The Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogical Society, Inc. is proud to announce its 2013 German Seminar, "Your Elusive Immigrant Ancestor" on Saturday, January 26, 2013.
It will be held at San Antonio Catholic Church, 24445 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte, Florida with Warren Bittner, Board Certified Genealogist, Independent Genealogical Researcher and Lecturer.
Mr. Bittner, holds an M.S. in History and works full-time in genealogical research, lecturing, consulting, and writing. He was assistant director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in 2010. He is the former German Collection Manager for the Family History Library in Salt Lake where he planned microfilming, indexing, and internet publications. Mr. Bittner brings twenty years of in-depth European and American archival research experience to each of the day’s lectures shown below:
Reasonably Exhaustive Search to Find an Impossible Immigrant – See how the principle of “Reasonably Exhaustive Research” is used to find a “brick wall”immigrant family despite repeated dead ends and misleading clues.
German Historical Maps & Territories – Learn about the historical boundary changes in Germany and how to find records for the various regions.
German Marriage Laws and Customs – Learn how German marriage laws changed 1500-1900, about tight marriage restrictions and customs.
Beat the Children With a Fresh Birch Stick so the Animals Don’t Get Worms - Reading for Historical context - How to find books to read about your ancestors to understand their own world on their own terms.
Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. with the Seminar starting at 9:15 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required - No Walk-ins. Pre-registration by January 19, 2013, includes a home-prepared German meal.
SWFLGG members pay $30.00 for their registration and non SWFLGG members pay $35.00.
Additional information and a registration form can be downloaded from our website www.swflgg.org.