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

                                            
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Webinar Recordings

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 

© 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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