Thursday, July 13, 2006

Got Eastern European Roots?

If you're of Eastern European heritage you might want to think about attending the upcoming EEGS/FEEFHS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE in Winnipeg, Canada- August 4th to 6th 2006.

The theme for the conference will be:

DISCOVERING OUR ROOTS FROM EAST EUROPE TO THE NEW WORLD

The East European Genealogical Society (EEGS) info@eegsociety.org and the Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS) will hold a conference to explore East European ancestry on August 4 to 6, 2006 at the Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

The conference will feature presentations by renowned specialists from the U.S.A. and Canada focusing on areas in present day Poland and Ukraine as well as the Russian, Austro-Hungarian, and German Empires. Presentations will cover research procedures, records, sources, language, and scripts and many other topics. There will also be a generic track for beginners to genealogy with general research topics including computer and others.

Winnipeg is the gateway to the west for East European settlement in Canada. It has many Ukrainian, Mennonite, Jewish, Polish, and other ethnic museums and research centres as well as institutions of genealogical importance such as the provincial archives, provincial genealogical society, two universities with Slavic and German studies and others. Winnipeg hosts the Folklorama Festival, a two week event that begins on the last day of the conference and features over 40 pavilions with ethnic food, entertainment, and cultural displays for many areas of east and central Europe. Pavilions include Warsaw-Poland, Krakow-Poland, Ukraine-Lviv, Ukraine-Kyiv, Russian, Czech and Slovak, German, Hungarian, and others. (see: www.folklorama.ca for more info).

I admit I am just a bit biased in favor of this conference since I will be a speaker, and also since I serve as 2nd Vice-President for FEEFHS. Nevertheless, if your ancestors hailed from any of the countries being featured in lectures at the conference, your time and money will be well-spent! Also, I would love to meet you, so if you are there, be sure to introduce yourself!

For more details about registration, hotel information, etc. , see: http://www.eegsociety.org/Conference2006.aspx

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