The 2013 summer conference season is just around the corner. Meetings and workshops with sessions on how to find ancestors from Eastern Europe will be held in Granville, New York, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Salt Lake City, Utah, and even Canada (Oshawa, Ontario)! If you’re looking to learn how to begin your research, track elusive ancestors, translate records, or break down genealogy brick walls, then plan to attend (or more) of these special events.
1. May 31-June 2. Ontario Genealogical Society Conference at the joint campus of Durham College and the new University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Hosted by the Durham branch, the theme will be “Pulling Up Stakes – Putting Down Roots.” Sessions pertaining to research in Eastern Europe will include: Introduction to Eastern European Family History, Researching Your Czech and Slovak Roots: Over Here and Over There, and a new session on Searching Ukrainian and Croatian Genealogical Records, as well as other topics including Canadian immigration, technology, cluster genealogy, and exploring your family’s dark side.
2. August 6-10. Federation of East European Family History Societies 20th Annual Eastern European Research Workshop, Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah. According the FEEFHS website:
“This workshop is designed to help genealogists do research on their lines. Participants will have a chance to learn from a variety of experts with years of experience in dealing with the records and the institutions that preserve them. This year’s workshop will focus on German, Russian, Polish, Jewish, Germans from Russia, Baltics, and the Kingdom of Hungary. The presentations will address the language, handwriting, record sources, and resources specific to those areas of research. The presentations address the language, handwriting, record sources, and resources available for those read. During personal consultations each afternoon, speakers will deal with individual questions concerning ancestry in any of the countries between the Alps and the Urals, between the Baltic and the Black seas (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia). The workshop opens on Tuesday, August 6th with a reception and pre-workshop functions, with presentations and consultations Wednesday through Friday, and Saturday, August 10th open for research on your own, or with pre-arranged assistance. The workshop is held in the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square, next door to the Family History Library. It will be possible to spend several hours a day in the library.”
3. August 16-17: Genealogy Workshop at the Slate Valley Museum, 17 Water St Granville, NY 12832. Genealogist Lisa Alzo will present a two day workshop geared toward researching your Slovak roots. Learn the skills necessary to do your own genealogical research. The workshop is a collaborative partnership with the Pember Library.
4. August 21-24. Federation of Genealogical Societies, Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The theme will be “Journey Through Generations.” Sessions useful for East European researchers will include: Hometown Heaven: Discovering European Hometowns in the Immigrant Ancestors Project, Jewish Given Names and Naming Patterns, Online Resources for Eastern European Research, The Development of Eastern European Jewish Surnames, Finding Your Polish Ancestors Using U.S. Resources, Immigrant Cluster Communities: Past, Present and Future,
Conferences and workshops not only provide great instruction on how to research your East European roots on both sides of the ocean, but they also offer plenty of opportunities for networking with fellow researchers. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate researcher, or seasoned professional, you will surely find many tips and new resources to help you in your continued quest to trace your East European roots.