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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - Dr. Romana Bahry spoke on "Tracing Galizien German Ancestors in Western Ukraine: Lviv (Lemberg) to Dolyna."

While researching her family history, Dr. Bahry visited many libraries and archives across Ukraine and Poland. She has subsequently developed a vast knowledge of the genealogical resources available from these facilities.

This wasthe last session for the TUGG year and new sessions will resume on September 12, 2017


Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - Ron Wencer spoke on- Lederhosen, Kilts, and other Misunderstandings: Can your DNA really help you find the right family trees in the forest?

This talk is intended to be practical; there will be little or no theoretical discussion of DNA. Based on our experience (i.e., Janet’s and mine) over more than a year, it will cover the following topics, using examples from our own Ukrainian, Slovakian, and Polish backgrounds:
What does Ancestry’s ethnicity assessment mean for an Eastern European?

  • Value and limits of suggested connections
  • Surprises, Leads, Dead-ends
  • Improving your chances
  • Using your results to direct your research

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - Linda Reid spoke on “Are Your Ancestors Really Your Ancestors? What DNA tests can
reveal.”

On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - Linda Reid was to speak on “Are Your Ancestors Really Your Ancestors? What DNA tests can
reveal.”
Unfortunately it was cancelled due to hazardous wintery conditions and rescheduled to the April 11th meeting.


On Saturday, February 18, 2017 -– We had a Field Trip to the Don Mills Family History Library. 24 Ferrand Drive, Don Mills from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Carol Nichols gave a PowerPoint presentation on Ancestry: Library Edition. She revealed how to access the Ancestry.com databases which are provided free to researchers at Family History Centres and in Ontario public libraries. We looked at what is available in Ancestry’s vast collections and learned effective ways to search the thousands of data bases.

Next, Roberta and Don Harris presented an overview of their facilities which includes 100s of Ukrainian and Polish microfilms containing thousands of parish records. Participants had an opportunity to do some first-hand research on these microfilms containing the Ukrainian and Polish parish records.


On: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 was to be a film night where we were to show two video Lectures: Caught between Hitler and Stalin and The Unfolding Ukraine-Russia Crisis.
Unfortunately it was cancelled due to hazardous wintery conditions.


 

Year 2016

On Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - We had our annual Xmas party and Member Family History Show & Tell . In this last meeting of the year, we invited participants to come out and share in the Christmas spirit of giving in this "show and tell" session. We asked that they share your family history experiences with us re:

  • Did you travel to Ukraine or Poland? What did you experience? What lessons can you pass on eg. what you would do differently on your next trip?
  • Did you have success in some of your research, eg. did you find the birth record of your great grandmother? How did you find it?
  • Did you experience a problem in your research, eg. did you run into a "brick wall", and are you looking for suggestions on how to get around that wall?
  • Did you see a good movie that you'd recommend be shown at a TUGG session?
  • Did you read a book that you feel would benefit us?
  • Are there any webb sites you would recommend?
  • Etc.

Participants also shared snacks, eg. pyrohi, cold cuts, cookies, sweets, etc.


On Tuesday November 8 - Dr. Frank Sysyn spoke on - “From Family Stories to Microhistory: The Work of Father
Mykhailo Zubrytsky and the Boiko Region
”. Dr. Sysyn gave a very interesting and entertaining presentation of the period that his family experienced.


On Tuesday, Oct 11, 2016 - Jim Onyschuk spoke on "Ukrainian Genealogy 101".


On Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - Lesia Chytra spoke on "Following Roots: Family History and Fiction". She reviewed her recently published book "Tarnished". She revealed how she used family historical documents as a springboard to create fiction. She also spoke about the writing process and how she used key moments in her own family's life around which to create a fictionalized plot.


On Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - Dr. Romana Bahry spoke on “Galician towns & The Search for the Elusive Polish Great Grandfather.”


On Tues, May 10, 2016 - Andrij Makuch spoke on “Ukrainians in Toronto: Locally, Provincially, Nationally and Internationally.”


On Tues, April 12, 2016 - Jim Onyschuk spoke on “How Genealogists can Benefit by Using Archival Principals When Filing Documents and Items.”


On Tues, Mar 8, 2016 - Dawn Connolly spoke on "Self Publishing." Dawn is a librarian at the Toronto Reference Library and works with Digital Innovation Hub/Asquith Press at the Library. They offer services and classes on how to publish your own book, be it a family history, a journal, cook-book, etc.


On Sat. Feb 6, 2016 - Featured a Field Trip to City of Toronto Archives. After an hour-long presentation the group was free to do their own research.


On Tues, Jan 12, 2016 - Director and Producer, James Motluk previewed his film “A Place called Shandro” – and answered questions.


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Year 2015


On Tues, Dec 8, 2015 - James Thomson spoke on “DNA Tools for Tracing our Genealogy.” & we had our annual Christmas Party

We were introduced to various testing tools and projects to consider whether and how they may be candidates for inclusion in your genetic genealogist's toolkit. Such tools as, the myOrigins ethnic mapping results provided to those who take FamilyFinder autosomal DNA tests from FamilyTreeDNA, or the Ancestry Composition and haplogroup results provided by 23andMe, or the ethnicity estimates provided by AncestryDNA may fascinate us even though they have more to do with population genetics than genetic genealogy -- and we may find National Geographic's Genographic Project and related tools in GEDmatch intriguing in the same way.

We learned what genetic testing is and how it’s carried out through DNA research projects. How can we use DNA to trace our genealogy


On Tues. Nov. 10, 2015 - Jim Onyschuk did a presentation on "How to Use Gazetteers and the Census to Develop a Detailed Village Description."


On Tues, Oct 13, 2015 - Sonia van Heerden spoke on “Ukrainian Genealogy and the Family History Library.”


On Tues. Sep 15, 2015 - Dr. Thomas Prymak had a Book Launch for his new work “Gathering a Ukrainian, Slavonic, and Ethnic Heritage in Canada: A Brief Introduction.” in collaboration with St. Vladimir Institute.


On Tuesday, June 9, 2015- Dr. Romana Bahry spoke on "Researching Galician towns: Past & Present." This being the final session before the summer break, we also took topic suggestions for the upcoming TUGG Year, starting in September.


