German Genealogy Seminar
Finding Our German Ancestors
A Workshop for Genealogists
Our speaker for this workshop is Antje Petty. Antje is the Associate Director of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She shares the resources of the Institute with the community through lectures and workshops and has done extensive research on German-speaking immigrant families. Download our event brochure for more information.
This seminar will address:
Session I “All I know is they were from Germany”
Before you can do any meaningful family research in Europe, it is crucial to know where your ancestor lived at a certain time. This session will give advice on how to identify your ancestral hometown in the context of Central Europe’s complex territorial history.
Session II Lives lived and documented
Vital records are usually the first ones we try to find when researching our ancestors in Europe, but people’s lives were documented in many more ways. Whether our ancestors owned land (or not), paid taxes, attended a school or a church, joined the military, had a business or a bank account; were members of a guild, club, or community organization; etc. – chances are, they left traces that can help us discover their stories.
Session III Finding documents from German-speaking Europe
This session is an introduction to finding historical records from German-speaking Europe online and off. It will include tips on how to do archival research as well as on how to navigate and use the ever-growing online selection of German and other European historical documents and genealogical resources.
Session IV Working with historical German documents
You found a family document. You made a copy. But now what? In this session you will learn strategies to efficiently interpret historic German documents, even if you do not speak the language and cannot read the script.
PRESENTER: Antje Petty is the Associate Director of the Max Kade Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She shares the resources of the Institute with the community through lectures and workshops and has done extensive research on German-speaking immigrant families.
- 8:30 am - 9:00 am
- 9:00 am - 10:00 am
- “All I Know Is They Were From Germany”
- 10:15 am - 11:15 am
- Lives Lived and Documented
- 11:15 am - 12:30 pm
- Lunch is on your own. Plymouth has many great restaurants within walking distance or a short drive. Or feel free to bring a bag lunch with you.
- 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
- Finding Documents from German- Speaking Europe
- 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
- Working With Historical Documents