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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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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Meet Speaker Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

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

Stymied by Stiegliers: Solved Using Indirect Evidence

Christina Stiegler arrived in Cincinnati in 1874. United States sources name no birth town. A DNA match provides a clue. Assemble indirect evidence to find Christina’s town of birth.

Decode German Gothic Script

Reading German script seems overwhelming. Panic no more! This presentation will teach you how to read and write, first letters then words. No prior experience required. The syllabus includes resources for continued success.


Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG® is the author of Guide to Hanover Military Records, 1514-1866 on Microfilm at the Family History Library, researches German ancestry and reads German script. She taught at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. She created courses for Ancestry Academy and Legacy.


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Meet Speaker Suzanne Trotter, AG®

Suzanne Trotter, AG®

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

Early German Immigration—Where They Came From, Where They Settled, and When They Migrated

Mass migration out of the Palatinate region of Germany began in 1708. By June 1709, thousands of Palatines flooded both Rotterdam and London. In fall 1709, 11 ships were loaded full of these immigrants to be sent to America.


Suzanne Trotter, AG® is an Accredited Genealogist® with nearly 20 years of professional genealogical research experience. She earned concurrent bachelor’s degrees in English and in family history and genealogy at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. She also completed extensive graduate studies in education at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. She has conducted research in various archives across Europe, and she has contributed to several publications and given various presentations across the country and abroad. Suzanne is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA). She also heads a subcommittee within the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen).


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Meet Speaker Stephen Wendt

Stephen Wendt

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

Searching for Your Elusive Prussian  Ancestors: A Case Study. 

Gain a better understanding of historical Prussia  in the pursuit of records. This case‐study  approach offers the beginner and intermediate level genealogist numerous examples and  resources in order to promote your Prussian  research objectives.


Stephen Wendt, MLIS, is a professional genealogist. He holds a master’s degree in Library and  Information Science from Kent State University and is the owner of Tree Tidings Genealogy. Stephen  regularly gives webinars for members of the genealogical community. He enjoys sharing his knowledge  and passion for Prussian and German Genealogy, Newspaper Genealogy and other genealogical topics.  Stephen volunteers in several online communities dedicated to Prussian and German Genealogy.


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Meet Speaker Peter Lubrecht, PhD

Peter Lubrecht, PhD

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

Finding “Hessian Ancestors” Debunking the Myths

An illustrated presentation of the “real story” about the Hessian troops in the American Revolution.


Dr. Peter Lubrecht PhD, is an author awarded the “Eric Hartleb German Historian of the Year Award” from the National Steuben Society for “Carl Schurz: German American Statesman; Germans in New Jersey; New Jersey Hessians Truth and Lore; The Butterfly Boys in the Civil War.


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