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:

"Finding Your Roots in the 21st Century" Spring 2018 ONLINE Workshop

March 17th, 2018
In the comfort of your own home

Due to popular demand from many individuals who are not able to travel to New Jersey for our conferences, we will be presenting the spring 2018 workshop as a virtual online event, where you will be able to listen to live webinars by the presenters, as well as ask questions and interact with other attendees through a "chat" link in real time. Presentations will include basic material on how to start your genealogy research, a historical overview of Ukraine and its vicinity, an introduction to DNA testing and genetic genealogy, and methods for researching Greek Catholic records in Poland.

Registration is now open!

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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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