German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society

The German Interest Group

of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS)meeting

When: Friday, February 3, 2023 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm PT

Zoom Registration required: https://tinyurl.com/2s4azks3

Topic: “How to get Research Help at FamilySearch.org – with emphasis on Germanic research

Come discover what free research help is available at FamilySearch.org. This class will demonstrate how to access and use several FamilySearch resources designed to help you work through your genealogical challenges. Regardless of your research experience or ability, these resources can help you break through the brick walls found in every family tree.

Presenter: Becky Adamson

Becky graduated from BYU-Idaho with an AAS degree in Family History. She is currently enrolled at Strathclyde University, where she has earned her Certificate in Genealogical, Paleographic & Heraldic Studies and is pursuing her Diploma and Masters in the same field of study. She has a passion for United States and British research and is accredited through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen®) in Scotland research. She is currently working towards her accreditation in the Upper South, United States region. Becky is a Research Specialist on the VIP Hosting and Research Services team at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society Get Organized by Letting Software do the Work

The German Interest Group

of The Eastside GenealogicalSociety (EGS)meeting

When: Friday, January 6, 2023 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm PT

Zoom Registration required: https://tinyurl.com/w4xnrtw7

Topic: “Start the New Year Right – get organized by letting software do the work.”

Is your genealogy research organized and easy to manage? If you’re like most of us, you could use some help getting this done. Several EGS-GIG members will demo free software that can help turn your piles and files into easily stored and retrievable data. Learn great ways to track everything from citations to collections, research management to photo organizing and many other useful tools.

Presenters: The presenters will include Leslee Dunlap, Wilson Royer and Melinda McRae. All are active genealogists and love finding new computer tools to assist their work.

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

German Interest Group of the Eastside Genealogical Society German Christmas Traditions

When: Friday, December 2, 2022 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm PT

Zoom Registration required: https://tinyurl.com/4ywscar2

Topic: “Beyond the Nutcracker: German Christmas Traditions“

The decorated tree, the song “Silent Night,” the story of The Nutcracker and more are contributions to Christmas in the U.S. by German immigrants of the 18th and 19th centuries. Other vibrant, lovely traditions have been lost in translation but continue in Germany today. Talk includes a handout with recipes, links to music, history and more.

Speaker: Claire Gebben

She is the author of the award-winning memoir How We Survive Here: Families Across Time (2018) about the discovery of old letters in an attic in Germany written by her ancestors, letters that propel her on a transatlantic quest to learn the truth and write about their lives. Her historical novel The Last of the Blacksmiths (2014) is based on the true story of German Michael Harm, who immigrates to America in 1857 to apprentice as a blacksmith and pursue the American dream. Ms. Gebben gives presentations on genealogy, history, and writing at numerous venues. Her articles on German genealogy and history appear in the Seattle Genealogical Society Newsletter, Northwest Prime Time, German Life magazine and elsewhere. More at http://clairegebben.com

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

We will require registration for each meeting. If you prefer using the long URL for Registration rather than the short one above, it’s  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsfu-trj0vG9NNobUkwXRvDei-wujsWHY-   

German Interest Group of the Eastside Genealogical Society German Church Records

When: Friday, October 7, 2022 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm PDT (Virtually)

Registration required: https://tinyurl.com/ye262t7k  

Topic: “Discovering German Church Records at Matricula Online”

Obtaining German church records can be challenging unless you know where to find them. Discover the abundance of these Catholic records at Matricula Online. This lecture will show you how to effectively use the Matricula Online website for locating German Church records.

Presenter:  Dana Palmer, CG®, CGL(SM)

Dana specializes in lineage society applications, publishing family books, and Midwestern research – specifically Ohio. In addition to her client work, she reviews military repatriation cases, and is part of the Mayflower Silver Books team.

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

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society German Immigrant Waves

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

When: Friday, September 9, 2022 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm PDT (Virtually)

Registration required: https://tinyurl.com/4sksdsma

Topic: “German Immigrant Waves”

The 1700s “Pennsylvania Germans” were a different breed than the “German Americans” who immigrated in the 1800s. This presentation shows the differences in geography, economic class, religion, and aspirations of – as well as sources about – the two great waves of German immigration as well as reviewing “the basics” of German genealogy.

Presenter: James M. Beidler

He is interim executive director of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, author of four commercially published books, including The Family Tree Historical Atlas of Germany. Beidler also writes “Roots & Branches,” a weekly newspaper column and blog (at www.roots-branches.com ), and is a German Life magazine columnist.

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

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

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

When: Friday, June 3, 2022 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm PT (Virtually)

Topic: “Mapping: Genealogy and Data Visualization, how to “see” your research roadblock with new eyes”

Come learn how to use maps and data visualization to better understand research obstacles and discover new strategies to answer those difficult questions. A case study will demonstrate how different “mapping” types can be employed to solve smaller data problems which are not readily visible. Sometimes, the problem is right in front of our eyes, and we can’t see it, because we don’t know to look for it. While this class is foundational, it may yield some new insights on how to look at a genealogical problem differently.

Presenter:  Annette Adams

As a native German from Hamburg, Annette takes immense interest in German genealogy, emigration, and consulting others in discovering their German heritage. She is also currently a genealogy student at Brigham Young University Idaho and worked as a German and French research reference consultant with the German Slavic research team at the Salt Lake City, Family History Library.

More information: Visitors are always welcome and may request the Zoom link no later than June 1st   at https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/contact/   

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society

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

When: Friday, May 6, 2022 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm PT (Virtually)

Topic: “Separating Same Name Ancestors with German Parish Records”

Do parish records contain elements to help distinguish same name persons? These may include witnesses, occupations, parents’ names or a combination.

Presenter:  Carol Whitton, CG®

Carol specializes in German research.  She’s St Louis Genealogical Societies’ Project Director, German SIG Leader and graduate of German Research SLIG and Gen-Fed.

More information: Visitors are always welcome and may request the Zoom link no later than May 4th  at https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/contact/   

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society Useful Tools for Those with German Ancestors

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

When: Friday, April 1, 2022 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm PT– Virtually

Topic: “Useful Tools for Those with German Ancestors”

You don’t have to be a German expert to read your German ancestors’ records. Come learn how to be successful! This presentation shows online resources that can help you be successful. Extensive discussion will cover resources found in the FamilySearch Wiki. Other useful tools discussed will include free German webinars, the BYU script tutorial, the German Genealogy Record Transcription Closed Facebook group, the German Genealogy Family Search Community Group, Google Translate and the Google Translate App. We’ll close by discussing how to find records online using the FamilySearch catalog, Archion, Matricula, Archives, and town websites.

Presenter:  Dana Palmer, CG®, CGL(SM)

Dana specializes in lineage society applications, publishing family books, and Midwestern research – specifically Ohio. In addition to her client work, she reviews military repatriation cases, and is part of the Mayflower Silver Books team.

More information: Visitors are always welcome and may request the Zoom link no later than March 30th at https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/contact/