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Suite 218 - Minnesota Genealogical Society Library meeting room. This will be a workshop session. Bring everything you know about one specific Romanian ancestor and get tips on where to search for more information.

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The Foundation for East European Family History Studies (FEEFHS) has a website and an annual conference of classes of interest to those of us who are researching Romanians. Here is a list of their Romania Resources.

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While there are few online documents for Romanian family history researchers, Ancestry does have some. It is a paid subscription database which may be offered free at your local library. RGS members can use the subscription while onsite at Minnesota Genealogical Society Library at no cost. 

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Here you can watch the movie online. 

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"A Thousand Dollars and Back: Recollections of Early Romanian Immigration to Minnesota" is a 1-hour documentary film, based on interviews with descendants of some of the earliest Romanian immigrants who came to Minnesota at the turn of the 20th century. You can watch the entire movie online. Even if your ancestors did not come to Minnesota, you may find the stories to be similar to those of other settlement regions and ethnic groups.

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The FamilySearch Wiki has some basic Romanian research tips if you are just getting started with your search. Be sure to check our their extensive list of other topics. This is an excellent and free resource.

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RGS manages a Find a Grave project with a goal to create memorials for Romanian-Americans who died and are buried in North America. If you would like us to create a memorial to a deceased ancestor for whom a memorial does not exist, please contact us at info@romaniangenealogy.com. We would welcome your help if you'd like to get involved by transcribing a local cemetery where Romanian-American burials exist which have not already been added to Find a Grave. 

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The Romanian National Archives holds vast collections including documents which are helpful to us when seeking to learn about Romanian ancestors. It can be tricky to use the website if you don't speak Romanian, but some English-language features do exist. Collections (fonds) are held by regional Archives branches in each county or judete and in Bucharest, the capital. Read our newsletters for ongoing updates and research success stories from our members.

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The first place we'd have to recommend is the Romanian Genealogy Society website. Here you can learn how to become a member of the group, which will entitle you to newsletters, meetings, translation assistance and research advice. We have plans to expand the website and resources in the future. 

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Our February 18, 2017 membership meeting will feature a workshop by Dorrene Dragos Hern, "What's Your Story?" Bring everything you know about one specific ancestor and an idea of what you'd like to learn about that person. We will each create an outline and work together to identify some potential next steps to further our family history research. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. at Minnesota Genealogical Society Library, 1185 N Concord Street #218, South St Paul, Minnesota 55075. 
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