On Tuesday, May 12, 2015- William Vetzel spoke on "Austrian military recruiting areas in 1886." William illustrated some of the short cuts priests used to indicate information on birth records, such as "rc" standing for Roman Catholic, etc. He also brought a few of his 23 binders just of his father's side. In addition, he showed one of his 400 Banduras that he has made since the 1980's.


On Tuesday, April 14, 2015- Ron Wencer spoke on Tracking Ukrainians who came to the United States

While the topic is centered on doing US-based research, his powerful methodology also applied to Canada.
Ron demonstrated a multi-varied approach in his research.


On Tuesday, March 10, 2015- Carol Nichols spoke on Using Mobile Devices for Your Genealogy


On Tuesday, February 15, 2015- Field Trip to the Family History Library at Don Mills Road.


On Tuesday Jan 13, 2015- James Motluk spoke on the film he produced: Film - Directions Home: The Story of the Resettlement of Ukrainian Refugees After WWII and the Canadian Soldiers Who Made it Possibl


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Year 2014

On Tuesday, December 9, 2014- We had our annual Christmas Party & heard Marta Iwanek speak on
"Maidan: The People's Revolution: A Photographer's Prospective" - photos from Ukraine from 2013 and 2014.

From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.


On Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014 - Brenda Cooke spoke on: "Finding Kavka - research from Montreal, Toronto, the UK & Lviv." She spoke of the difficulties around establishing her father's correct name starting in Montreal and ending in Ukraine, where she finally established it as Kavka. The difficulty started with the various transliteration possibilities from Ukrainian to English. In the process of discovering her family name she discovered her Ukrainian relatives.


On Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - James Onyschuk gave a PowerPoint presentation on: “Opening up the Canadian, Ukrainian & Polish Archives: How to Search Them.” He outlined how the archives arrange their collections and how to go about ordering up files. He gave examples of how to search items, such as boat records and retrive them via the internet.


On Tuesday, September 9, 2014, James Motluk spoke on: " JAJO’S SECRET: A Documentary about the internment of Ukrainians by the government of Canada during World War One." In 1914 the government introduced the War Measures Act and rounded up thousands of Ukrainians, sending them to 24 concentration camps located across the country. Some prisoners were paroled and made to work as forced labour for some of Canada’s most profitable companies.

This riveting documentary tells the story of how filmmaker James Motluk discovers that his Jajo (grandfather) was one of these parolees.


On Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Dr. Romana Bahry spoke on "The History of Galicia (Southeastern Poland and Western Ukraine) and the Challenges of Doing Genealogical Research." Dr. Bahry also gave a review of Ukrainian church history.



On Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Gail Skikevitch - Did a PowerPoint presentation called "Maria's Story - How It Lead to Unexpected Outcomes or Genealogy is more than Just Names and Dates."She also had a table display of items and publications related to the story.



On Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Stefan Genyk-Berezowski spoke on The Genyk-Berezowsky Family who were instrumental
in helping hundreds of pioneer settlers make their way and setle in Canada.


On Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Ron Wencer spoke on North American Immigrants, the Great War, and Mothers

2014 begins the centennial remembrance of World War I. This talk provided an overview of the wartime attitudes, the experiences faced by our immigrant ancestors’ families, and discuss the recognition given to families – those with men in service, and those whose men did not return. Special attention is given to the mothers whose sons were lost in the Great War.

 


On Tuesday, February, 2014 we had the Book Launch of: A Promise Kept: A Tribute to a Mother’s Love

This book was written by Toronto author Andriy J. Semotiuk

Also featured were a few rare historical artifacts from 20th century Eastern Europe from the author’s collection.

The book is a family memoir focused on the life story of Salomea Drozdowska, the author’s mother, who was born in Western Ukraine and grew up under pre-World War II Poland. Losing her hearing as a young girl, the author’s mother becomes a silent witness to the atrocities of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II before fleeing to Canada at the end of the war as one of the first refugees arriving on the prairies in 1948. Just when her life appeared to have settled, unexpected hardships greet her on the farms of Alberta ultimately driving her to Edmonton where she gives birth to a son, the author. The story continues with how the author’s mother, along with her Los Angeles-resident sister, raise the author in North America.


On SATURDAY, January 11, 2014 -- We had a Field Trip to the Toronto Reference Library where we examined its many important Genealogy Resources.


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Year 2013


On Tuesday, December 10, Thomas M. Prymak, PhD spoke on "In the Shadow of a Political Assassination: Gabrielle Roy's 'Stephen' and the Ukrainian Canadians."

A tale of love, death, and intrigue, set in England and the Europe of Hitler and Stalin on the eve of the Second World War.


On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Paul Jones spoke on-- Designing an Efficient and Effective “Tracing Forward” Project
Tracing forward has many applications

·He covered: heir searching, reverse genealogy, descendant tracing, finding living relatives, finding lost cousins, tracing forward
and offered a systematic strategy for tracing forward that will work effectively and efficiently whatever the situation.


On:Tuesday October 8 - -Cathy McNamara spoke on-- How to Plan a Fabulous Family Reunion


On:Tuesday September - Jim Onyschuk spoke on Researching This Side of the Pond—Part One.
Where he examined: Search Strategies
Knowing the Types of Available Records
Knowing Where These Records Reside
Knowing How to Open an LDS Account
Knowing How to Search the LDS Catalogue

While there are a growing number of records available in Ukraine and Poland for researching your ancestry. Many of these records are also available “this side of the pond.” While travelling overseas and searching the archives and libraries is preferable, you will still need to know what is available both here and in those archives. You can also conduct a tremendous amount of research without having to travel outside the country.


On Tuesday June 11- Dr. Romana Bahry spoke on - Sources for the Genealogy of Dr. Kindraczuk, Galician Scientist and Pharmacist (Horodenka, Lviv, Vienna, Lancut)


Tuesday, May 14 - Ron Wencer did a PowerPoint slide show of - In Search of Our Ancestors’ Routes: Trans-Atlantic Paths from Galicia During the First-Wave Years


Tuesday, April 9 - Andrew Gregorovich spoke on - Cossacks & Ukrainians. He differentiated between the Ukrainian Cossacks and the Russian Cossacks, pointing their different origins and histories. He is the author a number of books including Cossack Bibliography: A Selected Bibliography of the Zaporozhian and Other Cossacks of Ukraine, the Don Cossacks of Russia and the Kuban Cossacks , which was available for sale.

