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Genealogy Webinar: “The Lives and Times of Our German-Speaking Ancestors”

Saturday, March 6 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Friends of the Max Kade Institute
Registration deadline: 12:00 p.m., Thursday, March 4, 2021
Fee: $40 (discount available for members of the Friends of the MKI and the WHS)


Many genealogists write their family histories. They strive to not simply create a family tree, but to flesh it out with stories and paint a picture of the world their ancestors lived in. In this workshop we will explore resources that help family scholars find their ancestors from German-speaking Europe and learn more about the experiences of their forefathers and -mothers in the process. Sessions will cover the following topics.

  • German Immigration to America
  • Beyond Indexes: Primary Resources for German Genealogists on Family Search and Ancestry.com
  • Community Documents
  • Brick Walls

Antje Petty is the Associate Director of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She has extensive experience researching the history of German immigration to America and the families that made the journey.


Saturday, March 6
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Virtual Event
Madison, WI United States