Sunday, February 6, 2011

Ballard to Speak on German-Polish Research

Matthew Ballard will be the guest speaker for the Orleans County Genealogical Society meeting at 7 p.m. Sunday, February 13th at the Pullman Memorial Universalist Church.

Ballard earned his bachelor of science in history from Brockport State College in May 2010. He is currently a master's in Library and Information Studies candidate at the University of Buffalo. He has been researching the Albion Polish community since he was 12 years old.

His presentation will include useful tips and information for researching German-Polish Catholic immigrants both in the United States and Poland, focusing on families from Orleans County. The diverse and divided history of Poland can prove difficult when tracing one's roots oversees, said OCGS president Holly Canham.

Some local research materials pertaining to the subject will be available for use after the presentation. The event is free and open to the public.

Some available resources:
School Records
Parish Census
Assorted Marriage Records 1920s