Friday, September 23, 2016

Learn How to Research Your Polish Roots: Legacy Family Tree Beginning Polish Genealogy Webinar - 28 September 2016

Curious about your Polish roots but don't know where to begin? 

Then, register for a free Legacy Family Tree webinar on Beginning Polish Genealogy presented by Prof. Jonathan Shea on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US). I will also be participating as a co-presenter for this webinar.

In this webinar, we will explore document sources in the US to help find your ancestral birthplace then we will take you across the ocean to search in the archives of Poland, and much more.

Click here to register.

For more help with Polish Genealogy research, pick up a copy of Prof. Shea's Polish Genealogy Legacy QuickGuide available in the Legacy Family Tree store.

[Disclosure: I am a member of the Legacy Family Tree Affiliate Program. What does this mean? If you click on the link and make a purchase I receive a small sales commission].

Other Upcoming Polish Seminars - Professor Jonathan Shea

In addition, Prof. Shea will be giving the following presentations at upcoming conferences. These are some excellent opportunities you won't want to miss!

  • October 14-15 President  Jonathan Shea and Board Member Dorena Wasik  were chosen as speakers for the annual conference of the Genealogical Society of Poland which will take place in Brzeg. The presentations, which deal with American archival sources, will be conducted in Polish. For further information
  • October 22  DNA lecture - Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast.
  • November 4-5 Jonathan Shea will be speaking at the Ukrainian Cultural Center 135 Davidson Ave. Somerset NJ. A hands-on workshop on the Cyrillic alphabet will be held on Friday. On Saturday he will present a lecture on foreign languages and their impact on genealogical research and on using Polish language websites for family history research. PGSCTNE member and our NERGC delegate Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz will also be speaking at the event.  For further information
  • November 19 Jonathan Shea will present a workshop entitled” Finding the Missing Pieces of Your Polish American Family History”  for the Indian River Genealogical Society  at the Indian River County Main Library in Vero Beach FL at For further details see

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast Forensic Genealogy/DNA Seminar: 22 October 2016

My friends at the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast are hosting a seminar in October on Forensic Genealogy and the latest innovations in DNA analysis. PGSCTNE  has provided the following announcement about the seminar.  


Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast cordially invites you to attend a seminar for ALL RESEARCHERS to learn about forensic genealogy and the latest innovations in DNA analysis.  

Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, is an internationally recognized forensic genealogist, the founder of Identifinders International.  As a world traveler and multi-lingual, Colleen specializes in international cases. She has researched in over 50 countries, assists nonprofits, military organizations, attorneys, and law enforcement with cold case work, forensic identification, and with locating hard-to-find individuals.  Colleen has appeared in hundreds of domestic and international newspapers and magazines and on international radio and television programs.

DATE:    Saturday, October 22, 2016

PLACE:  Institute of Technology, Business and Development
                 Central Connecticut State University

                 100 Main Street -  3rd floorNew Britain, CT

Please note this event is taking place at CCSU's downtown campus and not the main campus.

 FEE:       $20.00 - Refreshments will be served

Free parking is available in the municipal garage adjacent to the lecture venue.  Directions can be |found at

REGISTRATION:  12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

LECTURE:  A Different Kind of DNA Talk - 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

 REFRESHMENTS:  3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

LECTURE:  Genealogy and the Six Degrees of Separation - How to Find Anyone in the World - 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

For more information and the Registration form, please go to
For any questions, please email Diane Szepanski, Seminar Chair, at  

Copyright 2016, Lisa A. Alzo
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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Reserve Your Spot Now: 2016 Salt Lake Christmas Tour Genealogy Research Trip

Want to spend a week researching at the world-renowned Family History Library and work/learn from leading experts through daily classes and consultations?  Come join me at the 32nd annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour this December.  For details, see the following official announcement. 

Salt Lake Christmas Tour: Announcement from Leland Meitzler  


We want to invite you to join the Salt Lake Christmas Tour this coming December.

The Salt Lake Christmas Tour is the genealogy research trip where you can find ancestors quickly - and break your brick-walls! Now in its 32nd year, the Tour is renowned for the genealogy research success of its attendees, many of whom come back year after year. The 32nd annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour will take place on December 4 through 10, 2016

Most attendees will fly in on December 4, and fly out on December 11.

One of the major advantages of the Salt Lake Christmas Tour is that there is no waiting for microfilm to be shipped from afar. If you don't find your family on one film, just move on to another! If your ancestors aren't mentioned in one book, there are often dozens more in which you may find them! It's genealogy research at its finest!

