In this session we will look at the earliest Polish Communities in Great Britain leading up to why and how these communities were developing. We then explore the expansion of such communities in the period leading up to the Second World War, Poles in Russia and Persia and subsequently leading to the Resettlement Act of 1947 and then settlement in Britain and beyond. This presentation is accompanied by a handout detailing genealogical avenues for research.
A family historian for more than 25 years, Julie started her interest into her roots early, encouraged by a series of Great Aunts. Julie's ancestry is primarily from the southeast of England; Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire and her roots are deeply embedded within those three counties. She also has links to Warwickshire and various other parts of the globe – India, Australia and Canada. Julie is half Italian and it was during her pursuit of this part of her ancestry that she formed both a one-name and one-place study. Julie has been a member of the Guild of One Name Studies for over 10 years and is currently secretary and is the former Secretary and founder member of the Society for One-Place Studies. Julie was a founding member of the Anglo Italian FHS and was vice-chair for around 5 years. Having worked within the Pharmacy management profession for over 20 years, a move to Devon was the catalyst to return to study and complete a history degree. Julie is the writer and developer of the successful "Book of Me, Written by You" program, which has been popular as a series of workshops delivered to both professionals and historians, in addition to undertaking research for some clients. Julie is a regular contributor to The In-Depth Genealogist magazine with her column Across the Pond. Julie's book Tracing your European Ancestors is to be published in 2016 by Pen and Sword Books. When Julie is not working or researching her own ancestry she can be found reading, exploring the many National trust properties within the South of England or writing at her blog – Anglers Rest