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(includes Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, parts of Poland and Ukraine, and other former Soviet Republics)
Date: Saturday, June 1, 2013 (full day and evening)
Place: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS)
45 Dalhousie Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Speaker: Kahlile Mehr
Internationally renowned authority on The Family History Library, The Russian Empire, and other areas of Eastern Europe

Kahlile Mehr (Bountiful, Utah, USA) worked thirty-five years at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City, most recently as Slavic Collections Manager.

Previously he was manager of Member Research Guidance. As a Collection Development Specialist from 1995 to 2002, he developed the collections for eastern Europe, Spain, Portugal, and the Pacific. He visited the archives in eastern Europe on nine separate acquisition trips. Before that, Kahlile was Cataloging Supervisor from 1986 to 1995, directing the work of 20 to 25 cataloguers and technicians handling materials for Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Kahlile speaks Russian and Portuguese, and reads various Germanic, Romance and Slavic languages. He has authored a book and over 20 genealogical articles for many genealogical publications including our East European Genealogical Society’s East European Genealogist. Kahlile has delivered papers at numerous international conferences including our East European Genealogical Society conference in 2006, several International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies conferences (IAJGS), Federation of East European Family History Society (FEEFHS) conferences, and others.

The presentations will focus on two distinct subjects namely, "Family History Library Resources" and "Research in the Former Russian Empire". The first subject includes information for the former Russian Empire but is also relevant for other areas of Eastern Europe such as Poland and Ukraine (including Galicia and Bukovina).
  • Getting the most out of FamilySearch
  • Online Databases of the Polish State Archives
  • The Baltic Edge of the Former Russian Empire
  • Finding Places in the Former Russian Empire
  • How Records are Acquired by FamilySearch from the Former Soviet Sphere
Click here for a short description of these seminar topics.

The former Russian Empire was comprised of modern-day Russia, the Baltic States (Lithuania, Latvia, & Estonia), Belarus, Poland (northeastern), Ukraine (central & eastern including Black Sea), & other former Soviet republics.

Sessions 1 to 4:
Buffet Dinner
After Dinner talk (session 5)
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (includes breaks and lunch)
6:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

Early Bird Draw
Registrations postmarked or received on-line by April 20, 2013 will be entered into 3 early-bird draws.

The "EARLY BIRD DRAW" date has been extended to April 27th due to the longer than expected delay in launching our on-line payment system. This extension applies to all on-line and postal mail registrations.

Prizes: * complete set of EEG journals
* complimentary one-year EEGS membership
* Polish Surnames: Origins & Meanings, Third Edition (Book & CD) by William F. Hoffman
Cost:       Members $60.00; Non-members $65.00 (includes lunch)
Dinner $28.00 each
Detailed information for Attendees