International German Genealogy

The International German Genealogy Partnership’s mission is to facilitate German genealogy research globally as the internationally recognized federation of German genealogy organizations.
The 2021 International German Genealogy Conference, originally scheduled to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, next July, is being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The board of the International German Genealogy Partnership, as well as that of the host Hamilton County Genealogical Society, shares the disappointment felt by all. The list of projected speakers and programs, along with other activities in a city known for its German heritage, promised to provide an outstanding weekend for participants.

The decision was driven by the uncertain health, economic and travel conditions likely to continue into next year.

Given that uncertainty, the financial risks of planning a major international conference were too great to continue. About 1,000 people were expected to attend.

There was discussion about turning the 2021 conference into a virtual event, but that was not deemed logistically feasible for an all-volunteer organization, especially when added to the desire to continue the previous theme of “Connections” with an in-person conference.

IGGP previously held international conferences in 2017 and 2019. It will now look to 2023, when it is hoped progress against the pandemic will provide more certainty for planning and a greater comfort level for participants. An announcement will be made at the appropriate time.

This decision was based on circumstances specific to the IGGC; partner societies are encouraged to evaluate their own plans for 2021 based on what is appropriate in their area at that time.

Questions may be sent to This message about the 2021 Conference cancellation has been posted on the IGGP website.

Please share this with your organization’s members and others who may have wished to attend.