It’s been a while since I posted, but  I am back now.

Our conference in Salt Lake City was a great success!  Everyone from the speakers to the caters did an excellent job.  I want to especially thank Carol Petranek and Georgia Stryker-Keilman for the many hours of work that they put into make the conference a success.  Each of our speakers were well-informed and prepared.

The lunch catered by Stephanie Thayer, Laurie Spetsas and Christina Lopez was excellent.  And our photograper, Randy Kroll did a superb job as he always does.  Many thanks to our presenters, Dr. Lica Catsakis, Georgia Stryker-Keilman, Carol Petranek, Marina Harami, Margarita Dounia, Robert Curtis, Angie Bush, Giannis Michalakakos, and Gregory Kontos.

I cannot thank everyone enough who worked so hard and helped to make this event so successful.  All of this would not have been possible without the gracious kindness of our local Hellenic Community.

Now’s my chance to say how grateful I am to my cousins!  They all did an excellent job.  These cousins were responsible for the catering and photography.  If you are in the Salt Lake area and ever need these services, these are the people to contact.  Many thanks to Stephanie Thayer, her sisters Christina Lopez and Laurie Spetsas, (who traveled from out of state to help with this event) as well as our cousin Randy Kroll who takes pictures like no one you will ever meet!  Their work is just awesome!  It really turned out to be a mini-family reunion.  And family is what genealogy is all about!

The information provided at the conference can be seen on You Tube.  See the following links:

Keynote Address: “The Evolution of Hellenic Genealogy: Then and Now” presented by Dr. Lica Catsakis. No handout.
Link to video (on YouTube):

How US Records Can Help You Prepare for Research in Greece
Presented by Georgia Stryker Keilman
Link to video (on YouTube):

Research in Greece Using Civil and Church Records
(Handout no longer available)
Presented by Gregory Kontos
Link to video (on YouTube):
Resources for Research in Greece: Libraries, Websites, Books, Newspapers
Presented by Marina Harami.  Handout is forthcoming.
Link to video (on YouTube):

Resources for Greek Research at the Family History Library  
Presented by Dr. Lica Catsakis
Link to video (on YouTube):
Supplementary material:  Greek Microfilms at the FamilySearch Library

Why Did They Leave? Greek Emigration in the 1900’s
Presented by Margarita Dounia
Note: Recording was not permitted

The Revolution of 1821 and Its Impact on Your Ancestors (1821-1900)
Presented by Giannis Michalakakos
Link to video (on YouTube):
Supplementary material:  An Overview of the Greek War for Independence

Geographic and Administrative Boundary Changes in Greece
presented by Dr. Lica Catsakis
Link to video (on YouTube):

Using Community Trees to Track Descendants of Greek Immigrants in the U.S.   Presented by Robert Curtis.
Link to video (on YouTube):
Supplementary material:  Powerpoint Presentation 

Making Connections: Facebook and Blogs
This was to have been a joint presentation by Carol Kostakos Petranek and Dawna Stevens. Because it was eliminated due to time constraints, the handout is the full Powerpoint presentation.

Planning a Research Trip to Greece
Presented by Carol Kostakos Petranek
Link to video (on YouTube):

DNA as a Tool for Greek Research
Presented by Angie Bush
Note: Recording was not permitted.


Greek Personal Names, Central Intelligence Agency, June 1962

Greek Genealogy Word List compiled by Carol Kostakos Petranek & Gregory Kontos 



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