The Ukrainian Genealogy Group – National Capital Region (UGG-NCR) at the Capital Ukrainian Festival in Ottawa

    Myron Momryk for New Pathway – Ukrainian News.

    The Ukrainian Genealogy Group (UGG) has participated in the Capital Ukrainian Festival since the first Festival was held in 2015 in Ottawa. The Festival attracts visitors from the Ottawa area and also visitors and tourists from other parts of Canada who are also interested in their cultural heritage. Some visitors have expressed interest in visiting their ancestral villages and towns in Ukraine and establishing or renewing contacts with their relatives. In some cases, it is necessary to research their family history especially their original family names, ancestral origins and general historical information. As in previous years, the UGG will provide an ‘information table’ for Festival visitors staffed by members to answer basic questions and inform them about published sources, local archives, computer databases where they may conduct their own research.

    The UGG will also make a presentation ‘Genealogy 101’ on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 at 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the Church Hall (lower level, St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine, 952 Green Valley Crescent, Ottawa) to introduce Festival visitors who are interested in researching their Ukrainian ancestry but are not sure how to begin this research. This presentation is organized to introduce the researcher to the basic problems such as Ukrainian family names, changing political boundaries in eastern Europe, organization of research, use of library, archival and computer sources, preservation of research and some comments about DNA. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about the presentation.

    Information will also be provided about the activities and meetings of the UGG in Ottawa during the year [].

    The UGG is a ‘self-help’ group established in 2000 where members and invited speakers share their knowledge and experience in the area of Ukrainian family history, genealogy, Ukrainian history, preservation and transcription of relevant documents and records. The UGG produces a monthly Newsletter and an Annual Report.