Saturday, September 30, 2023

 Livingston County Genealogical Society meeting via zoom on Oct. 5th

The Livingston County Genealogical Society will meet via zoom, October 5, with the program being ‘Hidden in Plain Sight: Polish Immigrants and the Ellis Island Database’ by Patricia Yokum.

Yocum is librarian emerita at the University of Michigan. A native of New York, she earned a B.A. from Binghamton University, and M.A. and A.M.L.S. from the University of Michigan. Her interest in family history dates from her childhood, fostered by stories of her grandparents’ immigration from Poland.

Between 1870 and 1914 well over 2 million Poles came to America settling largely in the northern states where work and land were plentiful. Most Poles came through Ellis Island but finding them in the Ellis Island database can be difficult. Language, history, and record handling are all factors which can thwart our searches.

In this talk we’ll look at how these factors function, how they can cause information to be hidden and, most importantly, how we can work around such snags to find the immigrants we’re researching. This program will also be helpful in your research into other ethnic groups coming through Ellis Island.

A link to this virtual meeting may be found on our Facebook page for the Livingston County Genealogical Society a few days before the October 5th meeting. All are welcome. ., or you may find us on Facebook.

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