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October 25 - Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society

Date and Time: Friday, October 25, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 65 Priority Drive. Matinsburg, WV 25401

Speaker: Bob Greiner
Title: Using Map Resources to Locate German Ancestral Villages

This hands-on workshop will show you how to use a variety of online resources to locate places in Germany during the 19th century. Applications such as the Meyers Gazetteer and Kartenmeister enable you to search for a village name and identify its location on maps of that era. Nineteenth century online maps enable you to visualize the location relative to the rest of the German Empire at that time. Finally, research resources on the MAGS members-only pages can help you to understand the political and geographical boundaries in existence at a point in history. The results of your search can help you determine where to find other resources, such as church and civil records.

You will have the opportunity to try the applications and learn to use their available options. You will learn how to use maps to distinguish boundaries of the German states to understand the jurisdiction in which your ancestors lived. The intent of this workshop is to help you become familiar with these online applications by using them in class. It is strongly suggested that each participant bring a laptop or tablet with Internet connectivity.

If you have German ancestors, this workshop will help you understand the many jurisdictions that existed before the German unification. Those unfamiliar with these online map applications will gain knowledge of how they work and what you can learn from them.

Register for the workshop online on the MAGS website.

October 26 - Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society

Date and Time: Saturday, October 26, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 65 Priority Drive. Matinsburg, WV 25401

Speaker: Karen Good Cooper
Title: Shenandoah Germanic Heritage

Our German immigrants had a certain kind of agriculture that, along with their particular customs and social beliefs, played a very important part in how American economics, local politics and social bonds developed.

Speaker: Karen Good Cooper
Title: Reverend Peter Muhlenberg and the German Element in Virginia

An Anglican Rector and a Lutheran Minister, Reverend Peter Muhlenberg was the right man in the right place to heavily affect the way the German Element in Virginia responded to the American Revolution. Was his famous speech a true account? Does it matter if it wasn’t?

Speaker: Debra A. Hoffman
Title: Maryland Germans

As occurred in Pennsylvania, Germans made up a significant portion of Maryland's population. Learn about their historical significance and how to overcome some of the challenges in researching these settlers.

Speaker: Dr. Kenneth W. Heger
Title: They Came, They Served, They Went Back Home

Learn how to navigate complex records to locate Americans who left the United States to live overseas and their families, many of whom never left the Old World, and Americans traveling to visit family and friends in Germany. The Global Journeys Project relies on extensive research among records of the Pension Bureau, the Office of the Secretary of the Interior, the Department of State, and reports to Congress. This presentation will identify the records sources, explain the information the records contain, provide guidance on how to use the records, and point out indexes and datasets to help you find your ancestor.

The Hilton Garden Inn in Martinsburg has given us a great room rate for the weekend of our conference. A king or queen room is only $134 per night, and it includes their buffet breakfast. You need to book your room by September 25th to get this rate. Our group code is MAG. Click here to go directly to the hotel booking page for MAGS.

Register for the conference online on the MAGS website.


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