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2021 Conference, Resources Track

Resources Track – Class Descriptions and Time Schedule (sorted by time slot)

All times are Mountain Daylight Time.


Using My Heritage Search Engine for Eastern Europe Research (Daniel Horowitz), Wednesday August 11, 9:45 AM, Room 4

Learn how MyHeritage search engine works, and how it can benefit your research, covering billions of records, important repositories and databases, in a single search, finding the resources you need.

MyHeritage SuperSearch is delighting family history fans worldwide. Learn how this search engine works, and how it can benefit your research, covering billions of records and important repositories and databases, in a single search, finding the resources you need for your Eastern Europe research. Thousands of new records are continuously added, Hi-tech algorithms were created to cover spelling and phonetic variations, understand nicknames, handle synonyms and deal with ethnic variations. Searches can look for an exact spelling or automatic translation into many languages at the same time. This search engine is particularly useful researching Poland, Germany, France, Hungary, and others.


Walk the Talk: The Importance of Location Research (Craig Siulinski), Wednesday August 11, 11:00 AM, Room 4

Computers and technology provide today’s genealogists with many resources for basic research, and for communicating/collaborating with family members and colleagues, but sometimes researching on location provides the fastest and best family history information that you just can’t find online. The idea of walking the pavement is surely one of the few remaining old-world endeavors of the family researcher. A research trip can unlock long-standing puzzles especially if significant prep work is done prior to hitting the road. The central ideas in this presentation involve using offline clues and networking (before, during and after traveling) to provide insights and answers to compelling family history questions.


Plan Your Roots Trip to Eastern Europe Efficiently (Banai Lynn Feldstein – Daniel Horowitz), Thursday August 12, 9:45 AM, Room 4

Learn the tips and tricks on how to plan a roots trip across Europe from the very beginning of the idea till the smallest detail about the hotels, communication, transportation, archives, cemeteries and other repositories less known. Don't lose time or risk your money re-inventing the wheel, just take advantage of Daniel experience as he will share all the knowledge gained on his own roots trips across Europe, to maximize your research and enjoy the trip to countries like Austria, Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Lithuania, France, Hungary, and others.


Hiring a Local Genealogist in Eastern Europe (Valentina Nagy), Friday August 13, 8:30 AM, Room 3

The purpose of this presentation is to provide general advise and practical tips on how to choose and hire a professional researcher in Eastern Europe. It will help understand when it is time to seek a local assistant, how to maximize your chances for a successful research, where to search for and how to choose and contract a local researcher in your ancestral country.

Topics included:

• When you need to hire a professional genealogist

• Homework before hiring a professional genealogist

• Where to find a local researcher in Eastern Europe

• How to choose a researcher the right researcher for your project

• Fees, Costs and Payment

• Coming to an agreement (formal or informal)


Working in Records Containing Mixed Languages (Suzanne M. Trotter), Friday August 13, 9:45 AM, Room 3

Reading records is not always as simple as identifying the language being used by the record keeper. Sometimes, it requires understanding 2-3 languages and how they are woven together into a single record.