We are excited to announce that GGS now has monthly webinars!
The live webinars are open to the public, however, attendance is limited. Be sure to sign into the Webinar early.
As a GGS Membership Benefit: Handouts and recorded videos will be accessible to signed-in GGS members under the Member Login
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March 22: TBA
U. S. libraries, historical societies, archives, and university library special collections sections hold the records from many organizations that our Germanic ancestors joined. The organization may have been a German heritage, charitable, religious, resettlement, political, social, or other organization. Additionally, as parts of our families migrated, so did the records. Frequently genealogists think that there may be no records for some of the family. However, there may be substantial information buried away in a manuscript collection. Finding these collections with records of membership, donations, necrologies, stories, activities, and more has become easier in recent years. Many finding aids online and off lead you to these research nuggets that represent hundreds of years of material. This presentation covers the finding aids, what the descriptions tell us, how to use the descriptions and suggestions for accessing the Germanic family nuggets promised by the cataloging and indexing. The visuals will demonstrate the fantastic ancestral details found in such records, including places of origin in Germanic localities beyond the U.S.
Reading old records written in German script can seem like an overwhelming task. Most modern-day Germans cannot read this script, yet it is an essential technique if you plan to research in older German records. This lecture provides strategies for reading the old handwriting; ways to maximize your chances for success; and resources to use when you are having problems.
June 28: Luana Darby, AG® - "They Came by Way of Ontario"
The rest of the 2018 presenters and presentations will be announced soon.
Archived Webinars for GGS Members - Located under Member's Log In
February 22, 2018, Dr. Fritz Juengling, Ph.D., AG® - "Meyer's Gazetter Now Online, Indexed and Fully Searchable! and New FamilySearch Forums!" Now Online for GGS Members!
We are pleased to welcome Fritz Juengling, Ph.D., AG® as our first GGS Webinar Speaker! He will be speaking about the very important website MeyersGaz.org
and how it is has impacted German researchers. A book that has been a critical German research resource, that is difficult for most to read and decipher, has been transformed into a website that makes information quick and at everyone's figure tips and adds some great features. Also join us in learning about the new FamilySearch forums - there are several that German language researchers will be interested in.
Dr. Fritz Juengling, PH.D., AG ®
Dr. Juengling received his Bachelor’s degrees in German Studies and Secondary Education at Western Oregon University, his Master’s and Doctorate in Germanic Philology with minors in both English and Linguistics at the University of Minnesota. Germanic Philology is a highly specialized field of study, combining languages, linguistics, paleography and history. For his graduate degrees, Dr. Juengling was required to demonstrate competence in English, German, Medieval Latin and two other modern languages. He chose Norwegian and Dutch.
He is an Accredited Genealogist® for Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Sweden through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, and certified by the Verband deutschsprachiger Berufsgenealogen. Dr. Juengling is a German, Dutch, and Scandinavian Research Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG®, FMGS, FUGA
Paula is an internationally recognized genealogical educator, researcher, and consultant focusing on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She also specializes in Native American research, the WPA, and railroad records. She spends extensive research time at state archives, historical societies, and at various locations of the National Archives. She is a long-time course coordinator and instructor for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. She presented 3 courses for Ancestry Academy and has presented seminars all across the U.S. and in Canada. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, a former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists and former president of the Northland Chapter of APG. She has been a Board-Certified Genealogist since 1988.
She is descended from eight ancestral countries and has researched family connections across the U.S. and Canada including the Southern lines of her father-in-law, her own Wisconsin Germans, and the Central Minnesota German lines of her brother-in-law. She currently has her own educational website and blog at http://genealogybypaula.com
and is enthusiastic about sharing know
ledge and continuing family history education with anyone interested at any level.
Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, Certified Genealogist CG®
Teresa is the author of the Guide to Hanover Military Records
, 1514-1866 on Microfilm at the Family History Library
, is the owner of Lind Street Research
, a company dedicated to helping people discover their German ancestry. She is a popular speaker for national, regional, and local genealogical societies. She created and recorded two courses for Ancestry Academy at Ancestry.com. She has taught at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). She also researches for the Army to find living family members of American soldiers killed or missing in past wars.
Reading German gothic script found in German records prior to the mid-1900s is second nature to her. Researching ancestors in Chicago and other areas of the Midwest is another of Teresa’s specialty areas. She is a multi-year attendee of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She has taken college-level German classes.
Teresa is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, as well as many German and local genealogical societies. Teresa chairs the committee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists monthly webinar series. She is the webmaster for the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society in Arlington Heights, Illinois and is a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.