Olympia Genealogical Society

2020 Spring Seminar (CANCELLED)

[This event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.]
March 28, 2020
Capital Event Center 6005 Tyee Dr SW Tumwater, WA 98512

Ancestral Origins
Through the Eyes of a German Genealogist

Seminar Poster (8-1/2 x 11 pdf)
Seminar Program Outline (Program details)
Kickstart Your German Genealogy
The Voyages of Our German Immigrants
He Took Her Name
Petition to Oath -- U.S. Naturalization for Genealogists



2020 Seminar Program:

Kickstart Your German Genealogy: Brief overview of German history; overview of the 4 main migration waves; best sources for finding the town of origin and some unique pitfalls/things to know.
The Voyages of Our German Immigrants: Germans began immigrating to the US in 1683, according to documented history. This talk will highlight significant aspects of the first 4 major waves of migration, through 1910. The areas from which they came and motivations that typified each wave will be detailed. Available immigration and emigration records help tell the immigrant’s story. Laws changed over time and impacted various aspects of the immigration experience.
He Took Her Name: In certain geographic areas of Germany, the custom of German farm names has been in existence since about 1000 A.D.  In this custom, a farm carried the surname and anyone who inherited that farm assumed that name as his surname. Usually this was a son of the farmer, but if it was a daughter, her husband would have to change his surname to hers. This lecture explains some of the common pitfalls a researcher may encounter when researching in one of these areas and how to over them. Highlights include: the history, origins and geography of this custom; various terms associated with it; social structure; and effects on naming patterns.
Petition to Oath -- U.S. Naturalization for Genealogists: A process for becoming a United States citizen has been in place since our country’s early history. Laws have been enacted and modified throughout time. The process has seen many changes as a result. This lecture discusses the history and procedural changes. Finding naturalization records is an important part in researching our immigrant ancestors. Steps explaining how to find these records will be illustrated with examples.

2020 Speaker:

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, Certified Genealogist®, author of the Guide to Hanover Military Records, 1514-1866 on Microfilm at the Family History Library, is the owner of Lind Street Research, a company dedicated to helping people discover their German ancestry. She has taught at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) Academy for Professionals. She created and recorded courses for Ancestry Academy and Legacy Family Tree Webinars. She is a popular speaker for national, regional, and local genealogical societies.
Reading German gothic script found in German records prior to the mid-1900s is second nature to her. Researching ancestors in Chicago and other areas of the Midwest is another of Teresa’s specialty areas. She is a multi-year attendee of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG).
Teresa is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, as well as many German and local genealogical societies. Teresa chairs the committee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists monthly webinar series. She is a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

2020 Detailed Agenda:

Registration Opens
SAR Opening Ceremony
Announcements and Introductions
Presentation: Kickstart Your German Genealogy
Break, Door Prizes
Presentation: The Voyages of Our German Immigrants
Presentation: He Took Her Name
Break, Door Prizes
Presentation: Petition to Oath -- U.S. Naturalization for Genealogists
Door Prizes, Raffle Basket Drawing
Building Closes

2020 Lunch Options:

Veggie Sandwich on a soft hoagie roll with grilled zucchini, red onions, tomato, cucumber, Kalamata olives, mixed greens, banana peppers, feta cheese and garlic chickpea hummus.
Roast Beef Sandwich on sourdough bread with lettuce, roasted tomato and sides of mayo and mustard.
Sliced Turkey Sandwich on whole wheat bread with lettuce, roasted tomato and sides of mayo and mustard.
Salami & Pepperoni Sandwich including banana peppers, Roma tomatoes, provolone, lettuce, basil, pesto and garlic aioli on a soft hoagie roll.
Cobb Salad with diced turkey breast, avocado, roasted tomato, crumbled Bleu cheese, black olives and hardboiled egg on mixed greens.
All lunches include chips, cookies soda or water. Salad dressing for the Cobb Salad will be available on the condiment table.

Non-Profit Partners:

Daughters of the American Revolution, Sacajawea Chapter
Sons of the American Revolution
Washington State Library
Washington State Secretary of State
Association of Professional Genealogists
Northwest Genealogy Conference


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