Meet Speaker André Hammann

André Hammann

Our On-Demand package includes more than 50 pre-recorded lectures from around the world and will be available for viewing in July. André Hammann will talk about:

German Immigration in Brazil – Historical and Cultural Aspects

Brazil has the second largest German immigrants after the USA. Timeline, mainly after 1824 (200 years in 2024). Emigration from German States and immigration to Brazil. Hard beginning, hard work, education (language/ dialects) and religion.


André Hammann was born in 1983 in Três de Maio, Brazil; Mechanical Engineer, MBA, Project Manager in Ag industry; speaks Portuguese, English, German and Spanish. Genealogist by hobby, board member of GenealogiaRS and IGGP; joined IGGCs 2017 and 2019, lecturer, German and Austrian genealogy books co-author, has 84 German-speaking immigrants (1825-1897).


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Meet Speaker Angela Weber, Ph.D.

Angela Weber, Ph.D.

Our On-Demand package includes more than 50 pre-recorded lectures from around the world and will be available for viewing in July. Angela Weber, Ph.D. will talk about:

Following the Trail: Emigrant Letters  of the 19th Century / Spurensuche:  Auswandererbriefe aus dem 19.  Jahrhundert

This course will look at the challenges and opportunities  German immigrants experienced, and their  impressions of the New World, through letters  they wrote back to the homeland in the 19th  century.


Angela Weber, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Bonn. Her English translations of German  immigrant letters are published in Claire Gebben’s memoir How We Survive Here. Angela has done  extensive research on transatlantic migration and taught at the universities of Marburg and Bonn. She  lives in Marburg, Germany.


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Meet Speaker Zbigniew Stettner

Zbigniew Stettner

Our On-Demand package includes more than 50 pre-recorded lectures from around the world and will be available for viewing in July. Zbigniew Stettner will talk about:

Resources for Researching German Colonists in Former Galicia

Learn how to use online resources and records available in Polish and Ukrainian archives for searching German colonists in Galicia (Austria in the 19th century, current South‐East Poland and Western Ukraine).

Mapping Your Ancestors. Using Free Online Services to Build Interactive Maps

You will learn how to join information from various sources with old and current maps to build beautiful and informative map applications for family history.


Zbigniew Stettner graduated from the University in Krakow. He has been researching for over 10 years in Polish, Ukrainian, Slovak and Belarusian archives, spoken at several conferences and conducted a few webinars about doing the research in Poland. He has used the pandemic break to write a handbook of research in Poland.


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Meet Speaker Benjamin Hollister

Benjamin Hollister

Our On-Demand package includes more than 50 pre-recorded lectures from around the world and will be available for viewing in July. Benjamin Hollister will talk about:

Germans in Asia and Oceania: Why You Should Care!

Germans lived and died in the world beyond the big migrant destinations. Language and access can make finding these records difficult.

Wir fahren nach Australien: Who Went Down Under, When and Why

German families did not always migrate together; in fact, some went to opposite ends of the earth. Find out how to track your cousins in Australia.


Ben Hollister has been a professional genealogist since 2007, and a historical researcher since 1997. He owns and operates a historical research business focusing on German-Australian research, runs historical tours, and offers a variety of support services to researchers, including mentoring and reviews, as well as undertaking his own research.


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Meet Speaker Wade Olsen

Wade Olsen

Our On-Demand package includes more than 50 pre-recorded lectures from around the world and will be available for viewing in July. Wade Olsen will talk about:

German‐Bohemian Immigration: Why They Left Their Homeland and Where They Settled in the United States

Learn about German‐Bohemian immigration from the Austro‐Hungarian Empire. The focus will include reasons why people left their homelands, including economic conditions, family size and inheritance, land availability, and military service requirements.


Wade Olsen is President of the German Bohemian Heritage Society based in New Ulm, Minnesota. He is a Historian, Speaker, Genealogist and Tour Director. Owner of Travel Wade, a tour company focused on tours to central Europe. His specialty is German Bohemian ancestry, designing tours and bringing people to explore the lands of their ancestors.


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Meet Speaker Viktor Pordzik

Viktor Pordzik

Our On-Demand package includes more than 50 pre-recorded lectures from around the world and will be available for viewing in July. Viktor Pordzik will talk about:

Die Maus and the Bremen Archives

Founded in 1924, the “Maus” is one of the oldest and one of the largest genealogical societies of Germany. Located directly inside the building of the Bremen state archives, it contains itself a vast amount of fonds, collections, books and databases, shedding light on the history of the people of Bremen and the surrounding areas.

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Meet Speaker Ute Brandenburg

Ute Brandenburg

Our On-Demand package includes more than 50 pre-recorded lectures from around the world and will be available for viewing in July. Ute Brandenburg will talk about:

Hidden Gems in German Archives

You’ve exhausted available parish records? You may not have reached the end of the road. German archives hold astonishing treasures. Learn what records might exist and how to obtain them.

Dodging Brick Walls

Most road blocks we encounter are avoidable. Learn how to recognize and overcome the most common issues that can cause an impasse in German research.

“Von Schickago Gradeaus”

Wohin wanderte Onkel August aus, und wie finde ich seine Nachkommen?Auswanderer nach Amerika gab es in fast jeder Familie. Der Kontakt mit deutschen Angehörigen blieb aber selten über die erste Generation hinaus bestehen. Computer Genealogie und Online-Datenbanken machen es möglich: es ist heute gar nicht so schwierig, die Amerikafahrer unter Ihren Vorfahren aufzuspüren. (auf Deutsch)


Ute Brandenburg is a professional genealogist Ute Brandenburg is a bilingual German American living in Iowa City, Iowa. Educated in Germany, she combines her lifelong immersion in German culture, history, and geography with in-depth knowledge of migration history as well as genealogical sources of the United States. Among Ute’s research interests are German immigration to the Midwest, research in the former Eastern Provinces of Prussia, and Jewish family history. Recently, Ute has been highly successful in using DNA to solve some of the most challenging cases of unknown origin of German immigrants. Ute is the owner of German Script Experts. 


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A Trip Down Memory Lane…

Join us as we reminisce about the past German Genealogy Conferences in Minneapolis and Sacramento – what heartwarming and touching stories you’ve shared! Do you have any special stories from past German Genealogy Conferences that haven’t been included here? Let us know in the comments!

Are you registered for the 2021 conference? If not, time is running out! Sign up here – https://www.iggp2021.org/ – and then come back and join us in memory lane. And get excited for the new memories that will be created in July!

Meet Speaker Marcel Elias

Marcel Elias

Our On-Demand package includes more than 50 pre-recorded lectures from around the world and will be available for viewing in July. Marcel Elias will talk about:

Introduction to Bavarian Records

This lecture introduces basic church and civil records available from Bavaria for all denominations (Catholic, Lutheran, Jewish), as well as show where they can be found (on‐line or in archives).


Marcel Elias is a professional Genealogist since 2012 based in Nürnberg, Germany, member of APG, specialized in on-site genealogical research in archives, parishes and civil registration offices in Bavaria, Czech Republic and Slovakia.


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