SKOKIE, IL–(Marketwire – July 27, 2009) – The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI) is pleased to announce the publication of the third edition of “A Translation Guide to 19th-Century Polish-Language Civil-Registration Documents (including Birth, Marriage and Death Records).” This resource helps anyone with roots in Poland locate ancestral towns on a modern map, determine if old vital records exist, and learn how to acquire, decipher and translate the records.
The 472 page book includes a step-by-step guide on how to divide each document into a series of “mini-documents”; seven sample documents with important words and the information which follows these words highlighted; tips on how to locate one’s ancestral town and records from that town; and fifteen topical vocabulary lists, such as Age, Family and Occupations, which include words that occur in 19th-century documents.
The book will be making its debut at this summer’s International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) Conference in Philadelphia. The author will be presenting a workshop at the conference on Sunday, August 2 at 10:00 a.m., and a book signing is scheduled for 1:30 that same afternoon.
About Judith R. Frazin. Judith R. Frazin is the author of three editions of “A Translation Guide to 19th-Century Polish-Language Civil-Registration Documents.” The Polish Genealogical Society of America recognized her contribution to the field of genealogy by selecting her to receive its Wiglia award in 2000. A genealogist for 39 years, she was program chairperson for the 1984 national seminar on Jewish genealogy, served as president of JGSI for ten years, and served as a member-at-large on the Board of the International Association of Jewish Genealogists for three years. Ms. Frazin is an experienced author, lecturer and researcher.
About JGSI. JGSI is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors, and serves as a resource for the worldwide community to research their Chicago-area Jewish roots. The society provides speakers on a wide range of topics, access to research materials, publishes a newsletter, and maintains an online, searchable death index.