Wed., January 26, 2022
Researching German Civil and Parish Records
If German record sets are puzzling to you, come to this meeting. The complexity of Germany’s history, and its effect on genealogical sources can be difficult obstacles for a family historian to overcome. The session will focus specifically on German civil records and parish records, with emphasis on how/where to locate the records and how to interpret the records. This ranges from using Family Search’s catalog to using German repositories like Archion.de to contacting local archives. Additional attention will be provided to historical geopolitics of what is today Germany, handwriting styles, as well as useful German reference materials. Lastly, the session also covers territorial regions formerly included in the German Empire (i.e. Alsace-Lorraine and eastern Prussian provinces).
Our presenter: Alex Tolksdorf is a financial analyst for the Ford Motor Company, the President of the Ford Genealogy Club, and a native resident of the Metro Detroit area. He has been active in researching his family for 12 years, starting with a high school class trip to Ellis Island in 2009. Paternally, his family is German, primarily from the Prussian provinces of Westphalia, Posen, and East Prussia. Maternally, his family roots are Ukrainian, Belarussian, and Lithuanian. All four of his grandparents immigrated to the United States in the 1950s following the Second World War; as such, much of his research experience and focus is in German and Eastern European sources. https://tolksdorfresearch.com/
Wed., February 23 , 2022
Happily Ever After?
Yes, No, Maybe? Our ancestors married for many reasons besides ‘true love’. Wedding traditions from the past influence ceremonies today. Sweet, funny and strange! We’ll explore resources and strategies for locating marriage licenses, and more. Bring your ancestral wedding stories or brick walls. Our presenter: Judi Boren, program chairperson.
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Planning a Successful Research Road Trip
Plan for a successful road trip to research your family history at the Family History Center. Learn what to take, how to get there and where to stay in Salt Lake City. Plus, how to navigate the library and what to expect. Save time to explore the city surrounding areas! Our Tour Guide and presenter is club member Betty Steup, who travelled to the Family History Center Library and met with great success. She’ll share both her results and recommendations for your research trip.