NEW BRITAIN - Central Connecticut State University will be hosting the 2019 Polish Genealogy Conference on Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19.
The event is organized every two years by the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, and the S.A. Blejwas Endowed Chair of Polish and Polish American Studies at CCSU.
The conference provides an opportunity to learn strategies for tracing Polish-American and Eastern European roots, and to fill in the missing pieces of family history.
The conference will feature speakers with extensive experience in their fields and who have been featured at numerous regional, national, and international conferences, according to Conference Chair Diane Bojniewicz Szepanski.
Among the speakers are Blaine Bettinger, Maureen Taylor, Matthew Bielawa, Jonathan Shea, Thomas Sadauskas, Mieczyslaw B. Biskupski, and Daniel Bućko, who will be traveling from Poland for the event.
The subjects of each lecture vary from photo detecting, European family history, phasing and mapping DNA, and an analysis of the myths and facts of Ellis Island.
Another feature of the conference will be a document that has a complete list of all participants’ surnames and villages. This document will be distributed to everyone at the conference in the hopes that new connections may be made, Szepanski said.
A collection of books, maps, and other materials will be available to all attendees for consultation, and officers of the Society will be present to answer questions.
“I’m hoping for people to learn about their heritage,” Szepanski said.
Szepanski went on to share a story about how she was personally connected with a descendant of her grandfather’s brother at one of the many conferences she has attended.
This conference helps participants find research practices, and gives them the resources to make similar connections, Szepanski said.
Registration will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, followed by opening remarks at 5:15 p.m.
There will be a break between speakers at 7 p.m. for refreshments and a chance to view exhibits, then the second round of speakers will run from 7:45 to 9:00 p.m.
Registration on Saturday begins at 7:45 a.m. and runs until opening remarks at 9 a.m.
There will be a break for lunch at 12:15, and the event will come to a close at 6 p.m.
To register, or for more information, visit the website at pgsctne.org/2019-polish-genealogy-conference, which includes the conference schedule, a full list of speakers and their biographies, and lecture summaries.
Information and forms for limited one-on-one consultation appointments with the speakers are also available.
The conference will be held at the Institute of Technology, Business and Development, downtown campus of Central Connecticut State University, at 185 Main St.