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2024 Class Titles

Opening session: 

Power Search with Google (by Sharolyn Swenson) 



AI-Assisted Genealogy: The Family History of the Future (by Daniel Horowitz) 


Polish track: 

■  Poland Birth, Marriage, and Death Records (by Taieno Cook) 

 The FamilySearch Research Wiki as a Guide for Polish Genealogy (by Taieno Cook) 

■  How Historic Polish Boundary Changes Affect Genealogical Records (by James L. Tanner) 

■  Polish Diaspora Throughout Central Europe (by Tadeusz Piłat) 

■  Databases for Polish Genealogy (by Michał Zieliński) 

■  Greek Catholics in Poland and Family Research (by Tadeusz Piłat) 

 Minor Nobility & Aristocrats (by Tadeusz Piłat) 

 Polish Military in the Liberation of Italy from the Nazis (by Kathy Kirkpatrick) 

 The Polish Moses, General Wladyslaw Anders (by Kathy Kirkpatrick) 


Russian empire / USSR / Baltics track: 

 How to Begin Your Research in Countries of the Former USSR/Russian Empire (by Lina Kuzminskaite) 

 Russian-language Research in the Former Russian Empire/USSR (by Patrick Monson) 

 Update on FamilySearch’s Digitization Efforts in Countries of the Former Russian Empire/USSR (by Patrick Monson) 

 Baltic Research (by Patrick Monson) 

 History of Lithuanian Border Changes and Its Impact on Research (by Lina Kuzminskaite) 

 Displaced Persons from Ukraine and the former USSR/Russian Empire in the 1940s: History and Resources (by Michael Andrec)

 Working with Archives and Registry Offices in Ukraine and Former Russian Empire: Differences and Limitations (by Alina Khuda) 

 10 Types of Resources 1800-1945 in Ukrainian, Russian, Belorussian Repositories that Could Be Found Online (by Alina Khuda)

 Repositories to Kickstart Your Research in Bessarabia and Podol’skaya Guberniya (by Alina Khuda) 

 Records of Soviet Repression (by Dave Obee) 

 Metrical Books and Civil Registration (by Thom Edlund) 

 Revisions Lists & 1897 Census (by Hailey Thompson) 

 Russian Empire / USSR Military Records (by Thom Edlund) 


Germans from Russia track: 

 Researching German Colonies in Ukraine: Tips and Tricks (Alina Khuda)

 Coming Full Circle: To Poland, the Black Sea, and Back (Carolyn Schott)

 Places of Memory: Mapping Your Family History with Google MyMaps (Sandy Schilling Payne)

 Leaving Volhynia (Dave Obee)


German track: 

 Confirmation Records and Micro-migration: Why your Ancestor Moved Around and How to Track Him (by Marissa Gardner) 

 Tips and Tricks for Effective Research in Germany (by Marissa Gardner) 

 Finding your Ancestral Hometown on a Map (by Marissa Gardner) 

 Case Study: Tracing Your Immigrant From the U.S. to Germany and Beyond (by Marissa Gardner) 

 Finding Living Relatives of Your Emigrant Ancestors from Germany Today (by Andrea Bentschneider) 

 Your Second Wave Immigrants’ Germany: Microstates and Microbreweries (by James M. Beidler) 

 Research in Pomerania (by Fritz Juengling) 

 German Geography and Jurisdictions (by Fritz Juengling) 

 Searching for Your Elusive Prussian Ancestors (by Stephen Wendt) 

 Good Old-fashioned Research in the Internet Age (by Baerbel Johnson) 

 Using Historical Newspapers to Learn More About Your German Ancestor (by Baerbel Johnson) 

 Registers, Inventories, Abstracts: Using All Iterations of German Church Records (by James M. Beidler) 


Austro-Hungarian track: 

 Banat Research Resources & Options (by Eileen Lund-Johnson) 

 Donauschwaben or Danube Swabian Online Presence (by Eileen Lund-Johnson) 

 Beginning Banat Research (by Eileen Lund-Johnson) 

 Eastern European Ancestry in Galicia & Bukovina (by Michelle Tucker Chubenko) 

 Researching Germans in the Czech Republic (by Baerbel Johnson) 

 German Migration into Southeast Europe in the 18th Century (by Baerbel Johnson) 

 Discovering the Records of Eastern European Minority Populations (by James L. Tanner) 

 Historical Events: How they Affect Your German and Austrian Genealogy Research (by Fritz Juengling) 


Jewish track: 

 Jewish Given Names - A Deep Dive (by Janette Silverman) 

 Research in Ukraine: Records and Challenges (by Janette Silverman) 

 David Rosenthal Was An Only Child... Or Was He?: (Dis)Proving Family Stories (by Banai L. Feldstein) 

 Understanding Jewish Gravestones (by Banai L. Feldstein) 

 Researching a Shtetl (by Joanne Sher) 


General track: 

 Leveraging Social Media for Genealogical Research (by Daniel Horowitz) 

 What is AI and Why do I Care (by Daniel Horowitz) 

 Genealogy in the Digital Era: Strategies for Organizing and Sharing Your Research (by Emma Ruddy) 

 Eastern European Resources in U.S. Archives and Libraries (by Joanne Sher) 

Using an AI Chatbot to Translate 133 Languages (by James L. Tanner) 

 Werner Hacker’s Welt: Studying the Thousands of Emigration Documents He Uncovered (by James M. Beidler) 


DNA track: 

 Four Tools and Some Colors to Crack Your DNA Matches on MyHeritage (by Daniel Horowitz) 

 How to group your DNA matches for effective genetic genealogy (by Heather Evans) 

 Breaking Down your Brick Walls with DNA (by Aimee Haynes)