2013 Annual PGSM Seminar
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Speaker: Ceil Wendt Jensen.
Ceil Wendt Jensen, Certified Genealogist, presents practical examples and suggestions on how to use
records, databases, and archives to start or advance your genealogy research. She dispels the myth that
records were destroyed during the World Wars and that language barriers make European research difficult.
A lavishly illustrated workbook, Sto Lat: A Modern Guide for Polish Genealogy, offers a plan for researching
at least one hundred years of family records, and is a compilation of techniques developed over thirty years
of research and teaching. These are tried and true techniques used for clients and with patrons at the
Polonica Americana Research Institute (PARI) on the campus of St. Mary’s of Orchard Lake. Both traditional
and digital research techniques are presented. Common research questions are answered and suggestions
are offered to help novice and advanced researchers find ancestors in North America and Poland.
Now Boarding: Planning a Research Trip in Poland - This session is based on over 30 years of
travel experience leading overseas groups and 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 to write effective email to ESL speakers and how to hire a photographer, researcher and / or
Behind the Scenes at Polish Repositories — U.S. and Poland - The lecture is based on interviews conducted on site with
the directors of repositories in the U.S. and Poland. Learn about the unique materials held throughout Polonia, the regional
archives in Poland, and the concentration camp museums of Stutthof and Auschwitz-Birkenau. Lecture outline/summary.
Researchers will learn about records, maps, and ephemera held at repositories that go beyond vital records. Learn how to
find unique ledgers, documents, and art work to enrich and advance your family history.
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Archival Techniques for Family Historians - A survey of current archival standards regarding the care and
storage of paper, photographic and digital files which family historians need to know. Learn how to care for the
records and ephemera you have collected. This session addresses how to care for the family records, photos and
memorabilia you have collected. The use of archival storage materials will be discussed, as well as a workable