Published April 22, 2017

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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.

Bob Rettammel, left, and James M. Beidler at the Madison WI geneaalogy event on 22 April 2017.

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 a German home village … and wrapping up the day with a “success story” of finding one of my own immigrant ancestors.