Jonathan D. Shea is a native of New Britain, Connecticut, and an instructor of foreign languages in the Connecticut State University system, with 15 years of experience teaching languages on the university level. He graduated with honors from Georgetown University in Washington, D. C., and has earned degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Southern Connecticut State University. The founding President of the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, he now serves as Reference Archivist and translator for that Society, and as the long-time editor of its journal, Pathways & Passages. He 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 family (with roots in the former provinces of Lomza and Grodno, Poland-Belarus, and Counties Offaly and Mayo, Ireland) and others. The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has recognized him as an Accredited Genealogist in the field of Polish research; he has on-site personal research experience in U.S., Polish, and Lithuanian archives, and is involved in cemetery projects and transcription of geographical data from Polish-American parish registers. He has extensive experience speaking nationwide, and has authored numerous works, including Address List of Roman Catholic Churches in Lithuania, and, with William F. Hoffman, Following the Paper Trail: A Multilingual Translation Guide .
As the photo at right shows, however, he does not exactly fit the stereotype of the absent-minded professor.
He does, however, offer numerous research services, the details of which can be seen by clicking here.
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