German Genealogical Conference in Des Moines, Iowa – June 18

Lois EdwardsThe German Interest Group of the Iowa Genealogy Society is sponsoring Lois Edwards as their featured speaker at their German Genealogical Conference, to be held Saturday, June 18, 2011 from 8:45 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Mercy Park Activity Center, 1131 3rd St., Des Moines, Iowa. Note that Registration opens at 8:15 A.M.

Lois Edwards is a noted author, lecturer, and professional genealogist with 20 years experience researching German ancestors. She is author of “Beginner’s Guide to Germanic Genealogy.” She will present the following four lectures:

Patterns of German Emigration and Immigration, 1680-1900
This session focuses on patterns of German Emigration and immigration to America. Transpotation improvements, business development, economic conditions, and political changes in Europe and in America influenced these patterns.

German Church Records and Civil Records – Language, Format and Content
This session looks at the languages, formats and content found in records from various time periods and various German regions.

Case Studies in German Research
This session describes several case studies from various regions and time periods, ranging from the basics of determining a well-concealed place of origin to advanced research in 17th-century German records.

Researching Two Pomeranian Towns
This session describes research in two areas – one in which church records are available, although not microfilmed (in Germany) and the other in which church records no longer exist (in Poland). It explores the varied histories of these two areas visited in 2007 – one settled in about 1400 by the church and the other created in the 1700s by Frederick the Great – through maps and photos.

Various publications will be available for purchase Saturday (cash or check only).

For more information, contact Linda Enghausen (Registrar) at LEnghausen@aol,.com.

Fees: IGS Members: Registration postmarked by May 27, 2011: $40
Fees: Non-IGS Members: Registration postmarked by May 27, 2011: $45
All Registrations postmarked after May 27, 2011, please add: $5

Registration includes lunch.

On your reservation, please include your name, area of research, address, phone, city, state, zip, and email.

Make check payable to: German Interest Group and mail to: Linda Enghausen, Registrar, 7011 Oak Brook Drive, Urbandale, IA 50322-4838. Your check is your receipt – for confirmation of reservation, please include a SASE.

Click here for the pdf form.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY – Sunday, June 19, 2011: Conference attendees may use the Iowa Genealogical Society Library at 628 East Grand Ave., in Des Moines, Iowa from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.

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