Tuesday March 12 - Field trip to Jacyk Centre –showcasing their print and electronic resources, and then a visit to the Microtext department where are housed hundreds of Ukrainian newspapers on microfilm .


Tues. Feb. 12 - Dave Melnychuk – spoke on - Collage & Research of Family - Dave has done a remarkable job researching his ancestry. He tracesd the movement of his family in Ukraine and Canada employing elements of collage in a very unique way. There were many illustrations of the costumes that his ancestry wore in Ukraine.


Tues. Jan. 8, 2013 - Film – The Officer’s Wife - a documentary by Academy-award winner Jan A.P. Kaczmarek partnering with filmmaker Piotr Uzarowicz to create a moving story about a family caught in the crossfire of the Soviets and Nazis and the lifelong repercussions that followed.

In an old safe, a man discovers his grandmother’s memoirs, old photos of an army officer and a mysterious postcard that link to a concealed crime; the Katyn Forest massacre. Weaving interviews with bold animation, The Officer's Wife explores the collision of truth, justice and memory in a family tragedy.

The cover-up of the Katyn massacre is still rarely acknowledged. Two million families (mostly spouses, children and relatives of Polish military officers murdered at Katyn) were taken from their homes in Poland and deported to Siberia by the Soviets in 1940 and the U.S. and Great Britain took an active role in covering it up.

Over half were dead within one year. Only 200,000 managed to survive and leave the Soviet Union. Those that escaped were told by the U.S. and Britain to keep their mouths shut about what happened.


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Year 2012

Tues. Dec. 11, 2012 - Jim Onyschuk – Census & City Directories for Research - Jim gave a Powerpoint presentation, while participants partook of Christmas fare.


Tues. Nov. 13, 2012 - Marsha Skrypuch“An Evening with Marsha” - Marsha discussed the research and writing of her most recent novel, “Making Bombs For Hitler”, as well as other books that have a family history application. She gave insight about using family history as the seed for historical fiction, biography, memoir and other story formats.


Tues. Oct. 9, 2012 - Members’ Research and road blocks - Hands on Session on Strategies for Overcoming Brick Walls, Dead Ends & Bottle-Necks in Genealogy.


Tues. Sept.11, 2012 - Ukrainian Genealogy 101Analyzing Pedigree Charts & Family Group Sheets - members brought their family group sheets & pedigree charts printed from their genealogy programmes to share with others


Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - Ron Wencer spoke on  -  What’s New for Genealogical Research Now - from 5 or 10 Years Ago? 


Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - Dr. Romana Bahry (York University) Spoke on- Sources for Researching Polish Ancestry in Cracow .


Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - Marian Press Spoke on - Googling for Genealogy: How to Take Advantage of all Google Has to Offer

Most genealogists know that Google is a good place to start to find family information on the Internet. But many don’t know how to make the search engine perform best (phrase searching, date searching, the use of the plus (+) and minus (-) signs, synonym searching, etc.), nor do they take full advantage of everything else Google has to offer. This presentation covers strategies for using Google effectively for family history: how to search effectively on Google, setting up Google Alerts, Google image searching, Google Maps, Google Books (including setting up one’s own Google bookshelf), Google News Archive, Google blogs, Google translation tools, Google+ and more.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - Steve Fulton spoke on New Computer Hardware for Genealogy.  


Tuesday, February 14 - Evhen Ladna – Lemko Society of Toronto - Spoke on  Wisla Operation - Ukrainians removed  from homelands.

Operation Wisła (Polish: Akcja Wisła) was the codename for the 1947 deportation of southeastern Poland's Ukrainian, Boyko and Lemko populations, carried out by the Soviet installed communist authorities in Poland with assistance from Soviet Union.

The Government of Poland forcibly deported over 140,000 Ukrainian men, women, children and the elderly, from the indigenous Ukrainian territories of eastern and south-eastern Poland.

According to Polish government documents from the period, the purpose of this ethnic cleansing was "to solve the Ukrainian problem once and for all". The intent was to destroy the indigenous Ukrainian community in Poland by dispersing it throughout the newly acquired northern and western territories of Poland, They were to constitute no more than 10 percent of the population in any one location, and the eventual goal of government policy was their total assimilation into the Polish majority.

Members of the intelligentsia and leading members of the community, including clergy (both Greek-Catholic and Orthodox), were centered out and sent from collection points to the concentration camp in Jaworzno called the Central Work Camp, and was a branch of the German camp Auschwitz.

In addition to Operation Wisła, deportations continued in stages until 1951. Ukrainians that resided west of the established Poland-Soviet Union border were deported to Soviet Ukraine. As a result of treaties between Poland and the USSR, some 450,000 Lemkos and Ukrainians were deported to Ukraine, and some 300,000 managed to stay in their native regions, within the borders of Poland.


Saturday, January 14, 2012 - Field trip to: North York Central Library - Gladys Allison Canadiana Room

 

 

The library contains a vast collection of genealogy books and resources, including:

  • Ship passenger lists Border entry records and Immigration forms Census Records City Directories from across Canada Assessment records for Ontario
  • Some vital records: births, marriages, and deaths


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Year 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 -  Film - METROPOLITAN ANDREY - Vladyka Andrey the movie, is based on the life and work of a renowned historical figure and church leader, Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Andrei Sheptytskyy, through severe persecution and the repression of political regimes from czarist rule to Stalin and Hitler.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - Ron Wencer spoke on – But I Don’t Have an Ancestral Village - tracking people who wouldn’t stay put – 15 years of    techniques, coincidences, bright ideas, mistakes & luck


Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - Dr. Ksenya Kiebuzinski spoke on – Class and National Identity in Galicia: Sketches of a Przemysl Family 1870s – 1940s    


Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - Ron Wencer – spoke on Using PowerPoint to Share Family History:: Getting the most out of it, including how to share your efforts with people who don't have computers.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - Dr. Romana Bahry ( York University) spoke on “Journey to her Father’s Ancestral Home in Zboriv, Western Ukraine & the Secret in the Attic.”


