“Finding Your Germanic Ancestral Place of Origin” – February 9, 2022 – Free Genealogy Program

To make progress in our German family history, we often want to keep going and “jump the pond” back to the old country. Yet, there is no central record repository for the former Germanic states, and many of the records we need were kept at the parish and local level. Thus, our first step is to find our ancestors’ local place of origin. We will look at a variety of sources in the U. S. and abroad that can guide you to your ancestor’s home place of origin. Examples and case studies will highlight how to approach and interpret these records when you find them.

Gail Shaffer Blankenau is on a mission to help fellow genealogists to succeed with their family history. She shares her research and advice in a wide variety of publications and speaks on genealogy at local, state, and national conferences, as well as at the Legacy Family Tree webinars online. She specializes in German genealogy, the Midwest and West, land records, homesteading, 19th-century photographs and lineage research. She was a consulting researcher for William G. Thomas III’s award-winning book A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War (2020 Yale University Press), and serves as the genealogist for the Nickerson Family Association (Cape Cod), and the Germanic Genealogy Society board. She recently earned a master’s degree in history with an award-winning thesis “Journey to Freedom from Nebraska Territory.”

You may register for this free genealogy educational online Zoom program.

To see all our upcoming online Zoom programs go to the Programs page of our website: www.acgsi.org/meetings.php

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Our Free Educational Programs are presented at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month September through May. To expand our audience and bring the amazing resources of the society to a wider audience, our 2020-2021 season of programs will begin as virtual programs on the Zoom platform. Registration for the virtual programs will be on the ACGSI website. For more information and current program offerings, please see www.acgsi.org, or visit us on Facebook. Monthly handouts are on our Programs page: https://www.acgsi.org/meetings.php

ACGSI members will be emailed an invitation to each Free Educational Program. Membership in the society is open to all.

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1 comment so far

  1. Ann on

    Hi Gail,
    Do you happen to be a descendant of Jenny W. Shaffer? She was my g grandmother’s beloved sister.


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