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:
2020 Spring Conference
Due to the rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the region and the recent ban on gatherings of more than 50 people anywhere in the state of New Jersey, the in-person Nashi Predky conference has been cancelled.
However, we will be presenting the same talks by the same speakers on the same day as an online conference!
Registration will be available soon. As usual, UHEC members receive a 10% discount.
If you had previously registered for the in-person conference, you will be receiving a refund. If you wish to participate in the online conference, you will need to re-register when the registration page becomes available.
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).