Friday, June 17, 2022

Getting ready to cross borders


Plans for the 2022 SGGEE convention are coming together. The purpose of our theme, Crossing Borders, is to help us better understand areas in which our ancestors might have lived before moving into Poland and Volhynia.

So far, we expect to offer presentations on East Prussia and Lithuania, expanding your German research, Galicia in the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Ukraine.

We also plan to take advantage of smaller group discussions, offering participants the opportunity to hear from our member experts on the SGGEE Journal, navigating the databases on the website, preparing your data for submission to our member pedigree database and research hints in our primary areas.

As previously announced, we will do Q&A sessions on Friday to follow up on the webinars presented earlier in 2022. If you missed one, or have questions after having viewed the recordings, you can pop in and speak with the presenter. The three webinars are If It's 1773, It must be Russia on changing borders; Family Tree DNA and DNA Projects for SGGEE; and most recently, Navigating Online Records in Poland to Find Ancestors.

SGGEE members can view the recorded webinars using links from our virtual classroom page. By the way, our most recent webinar on using records in Poland is now posted; you'll want to view it more than once to catch the details!

Keep an eye on this space for announcements when registration opens.



Friday, May 27, 2022

Welcome!

The 2022 SGGEE convention will take place Friday through Sunday, Sept.  23-25.

Once again, we will be entirely virtual in consideration of potential health and travel disruptions due to ongoing concerns about the covid pandemic. We understand that many of you are looking forward to in-person conventions again. So are we! In the meantime, we hope to welcome members and guests virtually in September.


Crossing Border logoOur theme is "Crossing Borders" and refers to the fact that our ancestors in Poland and western Ukraine began their journeys in German areas around the edges. We are working on a program of speakers who will help us understand those areas.

On Friday, we are adding three "breakout rooms" to follow up on the virtual presentations given earlier in the year:

  • If It's 1773, It must be Russia (January)
  • Family Tree DNA and DNA Projects (April)
  • Navigating Online Records in Poland to Find Ancestors (June)
SGGEE members continue to have access to the recordings of these presentations through our "Virtual SGGEE" web page. If you previously attended or watched the videos, and have more questions to ask, you can join the breakout room(s) of your choice on Friday and talk with the presenters. Alternatively, if you haven't viewed the recording, now's the time to watch and then join the breakout room to meet with the presenter, who will answer questions.

The weekend will include our convention speakers, the Annual General Meeting of SGGEE, and additional breakout rooms focused on how to make the best use of the various resources SGGEE offers.

We're pleased to offer our "Changing Borders" convention at no cost to all participants. However, only SGGEE members will have access to any handouts and recordings of the presentations.

If you join SGGEE in the convention month (September), your membership will take effect in October and remain valid through Dec. 31, 2023.

Watch our blog for updates along the way. And send questions or comments to convention-sggee@googlegroups.com.



 

Getting ready to cross borders

Plans for the 2022 SGGEE convention are coming together. The purpose of our theme, Crossing Borders, is to help us better understand areas i...