03 February 2019

[CA-SCGS] German Interest Group Meeting, Saturday, February 16, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

German Interest Group

Special Presenter: Dirk Weissleder
Two lectures in one afternoon!

Join the SCGS German Interest Group for this special presentation
on Saturday, February 16, 2019
from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
 at the SCGS Family Research Library.

Free lecture, donations optional.

Lecture OneThe Pribislaw – A vehicle through stormy times, or what a sailing ship can tell. A sailing ship is not just pieces of wood, it is a vehicle through time and from continent to continent. The Mecklenburg barque Pribislaw (named after the first Wendish duke, d. 1178) was built at the shipyard of Hanns Ludwig Miebrodt at Ribnitz and was launched in October 1847. The Pribislaw anchored at more than 65 harbors on five continents. It made three long voyages from Hamburg with more than 560 German emigrants, mostly from Mecklenburg: 1849/50 to Australia, 1851 and 1853/54 to the USA. After 1854 she was used as a freight carrier and, following severe damage in the Scottish Shetland Islands in February 1870, the Pribislaw was taken out of service and used as a storage hulk. This ship’s story will help you understand what emigrants went through, both at sea and arriving at new shores. Learn how it is now possible by today’s means to reconstruct historic situations present in the mid-19th c. Most importantly, discover how projects that help both you and others will open doors to new dimensions in your genealogical research. Genealogy is about connecting people!
Lecture Two: Sources and Structures for Successful Genealogical Research in Germany. Doing genealogical research in Germany is different from other countries. The historical background and the local development are very complex. This lecture will address the best on-line German research sites from the German perspective. It will describe records that go beyond Birth/Marriage/Death, such as census records (a growing interest in the past year!), and tell you what survives and how it may be accessed. Also of interest to many will be a discussion of the important boundary changes of the 19th and 20th centuries, and how they are important to research. From this lecture you will receive a brief but thorough overview of successful genealogical research in Germany today.

Researching your family tree and finding new, exciting, and sometimes surprising family connections? The German Interest Group meets on the third Saturday of every month except December.

Join the SCGS German Interest Group at their next meeting to be held from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at the SCGS Family Research Library.

The goal of the SCGS German Interest Group is to provide a wide range of resources both inside and outside the SCGS Library to help trace German families. 

SCGS German Interest Group
Third Saturday of the month
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The library will be open for research 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Southern California Genealogical Society 
& Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California

Cross street Glenoaks
(818) 843-7247


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