2017 Conference


CGSI’s 16th Genealogical and Cultural Conference

October 17-21, 2017

Hyatt Regency Hotel – Pittsburgh International Airport

The 2017 Pittsburgh Conference Program includes:

  • A Crash Course in Slovak: Useful Slovak Words and Phrases for Travel and Genealogy by Michael Kopanic
  • A Village-Based Reframing of Carpatho-Rusyns in the US by Rich Custer
  • After the Roof – Surname Changes in the Czech Past by Blanka Lednicka
  • Andy (Warhol) and the Rusyns by Elaine Rusinko
  • Austro-Hungarian Military Records by Carl Kotlarchik
  • Beginning Slovak Genealogy by Lisa A. Alzo
  • Beyond Kolache – Cuisine as a Reflection of Historical Changes by Gabriela Jiskrova and Albert Ksinan
  • Beyond Zatkovich and the Pittsburgh Agreement: American Ethnoreligous Influences on Czechoslovakia (1890–1939) by Dr. Joel Brady
  • Carpatho-Rusyns – Europe’s First concentration camp victims by John Righetti
  • Coal Mine Culture – a World of its own by John Righetti
  • Collections of the Heinz History Center by Heinz Staffers
  • Courthouse Research in PA: In the Realm of the Prothonotary by Marilyn Holt
  • Creating a Family Archive by Rebecca Kichta-Miller
  • Czech Family Name Sources – A Lesson for Foreign Genealogists by Miroslav Koudelka
  • Czecho-Slovak Legion: Historical Significance by Kevin McNamara
  • Emigration from Slovakia by Michal Razus
  • From the Carpathians to Alleghenies: Carpatho-Rusyn Immigrants in the Greater Johnstown, PA Area by Rich Custer
  • Genealogical Resources in Western Pennsylvania by Marilyn Holt
  • Genealogy – Getting and Staying Organized by Rebecca Kichta-Miller
  • Homes of Our Czech Ancestors in the Old Fatherland by Miroslav Koudelka
  • How to Locate Houses on a Current Katastr Map of the Czech Republic by Helmuth Schneider
  • How to Research Czech Vital Records Online by Miroslav Koudelka
  • Identification of Alias Names in Slovak Records by Margaret Nasta
  • Identifying Pittsburgh Slovak Cluster Communities by Lisa A. Alzo
  • Life in Bohemia and Moravia in the 18th Century by Blanka Lednicka
  • Overcoming Brick Walls in Eastern European Research by Lisa A. Alzo
  • Parish Histories: A Prospective Window on Carpatho-Rusyn Genealogy by John Schweich
  • Pennsylvania Vital Records by Marilyn Holt
  • Reading Kurrent Workshop by Blanka Lednicka
  • Roma in Central Europe: Past and Present by Stepanka Korytova-Magstadt
  • Rusins – The Story of Survival by Michal Razus
  • Rusyn, Russian, Slovak, Ukrainian—the Quest for Identity among Carpatho-Rusyns by John Righetti
  • Sites of the Czech Republic and Their Stories by Miroslav Koudelka
  • Slovak Land Records and Maps by Michal Razus
  • Slovaks and Rusyns Seen Through the Eyes of Travelers 1795 – 1915 by Ron Matviyak
  • Slovakia – Land of Miners by Michal Razus
  • Slovakia – Wealth Center of Old Hungary by Ron Matviyak
  • Stable Cadastral Maps of the Czech Republic by Helmuth Schneider
  • The Aliens are Coming: USCIS Record Sets (Citizenship and Immigration Services) by Rich Venezia
  • The American Slovaks and the Start of the Great War by Gregory Ference
  • The Cycle of Life in Czech and Slovak Villages by Helene Cincebeaux
  • The Czechs of Bohemian Hill by Carol Hochman
  • The Final Mission: A film about American airmen shot down over Slovakia in WWII introduced by Loretta Ekoniak
  • The Making of a State: The American Creation of Czecho-Slovakia with the Cleveland Agreement and the Pittsburgh Pact by Gregory Ference
  • The Oath: A film about Michael Strank, U.S. Marine & Iwo Jima Hero by Loretta Ekoniak
  • Traditional Slovak Customs During the Year by Michael Kopanic
  • Tying the Knot, Betrothal and Wedding Rituals and Customs in the Czech Republic and Slovakia With Clues for Genealogists by Helene Cincebeaux
  • Unlocking the Secrets of the Czech Archives by Jim Hudec
  • What Was it Like in 1969, 1989 and 1993? by Helene Cincebeaux
  • Who are the Rusyns? by John Righetti
  • World War I on Slovak Lands by Ron Matviyak

Information on events sponsored by the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI)

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