Meet Speaker Karen Franklin

James M. Karen Franklin

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

The Leo Baeck Institute: Home of German Jewish Genealogy

This presentation describes the Leo Baeck Institute collections of interest to researchers of German Jewish families; how to find material and best utilize the collections.


Karen S. Franklin is the Director of Family History at the Leo Baeck Institute, New York. She is a past president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and a recipient of its 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. She also served as Co-Chair of the Board of Governors of JewishGen.org.


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Meet Speaker Joseph B. Everett, AG®, MLS

Joseph B. Everett, AG®, MLS

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

Johann Who? Of What Place? Overcoming Butchered Names of People and Places

The names of our ancestors and their ancestral homes are often recorded and passed down in unrecognizable forms. Learn techniques for unscrambling personal and place names to find your family.


Joseph B. Everett, AG®, MLS is the Family and Local History Librarian at Brigham Young University. In his 25-year career, he has also worked for FamilySearch and Ancestry. He has a BA in Genealogy (German emphasis) and Russian and a Master of Library Science and is accredited in German and Russian research.


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Meet Speaker James M. Beidler

James M. Beidler

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

Finding the Right German Place with On‐ and Offline Tools

Researching a village of origin often is only half finished when you find the name. This presentation shows you how to de‐garble the place name and find it on a map!


James M. Beidler is the author of four commercially published books. Beidler writes “Roots & Branches,” a weekly newspaper column and blog (at www.roots-branches.com), is a German Life magazine columnist and a research-reports editor for Legacy Tree Genealogists.


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Meet Speaker Irmtraud Tiemann

Irmtraud Tiemann

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

Searching Ancestors in Osnabrück:  What You Should Know

This lecture may give an impression about the  Osnabrück area, little about history, sources  (online or offline) for genealogists, helpful  organizations as archives, genealogical societies  like OSFA.


Irmtraud Tiemann is Chairwoman of “Arbeitskreis Familienforschung Osnabrueck e.V.” since 2014, (  https://osfa.de) visited IGGP Conference in Minneapolis and Sacramento in 2017 and 2019. Born in 1953  in Osnabrück and my family has lived in this area since 1651.


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Meet Speaker Ellie Vance

Ellie Vance

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

An Introduction to Germans from Russia

This presentation will provide a brief overview of the history of Germans in Russia including emigration from Germany, life in Russia, and immigration to the Americas.


Ellie Vance graduated from BYU with a double major in Family History/Genealogy and Russian. Ellie currently works at the FamilySearch Family History Library as a specialist on the German/Slavic team where she enjoys helping patrons find their Eastern European and Germans from Russia roots.


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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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