“Boost Your German Research: Understand Historical Jurisdictions”
Germany was not a country until 1871. In the centuries before that, land areas were constantly changing hands. One must understand who controlled a given area in order to find all possible records. The lecture will give examples of changing jurisdictions and how to determine a village’s status over time, using Meyer’s Gazetteer, which notes jurisdictions up to 1912. Key German vocabulary will also be explained.
“He Took HER Name: Understanding German Farm Names”
In certain geographic areas of Germany, the custom of farm names has been in existence for over 1000 years, in that the farm carried the surname and anyone who inherited the farm assumed that surname. Usually this was a son, but if a daughter inherited, her husband would have to take her name. This lecture will explain the social structure in these areas, various terms associated with this custom, how this custom affected naming patterns, and present techniques to successfully research your ancestor.
“Untangle the Web of German Websites”
The internet is offering more and more quality information for German researchers. This talk will focus on collections of digitized German materials and indexes with free access, going well beyond church records. Since many of these websites are based in Germany, tips and tricks for navigating them will be included.
“Get with the Times: German Newspaper Research”
Germany does not have large subscription-based websites for accessing newspapers for genealogical research. Despite that fact, thousands of digitized German newspapers are available online. Many are free. Learn where they are and how to access them.
As noted, the Frida7 seminar is FREE. The cost of materials for the Saturday seminar is $35.00.