Meet Speaker Daniel Earl

Daniel Earl

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

Banat German Research Tips

Do you have Banat ancestors? This class will give you ten tips to accelerate your research, break through brick walls and find your elusive Banat ancestors.

Kirchenbücher on FamilySearch: Tips for Beginners

Have you tapped into the power of the digitized, but largely unindexed German Church Books on FamilySearch.org? This class will show you how!


Dan Earl has been doing genealogical researching for thirty years. He started as a boy when his dad started took him to the old family cemetery. He is a professional genealogical speaker and researcher and has spoken to groups around the world. He is the president of the Virtual Genealogical Association and the Hungarian Genealogical Society of Michigan. When he’s not teaching about genealogy, he is a substitute high school history and English teacher. He lives in mid-Michigan with his wife and six kids.


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A Wealth of Websites: Deciphering the German Script Made Easy by Katherine Schober

Katherine Schober – A Wealth of Websites: Deciphering the German Script Made Easy

Katherine Schober is a German-English genealogy speaker, author, and translator, specializing in the old German handwriting. She is the author of “The Magic of German Church Records” and “Tips and Tricks of Deciphering German Handwriting”, as well as the creator of the online course “Reading the Old German Handwriting.” Katherine lives in St. Louis with her Austrian husband, and can be reached via e-mail at language@sktranslations.com or via her website, www.sktranslations.com.

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Meet Speaker Corinna Meiß

Corinna Meiß

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

Gesponserte Auswanderung aus dem Oberharz/Königreich Hannover in die USA 1848-1855

Ein verborgener Schatz an Unterlagen wartet auf seine Entdeckung: Tausende von Seiten über die gesponserte Auswanderung aus dem Oberharz in die USA, Australien und Südamerika in den Jahren 1848‐1855.


Corinna Meiß has a degree in Political Sciences and Political Economics. She has worked for many years in the industry in corporate public relations and marketing departments before she became a self-employed historian.


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Meet Speaker Claire Gebben

Claire Gebben

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

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

A 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.

Explore the Rhineland‐Palatinate!

Why did most German‐speaking 17th, 18th, and early 19th century immigrants come from the Rhineland‐Palatinate? An exploration of the history, culture, and important genealogy resources of this region.


Claire Gebben is the author of The Last of the Blacksmiths and the memoir How We Survive Here. She and Angela Weber share a common ancestry and worked together to translate German immigrant letters for publication. Claire holds an MFA and speaks on genealogy for numerous venues. She lives in Seattle, Washington..


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Enumerated, Registered and Forgotten: Censuses and Residential Registration in Germany by Roger Minert

Roger Minert – Enumerated, Registered and Forgotten: Censuses and Residential Registration in Germany

At the IGGP Conference in July, Roger’s topic will be Enumerated, Registered and Forgotten: Censuses and Residential Registration in GermanyMine? Learn about the form and content of both Censuses and Residential Registration records, two lesser-known resources throughout the German Empire, and how to use them to discover ancestral genealogical details. 

Roger P. Minert received his doctoral degree from The Ohio State University in German language history and second language acquisition theory. He taught German language and history for ten years, and then became a professional family history researcher. Accredited by the Family History Library for research in Germany and Austria, he worked for twelve years as a private genealogical researcher. From 2003 to 2019, he served as a professor of family history at Brigham Young University. The author of more than 200 publications, he directs the research program German Immigrants in American Church Records; the series now consists of 33 volumes. In 2019, Minert was recognized for his years of service to the Palatines to America Society and also received the “Shirley Riemer Lifetime Achievement Award” from the International German Genealogy Partnership. In 2020 was named a fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association. From his home in Provo, Utah he continues to write articles on Germanic genealogy and participate in conferences nation-wide.

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