German-American Genealogical Partnership issues Call for Presentations for 2017 International Conference

The following announcement was written by the German-American Genealogical Partnership:

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—The German-American Genealogical Partnership, a growing international organization of genealogical societies, has issued a Call for Presentations for its inaugural international conference, set for July 28-29, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Prospective speakers may submit up to six 60-minute presentations for consideration. Individuals, co-speakers and panels are invited. To submit presentations, visit

The deadline for submission is July 31.

The Partnership’s 2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference is themed “Connections: International. Cultural. Personal.” The conference features four Germanic genealogy and history-related tracks including, but not limited to, topics such as:

  • Beginner—Introduction to U.S. research, U.S sources, gothic script, gazetteers, church and civil records.
  • Advanced—Migration, history, researching in Germany and other ancestral homelands.
  • Technology—Websites, software, DNA.
  • Specialized—Pomeranian, Ostfriesen, Palatinate, Bohemian research; German occupations; other.

“This is a unique opportunity for presenters to be involved in the Partnership’s first international conference, where we plan to help Germanic family researchers from across the continents make personal connections as well as advance their research skills,” said Kim Ashford, conference co-chair and president of the Minnesota-based Germanic Genealogical Society, host of the 2017 conference.

“As a presenter, you become part of an international conference organized by an international Partnership, and part of a bigger international cooperative effort,” Ashford said.

The Partnership, founded in 2015, joins Germanic societies across America, Germany, Canada, England and other European countries, and continues to draw new societies worldwide. Partnership members include the more than 60 societies belonging to the Germany-based Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Genealogischer Verbände, whose leadership helped in founding the Partnership.

The conference is scheduled at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel, in Brooklyn Park, a Minneapolis suburb.

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