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April Membership Meeting

17 Apr 2023 @ 6:30 PM EDT

WWCGS April Membership Meeting

Monday, 17 April 2023

Topic: Researching in German – Civil and Parish Records with Alexander Tolksdorf

Description: This presentation is designed to help those new to researching German record sets. The complexity of Germany’s history, and its effect on genealogical sources can be difficult obstacles for a family historian to overcome. The class will focus specifically on German civil records and parish records, with emphasis on how/where to locate the records and how to interpret the records. This ranges from using FamilySearch’s catalog to using German repositories like Archion.de to contacting local archives. Additional attention will be provided to historical geopolitics of what is today Germany, handwriting styles, as well as useful German reference materials. Lastly, the class also covers territorial regions formerly included in the German Empire (i.e. Alsace-Lorraine and eastern Prussian provinces).

This meeting will be VIRTUAL

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  • 6:30 PM Virtual doors open/social
  • 6:45 PM Announcements and business meeting
  • 7:00 PM Feature presentation

Visitors welcome!

  • VIDEO/AUDIO may be on at the beginning of the meeting to say hello to fellow members.  Reminder that once the featured presentation begins to mute audio/video.
  • WWCGS Members will have access to the recording of this meeting for 6 months to view at their convenience.


17 Apr 2023
6:30 PM EDT
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Harvey DeWitt

The Western Wayne County Genealogical Society meets on the third Monday of each month, September through May with the exception of December for the Membership Meeting, followed by a forum/social discussion and feature presentation.