to your history.

  1. Now Boarding: Planning a Research Trip in Poland – March 23, 2016 – 1-2 p.m.

This session is based on over 30 years of travel experience leading overseas groups and undertaking research in Poland archives. Learn how to plan ahead, get the most for your dollar, travel light, and bring home the research you went for! This session includes examples and suggestions on how to prepare for a trip to Polish archives, parishes, and record repositories. This lecture covers techniques for finding Catholic, Lutheran, and Jewish records. Learn how to write effective email to English as Second Language (ESL) speakers and how to hire a photographer, researcher, and/or guide.

If you have any questions about our new webinar series, please call (248) 683-0323 or email cjensen@orchardlakeschools.com.  Hope to see you online soon!