June 3, 2021, 7:30 PM - REMOTE MEETING for GGG Members ONLY
Death and Burial Practices in World War I and World War II
Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
of this webinar focuses on the process of collecting, identifying, and
burying the dead, and the resulting records, including their
genealogical significance. In World War I (1917–1918) there were 53,402
battle deaths, while in World War II (1941–1945) battle deaths rose to
291,557. There are 124,905 American war dead interred overseas. This
webinar also addresses how the United States honors and memorializes
those killed in battle, including the role of the American Battle
Monuments Commission, the American Gold Star Mothers program, and the
operation of the Army’s Grave Registration Service.
(Rick) G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, is a long-time researcher, instructor,
and lecturer at national conferences. Rick co-coordinates with Judy
Russell, JD, CG, CGL, the Law School for Genealogists at GRIP, and the
FHL Law Library course at SLIG. Rick’s areas of expertise encompass
records relating to: military, land, using maps in genealogy, urban
research, the National Archives, government documents, and Irish
research. He was the immediate past president of the Board for
Certification of Genealogists and continues as a trustee.
addition to his academic degrees in chemistry and information systems,
Rick graduated from the U.S. Army War College. He has 45 years of
service to the Department of Defense in military and civilian
capacities. In his military career, Rick held command and staff
positions in the United States, Korea, Vietnam, and Germany. In 2000
Rick was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by the Secretary of the
Army; and, in 2011 he received the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award.
May 6, 2021, 7:30 PM - REMOTE MEETING for GGG Members ONLY
Genealogical Proof for the Everyday Genealogist
Annette Burke Lyttle, Heritage Detective, LLC
do we know if the facts we've uncovered about our ancestors are
correct? How do we avoid attaching somebody else's ancestors to our
family tree? The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) is our guide to
producing reliable research results. This introduction to the
Genealogical Proof Standard will get your research moving in the right
direction and help you avoid errors
Burke Lyttle owns Heritage Detective, LLC, providing professional
genealogical services in research, education, and writing. She speaks on
a variety of genealogical topics at the national, state, and local
levels and loves helping people uncover and share their family stories.
She was a faculty member for "Exploring Quaker Records in America" at
the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh in June 2020 and is
course coordinator for "From Sea to Shining Sea: Researching Our
Ancestors' Migrations in America" for the Salt Lake Institute of
Genealogy in January 2021.
Annette is a member of the board of
directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists and editor of
The Florida Genealogist.
April 1, 2021, 7:30 PM - REMOTE MEETING for GGG Members ONLY
So, You’ve Found Your German Town of Origin, Now What?
Teresa Steinkamp McMillin
So, You’ve Found Your German Town of Origin, Now What?Finding
your ancestor’s town of origin can be exciting, indeed. Once this piece
of information is found, you might be left wondering how you go about
getting records from the other side of the ocean. This lecture focuses
on getting records from German towns. Highlights include:
o Verifying that you have a town that truly exists and where it is located
o Strategies for identifying misspelled town names
o Finding the historical governmental jurisdictions for that town
o Finding the records for that town
o Useful aids for reading these records will be discussed
o Tips on hiring a professional in Germany, should that be necessary
Steinkamp McMillin, Certified Genealogist®, the 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. Teresa conducts research
on behalf of the U.S. Army to aid in repatriating soldiers missing from
the nation’s past conflicts.
She has taught at the Institute of
Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of
Genealogy (SLIG) Academy for Professionals. She created and recorded
courses for Ancestry Academy and Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Reading
German gothic script found in German records prior to the mid-1900s is
second nature to her.
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
April 15, 2021, 7:00-8:30 PM - REMOTE MEETING for GGG Members ONLY
German Town of Origin Workshop
Teresa Steinkamp McMillin
workshop will use real examples to demonstrate the skills detailed in
the webinar “So, You’ve Found Your German Town of Origin, Now What?”
Teresa will take selected German towns submitted in advance and
demonstrate how to find church records for that location. Town names may
be misspelled or other issues may need to be overcome to first identify
the correct town. Once done, you must identify the town where the
church of the target denomination is located. After determining that,
you need to find where the church records are today. This workshop will
guide you through this process.
March 4, 2021, 7:30 PM- REMOTE MEETING for GGG Members ONLY
Organizing Your DNA Results
that you have pages of matches and gobs of new information, how do you
keep track of it all? We will spend time going over how to create and
track correspondence, organization tools within each testing company, as
well as strategies for tracking the genealogy information of your
matches, including surnames, locations and genetic relationships. You
are bound to walk out of this lecture with a game plan that you can
implement right away.
Diahan Southard is a leading voice for
consumer DNA testing from her position as Founder of Your DNA Guide.
Diahan teaches internationally, consults with leading testing companies
and forensics experts. Southard's company, Your DNA Guide
(YourDNAGuide.com), deploys a team of scientists who provide one-on-one
genetic genealogy education and research services. You will walk away
from an interaction with her enlightened and motivated as she has a
passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for
making the technical understandable.
February 4, 2021, 7:30 PM - REMOTE MEETING for GGG Members ONLY
Show & Tell
Members are encouraged to show favorite finds, artifacts, family
heirlooms, clothing, and/or stories to share with fellow members.
Enthusiasm is catching and new ideas often spawn more successful
approaches to our research.
