Lecture descriptions Ceil Jensen, FEEFHS 2021

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The Long and Winding Road… the History of Antoni Przytula - How DNA and Databases Deliver Success (DNA track)

The journey to find my grandfather's paternal birth family has taken decades. The careful pairing of DNA testing and online databases with parish and civil records have provided the long-sought connection. Learn how the research started with a vague family story and was solved with the use of autosomal testing and a Polish paper trail.


Genealogy Societies - A Survey of Genealogy Societies in North America and Poland (Polish track)

Online commercial databases are built using “low hanging fruit” databases that are useful to the largest group of researches. Many unique Polish communities exist in North America. This presentation will identify societies, archives, and libraries that hold useful unique collections for family historians. Most of these societies publish helpful periodicals, transcripts, and compiled genealogies and may have special indexes, collections, and projects. Many publish queries about Polish ancestors or maintain a list of members’ research interests. Some specialize in the immigrants to a specific area. I have either presented to the following societies or used their services during my own research and that of my patrons.


Advanced Polish Genealogy - Sto Lat: A Modern Guide to Polish Genealogy (Polish track)

Author and researcher Ceil Wendt Jensen MA presents practical examples from her book on how to use records, databases, and archives to advance your genealogy research. She dispels the myth that records were destroyed during the World Wars and that language barriers make Polish research difficult. A survey of record sets beyond birth, marriage, and death.


Anna’s Woe aka Coral Beads and Poppy Seeds (Banquet)

Based on the life of my great grandmother Anna Przytuła and three other ancestral women. What happens to an unwed Polish mother who is banished to America? Anna settles in Detroit, Michigan in 1890 leaving her infant behind. A marriage and two children later villagers arrive with the child and tongues will wag.