Finding Our German Ancestors in Europe: a Workshop for Genealogists
The Friends of the Max Kade Institute and the Wisconsin Historical Society are co-sponsoring a German genealogy workshop with Dr. Wolfgang Grams and Antje Petty.
REGISTER ONLINE at www.wisconsinhistory.org . Registration begins July 15, 2018, and is first-come-first-serve. Limited to 75 registrants!
Fees (including lunch): $36 for members of the Friends of MKI, the Wisconsin Historical Society, or the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society; $40 for non-members
Documents and Biographies: This session is an introduction and guide to family history research with German resources. It follows the life of a “typical” German immigrant family and the documents they left behind. A special focus will be on finding ancestral hometowns on the other side of the Atlantic in the context of Central Europe’s complex territorial history. (Grams)
“Hurrah, We are Sailing to America!”: Travel patterns for German immigrants changed greatly over the centuries. This session will cover travel routes, ports of embarkation, the role of emigration agencies, the shift from sail to steam, and the many traces immigrant left behind on their journeys that now provide resources for genealogists. (Grams)
German-American Resources and Organizations: Before tracing your ancestors back to Europe, it is important to find as much information as possible about them in America. This session provides an overview of German-American community resources, archives, online sources, and genealogy organizations. (Petty)
Archives, Digitization, and Online Resources in Germany: Even in times of electronic and online databases, ancestral research requires time and expertise. A database can only present what has been researched, documented, and entered. It still has its origin in archives, libraries, repositories, collections, and publications. This session is an introduction to digitization projects of historical records in Germany and offers suggestions on how they can benefit the family researcher. (Grams)
Wolfgang Grams is a historian based in Oldenburg, Germany, and the founder and managing director of “Routes to the Roots, Research and Travel.” He has wide-ranging experience with German genealogy research, archives and online projects. He has collaborated on digitization projects with the Ballinstadt Emigration Museum in Hamburg, the German National Archives, and numerous municipalities and local repositories, and until 2017, was a project planner for ancestry.com in Germany. Dr. Grams has helped man Americans with their ancestral research in Germany and has led numerous heritage tours throughout Europe.
For more information go to: https://mki.wisc.edu/events/2018/finding-our-german-ancestors-europe-workshop-genealogists or contact Antje Petty (email@example.com / 608-262-7546) or Lori Bessler (Lori.Bessler@wisconsinhistory.org / 608-264-6519)