German Genealogy Seminar

/German Genealogy Seminar

German Genealogy Seminar

Finding Our German Ancestors in Europe

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.

 

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Or you may send a check to: SCHRC, 518 Water Street, Sheboygan Falls, WI  53081.

Lunch is on your own.
Restaurant and dinner guide, Plymouth, WI

 

This seminar will address:

Session I “All I know is they were from Germany”

Before you c  an 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archival research as well as on how to navigate and use the ever-growing online selection of German and other European historical documents and genealogical resources.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.

Hourly Schedule

Day 1

8:30 am - 9:00 am
Registration
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Session
“All I Know Is They Were From Germany”
10:15 am - 11:15 am
Session
Lives Lived and Documented
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Lunch
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
Session
Finding Documents from German- Speaking Europe
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Session
Working With Historical Documents

Date

Oct 19 2019

Time

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cost

$45 for Members, $50 for Non-Members

Location

Plymouth Arts Center
520 East Mill Street, Plymouth, WI

Organizer

Research Center
Phone
(920) 467-4667
Email
schrc@att.net