The Armenian Genealogy Conference will be held April 9-10 in Watertown, Mass. The conference grew out of the Armenian Genealogy Group ((Հայկական Ծագումաբանութիւն Haygagan Dzakumnapanutyun) on Facebook. The conference will feature several speakers on various topics regarding Armenian genealogy, history, geography, and presentations on different organizations and initiatives.
The conference is co-sponsored by the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), Project Save Armenian Photograph Archives, Inc., Houshamadyan, the Armenian Museum of America (AMA), and Hamazkayin Boston. During the weekend, participants, both beginners and advanced, will learn how to carry out genealogical research specific to Armenians, and will take part in workshops, during which experienced volunteers will help answer questions, teach how to get started, and how to go beyond existing research).
Presentations scheduled include:
- Armenian Immigration Project Website by Mark Arslan
- Research Tools and Primary Sources for Tracing your Armenian Family Tree by Tracy L . Keeney
- Armenian History/Geography Overview & The Houshamadyan Project by Dr. Vahe Tachjian
- Lost & Found: A DNA/Genealogy Success Story by Stephen Kurkjian and Janet Andreopulos
- Breakout sessions consisting of:
- On-site DNA testing for those interested (cost TBD)
- Hands on guided online research (attendees will be able to sit down and consult with one of several genealogists, do online research, find records, etc)
- Research in the library (large collection of books about the various villages, colleges, etc)
The conference will take place at the Armenian Museum of America, 65 Main St, Watertown, Massachusetts. Details may be found at https://www.armeniangenealogyconference.com.