Course curriculum

    1. Meet Your Instructor: Lisa A. Alzo

    2. Course Outline

    3. Course Access: May 6 - June 2, 2024

    4. Learn To Use the Course Player

    5. Contact Us

    6. Before we begin ...

    1. Poland's Historical Partitions

    2. Key Events in Polish History

    3. Polish Immigration to North America

    4. Poles in Other Nations & Famous Poles

    5. Lesson 1 Quiz

    6. Discussion

    7. Conclusion and Skill-Builder Activity

    1. Using US Records

    2. Determining Names and Places

    3. Finding and Using Records

    4. Census Records

    5. Immigration

    6. Naturalization Records

    7. Vital Records

    8. Additional Records

    9. Tools for Pinpointing the Ancestral Town or Village

    10. Conclusion and Skill-Builder Activity

    11. Discussion

    1. Learning about Polish Records

    2. Using Family Search

    3. Online Sources for Polish Records

    4. Geneteka Search

    5. Archives and Repositories in Poland

    6. Conclusion and Skill-Builder Activity

    7. Discussion

    1. Languages and Handwriting

    2. Common Record Templates

    3. Language Basics

    4. Latin Records

    5. German Records

    6. Russian Records

    7. Translation Aids

    8. Summary and Skill-Builder Activities

    9. Discussion

    1. Best Polish Genealogy Research Strategies

    2. Troubleshooting Techniques

    3. Conclusion

    4. Discussion

About this course

  • $99.99
  • 46 lessons
  • 1 hour of video content

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  • What You’ll Need

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Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A. is a professional writer, instructor, and internationally-recognized lecturer. She is the author of 11 books, including The Family Tree Polish, Czech and Slovak Genealogy Guide, and hundreds of magazine articles.

Lisa A. Alzo