International German Genealogy Partnership
Conference Presentation Selection
Please indicate the presentations you plan to attend for each conference session. These are non-binding selections. When you print the registration form you will have a list of the presentations you chose. We will use these selections to place the most popular presentations in the larger conference meeting rooms.
 
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Friday, July 28, 2017

8:00 AM
F-101: Plenary Session with Kent Cutkomp and Dirk Weissleder
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
July 28, 2017 through July 28, 2017

F-101 Plenary 1st Half: The International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP) Story, Kent Cutkomp, How the IGGP partnership began, how it has grown, and its projects and goals. (B/I/A)
 
F-102 Plenary 2nd Half: IGGP Vision of the Future. Connections: International. Cultural. Personal. Dirk Weissleder, A vision of the future for the International German Genealogy Partnership and for German genealogy research. (B/I/A)
Seats Remaining: 738

9:30 AM
F-103: Intro to Using German Parish Records with Gail Shaffer Blankenau, M.A.
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
July 28, 2017 through July 28, 2017

Hesitant to start on your Germanic heritage because of language, handwriting, and record availability? Learn how to navigate parish records — even if you don’t speak German. (B)

F-104: Finding your Ancestors in German Directories with Ursula C. Krause
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
July 28, 2017 through July 28, 2017

In Germany, more and more directories are online, some are even indexed. Learn where to find them, how to work with them, and how to interpret directory information. (I)
Seats Remaining: 91

F-105: Researching German Roots in the Czech Republic with Baerbel K. Johnson, AG
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
July 28, 2017 through July 28, 2017

Germans have lived in today's Czech Republic for hundreds of years. Now records are available online: gazetteers, maps, church records, probates, and more. Learn to identify the archive that holds your records and to navigate the websites. (B/I/A)

F-106: From DNA to Genetic Genealogy: Everything You Wanted to Know but were Afraid to Ask with Stephen P. Morse, Ph.D.
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
July 28, 2017 through July 28, 2017

The study of genetics has now entered the genealogy field. This presentation introduces genes, chromosomes, and DNA — and how it's inherited. Utilize this knowledge to find unknown relatives and learn about your very distant ancestors. (B/I/A)

11:00 AM
F-108: German Church Records and Civil Records - Language, Format, and Content with Lois Hemmeter Edwards
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
July 28, 2017 through July 28, 2017

Knowing what to expect in German church or civil records can make them easier to read and can increase the amount of information you procure. Familiarity with old German script is helpful but not required. (I)

F-109: Cyrillic Parish Records: A Guide to Documents with Sigrid Pohl Perry, Ph.D.
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
July 28, 2017 through July 28, 2017

Presentation of the Cyrillic alphabet, dates, key words and basic information for deciphering the most crucial data in birth and death records — primarily in Napoleonic format. (A)

F-110: "Heimat Treffen": A Networking Case Study in Pomerania with Donna Schilling and Charles Schilling, Ph.D.
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
July 28, 2017 through July 28, 2017

The presenters will share experiences as they traveled to the homeland, joining fellow Pomeranians who were expelled after WWII. (The Schillings will also be hosting a Connections Session on creating Heimat Treffen.) (B/I/A)

F-111: “She Bore Her Suffering with Christian Fortitude”: Using Religious Newspapers and Periodicals with Michael D. Lacopo, DVM
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
July 28, 2017 through July 28, 2017

Denominational newspapers are incredible sources, often containing obituaries and biographical information decades before traditional community newspapers did. Learn where to find them, what they contain, and how to use them. (B/I/A)

2:00 PM
F-115: You Know Where, and You Know When; I'll Let You Know How They Lived with Ingeborg Carpenter, M.A.
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
July 28, 2017 through July 28, 2017

Names and dates are necessary, but knowing how our ancestors lived will make their story come to life. (B/I/A)

F-116: World War I Era U.S. Alien Registrations with Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
July 28, 2017 through July 28, 2017

U.S. WW I alien registrations and draft registrations contain family history information for German ancestors. Learn where to find those that still exist and what they contain — with a bonus for non-citizen ancestors who resided in Minnesota. (I)

