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Ukrainian Genealogy Group
National Capital Region - Canada
Ukrainska Henealoichna Hrupa
Stolynochnoho Raionu Kanady

                                            
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Webinar Recordings

 


May  31st, 2022

“The Neighbourhood of Rosemont, Montreal: Construction of its Ukrainian Identity"  by Kim Pawliw

This presentation focused on the identity construction of ethnocultural communities in neighbourhoods and on the role played by municipal governing bodies (the host society) in this process with the example of the Ukrainian community of Montreal. This community has developed an institutional landscape in the neighbourhood of Rosemont, meaning that many Ukrainian institutions are located there.

This communication presented the preliminary results regarding the identity construction process of the Ukrainian community of Montreal. It focused on three main aspects: 1. the process by which the neighbourhood of Rosemont became associated to a Ukrainian neighbourhood; 2. the identification of Ukrainians towards this neighbourhood; 3. the respective roles of municipal governing bodies and the Ukrainian community in this process                      

A video recording of Kim's Webinar presentation can be found here. The recording of the Q&A session which followed can be found here.

© Kim Pawliw 2022. All rights reserved. No images or content from this presentation may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the presenter. Access to this recording is solely for educational and informational purposes.  

April  26th, 2022

“TV.J. Kaye-Kysilewskyj and the First Wave of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada, 1891-1920"  by Myron Momryk

Many Ukrainians across North America can trace their ancestry to First Wave immigrants who settled Western Canada in the early 1900's. Prof. Kaye-Kysilewskyj chronicled the early years of mass Ukrainian settlement there. Among his works were biographical dictionaries of the Ukrainian pioneer settlers of Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.

Myron Momryk's presentation was based on the various publications that Prof. Kaye-Kysilewskyj wrote on the Ukrainian pioneers in Canada and related material.                     

A video recording of Myron's Webinar presentation can be found here. As a followup to our April Webinar we have also posted the following supplementary documents to our website:

© Myron Momryk 2022. All rights reserved. No images or content from this presentation may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the presenter. Access to this recording is solely for educational and informational purposes.  

 


March 22nd, 2022

“Found in a Suitcase : the Story of my Parents' Journey from Ukraine to Canada, 1944-1948"  by Christine Habrowych

This Webinar presented a war-time story of survival based on a suitcase filled with yellowed documents, old photo albums brought from Ukraine, a memoir written by her mother, and a diary kept by her father. Helped by the information she found, Christine Habrowych was able to reconstruct the harrowing journey her parents undertook to reach Canada. It was a four-year journey made by wagon, by train, on foot, and finally, by ship.

Christine recently retired from the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Outside her elementary school career, she also taught Ukrainian. In her spare time, she is active in traditional Ukrainian crafts (embroidery & beadwork) and is currently a co-editor of the Ottawa UCC monthly events calendar.                     

A video recording of Christine's Webinar presentation can be found here.   

© Christine Habrowych 2022. All rights reserved. No images or content from this presentation may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the presenter. Access to this recording is solely for educational and informational purposes.  

 


February 22nd, 2022

“Ukraine’s Strategic Situation: GEOGRAPHY, GERMANS, GAS, GUNS, THE KREMLIN & GUERILLAS” by Borys Gengalo

This presentation provided a basic overview of the background to the invasion threat from Russia in 2022: history, motivations, politics and international issues. Borys discussed the current situation touching upon both political and military aspects. He also speculated on the future with an outline of potential developments (i.e. in Borys' words .. his wild-ass guesses).  

Following a career in the Canadian Military and private enterprise, Borys has been a Long-Term Election Observer in Ukraine, and has held various posts within Ukrainian-Canadian organizations.                          

A video recording of Borys' Webinar presentation can be found here.    This also includes further commentary from Borys on the evolving situation as well as answering questions posed by attendees.

© Borys Gengalo 2022. All rights reserved. No images or content from this presentation may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the presenter. Access to this recording is solely for educational and informational purposes.  

