Friday, May 10, 2013

Review: Genealogy at a Glance: Polish Genealogy Research

The Genealogical Publishing Company in Baltimore has published another in its series of "Genealogy at a Glance" laminated research guides - this time for Polish Genealogy Research by Rosemary A. Dembinski Chorzempa. 

This "Genealogy at a Glance" booklet has four laminated pages on one 11" x 17" paper (folded). It is designed to give the user the basic elements of genealogy research in the allotted space. They provide an overview of the facts a researcher needs to know in order to begin and proceed successfully with research in the subject.

The description of the 
Polish Genealogy Research includes:

"Poland is far away and the language is difficult to read, but this Polish research guide will help you overcome these obstacles as quickly and easily as possible. In just four pages, Rosemary Chorzempa, author of the famous textbook Polish Roots, lays out the basic elements of Polish genealogical research, boiling the subject down to its essence and allowing you to grasp the fundamentals of Polish research at a glance. In keeping with the "Genealogy at a Glance" theme, the four specially laminated pages of this work are designed to give you as much useful information in the space allotted as you’ll ever need."

The booklet has these subjects:

*  Contents
*  Quick Facts and Important Dates
*  Polish Names
*  Polish History and Emigration
*  Finding the Hometown
*  Online Databases From Poland
*  Other Resources
*  Areas in Polish Lands

This booklet is designed primarily for the person who is not an expert, or has little experience, on finding Polish ancestors.  It provides guidance and excellent ideas to help researchers to find their Polish ancestors. Reference books, online databases and websites for some of the topics are cited in the text.

For someone like me that teaches and talks about genealogy a bit, it is invaluable because I can pull it out and provide some guidance to my student or colleague interested in the subject.

The beauty of these "Genealogy at a Glance" booklets is that they are very light and portable in a briefcase or laptop case. They are fixtures in my research case.

This four-page laminated booklet costs $8.95,  plus postage and handling (4th Class Mail $4.50; FedEx Ground Service in the USA, $6.00). You can order it through the Genealogical Store, or use the link for the 
Polish Genealogy Research booklet and click on the "Add to Cart" link.  I recommend buying these at seminars and conferences where they are offered in order to avoid the shipping costs.
*  Book Review:  Genealogy at a Glance - Family History Library Research

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Copyright (c) Randall J. Seaver, 2013.

Disclosure: contacted me recently and asked me to provide a review of this booklet. They mailed me a review copy for my personal use as remuneration for this review. 

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