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Saturday, January 12, 2019
Discovering Your Family History  (San Diego Gen Soc GIG)
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA, Marina Village, Captain’s Room
The guest speaker is Curt Witcher, Genealogy Center Manager at Allen County Public Library.
His topics include:
1. Doing Effective Genealogical Research at Libraries
2. Mining the Mother Lode: Using Periodical Literature for Genealogical Research
3. Using Government Documents for Genealogical Research
4. More than Surname Surfing: Best Practices for Using the Internet for the Genealogist 
 
Check the SDGS website
for registration details



Friday, April 26, 2019
NAVIGATING MID-NINETEENTH CENTURY PENSION RECORDS  (Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton, 15101 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707
What You Will Learn  
 
This workshop will walk you through the quirky filing  schemes the Office of  the  Secretary of  the Interior used to organize pensions. It will identify key series and how those  records are arranged. It will help you understand  how to navigate among numerous records series to find  a  pensioner's complete story. There will be extensive  attendee participation, during which  attendees  will  examine samples of  records,  catalog  descriptions  of  records series, and discuss  how to  develop  research  strategies. The session will also include an overview of  how archivists are beginning to use technology to help  solve some of  these  problems, such as scanning records  to facilitate remote access and creating databases to find  records.
 
Who Should Attend
 
Anyone who had an ancestor who served in the  American military and received a pension for service in  the Revolutionary, War of 1812, Mexican War, or Civil  War will benefit from attending this workshop.  


Saturday, April 27, 2019
Expand Your Knowledge about Your German Ancestors  (Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton, 15101 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707
 
Morning Program
Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG
 
He Took Her Name: Understanding German Farm Names
In certain geographic areas of Germany, the custom of German farm names has been in existence since about 1000 A.D. In this custom, a farm carried the surname and anyone who inherited that farm assumed that name as his surname. Usually this was a son of the farmer, but if it was a daughter, her husband would have to change his surname to hers. This lecture explains some of the common pitfalls a researcher may encounter when researching in one of these areas and how to overcome them. Highlights include:
  • The history, origins and geography of this custom
  • Various terms associated with this custom
  • The social structure in these areas
  • How this custom affected naming patterns
  • Techniques to successfully research your ancestor
 
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Hanover Military Records
Military records for Hanover prior to 1866 are available to researchers in the United States through the Family History Library. Hanover’s military records are largely untapped by American researchers because English-language finding aids are non-existent. This lecture will explain what finding aids do exist and tips for using them. Hanover’s history and its impact on military records will be discussed.This lecture will focus on three phases of Hanover’s history:
  • 1708-1803 – Hanover was an electorate of the Holy Roman Empire
  • 1803-1815 – Hanover’s army was disbanded and many soldiers fought for the King’s German Legion, under Great Britain’s command.
  • 1816-1866 – Hanover was a kingdom with its own army
Afternoon Program
Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG
 
Boost Your Germanic Research: Understand Historical Jurisdictions
Meyer’s Gazetteer is great for determining jurisdictions as of 1912. Germany was not a country until 1871. In the centuries leading up to that, land areas were constantly changing hands. One must understand who controlled a given area in order to find all possible records. Topics included in this lecture are:
  • Use of Meyer’s gazetteer and its impact on the Family History Library catalog
  • Macro jurisdictional changes in historical Germanic areas
  • Tactics for determining jurisdictions of a village or small land holding over time
  • Examples of changing jurisdictions for selected areas
  • Key German vocabulary will be included
 
Hunting For Henry: A Case Study Using Collaterals
Henry Steren was a German immigrant who lived in Quincy, Illinois. The United States records that were created about him indicate only that he was from the Province of Hanover in Germany. This lecture will detail how his town of origin and parents were identified, in spite of the lack of records naming him. Carefully researching each of his associates and correlating all available evidence reveals the origins of Henry. Use of the Genealogical Proof Standard is demonstrated. Complicating factors in this case are:
  • Very few records available for the person in question
  • Multiple people with the same given and last names
  • Steren is often confused with the common surname Stern
For more information about Teresa Steinkamp, see her website



STRIKE IT RICH! with Connections 2 Discoveries!
Saturday, June 15, 2019 through Monday, June 17, 2019
STRIKE IT RICH! with Connections 2 Discoveries!  (IGGP)
 
 
Our conference will be held June 15-17, 2019 in sunny Sacramento, California. Exhibitor and vendor set-up at the hotel will be June 14.  See the Conference page for more information as it becomes available