CAROL KOSTAKOS PETRANEK We were thrilled when Carol accepted our invitation to speak at the Reunion. Many of you know Carol through her work with Greek Ancestry, FamilySearch and Hellenic Genealogy Geek. Carol is the Assistant Director of the Washington, DC Family History Center and an active member of the Greek genealogy community. She also writes personal and family histories and is a volunteer at the National Archives in Washington, DC. Her passion for Greek family history has prompted her to volunteer to preserve at-risk and historic records in Greece, beginning with digitization of marriage records at the Metropolis of Sparta. Carol will speak to us about the various records available in Greece and how to access them, as well as the many helpful records available on Greek Ancestry, MyHeritage, and Ancestry.com.
SAM WILLIAMS, THE ORTHODOX GENEALOGIST Sam was a big hit at our virtual Greek Adoptee Reunionpalooza last August and we are so pleased he will be joining us in Nashville! Sam is a professional genealogist with a focus on Central Virginia, African American and Greek American research, and he loves encouraging a passion for family history. Sam holds a BA in International Affairs and Spanish from James Madison University and a Master of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Sam will break down the mysteries of DNA testing, genealogy, and familial relationships (what's a second cousin twice-removed, anyway?) and how Greek adoptees and Greek families can use the results to trace those elusive family connections.