Johnson County Genealogical Society
Johnson County
Genealogical Society
and Library, Inc.
2 children 1890s
Preserving KANSAS genealogy and its rich history at the crossroads of the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails.

2012 Annual Seminar

2012 Annual Seminar
Saturday October 27, 2012
8:15 a.m. to 4:00p.m.
The Ritz Charles Event Center
9000 West 137th Street, Overland Park, KS 66221
(913) 685-2600 ‎
For further information contact  info@jcgsks.org
 
 
Dr. Roger P. Minert
 
Roger P. Minert received his doctoral degree from Ohio State University in German language history and second language acquisition theory. He taught German language and history for ten years, and then became a professional family history researcher. Accredited by the Family History Library for research in Germany and Austria, he has more than 33,000 hours in research experience. In August 2003 he became a professor of family history at Brigham Young University. The author of more than 75 books and articles, he is currently directing the research project “German Immigrants in American Church Records.” He recently published In Harm’s Way and Under the Gun--two volumes of history on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany and Austria during World War II.
 
 
 
 
 
Schedule:
8:15-9:00  Check-in, coffee and pastries, register for door prizes
9:00-9:15  Welcome and Introduction of speaker
9:15-10:15  Civil Records in Germany
10:15-10:45  Break, visit vendors
10:45-12:00  Communicating with Agencies and Individuals in Europe
12:00-1:00  Hot lunch is served!  Choice of two entrees, green salad, starch, vegetable, fruit, dessert
1:00-1:15  Door prize drawings
1:15-2:25  Church Records in Germany
2:25-2:40  Break
2:40-2:55  Door prize drawings
2:55-4:00  Marriage and Courtship in Germany 1500 to 1800
 
Registration Fee:
$45 for members (late registration $55)
$55 for non-members (late registration  $65)
Registrations must be postmarked no later than October 20 to avoid the late registration fee.
 
 
Civil Records in Germany
This is an introduction to the identification and location of civil vital records for towns and cities in Germany (with borders as of 1871). The emphasis is on the types of vital records available in specific provinces during specific periods of time.  The discussion features major historical events and developments associated with the civil registry system in Germany from the beginnings to the present. Handouts include bibliographical data on civil record inventories available in the LDS Family History Library.
 
Communicating with Agencies and Individuals in Europe
Not all vital records are available on microfilm here in North America and many researchers find it necessary to communicate with churches, civil registrars, and private individuals in Europe. There are many challenges to such communication and this presentation will guide novices and experts alike in locating names and addresses, language considerations, payment of fees and telephone and telefax communications.

Church Records in Germany
This is an introduction to the identification and location of church records for towns and cities in Germany (with borders as of 1871). The emphasis is on the types of records available in specific provinces during specific periods of time. The discussion features major historical events and developments associated with the keeping of vital records in Germany. Handouts include bibliographical data on church record inventories available in the LDS Family History Library.
 
Marriage and Courtship in Germany 1500 to 1800
Perhaps the most important event in the life of any German ancestor was marriage. Social and religious customs associated with courtship and marriage in German-language territories of Europe as well as related issues such as illegitimate children, inheritance, and property acquisition at the time of the wedding are the focus of this session.
 
Excellent venue and excellent food! A hot lunch buffet is included as part of the day's activities. No outside food may be brought in. There will be door prizes, vendors and books for sale including an outstanding collection of books on German research.
 
The Ritz Charles Event Center
9000 West 137th Street, Overland Park, KS 66221
(913) 685-2600 ‎
 
Ritz Charles Event Center outside view