Next meeting: Friday, January 5, 2018, 1-3 pm.

Topic: Using US Records to Search for an Immigrant Ancestor’s Village.  Locating an immigrant ancestor’s village can be challenging.  Not all records are online or have the information being sought.  Three speakers will share their experiences using US records to find an ancestor’s Old World village.  They’ll discuss what they did, where they went and what they found.  Strategies and tips offered here can be modified to apply to any immigrant ancestor.

Speaker: Janet O’Conor Camarata, a member of Eastside Genealogical Society and South King County Genealogical Society, has over 25 years of experience in genealogy. She is an instructor in genealogy at Pierce College, a seminar presenter and trainer in genealogy societies across Washington, who takes advantage of the latest technology and staying mobile with the latest computing tools.

Speaker: Dorothy Pretare started collecting family history in 1995 and is active in 2 local genealogical societies, leader of the EGS German Interest Group and a member of 3 societies in Minnesota.  In 2008, she visited her ancestral villages in old East Germany and present day Poland.

Speaker: Melanie Matway was fortunate to have learned her immigrant ancestors’ villages first-hand with one exception.  The quest for a great-grandmother’s village of origin has taken her to Ohio and Pennsylvania and has been a learning experience utilizing a variety of records and non-familial sources of information.

Come at 12:45pm and network with fellow GIG members.  Visitors are always welcome.

Time & Location: GIG holds their meetings on the first Friday of each month, except July, August & December from 1 to 3 pm in the Relief Society Room of the LDS Church at 10675 NE 20th St, Bellevue, WA 98004. That room is located just to the left of the main Church.

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Past Meetings

The German Interest Group strives to bring topics of interest to members at its meetings. Below are current year and links to previous years’ topics.

Meeting Date Topic Presenter
Nov 2017 Applying for German Naturalization Carol Shafer
Oct 2017 German Village 1500-1850: Marriage, Religion & Inheritance Janet O’Connor Camarata
Sept 2017 What I Wish I Had Known…before I started researching my ancestors Janet O’Connor Camarata

Sep 2016-Jun 2017
Sep 2015-Jun 2016
Mar 2007 – Jun 2015