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Discovering our German Ancestors
HGF's Fall Seminar with nationally known German family heritage researcher James Beidler was a great success. Over 60 HGF members learned how to access German church records which may hold the story of their ancestors' lives, the reasons immigrants left 18th and 19th century Germany, and the places they settled in America. James' handouts provide many references for further research, most of which are online.
HGF members can view and download these handouts and those from previous speakers by logging into the website and going to Speaker Handouts under Member Resources on this webpage.
Seminar attendees also placed magnetic pushpins on a map of Germany to locate their ancestors' home towns. Many discovered that their ancestors lived in the same areas as other Seminar participants.
HGF members can have their ancestors' surnames, home locations, and dates appear in the Surname Research section of our website
To post your ancestors information, HGF members can go to the Profile section under Member Resources and enter their information under the Surnames tab. Folks researching the same surnames and areas can share research.