Tuesday, May 10, 2011- Frank Cedar spoke on "Ukrainian research in Poland.”

Frank has traced his roots back to the year 1700 for two families ... Wojtowicz and Lorenowicz. The main focus centred around how he conducted research with respect to the village of Kaszyce in Poland and immigration of those villagers to Manitoba and Saskatchewan. He related how he accessed and photographed the complete B/M/D records (going back to the 1700s) from the Kaszyce parish. These records were not in the archives and the priest allowed him to copy all the records. He noted how almost everyone, who immigrated to Canada, settled in the Brandon, Manitoba area. He had a cadastral map of Kaszyce and explained the
process of how he obtained it.

 


Saturday, April 16, 2011 – We “Toured the Family History Centre ”, 24 Ferrand Drive, Don Mills from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm.

We were given an overview of their facilities as well as having an opportunity to do some first-hand research on microfilms containing Ukrainian and Polish parish records.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - Jim Onyschuk spoke on - "OneNote: A Tool for Organizing Your Research Electronically."

OneNote is a powerful tool for systematically organizing research and records, making it easy to keep all of your information in one easy-to-manage location. It is designed for note taking, brainstorming, researching, searching, collaborating and collecting random bits of information.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - We reviewed the film - "Harvest of Despair" The film documents the Ukrainian famine (Holodomor) of 1932—33. Using interviews with survivors and scholars to supplement rare photographic evidence, it establishes that the famine was deliberately created by the of Stalinist regime in a decades-long effort to destroy the Ukrainian peasantry, who resisted the forced collectivization of their lands.


Saturday, January 15, 2011 - The "Tour of the Family History Library", 24 Ferrand Drive, Don Mills was cancelled due to a winter storm.


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Year 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010, Sonia Tkachuk van Heerden spoke on “Genealogy Sources in Europe for East European Research” - Part four of a four-part series. It was followed by a Christmas Party.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010, Sonia Tkachuk van Heerden spoke on “Genealogical sources in Canada and USA for East European Genealogy” - Part three of a four-part series.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - Sonia Tkachuk van Heerden spoke on “Genealogical Sources in Toronto for East European Genealogy" - Part two of a four-part series.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - Sonia Tkachuk van Heerden spoke on “Introduction to Eastern European Genealogy” -Part one of a four-part series.


Tuesday, June 1 was an important wrap-up session dealing with:

- Suggestions for future meetings
- Our presence at the Bloor West Ukrainian Festival
- Show & Tell/ members mini-presentations
- Breakthroughs and brick-wall members have encountered

        


Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - Frank Cedar - Spoke on "Research on Ukrainians in Poland and Ukraine...How I Found My Family Roots" Part of his presentation focusrd on SE Poland around Pzremysl. He will also covered how and where to find records and data. In addition, Frank gave a brief history on how UA families from that area were moved into Ukraine.

A highlight was his posting many old Austrian maps on the walls including what are known as Cadastral maps and discussed how they were obtained.


Tues April 13, 2010 - Dr. Romana Bahry (York University) - Did a PowerPoint presentaion on "Ukrainian Genealogy in Vienna, Austria." She outlined the many collections related to Galician genealogy which are housed in one of the Hapsburg palaces. Dr. Bahry also outlined the political and religious changes which affected Galician history.


Tues  Mar 9, 2010 - Pierce Reid spoke on "Processing Genealogical Images using Freeware Irfanview: scanned documents, downloads & photographs." While "Irfanview" does not have all the "bells and whistles" of PHOTOSHOP or other expensive software, it does meet his needs as a genealogist.

Pierce also discussed Ghostscript, which is a separate free product that Irfanview can use to read PDF files. He also showed how using a GPS (Global Positioning System) can be a valuable addition when taking pictures and determining where they were taken.


Tues Feb 9, 2010    Ron Wencer - gave a powerpoint presentation on "How Many left Deviatnyky?" He examined the magnitude and the impact of emigration from a Galician town in the years before WWI. What sort of people left, in what age groups? What skills were lost?
He also examined how the emigrants re-grouped in their new homelands? How strong did the bonds of the old home prove in the long run? This was a v ery well received presentation with many lessons to be derived.


Tues Jan 12, 2010 - video - "Everything is Illuminated" A young Jewish American man endeavors to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II in a Ukrainian village, that was ultimately razed by the Nazis, with the help of a local who speaks weirdly funny broken English

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Year 2009


Tues Dec 8 - Kay Horiszny shared stories on her father "The Ukrainian Shoemaker of Cabbagetown." She spoke of her life growing up in a poorer section of Toronto. Other participants told of their experiences growing up in their Ukrainian families. At the same time we held our Annual Christmas party, replete withgood food.


Tuesday November 10 - Wasyl Sydorenko spoke on - "The Ukrainian Diaspora in South America: Tools and Bibliographies." He outlined those areas to which Ukrainians emigrated and how to research this aspect of the Diaspora.


Tuesday, October 13, Andrew Melnyk – spoke on his recently published book, "My Grandfather's Mill - Journey to Freedom."

He told of the perilous trip to escape from Nazi-controlled Ukraine during the war.There was an official book launch on Sunday Oct. 18, 2009, held at the UNF Center at 145 Evans Avenue. Various speakers gave readings and commented on the events raised in the book. Professor, Professor Orest Subtelny, author of Ukraine, A History, lauded the content and spoke on the "DP" experiences affecting 3rd. wave Ukrainians to Canada.


Tuesday, September 8, The Toronto Ukrainian Genealogy Group icommenced its 11th year of meetings. Our first speaker for the season was :

Maryka Wodoslawsky - who spoke on "Following the Route of the Ancestors from Poland to Ukraine" - a 6 ½ week journey the summer of 2009. Maryka's family was caught up in the ethnic cleansing operation when Ukrainians, who lived in the lands known as Zakerzonnia, were incorporated into Communist Poland and the entire Ukrainian population were forcefully deported either to the USSR or to the northernterritories of Poland. This operation was known as Akcja Wisla and affected some 150,000 Ukrainians. During the opration over 4,000 civilians, including women, children and clergy were interned in the Jaworzno Concentration Camp (formerly part of the Nazi death camp in Auschwitz).


Tuesday, June 16, we had our Wrap-up session and a Show and Tell.

Jim Onyschuk demonstrated How to set up an electronic genealogy binder using OneNote part of the Microsoft Office Suite. He also demonstrated the language learning software for Ukrainian called Byki. We also discussed the 2010 Research Tour to Western Ukraine. Finally we explored iIdeas for next year's program.


Tuesday, May 12 - Bill Gladstone spoke on "Publishing Your Research: How to Stay Organized and Sane"
                           
Topics included:

  • producing scalable family charts using family tree software enhancing and repairing old photographs in Photoshopdesigning a book using a professional design program
  • working with an American print on demand publisher
  Mr. Gladstone recently Authored "One Hundred Years in Canada: The Rubinoff-Naftolin Family Tree"

April 14, 2009 - Professor Peter Potichnyj spoke on "The Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) and its Activities in Zakerzonnia." Dr. Potichnij outlined the history and structure of the UPA and their struggle to protect Ukrainians from Polish, German and Soviet armies during WW II and after. He dicussed the tragic forced relocation of Ukrainian families living in a 60 kilometer band of land, families dating back to 900. He also discussed the work his compatriates were doing to preserve the documents arrising out of the conflict.


March 10, 2009 - Dr. Ksennya Kiebuzinski (University of Toronto) spoke on the "John Luczkiw Ukrainian Collection at the Multicultural Canada Website." Also present was the wife of John Luczkiw. Dr. Kiebuzinski also gave an overview of the Petro Jacyk Centre at the Robart,s Library.


Tuesday February 10, 2009 - Jim Onyschuk gave a PowerPoint presentation on "Doing Ukrainian Genealogy from A to Z." He covered the following topics:
- The Five Research Steps
- What Charts and Forms to Use
- What Records to Search and how to locate them
- The 12 Local Area Repositories in the Toronto area and the  records
they hold for genealogists
- What Computer Programs can assist your search
- Tips on using the Internet
- The importance of an electronic notebook


January 13, 2009 - Professor Peter Potichnyi was to speak on "The Ukrainian Insurgent Army and its Activities in Zakerzonnia."
Unfortunately due to an illness, Dr. Potichnyi had to cancel. In his stead we viewed "The Orange Revolution" by Steve York. This a "must see" video with shots of "behind the scenes" events, which added drama to this excellent overview of this historic event.

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Year 2008


Tuesday, December 9 - Sonia Tkachuk van Heerden gave a slide-show presentation of her "Trip to Poland and Ukraine in October 2007" & we had our annual Christmas Pot-Luck party featuring varenyky, kowbassa and sweets.


Tuesday, November 11 - Dr. Romana Bahry (York University) spoke on "Researching German Genealogy in Western Ukraine (Galicia)." Dr. Bahry revealed the limited resources there were for researching one line of her family.


Tuesday, October 21 Jim Onyschuk spoke on " Using Gazetteers to Develop  a Village Description." A summary article is available at http://torugg.org/tugg/?p=80


Tuesday September 9 , 2008

Commencing the 10th year of meetings of TUGG, we welcomed Dr. Thomas Prymak (University of Toronto), who spoke on, "Ivan Franko and Large-Scale Ukrainian Economic Economic Emigration to Canada before 1914." Dr. Prymak pointed out the significant role that Ivan Franko played in encouraging Ukrainians to emigrate to Canada as well as the role he played in helping, the then called Ruthenians, develop a Ukrainian national consciousness. Also mentioned was how the changing laws played a role in impoverishing those who worked the land, causing them to look for solutions through emigratio. This was a very well received presentation.


Tuesday June 10, 2008 - Lisa Tkaczuk spoke on, “How does a DNA Test help my genealogical search?" Lisa has had DNA tests for tracing both her parent's and her husbands parent's with interesting results pointing to African and Middle-Eastern ancestral DNA markings. She explained the process she went through to obtain the test results and showed a brief film explaining how the DNA testing program evolved.


Saturday May 10 , 2008 - Field Trip tour of the Toronto Reference Library's Genealogy Resources. Participants were introduced to the many important genealogical resources available at the Toronto Public Library System and it's growing collection. The Library is located at 789 Yonge St, which is one block north of Bloor Street.


Tuesday April 8, 2008 - Bill Bienia spoke on "Genealogy Software Programs - Are They For The Serious Rersearcher?" He compared four of the leading genealogical programs for the PC (RootsMagic, Family Tree Maker, Legacy, and The Master Genealogist). Topics covered ease of use, source citations, augmenting bare facts, creating narratives and chronological profiles, generating charts and reports, books and Web sites, and using data with other programs such as word processors and spreadsheets.


Tuesday March 11, 2008 - Marion Press, an instructor for the National Genealogical Institute, gave a presentation on "New Internet Technologies for Genealogy" She outlined the new Internet technologies, generally known as Web 2.0, that are being adopted by genealogists. Covered were things like blogs, wikis, podcasts; social networking sites like Flickr and del.ici.ous; and "Genealogy 2.0" sites like Geni.com and WeRelate.org. and how genealogists are using even Second Life and YouTube.


Tuesday February 12, 2008 - Ron Wencer gave a PowerPoint presentation on "Seeing Your Family's History Through Military Records and Memorabilia." He showed how he traced the movements of four relatives during the two World Wars. With little to start with Ron managed to find enough material to relate four fascinating stories, including finding the Japanese soldier responsible for his uncle's death on the High Seas.


Tuesday January 8, 2008 - Hands on Session on "Strategies for Overcoming Brick Walls, Dead Ends & Bottle-Necks in Genealogy." Jim Onyschuk gave a PowerPoint presentation on a methodology for solving common problems encountered doing genealogical research.

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Year 2007

Tuesday December 4 , 2007 - Film Night and Christmas Party.
Film showing of "The Fullness of Time: Ukrainian Stories from Alberta."
Our Christmas Party featured six dozen varynyky, lots of fresh Kubassa and other goodies. We also discussed topics for upcoming sessions.


