International German Genealogy Partnership

FEBRUARY 2023 LATEST ON #IGGC2023

Grand Wayne Covention Center at Night
 
The International German Genealogy Partnership 2023 conference (#IGGC2023) is one of the few occasions in which you will hear from and connect with people focused on German genealogy. Attendees will enjoy a weekend of programs and activities that highlight the diversity of the German-speaking genealogy community.

This amazing conference will offer more than 100 presentations and more than 25 Connection sessions — the most presentations we have ever offered and the largest number of German genealogy presentations at a genealogical conference in the U.S.

The conference will be held in-person in Fort Wayne, Indiana, June 9-11. But there is also a robust virtual option, with access to programming in real-time. And a USB drive is available for purchase, allowing all attendees to watch the recorded presentations.

Look for presentations from speakers in Switzerland, Austria, Ireland, Australia, Brazil, Serbia, and Germany. They do not usually present in the U.S. But you can hear from them at the IGGP conference! And, of course, U.S. experts in the field of German genealogy will speak as well.

Here are a few examples of those who will be in-person at the conference:
  • Dr. Thomas Aigner from Austria, the man behind the website Matricula
  • Viktor Pordzik, archivist at the Bremen State Archives and vice-chair of Die MAUS, the Bremen genealogical society
  • Andrea Bentschneider, professional genealogist from Hamburg, with presentations on Mecklenburg and how to research in German archives
  • Dr. Michael Lacopo with a brand new presentation about WWII SS records
  • Antje Petty of the Max Kade Institute on hidden resources in German language newspapers
  • Katie Schober will lead "Learn to Read Vital Records: A Workshop Experience" — a first for the IGGP conference 
     
IGGP also will be delivering on two key aspects of its mission statement:
  1. We'll give attendees the opportunity to CONNECT with others who share their interests. Our Connection sessions bring you together for informal meetings on a variety of topics. A sneak peek at a partial list includes research in historically German-speaking areas of Europe, finding records that aren't online, favorite research databases, using maps in German research, and working with professional genealogists in Germany. Our conference app, Whova, also allows you to post messages and organize your own meetups with others.
  2. We'll SHARE German genealogical knowledge by sponsoring Librarians Day on Thursday, June 8. If you are a librarian or archivist who needs to answer questions about German genealogy research, our speakers will share their expertise with you.
This is a weekend not to be missed by anyone doing German genealogy research anywhere in the world. The early registration period ends March 3, 2023. Register before March 3rd and save money.