 


 

January 25th, 2022

Otsi, Pani Matky and the Lower Szlachta: Sharing tips from my genealogical research on clergy and lower nobility ancestors in Galicia and Kiev Gubernia by Michael Lang

The talk began with an overview of research strategies, both online and in-country, following classical methods of metrical book research. It was enhanced by many visuals of actual records and websites and media from research trips to Ukraine. The talk then went specifically into the history of the clergy and the lower nobility in Ukraine under Poland, Austria Hungary, and the Russian Empire. Guided tours of several online sources were given to discover clerical roots and use them to further one's own genealogical research.  

Michael Lang is the son of displaced persons (DPs) who emigrated to Connecticut after WWII. In his youth, Michael visited his Polish and German ancestral villages with his father, an avid amateur genealogist who passed the same passion on to his son. Michael has been doing genealogical research on his Ukrainian mother's roots since 2004. He has travelled to Ukraine twice to visit ancestral villages and search for relatives' graves, and to research records. Michael lives in Ottawa and is President of the high tech company, Frequentis Canada Limited. He holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. Michael is the great-grandnephew of renowned Ukrainian choir director, composer and ethnomusicologist Alexander Koshetz. He is also a trained musician and composer of Orthodox Liturgical music, and a choir director at Christ the Saviour (Carpatho-Russian) Orthodox Church in Ottawa. Michael is a member of the East European Genealogical Society (EEGS), where he has published an article on his research.   

A video recording of Michael's Webinar presentation can be found here.    Michael also prepared a summary of the main on-line links discussed in the Webinar (contained here).  And Michael has also provided written responses to some of the questions submitted during the webinar

© Michael Lang 2022. All rights reserved. No images or content from this presentation may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the presenter. Access to this recording is solely for educational and informational purposes.  
 

 

November 23rd, 2021

Coverage or Cover-up? Frederick Griffin’s Soviet Stories During the Man-Made “Great Famine” in Ukraine by Jars Balan

It will probably come as a surprise to many people that there were a large number of Canadians who were working, living, or travelling in the Soviet Union, including Ukraine, at the time of the Great Famine of 1932-1933. Among these were eight professional journalists from Canada, three of whom together filed more than one hundred and thirty news stories written about the Soviet Union during the Holodomor. In addition to their articles, the Canadian press also carried reports by international wire service agencies and reprints of items by American and British correspondents, as well as serialized personal accounts and interviews documenting conditions experienced by individuals employed by or visiting “Red Russia” as tourists.  

Jars Balan’s presentation focused on just one Canadian reporter, Frederick Griffin of the Toronto Star, who spent seven weeks between mid-May and the second week of July 1932 roving around the Soviet Union and writing up his firsthand impressions of what he saw—while at the same time revealing what he did not see, misrepresented, or chose to ignore.

A recording of this Webinar presentation can be found here.   

© Jars Balan 2021. All rights reserved. No images or content from this presentation may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the presenter. Access to this recording is solely for educational and informational purposes.  

 

October 26th, 2021

Family Bonds between Bukovina and Alberta: And together we are creating a Family History Book

This presentation by Elaine Kalynchuk was about her family members in Alberta and Western Ukraine who gave her information to start a family history book and what she had received from inquires to the archives in Ukraine. She has made four trips to Ukraine so far from 1998, 2002, 2017 and 2019.  She mentioned how she started to do family research.  And because she has two cassette tapes of interviews, one written transcript from an interview, old pictures, and a large volume of handwritten notes from relatives who have all now passed away, she is very grateful for the strong family bonds. Her relatives in Ukraine plan on helping her to finish the family research in Ukraine and neighboring countries when it is safe to travel there again.   

Elaine is the facilitator of the Ukraine Special Interest Group (SIG) which is part of the Edmonton Branch, Alberta Genealogical Society.  It is called Ukraine SIG or Ukrainian SIG. The members mainly have interests that include the geographic areas of East Galicia (Ukraine), West Galicia (Poland), Bukovina (Ukraine and Romania), Volhynia, and the West Russian Empire (Ukraine and Poland), and all of Ukraine.  Ukraine SIG invites people from all of the Eastern European countries to participate in our meetings.  Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday in January, March, May, September and November. Meetings start at 7:00 p.m.  https://www.edmontongenealogy.ca/special-interest-groups-sigs

A recording of this Webinar presentation can be found here.   Note: In addition, Elaine also provided written answers to some of the questions raised during the webinar (see here).

