Another new group for Genealogy — Family History Group of the Ukrainian Historical & Educational Center

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 plans to change this through the launch of its Family History Group in 2014.  Join the UkrHEC for the inaugural event of its new Family History Group and learn how to research your genealogy.

The purpose of this new program is to bring together people who have a keen interest in genealogy with a wide range of worldwide experts and will cover various ethnic groups in current day Ukraine and southeast Poland. The goal is to help Ukrainians, Lemkos, Boykos, Rusyns and others 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.

On Saturday, March 22nd, the Family History Group has planned a half-day workshop that includes three lectures:

  • Researching Your Immigrant Ancestor with Michelle Chubenko
  • “Scattered: The Forced Relocation of Poland’s Ukrainians after World War II” with Diana Howansky Reilly
  • Resources at the Ukrainian Historical & Education Center with Michael Andrec

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Place: Ukrainian Cultural Center
135 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, NJ
Phone: 732-356-0132

You can register online via the event webpage on the UkrHEC  website.  If you have questions about the new Family History Group, please email

About the Ukrainian Historical & Education Center of New Jersey
Located in central New Jersey along the New York-Philadelphia corridor, the Ukrainian Historical and Educational Center’s mission is to tell the many stories about Ukrainian history, culture and the Ukrainian-American experience that are embodied in the 15,000 museum items, 50,000 library titles and hundreds of thousands of archival documents in its permanent collection. Its goal is to educate Ukrainians and non-Ukrainians alike about Ukraine and its culture and serve as a venue for educational and cultural programs locally and throughout the world on the Internet.

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