24 November 2009

Boston: Finding family in Polish Records, Dec. 6

Did you know that more American Jews have roots in Poland than in any other country?

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston has great programs. If you live in the area, you have the opportunity to learn from the best all year long. Fay Bussgang will speak on December 6 about finding ancestors in Polish Records.

Fay will describe the records - extant in Poland - for genealogical research, what they look like, and how to access them at the meeting that begins at 1.30pm on Sunday, Dec. 6, at Temple Emanuel in Newton.

Poland kept very good track of its citizens through metrical records (birth, marriage, and death records), population registers and other documents. Although many records were destroyed during the war, a surprising number have survived and can be found in Polish Archives, including records for geographical locations no longer in Poland.

Bussgang has authored more than 20 articles in genealogical journals, as well as the “Russian Poland” section of the Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy. She and her Polish-born husband, Julian, have conducted extensive genealogical research during 12 trips to Poland. The couple has also translated two volumes of war-time accounts of child survivors still living in Poland. She was co-president of the JGSGB during 1998–2000.

Fee: JGSGB members, free; others, $5.

For directions, click here; for more information on the JGSGB, click here.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:36 AM

    Towards the end of the 19th century, Poland had far and away the largest Jewish population in all of Europe, numbering a quarter of the population. Consequently, I don't find it that surprising that most North American Jews have at least some connection to Polish soil.