Events

PROPOSED MEETINGS IN 2018 (all meetings are held at the Minnesota
Genealogical Society in Mendota Heights, unless stated otherwise).
Social time 1 pm. Meeting at 1:30 pm. Visitors are always welcome.

We are open to suggestions regarding our 2018 meeting schedule.

Jan 6 2018 - Germans in Jerusalem



Feb 3 - The February meeting will have two parts. Members may/will bring something related to Pommern: a letter, recipe, photo, or artifact, and will tell about it. The second part will be an opportunity to learn about life in Pommern. You are invited to use the PRG books and maps. We also hope that many will bring their electronic device (laptop, tablet, etc) to do some quick research from suggested or Google-assisted sites. Members will be looking for information to learn about every-day life in Pommern.


March 3 - Heart of Pomerania. There was a very interesting presentation about the ships on which our ancestors may have arrived in America. It was given by Jay Biedny, past president of the Polish Genealogical Society.


April 7 - Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor, theologian, author and he led a
staunch resistance to the Nazi dictatorship, including vocal opposition to Hitler's euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews. From 1935-1937, in Finkenwalde, a suburb of Stettin in Pommern, Dietrich Bonhoeffer headed an illegal Theological Seminary of the Confessing Church. There he prepared “young seminarians for the turbulence and risk of parish ministry in the Confessing Church. Bonhoeffer and his seminarians were under Gestapo surveillance; some of them were arrested and imprisoned.” [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietrich_Bonhoeffer]
Come to hear about this Pommern connection to Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Don Schultz, a retired pastor and PRG Board member, will be the speaker.


May 5 - Ryan Mattke, is a librarian at the Borchert Map Library at the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota. He will tell us all about the maps in the Borchert Library collection, how to use them, how to find place names, and how to find maps online for the area you are researching. He will also talk about the Topographische Karte, the type of maps that are in the MGS Library. This collection of large maps of Pommern is owned by the PRG.

Here is Ryan's Handout.


June 2 - Bob Rowe: Tips and tricks using the new Findagrave. You might even hear about some of his pet peeves.


July 7 - Diane Schmidt: Books in the GGS holdings at Concordia College


Aug 4 - Christopher Dewuske: Sheding light into family history for areas that were devastated by civil record loss. Chris has cataloged a number of online resources and has quite an extensive knowledge on what may exist in the archives if one were to look there. There are also other sources that have been published which contain genealogical information, but are not widely known (WorldCat has the books cataloged, but their contents are not indexed.)


Sep 1 -


October 6 - Janet Mitchell: Online German Map Resources.


November 3 - Lois Edwards: How I wrote a book about my family. Tips and ideas for others.


December 1 -