Second Hellenic American Genealogy Conference, May 21, 2016

The National Hellenic American Genealogy Conference will be held on Saturday, May 21st, 2016 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)

Location: National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60661

FREE of Charge. NOTE: Conference costs are covered by EMBCA; however, to ensure seating and availability of handouts, registration is required:

This is not a personal endorsement, but the Crowne Plaza Downtown Chicago (walking distance from National Hellenic Museum) has offered a group rate of $209 plus tax to participants. Booking Link: National Hellenic Genealogy Conference Please mention Group Code HG4 when making reservations. Reservations must be made on a desktop or by phone: 312.829.5000. Availability is limited, so if you are interested make your reservations asap.


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Registration/ Coffee

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. – Welcome/Opening Remarks
Moderator/ Host of the event : Louis Katsos- President/Founder , EMBCA
John A. Calamos, Sr. – Chairman, National Hellenic Museum of Chicago

9:15 – 9:45 a.m. – “The World They Left Behind – The Rural Greece of the Emigrants to America, 1890s-1920s”
Speaker: Dr. Alexander Kitroeff, History Professor, Haverford College

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. – Song of My Life
Speaker: Harry Mark Petrakis- Novelist/ Writer

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. – Break

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Resources for Hellenic Genealogy Research
Speaker: Georgia Stryker Keilman, Founder of, Hellenic American Genealogist/ Researcher

11:15 – 11:45 a.m. – Research in Greece Using Civil and Church Records
Speaker: Gregory Kontos,- Hellenic Genealogist / Researcher/ Hellenic History Student

11:45 a.m. – 1:00.p.m. – Lunch

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. – “Hidden Mosaics: An Aegean Tale”
Speaker: Alexander Billinis, Author

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Ellis Island and its Records
Speaker: George Tselos, Supervisory Archivist and Head of Reference Services of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Oral History Project
Speaker: Dr. Nikos Alexiou, Sociology Professor, Queens College

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. – Break

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. – GAK, Greece General Archives Resources and Personal Research in Hellas and Turkey
Speaker: Michael Kalavritinos

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Planning a Genealogy Research Trip to Greece
Speaker: Carol Kostakos Petranek, Hellenic American Genealogist/ Researcher

4:00 – 4:45 p.m. – Museum Tour

4:45 — 5:00 p.m. — Closing Remarks – Louis Katsos

ORGANIZED & FUNDED BY EMBCA (EAST MEDITERRANEAN BUSINESS CULTURE ALLIANCE) IN ASSOCIATION WITH with support from the Andrew Kopan Fund at National Hellenic Museum, Chicago, IL.

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2016 Conference is Coming in May!

The next Hellenic Genealogy Conference will be held on Saturday, May 21 in Chicago, Illinois. The venue will be the National Hellenic Museum 333 South Halsted Street, Chicago IL, 60661, Phone: (312) 655-1234.

The Conference agenda, speakers and program are currently being finalized. Please follow this blog to receive updates and information on registration.

Also, follow us on our Conference Facebook page, on the HellenicGenealogyGeek Facebook page, and on Twitter.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

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Greek Microfilms at the FamilySearch Library

Below is a link to a pdf file listing all of the Greek Microfilms available for viewing at the  Family History Library​ in Salt Lake City. The Library is closed on Sundays. If you are attending the conference on Saturday, you may wish to come a day early or stay until Tuesday to view films of interest to you.

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