FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20th
1:00pm Registration and Book Fair 1:30pm Opening remarks Welcome from Jim Kroll, Manager of the Western History/Genealogy Department
1:45pm “Searching for a Pennsylvania German Ancestor” Applying genealogical basics in searching the rich records relating to America’s first large ethnic minority population.
2:45pm Take a break, have a snack, and visit the Book Fair
3:00pm James Jeffrey, Special Collections Curator for the Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library, will discuss the holdings in the library relating to Germans from Pennsylvania. 4:00pm Time to ask our speakers additional questions.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21st
9:30am Registration and Book Fair 10:00am Opening remarks Welcome from Jim Kroll, Manager of the Western History/Genealogy Department
10:15am “German Immigrant Waves: Contrasts and Sources” Defining the differences between 18th & 19th century immigrants; the scale of migration; geography—starting points & destinations; motivation—economic and religious reasons, plus giving sources for this research.
11:15am Take a break, get a snack, and visit the Book Fair
11:30am “Zeitung Sightings: German-Language Newspapers from around the Globe” The extent of German-language newspapers both in the USA and abroad and what sorts of information genealogists can learn about their ancestors from these sources.
12:30pm-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. The Book Fair tables will available. Mr. Beidler will have a table with his own publications for sale.
1:30pm “Your Immigrants’ Germany: Microstates and Microbreweries” Case studies revealing the types of information one can find in order to learn more about your ancestors’ life before they emigrated.
2:30pm Take a break, get a snack, and make one final visit to the Book Fair 2:45pm Announcements
2:50pm “Online German Church Registers, Duplicates and Substitutes” Church records are very valuable, but one needs to know whether one is looking at originals, duplicates, or extracts from these records, and how to tell the difference.
3:50pm Time to ask our speaker any additional questions. 4:15pm Thank you for coming! _____________________________________________________________________________________
James M. Beidler is the author of The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide and Trace Your German Roots Online. He also writes a weekly newspaper column “Roots and Branches” in Pennsylvania, teaches for the online Family Tree University and edits Der Kurier, the journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He is a frequent contributor to various genealogical publications and sits on the Pennsylvania State Historical Records Advisory Board, and participates in the Pennsylvania Digital Newspaper Project. He is a native of Pennsylvania and has a B.A. from Hofstra University.
This seminar is FREE, but registration is required, as seating is limited.
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