Ethnic German American Genealogy
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Join us for two genealogy workshops, led by German American genealogy expert James M. Beidler. The first, titled “Germany to Pennsylvania: An 18th-Century Odyssey,” will address the many stereotypes about the immigrants who came from German-speaking lands to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. This lecture uses the personal memoirs of the immigrants themselves to dispel myths about why they came, what the voyage was like, and how they liked America.
The second class, titled “German for Genealogists,” will explain the basic vocabulary and formats to enable the participants to read tombstones, church records, and simple documents of German-speaking people. Beidler is the author of forthcoming The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide, columnist for German Life magazine, and editor of the journal Der Kurier.
There will be refreshments available during a break between the two programs. FREE. Educators can receive Act48 credit. Supported by a grant from the Connelly Foundation.
When & Where
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is one of the oldest historical societies and one of the largest family history libraries in the nation. Following a complete merger with the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, HSP is also a leading repository of immigrant and ethnic history. It is second only to the Library of Congress for material on the nation’s founding and is the country’s third most popular destination for genealogical study. With approximately 21 million records including manuscripts, graphics, and books that span over 350 years of history, HSP is an invaluable resource for historical research.
HSP serves thousands of on-site visitors each year. It also offers a research-by-mail service and extensive online resources, including a library catalog, finding aids, digital collection, and curricular materials. HSP hosts educator workshops and public programs, and publishes a quarterly scholarly journal. To learn more about HSP or to become a member, visit us at www.hsp.org.