2015 Conference-Salt Lake City

[Links to Handouts & Videos are posted after the Agenda; please scroll down to access]

HELLENIC GENEALOGY CONFERENCE
September  26, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by:
Hellenic Cultural Association
HellenicGenealogyGeek
Ethnic and Mining Museum of Magna, Utah

Location:
Hellenic Memorial Building
(Holy Trinity Cathedral)
279 South 300 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Conference Agenda

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome: Dawna Stevens and Hellenic Cultural Association Members

9:15 – 9:45 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lica Catsakis
Topic: The Evolution of Hellenic Genealogy: Then and Now
Dr. Catsakis, the “pioneer” of Hellenic Genealogy research, will explore the changes in Greek genealogy over the past 30 years. As the author of several Greek genealogy manuals, the Greek specialist at the Family History Library, and former President of SIPEO, she has been in the unique position of observing and guiding this growing movement.

9:45 – 10:15 Georgia Stryker Keilman
Topic: How US Records Can Help You Prepare for Research in Greece
Learn which documents provide pertinent information for Greek research, including Passenger Lists, Social Security Applications, Death Certificates, Obituaries and others.

10:25 – 10:55 Gregory Kontos (via Skype)
Topic: Research in Greece: Using Civil and Church Records
This presentation will cover Civil Records found in Town Halls, records at the General Archives of Greece (GAK) and Church records. Learn about each record collection, what they contain and how to access them. A 10-minute question and answer period will follow.

11:15 – 11:35 Marina Harami (via Skype)
Topic: Resources for  Research in Greece: Libraries, Websites, Books, Newspapers
Featuring online and print resources for research in Greece. A 10-minute question and answer period will follow.

12:30 – 1:00 Dr. Lica Catsakis
Topic: Resources for Greek Research at the Family History Library
FamilySearch.org and the Family History Library have Greek microfilms, books, maps, newspapers and additional information not found in other U.S. repositories. Dr. Catsakis has been a long-time volunteer and consultant to the Family History Library, and she will teach which records are available and how to access them.

1:00 – 1:20 Dr. Margarita Dounia (via Skype)
Topic: Why Did They Leave? Greek Emigration in the 1900’s
This presentation will describe the political and economic conditions that influenced the wave of emigration from Greece in the early 1900’s.

1:30 – 1:50 Giannis Michalakakos (via Skype)
Topic: The Revolution of 1821 and Its Impact on Your Ancestors (1821-1900)
After 1821, our ancestors’ lives changed dramatically. This lecture will describe how the the changes in economic conditions, migration patterns, occupations and other matters influenced our ancestral families, and how this impacts your research. A 10-minute question and answer period will follow.

2:00 – 2:30 Dr. Lica Catsakis 
Topic: Geographic and Administrative Boundary Changes in Greece
Learn how to find and access records that have been affected by the many geographic and administrative changes in Greece.

2:45 – 3:05 Bob Curtis –
Topic: “Using Community Trees to Track Descendants of Greek Immigrants in the U.S.”
“Community trees” are particularly effective for Greek genealogy due to the common practice of Greeks marrying other Greeks in the community. The “Greeks in the Western U.S. Community Tree” was created to link descendants of the 5000 Greek immigrants who came to Utah and surrounding states in the early 1900’s to work in the mines and railroads, and currently includes 9700 descendants. This presentation will describe objectives, methods and contents of the “Greeks in the Western U.S. Community Tree.”

3:05 – 3:20 Dawna Stevens / Carol Kostakos Petranek
Topic: Making Connections:  Facebook and Blogs
Greeks around the world are using today’s media to share information, find new cousins, and help each other. This presentation will be an overview of connecting through Facebook and how to create a blog.

3:20 – 3:40 Carol Kostakos Petranek
Topic: Planning a Research Trip to Greece
A trip to Greece is an exciting adventure, and becomes even more meaningful when combined with a research goal. Learn what you need to prepare: items to bring; whom to contact; trip strategies.

3:50 – 4:50 Angie Bush
Topic: DNA as a Tool for Greek Research
This session will provide an overview of DNA tests, surname projects and tips on using DNA to connect with living family members.

Organizing Committee:
Dawna Stevens, Chair
Georgia Stryker Keilman, Co-Chair
Carol Kostakos Petranek, Co-Chair
Bob Curtis, Advisor

Photographer:  Randy Kroll

Caterer:  Stephanie Thayer

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HANDOUTS & VIDEOS: 

Below are handouts submitted by presenters at the Conference. There are additional materials and resources which we hope will also be of help to you. To download the pdf file, please click on the title. To view the video on YouTube, click on the link.

Keynote Address: “The Evolution of Hellenic Genealogy: Then and Now” presented by Dr. Lica Catsakis. No handout.
Link to video (on YouTube): https://youtu.be/9bYxYWGJuMI

How US Records Can Help You Prepare for Research in Greece
Presented by Georgia Stryker Keilman
Link to video (on YouTube): https://youtu.be/BXiL18znArg

Research in Greece Using Civil and Church Records
(Handout no longer available)
Presented by Gregory Kontos
Link to video (on YouTube): https://youtu.be/Lgnuo4xVM6Q

Resources for Research in Greece: Libraries, Websites, Books, Newspapers
Presented by Marina Harami.
Link to video (on YouTube):  https://youtu.be/uExnrZNv09s

Resources for Greek Research at the Family History Library  
Presented by Dr. Lica Catsakis
Link to video (on YouTube):  https://youtu.be/U0qP_6qakGg
Supplementary material:  Greek Microfilms at the FamilySearch Library

Why Did They Leave? Greek Emigration in the 1900’s
Presented by Margarita Dounia
Note: Recording was not permitted

The Revolution of 1821 and Its Impact on Your Ancestors (1821-1900)
Presented by Giannis Michalakakos
Link to video (on YouTube):  https://youtu.be/KA3pMXeUXlA
Supplementary material:  An Overview of the Greek War for Independence

Geographic and Administrative Boundary Changes in Greece
presented by Dr. Lica Catsakis
Link to video (on YouTube): https://youtu.be/tZIvEE7Ln1M

Using Community Trees to Track Descendants of Greek Immigrants in the U.S.   Presented by Robert Curtis.
Link to video (on YouTube): https://youtu.be/qFu7F4Wllts
Supplementary material:  Powerpoint Presentation 

Making Connections: Facebook and Blogs
This was to have been a joint presentation by Carol Kostakos Petranek and Dawna Stevens. Because it was eliminated due to time constraints, the handout is the full Powerpoint presentation.

Planning a Research Trip to Greece
Presented by Carol Kostakos Petranek
Link to video (on YouTube): https://youtu.be/9PyDoqieuRg

DNA as a Tool for Greek Research
Presented by Angie Bush
Note: Recording was not permitted.

SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS

Greek Personal Names, Central Intelligence Agency, June 1962

Greek Genealogy Word List compiled by Carol Kostakos Petranek & Gregory Kontos 

Hellenic Cultural Association of Salt Lake City:
The Hellenic Cultural Association (HCA) of Salt Lake City received its charter from the State of Utah on May 23, 1986, as a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization whose principal objective would be to preserve the rich history, heritage, traditions, documents and memorabilia that reflect the Greek Experience in America. Its major goal has been to establish the Hellenic Cultural Museum of America in Salt Lake City, Utah, and to sponsor public events to promote Hellenic ideals that reflect the Greek American experience.  A link to the website is here: http://www.pahh.com/hca

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