September 9, 2017 – Genealogy Fair, St. Gabriel’s RC, Elma, NY.

September 9, 2017 – Genealogy Fair, St. Gabriel’s RC, Elma, NY.

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. : Genealogy Fair open.

1:00 p.m. : ‘Grandma Said She Was From Poznan: An Introduction to Polish Genealogy’  by Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz.

Do you have a story or two about your family’s ancestry, but not much else to go on? Would you like to learn how to trace your family history to discover where your ancestors came from in Poland, but you’re intimidated by the language barrier? Julie will demonstrate how to use those family stories to start your research into your family tree. Using examples drawn from her own research into her family of Polish immigrants to Buffalo, New York, she will identify key websites and strategies that will allow you to trace your family in both U.S. and Polish records, and she’ll offer some resources for overcoming that language barrier as well.
Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz is a family historian, speaker, and Western New York native who has been actively researching the origins of her own Polish family and that of her husband, Bruce (100% WNY Polish-American) since the mid-1990s.  Her areas of interest include villages in all three partitions of Poland (Prussian, Russian and Austrian) and she reads records in Polish, Russian and Latin. She volunteers as an administrator and regular contributor to the Facebook group, “Polish Genealogy,” and is a member of the Polish Genealogical Society of America, the Polish Genealogical Society of New York State, the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, and the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts. Her article, “The Insider’s Guide to Geneteka” (co-authored with Maciej Adam Markowski) was recently published in the Winter issue of the PGSA journal Rodziny. Julie currently resides in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.