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The speakers will present practical steps to enable you to successfully trace your family from the U.S. to the location of the family's origin in Europe, essentially the immigration process in reverse. Session one will cover sources for family history information on this side of the ocean including church and civil records, census returns, records of ethnic organizations, ship passenger lists and anything and everything you can find locally to unearth information on your ancestors and discover places of origin in the Old World.
The second session will address historical geography and
explain the oft-changing borders in Eastern Europe as well as present various
print and electronic sources to pinpoint the locations of villages, provinces
and counties on a map.
Session three will examine the format and location of the wide array of records awaiting researchers in Eastern Europe in the archives of Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Ukraine and Slovakia and provide instructions as to their translation into English. Online sources for doing family history will also be examined.