EMBCA Announces the Second National Hellenic American Genealogy Conference in Chicago, Illinois on May 21, 2016

Genealogy Conference(Chicago, Illinois, United States) – The EMBCA, or The East Mediterranean Business Cultural Alliance, announces its Second National Hellenic American Genealogy Conference in Chicago, Illinois at the National Hellenic Museum at 333 S. Halsted Street on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The conference, which is both organized and funded by the EMBCA in association withHellenicGenealogyGeek.com , will focus on helping Greek Americans find their genealogical ties to back to Greece.

The East Mediterranean Business Cultural Alliance, which was founded in New York by professionals and scholars, is devoted to organizing events and promoting the interests of those who are interested in the Eastern Mediterranean. This includes those who are either from Greece or who have Greek descent. The conference is designed to give people of Greek descent an understanding of the events surrounding Greek immigration to the United States as well as introduce them to resources that will help them track down their family histories.

Here is the conference agenda:

8:30  – 9:00 a.m. – Registration/ Coffee

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. – Welcome/Opening Remarks
Moderator/ Host  of the event : Louis Katsos-  President/Founder , EMBCA
John A. Calamos, Sr. – Chairman, National Hellenic Museum of Chicago

9:15 – 9:45 a.m. – “The World They Left Behind – The Rural Greece of the Emigrants to America, 1890s-1920s”
Speaker:  Dr.. Alexander Kitroeff, History Professor, Haverford College

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. – Song of My Life
Speaker: Harry Mark Petrakis- Novelist/ Writer

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. – Break

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Resources for Hellenic Genealogy Research
Speaker:  Georgia Stryker Keilman,  Founder of HellenicGenealogyGeek.com, Hellenic American Genealogist/ Researcher

11:15 – 11:45 a.m. –  Research in Greece Using Civil and Church Records
Speaker:  Gregory Kontos,- Hellenic Genealogist / Researcher/ Hellenic History Student

11:45 a.m. – 1:00.p.m. – Lunch

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. – “Hidden Mosaics:  An Aegean Tale”
Speaker:  Alexander Billinis, Author

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Ellis Island and its Records
Speaker:  George Tselos, Supervisory Archivist and Head of Reference Services of the  Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Oral History Project
Speaker: Dr. Nikos Alexiou, Sociology Professor, Queens College

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. – Break

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. – GAK, Greece General Archives Resources and Personal Research in Hellas and Turkey
Speaker: Michael Kalavritinos

3:30 – 4:00  p.m. – Planning a Genealogy Research Trip to Greece
Speaker: Carol Kostakos Petranek, Hellenic American Genealogist/ Researcher

4:00 – 4:45  p.m. – Museum Tour

4:45 —  5:00 p.m. —  Closing Remarks – Louis Katsos

If you are interested in attending this conference, it is important to note that is free of charge. However, in order to make sure that you reserve your place, please register soon. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.

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