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Daniel Schlyter, AG

Daniel Schlyter

Conference Speaker: Daniel M. Schlyter 

Daniel M. Schlyter is a Reference Consultant in the US and Canada unit at the Family History Library. Until recently he was  the Collection Management Specialist for the Family History Library responsible for Eastern Europe and Scandinavia.  He served on the Polish Genealogical Society of America board from 1984 to 1999 and now serves on the board of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

Daniel is a graduate from the Defense Language Institut, Monterey, California in Czech language and has a certificate from the Foreign Institute of Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. In 1977, he graduated from Brigham Young University in International Relations and German.

Daniel has spoken at numerous genealogical seminars and has published many articles, books, and finding aids. Some of his publications include:

  • Schlyter, Daniel M. 1982. Poland/Prussia: how to locate vital records of former Prussian areas of Poland in the Genealogical Library. Buffalo Grove, Ill: Genun Publishers.
  • Mehr, Kahlile B., and Daniel M. Schlyter. 1983. Sources for genealogical research in the Soviet Union. Buffalo Grove, Ill: Genun Publishers.
  • Schlyter, Daniel M. 1985. A handbook of Czechoslovak genealogical research. Buffalo Grove, Ill: Genun Publishers.
  • Schlyter, Daniel M. 1993. Essentials in Polish genealogical research. Chicago, IL: Polish Genealogical Society of America.

The United Polish Genealogical Societies Conference will be held Friday, April 18 through Monday, April 21, 2008 at the Best Western Salt Lake Plaza Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. The tentative schedule has been posted. The final schedule will be posted when available. Registration is now open online and by mail.

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Łukasz Bielecki, PhD

Lukasz Bielecki

Conference Speaker: Łukasz Bielecki, PhD

Łukasz Bielecki is a biochemist from Poznan, Poland, where he works in the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Łukasz is also a licensed tour guide in the Poznan region and is one of the founders of Discovering Roots, a company in Poland whose goal is to assist those researching their Polish ancestry.

His personal family roots are mostly from the region of Wielkopolska (“Greater Poland”), also known under its German name Provinz Posen.

Łukasz created one of the first internet guides to researching Polish genealogy.

Łukasz is also involved with the Poznań Marriage Indexing Project which helps descendants of those who left the Poznan area in the 19th century to identify the actual town or parish their ancestors came from. Documents from that time rarely contained any information more specific than the vague term “Posen”.

The United Polish Genealogical Societies Conference will be held Friday, April 18 through Monday, April 21, 2008 at the Best Western Salt Lake Plaza Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. The tentative schedule has been posted. The final schedule will be posted when available. Registration is now open online and by mail.

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Katarzyna Grycza

Katarzyna Grycza

Conference Speaker: Katarzyna Grycza

Katarzyna (Kasia) Grycza is one of the founders of Discovering Roots, a company in Poland whose goal is to assist those researching their Polish ancestry.

Kasia was a student of tourism and an architecture hobbyist when, in November 1997, while taking a city tour guide course, she formed Discovering Roots with Magda Smolka, and Łukasz Bielecki.

Since that time, Kasia has assisted genealogists find records in Polish archives, parishes, and villages. She provides services as a travel planner, travel guide, and driver for genealogists traveling to Poland, and has taken photographs of Polish villages for those unable to travel there in person.

Kasia also provides translation services in Polish, English, Russian, German, and Latin.

The United Polish Genealogical Societies Conference will be held Friday, April 18 through Monday, April 21, 2008 at the Best Western Salt Lake Plaza Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. The tentative schedule has been posted. The final schedule will be posted when available. Registration is now open online and by mail.

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Ceil Wendt Jensen

Conference Speaker: Ceil Wendt Jensen, MA, CG

Ceil Wendt Jensen is a graduate of Michigan State University in East Lansing and spent thirty years in K-12 education where she pioneered multimedia technology integration in the classroom.

Ceil has 32 years of experience in genealogy. She has researched Polish, Irish, North American, and French Canadian families. In 1998, Ceil began a transition from public education to genealogy and, in 2003, she earned the designation of Certified Genealogist from the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Ceil has conducted extensive research in the collections of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. She has also personally conducted research in Poland at libraries, civil archives, diocesean archives, and in local parishes.

Ceil was webmaster for FEEFHS from 2002-2004, her own website Michigan Polania, and the Bloomfield Hills Family History Center Seminar website. She has contributed a recurring feature, Ceil’s Notebook, for the newsletter of the Polish Genealogical Society of America and she has contributed articles for the newsletter of Polish Roots, Gen Dobry!.

