November 3, 2022, 7:30 PM - HYBRID in-person meeting, with remote Zoom broadcast for GGG Members
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of German Military Records
Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG®
records for Germany are an underutilized resource. Because there was no
unified Germany prior to 1871, one must search for records under prior
jurisdictions. Many records have not survived. This talk will walk
through the steps of finding the records that do exist. It will
highlight military records available for the former Kingdom of Hanover,
which claims a rich collection.
Teresa Steinkamp McMillin,
Certified Genealogist®, 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. Recently she created and recorded two
courses for Ancestry Academy at Ancestry.com. She has taught at the
Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). 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). 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.
October 20, 2022, 7:30 PM - Special REMOTE Zoom presentation for GGG Members ONLY
Explore the Rhineland-Palatinate
the Rhineland-PalatinateThe wine-making Rheinland-Pfalz, or
Rhineland-Palatinate, in southwest Germany is rich in history, museums,
local festivals, and wine tours. This presentation offers an overview of
the region, why so many left over the centuries, and sights to see
today. An exploration of the region’s more intriguing aspects for
travelers, genealogists, foodies, and anyone who enjoys learning about
other cultures, places, and times.
Gebben lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. Her debut historical
novel The Last of the Blacksmiths (Coffeetown Press, 2014) is based on
the true story of her German immigrant ancestor who pursues the American
dream. Since the novel’s publication, she’s been invited to to speak at
various venues on the untold stories of 19th-century immigration
history, on creating legacies using family genealogies, and on research
and writing. For a complete list of talk topics, click here. An
adventurer at heart, she enjoys traveling, genealogy, bicycling, hiking,
and even on occasion blacksmithing. Her author blog explores genealogy
and immigration, German and Scottish history, Ohio history, research and
travels, and tips for writing about family history.
October 6, 2022, 7:30 PM - HYBRID in-person meeting, with remote Zoom broadcast for GGG Members
The Home Archivist: Preserving Family Records Like A Pro!
from a professional archivist how to preserve, protect, and archive
family records, photographs, and artifacts. Best practices for
organization, purchasing archival materials and practical records
preservation that any home archivist can achieve! Learn how to process
your collection of genealogical records from start to finish. Learn the
steps archivists use to process small and large records collections at
the archives and how you can use these steps to get a handle on your
family records collections!
Melissa Barker is a Certified
Archives Manager and Public Historian currently working at the Houston
County, Tennessee Archives. She is affectionately known as The
Archive Lady to the genealogy community. She lectures, teaches, and
writes about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and
records preservation. She conducts virtual presentations across the
United States and Canada for various genealogy groups and societies. She
writes a popular blog entitled A Genealogist in the Archives and is a
well-known genealogy and history book reviewer. She has been a
Professional Genealogist for the past 17 years with expertise in
Tennessee records. She has been researching her own family history for
the past 32 years.
September 1, 2022, 7:30 PM - HYBRID in-person meeting, with remote Zoom broadcast for GGG Members
Beyond the Bauer (Farmer): Your Farm Ancestor’s Place in the Social Structure
has been estimated that in 1800, about 62% of German workers were
engaged in agriculture. But in the Germanic states, there were different
social scales and terms for farmers with farms of various sizes and
pursuits. We will explore the social hierarchies to which your farm
ancestors belonged and discuss terminology that can help you understand
their farming experience.
Gail Blankenau is a nationally known
German genealogy speaker. She has spoken at two International German
Genealogy Conferences. Gail Blankenau is an experienced genealogist,
speaker and author. Her publications include articles in the New England
Historical and Genealogical Register and The Genealogist. She is also a
contributor to Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy magazines. Based
in Nebraska, she specializes in Nebraska records, Midwestern roots,
German genealogy, land records, 19th-Century photographs and tracing
lineages. More than half her ancestors came from New England, but she
has roots in almost every state east of the Mississippi.
