Category Archives: Announcements

With Closing of East Village Shop, Little Ukraine Grows Smaller


Markian Surmach, the owner of Surma in Manhattan’s East Village. The store, a relic of the once thriving Eastern European businesses in the neighborhood, will close this month. CreditRichard Perry/The New York Times

In July 1910, a teenager named Myron Surmach left his village in Ukraine, boarded the ship Atlanta with a third-class ticket and headed across the ocean to an improbably big city called New York. For 21 days, Mr. Surmach sucked on a lemon to stave off seasickness until he reached Ellis Island. There, he told an interviewer decades later, he was shocked to find an American guard welcoming him to the United States in perfect Ukrainian.

Mr. Surmach began his new life in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., but within a few years, he made it back to New York. Eager to preserve his native culture, he opened a small shop on Avenue A in Manhattan where he sold records, books, clothes and other Continue reading


By Bill Gladstone

Stack of books
Stack of books

The future of an important Toronto-based Jewish library collection is up in the air as the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto (JGST) seeks a new home for its specialized collection of roughly 500 books and 45 periodicals.

The non-circulating collection has been housed since 1989 in the sixth-floor Canadiana room of the North York Central Library on Yonge Street, a branch of the Toronto Public Library system, where it has been accessible to patrons on an Continue reading

23andMe Changes Terms Again (and Not for the Better)

The genetic testing company 23andMe is at it again. First they got slapped hard by the US Food and Drug Administration for trying to sell unauthorized medical tests. Then after several months they finally got this sorted out just last month and received the proper approvals from the USFDA.

Now they have changed their terms eliminating some aspects that were very important to genealogists. And did we mention, they just doubled their prices in the US from $99 to $199? Judy Russell at the blog Legal Genealogist does a good job of describing the situation. [23andMe Changes Terms]

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Ancestry Moving All Customers to the New Ancestry

In a blog post this week, Ancestry made it official. They are now moving everyone to the new Ancestry website.

This has created a certain amount of controversy in genealogy circles since some people don’t like the new Ancestry. The need to interact with family trees as opposed to doing a simple ancestral search is a feature that many find particularly annoying.

It is certainly no coincidence this announcement comes one week after the announcement of the shutting down of the popular Family Tree Maker software (see our previous article below).

From a business perspective, what Ancestry is doing is fairly straight forward. They now have a two-step process for retaining customers. They not only want you to find the ancestral record you need, but they also want you to keep it on their website – forever. Continue reading

What Ancestry’s Retirement of Family Tree Maker Software Means for You

by Lisa Louise Cooke

Ancestry announced they will stop selling Family Tree Maker on Dec. 31, 2015. This is startling and disruptive news for the many users of one of the world’s leading genealogy database software programs.

After receiving the news earlier that day from Ancestry’s Public Relations Manager, I went to work on this article for you: What Ancestry’s Retirement of Family Tree Maker Software Means for YouWhether you user Family Tree Maker, another software program, or a website to store your family tree data, this is important information for you.  Continue reading

Sixth Annual Family History Conference


August 22, 2015

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
(Registration begins at 8:00 AM)


10062 Bramalea Rd. Brampton,ON
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Finding Your Roots Show

British roots was the theme for last night’s “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.” That includes roots from all over the British Empire: As it revealed the family histories of guests Deepak Chopra, Sally Field and Sting, the show touched on research in England, Ireland, Canada, India, the American colonies and Australia.

“Finding Your Roots” Focuses on Ancestry in the British Empire
Posted by Diane

  • Deepak Chopra: This alternative medicine guru and author came to America in 1970, where he eventually became chief of Continue reading

Ukrainian Genealogy On-Air Event

JOIN us on Sunday evening, November 16th @ 8pm ET, to discuss Ukrainian
genealogy topics — LIVE!!

Nashi Predky is hosting our first On-Air event on Ukrainian genealogy.
You can be part of the live event by participating on the panel -OR-
view the event live via our Google+ page or via YouTube! Only the first
10 participants will be able to join the panel.

However, everyone can participate by watching the live broadcast and Continue reading

Researching This Side of the Pond—Part One

The Toronto Ukrainian Genealogy Group(TUGG), will kick off the next series of sessions with “Researching This Side of the Pond—Part One.

There are a growing number of records available in Ukraine and Poland for researching your ancestry. Many of these records are also available “this side of the pond.” While travelling overseas and searching the archives and libraries is preferable, you will still need to know what is available both here and in those archives. You can also conduct a tremendous amount of research without having to travel outside the country.

This session will cover; basic search strategies, obtaining primary and secondary information, where to locate this information from libraries and on the internet, using computer programs, how to open an LDS Account and techniques for effectively searching microfilm records.

When:Tuesday September 10, 2013

: From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: St. Vladimir Institute
620 Spadina Ave.
Toronto Contact: (905) 841-6707

The Juggler’s Children

TUGG participant, Jason Crowtz, forwarded this announcement which should interest those contemplating doing a DNA roots search. “The author of The Juggler’s Children, a book about a Toronto writer’s search for her roots using genealogy and DNA, is speaking at the Revue Cinema this Wednesday June 12 at 7 p.m. The Revue Cinema is located at 400 Roncesvalles Ave. in Toronto.
Seeing as the talk will go into detail about using DNA research in genealogical inquires, it could be of interest to the TUGG membership. Details below…,-june-12,-7-pm

Meet The Juggler’s Children Author: Wednesday, June 12, 7 p.m.

Interested in genealogy? Don’t miss this event. Continue reading