Ceil’s publications include:

  • Bloomfield Hills Family History Center (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.). 2006. Syllabus from tracking our ancestor’s footsteps II: a genealogy seminar. Bloomfield Hills, Mich: [s.n.].

  • Jensen, Cecile Wendt. 2006. Detroit’s Mount Elliott Cemetery. Images of America. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub.

  • Jensen, Cecile Wendt. 2006. Detroit’s Mount Olivet cemetery. Images of America. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub.

  • Jensen, Cecile Wendt. 2005. Detroit’s Polonia. Images of America. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub.

The United Polish Genealogical Societies Conference will be held Friday, April 18 through Monday, April 21, 2008 at the Best Western Salt Lake Plaza Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. The tentative schedule has been posted. The final schedule will be posted when available. Registration is now open online and by mail.

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Photo of Kahlile B Mehr

Conference Speaker: Kahlile B. Mehr, MA, MLS

Kahlile Mehr was born in Logan, Utah and grew up in Southern California.

He earned a B.A. in Russian, an M.L.S. in Library Science, and an M.A. in Family and Local History, all from Brigham Young University.

Kahlile began his employment with the Family History Library in 1980 as a Cataloger and advanced in his career as Senior Cataloger, Cataloging Supervisor, and Collection Developing Specialist, Manager of Member Research Guidance, and is currently Manager of Slavic Collection Management and Cataloging.

His responsibilities in these positions at the FHL involved catologing British and German records, reviewing the work of catalogers of European and British records, directing the work of catologers and technicians responsible for European, Asian, and Latin American records, and developing the collections for Eastern Europe, Spain, Portugal, and the Pacific.

He has personally visited the archives in Eastern Europe many times.

Kahlile has also served as an Adjunct Instructor for the BYU Independent Study Program and Family History Conference from 1994-1998. He has presented papers at the Federation of East European Family History Societies, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the American Library Association, the Society of American Arachivists, the Mormon History Association, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

He has authored numerous articles and other publications, including:

  • Allen, James B., Jessie L. Embry, and Kahlile B. Mehr. 1995. Hearts turned to the fathers: a history of the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1894-1994. BYU Studies monographs. Provo, Utah: BYU Studies, Brigham Young University.

  • “Chernivtsi Vital Records,” East European Genealogical Society (Fall 2006):5-13.“Bulgarian Genealogical Profile,” FEEFHS Journal 14 (2006):60-65.

  • “Moldova Genealogical Profile,” FEEFHS Journal 13 (2005):60-65.

  • “Genealogical Research and Records in Ukraine,” FEEFHS Journal 12 (2004):6-13.

  • “Estonian Genealogical Research,” FEEFHS Journal 10 (2002): 41-43.

  • “Family History Library,” in International Dictionary of Library Histories (Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001): 1:318-319.

  • “Latvian Record Sources,” FEEFHS Journal 8 (2000): 63-68.

  • “Lithuanian Genealogy,” FEEFHS Journal 7:3-4 (Fall/Winter 1999): 115-119.

  • “Russian Genealogy Primer,” Genealogical Helper 53:5 (Sept-Oct 1999): 50-54.

  • “Macedonia Genealogy,” FEEFHS Quarterly 7:1-2 (Spring/Summer 1999): 50-52.

  • “Latvian Revision Lists Index and Listing,” FEEFHS Quarterly 6:1-4 (1998): 50-71.

  • “Yugoslavian Genealogical Sources,” FEEFHS Quarterly 6:1-4 (1998): 72-73.

  • “Russian Archival and Historical Terminology,” Avotaynu 12:3 (Fall 1996): 35-37.

  • “German-Russian Genealogical Records,” Genealogical Journal, 22:1 (1994): 1-8.

  • “Genealogical Sources and Filming Activities in Eastern Europe,” Genealogical Journal, 21:3-4 (1993): 126-134.

  • “International Activities and Services of the Genealogical Society of Utah,” Archivum, 37 (1992): 148-157.

  • “Name Extraction Program,” in The Encyclopedia of Mormonism, v. 3 (New York: Macmillan, 1992): 979-980.

  • “Russian Censuses,” Genealogical Journal 8:2 (June 1979): 82-90.

  • “Genealogical Sources in Soviet Archives,” Genealogical Journal 7:2 (June 1978): 65-76.

The United Polish Genealogical Societies Conference will be held Friday, April 18 through Monday, April 21, 2008 at the Best Western Salt Lake Plaza Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. The tentative schedule has been posted. The final schedule will be posted when available. Registration is now open online and by mail.

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 Photograph of Sonja Hoeke-Nishimoto, AG

Conference Speaker: Sonja Hoeke-Nishimoto, AG

Sonja Hoeke-Nishimoto was born in Frankfurt/Main, Germany and emigrated to the United States in 1957.

She majored in German at Brigham Young University and, since 1982, she has been a professional Germanic and Slavic researcher. Sonja has been employed at the Family History Library (FHL) at Salt Lake City since 1984. She earned the designation of Accredited Genealogist (AG) in 1987 with a German specialty.

Sonja’s research interests include Germany, Switzerland, Poland, and the Netherlands. She has a special interest in the Eastern Provinces of the old German Empire, the area of her maternal ancestry. This area includes Silesia, known as Sląsk in Polish, and formerly known as Schlesien, Prussia.

In her many travels, Sonja has conducted research onsite in local parishes and archives in Poland and Germany.

Sonja has published many articles in the German Genealogical Digest and has written ten other publications:

  • Berlin Civil Registration Jurisdictions. Printed 1992 FHL call 943.155/B1 E 44h, FHL Film 1573208, item 13. Listing of streets in Berlin and the civil registration district to which they belong.
  • Berlin Evangelical Parish Jurisdictions. Printed 1991 FL Book call 943.155/B1 K24h, FHL Film 1183659, item 6. Listing of streets in Berlin and parishes to which they were assigned.
  • Breslau Parish Jurisdictions 1869-1936. Printed 1991 FHL Book call 943.85/B2 K24h, FHL Film 1573154, item 9. Listing of streets in Breslau, now Wrocław, and parishes to which they were assigned.
  • Elmore, Faribault county, MN. 1860, 1880, 1900, & 1920 Federal Census returns. Printed 1994. FHL Film 1750770, item 7. Complete census extractions for all Federal censuses for this town.
  • Halle Parish Jurisdictions. Printed 1993. FHL Book call 943.18/H2 K2h, FHL Film 1573223, item 3. Listing of streets and parish listing to which they belong.
  • Hamburg Passenger List Index 1872. Printed 1994 FHL Book call 943.515/H1 W39h 1872, FHL Film 1183696, items 3-6. Index of all names on direct and indirect index 1872.
  • Leipzig Parish and Civil Registration Jurisdictions. Printed 1992. FHL Book call 943.21/L2 K24h, FHL Film 1573202, item 13. Listing of streets in Leipzig and the parish and civil jurisdictions to which they belong.
  • Magdeburg Parish and Civil Registration Jurisdictions. Printed 1992. FHL Book call 943.16/M3 K24h, FHL Film 1183678, item 6. Listing of streets in Magdeburg and parish and civil jurisdictions to which they belong.
  • Stettin Parish and Civil Registration Jurisdictions. Printed 1994. FHL Book call 943.81/S1 K24h, FHL Film 1183703, item 5. Listing of streets in Stettin, now Szczezin, Poland and the parish and civil registration districts to which they belong.
  • Zapisy Urodzen Parafii rzymsko-katolickiej Wisnicze w latach 1770-1800. Printed 1993. Extractions of birth records of Wisnicze, Poland from 1770-1800. FHL Book call 943.85/W2 D2h, FHL Film 1573223, item 1.

The United Polish Genealogical Societies Conference will be held Friday, April 18 through Monday, April 21, 2008 at the Best Western Salt Lake Plaza Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. The tentative schedule has been posted. The final schedule will be posted when available. Registration is now open online and by mail.

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The United Polish Genealogy Societies (UPGS) Conference was first held in 1988 in Salt Lake City.

The Conference has been held every two years since then, except for 2002 when the conference was cancelled.

UPGS 2008 will be the 10th conference in the series.

Through its 20 year history, the UPGS conference has been held in June, then in May, and most recently April.

The format of the last five conferences has been Friday through Monday, with lectures on Sunday afternoon and evening, and the closing banquet on Monday evening.

Since the Family History Library (FHL) is closed on Sundays and Monday evenings, conference attendees didn’t have to choose between attending conference activities and researching in the FHL.

The United Polish Genealogical Societies Conference will be held Friday, April 18 through Monday, April 21, 2008 at the Best Western Salt Lake Plaza Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. The tentative schedule has been posted. The final schedule will be posted when available. Registration is now open online and by mail.

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