If you are new to Eastern European genealogy, or perhaps just stuck at an impasse with your research, there are plenty of summer conferences and workshops to help get you on the right track to your ancestors. Here are a few to consider:
The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree - June 6-8, 2014, Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, California. Jamboree is one of the most popular genealogical events in the United States. Following on the heels of last year's successful event, SCGS will again have Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014. The conference will again be produced by the Southern California Genealogical Society and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG). "DNA Day" will be held Thursday, June 5th. For online registration for both Jamboree and Family History and DNA, please visit http://genealogyjamboree.com. Sessions of interest to New York (and other) other Eastern European Genealogists will include: "Erie Canal Genealogy: The Peopling of Upstate New York and the Midwest," "Elusive Immigrant!" and 10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Eastern European Research," as well as many others.
34th International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy, July 27-August 1, 2014, Hilton Salt Lake City Center, 255 W Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference will run from Sunday morning July 27, 2014, through noon on Friday August 1, 2014. As the conference will open one day shy of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I (in Europe), the conference will have presentations, displays, and other activities commemorating the War's impacts on our ancestors. Other focus areas will include Technology in the Pursuit of Genealogy: Jewish Migrations over the Ages; Ethical Challenges and Jews (and crypto-Jews) of the Western United States. Other presentations and workshops covering various geographic areas, research techniques, and areas of common interest to those researching their Jewish roots as well as those interested in Eastern Europe and World War I. To register, or get more information, visit http://conference.iajgs.org/2014.
Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies, 2014 Eastern European2014 Eastern European Family History Conference, August 11-15, 2014 Plaza Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah. This year’s program will provide two and one-half days of presentations, preceded by optional workshops, and followed by time to research in the nearby Family History Library. Presentations: Wednesday through Friday, August 12-15, Pre-conference workshops: Monday and Tuesday, August 10-11. Luncheon Keynote: The CSI Connection, Gerald Schmidt. Tracks and Classes:Austrian Empire, Russian, Polish, German, Croatian, Russo-German, Jewish, and Czech Research; East European Record Sources, Research Essentials, Beyond the Basics, and On-Site Research/Travel. Pre-Conference Workshops: Learning Cyrillic; Finding the Village of Origin; Ask the Experts. For registration information, visit http://feefhsworkshop.org.
Federation of Genealogical Societies, 2014 Conference, Gone to Texas! August 27-30, 2014, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas. Four days of genealogical learning, networking, and discovery, deep in the heart of Texas. From basic and introductory instruction, to methodology and problem-solving techniques, ethnic research, migration and immigration, technology, and southern and western regional topics, the choice is yours to focus on your specific interests. Eastern European topics will include: Polish Archives: Behind the Scenes,The History of Silesians in Texas, Before Crossing the Ocean, 10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Eastern European Research, and more. For complete details, visit the conference website at: http://www.fgsconference.org.
Why not check out one or more of these great events and make this the summer you finally track down those elusive Eastern European ancestors!