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Please note that the conference schedule has been revised. Most important are the changes for Saturday, August 2nd. The morning sessions will now begin at 8:00 AM and the afternoon sessions at 12:45 PM. The “Open Forum: Ask the Experts Session” has been canceled and will be replaced by scheduled one-on-one consultations with participating speakers for those who have signed up in advance.

Below is a copy of the revised schedule. To download a clearer copy, go to http://www.feefhs.org

Exhibitors/Vendors

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. Pittsburgh Chapter

Alison Brougher

Board for Certification of Genealogists

Carpatho-Rusyn Society

Closson Press

European Folk Art

Federation of East European Family History Societies

Goodbye, America (Rita Malie)

Karen Hobbs

La Boheme

Maia’s Books and Miscellanea

Mifflin Township Historical Society

North Hills Genealogists

Polish Genealogical Society

Slovak Folk Crafts

Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

Western Pennsylvania Slovak Cultural Association

There has been a slight change in the start time for the “Babushkas & Hard Hats” tour scheduled for Sunday, August 3rd. The bus will depart the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott Hotel promptly at 8:15 AM. Please meet in the lobby at 8:00 AM so that we will have time to get everyone on the bus. No refunds will be provided on Sunday, 8/3. If you need to cancel due to a valid reason, please let the FEEFHS registration desk know on Friday, 8/1 so that we may find someone to take your place. We are bound by the counts we gave to the bus company and for the lunch. The tour is SOLD OUT. There is a waiting list. Bus will return to the Marriott at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Below is the tour itinerary.

FEEFHS PITTSBURGH, PA JULY 31-AUGUST 3, 2008

SUNDAY AUGUST 3 OPTIONAL TOUR
8:00 AM

8:15 AM

MEET IN HOTEL LOBBY

BOARD BUS

9:00 AM MEET GUIDE AT STATION SQUARE; TOUR BEGINS
10:15 AM ARRIVE AT BOST BUILDING
11:00 AM ARRIVE AT CARPATHO-RUSYN CENTER (SNACK)
11:45 AM ARRIVE AT PUMP HOUSE
12:30 – 1:30PM LUNCH AT BULGARIAN-MACEDONIAN CTR
1:30 PM BOARD BUS BACK/DEPART FOR MARRIOTT HOTEL

Last call for the early registration discount for the 2008 FEEFHS conference, August 1-3, Pittsburgh Airport Marriott Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn from the top experts in the field of East and Central European genealogy, online databases, DNA testing and more, or to hear Steve Morse, creator of the “One-Step Genealogical Search Tools” who will be the plenary speaker on Friday, August 1st.

To register, go to:  www.feefhs.org.

Stephen P. Morse, Ph.D.

Keynote Speaker

Lecture Titles:

“One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools” (FRIDAY PLENARY SESSION)

“Jewish Calendar Demystified”

“Playing Hide and Seek in the US Census”

“What Color Ellis Island Search Form should I use?”

Stephen Morse is an amateur genealogist who has been researching his Russian-Jewish origins. Several years ago he developed some web-based searching aids which, much to his surprise, have attracted attention worldwide. He has received both the Outstanding Contribution Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, the Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, and the first ever Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists.

In his other life Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering from New York University. He has held research positions at Bell Labs, IBM Watson Research, GE Corporate R&D, and Compagnie Internationale pour l’Informatique in France. He has been involved in development at Intel Corp, Alsys Inc, and Netscape. He has taught at CCNY, Pratt Institute, UC Berkeley, SUNY Albany, Stanford University, and San Francisco State. He has authored numerous technical papers, written four textbooks, and holds four patents. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086 (the granddaddy of today’s pentium processor), which sparked the PC revolution 25 years ago.

Joseph Bielecki, J.D.

Lecture Titles: “Don’t Stop for Red Lights: The Story of the Creation of the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh”(SATURDAY BANQUET TALK)

Joseph S. Bielecki received his BA, MA and JD from Duquesne University. He was the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Travel Grant to Hungary in1982. Joe has been the Chairman of the Czechoslovak Classroom Committee at the University of Pittsburgh’s Nationality Rooms Program since 1992. In 2000 he received a Millennium International Volunteer Award from the United States Department of State. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Sokol USA. He is also the President of the Western PennsylvaniaS lovak Cultural Association and is involved with numerous community groups.

Matthew Bielawa, M.A.

Lecture Titles: “Greek Catholic Church Records”; “The Cyrillic Alphabet for Genealogists”; “Taking the First Steps in Ukrainian Genealogy”; “Introduction to Polish Research Part 2”

Matthew Bielawa was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He is the associate registrar at Central Connecticut State University, located in New Britain, Connecticut. Mr. Bielawa currently serves as vice president of the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast. He earned a B.A. degree in Slavic and East European Studies from the University of Connecticut in 1989 and a M.A. degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures from New York University in 1994. His research specialization is Galicia, and specifically Eastern Galicia / Western Ukraine, about which he has extensively lectured and written articles for various genealogical journals. He also maintains the website “Genealogy of Halychyna (Western Ukraine) / Eastern Galicia”, at http://www.halgal.com. Mr. Bielawa has visited Poland, Ukraine and Russia on research trips several times, including a semester study at Leningrad State University.

Daniel J. Burns

Lecture Titles: Tour Leader: Cathedral of Learning, Carnegie Library; The Role of Historical Societies in Genealogical Research”

Daniel J. Burns is the President of the Mifflin Township Historical Society and a freelance writer. He holds a degree in communications and has written four local history books. He has also authored numerous newsletters and magazine articles on topics including local Pittsburgh history, law enforcement and genealogy.

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Thomas K. Edlund

FEEFHS President

Lecture Titles: “Latin for Genealogists”; “Publishing a Genealogical Society Journal”; “Russian Empire Research”; ”Gazetteers”

Thomas Kent Edlund, a specialist in East European languages and manuscripts, is an Associate Professor of Family and Local History, Brigham Young University and formerly Senior Librarian of Slavic Bibliography at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. He has graduated from the University of Utah, the Defense Language Institute Presidio of Monterey, the University of Maryland, Brigham Young University, et al. He has authored many books on language and genealogy, including The Lutherans of Russia, Die Ahnenstammkartei des Deutschen Volkes, Medieval Latin for Family Historians, An Introduction and Index to the German Minority Census of 1939, and A Compendium of Nahuatl Dialectology. He has served as Editor of the FEEFHS Journal since 1998.

Shon R. Edwards

Lecture Titles: “Beginning Czech Research”; “Update on LDS Microfilming in Czech Republic”

Shon R. Edwards is a cataloger of Slovak, Czech, and other Eastern European countries at the Family History Library. He is also in charge of Collection Management for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He is an accredited researcher (AG) in Czech Republic research and received his BA in German from Brigham Young University, his MA in Computational Linguistics at the same university. He has written Czech Research Outline, available in the FEEFHS Journal or on the Internet at <www.shon.150m.com/czechhtm.htm>.