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Closing the Loop

When:
April 27, 2020 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
2020-04-27T19:30:00-04:00
2020-04-27T21:30:00-04:00
Where:
Lansing United Church
Beecroft Rd & Poyntz Ave
Toronto, ON M2N 1K4
Canada
Cost:
Free. Visitors welcome

CLOSING THE LOOP: THE LONG JOURNEY TO RECONNECT WITH A UKRAINIAN FAMILY

Speaker: Terry Maurice

Researching Eastern European genealogy presents many daunting challenges to the family historian. Unfamiliarity with the languages, history and geography of the regions can present major stumbling blocks to advancing one’s research.

Terry’s own quest to find his father’s family, who left Hlyboka, Bukovina, Austria (Ukraine) in 1914 proved to be much more difficult than he had imagined. His research began in 1971, but political boundaries at that time made it very difficult to obtain information from the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.

After the independence of Ukraine in 1991 and the subsequent microfilming of the Ukrainian records by FamilySearch, all that changed. It was then possible to search for and get the BMD records for family members. Studying the political history, geography and learning to read records in Church Slavonic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Latin and some German, proved to be very interesting. Over the period from 1970 to 2019 his paternal family tree grew from a few known Ukrainian relations to over 1600. Along with these genealogical discoveries, his knowledge of Austrian Empire and its colourful history provided a fascinating and rewarding backdrop to his research.

Although this presentation is focused on Ukrainian research, strategies and techniques for doing research in unfamiliar languages will be presented. The talk will be illustrated using records from FamilySearch.org, online geographical maps, cadastral maps, online translation tools, social media, professional researchers and Eastern European archives. Engaging in family research can be a great learning experience as this research certainly was. The talk will conclude with a brief overview of his trip to Ukraine in 2018 to meet his family, thus closing the family loop after a one hundred and three year break.

Terry Maurice, Guelph: Terry’s interest in family history began about 1970 and he worked largely on his mother’s Irish side of the family, but in 2017 began serious research on his father’s Ukrainian family. Although he had not been active in family research for over ten years, his interest in genealogy was rekindled with the advent of DNA genealogy. He now is very active in DNA testing and interpretation techniques and is presently the DNA Special Interest Group Coordinator for the Wellington County Branch of OGS. Over the past three years, Terry has presented over 20 workshops that have been designed to assist family historians in using DNA results to further their family research.

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