For those of you who have started your research for your Polish ancestors, here is an exciting trip and conference that can jump start your efforts.
The United Polish Genealogy Society Conference will be held in Salt Lake City starting on May 2through May 5. Salt Lake City is called “The Genealogy Capital of the World” and the Family History Library is a fantastic place to find the U.S and Polish records that may lead you to your Polish ancestors. The equipment found at the library is the most up-to-date and the knowledgeable library staff can truly bring success for your genealogy efforts. The library staff has scheduled three orientation classes for conference attendees and conference sessions are scheduled to allow attendees ample time to use the resources available found at the Family History Library.
Nationally known genealogist Joshua Taylor will give the keynote speech for the Monday banquet. Mr. Taylor will also give presentations on New Tools for Research and Creating a Family History Website. Noted Polish researcher Ceil Jensen will speak at three programs on Midwifery, Immigration Agents and Manor House Records. Ceil and Joshua will be joined by four other knowledgeable speakers who will give programs on Polish topics covering Advance research methods, Maps, Gazetteers, Polish petition records, Notary records and new LDS filming projects in Poland.
Another highlight of the conference is the appearance of the Wesoly Lud Polish Folk Dance Company on Saturday night at the 850 seat Little Theater at the LDS Conference Center. This will be the first appearance of a Polish Dance group at a UPGS conference and if you have not had the opportunity to see a live performance of a Polish Folk Dance group this is another reason for attending the conference.
Plan to stay at the Plaza Hotel. The hotel is located next to the library and offers a free shuttle from the airport. The conference committee has also arranged for the discounted room rate of $85 per night.
The resources available at the Family History Library are the largest in the world and are growing daily. A trip to use these resources and to hear such knowledgeable speakers should be on your “To-Do” list.
Life is short. Please consider attending the UPGS conference. Your efforts in attending the conference will be rewarded with a wealth of new information for your family history.
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