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.

International German Genealogy Partnership

International German Genealogy Partnership   2021 CONFERENCE

1 January – 29 February 2020
The Call for Proposals will open on 1 January 2020 for presentations during the 2021 International German Genealogy Conference in Cincinnati, sponsored by the International German Genealogy Partnership and hosted by the Hamilton County (Ohio) Genealogical Society.

Potential speakers with specialized genealogical knowledge, skills, or techniques are invited to submit proposals.

A flyer on the IGGP website has full details about the types and lengths of presentations desired, the selection process, and compensation. Check out the flyer to see the types of tracks and topics anticipated for the Conference, and pass this message on to speakers who may wish to submit proposals.  

New this year: All sessions must address German genealogy topics Some sessions may be conducted partially in the German language Two-hour workshops and thirty-minute express sessions in addition to one-hour presentations  Increase in honorarium The portal to submit proposals for presentations will be live beginning 1 January 2020. Go to the IGGP website, then click on the Conference 2021 tab. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm ET on 29 February 2020.

The International German Genealogy Partnership’s Conference has become the largest in the world devoted exclusively to German genealogy. Nearly 1,000 people are expected to attend the 2021 conference in Cincinnati, a center of German-American heritage since mass immigration began in the 1830s.

Genealogists dedicated to serious research will come to the International German Genealogy Conference from around the world to attend 80 sessions on German genealogy, sharpen their skills, and interact with other researchers.

Questions may be emailed to You may also subscribe to receive conference updates from IGGP.