June 2, 2022, 7:30 PM - HYBRID in-person meeting, with remote Zoom broadcast for GGG Members
Members Richard Haberstroh and Jim Pelzer will take German research
questions from members in advance of the meeting and will provide some
guidance at the meeting.
Submit your question to GGhelp@germangenealogygroup.com before May 26, 2022.
May 19, 2022, 7:30 PM - Special REMOTE Zoom presentation for GGG Members ONLYDNA Segmentology
is about DNA segments. We will answer the questions: What is a DNA
segment? What are the three ways to measure a segment? How can we “see”
our DNA segments? What is the difference between our DNA segments and
shared DNA segments with a Match (they are different)? Where do our DNA
segments come from? Roughly how many segments do we get from a given
Ancestor? How can we group our Matches based on shared DNA segments? How
can we group our Matches based on Shared Matches? How will these groups
help us find Common Ancestors? How can we look through Brick Walls
and/or find bio-Ancestors? What is a Chromosome Map and what does it
look like? How can a Chromosome Map, DNA Painter, Clusters, and
spreadsheets all tell the same story? All this and more – bring your
Jim Bartlett has been an active genealogist since
1974. He has been the Administrator of the BARTLETT-DNA Project at
FTDNA (over 400 participants) since 2002 and has established 23
different lines using matching Y-DNA. He has tested at all the major
companies and uploaded to GEDmatch, DNA.Land and NIH All-of-Us. He has
been using autosomal DNA since 2010 and currently has over 8,000 Matches
with Common Ancestors from most of his ancestry. He has mapped over 99%
of his DNA to his parents, with 90% to more distant ancestors. He blogs
about autosomal DNA at www.segmentology.org
– in plain English for genealogists. He is an avid fan of these
powerful, new DNA tools that will expand your genealogy, and enjoys
teaching them to other genealogists. The DNA test is easy to take,
fairly simple to use, and relatively inexpensive. No biology required.
May 5, 2022, 7:30 PM - HYBRID in-person meeting, with remote Zoom broadcast for GGG MembersYour Guide to the 1950 Census
Lisa Louise Cooke, www.GenealogyGems.com
census is the backbone of genealogical research. Here in the United
States it gives us a cohesive look at our ancestors every 10 years
between 1790 and 1940. And now there is a new census! The 1950 census is
an exciting one because it may include your great grandparents,
grandparents, parents and perhaps even you! It will provide
opportunities to confirm some of what we already know and clues for new
The 1950 census was released by the National
Archives on 1 April 2022. Now is the perfect time to familiarize
ourselves with it and start preparing. In this session you will learn:
• the interesting and little known stories behind the 1950 census,
• what it can reveal about your family, (and who you will NOT find!)
• the important documents associated with it that you can access right now!
Lisa Louise Cooke is the author of several books including The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, 3rd edition
. She produces and hosts the popular Genealogy Gems Podcast, and the free weekly YouTube show Elevenses with Lisa
at the Genealogy Gems YouTube channel. She offers a Premium Membership service at her website ( https://lisalouisecooke.com
) featuring exclusive on-demand genealogy education. And she writes a regular column for Family Tree Magazine and produces the Family Tree Magazine Podcast.
Lisa found her passion for family history at her grandmother’s knee at the age of 8. She is now the owner of Genealogy Gems
, a genealogy and family history multi-media company founded in 2007. She is Producer and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast
, the popular online genealogy audio show available at www.GenealogyGems.com
on your smartphone’s native podcast app, and through the Genealogy Gems
app available through app stores. Her podcast brings genealogy news,
research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists
in 75 countries around the world, and has been downloaded nearly 4
million times. She also produces the weekly genealogy YouTube live show
Elevenses with Lisa at the Genealogy Gems YouTube channel
offerings are not limited to online. She is a sought-after
international genealogy speaker. Whether in person or online, Lisa
strives to dig through the myriad of genealogy news, questions and
resources to deliver the gems that can unlock each genealogist’s own
family history treasure trove!
