FEEFHS announces an Eastern European Family History Conference

The following announcement was written by the Foundation for East European Family History Studies:

feefhs_logoPerhaps the best-kept secret in Salt Lake City is a small, personalized conference on how to do research on Eastern European ancestors. Hosted annually by the Foundation for East European Family History Studies (FEEFHS), the conference is a bit more like a workshop – with intentionally small class sizes to allow sufficient attention to individual questions and needs. The 2016 conference will be held 8 -12 August 2016 at the Plaza Hotel in Salt Lake City.

This year’s program is country-research-rich, with a full 3-day track on German research, and extended Polish, Russian, and Austro-Hungarian research tracks. Class instruction levels include getting started research in a specific east European country (assuming a foundational knowledge of genealogical research), as well as more in-depth topics and unique record sources for advanced researchers. Optional consultations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The 2016 program opens with a welcome reception on Tuesday evening and ends with a banquet on Friday evening, with research time available on other evenings and Saturday at the nearby Family History Library. Two pre-conference workshops will be offered: “Finding the Village of Origin,” which helps participants determine the name of the village their ancestor was born in/came from; and “Learning Cyrillic,” which prepares participants to read records written in Cyrillic Script.

Full information may be found at feefhsworkshop.org, with organizational information at FEEFHS.org.

2016 Flyer

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My daughter and I attended a 3-day FEEFHS conference several years ago when it was held in Pittsburgh, PA. We are researching Lithuanian and Polish lines and we learned a lot and have now been able to extend two of our Lithuanian lines back several generations in Lithuania. Our Polish line has proven more difficult due to a common surname. Although there were no classes that were specifically geared toward Lithuanian research, the presenters at that conference had some expertise in that research and there was excellent classes on Russian Empire research, records, and language familiarity. I also took advantage of the private consultation. If you have Lithuanian lines, I can recommend the help of the Balzekas Lithuanian Museum located in Chicago. They have proven invaluable. For Polish research, the Polish Genealogy Society is most excellent. Anyway, you will not be disappointed in attending the FEEFHS conference as we found it very well organized and informative.

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Went to this conference 2 years ago and it was great. Small class sizes, hands on help at the FHL. Very knowledgeable speakers and the conference staff was always there to help.

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