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 events:

2019 Online Lecture Series 

In response to the many Ukrainian genealogy researchers who cannot make it to New Jersey for our live events, we are presenting a series of special-topic lectures online throughout the year. The speakers include nationally-known experts, as well as specialists in particular topics that may be of interest to the Ukrainian genealogy community.

Schedule of presentations:

Saturday, April 13 at 11am Eastern Time

Lisa Alzo — “Overcoming Brick Walls in Eastern Europe”

Saturday, June 29 @ 11am Eastern Time

Ukrainian Genealogy Group - National Capital Region (Ottawa, Ontario) — “Ukrainian-Canadian Genealogy”

Saturday, September 14 @ 11am Eastern Time

Christian Raffensperger — “Ties of Kinship: Genealogy and Dynastic Marriage in Kyivan Rus’”

Tuesday, November 12 @ 7:30 pm Eastern Time

Lara Diamond — “Movement Between Towns in Eastern Europe (aka Ancestral Towns May Not Have Been So Ancestral)”

Click on the links above for information about the speakers and abstracts of the talks, and to register.


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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.

For more information, please contact the coordinators (