The 5th Annual Nashi Predky Fall Conference – “Your Ancestry: Past, Present and Future” – November 3 – 4, 2018

The 5th Annual Nashi Predky Fall Conference – Your Ancestry: Past, Present and Future – will be held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center located at 135 Davidson Avenue in Somerset, New Jersey on November 3-4, 2018. The event features internationally known experts in Eastern European genealogy, and will span two days, including Saturday’s workshops, Hands-on Approach to Learning the Cyrillic Alphabets, conducted by Prof. Jon Shea, AG, a full-day dedicated to DNA featuring The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL, and many opportunities for networking, and the choice of nine lectures.
Two days of Programs!
The Nashi Predky Family History Group is excited to offer a two full days of programming. Participants may register for either Saturday or Sunday, or the full two-day conference at reduced pricing.[1] In addition to the presentations, the event will have vendors and cultural display areas.
On Saturday, November 3rd, the Nashi Predky Fall Conference “Your Ancestry: Past, Present and Future” opens with registration at 8am with a light continental breakfast.  At 9am, the morning sessions start off with the live virtual presentation “Recent Developments in Ukrainian Family Research” by Valentyna Nagy where she will discuss evolution of genealogy research in Ukraine since the 1990s.
After the opening session, a dual-track day begins with presentations by Professional Genealogist Leslie R. Karr, “George and Anna Boyko: A Search for their Ukrainian Home” [Virtual Presentation], and “Creating a Lasting Family Storyline: The Role of the Self-Publishing Genealogy Editor” by Brian Wilde.
Participants will be offered a buffet luncheon featuring ethnic food and networking time during the lunch break.
The afternoon sessions continue the dual-track offerings: “Galicia and Bukovina Genealogy Research” [Virtual Presentation] by Valentyna Nagy; “Carpathian Ruthenia (Transcarpathia) Genealogy Research” [Virtual Presentation] by Valentyna Nagy; and “Success: Using Social Media and DNA Together” by Bruce Romanchak. An optional workshop “Hands-on Approach to Learning the Cyrillic Alphabets” hosted by Prof. Jon Shea, AG. Space is limited for the Workshop (20 seats available).
New in 2018!
On Saturday night, Nashi Predky will host their 5th Anniversary dinner. Registration for this event is optional. Buffet-style dinner with entertainment is being planned.
DNA DAY Returns!
On Sunday, November 4th, DNA Day offers participants three lectures and lunch. Registration opens at 11:30am and a box lunch will be available. The presentations by Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL are: “DNA and the Golden Rule: The Law and Ethics of Genetic
 Genealogy”, “Beyond X and Y: The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing”, and “A Matter of Standards: DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard.”
Each day concludes with the door-prize drawings.
Participants may register for either Friday or Saturday, or the full two-day conference at reduced pricing through September 30th!!
The event will take place at the Ukrainian American Cultural Center in Somerset, New Jersey. The Center is easily accessible by car or train, being conveniently situated at Exit 10 of I-287 and only a short drive from the Bound Brook train station.
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News from the National Archives Catalog: Witness Depositions in Support of Seamen’s Protection Certificates

Newly digitized and now available in the National Archives Catalog: Newport, Rhode Island Witness Depositions in Support of Seamen’s Protection Certificates.

The National Archives at Boston holds many records of historical and genealogical interest, including U.S. Customs Service Records, which contain documentation of American seamen from New England.

In July 2016, the Newport Historical Society transferred a group of  Witness Depositions to the National Archives at Boston. These depositions, filed in 1832 for the port of Newport, Rhode Island, were identified within a collection of Customs District records and were digitized directly after accessioning. The group is regarded as an accretion to an existing series of the Newport customs district, and are now available to view, download, and transcribe in the Catalog!

While the certificates themselves are not part of the records of this customs district, each deposition is an affidavit made by an individual to a justice of the peace or the collector of customs attesting to the American citizenship of a particular seaman. The earlier affidavits are handwritten, and the later ones are on printed forms.

The affidavits usually include the number assigned by the collector; name and signature of the witness; name of the seaman; the seaman’s age, height, hair color, eye color, complexion; his place of birth; his residence at the time the declaration was signed; the port and date of the affidavit; and the signature of the justice of the peace or the collector. This series also contains additional witness depositions, as well as registers of seamen’s certificates issued, which are slated for future digitization.  Learn more about these records and more from the National Archives at Boston.

What’s in a name? Help make naturalization records name searchable

What’s in a name? Quite a lot, it turns out, if you are searching for a petition for naturalization and do not know the court of naturalization or petition number. And if you’re in the midst of family or historical research, you’re probably already looking for these records (or you soon will be!). Even though petitions for naturalization filed prior to October 1906 typically contain less information than those filed after that date, these records can be an invaluable resource and remain some of our most requested records at the National Archives at New York City.

This series of Petitions for Naturalization newly added to the Catalog, contains copies of naturalization records for individuals who filed in Federal, state and local courts in New York from 1790 through 1906. As a general rule, the National Archives does not hold naturalization records created in State or local courts. However, because this series of records is comprised of copies of the originals, our New York office maintains petitions for naturalization filed through Federal, state, and local courts in New York City for the years 1794-1906.

This significant part of our naturalization collection was recently added to the Catalog. The entire series of petitions for naturalization filed through Federal, state, and local courts in New York City prior to October 1906 (over 598 records!) are available in the Catalog  in their entirely–the whole record! The records contain the petitioner’s name, age, place of birth, occupation, date and place of emigration.