F-117: Luxembourg-American Genealogy: the Basics with Bryna O'Sullivan
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
July 28, 2017 through July 28, 2017

Luxembourgers immigrating to the U.S. were often misidentified as being from other German speaking areas. Learn tactics for determining that your family is in fact Luxembourger and unique resources for tracing these ancestors on the American side. (B/I/A)

F-118: Genealogy Beyond the Y Chromosome: Autosomes Exposed with Stephen P. Morse, Ph.D.
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
July 28, 2017 through July 28, 2017

Recent advances in genetic genealogy make it possible to trace all lineages by testing the autosomes. With some limitations, autosomes can be used to find ethnic mixes and recent cousins. (B/I/A)

3:30 PM
F-120: I Have a German Ancestor! How Do I "Cross the Pond”? with Joanne Daerr Ryder
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
July 28, 2017 through July 28, 2017

This presentation discusses what you must know before “crossing the pond”: your ancestor’s German name, where he was born, his religion, and some idea of his life span (birth to death). Let the adventure begin! (B)

F-121: German Census Records 1816-1916 with Roger P. Minert, Ph.D., AG
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
July 28, 2017 through July 28, 2017

The traditional mystery of German census records can now be explained. Frequency, content, methodology, and accessibility of these records in the thirty-eight states of the German Empire will be explained and illustrated. (B/I/A)

F-122: Ostfriesen Genealogy: An Overview with Jill Morelli, CG
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
July 28, 2017 through July 28, 2017

This is an introduction to Ostfriesen genealogy, its records, traditions and culture. Basic skills will be covered, along with discussion of naming conventions, Ortsippenbücher, and unique and relevant record sets in the U.S. (B) Sponsored by OGSA

F-123: Historical Geo Information System GOV with Timo Kracke
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
July 28, 2017 through July 28, 2017

The GOV is a historical geo information system like an advanced electronic gazetteer. Find place information like coordinates, properties, former names and affiliations. Integrate the unique GOV ID into your software or website. (I)

F-124: Donauschwabens — Who Were They? with Toni Perrone
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
July 28, 2017 through July 28, 2017

Explanation of the German Danube Swabians, their migration to Hungary, and an overview of Banat history. Details of their lives in Yugoslavia and Romania, the expulsion and genocide of 1944-1948, and relocation to the U.S. (I)

5:00 PM
F-130: Connections - to be announced
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM


F-131: Connections 2 - to be announced
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM


Saturday, July 29, 2017

8:00 AM
SA-201: Meyers Orts Gazetteer with Fritz Juengling, Ph.D., AG
8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
July 29, 2017 through July 29, 2017

Meyers Orts has now been indexed, put online, and coupled with the Karte des Deutschen Reiches. This version has many features that set it apart from all others and make it an invaluable tool for German research. (B/I/A)

SA-202: Too Many Marys: Solving Identity and Same Name Conundrums with Jill Morelli, CG
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
July 29, 2017 through July 29, 2017

We will examine three common identity issues faced by genealogists: fragments of information about an emigrant, too many of the same name in the correct locale, and little or no information about an individual. (I) Sponsored by OGSA

SA-203: Genealogical Research in Lithuania, East and West Prussia with Cynthia Spurgat Jacobson
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
July 29, 2017 through July 29, 2017

Those researching Germans in Lithuania, East and West Prussia must be familiar with various administrative jurisdictions and languages, their different manners of record keeping, the current locations of those records, and more. (I)

SA-204: German Research Gem: Back Issues of Genealogical and Historical Periodicals with Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
July 29, 2017 through July 29, 2017

Genealogical and historical societies and other organizations in the U.S. have published periodicals for decades. Articles have covered culture, migration, military, churches, and other aspects of German ancestry. (B/I/A)

SA-205: One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools with Stephen P. Morse, Ph.D.
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
July 29, 2017 through July 29, 2017

The One-Step website started as an aid for finding passengers in the Ellis Island database. It expanded and evolved to include about 200 webbased tools divided into 16 separate categories including genealogical searches and more. (B/I/A)

9:30 AM
SA-206: Using FamilySearch.org for German Research. Dig Deep! with Kim Ashford
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
July 29, 2017 through July 29, 2017

