Registrars Betty Iwanski and Joy Mortell
Rosalie Lindberg preparing for her lecture on Polish History
Rosalie Lindberg's presentation on Polish history
PGSA board member Rosalie Lindberg talks about the historical changes in Poland's borders
PGSA Board Member Rosalie Lindberg talks about the historical dynasties of Poland
Signage for first lecture of Friday
PGSA Board Member Rosalie Lindberg talks about the basics of the Polish language: grammar quirks & unique letter sounds
Animated discussion after the lecture
PGSA Conference Media/Vendor Room...hawk your wares!
PGSA Media Chair Kathy Glowacz sells the PGSA's books and CDs under the watchful eye of PGSA President Eileen Carter.
Media Chair, Kathy Glowacz
Acquainting attendees with the books and CDs the Society has to offer.
Stitched For You's Diane Ryan sells items with custom embroidery
Mira Puacz, owner of Polonia Bookstore offers books on many aspects of Poland.
Mira Puacz always smiling; she loves her work! Go Polonia!
Bev Petersen's Fun Stuff for Genealogist's
Fun Stuff sure has a large & very diverse selection of inventory
More Fun Stuff
Mary Jane Robles from the Polish Museum of America.
Eric Basir Bond from Photo Grafix will restore your old photos or offer instructions on how you can do it yourself.
Eric Basir Bond of Photo Grafix explains the How-to's of restoring old photographs.
Computer Assisted Genealogy Group - Northern Illinois
Illinois State Genealogical Society
Illinois State Genealogical Society hallway leading into Media Room
Photographer Ken Nowakowski is photographed
Virginia Witucke answering questions
Ola Heska, translator, helping to interpret vital records.
Jadwiga Cyparska, translator, attentive to attendee's questions regarding records
Jadwiga Cyparska, Translator, helping attendees translate those birth, marriage and death records
Translators Ola Heska and Jadwiga Cyparska
Ola Heska and Jadwiga Cyparska, PGSA volunteer Translators
Ted Hoffman, possibly helping to find someone's ancestral village on the map of today's Poland.
Ted Hoffman, Translator, and the Society's expert on finding villages in Poland
PGSA Volunteer Del Kasuk helps someone looking for answers.
Board members Charlene Bielakowski, Cynthia Piech and Richard Lach.
Registration Desk managed with the help of Betty Iwanski and Joy Mortell.
Dennia Canopin & Ken Nowakowski in the midst of putting it all together
Looking for a possible relation!
Do You Share My Ancestry gallery of attendee photos and surnames being researched. Perhaps they will find a relative here.
Additions to the surname gallery.
Dennis Canopin & Ken Nowakowski made our wall of fame happen
PGSA's Ancestral Networking Wall..take your picture, add your surnames & villages & see if there's a match!
Attendees spent a great deal of time looking for a possible connection!
Follow the trail of the famous from the new land back to the old country
Cynthia Piech detailing the steps she took in answering a request for information on Napoleon Ledochowski.
Amazing how much information one can gather just from a few hours on the computer!
What's important about DNA? See John Rys.
John Rys about to explain what is currently known about DNA and how it may help genealogists in the future. Looks like PGSA President Eileen Carter is going to make a run for it!
19th Century Polish records reveal so much!
Judith Frazin discussing the how-to's of translating Polish documents.
Attendees giving their attention to speaker Judith Frazin.
Judith Frazin explains Polish language vital records.
Conference Chair, Margie LaCerra answering questions at the Registration Desk.
Grace DuMelle's lecture on all the information that can be derived from Probate and Inquest Records.
Learning more about probate records.
Speaker Grace DuMelle answering questions from the audience.
Speaker Grace DuMelle from Newberry Library.
Grace DuMelle of the Newberry Library answers questions on inquest documents.
Get familiar with the Databases & how to work it!
Ginger Frere-Information Diggers: Searching Databases
Ginger Frere presenting techniques and stratagies for getting more from the Internet.
Attendees getting the most from Ginger Frere's lecture.
Full house! Attentive Audience!
Not ALL Poles were Catholic...check it out!
John H. Hallman speaking on Lutheran Church records.
John H. Hallman answers questions from the audience on Polish Lutheran Congregations in Chicago
Start with what's known, set goal & develop a plan
Jeanne Larzalere Bloom prepares to discuss ways of finding information on orphans.
Jeanne Larzalere Bloom & Jonathon Bloom checking system
Speakers Grace DuMelle & Jeanne Larzalere Bloom chat.
Understanding why Poles left their country
Speaker Meghann Pytka speaking on the many reasons why our ancestors left Poland.
PGSA Media Chair, Kathy Glowacz
Media Room vendors.
Oak Lawn Hilton Banquet Hall before the luncheon
Oak Lawn Banquet Hall
Wici dancers arrive for PGSA conference.
Time to eat and enjoy each other's company.
Discussing the day's events.
Perhaps we've found a relative in the crowd!
Red certainly seems to be a popular color at this Polish event!
2010 PGSA Conference Luncheon
2010 PGSA Conference luncheon.
You can tell the current and former Board members, they're wearing red!
Margie LaCerra, Conference Chair, thanking all the numerous volunteers
President, Eileen Carter, introducing PGSA's recipient of the Wigilia Award for 2010.
Introducing this year's Wigilia winner
Wigilia Medal Recipients
The Wigilia award is presented to Paul Lipinski
2010 Wigilia winner Paul Lipinski making his acceptance speech.
Wigilia winner Paul Lipinski and President, Eileen Carter.
Paul Lipinski, winner of the 2010 Wigilia award.
Wigilia winner Paul Lipinski with his brother and sister-in-law.
Cynthia Piech preparing to take the Gwiazda recipient's picture and it turns out to be her!
Cynthia Piech about to receive the 2010 Volunteer of the Year award.
Cynthia Piech making her acceptance speech as Volunteer of the Year.
Cynthia Piech receiving congratulations from President, Eileen Carter.
Cynthia Piech and Eileen Carter pose for photo
Margie LaCerra, Conference Chair, chats with speaker Rosalie Lindberg and attendee Andrew Podraza.
Wici Song and Dance Company in Cieszyn costume
Wici Song and Dance Company in Cieszyn costume.
Wici Song and Dance Company prepare to perform the Krakowiak
Lively dancers - Wici Song and Dance Company
performing the Krakowiak.
Krakowiak by the Wici Song and Dance Company
Wici dancers dressed in the costumes of the Krakow region.
Youthful dancers of the Wici song and dance company.
Polonaise by the Wici Song and Dance Company
Polonaise-dance of the noblemen
Polonaise dance with the finest of costumes
Poised and ready to begin the Polonaise
Girls preparing to dance the Mazur
Dance of the Mazur region of Poland
Wici Song and Dance Company perform the Mazur wearing the clothing of the 17th-century Polish nobility - fur-lined jackets (kontusz) and hats.
Wici Song and Dance Company
Packing things up for next year.
All packed up and ready to leave the Oak Lawn Hilton
Photo of room on 12th floor-Oak Lawn Hilton
Oak Lawn Hilton sleeping room with entertainment & work station
For entertainment or for work-Oak Lawn Hilton has you covered
Lovely bathroom, elegant & immaculate-Oak Lawn Hilton
Oak Lawn from the Hotel's 12th floor