Tuesday November 13, 2007 - Paul McGrath spoke on "Digital and Video Cameras for Genealogy," - St Vladimir Institute. Paul, the resident genealogist on the popular "Ancestors in the Attic " series produced by History Television, gave a stimulating PowerPoint presentation showing just how digital still and video cameras are powerful new tools for doing genealogical research.

ANCESTORS IN THE ATTIC


Tuesday October 9, 2007 - Dr. Romana Bahry spoke on "Szematisms as Another Genealogical Source." Romana had tracked 6 archives which housed Szematisms and illustrated how these records could be valuable for tracking the occupations of relatives. They were also useful for gaining a perspective on what occupations there may have been in a village or town.


Tuesday September 11, 2007 - Jim Onyschuk spoke on “How to Research Using the TUGG Site.


Tuesday June 26, 2007 - This was a wrap- up session. Jim Onyschuk gave a slide presentation on the 2007 "Discover Your Roots Tour to Western Ukraine." The session explored someideas and topics for next session's program.


Tuesday May 8, 2007 - Dr. Romana Bahry of York University spoke on her visits to the Archives in Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Krakow, Przemyshl & travel in Poland & Ukraine.


*Tuesday April 10, 2007 - Dr. Andrew Gregorowich spoke on “ Maps Old & New for Genealogical Research.” In a well received presentation, Dr. Gregorowich outlined the long history of Ukraine. Although the nation-state of Ukraine is recent, the nation of Ukraine has been in existence for many hundred years. This he illustrated on ancient maps, which were headed and labeled Ukraine (some of which he had on hand) and in various historic accounts. Dr. Gregorowich solidly refuted previous claims by Polish and Russian authors that Ukraine was not a nation but a part of their respective countries.


*Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - Bob Dawes spoke on "The Risks & Rewards of Pay-per-View Genealogy Websites."


*Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - Bob Dawes was to speak on "The Risks & Rewards of Pay-per-View Genealogy Websites." Unfortunately the meeting had to be rescheduled to Tuesday, March 13, due to a winter storm.


*Saturday, January 20, 2007 - Field Trip to the Family History Center at 24 Ferrand Drive North York. - A very informative hands-on session was led by Peter Goddard, one of the volunteer staff at the Center. Perhaps the most valuable Toronto resource for doing Ukrainian and Polish genealogical research is found here, at the Center. Recently, the Center has been acquiring a large number of Microfilms on Ukraine and Poland and adding them to their permanent loan collection. Up to this date, there were over 130 Ukrainian and 42 Polish Microfilms in the Toronto Family History Center’s permanent collection covering hundreds of villages and towns. They have also recently added 16 films of the “Geographic Dictionary of the Former Kingdom of Poland and other Slavic Lands.” All villages in Galicia would be on these films and some places as far east as Rivne Oblast as well. They also have the pay-for-view Ancestors site FREE on one of their computers. This site covers a vast amount genealogical data and is an indispensable research tool.

There were 40 new films added on Saturday, to this permanent collection. These new films cover 118 villages and towns.

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Year 2006

*Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - Focused on How to Utilize the Resources at your Local Family Center. - FHCs are open free to the public and run on a nonprofit basis by volunteers. Nobody preaches to those who attend - just as nobody would disturb you in a "regular" public library. Participants l earnt what microfilms of Ukrainian and Polish church records are on permanent loan at the Toronto Family History Center and free to search. The Center has FREE access to the Ancestry.com. data base, which you would normally pay for, for an individual subscription. Participants also enjoyed some Ukrainian cuisine at our annual Xmas party.


*Tuesday, November 14, 2006 - Gail Skikovitz spoke and gave a slide show on her experiences in finding family in Ukraine & her visits to the Archives in Ternopil & 2 Archives in Warsaw. Time prevented Romana Bahry from speaking on her trip experiences. We will reschedule a future session to hear Romana's presentation.


* Tuesday, October 10, 2006 - Bill Gladstone spoke on "Canadian Naturalization Records -- A Genealogical Treasure Trove." He dealt with the records from about 1918 to 1951 and how to attain copies of them from the federal government under the Access to Information Act.

There was also the installation of the TUGG officers for 2006-2007.

 


* Monday, September 11, George Duravetz, spoke on "How Canadians can Survive a Trip to Ukraine & Ukrainian Bureaucracy".

George, noted author of the two-volume series on " Ukrainian: Conversational and Grammatical. Level I and Level II." is a Canadian-born son of Ukrainian emmigrants., He purchased a home in Ukraine and has lived between Canada and Ukraine for many years. He spoke on his experiences of living in Ukraine along with it's evolution and the somewhat slow improvements. He pointed out a major problem with seeing most books and the media being published in Russian and not in Ukrainian. He outlined the political process ollowing the "Orange Revolution" and how it has been a major disappointment for most Ukrainians. The old bureaucratic mentality still permeates throughout the system and holds back progress.

There was a lively debate and the session went an hour past the meeting deadline.


* Tuesday June 13 , This was our annual wrap up session - We viewed a film on "How To Use The Family History Library Catalog" and explored ideas and topics for the next session's program - There was a mini presentation on "Locating what's on LDS Films from the Greek Catholic Consistory of L'viv.


* Tuesday May 9 , Session was on - Brickwalls and Hurrahs - People brought their successes and problems to share with other members, and obtained help on stumbling blocks they were encountering. One breakthrough came when a participant had her parents letters translated. She found that the relationship between individual ancestors was indicated in the letters and was able, in this way, to go back four generations in her family tree.


* Tuesday April 11, Ed Drebot spoke on his "Trip to Ukraine and Visiting the Archives". Ed spent two years in Ukraine and witnessed the "Orange evolution" demonstrations. His three-part talk focused on the first recorded genealogy found in The Bible, The Torah and other religious groups. He then spoke on what he experienced visiting the Oblast Archives. Finally he spoke of his experiences in Ukraine.


