Saturday, February 18, 2006

Speaker Spotlight: Paul S. Valasek, D.D.S.

Chicago native Paul Valasek has been interested in his roots as far back as he can remember. As a child he played with his grandfather’s WWI Polish military medals from his service in Haller’s Army. As an adult, Paul learned that there was not a complete listing of members of Haller’s Army, and decided to compile one. It is befitting that same curious boy is now the man who found a way to honor all those who served with his grandfather.
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Founder of the Czech and Slovak American Genealogical Society of Illinois (CSAGSI), Paul has been researching his family over 30 years, and also researches his wife’s family. He has traced his roots back to the early 1600's in both Poland and the Czech Republic, and been to Europe 13 times for research.

Paul has lectured throughout the U.S. and Canada. The three-time graduate of Loyola is not only a popular genealogist and speaker, but a D.D.S. as well. Past President of the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA), Paul is well-qualified to lecture on Polish research.

Paul will present Polish-American Research: Using Resources in the U.S. His knowledge of resources both in the U.S. and Poland will definitely help anyone working on Polish research.

A busy and giving member of the genealogical community, Paul willingly shares his knowledge. He is the co-founder of Polish research website, and has served on the board of the Polish Museum of America. His ongoing work to create a database and publish a history of the Polish Army in France 1917-1920 [aka Haller's Army, aka the Blue Army], will help many genealogists and historians for years to come.


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