There are numerous trips to The Family History Library, sponsored by genealogical societies and commercial firms. However, The Salt Lake Christmas Tour has been highly successful because it has the highest ratio of professional researchers to attendees of any genealogy research tour using the Family History Library. You've always got the help you need to overcome your difficult research problems!  You can research your ancestors with the help of experienced professional genealogists. The Salt Lake Christmas Tour is known for the quality of the professional genealogists that work with the attendees on a daily basis - Monday through Saturday. The Christmas Tour typically has professional genealogists available daily for consultation from 9 am until near the time when the library closes. Professionals currently planning to work the 2016 Tour are: Lisa A. Alzo, Linda Brinkerhoff, Arlene Eakle, Billy Edgington, Loni Gardner, Kevan Hansen, Holly Hansen, Stan Lindaas, Ruth Ellen Maness, George Ott, Dwight Radford, and Trudy Schenk. The Salt Lake Christmas Tour is led by Leland K. Meitzler, Donna Potter Phillips and Maureen MacDonald. 

Thomas MacEntee, the creator of, and a motivating force behind genealogy bloggers and social media genealogists, will be with us again this year, and will be giving a total of 10 lectures. 

Lisa Alzo will again be consulting with attendees, as well as giving 5 lectures! A total of 37 classes as well as daily assisted research are offered this year. 

The Christmas Tour makes the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel their genealogy tour headquarters. Here the attendees gather for breakfast, attend classes, and get a good night’s sleep. 

The 2016 tour is filling fast, so, register today! To get all the details, check out the website at Questions? Call Leland at 801-949-7259.

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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Back to School: The Write Stuff Genealogy Writing Intensive - Starts 10 October 2016!

It's hard to believe summer is over we are in "Back to School" mode again!

If you spent your summer doing genealogy research, or visiting with your living kin, perhaps you are ready to write your family history! 

And, just in time, another session of the The Write Stuff: Genealogy Writing Intensive will be starting on 10 October!  

Below is the official announcement from Hack Genealogy. Click here to reserve your spot today!


