Monthly Archives: April 2017

Wonderful day in Madison WI!

Published April 22, 2017

The Wisconsin Historical Society hosted me for a full-day conference on German genealogy on Saturday, 22 April 2017 in a packed room at the Memorial Library in Madison. I covered everything from the two great waves of German immigration … to history and case studies of German microstates … to online resources for tracking down …

I’ve touched on the importance of staying flexible about the spelling variants of surnames numerous times in lectures and in “Roots & Branches” installments over the years. I’m to the point that I can smile weakly when someone recounts to me family traditions such as “the two brothers had a disagreement and each decided to …

I wrote a column just a couple of months ago about the International Germanic Genealogy Conference that will make Minnesota the center of the German genealogical world at the end of July. The conference is running for a total of four days, with the leadership day scheduled for July 27 and presentations / vendors from …

A couple of weeks ago, your “Roots & Branches” columnist tackled the explosion of DNA testing in genealogy with the caveat that I know “only enough about DNA and genealogy to be very dangerous.” You can continue to attach that caveat to anything I write about DNA, but I feel compelled to write about it …

As regular readers undoubtedly have realized, there are times when your “Roots & Branches” columnist comes up with some definitive answers to the great genealogical questions of the day. Or at least thinks he does. But then there are other times that what’s offered by the column is far more modest. This is one of …