* Tuesday March 7, 2006, Marco Carynyk spoke on "Ukrainians, Jews and Poles in Galicia 1939-1941." He read selections from his upcoming book, entitled Furious Angels: Ukrainians, Jews, and Poles in the Summer of 1941 and that is to be published by Yale University Press.



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, 2006, from 2:00-5:00 pm., there was a Field Trip to the Toronto Reference Library-Genealogical Resources. The group had a hands-on session at computer terminals to explore what databases were available through the Central Library. Of note are the databases of certain pay sites, such as Ancestry.com, which are freely available through the library.

The group also visited the extensive Special Collections, Genealogy and Maps Centre located on the fourth floor of the Toronto Reference Library at 789 Yonge St. The Library is one block north of Bloor Street on the east side of Yonge.


Tuesday January 10, 2006, there was a showing of the film "My Mother's Village" by John Paskievich. This is a powerful film. John Paskievich is the son of a post-world war II refugee family, who made their way to Canada. Tthe story is not only of his visit to the land of his forbears but also of the attempts of his contemporaries to come to terms with the dual identity forged by the displacement experience. This is a must see film!

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* Tuesday, December 13, 2005, there was a showing of "Jakub", together with our Christmas party. The film is a documentary about the people of a Rusyn village in northern Romania who were relocated to the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia after World War II. The film focuses on the recollections of members of the community as they eminisce about an unusual character named “Jakub.”


* Tuesday, November 8, 2005 Mike Dunk spoke on "Using Digital Equipment in genealogy". In a well-received meeting, Mike illustrated just how important having a digital camera and scanner can greatly improve genealogical record-keeping. He also shared information on various types of software that are used to enhance and repair photographs. He showed some examples of software used to create digital photo albums which could be burned onto CDs and given as gifts to family members.


* Friday, October 14, 2005, author, Orysia Paszczak Tracz spoke on "Ukrainian Folk Medicine." Baba Was Right All Along: [Baba mala ratsiyu]. So what did your Baba or Oma or Nonna use when you were sick? Did it work? What plants grew in her garden and on her window sill? What are some plant, animal, and mineral medications that are still used today?


* Tuesday, September 13th, 2005, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch spoke on the research and the process she was going through for her next book, a novel on World War I Internment Camps in Canada. She is the author of "Silver Threads." Participants also related their successes and roadblocks they encountered over the summer break.


* Tuesday, June 14, 2005, This seasonal wrap-up session included: Sharing Legends of our Families: Proving or Disproving Them, Ideas for next season’s program and Member’s mini-presentations.


* Tuesday, May 10, 2005, Myron Momryk spoke on: "Preserving Your Family and Organizational Records"Myron is a Project Archivist with the Social and Cultural Archives of the National Library and Archives of Canada. He has compiled many outlines on Ukrainian source materials for research. Myron is active in the Ottawa Ukrainian genealogy Group

He covered the "do's and don'ts" on preserving papers, correspondence, photos and related material? He included family records and also the genealogist’s records while they are doing research. Examples were provided. Myron also outlined the resources that are available at the National Library and Archives in Ottawa to research Ukrainian genealogy.


* Tuesday, April 12, 2005, Eva D’Amico spoke on “How to Create a Memory Book from Family Photos and Documents”. We learned how to organize and preserve ourvaluable genealogical family photos, documents and memorabilia into an archival, beautiful and meaningful memory book. Using hands on techniques, as well as handouts, we learned the basics of using archival materials, making sense of all the 'scrapbook' products out there, and expressing your own creativity to make it a meaningful family heirloom.


* Saturday, March 19 from 1:00 PM--An Afternoon in the Canadiana Department of the North York Central Library 6th Floor. John Jacobson conducted a 45minute tour of the vast genealogical resources held in the Canadiana Department. Participants were then free to explore the resources and do some serious research. Many found ship ecords of their ancestors coming to Canada.


* Tuesday, February 8, 2005 Bill Harasym, spoke on “Ukrainian-Canadian Participation in the Spanish Civil War.” The speaker was also knowledgeable about the history of the “Association of United Ukrainian Canadians” and its predecessor “The Ukrainian Labour and Farmers' Temple Association,” which was a leading national organization for Ukrainian emigrants in the 1920s and onward. He fielded questions aboutthese organizations which played a roll in Ukrainian-Canadian life in the Interwar period as well as the 1950s.


On Tuesday January 11, 2005 There was a showing of the video, "Between Hitler and Stalin". Narrated by Jack Palance, the video portrays the titanic struggle between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union that took place on Ukraine's territory. Although called the Russo-German war, only parts of Russia were occupied, while all Ukrainian territories were invaded and laid waste by both the Nazi and Soviet war machines. The film recounts the losses and suffering of the Ukrainian people during the two years of Soviet-Nazi collaboration (1939-1941), the destruction wrought by Stalin's scorched earth policy during the Soviet retreat, and the ruin left behind by the German and then the Soviet offensives. This is a must see film, for those who missed it.

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* On December 14, 2004 Oksana Zakydalski, Secretary-Treasurer of the Ukrainian Canadian Research & Documentation Centre spoke on: "Life Stories of Ukrainian Canadian Immigrants Interviewed in Canada".


* On November 9th, 2004, there was a Field Trip to the Petro Jacyk Research Centre at Robarts Library, University of Toronto 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Wasyl Sydorenko gave a presentation on Ukrainian Heraldry. Mary Stevens, the director, spoke on and showed the many resources the Centre had for conducting a genealogical search. The group also visited the extensive map library at the Robarts Library.


* On October 12, 2004, Marian Press spoke on "Active versus Passive Use of the Internet for Genealogy".


* On September 14, 2004, Professor Edward Burstynsky of the Linguistics Department at the University of Toronto spoke on "The Ukrainian Language-Past and Present". There was also a report on the indexing project by TUGG of the Greek Catholic Consistory of L'viv microfilms.


* On June 8, 2004, Wrap up session, suggestions for upcoming sessions and Ukraine trip accounts


On May 11, 2004, Viewed the video "Legacy to a New Land: A Celebration of Ukrainian Settlement in the West."


* On April 13, 2004, Dr. Paul Magocsi spoke on "What is Ukraine and Who Are Ukrainians."