The FamilySearch home page just scratches the surface of what is available. Grab your shovels and learn how to dig deep to find treasures of information from this free source. (B/I/A)

SA-207: Research in German-American Newspapers with Kent Cutkomp
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
July 29, 2017 through July 29, 2017

Learn the history of German language newspapers in the U.S., where to find them, and what valuable research information they contain. (B/I/A)

SA-208: Die Pfalz: Understanding and Researching in Palatine Records with Richard Haberstroh, Ph.D., AG
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
July 29, 2017 through July 29, 2017

A study of the history of the Rheinpfalz, an introduction to the wide variety of records available and how to best access them, both online and in person. (A)

SA-209: Researching Former German Provinces in the East with Nathan Machula
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
July 29, 2017 through July 29, 2017

Discussion of the records available for researching ancestors from the former German provinces east of modern Germany, including East and West Prussia, Posen, Silesia, half of Pomerania, and part of Brandenburg. (B/I/A)

SA-210: He Took Her Name: Understanding German Farm Names with Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
July 29, 2017 through July 29, 2017

Learn about the custom of German farm names, the possibility that a man might have to change his surname to inherit a farm, and the potential impact on your research. (B/I/A)

11:00 AM
SA-211: Cashdollar, Blackwelder, Pennypacker: German Surnames, but Changed in America with Ernest Thode
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
July 29, 2017 through July 29, 2017

Translations, spelling conventions, and suffix changes are just some of the reasons behind German surname changes that occurred in America. (B/I/A)

SA-212: Start Your Research For German Ancestors with Genealogy.net with Timo Kracke
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
July 29, 2017 through July 29, 2017

Genealogy.net is the largest open access database for German language records. Discover historic city directories, a genealogical wiki, the GOV, user-contributed GEDCOM files, heritage books, the powerful metasearch, and more. (B/I/A)

SA-213: Mennonite Research: The Forgotten Swiss Germans with Michael D. Lacopo, DVM
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
July 29, 2017 through July 29, 2017

The Mennonites came to America in the 18th century from Germany and the 19th century from Switzerland. Learn how research techniques and repositories in America and Europe can help you locate your Anabaptist ancestor! (B/I/A)

SA-214: A Snapshot of the World Our Ancestors Lived in; Austrian Empire 19th Century with Wade Olsen
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
July 29, 2017 through July 29, 2017

This presentation will help genealogists develop a better understanding of the situation in the Germanic regions of Europe, especially Bohemia and the domains under Austrian Habsburg rule. (B/I/A)

2:00 PM
SA-218: Beginner’s Luck: From Place Name to German Birth Record with Lois Hemmeter Edwards
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
July 29, 2017 through July 29, 2017

This session leads you through several scenarios with the goal of finding the German birth record of an immigrant ancestor. Starting with a place name, learn to locate it, determine the parish, and access and decipher the records. (B)

SA-219: Researching in Germany with Shirley Riemer and Roger P. Minert Ph.D, AG
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
July 29, 2017 through July 29, 2017

Conducting family history research in an ancestral home town in Europe can be most satisfying, but also very challenging — even for the experienced professional. The presenters have co-authored a book by the same title. (B/I/A)

SA-220: Discovering Your Black Sea German Ancestors with Carolyn Schott
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
July 29, 2017 through July 29, 2017

This presentation will give an overview of the history of Germans immigrating to the Black Sea area, some background on the different routes they took, and the forces that eventually led them to leave this region. (B/I/A)

SA-221: From Rural to Urban: Researching a Story of Mass Emigration from Northern Westpreußen to Buffalo, N with Donald P. Schwert, Ph.D.
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
July 29, 2017 through July 29, 2017

Church records from northern West Prussia reflect the early history of a group of farm families who immigrated in the 1880s. They settled in Buffalo, New York where their histories continue in the ledgers of Saint Boniface Parish. (B/I/A)

SA-222: Hessen: The Land of Hansel and Gretel with Toni Perrone
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
July 29, 2017 through July 29, 2017

