Meet Speaker Dr. Michael Lacopo, DVM

Dr. Michael Lacopo, DVM

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

Advanced Problem Solving in Pennsylvania German Research

Several case studies will be presented showing lesser‐utilized research tactics, repositories, records, and resources used to find information about our Pennsylvania German ancestors.

German Genealogy on the Internet – Beyond the Basics

How can we further our German research from the comfort of our American homes? There are many English and German-language websites available that may have the answers you seek!


Michael Lacopo, DVM, is a retired small-animal veterinarian and professional genealogist born and raised in northern Indiana. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. A self- described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range, with specialties in German research, Mid-Atlantic American research, genetic genealogy, social history, and advanced problem-solving.


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Meet Speaker Dirk Weissleder

Dirk Weissleder

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

Find Your Global German Cousin

Where and how can I find my global cousin with German ancestry, especially outside of today`s Germany? Where did the Germans went worldwide?


Dirk Weissleder was born in 1969 in Hannover, Germany. He is management consultant, chairman of the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbaende (DAGV = national German umbrella organization of the genealogical societies) and editor of DAGV-News (both since 2012), and 2nd Vice President of the International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP). He is author, lecturer and local politician (communal councilor). Since 2019 he is General Secretary of the world confederation of genealogy and heraldry (Confédération Internationale de Généalogie et d´Héraldique, CIGH), and appointed member of the Académie Internationale de Généalogie (AIG).


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Meet Speaker Diane Schmidt

Diane Schmidt

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

Beyond the Basics: Google Tips and Products for Germanic Genealogists

Learn how to search Google more effectively and also how to use products such as Google Books, Google Translate, Google Images and Google Drive to advance your Germanic genealogy hunt.


Diane Schmidt is the Chair of the Germanic Genealogy Society of Minnesota’s Library Committee and writes a monthly column about library resources for the society’s electronic newsletter. She presented Expect the Unexpected at the 2019 IGGP conference. She was formerly an academic librarian and enjoys combining genealogy and librarianship.


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Meet Speaker Debra A. Hoffman

Debra A. Hoffman

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

The Quest to Find the Heimat: German Research Basics

Successful German research begins by locating the town of origin in Germany. This lecture will provide basic tenets for how to identify an ancestor’s German town of origin and what information is necessary to locate that crucial piece of information.

Heimat Found: Researching in Germany

Once the German town of origin is identified, what are the next steps necessary to access the records? This lecture will outline how to proceed


Debra A. Hoffman specializes in Maryland and German research. Debra is a professional genealogist and the owner of Hoffman Genealogical Services. She has a certificate in Family History from Brigham Young University, a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS)-German Records and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.


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Meet Speaker Daniel R. Lilienkamp, JD

Daniel R. Lilienkamp, JD

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

Advanced German Church Records

Liturgical dating, calendar changes, and archaic script combine to make interpreting church records a difficult process. This case study using 16th and 17th Century church records will show you how.

Using Ortssippenbücher to Research German Ancestors

Ortsippenbücher contain genealogical information about families within a town, village, or parish. This case study will show you how to follow generations through the records.


Daniel Lilienkamp is a Reference Specialist at History & Genealogy, lectures on complex sources for U.S. Frontier, African American, Quebec, German, Alsace-Lorraine, and Swiss Research.


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Meet Speaker Daniel Jones, MS, AG®

Daniel Jones, MS, AG®

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

The Search for Anna Hansen: Using Geography to Find German Records

Anna Hansen was born in Germany–but where? We’ll discuss records that can help find her hometown, and how discovering the geographic history of her birthplace led to unexpected records.

Solving Complex Genealogical Problems: Finding Balthasar Weber

A search of the parish registers did not show any record of Balthasar Weber. But a more in‐depth study showed he was born, married, and died there. Let’s find him together.

Don’t Miss Your Swiss! The Quirks of Researching in Switzerland

Although mostly German‐speaking, Switzerland is just different enough to give you headaches. We’ll discuss the quirks of research so you can avoid the pitfalls and successfully find your Swiss ancestors.


Daniel R. Jones, MS, AG® is an Accredited Genealogist specializing in Swiss and German research. After graduating magna cum laude from Brigham Young University, Daniel worked professionally for over a dozen years in helping several high-profile clients with research all over Europe. He has experience in numerous archives across more than a dozen countries in Europe, North America, Africa, and Australia. Daniel has also presented at multiple national conferences, including FGS, IGHR, SLIG, FEEFHS, and RootsTech. He is currently a research specialist in Germanic and Slavic Europe for the Family History Library.


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