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Katherine Schober

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Katherine comes to us highly recommended by genealogists who have been privileged to sit under her teaching in the past.  She specializes in German Genealogy, which is particularly suitible for our region, which has very deep German roots.  To learn more about Katherine, please visit her website, Germanology Unlocked


9:00  7 Essential Tips for Starting German Genealogy 

If you're just starting out, German genealogy can seem incredibly overwhelming. Records in a foreign language, which are written in old-fashioned handwriting, are enough to make finding German ancestors seem near impossible to researchers looking to cross the pond. Luckily, there's help! In this session, learn the top seven tips to get you started - and confidently embark on - your German genealogy journey.

11:00 Finding German Records With Archion and Matricula: A Deep Dive

Archion and Matricula, sites that host hundreds of thousands of digitized German church records, are essential for the German genealogy researcher - but do you know how to use them? And are you getting everything out of them you can? Find out all you need to know about using these amazing websites to find German church records you may be missing, helping you to break through those genealogy brick walls even faster.

2:00 Tips and Tricks of Deciphering German Handwriting

Learn the top tips and tricks for deciphering the old German script! With tips on how to easily recognize certain letters, how to tell tricky letters apart, abbreviations, spelling variations, names, and more, you'll be amazed at what you can do after only an hour of learning!

4:00 The Magic of German Church Records

Learn how to extract the exact information you need from those valuable German church records – without having to decipher every word. We’ll take an in-depth look at the columns you’ll come across, and discover where to find - and how to read - important words that will tell you all about your German ancestor. Get ready to make the most out of any records you find!