Culture and lifestyle of Eastern European ancestors

With the fall of the Berlin Wall, U.S. families have been able to access more freely historical and genealogical information about their Eastern European ancestors. Organizations such as the Mormon Church have been busy filming vital record documents in these regions.

But data alone does not tell the entire story of a family. Questions remain as to how they made a living, what foods they ate and what customs they perpetuated, especially during some difficult and challenging times.

Westlake Porter Public Library’s local history specialist, Dan Dmytrykiw, spent several years studying abroad in Eastern Europe. He will be sharing his experiences and offering helpful tips on how to gather historical and genealogical information about these families at the Wednesday, June 17, meeting of the Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. 

The discussion led by Dan will start at 7 p.m., in the Porter room of Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. Questions are welcomed. Social time, with refreshments, is from 6:30-7 p.m. The public is invited, at no cost. For additional information, visit or email

Jayne Broestl

Publicity Chair for the Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society that meets at Westlake Porter Public Library.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:26 AM, 06.02.2015