Webinar Recording Available: Origin, past, and history in Southeast Europe, Balkans: A case study of Serbian population in the region

09 November 2022

***The recording for this webinar can be found on the IFLA Local History and Genealogy Section’s YouTube Page.

The IFLA Local History and Genealogy Section cordially invites you to a webinar on 22 November 2022, 13:30-15:30 CET about historical and genealogical materials related to the Serbian population. Registration for the webinar is required.


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“The Society of Serbian Genealogists “Poreklo”

Branko Todorović, Secretary of SSG “Poreklo,” [email protected]

The Society of Serbian Genealogists “Poreklo” (Origin) is a civil association from Belgrade that researches the origin of Serbian surnames, families, and in a broader sense, the origin of Serbian people. The Society was founded in 2012, and today counts more than 500 members from Serbia, the Southeast Europe and the world. In the last ten years of work, it has launched several important projects. On the internet, the Society is found through Portal Poreklo.rs and Forum Poreklo.

The Society’s main projects are Serbian DNA project, Genealogical Digital Library, Heraldic Project Grbovnik, and Catalogue of genealogical archival resources. The Society functions through editorial boards and committees.

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“Project of genetically research of the origins of the Serbs of Old Herzegovina”

Dragan Obrenović, Redaction of Serbian DNA Project, [email protected]

This project was started in 2016 and meant to examine the origins of the Serbian families in the Old Herzegovina (historical region that now spans the territories of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Croatia). The first goal was to collect a targeted sample of 200 candidates, but in the course of working on the project, this sample will be expanded to as many as 500 candidates. Using the available ethnological literature, archival material and folklore, DNA analyses brought many new findings.

Among the most interesting findings are those that confirmed old traditions dating back to the Middle Ages and those that discovered long-forgotten old families that were thought to have disappeared. The final results of this research were Y-DNA results of more than 1100 individuals from Old Herzegovina and more than 2700 matches with other earlier tested individuals from all around the area where the Serbs live.

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“Serbian Stories from the Collections of the Romanian Academy Library”

Cristina Roiu, Library of the Romanian Academy of Sciences, [email protected]
Dragoș  Andriana, Library of Romanian Academy of Sciences, [email protected]

Cultural and linguistic diversity is the common heritage of humankind and should be cherished and preserved for the benefit of all. It is a source for the “exchange, innovation, creativity, and peaceful coexistence among peoples” is stated in the  IFLA/UNESCO Multicultural Library Manifesto.

The Romanian Academy Library, which celebrated its 155th anniversary this August, has collected over the years a lot of items depicting minorities’ lives and traditions which are part of our common history.

In this presentation, you can discover some interesting Serbian stories and items from the Romanian Academy Library’s diverse collections illustrating centuries of good understanding and coexistence.

Moderator and Speaker

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“Do you really know what you think you know?”

Dragan D. Milošević, Senior Librarian in Monographic Publications Department, National Library of Serbia ([email protected])
Standing Committee Member, IFLA Local History and Genealogy Section

Origin, family tree, and history are all very interesting and intriguing issues that interest many individuals and local communities. Knowledge of the origin by defining the haplogroup and what it all means to an individual, and especially how to place that knowledge in the context of the local community and wider historical events, are the topics I will try to present to audience.

How I experienced the results of the DNA test and what it means on the map of the past of the region where I live are the topics of presentation in the webinar.

Registration required for live viewing. This webinar will be recorded and archived on the IFLA Local History & Genealogy YouTube page.