It’s back! Our popular family history writing course, The Write Stuff, returns for the Fall 2016 season starting October 10th!
Is “write up all of my years of genealogy research” one of your goals for 2016? Are you looking for more than just the standard genealogy report . . . do you want something that you can publish and share with family? Are you interested in crafting ancestor profiles and allowing their stories to “pop” off the page? Then you need to be a part of The Write Stuff – a Genealogy Intensive™ offering.
What Is a Genealogy Intensive™?
A Genealogy Intensive™ is a small group of similarly-minded genealogists with the same project goal. The group meets virtually over a six-week period. Once a week, participants meet online using GoToTraining (similar to GoToWebinar which is popular with genealogy webinar attendees). There are work assignments that are interesting, engaging, and collaborative without being burdensome. In addition there is an online platform to share ideas, encouragement and ask questions at any time of the day or night. The group is closed, private and led by genealogy educators and authors, two of whom you probably already know: Lisa Alzo and Thomas MacEntee. These “coaches” offer encouragement and facilitate online discussions to lend inspiration, solve problems and make that ever-elusive project a reality.
So, bring your obsession. Bring your ideas, no matter how wacky they may seem. Bring your enthusiasm. Get ready for results. We’re talking action and doing. We’re talking feedback and support. Click here to read more about the Genealogy Intensive™ concept.
If you missed out on the Spring version of The Write Stuff (which sold out quickly) then here is your chance! Read below for more information on this six-week collaborative, results-driven, group coaching environment focusing on writing family history narratives. Like all of our Genealogy Intensive™ offerings, you’ll have access to the recordings, handouts, and the Facebook group during and even after the classes end. At Hack Genealogy there is never an “upcharge” for a collaborative environment and if you act now, you can register for the Early Bird price!
Note: A minimum of eight (8) paid participants are needed in order for a Genealogy Intensive™ to be successful. If the minimum is not met, your tuition will be refunded in full and you’ll be notified of the next Genealogy Intensive™.
Here is what past students of The Write Stuff have to say:
“I loved the Intensive. This is not just a “get an assignment, talk once a week” type of course. The very active Facebook group where Lisa checked in all the time helped keep up the energy all week long. Besides the standard handouts, many other resources, articles and other helpful tips and links were shared during the week. This is the perfect way to get your writing started or get it back on track if you’re stalled.” – Diana Ritchie
“Genealogy Intensive gave my family history writing a big boost. From it, I developed the habit of writing every day. Genealogy Intensive led me to understand just how important that is to do. After the class was over, I started a family blog to publish some of that writing and to get it ‘out there’ for others to read. The blog provided other rewards, including increasing their interest and involvement in our family’s history. One of the cousins that I do genealogy work with told me “I love the way you write”. Most importantly, I decided how to write my family history book by choosing a format to use through the storyboarding technique taught in the classes.” – Mary-Angus Yanke
Special Offer – Free Registration!
If The Write Stuff Spring 2016 fills up, with 20 registrants, we’ll draw one name and offer them a freebie – a full rebate on the registration fee!
Are you excited about (or perhaps even a little obsessed with) the idea of getting your family history down in writing? Maybe you have self-doubts and fears about how to get started, what to write, and how to put it all together in a compelling way? If so, then this workshop is for you! During this six-week intensive, you will learn the key steps for producing a quality family history narrative from outline to finished product, ways to use “storyboarding” to plot your project, and how to build your writing skills, as well as your confidence as a writer. In addition, you will receive helpful tips, project management tools and a productivity toolbox to help keep you on track.
Through on-line instructional sessions, weekly assignments, and collaboration with other participants, you will have access to an instructor with more than 23 years of writing experience, who will teach you about key nonfiction writing techniques you can use to produce a “can’t put down” family history that will keep the pages turning for generations.
Key Goals of the Course
  1. Learn writing skills and techniques to produce a quality family history; build on the skills each week.
  2. Focus on getting a working draft.
  3. Receive constructive and helpful feedback.
  4. Overcome fears and anxiety about writing.
  5. Have fun!
Coach Bio – Lisa Alzo
Lisa A. Alzo
Lisa A. Alzo is a freelance writer, instructor, and lecturer with over 20 years’ experience in the field of genealogy. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and is the author of nine books, including: Finding Your Slovak AncestorsWriting Your Family History Book, and the award-winning Three Slovak Women. Lisa has written hundreds of articles and her work has appeared in Family Tree MagazineFamily ChronicleInternet GenealogyAPG Quarterly, among others. An internationally recognized speaker, Lisa blogs as “The Accidental Genealogist” blog For more information see
Week 1: 10-17 October 2016
  • Online Session: Introductions and Goal Setting.
    10 October 2016 via GoToTraining
    9:00 pm EDT / 8:00 pm CDT 1 Hour, recorded.
    Topic: What do you want to accomplish? What’s important to you? What does writing success look like to you?
  • Video: Setting Writing Goals
  • Week 2 Assignment1) Outline your family history writing goal. Various tools will be provided to explore different ways to create an outline.2) Compose a short elevator pitch (no more than 2-3 sentences) that succinctly summarizes your project. A sample will be provided.
  • Facebook Group
    • Introductions
    • Participants ask questions on assignment; share resources; respond to prompts from instructor (2 prompts each week).
Week 2: 18-23 October 2016
  • Video: Plot, Plan, and Scheme: Storyboard Your Family History Project
  • Week 3 Assignment
    • Storyboard your project idea. You may choose to prepare your storyboard in whatever format that works for you:  For example: Write by hand on index cards and then scan them or photograph them to share; or use Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or a program such as Scrivener or Index Card App or StorySkeleton.
  • Facebook Group:
    • Participants ask questions on assignment; share resources; respond to prompts from instructor (2 prompts each week).
Week 3: 24-30 October 2016
  • Online Session: Review Week 2 and 3 Assignments.
    24 October 2016 via GoToTraining
    9:00 pm EDT / 8:00 pm CDT 1 Hour, recorded.
    Topic: Review Week 2 and 3 Assignments.
  • Video: Tap into Family Treasures
  • Week 4 Assignment
    • Tap into Family Treasures: write 500 words using a photo or document or heirloom or keepsake as your prompt. Instructor will provide a sample.
  • Facebook Group:
    • Participants ask questions on assignment; share resources; respond to prompts from instructor (2 prompts each week).
Week 4: 30 October – 6 November 2016
  • Video: Character Development through Oral History and Profile
  • Week 5 Assignment
Choose one
1) Write from a memory or an oral history interview (500 words). Instructor will provide a sample.
2) Write a profile or character sketch of an ancestor of your choice (500 words). Instructor will provide a sample.
  • Facebook Group:
    • Participants ask questions on assignment; share resources; respond to prompts from instructor (2 prompts each week).
Week 5: 7-13 November 2016
  • Video: Shaping Your Story Using Plot and Structure
  • Week 6 Assignment
    • Putting it all together. Building on the skills you learned in the previous weeks, and using your outline, write a 1200 word narrative (approximately 2 pages) about your ancestor or family. Instructor will provide an example.
  • Facebook Group:
    • Participants ask questions on assignment; share resources; respond to prompts from instructor (2 prompts each week).
Week 6: 14 November 2016
  • Online Session: Review Week 4 and 5 Assignments.
    14 November 2016 via GoToTraining
    9:00 pm EST / 8:00 pm CST 1 Hour, recorded
    Topic: Review Week 4 and 5 Assignments and Wrap-Up.
  • Video: Top Ten Tips for Family History Writing
  • Facebook Group:
    • Thank you, good-byes, next steps
The cost to attend a The Write Stuff Genealogy Intensive™ over a six week period is $129 per person. A special discounted price of $99 will be available during the early registration period. Early registration ends on Monday, October 3rd!
Before you register and make payment, please read the Genealogy Intensive™ Terms and Conditions as well as the Participant Policies.
If you’re ready to be a part of The Write Stuff, Fall 2016 (10 October – 14 November 2016), then click here to register and pay via PayPal*
* You do not need a PayPal account to make payment; you can use a credit card via PayPal.
Money-Back Guarantee
We get it. You’re taking a chance with us on a new, radical format for online genealogy education. If you are willing to do the work and commit to the format of a Genealogy Intensive™, we’re certain you’ll be happy. More than happy. More importantly, you’ll finally get that project done!
If at any time you are not satisfied with the content or format of the Genealogy Intensive™, we’ll gladly refund your money.

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