During the first seminar of the year at the Research Centre for Armenian culture in Poland (RCACP) Hanna Kopczyńska-Kłos of the Foundation for the Culture and Heritage of Polish Armenians in Warsaw shared her reflections on genealogical searches connected with the history of Polish Armenians. The Foundation for the Culture and Heritage of Polish Armenians has been carrying out research projects in this area for many years as part of its work. In setting out the aims and assumptions of these projects she paid particular attention to the plan to produce a very extensive genealogical tree showing the connections between Armenian families who came to Poland in the eighteenth century and nineteenth century during the wave of migration from the Dunabian Principalities. She then proceeded to discuss tools and methods for genealogical searches, including web-based genealogy software (e.g. Familysearch and similar), Internet data bases, the search facility offered by the National Digital Archive’s ZoSIA system, records held by foreign and Polish archives – especially collections of vital records, extracts from them, and correspondence about them – cemetery data, and ennoblements. Finally, she drew attention to the option to acquire iconographic data and ways of doing so.

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