JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JGS of Maryland April 17 program announcement #general

Susan Steeble

Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland

Speaker: Mary Ann Evan
Title: "Practical Tips for Genealogical Research in and near Present-
Day Poland
Date and Time: Sunday, April 17, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Hadassah meeting room, 3723 Old Court Rd (Dumbarton Offices
entrance), Pikesville, MD

Please join us on Sunday, April 17, 2016, for our next program,
"Practical Tips for Genealogical Research in and near Present-Day
Poland," presented by Mary Ann Evan.

Because of the rise and fall of empires and the centuries of wars and
invasions in Eastern Europe, genealogical research in Poland must
include consideration of the western parts of Lithuania, Belarus, and
Ukraine as well as nearby countries that were once part of Galicia in
the Austrian Empire. After a brief survey of the major political,
geographical, cultural, and religious influences that are significant
for genealogy, we will cover the following topics, with particular
emphasis on information most relevant to Jewish genealogy: 1) the
Polish language: how to decode and transliterate places and names,
including immigration records; 2) gazetteers: why we need them; some
especially helpful examples; relating gazetteers and maps; 3) vital
records and censuses: existence, location, and language; resources;
and 4) Polish archives: catalog; digitization project; communicating
with the archives.

Mary Ann Evan's first taste of family history was as a child in
Cleveland, listening to the stories that her grandparents, immigrants
from Poland, told about life in "the old country." As time went by,
she was able to trace her grandparents' lines back to the 1700s, visit
all four ancestral villages, and contact many family members still in
Poland. Mary Ann has volunteered at the Kensington Family History
Center for more than 15 years, assisting people >from diverse
backgrounds in their genealogical research. She has made research
trips to Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic and is
presently facilitating an Eastern European Focus Group at the
Kensington FHC. In her professional life, Mary Ann taught for 25 years
and then moved into the world of computers, where she has worked for
more than 25 years, most recently in IT security.

The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members (applied
to membership fee when a visitor joins JGSMD) after their first
meeting. Refreshments will be available. Please check our web site at for late updates and for the time, location, and program
of future meetings.

Susan Steeble
Baltimore, MD
JGSMD Public Relations

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