I can’t believe the number of genealogy-related events coming up Let’s get started.
The Rusyn Genealogy Conference is set for 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. June 22 at the King’s College Campus Center, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. The event is sponsored by the Carpatho-Rusyn Society, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter.
Please don’t confuse “Rusyn” and “Russian,” however. As any Rusyn will tell you, they’re two different ethnicities. Carpatho-Rusyns occupied land in Ukraine, Poland and Slovakia, land that was periodically invaded and seized.
Heading the list of speakers will be John Righetti, president emeritus of the National Carpatho-Rusyn Society. Righetti said that many people of Rusyn descent – including an estimated 30,000 in Northeastern Pennsylvania – are not aware of their background because their ancestors claimed different ethnicities out of self-preservation.
“Northeastern Pennsylvania is still the fourth-largest settlement of Rusyns in the United States,” he said. Righetti will be available to help attendees analyze their personal genealogical material to see if their ancestry is Rusyn rather than another eastern or central European one.
Registration cost is $35, with checks payable to the Carpatho-Rusyn Society, Eastern PA Chapter. Mail to Sharon Jarrow, 599 Fehr Road, Nazareth, Pa. 18064. Deadline is June 17.
The society’s website is www.carpathorusynsociety.org
Are old Geman records giving you fits? Thursday will see the increasingly popular German Round Table, sponsored by the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. This edition will focus on St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, both of Wilkes-Barre.
N. Doug Nichol and Roseann Kebles will explain how to transcribe and translate those difficult-to-read but highly crucial old German church records.
The event, 5-8 p.m., is free for society members, with a $5 fee for non-members.
The event will be held at the society’s library, on the grounds of the Hanover Green Cemetery, Main Road, Hanover Township.
To ensure a seat, contact the society at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous German round tables have filled up quickly.
You’ll have a chance to meet some authors of local historical works when the Wyoming County Historical Society holds Founders Day. The event is set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on June 22. The society is located at Bridge and Harrison streets, Tunkhannock.
Authors available for book signings will include Deborah Courville, “A River in Time; Julie Orlandini, widow of John Orlandini, “Indian Paths of Northeastern Pennsylvania and Their Role in the French and Indian War;” and G. Bert Stevenson, John Henry Stevenson and Ella Stevenson Haley, “Our Back Mountain Families.”
Tours of the museum and genealogical library will be available.
Here’s a date you should definitely reserve. The annual commemoration of the 1778 Battle of Wyoming will be held at 10 a.m. on July 4 at the Wyoming Monument, Route 11, Wyoming. More later.
Newspaper Update: One of the most useful tools for researching the Pittston area is the old Pittston Gazette newspaper, published variously as a weekly and daily between 1850 and 1965.
By July there should be an operating search mechanism for the 1850-1906 issues, which are now available for reading via a link from the West Pittston Historical Society website.
“Our goal is to get it all online on Pa. Access,” said Mary Portelli, society president. “But it’s going to take three or four more years of grants.”
The society’s website is www.westpittstonhistory.org. The site also contains 19th-century maps of the borough and historical and genealogical forums.
PA Access, formally known as Access Pennsylvania, is a union catalogue of Pennsylvania library holdings. Its website is www.accesspa.state.pa.us.
Tom Mooney is a Times Leader genealogy columnist. Reach him at email@example.com.