JULY MEETING - Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 10 a.m.
EASTERN EUROPEAN RESEARCH - Speaker: Gail Chaid
Upon inheriting a cardboard box that had belonged to her mother, containing records and letters dating back 100 years, Gail Chaid (pronounced Shade") began her quest to uncover the family history. Making the task more difficult, the letters were written in Cyrillic, native to many Slavic countries and still used today in Russia, Bulgaria and some other Slavic states.
Following all the recommended research techniques, attending classes and seminars, searching websites, etc., attempting to research her Bulgarian family proved most futile. Records in the United States were not her problem translating Cyrillic and researching records in Bulgaria WAS her problem. Gail had to change her strategy.
Although her research deals primarily with Bulgaria, Gail's strategy that broke through some brick walls might be useful to anyone researching their Eastern European ancestors.
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]4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA