I have found that there are many of the people I talk to who trace their ancestry to Eastern Europe and uniformly, there is a lack of English language resources for researching Eastern European ancestors. Additionally, few of the records have made their way into the online digitization efforts. For example, looking in the FamilySearch.org list in the Historical Record Collections, there are no records listed, as yet, for Albania, only one collection for Armenia, and nothing for Bulgaria. Of course, access to these countries and many others has been severely limited but the availability of the records is a huge challenge.
The Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS) was organized in 1992 as an international organization to promote genealogical research in Eastern and Central Europe without any ethnic, religious, or social distinctions. They focus on the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine.
This is a huge and varied collection of countries with very little in common other than their geographic proximity. Quoting from the FEEEFHS website:
The Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS) was organized in 1992 as an international organization to promote genealogical research in Eastern and Central Europe without any ethnic, religious, or social distinctions.
FEEFHS provides a forum for individuals and societies focused on specific countries and ethnic groups to exchange information they have in common with others, and to be updated on developments in the field of East European genealogy in general. While FEEFHS primarily serves the interests of North Americans in tracing their lineages back to a European homeland, it welcomes members from all countries. UNITY - HARMONY - DIVERSITY is our motto. We welcome and encourage co-operation among all societies and individuals, regardless of present or past strife in the homelands of Central and Eastern Europe.The FEEEFHS will be having its the 20th Annual Eastern European Research Workshop in the Plaza Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, August 6 through 10, 2013. Click here for information: Workshop Information, Online Registration, and Blog. Just a note, I couldn't find anyway to subscribe to their blog via RSS feed.