Come and discover the connection between Hessen folklore and Hansel and Gretel. We will discuss the history and border changes of Hessen through the centuries and learn the part Hessens played in the U.S. Revolutionary War. (I)

3:30 PM
SA-223: Off to America! with Ursula C. Krause
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
July 29, 2017 through July 29, 2017

Learn about German records by following the life of German dairy farmer Friedrich Stange who emigrated in 1855. Hear his story, see the records used to overcome brick walls, and discover why he left Brandenburg. (B)

SA-224: German Guilds and Their Records: A Possibility for Filling Gaps when Church Records are Missing with Fritz Juengling, Ph.D., AG
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
July 29, 2017 through July 29, 2017

This presentation will cover the purposes and organization of guilds, various record types kept by guilds and how these can fill gaps or extend research when other record types are missing. Discussion of some occupations included. (I)

SA-225: Navigating Luxembourg's Civil Registration with Bryna O'Sullivan
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
July 29, 2017 through July 29, 2017

Luxembourg has one of the earliest systems of civil registration. This presentation will introduce the history of that system, identify how it can be accessed, and discuss its basic content. (I)

SA-226: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Hanover Military Records with Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
July 29, 2017 through July 29, 2017

Discover male ancestors in the Kingdom of Hanover’s military records available to researchers in the U.S. Even if an ancestor didn't serve, conscription lists might name him. (B/I/A)

5:00 PM
SA-230: Connections - to be announced
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM


SA-231: Connections 2 - to be announced
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM


Sunday, July 30, 2017

8:00 AM
SU-301: Make Sense out of Census Records – an Overview: Fact or Fiction? with Bill Cole, M.A.
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017

Census Records in North America contain a wealth of knowledge to jumpstart your genealogy. What is there and what isn’t? Learn how to approach finding your ancestors with targeted precision and appropriate care. (B)

SU-302: Misspelled German Place Names with Ernest Thode
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017

Discussion of the many reasons German place names are misspelled, i.e., same name, actual German variant spellings, umlauts/essets, misreading script, dialects, and much more. (A)

SU-303: An Alsatian-American Case Study with Richard Haberstroh, Ph.D., AG
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017

This lecture follows an Alsatian family that arrived in America in 1835, uses circumstantial evidence to determine a birthplace and discusses available Alsatian records, including internet sources. (B/I/A)

SU-304: Parting Ways: Finding Your German Families in Australia with Benjamin Hollister
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017

Many Germans who immigrated to America had siblings who chose to go to Australia and New Zealand instead. This presentation introduces the repositories and sources available to assist in finding these Antipodean relatives. (I)

SU-305: The Godparent Thing – Overcoming Brick Walls in Your German Research with Ursula C. Krause
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017

Lost your German ancestors? Reading and interpreting church records mixed with socio-historical information, historical maps, and regional history can help you find out more about your ancestors and overcome brick walls! (A)

9:30 AM
SU-306: German Names: Their Origin and Distribution with Fritz Juengling, Ph.D., AG
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017

We will discuss the origin of German given names and surnames and their geographic distribution, taking into account dialects and foreign influences. We will also look at an online names distribution website. (B/I/A)

SU-307: Immigration and Citizenship in the Early Years of the Republic: Records of the American Consulate in with Kenneth W. Heger
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017

The American Consulate in Bremen kept detailed records that fill major gaps in other Federal records. Consulate records document consular marriages, passport applications, substantial data on emigrants and more. (I)

SU-308: What’s a Palatine Anyway? with James M. Beidler
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2015

Many immigrants hailed from the Palatinate area of southwest Germany in the 1700s. Learn about the origin of this name, the history of the area, its people and records, and why it was an emigrant hotbed for three centuries. (B)

SU-309: Internet Resources for Pomeranian Research with Paul Sternberg
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017

In this presentation, learn how to use Pomeranian internet resources in your genealogical research. (I)

SU-310: Baltimore: The Golden Door for Immigrants with Debra A. Hoffman
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017

Baltimore was a major entry point for immigrants to America. Learn about Baltimore’s history and the sources available to document individuals who arrived through this port. (B/I/A)

