StLGS: Mining Online German Research by James M. Beidler

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Each summer the society presents a Speaker Series, a one day seminar focused on a specific topic. This single concentration provides a wonderful opportunity to hear a series of related presentations in detail, while also being able to share information with others interested in the same topic.

This year’s Summer Speaker Series will be held on Saturday, 22 July 2017, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Our featured speaker will be noted author and lecturer, James M. Beidler, who will give four talks designed to help you learn more about resources available online to help you with your German research:

—  German Immigrant Waves: Contrasts and Sources

—  Mining the Über-Sites

—  All About

—  Online German Church Registers, Duplicates, and Substitutes

For more detail on each of the talks, click here for a copy of the Summer Speaker Series registration booklet.

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Biographical Information on the Speaker:

James M. Beidler, writes “Roots & Branches,” an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only syndicated feature on that topic in Pennsylvania. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He is the former executive director for the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. He served as national co-chair for the 2008 Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Philadelphia. Beidler is also a frequent contributor to other periodicals ranging from scholarly journals such as The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine to popular-interest magazines such as Ancestry and Family Tree Magazine. He also wrote the chapter on genealogy for Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth, published jointly by the Penn State Press and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.As a lecturer, he has been a part of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council’s acclaimed Commonwealth Speakers program since 2002 and has been a presenter at numerous conferences. In addition to being a member of numerous genealogical, historical, and lineage societies, Beidler sits on Pennsylvania’s State Historic Records Advisory Board as well as the selection committee for the Pennsylvania Newspaper Project.
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