JGSLA Program Tonite at AJU

The Jewish Gen. Soc. of L.A. sent an email this morning (!) about the program they’re hosting tonight at American Jewish University’s Sperber Library at 7:30 p.m.  The title of the talk is: “Why Did My Father Know His Grandfather Had An Uncle Selig?” and the speaker is Israel Pickholtz.  Members attend free; guests pay $5 to attend.  Here’s the official description…

More than twenty years before Israel Pickholtz began doing serious genealogy, his father sent him a postcard with three bits of family information. One israel-pikholtz-2016of those was that Israel’s great-grandfather Hersch Pikholz had an uncle Zelig. That information was very important in Israel’s research over the last two decades, research that was helped along by traditional sources and more recently by genetic genealogy.  But even as he was progressing in his research, Israel could not shake the question “Why did my father know this?” Israel says “My father was eight years old when his grandfather Hersch Pikholz died and they never had any real conversation. None of the cousins knew about Uncle Zelig, even the older one who lived in the same house as my great-grandfather. My father himself did not recall why he knew this.” And did it even matter?
Israel tells the story of his great-great-great-uncle, what he learned about this family and why now he thinks he knows how his father knew.   And yes, it matters.

Israel Pickholtz has lived in Israel since 1973 and now lives in Jerusalem. He has done serious family research for nearly twenty years. His flagship work is the Pikholz Project, a single-surname project to identify and reconnect all Pikholz descendants. Alongside his work as a professional genealogist, taking clients in Israel and abroad, he became heavily involved in genetic genealogy in 2013. He manages test kits of over ninety family members at last count.
In August 2015 he published a book “ENDOGAMY: One Family, One People,” available at www.endogamy-one-family.com
He blogs at http://allmyforeparents.blogspot.com and receives mail at IsraelP@pikholz.org

International German Genealogy ‘Connections’ Conference in July

Here is a summary of developments:

Early, discounted registration runs through March: $225 for individuals belonging to organizations that are members of the International German Genealogy Partnership (formerly German-American Genealogical Partnership), and $250 for all others. If you’re a member in good standing of the IGS, then you qualify for the discount.  Regular registration begins April 1 at the standard rate, $299.  The general conference information is here.

Hotel rooms at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel in Brooklyn Park, Minn., venue for the conference, sold out in December. Additional nearby hotels are offering special rates for conference attendees. Go here for hotel information and room reservations, and find the link to the hotels at the very bottom of the page.

“This may be one of the largest German genealogy events ever held in the United States,” said officials of the Minnesota-based Germanic Genealogy Society, host of conference and a co-founder of the Partnership, which is organizing the conference.

News you can use….

The International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP) is now online, and while it is still new and undergoing modifications you’ll want to bookmark it and refer to it often.

When you’re at the IGGP homepage, don’t overlook the information available in the sidebar with reference to our 2017 Conference.  Brochures are available for download here, or you may pick up a paper copy at the IGS Library in Burbank.

Lastly, the IGGP has a booth in the Exhibit Hall for RootsTech in Salt Lake City this week.  The purpose is to promote the Partnership — now at 32 organizational members & growing — and to make attendees aware of the upcoming conference.  Societies that will staff this booth for the three days (Thursday through Saturday) are the DAGV, the Germanic Genealogy Society (of Minnesota), the Sacramento German Genealogy Society, the Ostfriesen Genealogical Society of America, and your Immigrant Genealogical Society.

Conference Registration is approaching…

As many of you may be aware, our International German Genealogy Partnership will hold a conference in Minnesota in late July this year.  Some of you have made hotel reservations, but have wondered when it would be possible to actually register for the conference….

Now this will soon become possible.  A news release tells the story, here.  But be careful about testing the new IGGP website, as it won’t be operational for about another two weeks or so.  Check back closer to the end of the month, and watch for the paper registration materials at your IGS offices and library.  This conference is going to be GREAT, and your society will be well-represented!

Alternate hotels for 2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference

Hotel rooms at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel fully booked in advance of the 2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference, set for July 28-30 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Conference attendees may contact four other nearby hotels where a special discounted conference rate has been arranged. All are within a few miles of the Marriott Northwest, venue for the conference. Morning and evening shuttle service will be provided from each of these hotels to the conference at the Marriott Northwest

The four nearby hotels are in the downtown section of Maple Grove:  the Courtyard by Marriott is adjacent to the Holiday Inn; the Hampton Inn is a short walk from the Staybridge Suites.

The attached flyer provides information about each of the hotels including phone numbers to call for reservations. For more information about the hotels, please visit www.ArborLakesHotels.com

When you contact the hotel, be sure to mention that you are attending the “Germanic Genealogy Conference” to receive the special conference rate.

Kent Cutkomp
2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference
On behalf of the International German Genealogy Partnership
(formerly German-American Genealogical Partnership)

A Book on Immigrants from Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach

I first heard German researcher and author Astrid Adler (Tiefenort, Thuringia, Germany) speak to the Ventura County Genealogical Society in April of this year.  Some six million Germans emigrated in the 19th c., and some were from her region…and not a few were from her town!  Her extensive research into this local emigration and its causes led to an exhibition on the subject — for which she was honored by her state in 2012.  Her talk covering the high points of her German-language book on the topic was informative, entertaining, and definitely well-received.  Now she has published an English-language version for American readers.

Our Ancestors Were German: Emigration in the 19th Century from Grand Duchy Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach is an attractive volume that adequately covers this broad subject of emigration/immigration from a variety of perspectives.  She plans to promote the book beginning with a first presentation in Ventura County on January 14th at 11 am at the Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum, on Market St.  In May, a book tour will formally begin with stops in Southern California and in the Washington, DC area.

Orders for the book may be placed here.  Full information about all of her books (including a forthcoming one) may be found on that page as well.  A list of the towns from which the emigrants originated, as well as the states in which they located, may be found here.

Germanic Genealogy Society Workshop

On Saturday, October 8th The Germanic Genealogy Society (GGS) in Minnesota will hold a workshop at the Concordia University Library.

Details are available from their flyer….

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which says that the event is being held at
1282 Concordia Ave., St. Paul (Rm. 214)

9:30  Registration (Cost:  $10)
10:00  Presentation by Kent Cutkomp on
“Using the German Gazeteer Meyers
Orts,” followed by a Library Topic &
time for individual help.

U.S. news release announcing 2017 GAGP conference in Minneapolis

Earlier this week the German-American Genealogical Partnership distributed a revised press release to its member societies noting that the (First) International Germanic Genealogy “Connections” conference has now been extended.  It was originally two days in length, but is now three days, July 28-30, 2017!  The updated flyer includes information for booking hotel rooms at special discounted rates.

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Advertising the 2017 GAGP conference — in Germany!

Just a brief note today to say that the conference flyer for the 2017 Minneapolis conference of the German-American Genealogical Partnership will be inserted into the conference registration bags for the Deutscher Genealogentag, Germany’s major annual genealogical conference.  This will be happening from September 30th through October 2nd in Bregenz, Austria (just across the border from Germany).

A two-sided print piece will display our revised conference flyer in English, together with a German-language description of the Partnership to introduce German genealogists to our transnational effort.  Besides being a conference bag insert, the same piece will be distributed as a handout at the table of the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände e. V. (DAGV), the German genealogical umbrella organization that serves a purpose similar to our own FGS.

None of this would be happening without the contributions of many persons.  Kudos to all!

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