YOU’LL LOVE THIS IF:
- You have German ancestors and want to trace them both in the US and Germany
- You’ve hit a brick wall in your German genealogy research and want to learn about uniquely German resources such as Hamburg Embarkation Lists
Upon immigration to the United States, our German ancestors scattered from sea to shining sea, making German the most ubiquitous ethnic heritage in the country. In this crash course on tracing your genealogy back to Germany, you'll learn how to overcome common challenges such as dealing with printed and handwritten records in the German language, as well as the major role church records played in keeping track of those with German heritage through history. In this hour-long webinar, German genealogy expert James Beidler will weed, water and grow your Deutsch roots.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- Historical facts that have a bearing on the two waves of German immigration.
- The challenges – which you can overcome! – in dealing with both printed and handwritten records in the German language.
- The key role that church records play in documenting this ethnic group in both Germany and America.
- The many resources related to Germans that can be found on Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org
- Records that are unique to German genealogy research, such as Oaths of immigration and naturalizations in Colonial times, Ortsippenbuecher of German villages, German-American newspapers and Hamburg Embarkation Lists
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
James M. Beidler writes “Roots & Branches,” an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only syndicated feature on that topic in Pennsylvania. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He served as national co-chairman for the 2008 Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Philadelphia.
Beidler is also frequent contributor to other periodicals ranging from scholarly journals such as The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine to popular-interest magazines such as Ancestry and Family Tree Magazine. He also wrote the chapter on genealogy for Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth, published jointly by the Penn State Press and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. As a lecturer, he has been a part of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council’s acclaimed Commonwealth Speakers program since 2002, and has been a presenter at numerous conferences. In addition to being a member of numerous genealogical, historical, and lineage societies, Beidler also sits on Pennsylvania’s State Historic Records Advisory Board as well as the selection committee for the Pennsylvania Newspaper Project. Beidler was born in Reading, PA, and raised in nearby Berks County, where he currently resides. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hofstra University in Long Island, NY, with a BA in political science in 1982.