October and November are the final push for family Thanksgiving genealogy projects! If you’re discovering your Polish roots, you won’t want to miss Fountaindale Public Library’s Polish Genealogy Workshop day on Saturday, November 2 from 10 am to 3 pm. Guest speaker Steve Szabados will host two sessions Polish Immigration: Where, When, Why? and Polish Genealogy: Where to Start. Both of these sessions will which will help you unpuzzle your ancestor’s immigration from continental Europe to the United States.
From 10 am to Noon, Steve will present Polish Immigration: Where, When, Why; which will help you discover more about your Poilsh ancestors immigration experience. Where did they leave, why did they leave, how did they get here? This presentation studies the history of Poland and gives some insights to possible answers to the questions about your ancestors’ immigration. All three Polish partitions are covered and the material will hopefully clear-up your confusion why your Polish ancestors listed that they were born in other countries on early U.S. documents.give an more about Polish Immigration from 1700-1920.
Following a one hour on-your-own lunch break, Steve will present Polish Genealogy – Where to Start from 1 pm to 3 pm. Where do you start your research of your Polish Ancestors? This presentation starts at the beginning with a brief summary of the border changes in Polish history. Then Steve will discuss the records that are available in both the US and Poland and where to find them. The last part of the presentation will cover how to interpret the documents.
Steve will have three books available for purchase: Polish Genealogy: Four Steps to Success, Basic Genealogy: Saving Your Family History, and Finding Grandma’s European Ancestors. Research suggestions and light refreshments will be provided. Sign up is free and open to the public! Invite several friends and call (630) 685-4176 to sign up today!
The last Fountaindale Library Genealogy Club presentation for the year will be held on Wednesday, November 13 at 7 pm. This meeting will host Jennifer Holik and her presentation Stories of the Lost, which will feature research strategies and resources for locating World War II casualties of war. Jennifer will share her experiences in working with these modern day military records and the people documented in the paperwork. This program is free and open to the public, no registration required!
Although Jennifer will not have books for purchase the day of the lecture, all of her books and quick guides are are available for purchase online. Light refreshments will be served.
The Fountaindale Genealogy Club meeting on November 13 will also debut the list of 2014 program and workshop schedule! So you won’t want to miss this exciting event!
Sunday Genealogy Help Sessions will begin in January 2014! Sunday Sessions are a great opportunity to receive one-on-one assistance with your research in a place where databases, knowledgeable staff, and a state-of-the-art microfilm reader are in one convenient location. Registration for Sunday Genealogy Help Sessions will begin in December 2013, so stay tuned for updates!
See you at the Library!