Webinar – Finding Your Ancestors’ German Hometown for Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Can’t find the place your German ancestors came from? This webinar will help you gather information on how to find the place they called home. We will look into passenger lists and emigration records as well as take a look what information their name and their faith can provide.

 

Missing in America – Searching for the Emigrant Friedrich Stange

Almost every German has emigrants in his or her family and about a quarter of all Americans have German roots. This lecture tells the story of Friedrich Stange born in 1798 in Germany, emigrated to America in 1855, who was said to have died in the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Based on numerous documents from Germany and the US, we follow his life in Germany, his reasons for leaving and his life after immigration.

Read more about this presentation in my blog at Behind The Scenes.

 

Carl und Ich (Carl and I)

Far too often our history is perceived as an abstract and boring series of facts and figures. But history can be quite exciting and active, especially when it is told from the perspective of our own family. With the research of our own family history, a journey through the German past to our own roots and ourselves will begin. This lecture shows ways to approach our own history.

Who were our ancestors, our grandmothers and grandfathers, as well as their parents and grandparents? How did they experience German history? Which events and decisions have influenced the family? And how does their living history affect our own lives and that of our descendants?

 

Die Vorfahren der Kriegsenkel (The Grandchildren of War)

The grandchildren of War [Baby Boomers], with parents who went through the Second World War as children, are not only influenced by their own experiences, but also by the wartime experiences of their parents and grandparents – and that, although they were born long after the war ended. In their search for answers to their questions, they often encounter a wall of silence. But how do you find out what actually happened? What did the parents, grandparents and their ancestors experience and what have they done or not done? Were they perpetrators, followers, spectators or victims? Are there family members who have lost their lives through war or persecution? Has the family lost their home and were their roots cut off?

This lecture will show ways to find out more about the previous generations. Many different sources will be presented, from the NSDAP member’s index, the documents of the Wehrmacht to the denazification files. Also we will take a deeper look into the sources of the victims of the Nazi terror. Furthermore, the archives, that hold information from the time of the 3rd Reich, will be presented.

But also topics as how to deal with homelessness, sons growing up without fathers, the psychosocial consequences of experiencing the war for future generations, and how the Grandchildren of War can learn to handle their questions and findings will be addressed.

 

Familiengeschichte(n) und ihre Quellen (Your Family’s History and Its Sources)

An introductory seminar with visit to the city archives Würzburg. Genealogy has many sources: personal notes, records and newspaper articles. But this is just a small part of the many tracks left by our ancestors. Where can I obtain more information? And what information do they hold?

 

Computergenealogie (Computergenealogy)

The amount of information available on the internet is growing from week to week. The workshop provides an overview of various Internet sources and shows how to find and how to work with them.

 

Familiengeschichte(n) und Zeitgeschichte: Das Gestern für Morgen erschließen  (Our Family’s Story and Contemporary History: Opening Yesterday for Tomorrow)

Far too often our history is perceived as an abstract and boring series of facts and figures. But history can be quite exciting and active, namely when it is told from the perspective of our own family.

But who were our ancestors, our grandmothers and grandfathers, as well as their parents and grandparents? How did they experience German history? Which events and decisions have influenced the family? And how does their living history affect our own lives and that of our descendants?

 

How to do Research with Emigrant Letters

Course: Deutsche Auswanderbriefe in Nordamerika (German Emigrant Letters in North America)