August 1, 2015 (full day and evening)
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS)
45 Dalhousie Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
William “Fred” Hoffman, Matthew Bielawa, and John D. Pihach
Three international authorities on Eastern Europe
William “Fred” Hoffman of Houston, Texas is a noted author, and language and
translations expert. He has published numerous articles and genealogical books including
Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings and First Names of the Polish Commonwealth.
• The How and Why of East European Place Name Changes
Matthew Bielawa of Newington, Connecticut is a research specialist in Eastern Galicia
/ Western Ukraine. His website, "Genealogy of Halychyna / Eastern Galicia,"
www.halgal.com, is devoted to Polish and Ukrainian genealogical research in Eastern
Galicia / Western Ukraine.
• Understanding Language Variations of East European First Names
• Analyzing Vital Records of the Austrian, Prussian and Russian Empires
John D. Pihach of Yorkton, Saskatchewan has made more than a dozen trips to Eastern
Europe to research in the archives of Ukraine, Poland and in Vienna. He has written
twelve articles on Galician genealogy and is the author of the definitive work, Ukrainian
• Beyond Vital Records: Galician Documents of Genealogical Value from
Ask the Experts Panel Session will feature William “Fred” Hoffman, Matthew
Bielawa, John D. Pihach, Brian J. Lenius, and Maralyn A. Wellauer-Lenius
Poland and Ukraine
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