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“FamilySearch Progress in Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania” and “Adventures in Genealogy”
by David Ouimette, CG, CGL
Saturday, June 12, 2021, 12 P.M. and 1:30 P.M.
Link to register for June 12 event (deadline June 11): https://us02web.zoom.us/.../reg.../WN_7ATXEZzPTn2JGyZowJaIWQ
Link to become a member or renew membership in the PGSMA and receive a link to register: http://pgsma.org/join-us.html
For many years, FamilySearch has been an important resource for genealogical research into the lives of Polish ancestors, offering millions of scans of church and civil vital records for parishes and registry offices in all three partitions of Poland. In recent years, however, their collections have been increasing rapidly in both breadth and depth, including such diverse sources as notarial records, school records, conscription lists, revision lists, population registers, etc. for a growing number of locations throughout Eastern Europe.
In his first lecture at 12 pm, “FamilySearch Progress in Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania,” David will offer an overview of FamilySearch’s efforts in microfilming and digital capture. He will explain the privacy restrictions that curtail the publication of certain collections of records, and he will provide some insight into the types of records targeted by FamilySearch for acquisition, indexing, and online publication. David’s second lecture at 1:30 pm, “Adventures in Genealogy,” provides an inspiring overview of genealogy around the world. The presentation consists of stories, photos, and videos from his travels in twenty of the sixty countries he’s visited for FamilySearch, illustrating the tremendous variety of traditions and records involving family history, culture by culture. Following the 12 pm lecture, there will be time for questions, followed by a short break. The second lecture will begin at 1:30 pm and end at 3 pm.
David Ouimette manages the Content Strategy team at FamilySearch in Salt Lake City, prioritizing the acquisition and online publication of historical records worldwide for family history research. David has researched in hundreds of archives in over sixty countries spanning all continents. A Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and a former board member of the National Genealogical Society, he recently presented “Tracing Polish Ancestors in the Austro-Hungarian Empire” at RootsTech 2021.
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