Weekly column sharing genealogy-related things that I’ve found, such as new blogs, interesting posts/articles, useful websites and resources, and of course upcoming webinars.
The National Genealogical Society 2015 Family History Conference will be held in St. Charles, Missouri, from May 13-16, 2015. There are so many sessions available, covering a wide array of topics. Following is a list of sessions geared toward German and immigration, two of my favorite genealogy subjects! I’ve also included sessions related to other ethnic groups. I did not include any luncheons (even though a good deal of the fit into this category) simply because they are a paid event and many of them are sold out.
There are so many to choose from, which makes me happy since I will be in attendance. Some of them conflict with other sessions I’d like to attend, so I am also registering for the Live Stream immigration track so I can enjoy them all (I’ve noted “LS” for those sessions that will be part of the Live Stream immigration track). I was pretty impressed with the Live Stream sessions presented last year (I registered for one track; watched two of the sessions live, and then watched the other three at my leisure).
Author: James M. Beidler
Format: Paperback, Kindle, Nook
Synopsis: (from book cover) Follow your family tree back to its roots in Bavaria, Baden, Prussia, Hesse, Saxony, Wurttemburg and beyond. This in-depth genealogy guide will walk you step by step through the exciting journey of researching your German heritage, whether your ancestors came from lands now in modern-day Germany or other German-speaking areas of Europe, including Austria, Switzerland, and enclaves across Eastern Europe.
I have read (or perhaps I should say, in some cases, tried to read) other German genealogy guides. Most of the time, while informative, the writing is stilted and the content is very overwhelming, especially for those new to the idea of researching German ancestors. The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide is written more casually and conversationally and allows the reader to absorb the content a little easier; I appreciate that.
Earlier this week, I received the following press release that I thought I’d share with my readers. I know the author worked very hard on this publication and I’m sure it will be of great help to those researching in this area of Germany.
INVERNESS, ILLINOIS, August 1, 2014 – Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, Certified GenealogistSM and German research expert, is proud to announce the publication of Guide to Hanover Military Records, 1514–1866, on Microfilm at the Family History Library. Military records for the former Kingdom of Hanover in Germany can include a soldier’s date and place of birth, his father’s name, and widows’ pensions. This publication is the only English-language guide to this gold mine of information for genealogists. With this guide, a researcher can quickly determine all available records for a regiment and time period and know where to find them in the Family History Library’s (FHL) microfilm holdings in Salt Lake City, Utah.