First National Greek-American Genealogy Conference to Be Held in NYC April 25

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The Education and Culture Committee of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce, in association with HellenicGenealogyGeek.com, is pleased to announce the first National Hellenic American Genealogy Conference to be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Ballroom, 337 East 74th Street, New York, New York 10021.

The event is the first-ever family history conference devoted to Greek genealogy and is expected to be of great interest to the Greek community.

Speakers include Dr. Marietta Minotos of the General State Archives of Greece; George D. Tselos, Chief Archivist of Ellis Island; Georgia Stryker Keilman, founder of HellenicGenealogyGeek.com; Dr. Peter C. Moskos, Sociology Professor and author; and others.

“Topics will address the records available and the research skills required to search Greek lineage, both in the U.S. and in Greece,” said New York-based attorney Taso Pardalis who is co-chairing the event.

The admission to the conference is free, however seating is limited and registration is required. You can register here.

Event Schedule

9:00-9:15 Opening Remarks and Greetings. Professor Louis Katsos, Georgia Stryker Keilman, Michael Kalavritenos, Tassos Pardalis

9:15-9:45 Dr. Peter C. Moskos. “Greek Americans: Struggle and Success”
Topic: The Greek experience in America, as documented in the Third Edition of the book

9:45 – 10:30 Georgia Stryker Keilman. “How U.S. Records Can Help You Prepare for Research in Greece”
Topic: Learn which documents provide pertinent information for Greek research, including Passenger Lists, Social Security Applications, Death Certificates, Obituaries and others including resources available online.

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:45 George D. Tselos. “Passenger Ship and Ellis Island Records.”
Topic: Learn the resources available at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum to decipher the information found in Passenger Ship Records

11:45-12:15 Professor Louis Katsos. “History of Hellenic Lands”
Topic: The impact of geography, boundary changes, and village name changes in Greek genealogy research

12:15-1:15 Lunch

1:15-2:15 Dr. Marietta Minotos. “Records Available from the General State Archives of Greece”
Topic: Discover online and textual resources held at the Greek Archives

2:15-2:45 Peter Dickson. “Using DNA in Greek Family History Research”
Topic: Understand the potential of DNA testing for positive family identification

2:45-3:15 Debbie Petrides. “A Case Study from Chios”
Topic: How to use records from Greece to discover the history of your family

3:15-3:45 BREAK

3:45-4:45 Roundtable Discussion: Hellenic Genealogy Tourism
Presenters: Carol Kostakos Petranek, Debbie Petrides, Peter Dickson and Louis Katsos
Topic: Turn a vacation in Greece into a journey of discovery; how to prepare for a research trip.

4:45- 5:00 Closing Remarks. Professor Louis Katsos

This event is sponsored by the Education and Culture Committee of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce.