German Interest Group of the Eastside Genealogical Society March Meeting

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS)meeting

When: Friday, March 5, 2020 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm PT – Virtually

Topic: “Connect Your Family:  Useful Research Strategies”

Do you have a broken branch or stump in your family tree?  Come learn some useful research strategies to find your brick wall ancestors.

Presenter: Dana Palmer, CG®, CGL(SM) has been a genealogy instructor since 2010 and has spoken at many genealogy events and conferences. She specializes in Midwestern research and has experience in Germany, Denmark, and the U.K.  She loves problem solving and tracking down those elusive ancestors. 

More information: https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/ 

Visitors are always welcome. To request an invitation, please use the Contact tab on our website, no later than 2 days prior to our meeting. 

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS)meeting

When: Friday, February 5, 2020 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm PT – Virtually

Topic: “What’s in a Name: Going from Iowa back to Saxony”

How does someone locate an ancestral village when the original surname has evolved over time? Follow a near beginner as she builds upon clues discovered in ordinary documents and learn how taking some simple actions can be helpful in your family research.        

Presenter: Beth Snyder is a Seattle native who had little interest in genealogy until about 5 years ago when she took a Telos class with Bob Barnes and got the bug. Beth knew little about her father’s side but had come across his baptismal certificate. It was in German and it started her on a path to discover that side of her paternal ancestry. 

More information: https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/ 

Visitors are always welcome. To request an invitation, please use the Contact tab on our website, no later than 2 days prior to our meeting. 

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS)meeting

When: Friday, November 6, 2020 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm – Virtually

Topic: Heraldry in a Nutshell or Two: How a Coat of Arms came to be. What is heraldry and how does it relate to genealogy? Learn about the history of heraldry and what constitutes a Coat of Arms, its components and who can bear one.  

Presenter:  Gail Spangenberg-Parrish

A native of Pretoria, South Africa, Gail first learned of heraldry at the Bureau of Heraldry in Pretoria where she worked as an artist. Her knowledge of Coats of Arms was minimal but she soon learned and found the entire process fascinating. Gail has executed numerous Coats of Arms for various groups or private individuals both in the US and abroad. Some of her work is on display in South Africa, in both Western and Eastern Washington, California, Massachusetts, Washington DC, Germany and Thailand.

More information: https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/ 

Visitors are always welcome. To request an invitation, please use the Contact tab on our website, no later than November 1st.  

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) Meeting

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) meeting

When: Friday, October 2, 2020 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm – Virtually

Topic: Explore the Rhineland-Palatinate

The wine-making Rheinland-Pfalz, or Rhineland-Palatinate, in southwest Germany is rich in history, museums, local festivals, and wine tours. It is also the area from which a large number of Germans emigrated in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Speaker: Claire Gebben

Claire, author of the historical novel The Last of the Blacksmiths and the memoir How We Survive Here, shares an overview of some of the most intriguing aspects of the region’s history for genealogists, as well as points of interest in the Palatinate today for those who enjoy learning more about other cultures, places, and times.

More information: https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/ 

Visitors are always welcome. To request an invitation, please use the Contact tab on our website, no later than September 30th

German Interest Group of the Eastside Genealogical Society

The German Interest Group

of The Eastside GenealogicalSociety (EGS)meeting

When: Friday, September 4, 2020 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm – Virtually

Topic: Crossing the Atlantic – Tie your family’s emigration story to the evolution of traveling by sea. Crossing the Atlantic will review the history of maritime traffic from Europe to the New World, including how these movements took place, how the changes in vessel types and various tools improved ocean movement, review the evolution of passenger carriage, then overlay all of this with the significant waves of German Emigration. 

Speaker: Ken Passé – He began his genealogical research in the mid-1990s and was able to make reasonable progress by the time his wife, mother-in-law and he made a combined tourist/family history trip to Germany and Poland in 1999. He has been fortunate to have made one more tourist trip and two combined business/tourist trips to Germany. Ken’s career was in the maritime industry, so ships have always held a certain fascination for him. He is just ¼ German but continues to pursue that line because it is the most interesting connection for him. 

More information: https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/

Visitors are always welcome. If you wish to join us, please use the Contact tab on our website, no later than noon on Sept 2nd, to request an invitation. 

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society

The German Interest Group of The Eastside GenealogicalSociety (EGS)meeting

When: Friday, March 6, 2020 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm

(Doors open at 12:10 pm for networking)

Where:  Relief Society Room of the Latter-day Saints Church

             10675 NE 20th St, Bellevue, WA 98004.     

Topic: “Friedrich Christian Eiler: Scoundrel, Bigamist and More” – Not all our ancestors are fine upstanding citizens, but Friedrich challenged all parameters of exemplary citizenship. But, who was Friedrich Eiler? The ability to combine fragments of identity to form a single individual is an important skill. This case study illustrates the techniques used to identify the unknown! 

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Presenter:  Jill Morelli, cg® lectures about her Midwestern, northern German and Scandinavian ancestors nationwide with a focus on intermediate and advanced methodologies, and unique records sets. After obtaining her credential as a Certified Genealogist, she began an online course sharing her experiences and demystifying the process of certification to all who are interested in going “on the clock.” She is presently the president of the Seattle Genealogical Society and a member of many others.

Visitors are always welcome.  More information: https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/  .  

The German Interest Group of the Eastside Genealogical Society February 2020

The German Interest Group

of The Eastside GenealogicalSociety (EGS)meeting

When: Friday, February 7, 2020 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm

(Doors open at 12:10 for networking)

Where: Relief Society Room of the Latter-day Saints Church

10675 NE 20th St, Bellevue, WA 98004

Topic: “More German Church and Civil Record Tips” – This presentation will enhance our prior programs with additional tips for 1) locating the German records in the United States and elsewhere, 2) reading the old German handwriting in those records and 3) translating the German words into English.

Presenter:  Dorothy Pretare started collecting family history in 1995 and is active in 2 local genealogical societies, leader of the EGS German Interest Group and a member of 3 societies in Minnesota.  In 2008, she visited her ancestral villages in old East Germany and present-day Poland.

More information: https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/ . Visitors are always welcome.

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) Meeting

The German Interest Group

of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS)meeting

When: Friday, January 3, 2020 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm

(Doors open at 12:10 for networking)

Where: Relief Society Room of the Latter-day Saints Church

10675 NE 20th St, Bellevue, WA 98004

Topic: “German Immigration Patterns Prior to the Revolutionary WarThere were 3 waves of German immigrants to America prior to the Revolutionary war.  He will emphasize the 3rd wave of immigrants, those coming from 1717 to 1775. It’ll include where they came from and why plus where they went.  He will also cover why most did not come to America but went to Eastern Europe.  Much of his material is drawn from Hopeful Journeys, German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America from the late 1600’s to the start of the Revolutionary war.

Presenter:  Bill Frisinger – His ancestor Ludwig Friderich Freysinger immigrated to Philadelphia in 1754.  The ship and where most of its immigrants came from are well documented but no one has any documentation of where in Europe he came from although most “know” where.  It is just that they are almost certainly wrong.  It is this puzzle that drew him into genealogy.  Later when he received a copy of a journal passed down on his maternal side, he began a more formal study of his ancestors.

More information: https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/ . Visitors are always welcome.