Family History Group

The Nashi Predky-Our Ancestors Family History Group brings together aspiring genealogists with a wide range of worldwide experts on the various ethnic groups in current day Ukraine and southeast Poland.

Our next event:

Your Ancestry: Past, Present and Future

November 3rd-4th, 2018

Ukrainian Cultural Center
135 Davidson Avenue. Somerset, NJ 08873

Featuring internationally known experts in Eastern European genealogy over two days, including a full day dedicated to DNA, a workshop on Cyrillic, opportunity for networking, and the choice of nine lectures.


  • Beyond X and Y: The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing
  • Carpathian Ruthenia (Transcarpathia) Genealogy Research
  • Creating a Lasting Family Storyline - The Role of the Self-Publishing Genealogy Editor
  • DNA and the Golden Rule: The Law and Ethics of Genetic Genealogy
  • Galicia and Bukovina Genealogy Research
  • George and Anna Boyko — A Search for their Ukrainian Home
  • Hands-on Approach to Learning the Cyrillic Alphabets
  • A Matter of Standards: DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard
  • Recent Developments in Ukrainian Family Research
  • Success: Using Social Media and DNA Together

Registration is open!

Register before September 30th for a significant discount 

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Why a Family History Group?

Ruthenian immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia and Ukrainians from the Russian Empire first began arriving in the U.S. in large numbers at the end of the 19th century. Since then there has never been one place here to learn about how to track down information on individual families with their ancestral roots in Ukraine and southeast Poland. The Ukrainian Historical and Educational Center of New Jersey is changing this through the launch of its Family History Group in 2014.

The goal is to help Ukrainians, Jews with Ukrainian roots, Lemkos, Boykos, Rusyns and others in the U.S. learn about their own family histories, collect stories and documents about their immigrant ancestors, get advice on preserving family records, and offer workshops on how to trace lineage in both Ukrainian and Polish archives. Despite the ravages of war and ethnic conflict, a wealth of original documents going back to the 1700s still exist that can provide family documentation for those with ancestry in Ukraine, southeastern Poland, and eastern Slovakia.

About the Family History Group

Family History Group programming is coordinated by Mike Buryk, Michelle Tucker Chubenko, and Justin Houser, with the help of the Center’s archivist Michael Andrec and museum director Natalia Honcharenko. Mike Buryk is a writer and speaker whose research focuses on Lemko and Ukrainian genealogy and the history of Ukrainians in the United States. New Jersey-based FAMILY HISTORIAN TV featured Mike in a half-hour program that focused on Ukrainian genealogy in 2012. Michelle Chubenko is a professional genealogist who researches families in the Mid-Atlantic states, Oklahoma/Indian Territory, and those with Ukrainian ancestry in Poland. She is active in a number of professional genealogical organizations, and did research and had an on-air appearance in the Brooke Shields’ episode for NBC’s show “Who Do You Think You Are?”. Justin has done extensive research on his own Ukrainian family members from southeastern Poland, as well as relatives deported to Ukraine after World War II.

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