Off To America!

Target Audience: Beginner

Learn about German records by following the life of the German dairy farmer Friedrich Stange who came to America in 1855. I will tell his story, present the records used, tell you how I overcame the brick walls and finally found the reason why he and his family left their hometown in Brandenburg.

 

On This Day Appeared Before The Registrar – German Civil Records

Target Audience: Intermediate

In this presentation you will learn what civil records are and how to find and access them. We will go through different records and see what information they hold and how to interpret this information. We will talk about the importance of taking a look at the hand written side remarks, why ordering the supplement files sometimes can make a brick wall fall and the difficulties of dealing with the strict German privacy laws.

 

Finding Your Ancestors’ Hometown

Target Audience: Beginner

You can’t find the place your German ancestors came from? This presentation will help you gather information on how to find the place they called home. We will look into passenger lists and emigration records as well as take a look what information their name and their faith can provide.

 

Finding Your Ancestors in German Directories

Target Audience: Intermediate

In Germany more and more directories are online, some of them even are indexed. This presentation will tell you where to find them, show how to work with them and how to interpret the information typical for German directories.

 

Luther, Napoleon and the Kaiser – German History for Genealogists

Target Audience: All levels

Why is what happened in Augsburg on September 25, 1555 of such importance for your genealogical research in Germany? And why is doing research in 1874 so very different from doing research in 1876? This presentation will show the important historical events in German history you simply need to know.

 

The Godparent Thing – Overcoming Brick Walls in Your German Research

Target Audience: Advanced

Your German ancestors constantly moved and you lost them on the way? Find out how reading and interpreting church records mixed with socio-historical information, historical maps and regional history can help you find out more about your ancestors and overcome brick walls!

 

Webinar – Finding Your Ancestors’ German Hometown

Can’t find the place your German ancestors came from? This webinar will help you gather information on how to find the place they called home. We will look into passenger lists and emigration records as well as take a look what information their name and their faith can provide.

 

Missing in America – Searching for the Emigrant Friedrich Stange

Almost every German has emigrants in his or her family and about a quarter of all Americans have German roots. This lecture tells the story of Friedrich Stange born in 1798 in Germany, emigrated to America in 1855, who was said to have died in the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Based on numerous documents from Germany and the US, we follow his life in Germany, his reasons for leaving and his life after immigration.

Read more about this presentation in my blog at Behind The Scenes.

 

Carl und Ich (Carl and I)

Far too often our history is perceived as an abstract and boring series of facts and figures. But history can be quite exciting and active, especially when it is told from the perspective of our own family. With the research of our own family history, a journey through the German past to our own roots and ourselves will begin. This lecture shows ways to approach our own history.

Who were our ancestors, our grandmothers and grandfathers, as well as their parents and grandparents? How did they experience German history? Which events and decisions have influenced the family? And how does their living history affect our own lives and that of our descendants?

 

Die Vorfahren der Kriegsenkel (The Grandchildren of War)

The grandchildren of War [Baby Boomers], with parents who went through the Second World War as children, are not only influenced by their own experiences, but also by the wartime experiences of their parents and grandparents – and that, although they were born long after the war ended. In their search for answers to their questions, they often encounter a wall of silence. But how do you find out what actually happened? What did the parents, grandparents and their ancestors experience and what have they done or not done? Were they perpetrators, followers, spectators or victims? Are there family members who have lost their lives through war or persecution? Has the family lost their home and were their roots cut off?

This lecture will show ways to find out more about the previous generations. Many different sources will be presented, from the NSDAP member’s index, the documents of the Wehrmacht to the denazification files. Also we will take a deeper look into the sources of the victims of the Nazi terror. Furthermore, the archives, that hold information from the time of the 3rd Reich, will be presented.

But also topics as how to deal with homelessness, sons growing up without fathers, the psychosocial consequences of experiencing the war for future generations, and how the Grandchildren of War can learn to handle their questions and findings will be addressed.

 

Familiengeschichte(n) und ihre Quellen (Your Family’s History and Its Sources)

An introductory seminar with visit to the city archives Würzburg. Genealogy has many sources: personal notes, records and newspaper articles. But this is just a small part of the many tracks left by our ancestors. Where can I obtain more information? And what information do they hold?

 

Computergenealogie (Computergenealogy)

The amount of information available on the internet is growing from week to week. The workshop provides an overview of various Internet sources and shows how to find and how to work with them.

 

Familiengeschichte(n) und Zeitgeschichte: Das Gestern für Morgen erschließen (Our Family’s Story and Contemporary History: Opening Yesterday for Tomorrow)

Far too often our history is perceived as an abstract and boring series of facts and figures. But history can be quite exciting and active, namely when it is told from the perspective of our own family.

But who were our ancestors, our grandmothers and grandfathers, as well as their parents and grandparents? How did they experience German history? Which events and decisions have influenced the family? And how does their living history affect our own lives and that of our descendants?

 

How to do Research with Emigrant Letters

Course: Deutsche Auswanderbriefe in Nordamerika (German Emigrant Letters in North America)