Yesterday’s announcement of the unveiling of the Research Assistance Request (RAR) program of the International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP) brought an emailed letter today from Georg Palmüller. He says that the group of German genealogists in Unna has chosen not to take their share of the $30 fee collected from request submitters. Here are some excerpts:
“We will do it like we always did since 2001: free and without any kind of fee! We love to help from our hearts to the hearts of the genealogists who need help. We never took any money from help seeking genealogists except when there were fees to pay for needed documents.
“So we ask the IGGP to keep the complete fee of $30 when the Ahnenforscher Stammtisch Unna is asked for help via RAR submissions….
“We always tried to help in an easy kind of way. Just by eMail, quick, modern, fast and uncomplicated without any kind of forms at all to fill out. But we can live with the decision of the IGGP board who is believing that forms are really needed.
“We can’t wait to receive RAR submissions to help our genealogist friends in the US and elsewhere in the world and we will enjoy to help them.”
It should be added that from their webpage it is stated that the genealogical interests and research areas of participants in this monthly “Stammtisch” meeting are quite broad. So even if your research problem is not associated with their home area, these kind-hearted individuals will help if they can.
As theirs is not a society with expenses to meet, they feel they can make this offer, as Georg says, from their hearts. We should all make special efforts to return the favor, if asked!!
On a trial basis, the International German Genealogical Partnership (IGGP) has introduced its Research Assistance Request (RAR) program. Participation in this program is optional for member societies, and Australia and Brazil have not opted in at this time. Four German societies are joining in: Ahnenforscher Stammtisch Unna und Umgebung (an informal group in Unna, Germany), Roland zu Dortmund (an organized society nearby), the Oldenburgische Gesellschaft für Familienkunde and the Verein für Computergenealogie. U.S. societies and groups will be coordinated according to three regions: Western, Central, and Eastern States. There are also Coordinators for Canada and the U.K.
The RAR process, as currently established, may have some flaws. But the IGGP Executive Committee is introducing it now because of its great potential to provide member societies and their membership an invaluable service. Your IGS will soon begin to pay annual dues to the IGGP in order for our members to have access to this developing network of researchers. It is an additional benefit of belonging to our society. Not a member of IGS? Please consider joining us!!
Participation in this RAR program is, however, not free to requestors. There will be a $30 fee for submitting an RAR. Half of this fee goes to IGGP and half to the society assigned to respond to the RAR by the Coordinator(s). The assigned researcher(s) will put forth a “reasonable effort” to find answers to the RAR question. However, requestors need to be aware that there is no guarantee that a solution will be found.
Please find attached the English-language version of the instructions and forms, and a list (with map) of the RAR regions for the United States. The Submission Form should be filled out as completely as possible, but it is not required that all questions be completed. Just provide what information you have (and as much as you know) and submit it according to the directions. There will be a tracking process utilized to ensure that RAR Team Leaders are aware of the status and results of a request, and to assist in improving the process. Your feedback on the strength/weakness of the RAR program is welcomed, and may be directed to Mr. Delbert Ritchart at: dritchh37 [at] gmail.com.
Thank you to all who came to hear her this afternoon, and welcome to those who plan to come on Tuesday evening to hear this engaging presentation. Remember, May 16th at 1310 W. Magnolia Blvd. with informal reception at 6 pm and the talk beginning at 7 pm. However, please plan on coming a bit earlier than you had planned, as we’ve received notice of filming that evening in the next block to our west — and parking could be at a premium. [We have three lanes, for three cars each, behind our building off the alley.]
Now, here are photos from today’s talk….
When you come to hear her Tuesday, be sure to sign in at the front desk. Astrid will be selling copies of her books — which she will inscribe for buyers if they wish — so come prepared. She has done a great job telling the story of emigration to America from her home region, and these two books will make great gifts to family members who may wonder why genealogy fascinates you so!! The first explains what the journey was like, and why people chose to make it. The second tells the specific stories of eight families from her home town, including how they managed to adjust to their new country.
The 2016 issue of German-American Genealogy is at the printer now! Four articles are in this issue, as follows:
“East German Colonization in the Middle Ages,” by James Westfall Thompson
“The Banat Swabians: A Tale of Perpetual Hardship, Survival and Hope,”
by Alexandria Irimia
“Meyer’s Gazeteer Now Online, Indexed and Fully Searchable!”
by Fritz Juengling PhD, AG
“The Germans in Missouri,” by Jana Bickel
For members of IGS during the 2016 year, this issue should reach your mailbox around mid-December. Other articles are in various stages of preparation for the next issue, possibly one for Spring 2017.
Do you have an interest in writing for it? Many topics could be considered, but especially welcome would be more articles describing German colonies or emigrant regional groupings, such as suggested by the second and fourth articles listed above. Please contact the webmaster or editor, if interested.