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Date(s) - 01/11/2024
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Summary: In recent years, interest in genealogy has grown significantly in Poland. Almost half of the users of state archives are genealogists. The majority of contemporary Polish citizens come from peasant families. Therefore, the development of genealogical interests is linked to the history of the peasantry. Archives and genealogists are making more and more archival material available on the Internet, which greatly accelerates genealogical research. The aim of Prof. Wyżga’s presentation is to characterize the history of the Polish peasantry. He will also present the available sources for genealogical research, as well as discuss ways in which they can be used effectively.

Presenter bio: Mateusz Wyżga is Associate Professor in the Institute of History and Archival Studies at the Pedagogical University of Kraków, Poland. His research focuses on the genealogy, historical demography, local history, and socio-economic history of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, rural history, and history of mobility, and migration. He was a member of Association of Polish Archivists and vice president of Kraków Agency. He is a member of the Commission on the History of Demographic and Social Structures of Polish Academy of Sciences; and the Polish Historical Society. He is a member of the Women on the Move (WEMov) – an international network funded by COST (CA19112). He was vice-director of the Institute of History and Archival Studies.


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