Wednesday, April 6, 2011

SDGS Program on Saturday, 9 April features Paul Lipinski

The next San Diego Genealogical Society program meeting is this Saturday, 9 April at 10 a.m. (note the new time for 2011 meetings) at the St. Andrews Lutheran Church (8350 Lake Murray Blvd, in San Diego just south of Jackson Drive).

The program speaker is Paul R. Lipinski on two topics:

1)  "Gazetteers" -- this presentation focuses on gazetteers and helps genealogists understand how they can be used as a research tool to identify locations with examples covering Poland, Germany, parts of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania.

2)  "History of Eastern Europe with Maps" -- presented is a view of the history of Poland (includes Austria, Germany, Russia, etc.) from earliest times using maps to illustrate the changes in borders.  The impact of key events in history on the origination and availability of records is covered, concentrating on the period after the 14th century showing how historic events and the period of the of the partitions have had affect on the record keeping and what researchers can expect when they find records.

Paul R. Lipinski, BS, a researcher for over thirty years, has traced most of his ancestral lines to the 1700s.  He is a member of the Polish Genealogical Society of California (PGS-CA), serving as President and Vice-President.  Currently, he is Editor of the quarterly publication, the Bulletin.  He has written articles for several publications, has organized and chaired conferences and is consultant at the Los Angeles Regional Family History Center where he teaches and assists with research.

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