Next meeting: Friday, September 1, 2017, 1-3 pm.

Topic: What I Wish I Had Known . . .  before I started researching my ancestors.  Members of the interest group will share their experiences and lessons learned in researching in Germany – the importance of understanding law, the importance of location, the importance of siblings, understanding time period differences, dealing with data differences and brick walls.  Come learn from experienced genealogists who are willing to share their research adventures.

Speaker: Janet O’Conor Camarata is a genealogist with over 25 years experience. She is a seminar presenter and trainer in genealogy societies across Washington and supported genealogy by volunteering in a variety of ways – seminar presenter, educator, newsletter editor, program coordinator and past-president of South King County Genealogical Society (SKCGS).   She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the North Carolina Genealogical Society and is a graduate of the University of Washington Genealogy and Family History program.  She has a B.A. (Education) degree from Central Washington University and a Master’s degree from Antioch University.  She also taught within The Boeing Company and at the University of Phoenix.

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
Jun 2017 Using WIKIs in Germanic Genealogical Research Dorothy Pretare
May 2017 What’s Your Family’s Story? Paula R. Seeger
Apr 2017 Newspaper Research: What’s Available and How to Find Scanned Images Janet O’Conor Camarata
Mar 2017 Meyers Orts, a German Gazetteer Ken Passé
Feb 2017 What I Wish I Had Known …Before I started researching my ancestors Janet O’Connor Camarata
(members sharing)
Jan 2017 Finding the German Village of Birth of Grietje Bode Jill Morelli
Dec 2016 Christmas Potluck
Nov 2016 Books for Researching Your German Ancestors Members Sharing
Oct 2016 Trip to Marburg, Germany, historic capital of Hessia Claire Gebben
Sept 2016 Surname Distribution Maps Janet O’Connor Camarata

Sep 2015-Jun 2016
Mar 2007 – Jun 2015