Archive for the ‘Speakers’ Category

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.


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Meet the Speakers: Joseph Bielecki

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.

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Meet the Speakers: Matthew Bielawa

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.

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Meet the Speakers: Daniel J. Burns

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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Meet the Speakers: Thomas K. Edlund

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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.

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Meet the Speakers: Shon R. Edwards

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>.

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Patricia Penka French

Lecture Titles: “Bulgarian-Macedonian Culture/Research”

Patricia Penka French is the president of the BMNECC — the Bulgarian Macedonian National Education & Cultural Center in Pittsburgh.

She has spent a lifetime in Public Relations, Promotions, and Development for worthwhile organizations and projects.

Patricia is an interpreter for the U.S. State Department in Bulgarian.

She is recognized throughout the world as one of the truly great forces in Bulgaria’s cultural life.

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