The 2022 Virtual FEEFHS Conference helps genealogists researching Germany, Poland, Hungary, Albania, and many other East European locations.

During the annual conference from 27-29 July 2022, over 60 sessions will be presented in English by the Foundation for East European Family History Studies.

All sessions will be recorded. So registered conference participants are able to re-watch and view any missed sessions through 31 December 2022. All handouts are also available for download to registered conference participants.

2022 Virtual FEEFHS Conference Schedule

The conference schedule, registration, and coupon code are available at these links:

FEEFHS on Finding East European Archival Resources Online

At this FEEFHS conference, I’m presenting a new webinar, Finding East European Archival Resources Online.

This presentation helps you locate genealogy records held in libraries and archives worldwide, with a special focus on East European countries, including Prussia (now Poland), Albania, Austro-Hungarian and more.

Search and find digitized records, including how archivists make collections accessible to genealogists. Specific URLs for various archives worldwide are included, along with effective search terms and strategies for finding genealogy records in archives.

2022 Virtual FEEFHS Conference Sessions

Austro-Hungarian Track

  • Arcanum Maps (Gina Palmer)Gen-Team — Resource for Research in Austria, Germany, Czechia, Slovakia, and Slovenia (Gina Palmer)Austro-Hungarian Research – Maps, Gazetteers, and more! (Annette Adams)
  • Discover your Danube Swabian ancestors in the Austro-Hungarian Empire (Annette Adams)
  • “From Vienna to France, with letters of Love” (Annette Adams)
  • Austro-Hungarian Genealogy: A Germanic-focused Case Study (Stephen Wendt)
  • Census Records for Czechia (Jilline Maynes)
  • Confession Time: Religion in Austria-Hungary (Brian Schellenberg)
  • Vocabulary to Impress Your Friends: The Effects of Josephinismus (Brian Schellenberg)
  • An Édes By Any Other Name Would Smell as Süß: Deciphering Names in Austria-Hungary (Brian Schellenberg)

DNA Track

  • Understanding DNA and Using DNA Test Results to Build Your Family Tree (Julie Stoddard)
  • Using Geography to Solve DNA Questions (Dave Obee)
  • DNA Health Tests and Your Family Health History (Rick Crume)

German Track

  • Exploring German Emigration Records (Stephen Wendt)
  • Meyer’s Gazetteer Now Online, Indexed and Fully Searchable! (Fritz Juengling)
  • German Phonetics and Spelling (Fritz Juengling)
  • German Dialects and What They Mean for the Researcher (Fritz Juengling)
  • German Names: their Origins, Meanings, and Peculiarities (Fritz Juengling)
  • German Civil Registration Records (Jilline Maynes)
  • Online German-Language Newspapers (Jilline Maynes)
  • German Marriage Laws and Customs (Milan Pohontsch)
  • Understanding the Past (Milan Pohontsch)

Mixed Germanic Track

  • Online Church Records on Archion and Matricua Online (Gina Palmer)
  • Navigating German Genealogy Research (Stephen Wendt)
  • German Gazetteers: Locating Historical German Place Names (Stephen Wendt)
  • Cemeteries in Central Europe (Roger Minert)

Germans from Eastern Europe Track

  • Introduction to German Research in Eastern Europe (Dave Obee)
  • Germans from Russia Research (Thom Edlund)
  • Discovering Your Black Sea German Ancestors (Carolyn Schott)
  • Voyages of the Donauschwaben (Carolyn Schott)
  • International Association of Germans from Lithuania: Deutsche aus Litauen (Cynthia Spurgat Jacobson / Owen McCafferty)
  • Finding East European Archival Resources Online (Nancy E. Loe)

Jewish Track

  • Introduction to Jewish Genealogy (Joanne M. Sher)
  • Illegitimacy in the Jewish Communities of Galicia (Janette Silverman )
  • Unpacking Jewish Gravestones (Janette Silverman)
  • How to Find Your Jewish Ancestors (Daniel Horowitz)
  • Mining the Manifest: Finding the Immigration Story (Susan Weinberg)
  • From JewishGen to Family Search: Finding Images of Indexed Records (Banai Lynn Feldstein)
  • Holocaust Research: Finding Family Members Who Died by Bullets (Joanne M. Sher)

Polish Track

  • Introduction to Polish Research (Dave Obee)
  • Polish Census Records – Then and Now (Tadeusz Pilat)
  • Using Online Map Resources as well as Cadastral Maps in Poland (Tadeusz Pilat)
  • Szukaj w Archiwach – A Guide to Researching on the Polish State Archives Website (Katerina Sanders Schmidt)
  • Galician Records and How to Read Them (Kinga Urbańska)
  • Ethnic Diversity & Population Trends in SE Poland (Tadeusz Pilat)
  • Genealogy and Dual Citizenship: Polish (EU) Citizenship by Descent and its Perks (Michał Petrus)
  • Researching Polish Civil Registration (Greg Nelson)
  • Reading Polish Records (Greg Nelson)

Resources Track

  • Morse Code: Favorite Tools on Steve Morse’s Website—Banai Lynn Feldstein
  • Blogging As An Excellent Platform to Share Your Family History—Craig Siulinski
  • How to Break a Brick Wall—Craig Siulinski
  • Billions and Billions of Records from Europe on MyHeritage, Oh My!—Daniel Horowitz
  • Changing Places, Changing Borders—Dave Obee
  • United States & Canada Russian Consulate Records—Joanne M. Sher

Russian Empire/USSR Track

  • Introduction to Russian Empire/USSR Research (Joe Everett)
  • Finding Relatives in Russian Empire Records for non-Russian Speakers (Lara Diamond)
  • Russian Metrical Books and Revision Lists (Thom Edlund)
  • Beyond Vital Records (Lara Diamond)
  • 1897 Census of the Russian Empire (Thom Edlund)
  • Russian Research Methodology (Thom Edlund)
  • Researching Records in the Archives of former USSR Countries (Joe Everett)
  • Finding Records on FamilySearch and other Websites for the Former Russian Empire and USSR (Joe Everett)
  • Jewish Research in the Russian Empire (Lara Diamond)

Workshops (3 or 6 hours)

  • German Handwriting (3 hrs., Fritz Juengling
  • Latin Handwriting (3 hrs., Fritz Juengling)
  • Bring your own German documents and let’s decipher them (up to 6 hrs. if needed, Milan Pohontsch)
  • Foundation of Hebrew for Beginners (3 hrs., Janette Silverman)
  • Planting a Family Tree Online on MyHeritage (3 hrs., Daniel Horowitz, approval pending)
  • Reading Records in Russian (6 hrs., Joe Everett)