Travel and Research in Romania

Featuring Alexandra Irimia

Two presentations not to be missed.

RGS is happy to announce “Travel and Research in Romania”. Two special online events offered as webinars and open to the public. Special guest speaker will be Alexandra Irimia. She is a professional tour guide, genealogy researcher, citizenship consultant, and translator. Alexandra also lives in Timisoara, Banat, Romania.

Alexandra Irimia Timisoara Tour Guide
Alexandra is proficient in languages including English, Spanish, Catalan and Romanian. Her areas of expertise include genealogical research of diverse ethnic groups in the areas of Banat (present-day western Romania).
Some of the historical names of the areas she covers include; Torontál, Temes and Krassó-Szörény. Experienced genealogist, Alexandra will talk on what to expect when traveling to Romania. And, also give thorough step by step guidelines about how research works.


ABC’s OF TRAVEL TO ROMANIA: Focus on the Area of Banat
Saturday, Mar. 27, 2021 (10:30 a.m. – Noon Central Time)

Join us for a humorous and informative travelogue on how to make the best of your trip to Romania. The presentation includes an overview of the main tourist sites in Romania, together with a close-up approach on the region of Banat, home to the original Tarzan and Broadway’s first Dracula. In addition, learn how to get around safely and comfortably when visiting Timisoara, European Capital of Culture 2023. From sockets, to currency, to key vocabulary, this basic, very useful tool to planning your trip will help you avoid every hitch and cultural shock, whether you’re coming as a tourist or on a genealogy quest anywhere in Romania. Alexandra has rounded up all the need-to-knows on:

    • Hiring a genealogy specialized tour guide and doing research prior to your visit to the Old Country
    • Identifying family homes
    • Trying to make contact with potential relatives
    • Getting access to otherwise unavailable places and people
    • Useful items to bring over

so as to make planning easy once the world is ready to travel again. Finally, get a glimpse of what your genealogy trip might look like and also enjoy photos of some ancestry tours that Alexandra has conducted in the Banat area.


RESEARCH OR BUST: Essential Romanian Records Search
Saturday, Apr. 10, 2021  (10:30 a.m. – Noon Central Time)

This session will answer many of your questions about what it takes to dig deep for your roots in Romania, which is one of the most difficult locations to research since most records are not digitized nor online. Then, whether you will go to the Archives in person or will hire a researcher, learn what you need to know in advance. Thus, information learned could be applied to research of ancestors of many ethnic backgrounds for example, Hungarian, Germanic, Serbian, etc., not just Romanians. Discussion will include:

    • Records and where to find them; differences between church and civil records
    • Record availability; history and holdings of churches, local governments
    • Archives and their regional differences with specifics to Banat and Transylvania
    • Politics and inconsistencies of record keeping; challenges and considerations
    • Steps of the process to access and copy records in Romania (remote or in-person); planning, rules and regulations, fees, etc.

Alexandra will also address what you may find in the records; typical layouts, languages, scripts and translations. In addition, she will also give an update on the National Archives closures due to pandemic.


CONSULTATIONS: Ms. Alexandra Irimia is open to requests for consultations. If you are interested, please e-mail directly to Ms. Irimia at with the description of your interest or genealogy problem. See more at Timisoara Tour Guide

Advance registration is required and deadline to register is 11:59 p.m. (CDT) Friday, April 09, 2021
Registration prices per presentation. Each session will be held ONLINE as a webinar. Once selection has been made, scroll down to the bottom of the page to submit payment. Questions? Contact

Saturday, March 27, 2021 (10:30 a.m. – Noon Central Time)

RGS member                               $15.00
Non-member                              $20.00

Saturday, April 10, 2021 (10:30 a.m. – Noon Central Time)

RGS member                              $15.00
Non-member                              $20.00

If you are not already a member of RGS, you may include $20 for 2021 dues in order to be eligible for the reduced member rate of $15 for each presentation/webinar.
RGS Membership-1 Year          $20.00
RGS Membership-2 Year          $40.00

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