Seminar on German Church and Military Records, City Directories – Teresa Steinkamp McMillin
March 3, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Oh Where, Oh Where Are My Ancestors From?
Have you spent years searching for your immigrant ancestor’s town of origin ? This talk suggests many strategies that just might help you break down that brick wall. Highlights include:
Basic information you should have for your ancestor
More obscure information that might be available
Branching out beyond your ancestor, to friends, family and associates
Organizing and documenting your research
Read the Tabloids: German Church Records
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of German Military Records
Military records for Hanover prior to 1866 are available to researchers in the United States through the Family History Library. Hanover’s military records are largely untapped by American researchers because English-language finding aids are non-existent. This lecture will explain what finding aids do exist and tips for using them. Hanover’s history and its impact on military records will be discussed
Reading Between the Lines of the City Directory
This lecture encourages one to go beyond the obvious use of a city directory – locating an ancestor. The directory provides an opportunity to discover our ancestors’ historical context. Pictures, advertisements, maps of the city and many more items are often included. The audience will be encouraged to understand each directory’s unique qualities. Reverse directories will also be discussed. Every directory available for a given ancestor/family should be consulted. Examples will be used to illustrate various points
Teresa Steinkamp McMillin is a Certified Genealogistsm who specializes in German-American and Midwest research, as well as reading German script. She has been interested in genealogy since she was a child and has actively researched her German ancestry, as well as her husband’s Chicago Irish roots. She presents quality genealogy lectures for local and national organizations. She has attended the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and has taken college-level German courses. Teresa was the 2007 recipient of the National Genealogical Society’s Home Study Course, which she has completed. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, as well as many local genealogical societies. She is the co-president for the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists.