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Stephen J. Danko, PhD

Genealogy Blogs: New Ways to Disseminate Genealogy Information on the Internet
One of the newest ways to publish genealogical information on the Internet is by the use of weblogs, commonly called blogs. Genealogy blogs include a wide range of subjects, including genealogy news, methodology, family history, and research diaries. Setting up and maintaining a blog is surprisingly easy and can provide benefits for your research in ways that other methods of disseminating genealogical information may fall short.

Genealogy Gadgets and Gizmos: New Technology to Help in Your Research
New hardware, software, and on-line technology make finding, recording, and sharing information faster and easier than ever. Many of these advancements have found their way into genealogical research, enabling even a moderately technology-capable genealogist to take advantage of these new gadgets and gizmos. New technology enables genealogists to have access to their family history data from anywhere in the world, avail themselves of genealogy education at times and places of their choosing, collect documents and information more easily, and prepare professional-quality family books without the professional price.

Michael Hall

FHL Digitizing Family History Books Project
Individuals are invited to contribute to the Family History Archive in two ways: donate an electronic copy of their family history to be permanently preserved in this archived collection, or donate a printed copy of their family history with a contribution for digitizing and processing. A sample online history is showcased: Four American families: Our Polish and Hungarian Ancestors authored by Joseph F. Martin.

Kelvin Hulet

AncestryPress
AncestryPress is an online tool for building person- or family-inspired books using simple-yet-powerful text and photo editing tools. Building a book on AncestryPress is an exciting, creative process and a great way to document and share valuable information about your family and its history. This lecture helps you through the book building process and provides you with the basic knowledge to guarantee the best possible end result—a book you and your family can treasure for generations to come.

Ceil Wendt Jensen, MA, CG

Skype Teleconference
Conversation with noted author William F. “Fred” Hoffman.  Fred will answer questions and queries posed by the UPGS 2008 attendees.

Skype Teleconference
Conversations with Kasia Grycza of Polish Roots and Lukasz Bielski creator of the Poznan Project. They will discuss researching in Poznan and answer queries posed by the UPGS attendees.

Strategies for Locating Ancestral Villages: Four Case Studies
The four case studies presented use different US finding aids and techniques to locate the Polish villages and parishes. While many traditional research techniques were employed in this research, this lecture also addresses online tools that can help you in your quest. The case studies are from West Prussia, East Prussia, Congress Poland, Poznań, and Galicia.

Survey of North American and Polish Military Records
A survey of military records and databases related to North American and Polish research.   Resources held by the Family History Library (FHL) will be highlighted. The survey includes: Civil War, World War I, and World War II military records including how to access US military headstone records.  The FHL holds microfilms of military parish registers of baptisms, marriages, and deaths for Austrian and Prussian regiments.

Post Mortem Records and a new Database
This session covers Polish and North American funerary customs and records. We will cover records from churches, undertakers, stonemasons, cemeteries and societies that sponsor burial grounds for their members. Learn about home wakes and view photos made at graveside. The lecture includes photos of funeral cards and announcements, record books, cemeteries, tombstones and exhumation. You may be surprised at the wealth of information available. Bring your family funeral “holy” cards to be digitized and entered into a new free database.

Baerbel Johnson

Online Mailing Lists
Rootsweb offers free mailing lists that feature surnames, geographic regions, and religion. Baerbel, a member of the German Passenger email list, speaks about the ins and outs of online mailing lists.

Kahlile B. Mehr, MA, MLS

Acquisitions at the FHL
This presentation covers the major policy shift in acquisitions of 2007 and the development of an image delivery infrasturcture in the genealogical operations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). It also covers all other elements of acquisitions: collection management function, record locations, field negotiations, procedures, shipping, receipt, cataloging, and distribution through Record Search and Family History Centers.

Stephen P. Morse, PhD

One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools
The One-Step website started out as an aid for finding passengers in the Ellis Island database.  Shortly afterwards it was expanded to help with searching in the 1930 census.  Over the years it has continued to evolve and today includes over 100 web-based tools divided into 13 separate categories ranging from genealogical searches to astronomical calculations to last-minute bidding on e-bay.  This presentation will describe the range of tools available and give the highlights of each one.

