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Jonathan D. Shea

Jonathan D. Shea a native of New Britain, CT, is a professor of foreign languages at Central Connecticut State University. He is the president, reference archivist and translator of the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast (www.pgsctne.org) and has authored several works dealing with the linguistic aspects of genealogical research as well as Going Home: A Guide to Polish-American Family History Research. Professor Shea is fluent in Polish, Russian and Spanish, and several other languages.  He has over 20 years of experience in the field of genealogical research, researching his own roots in the former provinces of Łomża and Grodno and others.  Professor Shea has on-site archival research experience in archives in the US, Canada, Ireland, Wales, England, Poland, and Lithuania. He is an honors graduate of Georgetown University and holds advanced degrees from the University of Massachusetts and Southern CT State University


Lisa A. Alzo

Lisa A. Alzo earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh.  She is author of nine books, including Finding Your Slovak Ancestors, and the award-winning Three Slovak Women, and hundreds of magazine articles.  Lisa serves on the Board of Directors for the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International and the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  Lisa is an online genealogy instructor for Family Tree University and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, and a frequently invited speaker for national conferences, and genealogy/historical societies.  Her website is www.lisaalzo.com.


Matthew Bielawa

Matthew is the associate registrar at Central Connecticut State University and currently serves as vice president of the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast (www.pgsctne.org).  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Slavic and East European Studies from the University of Connecticut and a Masters of Arts degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures from New York University.  His research specializations are Poland, Ukraine and the historical region of Galicia, about which he has extensively lectured and written several articles for various genealogical journals.  He has also created the webpage “The Genealogy of Halychyna (Western Ukraine) / Eastern Galicia”, at www.halgal.com.  Matthew has visited Poland, Ukraine and Russia several times, including a semester study at Leningrad State University.  He currently resides in Newington and Stratford, Connecticut.

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Feb 25, 2012, 12:01 PM