Family History Month starts on Thursday, October 1st, with “An Evening of Storytelling!” Telling the stories of our lives is not only a great way to engage people in learning about their families and ancestors, it is a terrific way to share the family’s story. Join us at 6:30 p.m., in Meeting Room A for stories and music to inspire and entertain you!

Our Polish Heritage weekend begins Friday, October 2nd with our own Sara Allen presenting “Crossing the Pond with Your Polish Ancestors,” at 10 a.m., in Meeting Room A. She will tell us how to track Polish immigrants from the new world back to their ancestral village. Some information is applicable to Eastern European research in general, so make time for this great program!

Saturday, October 3rd will offer two exciting opportunities for Polish heritage researchers. “Polish Mission and Polonica Americana Research Institute (PARI),” presented by Ceil Jensen, will provide a survey of the Polish Mission’s collections and their new website Michigan Polish Heritage,  where families can come together to research their roots, discover the villages and records of their ancestors, and document their family history. This event starts at 10 a.m., in Meeting Room A.

At 2 p.m., also in Meeting Room A, Ceil Jensen will present “Advanced Polish Research.” In this class, Ceil will cover finding an ancestor’s parish and civil registration records in Poland, will dispel the myths that records were destroyed during the world wars, and that language barriers make Polish research difficult. She will also give examples and suggestions on how to use advanced records, databases, and archives.

Finally, on Sunday, October 4th, in Meeting Room A, Ceil Jensen will detail the case study of Eugenia Okruta in “Displaced Persons,” and will explore the archives, associations, and organizations that have record sets of interest to anyone researching displaced persons in World War II.

For more information on these and other Family History Month activities, see the brochure. To register for these free events, call 260-421-1225, or send us an email.