“Doing Research in German Archives From Home”

A Presentation by Guest Speaker Dirk Weissleder


Due to our guest speaker contracting COVID immediately before his presentation originally scheduled for May 1, 2022, we had to postpone his much-anticipated lecture.

We are very glad to report that our friend Mr. Weissleder has fully recovered from his illness, and is excited to resume his presentation on Friday, June 24, 2022 at 11:00 am Pacific Time.

If you have already registered for this event, no further action is required. You will receive a Zoom link about a week prior to the presentation to join the meeting at the scheduled time.

This lecture will be recorded, so if you cannot join the live presentation or wish to re-watch the lecture, all registrants will receive a link to the recording a few days after the live event.

If you have not yet registered, then you will find registration details at the bottom of this page.

About The Presentation

The Immigrant Genealogical Society has a long history of researching in German archives, beginning with our founders and the members who traveled to their homelands with them. But times have changed since the days when one always had to appear in person. That generation of researchers acquired printed guides to the holdings of various archival collections, which remain on our shelves for reference. 

Yet today it is wiser to delve directly into what is available online! Our lecturer aims to empower participants to advance their own research by presenting an overview of the structures of archival resources in Germany, and how those resources can be found online. The lecture will address not only archives of state and religious institutions, but also archives in the sense of databases of information compiled by associations and societies focused on understanding their German ancestry.

The presentation will last approximately one hour, and there will be time for some questions from participants. Follow-up lectures in this series will be targeted to specific regions or topics of research, depending upon feedback from participants.

Dirk Weissleder Bio

Dirk Weissleder will be joining us live from Laatzen, Germany. 

Beginning from first steps in family history research taken in 1982, he is well acquainted with the current state of German archives, having most recently used them to extend his research into his family name back to the late Middle Ages.

Dirk has been the chairman of the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände e. V. (DAGV), the national umbrella organization of German genealogical & heraldic societies, since 2012, and was from 2007-2017 also president of the German federation of family associations (BdF). 

He achieved international recognition as co-founder of the International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP) in 2015, serving as its and 2nd vice president since 2018. He was appointed to the Académie Internationale de Généalogie (AIG) in 2018, and since 2019 serves as elected Secretary General of the World Confederation for Genealogy and Heraldry (CIGH), where he was recognized in 2021 for his merits “for his important work in favour of the knowledge of the German genealogy and family history in the world“.


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Once your payment is complete, you will be re-directed to the Zoom Meeting registration page where you can enter your name and email address where your meeting invitation will be sent.

Registration deadline June 23, 2022 at 5:00 PM Pacific Time.

Questions or problems with registration? Email: events@immigrantgensoc.org.