Sonja Hoeke-Nishamoto, AG

The First Polish Community- Panna Maria, Texas, or Parisville, Michigan?
Sonja and Ceil share a presentation that documents the history of the two earliest North American Polish communities. Panna Maria makes the official claim as being the first community. Parisville lost early documentation due to fires. Primary documentation, land records, and manifests support their research. Vote for the first community at the end of the session.

Polish Research Trip
This lecture will discuss research sources visited, such as church and state archives, parishes, newly found relatives, civil registration offices, schools, and museums. Sonja will cover the types of resources available and answer questions a researcher might have as they plan a trip to Poland to find information about his ancestors.

Tomasz Nitsch

Tomasz Nitsch and the Pomeranian Genealogical Association
Skype Teleconference hosted by Tomasz Nitsch Conversation with the most genealogical family in Poland: Adam and Ewa Kaminski. Ewa is a PTG (Polish Genealogical Society) member of the board and Adam is a president of the Pomeranian Genealogical Association (Pomorskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne- PTG too ;). Main topics: Polish TG – today and plans for the future. Pomeranian TG – local genealogical events and online databases for vital
records from the archives in Pelpin.

Tomasz Nitsch with Marek Jerzy Minakowski PhD
Conversation with Marek Jerzy Minakowski PhD, Polish historian and genealogist, who built the greatest Polish genealogical database. Dr. Minakowski’s database shows e.g., that most of Polish famous poets (Rey, Kochanowski, Morsztyn, Krasicki, Mickiewicz, Krasiński, Miłosz and Herbert) have family ties with each other. Dr Minakowski is also the Chairman of the Society of the Descendants of Sejm Wielki, organization similar to the Sons of American Revolution.

Genealogy in Poland Today
The presentation will cover two main topics: one is about genealogical societies, their activities and plans. Second is about Polish genealogical websites, especially the very successful ones like the classmates system naszaklasa.pl and the European project moikrewni.pl. Last but not least, Tomasz will tell you some words about his website genpol.com, useful functions, and plans for the future.

All About the Skype Community
We are in XXI century but most of us are using technologies that were created two centuries ago, like the telephone. Tomasz will explain how to use new technologies, especially Skype, not only for low cost overseas phone calls, but also as a finding aid to locate relatives or people living in locations of interest and research.

Orvill Paller

The Genealogical Society of Utah visits Poland
During the fall of 2007 Orvill Pallar traveled to Poland and visited archives on behalf of the Genealogical Society of Utah. He reports his findings.

Daniel Schlyter, AG

Building a Polish Pedigree Using Church Records and Civil Registration
This case study demonstrates the process of finding an ancestor in Polish records and progressing back generation by generation. 

Using the Family History Library’s Map Collection
A discussion of the map collection at the family history library and how to effectively use it.

Beau Sharbrough

Polish Research on Footnote.com
Footnote is a history website. What can a Polish researcher find there? From Kosciuszko in the Rev War, to the Polar Bears in WWI, to naturalization records and FBI case files; this tour will show you how to go beyond the census to find information about your family and the life of Polish Americans.

Social Media- what is it all about?
How can you find out what other researchers are working on? How can you know whose work to trust? How can you tell people about your greatest discoveries? Social Media is a term that is widely used for a variety of things, but at its heart it means giving you a soapbox, a billboard, and a stack of post-it notes to put anywhere you think it will help. This talk, given by a representative of Footnote.com, the social media history site, will show you several social media sites that support collaborative discovery of your family’s past.

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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Conference Speaker: Baerbel K. Johnson, AG

Baerbel K. Johnson, AG is a professional genealogist and works at the Family History Library as International Reference Consultant. She holds degrees in Family and Local History Studies and Sociology from BYU, and has more than twenty years of extensive experience in European family history research with emphasis on Germany. She has published a number of journal articles, contributed material for several books, and lectured at various conferences. Her personal interest is in “putting flesh on the genealogical skeleton” by placing each individual within a proper social and historical context.

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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Orvill S. Paller

Orvill S Paller

Conference Speaker: Orvill S. Paller

Orvill S. Paller was born and raised in Salt Lake City , Utah.  He earned a B.A. in International Studies from Brigham Young University (2000) and a M.B.A. from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah (2005).

Upon completion of his M.B.A., Orvill was hired as a Product Manager at MyFamily.com (now The Generations Network) where his focus was on delivering genealogical databases to the company’s website Ancestry.com.

