Dr. Lacopo is a widely-regarded German genealogy expert who has lectured and written extensively on German genealogy topics. He is especially knowledgeable about Mennonite research as well as topics pertaining to German and Swiss migration to America during the 18thcentury. He is proficient in reading German script.
Dr. Lacopo’s lecture topics will include:
How to Overcome Brick Walls in Pennsylvania Research;
How to Overcome Brick Walls in German-American Research;
The “Forgotten” Immigrants: The Swiss to America; and
Incorporating Social History into Your German-American Research
People who register by March 15 will be entered into a drawing to have lunch with Dr. Lacopo on April 21.
Registration flyer below:
The Colorado Chapter of Palatines to America
And the Western History/Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library
Present an All-Day Seminar and Book Fair featuring
Dr. Michael D. Lacopo
Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 9:30am until 4:30pm
In the B2 Conference Room of the Central Denver Public Library
10 West 14th Avenue, Denver, Colorado
9:30am Registration and Book Fair
9:45am Opening Remarks
10:00am How to Overcome Brick Walls in Pennsylvania Research
Several case studies will be presented showing less-utilized research tactics, repositories, and resources used to find information about our Pennsylvania ancestors, especially as it pertains to the Pennsylvania Germans who arrived in the 18th century.
11:00am Take a break, get a snack, and visit the Book Fair.
11:15am How to Overcome Brick Walls in German-American Research
We will continue our case-study approach by learning new tricks and techniques to identifying information and understanding research idiosyncrasies regarding our 19th and 20th century German-speaking ancestors.
12:15pm-1:15pm Lunch on your own at a nearby restaurant. You are also welcome to bring a bag lunch. Beverages and snacks will also be provided.
Visit the Book Fair.
1:15pm The annual meeting for CO-PALAM members will be held to discuss and vote on the budget and any other matters that need attention.
1:35pm The “Forgotten” Immigrants: The Swiss to America
It is estimated that over 400,000 Swiss immigrants have come to North America since its settlement. With over 80% of them being German-speaking, they often get lumped into “Germans to America”, but the records found in Switzerland can be vastly different, and the Swiss who came to our shores can have very different backgrounds, (viz. the Mennonites).
2:35pm Take a break, get a snack, and make a final visit to the Book Fair.
2:50pm Final announcements
3.00pm Incorporating Social History into Your German-American Research
Family history should be more than names and dates. What motivated our ancestors to emigrate? With whom did they interact? How do social customs of another era affect our research? Social history and its bearing on genealogical research will be covered and a “must- read” bibliography for serious researchers will be discussed.
4:00pm Time to ask our speaker any additional questions.
The cost of the Seminar is $40.00 per person. Those who register by March 15, 2018, will have their names entered into a drawing to have lunch with Dr. Lacopo.
Name: 1)_________________________________ 2)__________________________________
Phone: ________________________ Email: ________________________________________
Number of registrations at $40.00 each: ________________ Total: __________________
NOTE: A $5.00 late fee per registration will be assessed if payment is postmarked after April 14, 2018.
Make your check (no credit cards) payable to CO-PALAM, and mail it and the registration form to
Sandy Carter-Duff, 723 South Gaylord Street, Denver, CO 80209-4629.
Questions: Contact Sandy by email: Sandy@carduff.com or phone: 303-777-1391, or
Jean West by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 303-736-2697.
Parking is available in the Culture Center garage (entry on 12th Ave,), but the rates are $12.00 for 5-7 hours, and $22.00 for over 7 hours. Nearby parking lots, including the garage just north of the History Museum (entry on Broadway), usually have rates of $5.00-$10.00 for the entire day.