© Elaine Kalynchuk 2021. All rights reserved. No images or content from this presentation may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the presenter. Access to this recording is solely for educational and informational purposes.  

 

September 28th, 2021

Canada vs. the U.S.:  A comparison of Ukrainian immigration from the earliest days to the present (A co-presentation with Nashi Predky

Michael Buryk (Nashi Predky, Somerset, NJ) and Myron Momryk (Ukrainian Genealogy Group - National Capital Region) presented a short description about Ukrainian immigration to the United States and to Canada and how the two communities have evolved until the present.  

The two presenters discussed the similarities and differences between the two communities regarding settlement patterns and their influence on community politics in the two countries.

A recording of this Webinar presentation can be found here Note: to access this recording you must provide your name and email address.

© Michael Buryk (Nashi Predky) and Myron Momryk (UGG-NCR)  2021. All rights reserved. No images or content from this presentation may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the presenters. Access to this recording is solely for educational and informational purposes.    

 


May  25th, 2021

Thoughts of Home: A study of Rus' contacts with Scandinavia during the Viking Age

With the expansion of medieval Scandinavians into Eastern Europe and their intermixture with the local cultures, there arise questions of identity and memory. How much of their ancestral Scandinavian homeland would the Rus’ have remembered? What exactly would they remember or want to remember? In what way did they remember it? And how long did a connection between the Rus’ and Scandinavia last? This presentation seeks to answer these questions through an analysis of Rus’ and Scandinavian chronicles, mainly the Primary Chronicle and Heimskringla, focusing on references to Scandinavia or other places of origin. Along with this conventional literary evidence, runic inscriptions will also be analyzed. Memory in many ways shapes identity, and the memory of home is particularly important in this process. Therefore, not only will this presentation examine how and what, if anything, was remembered, but also, to what extent the memory of home and one’s heritage played a part in forming a Rus’ cultural and social identity. 

William Pidzamecky's PhD thesis is an interdisciplinary study of Viking Age settlement in England, Ireland, Russia, and Ukraine with the goal of increasing understanding of the Global Viking phenomenon while at the same time bridging scholarly divisions. His current research interests focus on Viking Age history, archaeology, and literature. Some broad topics that interest him include settlement, commerce and industry, cross-cultural contacts, politics, and social structures.

A recording of this Webinar presentation can be found here 
Written Q&A's from William Pidzamecky about this Webinar can be found  here

© William Pidzamecky  2021. All rights reserved. No images or content from this presentation may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of William Pidzamecky. Access to this recording is solely for educational and informational purposes.    

April  27th, 2021 

Framing the Ukrainian Peasantry in Habsburg Galicia, 1846-1914

Framing the Ukrainian Peasantry in Habsburg Galicia, 1846-1914 traces the development of national and social identity among Ukrainian peasants in Galicia under the Austro-Hungarian Empire from the late eighteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century. The author examines this development from various perspectives and as the result of the work and influence of political and social activists in specific villages the Sambir area of Galicia. He presents a complex expression of peasant identity based on competing visions of national, community, modern individual identity, as well as social problems and their proposed solutions. He emphasizes the role of the peasants themselves in this process by including accounts of the lives and agendas of peasants and peasant activists. This book also provides a rich source of information on the local history of the Boiko region, and in particular, the Sambir and Staryi Sambir areas of Galicia.

Andriy Zayarnyuk is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg. He received his PhD in history from the University of Alberta. His specialized area of study is the social and cultural history of Eastern Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

A recording of this Webinar presentation can be found here

Prof. Zayarnyuk's book can be ordered on the publisher’s website: https://www.ciuspress.com/

Prof Zayarnyuk’s PhD dissertation can also be found in Library and Archives Canada:   https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/thesescanada/vol2/001/nq88073.pdf

©  Andriy Zayarnyuk   2021. All rights reserved. No images or content from this presentation may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of Andriy Zayarnyuk. Access to this recording is solely for educational and informational purposes.    

March 23rd, 2021 

DNA Testing and Family History Research

A panel of UGG members gave their perspectives on the value of DNA testing as part of their family history research. The discussion touched upon the motivation for taking DNA tests, what aspects of the tests they may have found helpful (or not), and whether the popularity of DNA testing is advertising hype or a useful research tool. The panelists also gave examples based on their own research experiences.

A recording of this Webinar presentation can be found here

©  UGG-NCR  2021. All rights reserved. No images or content from this presentation may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of  the UGG-NCR. Access to this recording is solely for educational and informational purposes.    
 

February  26th, 2021 

Ukrainian Icons: The What, When, Where, & Why by Olenka Hanushevska Galadza

Olenka Hanushevska Galadza is a life-long student and researcher of Byzantine iconography.  Throughout the years, she has studied with several iconographers in Canada, the U.S., and Ukraine, and taught iconography courses for high school students in the Ottawa Catholic School Board.  She recently edited the translation of J.P. Deschler's Christliche Ikonographie, to be published this year. 

In this webinar, Olenka shared a brief overview of the background, history, and symbolism of the icon, and its place in Ukrainian religious tradition.

A recording of this Webinar presentation can be found here

As part of the 2020 Capital Ukrainian Festival Olenka offered an online “How to” workshop on Byzantine Iconography. You can view the video of this workshop on YouTube at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2dZHK9ixVc

©  Olenka Hanushevska Galadza  2021. All rights reserved. No images or content from this presentation may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of  Olenka Hanushevska Galadza. Access to this recording is solely for educational and informational purposes.    



January  26th, 2021 

Virtual Book Launch “The Cold War in Val-d’Or, A History of the Ukrainian Community in Val-d’Or, Quebec by Myron Momryk  

Myron Momryk described the various sources he used in his research – archival documents, newspapers, publications, oral interviews and other related material. He mentioned some of the obstacles he encountered during his research and the problems of including and excluding certain information. This webinar is of particular interest to members who are researching and writing a family history. .  

To purchase Myron’s book, you can order a copy from the Publisher’s website: http://www.mosaic-press.com/.

A recording of this Webinar presentation can be found  here

©  Myron Momryk 2021. All rights reserved. No images or content from this presentation may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of  Myron Momryk . Access to this recording is solely for educational and informational purposes.    

 


November  24th, 2020 

"Áóäü Êîçàêîì - Be a Cossack: My Cossack Ancestry " by Col. Viktor Siromakha  

The UGG-NCR often presents military themes for its November meetings.  This year, Col. Viktor Siromakha described his family’s Cossack roots, as well as the military tradition of Cossacks defending Ukrainian nationhood over the centuries. This presentation also touched upon the modern Ukrainian military.  

Col. Siromakha is the Defence Attaché with the Ukrainian Embassy of Canada in Ottawa. .

A recording of this Webinar presentation can be found  here

©  Col. Viktor Siromakha 2020. All rights reserved. No images or content from this presentation may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of  Col. Viktor Siromakha . Access to this recording is solely for educational and informational purposes.    

 


October  27th, 2020 

"The Suitcase returns to Ukraine" by Maria Rypan 

Maria Rypan, niece of the late Ukrainian Cardinal Lubomyr Husar recounted the story of returning her family's "suitcase" to Ukraine for an exhibit at the Museum of World War II in Kyiv. It was a depository of her maternal grandparents’ family treasures full of documents, diplomas, IDs, photos and precious stuff collected over years including hand-drawn family trees. The talk also illustrated the story of what war does to families of that era.

A recording of this Webinar presentation can be found  here
Written Q&A's from Maria Rypan about this Webinar can be found  here

©  Maria Rypan 2020. All rights reserved. No images or content from this presentation may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of  Maria Rypan . Access to this recording is solely for educational and informational purposes.    

 


September  22nd, 2020 

Introduction to the Rus’ and Archeology, Archeological Investigation of Scandinavian Rus’ Settlement Sites  by William Pidzamecky 

William Pidzamecky is a member of the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age at the University of Nottingham in England. For our September webinar, he made a presentation on archeological investigations of Scandinavian Viking settlement sites in Ukraine. William is particularly interested in comparative studies of Scandinavian Viking settlements in England and in eastern Europe. He discussed Viking artifacts unearthed in Ukraine during archeological digs in cooperation with Ukrainian archeologists.

A recording of this Webinar presentation can be found  here
Written Q&A's from William Pidzamecky about this Webinar can be found  here

©  William Pidzamecky 2020. All rights reserved. No images or content from this presentation may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of  William Pidzamecky . Access to this recording is solely for educational and informational purposes.    

 


 May  26th, 2020 

Cross Canada Checkup of Ukrainian Canadians  by the Ihor Michalchyshyn - Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) CEO 

For our May Webinar, Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) CEO Ihor Michalchyshyn took us on a Cross-Canada Checkup of Ukrainian communities. He gave an overview of the communities from coast to coast, including some of the new projects being worked on and talk about his personal visits (pre-covid19) to various communities. .

A recording of this Webinar presentation can be found  here

© Ihor Michalchyshyn 2020. All rights reserved. No images or content from this presentation may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of  Ihor Michalchyshyn - Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) CEO. Access to this recording is solely for educational and informational purposes.    

 


 April  28th, 2020 

Use of Identity Documents (1920’s-1950’s) in your Family History Research   by the UGG Board

The April Webinar demonstrated samples of Identity Documentation obtained from Europe which can help piece together important facts about your Family History. The sources of these documents and the types of information you can glean from them were discussed.

A recording of this Webinar presentation can be found  here

A handout containing a list of where similar documents and information from this era might be found can be dowloaded from here.


© UGG-NCR 2020. All rights reserved. No images or content from this presentation may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the Ukrainian Genealogy Group - National Capital Region (UGG-NCR). Access to this recording is solely for educational and informational purposes.    

March 24th, 2020 

Ukrainian Genealogy 101  by Myron Momryk

This presentation provided an overview of basic approaches to starting and expanding your Ukrainian Family History Research. Although the information presented is invaluable to the novice genealogist, it can also provide important tips to even the most seasoned researcher 

A recording of this Webinar presentation can be found  here    

© Myron Momryk 2020. All rights reserved. No images or content from this presentation may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of Myron Momryk. Access to this recording is solely for educational and informational purposes.    

February 25th, 2020 

Galicia to Brooklands Manitoba, Canada .. Then back to the homeland.  by Stuart Fedak

The next step in eastern European genealogy after confirming your ancestral village(s) is to target your search. Professional genealogists; the internet; user groups; and Facebook open up many sources for nontraditional information. Sometimes the best resource can be boots on the ground.  

In this presentation Stuart Fedak demonstrated how confirming the ancestral village(s) quickly opened up traditional and nontraditional sources of family and ancestral village history. Finally, this presentation led viewers on a cultural trip to Ukraine with a visit to the ancestral village(s) of his grandparents   


A recording of this Webinar presentation can be found  here    

© Stuart Fedak 2020. All rights reserved. No images or content from this presentation may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of Stuart Fedak. Access to this recording is solely for educational and informational purposes.  
 

 

January 28th, 2020 

Pioneer Bukovynian churches in Canada: Their art, architecture, and roots in Ukraine by Slavco Demchinsky

 

Sterling (Slavco) Demchinsky gave a colourful presentation to the UGG-NCR group on pioneer churches built by settlers from the Bukovyna region of the Ukrainian homelands.  

Using photos of iconography and architecture gathered in Ukraine combined with his first-hand observations from a recent trip to Ukraine, Demchinsky demonstrated the degree of success that the early immigrants had in transplanting their centuries-old traditions in the unforgiving landscape of the Canadian prairies. The emphasis of the discussion was on those architectural and artistic characteristics that were particular to the Bukovyna region
.  

A recording of this Webinar presentation can be found  here    

© Sterling Demchinsky 2020. All rights reserved. No images or content from this presentation may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of Sterling Demchinsky. Access to this recording is solely for educational and informational purposes.    

If you enjoyed this presentation, we also invite you to peruse Slavco's Website on "Ukrainian Churches in Canada" : http://www.ukrainianchurchesofcanada.ca/index.html

 

 

 

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