PART 2: SATURDAY AFTERNOON, APRIL 10, 2021
1:30PM-2:30PM: He took HER name: Understanding German Farm Names
This lecture is to raise awareness of a custom in certain geographic areas of Germany where people who lived on a farm of a certain status (a hof) carried a designated surname. In this custom, anyone who inherited such a farm assumed the designated surname. Usually this was a son of the farmer, but if a daughter inherited the farm, her husband would need to change his name to hers.
2:45PM-3:45PM: Discover the Holdings of German Archives
German archives hold many records valuable for expanding our genealogical research. Church records not available digitally may be waiting in these archives. State and local archives may contain emigration, court, tax, and other records to fill in our ancestor’s story. This presentation will explain how to find relevant archives and discover their holdings. It will describe how to navigate detailed online aids when available. One need not be fluent in German to do this research. Essential vocabulary and translation tools will be discussed.
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