Vendor "Fun Stuff for Genealogists" arriving for the Conference
Getting ready in the Media Room
Hotel still setting up the tables
Much to do before Registration
Getting closer to start time.
PGSA Membership Chair Karen Stanuch
Attendees anxious to enter
Kathy Glowacz setting up PGSA booth in the Vendor Room
Gary Glowacz helping in the PGSA booth
Line-up for registration
Registration line extends into hotel lobby
Hilton Garden Inn lobby
Registrants patiently waiting for their Syllabus
Inside the main room; combined lecture hall and later luncheon room.
Registration has begun
Polish Museum of America booth in the Media Room
Mary Jane Robles taking care of the PMA booth
Eric Basir, Photo Graphix, ready to restore those old photos or advise you on how to do it.
Kathy Glowacz, PGSA Media Chair taking care of our booth in the Media Room
John Palmer of Michiana History Publications and their offering of books and maps for the genealogist
Eric Basir, owner of Photo Graphix. Master at restoring your old photos, but also willing to advise you on doing it yourself.
"Fun Stuff for Genealogists" in the Media Room
Seated for first session.
Conference about to start.
Jonathan Shea discussing some of the basics needed to getting started.
Back in the Media Room
New author, Brigid Pasulka, discussing her historical novel, set in Poland entitled "A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True".
Translator Ola Heska helping attendee interpret one of his documents.
Speaker Jonathan Shea sitting with Victoria Granacki author of Chicago's Polish Downtown.
How to begin your research!
Indispensable aids to finding your ancestor's villages.
Specific problems for Polish researchers because of Poland's non-existence for over 100 years.
Matthew Bielawa providing personal assistance to an attendee
Popular Session with Matthew Bielawa and Jonathan Shea.
Matthew Bielawa and Jonathan Shea received rave reviews for their presentations.
The vendors were very busy. What book to buy that would help me the most with my Genealogy?
Conference helpers: Betty Iwanski (Registration), Eileen Carter (President), and Karen Stanuch (Membership Chair)
Board member James Piechorowski (Website), his wife Sharon and Board member Richard Lach
lst course, fruit salad and last course lemon cake.
Tables set up for our delicious lunch.
Anxioiusly waiting to get started after lunch...
Asiago Chicken, a house specialty; garlic mashed pototoes, green beans almondine with red peper garnish. Delicious!
Picture perfect, but not for long
Fresh fruit salad before chicken; Lemon chiffon cake after.Yum!
"Do You Share My Ancestry." A chance to find out if other attendees are researching similar names as you.
Ken Nowakowski taking pictures for the Surnames Display
Surnames Corner. If you find another attendee who shares a name you are researching, perhaps you're related.
Checking for any names in common...
A continuation of the corner
Good food, good conversation!
Sharing information, the best part of all!
President, Eileen Carter with a few introductions.
Conference Chair, Margie LaCerra, who outdid herself this year with the first time ever, Bus Tour.
Polonia Ensemble preparing to entertain
Dancers of the world renowned Polonia Ensemble
Where do they get all that energy!
Such a pretty face
What a lovely couple
A cultural dance native to certain areas
They're enjoying it too!
Audience vrey interested.
Like a whirlwind!
Beautiful moves and great music
All on cue
Covering the entire dance floor
Everyone loved the entertainment.
Soloist in Polish language
Now a chance for the younger dancers to display their skill
The younger set-they seem to have mastered the steps!
On their way to meet the next level of competance
Some of them even having fun!
Paused for some lyrics
Some flair even at this tender age.
Dancing together in time
I guess we're right on cue?
Change of costume, different dance.
Showers bring the flowers
Catch the detail of the costumes
Just picked up the pace
Typical moves for this cultural dance
We probably needed a larger dance floor...
Another nice pose
Polonia Ensemble provided us with some cultural entertainment
Really gettin' into it
They sure can leap high!
See you soon...
Wigilia Award recipients since 1993
A surprise presentation of the 2011Gwiazda Award
President Eileen Carter presenting the Wigilia Medal to John L. Rys, an outstanding contributor to Polish Genealogy.
A sincere thank-you for the honor.
President Eileen Carter and Wigilia Recipient, John L. Rys
Eileen Carter with John L. Rys and his lovely wife, Judy
Eileen Carter with the 2011 Wigilia Award Recipient John L. Rys and his wife Judy
Recipients of the Gwiazda, Richard and Teresa Lach
Richard is speechless!..and Teresa is delighted.
A shared honor
Matthew explaining where to obtain detailed information about the villages in Georgraphical Disctionaries.
Very attentive attendees
Speaker Matthew Bielawa and Conference Chair, Margie LaCerra
The bribe for attendees to turn in their Conference surveys.
Exciting News! Joint UPGS/PGSA Conference in 2012
Join us in April, 2012 in Salt Lake City. Watch our website in days to come for details.