02 March 2008

Pennsylvania: 2008 FEEFHS conference

In 2007, The Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS) conference was held in Salt Lake City, immediately prior to the IAJGS conference; several speakers appeared at both events.

Its 2008 event will be held Friday and Saturday, August 1-2 in Pittsburgh, with an optional tour on Sunday. Co-sponsors include: The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, The Jewish Genealogical Society of Pittsburgh, The Western Pennsylvania Slovak Cultural Association, and the Mifflin Township Historical Society.

In 1992, FEEFHS was organized as an umbrella organization promoting family research in eastern and central Europe without any ethnic, religious or social distinctions. It provides a forum for individuals and organizations focused on a single country or group of people to exchange information and updates on developments in the field.

Primarily serving North Americans interested in tracing their families back to Europe, members from all countries are welcomed.

The opening day key note speaker will be Dr. Stephen P. Morse, creator of the " One-Step Web Pages."

The preliminary program covers geographical research such as Slovakia, Ukraine, Poland, gazetters, Russian Empire, Czech, Austria Hungary, Galicia, Bukovina, Austrian Army, Bulgarians, Macedonians, Croatia, Baltics, Balkan, Romanian, Lithuania; Greek Catholic and Roman Catholic records; languages and translation of Latin, Polish and Russian; other programs include writing family history, role of historical societies, publishing a society journal, resources, beginning genealogy, maps, newspapers, researching women, Ellis Island, land records, Jewish research, Jewish calendar, DNA basics, websites, German emigration, preserving photographs.

For speakers, program schedule and registration details, click here.

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