April 7, 2022, 7:30 PM - HYBRID in-person meeting, with remote Zoom broadcast for GGG Members
Is this the End? Taking Your German Brick Walls Down Piece by Piece
Luana Darby, MLIS, Accredited Genealogist®, Professional Genealogist and Consultant
do you need to look for once you have reached your brick wall? What is
available and how do you find it? Learn how to think like a German and
understand how to assess the needs of your German research to get the
most out of it, from both sides of the ocean. You will understand how a
typical German lived and made decisions. A case study will show you step
by step how to overcome a typical brick wall.
Genealogy and the
recording of family history has always been a passion for Luana. She
began organizing photos, documents, and information on her grandmother’s
family in 1977, researched for others since 1985, and working as a
professional genealogist since 1995. She specializes in Palatine German,
US and Canadian, and western European research. She frequently travels
to research in archives in Germany, Poland and France.
Luana has a
bachelor’s degree in Family History from Brigham Young University and a
master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State
University. She is an Accredited Genealogist® and lecturer at local and
national conferences and institutes.
Luana is a member of the
Association of Professional Genealogists and the National Genealogical
Society. She has served as president and director at numerous
genealogical organizations. She is an online family history instructor
at BYU-Idaho and works on the research team of Relative Race, BYU TV’s
reality competition show.
March 10, 2022, 7:30 PM Special REMOTE Zoom presentation for GGG Members ONLY But I Don’t Know German: Deciphering Death Notices in German Newspaper
March 3, 2022, 7:30 PM - HYBRID in-person meeting, with remote Zoom broadcast for GGG MembersNew York State Historic Newspapers Online
newspapers are a valuable source of obituaries and other genealogical
Information, and you do not have to be an expert in the German language
to use these resources. This presentation will offer tips for locating
and deciphering obituaries in German-language newspapers.
Holl is archivist at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri
and retired manager of the History & Genealogy Department at St.
Louis County Library. A native of Central Kansas, he received a B.A. in
German from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, an M.A. in
Theology from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and a Master’s
Degree in Library and Information Science from Dominican University,
River Forest, Illinois. Scott has lectured at conferences of the
National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Society,
the St. Louis Genealogical Society, and other local and regional
genealogical organizations. Scott's special interests include German
genealogy and 19th-century German-American Protestantism.
Jean King, GGG Member
can be a treasure trove for finding information about your ancestors
that cannot be obtained through vital records or other commonly used
genealogical documents. As more and more newspapers are digitized, they
become accessible online. Learn about the variety of historic New York
State newspapers that are available online. Both free and subscription
websites will be covered.
Jean King is a public librarian and
former newspaper editor and reporter. She has been a board member for
the German Genealogy Group for several years and is currently the
co-editor of the GGG newsletter. She is also on the board of the
Genealogy Federation of Long Island and a member of the New York
Genealogical and Biographical Society.
February 3, 2022, 7:30 PM - HYBRID in-person meeting, with remote Zoom broadcast for GGG Members
What'll Happen To My Genealogy Stuff? (When I'm Gone)
Mark Waldron, GGG Member
will become of all of your genealogy research results when you are no
longer around? Who’s going to want it? Mark will share a few of the
things he's done. It might give you a couple of ideas.
Waldron has been a GGG member since its inception in 1996. He helps to
manage the GGG web site, works on various genealogy databases and is
currently the GGG Treasurer and Membership Chair. He has been working on
his own genealogy for over twenty seven years. He is a member of the
Huntington Historical Society Genealogy Workshop, the New York
Genealogical & Biographical Society, the New England Historic
Genealogical Society, and several other genealogy organizations. He is
an officer and board member of the Genealogy Federation of Long Island.
He has given genealogy related presentations at several public libraries
and local genealogy societies.
January 6, 2022, 7:30 PM - HYBRID in-person meeting, with remote Zoom broadcast for GGG Members
Searching for Germanic Roots: How to use American sources to locate the place of origin of your immigrant ancestor