Announcing the Polish Genealogy Conference 2019

Polish Genealogy Conference 2019

The Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, Inc. and The S. A. Blejwas Endowed Chair of the Polish and Polish American Studies, Central Connecticut State University cordially invite you to attend the 2019 GENEALOGY CONFERENCE to learn the strategies for tracing your Polish-American and Eastern European roots.

It will be held on Friday, October 18, 2019 and Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Institute of Technology, Business and Development, downtown campus of Central Connecticut State University, 185 Main Street, New Britain, CT.

The conference provides an opportunity to learn strategies for tracing your Polish-American and Eastern European roots.  The speakers are well known in Polish genealogy circles and their discussions will enable attendees to fill in the missing pieces of their family history.  Speakers have extensive experience in their respective fields and have been featured at numerous regional, national and international conferences.

Featured speakers will be Blaine Bettinger, Matthew Bielawa (Vice-President, PGSCTNE),
Dr. Mieczyslaw B. Biskupski, (Endowed Chair, Polish and Polish-American Studies, CCSU),
Daniel Bućko (Warsaw, Poland), Thomas Sadauskas (Virginia), Jonathan Shea, A.G., (President, PGSCTNE) and Maureen Taylor (Photo Detective, Rhode Island ).

Daniel  Bućko will speak on "Inaccuracies, Errors and Conflicts of Information in Polish Vital Records and How to Resolve These Problems” and “The Genealogical Value of Royal and Government Estate Inventories.”

A two-part seminar will be presented on "Introduction to Polish and Eastern European Family History."

Many lectures scheduled include:
1.  “ Introduction to DNA”
2.  “Phasing and Mapping Your DNA”
3.  “Photo Detecting 101”
4.  “Advanced Photo Detecting: Cracking the Cold Case”
5. “Who Created Modern Poland?”
6.  “A History of Ellis Island – Separating the Myth from Reality and What
       Really Happened There”
7.  “How Your Ancestors Came to America and Finding Their Records
       (1890 to 1950)

Another feature of the conference will enable participants to share their surnames and villages. This document will be distributed to all participants at the conference who will be able to view the information.  Hopefully, they will find a new connection to their roots.

For more information, please see our website at which includes our conference schedule, speakers' biographies, and lecture summaries.   Information and forms about our one-on-one consultation appointments with the speakers (a limited number are available), registration and lecture selections are also available.

Throughout the day, a collection of books, maps and other materials will be available to all attendees for consultation.  Officers of the Society will be present to answer questions.

We also have many exhibitors who will display their items.

For more information, please email Diane Szepanski at 

Genealogy Guys and Vivid-Pix Announce Genealogy’s Unsung Heroes Awards – Nominations Being Accepted for 3Q2019

Genealogy Guys and Vivid-Pix Announce Genealogy’s Unsung Heroes Awards – Nominations Being Accepted for 3Q2019

The Genealogy Guys, George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, co-hosts and producers of the oldest continually produced genealogy podcast, and Rick Voight and Randy Fredlund Voight, CEO the principals of Vivid-Pix, makers of RESTORE photo and document restoration software, today announce that the continuation of their activities to acknowledge and celebrate those members of the genealogy community who digitize, index, or transcribe photos and documents of value to genealogical researchers.  The Unsung Heroes Awards is a quarterly awards program designed to recognize its recipients in five categories: individuals, genealogical/historical societies, libraries/archives, young people, and a new posthumous certificate award.

Completed nomination forms are now being accepted for the 2019 Third Quarter awards. Nominations eligible for the third quarter of 2019’s awards must be received no later than midnight US Eastern Standard Time on August 1, 2019. Winners will be announced during the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2019 Conference in Washington, DC, by Rick Voight of Vivid-Pix.

Due dates for later quarters will be announced on The Genealogy Guys Podcast, The Genealogy Guys Blog, and the Unsung Heroes Blog at the Vivid-Pix website. All nominations received that do not win for this quarter will be reviewed for future quarters recognition.

Nomination forms (see below for link to the forms) should be completed and emailed to  Winners will receive: a custom-made commemorative mug with their choice of two of the winner’s images; an announcement of the winners on an episode of The Genealogy Guys Podcast; and a profile of the winner published on The Genealogy Guys Blog and the Unsung Heroes Blog at the Vivid-Pix website ( A certificate will be awarded in the name of the posthumous winner.

Full details and links to the nomination forms can be found at the website for Aha! Seminars, Inc., producer of The Genealogy Guys Podcast, at

Media Contacts:
George G. Morgan
Aha! Seminars, Inc.
(813) 220-6274
Rick Voight
(404) 664-9897

About the Partners
The Genealogy Guys Podcast is a production of Aha! Seminars, Inc., a Tampa Bay-based company that has been providing training to genealogists and library personnel since 1996. Its principals are George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, noted speakers, authors, and world’s longest genealogy podcasters. The company also produces the Genealogy Connection podcast and The Genealogy Guys Blog.

Vivid-Pix designs, creates and delivers Fast, Easy and Affordable Imaging Software. Since launching in 2012, Vivid-Pix has advanced its products to earn the support and respect of business leaders and photographers in over 100 countries. Co-Founder Randy Fredlund has more than 150 digital-imaging patents and has extensive experience in Research, Development and Commercialization, enabling him to translate theory into practice. Co-Founder Rick Voight has created billion-dollar businesses through Product Development, Sales and Marketing for Eastman Kodak and Hewlett-Packard. The Vivid-Pix Team is a far-flung group of excellent, enthusiastic people who deliver software that “Give your pics (and documents) the Vivid-Pix Fix!