Realizing that Romanian genealogy can be challenging and that few organizations existed to promote the collection and preservation of Romanian genealogy, Romanian Genealogy Society was formed in 2011 with the encouragement of Heritage Organization of Romanian Americans in Minnesota (HORA), the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Genealogical Society
History of RGS
Founders Vicki Young Albu and Dorrene Dragos Hern gathered with other
like-minded family historians in South St. Paul, Minnesota on November 19th to establish the Romanian Genealogy Society. Officers were elected: Vicki Albu, President; Dorrene Hern, Secretary; and Peggy Corniea, Treasurer.
2012 The Board of Directors met on January 21 to finalize the Constitution & Bylaws and formed as a branch group of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. RGS presented programs at the statewide Central & Eastern European Family History Conference at Inver Hills Community College.
RGS officers traveled to Romania to visit each of our ancestral villages, fulfilling lifelong dreams.
Not only did we reconnect with our roots, we made new friends, conducted research at the National Archives of Romania
and spent time traveling all across the beautiful countryside.
We were invited to present the documentary and a beginning genealogy program to a large audience in Canton, Ohio, where we were treated like dignitaries. Also in 2017, we held our first international seminar in Minnesota with visiting genealogist, Staša Čvetkovic of Serbia
2019 A Thousand Dollars and Back had its first international showing in Timişoara, Romania, and it will be shown again in Sȃnnicolau Mare in 2020. Connections are being made between the old country and the new.
Future Plans are being made to host Alexandra Irimia, genealogist and tour guide from Timişoara, Romania, at our second international seminar and travelogue, to be held at the Minnesota Genealogy Center in Mendota Heights, Minnesota.
We are engaging with members from all across the world,
and we can’t wait to see what the future holds!