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30 April 2016

"Forgotten People: German Emigration in the 19th Century"

Ventura, California

VCGS presents

Astrid Adler, German Author and Lecturer
"Forgotten People: German Emigration in the 19th Century"

1:30 p.m. at the Ventura Family History Center (LDS Church)
3501 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura, CA

In the 19th century nearly six million Germans left their homes for other lands, and for most, they would never see Germany again. Adler's research into emigration from Saxony-Weimar-Eisenach uses historical evidence from passenger lists, censuses, emigration documents, family letters and family trees to tell the stories of the Germans who left. Her talk will focus on 19th century German emigration, the pathway to America, and the possibilities of research, especially in Thuringia. Adler grew up and still lives in Tiefenort, in the former East Germany. Her book title is "Forgotten People" and is being translated into English with a projected publication date of January 2017.

About Astrid Adler
Ms. Adler has been researching genealogy since 2008. She specializes in emigration to America in the 19th century. She is a member of the AG Genealogie Thuringen e.V. (Genealogy Association of Thuringia) and received an award as genealogist of the year in 2012. She has a Diplom-Betriebswirt (FH) (similar to a Master's degree in Business Economics), and works as an accountant. You may view more information about her project at

About the VCGS German Special Interest Group

The German Special Interest Group meets monthly to talk about the challenges and successes we have in researching our German families. We also have an online Yahoo group in which we can continue our discussions and share information. One of our frequent topics is where to find clues about our ancestry in American and German records, so we are pleased to host this talk by Ms. Adler and learn more from a German perspective.

If you are interested in attending this event, we ask that you contact the convener, Lyn Gesch (, providing your name, contact email or phone, and the number of people in your party who will be attending with you. Thank you, and we hope to see you there!

21 May 2016

MTGS Bi-Monthly Meeting

Nashville, Tennessee

SPEAKER: Judith Morgan, researcher and author. 1:00 pm
PROGRAM: " How to Follow Clues to Building a Family History and Creating You Own Local Family Story". Ms Morgan, in writing her book, "My Name Was Elmwood", found many connections between the Berry Family and other TN family trees. Come and enjoy the interesting stories about this family and its MULTIPLE families and counties covered by her research. Ms. Morgan will also present the award for the Best MTGS Journal Article of 2015-2016. No charge for the meeting, we hope that you will consider joining MTGS.

21 May 2016


Camarillo, California


?Emigration Records: Tracing Immigrants From the Other Side?
Ted Gostin, Professional Genealogist and Lecturer

1:00 p.m.
at the Camarillo Library Community Room
4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo CA

U.S. immigration records of the 19th century are often not very informative, and emigration records ? those documenting someone leaving Europe ? can often provide more information. This lecture reviews and illustrates a number of different types of emigration records, including emigration passenger lists; convict transport records; permissions to emigrate; police registrations; and passports and passport applications, and compare the information they contain to that in U.S. passenger lists.

About Ted Gostin
Mr. Gostin has been doing genealogical research since 1980, and has worked as a full-time professional genealogist since 1994. He has twice been President of the Jewish Genealogical Society, Los Angeles, and has taught genealogy for several adult school and university extension programs. He has helped plan and organize three national genealogical seminars, and has been a featured speaker at many such conferences. He lectures widely on Jewish genealogy, Southern California resources and immigration and naturalization records.

Workshop following the break:
Calabasas Homesteaders: Memories and Images of the Mendenhall and Lee Families of Calabasas, California

Carley and Don Worth
Carley and Don Worth will tell the history of Carley's pioneer ancestors in Calabasas and Malibu Creek State Park and will describe how they researched them.

29-30 July 2016

DGS 2016 Summer Seminar

Dallas, Texas

Preserving & Sharing Our Family Treasures, featuring Denise Levenick,The Family Curator.

22, 23, 24 September 2016

2016 Annual Conference

Missoula, Montana

Judy Russell will speak on Dowered or Bound Out: Records of Widows & Orphans, How Old Did He Have To Be...", What does THAT mean" Understanding the Language of the Law, DNA and the Golden Rule.
Amy Crow will speak about After Mustering Out: Researching Civil War Veterans, Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records, Timelines: The Swiss Army Knife of Genealogical Research, and How Do I Know That's My Ancestor?
Conference will be at the Hilton Garden Inn

22 October 2016

Annual Fall Seminar

Plain City, Ohio

Ohio Chapter Palatines to America Fall Seminar
Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 Jefferson Ave, US Rt 42, Plain City, Ohio
"Searching Your Roots in Germany"
Presenting Dr. Helmut Schmahl from the University of Mainz, Germany, as our featured speaker.
Topics: Go Digital: Current Trends in Genealogical Research in Germany; Introduction to Family Research in Southwest Germany; Beyond Lederhosen and Sauerkraut: Everyday Life in Germany in the 18th and 19th Centuries; Traces They Left Behind: German Sources About Our Ancestors.
Fees include syllabus, seminar sessions, vendor showcase, breakfast pasties, coffee & juice, and Full Buffet lunch with broasted chicken and roast beef.
Member: $50; Non-Member: $60; Deadline for advance registration: October 5, 2016; After October 5, 2016 cost is $60 for Members and $70 for Non-Members
Registration will be available online at: or with check payable to Ohio Chapter-Palam.
Send to Linda Dietrich, Treasurer, 5422 Cindy Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45239

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