Members must sign up ahead of time
January 7, 2021, 7:30 PM - REMOTE MEETING for GGG Members ONLY
"German-Americans in World War I--Fighting Against the Fatherland"
Michael L Strauss, AG
entry of the United States into World War I in April 1917 found tens of
thousands of German-Americans taking the oath of allegiance seeking to
prove their loyalty in their newly adopted country. This took into
account persons who were either naturalized or recent immigrants who
sought permanent residence. These men knew well they would fight their
former countryman and still sought to earn the respect of the army and
the United States.
Michael L. Strauss, AG®, is a professional
Accredited Genealogist (ICAPGen), and a nationally recognized speaker. A
native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Utah, he has been employed as a
Forensic Investigator for more than 25 years. Strauss has a BA in
History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He is a qualified
expert witness in the courts in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and
Virginia. Strauss is a faculty member at SLIG, GRIP, and IGHR where he
is the Military Course Coordinator.
December 3, 2020 - REMOTE MEETING for GGG Members ONLY
"Quarantined! – Genealogy, the Law and Public Health"
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
From the Plague to tuberculosis, the law worked to protect the public from epidemics.
Learn how public health records can add to any family’s history.
The Legal Genealogist
Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and
lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to
understanding DNA testing.
A Colorado native with roots deep in
the American south on her mother’s side and entirely in Germany on her
father’s side, she holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from George
Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a law degree from Rutgers
School of Law-Newark. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, trade
association writer, legal investigator, defense attorney, federal
prosecutor, law editor and, for more than 20 years before her retirement
in 2014, was an adjunct member of the faculty at Rutgers Law School.
the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the
Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, from
which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified
Genealogical Lecturer℠. Her award-winning blog is at
Sep 5, 2019
"The Changing World of German Genealogy"
Presenter - Richard Haberstroh, A.G.
The goal of the talk is to help keep those working on German genealogy from across the pond up-to-date with advances in the field. The talk will focus on how digitization and the Internet have changed and continue to change, accessibility to German genealogical records over the last decade, usually (but not always) for the better. This will be discussed in the context of both civil and religious records, and will include reviews of the nature and location of these records. Many examples of useful Internet sites for German genealogy will displayed and explained.
Richard Haberstroh is an accredited genealogist, who has been deeply involved in genealogical research both in the U.S. and Germany since 1984. Richard served as a volunteer librarian at the LDS Family History Center in Plainview, New York, from 1988 to 2001. He is a frequent lecturer on German and New York genealogy, and has published a number of articles, including his family’s own German-American genealogy in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (NYG&B). He is also the author of the book, The German Churches of Metropolitan New York: A Research Guide, published by the NYG&B.
Oct 3, 2019
"Introduction to German Parish Records"
Presenter - Gail Blankenau
Gail Shaffer Blankenau will introduce you to the gold mine of German genealogy--German church books, both in the United States and in the Germanic states. She discusses proven strategies to identify your ancestor's home church and how to approach the records when you find them—even if you don't speak German.
Nov 7, 2019
Gail Blankenau is a professional genealogist, speaker and author, specializing in German genealogy, land records, and lineage research. She first became interested in family history by looking for treasures in the attic when she was growing up. As a teenager, she started labeling old family photographs and things progressed from there. In addition to performing private client research, Gail enjoys speaking and writing about genealogy. Her articles have appeared in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, The Genealogist, Everton’s Genealogical Helper, The National Genealogical Society magazine, Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, The Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly and Nebraska Ancestree.
the Golden Door: Immigration After the Civil War"
Presenter - Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
America's doors were open to all before the Civil War, with few restrictions. Afterwards, the laws began tightening, with exclusions, quotas, even required visas. How did the immigration laws affect your ancestors who immigrated after the Civil War? What hoops did they have to jump through to enter America's “golden door” -- and what records might we find as a result?
The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. A Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on her mother’s side and entirely in Germany on her father’s side, she holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, trade association writer, legal investigator, defense attorney, federal prosecutor, law editor and, for more than 20 years before her retirement in 2014, was an adjunct member of the faculty at Rutgers Law School. On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠. Her award-winning blog is at http://www.legalgenealogist.com.
Dec 6, 2019
Come and enjoy our Christmas Celebration. Share in the good cheer, good food and good company.
you can, please bring something to share: cake, cookies, cheese,
crackers, cider, or whatever you feel would be enjoyed by all.
Jan 2, 2020
"Show and Tell"
Presenters: GGG members
Members are encouraged to bring along favorite finds, artifacts, family heirlooms, clothing, and/or stories to share with fellow members. Enthusiasm is catching and new ideas often spawn more successful approaches to our research.
"Using DNA to Solve Family Mysteries"
Presenter: Susan Jaycox
Whether you are an adoptee or your DNA matches are full of people you can't identify, there are strategies for solving the question of who they are and where they belong in your family tree. DNA testing companies are continually introducing tools and reformatting your test results to respond to how genealogists are using the results of their DNA tests. We will explore these tools and other independent DNA research sites that can be utilized to solve the question of how a unknown family member matches you.
Susan Jaycox is a long time member of the German Genealogy Group and a Professional Genealogist who has been researching her own family history for over 40 years. She started investigating DNA testing for genealogy as soon as it was introduced in 2000 and is continually learning new techniques and tools to use in solving her own family mysteries and to assist others. Susan personally manages over 30 DNA kits and frequently lectures on topics of DNA and Genealogy. She is President of the Genealogy Federation of Long Island, a Family History Center volunteer, and was involved in bringing a genealogy DNA group to Long Island. Her professional background is in corporate business management. She has a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s in Business and worked on earning a second Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science.