In February 2006, Orvill was hired as a Business Analyst and Collection Management Specialist with the Family & Church History Department (FamilySearch) of the L.D.S. Church .  Among his current responsibilities, Orvill serves as Collection Management Specialist for Minnesota , Wisconsin , Iowa , Illinois , Indiana , Ohio , Michigan , Florida , Romania and Poland .

Orvill’s interest in Poland and Polish genealogy began during his first visit to Poland in 2000.  During that visit, he visited many of the villages of his ancestors in the former Prussian/German Province of Pommern and saw the home that his paternal grandmother was born and raised in.

Orvill’s genealogical research interests include Austria , Hungary , Poland , Germany , Romania , Midwest USA and New England USA.  He has researched in archives in Poland , Austria , Germany , Romania and throughout the United States .

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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Stephen J. Danko, PhD

 Photo of Steve Danko

Conference Speaker: Stephen J. Danko, PhD 

Steve Danko was born in Albany, New York, has lived in Vermont, Nebraska, and Oregon, and now resides in San Francisco, California. He earned a Ph.D. in Botany and Plant Pathology from Oregon State University.

All of Steve’s grandparents were Polish immigrants, which has led Steve to concentrate on 20th Century American Records and 18th and 19th Century Polish Records. His research in Poland has led to a appreciation for European History and Languages.

Steve writes a daily genealogy research weblog (blog) on the Internet, where he posts images of the documents important in his personal research and discusses the relevance of those documents in documenting his family history. In the course of writing his blog, Steve has reconnected with lost cousins in Poland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Steve is currently studying for a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. He is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the California Genealogical Society, the Polish Genealogical Society of America, the Polish Genealogical Society of California, and the San Mateo County Genealogical Society.

At UPGS 2008, Steve will be speaking on:

Genealogy Blogs: New Ways to Disseminate Genealogy Information on the Internet

One of the newest ways to publish genealogical information on the Internet is by the use of weblogs, commonly called blogs. Genealogy blogs include a wide range of subjects, including genealogy news, methodology, family history, and research diaries. Setting up and maintaining a blog is surprisingly easy and can provide benefits for your research in ways that other methods of disseminating genealogical information may fall short.

Genealogy Gadgets and Gizmos: New Technology to Help in Your Research

New hardware, software, and on-line technology make finding, recording, and sharing information faster and easier than ever. Many of these advancements have found their way into genealogical research, enabling even a moderately technology-capable genealogist to take advantage of these new gadgets and gizmos. New technology enables genealogists to have access to their family history data from anywhere in the world, avail themselves of genealogy education at times and places of their choosing, collect documents and information more easily, and prepare professional-quality family books without the professional price.

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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Stephen P. Morse, PhD

Steve Morse

Stephen P. Morse, PhD: Conference Banquet Speaker 

Steve Morse is an amateur genealogist who has been researching his Russian-Jewish origins.  Several years ago he developed some web-based searching aids which, much to his surprise, have attracted attention worldwide.  He has received both the Outstanding Contribution Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, the Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, and the first ever Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists.

In his other life Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering from New York University. He has held research positions at Bell Labs, IBM Watson Research, GE Corporate R&D, and Compagnie Internationale pour l’Informatique in France. He has been involved in development at Intel Corp, Alsys Inc, and Netscape. He has taught at CCNY, Pratt Institute, UC Berkeley, SUNY Albany, Stanford University, and San Francisco State. He has authored numerous technical papers, written four textbooks, and holds four patents. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086 (the granddaddy of today’s pentium processor), which sparked the PC revolution 25 years ago.

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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Tomasz Nitsch

Conference Speaker Tomasz Nitsch

Conference Speaker: Tomasz Nitsch

Tomasz Nitsch attended Akademia Ekonomiczna w Krakowie from 1989-1996 with a major in Information Technology and Econometrics, 1989 – 1996.

He is the Information Technology Director in the broadcast media industry at at TVN S.A. Since its commercial launch in 1997, TVN has emerged as one of the most successful television stations in Poland, with a strong reputation for high-quality programming. One of the key reasons for a success is their use of leading edge technologies. 

Tomasz is also the administrator of Poland’s GenPol. One of the most popular parts of GenPol for Americans researching their Polish ancestry is an online tool to generate a map showing the freqency of a given surname in different parts of Poland. GenPol was originally created in Polish, but also has an interface in English.

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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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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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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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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