* On March 9, 2004, Ron Wencer spoke on "Using Maps to Document Your Ancestors Lives."


* On February 10, 2004--Boris Sozanski spoke on "Personal trips to Ukraine".


* On January 13, 2004--We discussed Information on Lviv Microfilm indexing Project and Planning for a trip to Ukraine.

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* On December 9 , 2003--Member's successes & Problems with Ukrainian
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and Mormon Library Searches & the Annual Christmas Party


* On November 11 , 200--Jim Onyschuk spoke on "How to Develop a Chronology of your Family."


* On October 12, 2003--Oleh Iwanisiw presented "News from the Lviv Archives."


* On September 9, 2003 Alex Dolnytski spoke on "Cyrillic fonts & Genealogy on the Computer".


* On June 10, 2003--Publishing your information—with Sonia van Heerden, plus a wrap up meeting and election of executive officers for next year.


* On May 13, 2003--Dr. Frank Sysyn spoke on Mshanets, a Boiko Village: Sources to Transatlantic Ties and Genealogy.


* On April 8, 2003—Allan Szuch spoke on the Memorial Books of Fallen Soldiers of Ukraine: A Storehouse for Genealogists.


* On March 11, 2003—Rodney Travis-Griffen spoke on the "International Red Cross Tracing Service."


* On February 11, 2003--Jane McNamara spoke on Friends of the Ontario Archives and Multicultural Society


* January 14, 2003--We showed the video - "Freedom Had a Price 1914-1920, Canada's First Internment Operation".

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* On December 10, 2002 — Andrew Gregorovich, Senior ResearcherUkrainian Canadian Research & Documentation Centre spoke on "Geographical & Reference Resources for Ukrainian Genealogy." Sonia Tkachuk van Heerden also spoke on Researchers in Ukraine.


* On November 12, 2002 —Andrew Gregorowich gave an overview of the Ukrainian Canadian Research & Documentation Centre at St. Vlad’s and spoke on Resources of old maps and reference books for Ukrainian Genealogy research.


* On October 8, 2002--Ihor Kuryliw spoke on "Travel in Ukraine in the past and in the present."


* On September 10, 2002--Sonia Tkachuk van Heerden gave a report on the East European Conference, which was held in Regina, July 2002 and the International Jewish Conference, which was held in Toronto, August, 2002. Oleh Iwanisiw spoke on Life in Ukraine. Lydia Bortnyk spoke on Ukrainian Language Classes at St. Vladimir Institute.


* On June 11, 2002, A general problem-solving meeting to deal with road-blocks people had encountered in their search. The meeting also dealt with "Steps to Follow When Writing to the Ukrainian Archives and Villages for Information."


* On May 14, 2002, Andrij Makuch of the CIUS spoke on "Ukrainian Canadian Historical Writing."


* On April 9, 2002, Thomas Prymak spoke on "Family Names Among Ukrainian Canadians and Americans."


* On March 12, 2002, Louise St. Dennis spoke on "Dealing with the Mountains of Paper, How to Organize your Files Acquired While Doing Genealogical Research."


* On February 12, 2002, Marion Press from the Ontario Genealogical Society spoke on "Computers and Genealogy."


* On January 8, 2002, Dr. Larry Gaum spoke on "Videotaping your Family History and How to Write Your Family History Book."

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Year 2001

* On November 13, 2001, Ihor Bodnar the Ukrainian Vice-Consul General and Halyna Kovaliova in Toronto spoke on "Accessing Resources in Ukraine."


* On October 9, 2001, Oleh Iwanusiw spoke on "Research in Ukraine & Oblast Maps."


* On September 11, 2001, Halyna Ostapchuk spoke on "Resources at the St. Vladimir Library."


* On May 8, 2001, Sonia van Heerden spoke on "Resources in the USA for Canadian/Ukrainian Research."


* On April 10, 2001, Jane MacNamara of the Ontario Genealogical Society spoke on "Sources Available at the Mormon Library."


* On March 13, 2001, there was a Field Trip to the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Genealogy Section, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Librarians outlined the resources available.


* On February 13, 2001, there was a Field Trip to the Canadiana Room of the Toronto Public Library, 5120 Yonge Street, 6th Floor, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. John Jacobson conducted a tour of the genealogical resources, which were available.


* On January 9, 2001, Oleh Iwanasiw spoke on "Taking a Research Trip to Ukraine."

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* On November 14, 2000, a discussion of Ethnic Books for Research, Canadian Sources and Sources in the Prairie Provinces. The group discussed areas of interest and were given advice on where to search next.


* On October 10, 2000, a discussion on "Searching Passenger Lists". Sonia van Heerden spoke on "Research in the Toronto Area." There was a discussion obtained from Tony Rocci from his talks given in 1999.


* On September 12, 2000, Sonia van Heerden spoke on how to fill out Pedigree Charts, Family Group Sheets & using a Problem Solving Checklist.


* On March 7, 2000, Tony Rocci gave a talk on "Genealogy and the Internet."


* There were no meetings in April or May.


* On February 5, Tony Rocci spoke on "Ukrainian First Names."


* The January meeting was not held due to Ukrainian holidays.

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* On December 8, 1999, Tony Rocci spoke on "Social Classes, Political Terminology" and the "Waves of Ukrainian Immigration."


* On November 9, 1999, Tony Rocci gave a talk on "A glossary of Ukrainian Terminology," and Sonia van Heerden gave a talk on "Genealogical Research in the Toronto Area."


* On October 12, 1999, Tony Rocci spoke on "A Crash Course in Ukrainian Genealogy" and Sonia van Heerden demonstrated "How to Properly Fill Out Pedigree and Family Group Charts," as a start to genealogy. The group also filled out forms indicating the surnames individuals are searching and time and and geographical areas of research.


* The September 14, 1999 meeting was the "Inaugural Meeting of the Toronto Ukrainian Genealogy Group," held in the Board Room at the St. Vladimir Institute, 620 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2H4. The meeting started at 7:00 p.m. with Tony Rocci acting as the facilitator. Brian Gilchrist brought greetings from the Ontario Genealogy Society. The group discussed their respective ancestors and areas of interest.

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