15 August 2007

Podcasting Polish research

Dear Myrtle has provided, since 1995, practical, down-to-earth information for family historians, and she's now doing podcasts with her Family History Hour. On August 14, her guest was author/editor Cecil Wendt Jensen who focuses on dispelling the myths that Polish records were destroyed during the wars and that the language barrier makes research too difficult.

After a three-decade education career, Jensen switched to professional genealogy in 1998, is a Certified Genealogist, maintains the Michigan Polonia website, and is completing a "how to" Polish genealogy book, titled Sto Lat, highlighting techniques utilized to find her grandparents' ancestral villages in Prussia, Russian Poland and Galicia.

Jensen also presented at the recent 27th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Salt Lake City.

Listen or download the podcast here.

Among links mentioned, such as the Polish Genealogical Society of America, available here are two books by William F. Hoffman: Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings, Second Edition (with some 30,000 names), and his new book, with George W. Helon, First Names of the Polish Commonwealth: Origins and Meanings includes a 300-page list of names including those of Hebrew, Yiddish, Czech, German, Greek, Hungarian, Latin, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian, and a list of Cyrillic forms of common Jewish names).

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