Mary Ann Evan and Carol Petranek

Mary Ann Evan
Mary Ann Evan got her start in genealogy by listening as a child in Cleveland to the stories her grandparents told about “the old country.” She began tracing their paths back to their ancestral villages in 1990, and has since then visited all four of those villages and has found living relatives in three of them (for the fourth, it’s just a matter of time!).  She has been volunteering at the Washington, DC, Family History Center, in Kensington, Maryland, for more than 15 years, and has had the opportunity to work with and learn from people of diverse backgrounds researching all over the United States and in many countries of the world. Mary Ann has made presentations at local family history conferences and is presently facilitating an Eastern European interest group at the Family History Center.  She has also made research trips to Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. In her professional life, Mary Ann started as a teacher and then moved into information technology, where she now works in computer security.
 
Carol Petranek
Carol Kostakos Petranek serves as a Co-Director of the Washington, D.C. Family History Center where she coordinates classes, conferences and community outreach projects. She is a Citizen Archivist at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and volunteers on the Civil War Widow's Pension Project and as a Genealogy Aid in the Research Room. Carol is the Volunteer Coordinator for a FamilySearch/Maryland Archive digitization project of Probate and Estate Records. Carol researches her Greek ancestry and supporting the Greek genealogy community through her participation in websites, conferences and lectures. She gives presentations on various genealogy topics, and writes and edits personal and family histories.  Carol and her husband, Gary, reside in Silver Spring, Maryland and are the parents of 4 children and 15 grandchildren.
 
 
Saturday, 2 April 2016
Research in Southeast Europe: The Balkans – Carol Kostakos Petranek and Mary Ann Evan
9:00-10:00 a.m.
(S21) Overview:  Making Sense of the Balkans.  Did you think you would never learn how to research in the Balkan countries? This session will provide background on the history, geography, wars, and languages of the Balkan Countries, and why you need this information in your genealogical research.  We will also discuss which U.S. record collections can help you find the original name and villages you need to retrace your ancestors’ journey back to the “old country,” and to prepare for your own research trip.
10:30-11:30 a.m.
(S22) Researching in Bulgaria, Romania, MoldovaIn the crosshairs of three empires, these countries have a unique history. Their ever-changing borders came about as the Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and Russian empires expanded and contracted their influence. Although each country is different, there are common strategies for family history research. This session will cover the religious, civil, archival and online genealogy resources for each country, and a detailed syllabus will be provided.
1:15-2:15 p.m.
(S25) Researching in the countries of former Yugoslavia:  Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, and Montenegro.  After centuries under the domination of the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires, these small countries in the central Balkans were absorbed into Yugoslavia.  After 1995, these countries regained their independence and separate historic identities. This session will cover the religious, civil, archival and online genealogy resources for each country, and a detailed syllabus will be provided.
2:45-3:45 p.m.
(S26) Researching in Greece, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Albania and the region of KosovoAlthough the domination of the former Ottoman Empire has left its imprint, these nations have maintained their historic societies, religions and languages.  Despite periodic border disputes, there have been continuing cross-cultural exchanges in this region. This session will cover the religious, civil, archival and online genealogy resources for each country, and a detailed syllabus will be provided.