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:

"Rediscovering Your Family Stories" Spring 2017 Workshop in Western Pennsylvania!

May 6th, 2017
Ukrainian American Citizens' Club
302 Mansfield Boulevard
Carnegie, PA 15106

With speakers Justin Houser, Michael Buryk, Rich Venezia, and Michelle Chubenko, and talks on

  • The Basics of Ukrainian Genealogy
  • Finding and Using Ukrainian Church Records
  • The Aliens Are Coming: USCIS Record Sets
  • History of Lemkos, Boykos, and Hutsuls
  • Using Gazetteers, Directories & Schematisms for Eastern European Research

Read more...

Early Bird registration is now open!


Subscribe to the Nashi Predky News monthly electronic magazine!


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 (genealogy@UkrHEC.org).


Sign up for email updates about these and other Center activities!