The Genealogy Center is pleased to offer a new two day mini-course, German Genealogy, on June 9 & 10, 2011. Led by instructors John Beatty, MA, MLS, and Steve Myers, MLS, this workshop is an excellent introduction for researchers with little or no experience in German records and covers basic sources and techniques that lead to success. Classes will cover the following topics.
 
*"An Introduction to German Genealogical Research" - Identifying an immigrant ancestor and their specific place of origin are the keys to research in German records. Learn about North American sources for finding these essential starting points.
 
*"Using German Church Records" - Learn how to locate, access, and utilize German church records. Search strategies and examples will be discussed.
 
*"Advancing Your Research with the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)" - Learn how to plan a successful search, gather evidence, and record and document what you find.
 
*"German Maps, Gazetteers & Other Important Printed Sources" - Learn how to use maps and gazetteers to locate your ancestor's place of origin and its associated record-keeping jurisdictions. Other important German-language genealogical publications will also be introduced.
 
*"Swiss Genealogical Records" - Learn how to begin your Swiss research, find American sources for Swiss immigrants, utilize Swiss
biographical and heraldic sources, and locate and interpret Swiss church records.
 
*"Palatines Along the Hudson: Researching 18th Century Settlers on Livingston Manor" - Learn about sources available to genealogists tracing ancestors on this important New York manor, including surviving manuscript collections such as the Robert R. Livingston Papers.
 
Additionally there will be a tour of The Genealogy Center and assisted research/consultation times both days. For more information, see the brochure at http://www.genealogycenter.org/Libraries/Brochures/German_Gen_brochure_2011ReducedSize.sflb.ashx. As with all of our mini-courses, space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment. Registration is $50 (Please make check payable to: "ACPL Foundation").  Cancellation after May 26, 2011 will incur a $20 administrative fee. For more information, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.