11:00 AM
SU-311: The "Push" and the "Pull": Decision-Making of the 19th Century Emigrant with Jill Morelli, CG
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017

This presentation compares and contrasts the scholarly explanation for emigration/immigration and the reasoning seen in a rare 37 page letter written by the instructor's immigrant ancestor. (B) Sponsored by OGSA

SU-312: They Joined, They Wrote, They Associated: Finding Records of Germanic Orgs and Other Collections with Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017

Did your ancestors belong to German heritage, charitable, religious, political, social, or other organizations in the U.S.? Learn about specialized finding aids, searchable databases and other resources to locate these records. (I)

SU-313: Online Resources for German Research in Formerly Eastern Areas with Baerbel K. Johnson, AG
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017

Digital record collections for Poland and the former Austrian Empire are introduced. The primary focus is on church records, but indexes, resources and reference tools are also discussed. (B)

SU-314: 1848er Democratic Revolutionaries and the German Mass Migration to the Midwest with Yogi Reppmann, Ph.D.
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017

The “Forty-Eighters” emigrated from Europe after fighting unsuccessfully for liberty, democracy, and national unity. They provided an intellectual transfusion influencing the history of the United States. (B/I/A)

SU-315: German Jewish Genealogical Resources with Toni Perrone
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017

This lecture will explain ways to find your surname location and your ancestral town in Germany. It will cover resources on and off the internet such as religious and emigration/ immigration records, town lineage records, and more. (B)

2:00 PM
SU-318: German Church Books – Baptismal Records with Kathy Wurth
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017

This class shows how to read baptismal records and gives background on what a woman's life was like during the time period from 1600 to 1900, including pregnancy, choosing Godparents, illegitimacy, and the christening service itself. (B/I/A)

SU-319: Pioneers and Colonists: Background of Germans in Eastern Europe with James M. Beidler
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017

For centuries, German-speaking enclaves existed in Eastern Europe. This presentation introduces and gives historical background about these “Germans outside Germany.” (B/I/A)

SU-320: How to Read German Birth, Marriage, and Death Records and Special Features of the Palatinate with Werner Esser, Dr. -Ing.
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017

A Workshop:
Learn to read 19th century German records, find out what information they contain, and how to search the entries. Look at pre-1793 records in Palatine church books. (B)

SU-321: The End of Anonymity: How I Identified My Anonymous Sperm Donor Father with John Vanek
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017

 The End of Anonymity: How I Identified My Anonymous Sperm Donor Father and What It Means for Donors and Birth Parents Everywhere 
 
The technical and emotional aspects of the search for an anonymous donor father and the broader implications of DNA for people who counted on anonymity. (B/I/A)

3:30 PM
SU-323: Top Tips in Reading German Parish Records with Gail Shaffer Blankenau, M.A.
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017

Get the most out of your ancestor’s baptism, marriage, and death records. Learn how to use paleographic strategies to decipher difficult handwriting; with numerous examples from a range of Germanic states. (B)

SU-324: Using Digital Libraries to Research Your German Ancestors with Baerbel K. Johnson, AG
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017

Explore some major digital libraries. Find reference books like gazetteers, parish register inventories, historical newspapers, city directories, images, and maps. Use these to place ancestors in a socio-historical context. (B/I/A)

SU-325: The United States and the Grand Duchy of Baden, 1830-1917 with Kenneth W. Heger
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017

Learn how to access the records of the American consulates in the Grand Duchy of Baden, a great source for finding information about Americans returning to or traveling through the area. (B/I/A)

SU-326: German-Bohemians: Why They Left Their Homeland and Where They Settled in the U.S. with Wade Olsen
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017

After centuries in Bohemia, the mid to late nineteenth century became the prime time to begin a new life in America. Our ancestors were brave and sometimes desperate, and they endured unbelievable hardships along the way. (B/I/A)

SU-327: IGGC Exclusive: Family Mining – A New Methodology for Global Surname Based Research with Dirk Weissleder
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
July 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017

Trace the history of your surname, find others with the same last name, and create a "family reunion" for those sharing a common surname. (B/I/A)

5:00 PM
SU-330: Connections - to be announced
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM


SU-331: Connections 2 - to be announced
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM