Intl Germanic Genealogy Conf in Mpls

After being silenced for a few days by a computer virus, we’re back up and running. The first announcement that grabbed my attention is about an International Germanic Genealogy Conference.

An all-star lineup of speakers, including well-known international figures, is slated for the 2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference, set for July 28-30 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Among 39 confirmed presenters are figures including Roger Minert, Ernest Thode, Dirk Weissleder of Germany, Baerbel Johnson, Fritz Juengling, Michael Lacopo, James Beidler, Paula Stuart-Warren, Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, Jill Morelli and Stephen Morse. Other international presenters include Ursula Kause, Werner Esser and Timo Kracke, all of Germany, ad Benjamin Hollister of Australia.

The conference – “CONNECTIONS: International. Cultural. Personal.” – will offer 70 presentations over three full days.

Presentations on regional specialties include Ostfriesen, Luxembourg, Palatinate, Bremen, Alsace, Baden, Black Sea Germans, Austria, Czech Republic (Bohemia), Pomerania, West Prussia, East Prussia, Lithuania, eastern Europe, former eastern German provinces, Australia, and others.

Daily “Connections” sessions are planned for attendees to meet others with common interests in specific Germanic regions.

The “Connections” focus of this international conference also offers a unique opportunity for Germanic genealogists to make personal connections with people from other countries as well as nationally, said officials of the German-American Genealogical Partnership, which is organizing the conference.

For the full lineup of speakers and other conference information, visit the website of the Minnesota-based Germanic Genealogy Society, conference host, at, click “2017 GAGP Conference.”

Reservations are open for booking rooms at special conference rates at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel in Brooklyn Park, Minn., venue for the conference. Call the special room reservation line at (877) 303-1681 and say you are attending the Germanic Genealogy Conference. Or reserve online here. Reserve early to ensure availability.

Registration for the conference opens in January 2017. The conference registration fee, to be announced soon, will be affordable and in line with other genealogy conferences.

If you live in the Midwest and have German ancestors, mark your calendars now! Minneapolis is the perfect place for a genealogy conference.

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