Sacramento German Genealogy Society

2015 Spring Workshop


The 2015 Spring Workshop took place April 25 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located just north of Elk Grove, California. Titled 'My Germans' A Workshop for Ancestor-Chasers, Brigham Young University professor Roger P. Minert Ph.D, A.G. along with four colleagues (Anne Leishman, Kelsee Jackson, Peggy Carpenter and Susan Sirrine) presented a four track program. Also participating by providing individual consulations were SGGS memers Ingeborg Carpenter and Michael Mayer-Kielmann. Attendance was 133.
8925 Vintage Park Dr., Sacramento, California
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The Speakers
Left: Dr. Roger Minert. Top right: Anne Leishman and Susan Sirrine. Lower right: Kelsee Jackson and Peggy Carpenter.
The Program
Dr. Minert
Presentation Room
Presentation Room
Family History Center
Dr. Roger Minert presented the following topics:
A Day in the
Life of Your German Ancestor
The Top 12 Self-Defeating Behaviors in
Germanic History Research
Gazetteers in Germany:
Finding the
Home Parish of
Your German Ancestors
German Surnames:
Historical, Linguistic, and Genealogical Perspectivies
 Finding German
Ancestors in
U.S. Public Documents
Susan Sirrine
Identifying the
Home Town
of Your German Ancestor
Kelsee Jackson
Form and Content in
German Church Records
Peggy Carpenter
in German Documents
Kelsee Jackson
Anne Leishman conducted hands-on computer-assisted tutorials on three topics, each being repeated once:
Online Family Trees
Researching Online:
Finding Records and
Basic Search Tips
Preserving and
Sharing Memories
with FamilySearch
German genealogy consultatons were provided by:
• Kelsee Jackson
• Peggy Carpenter
• Susan Sirrine
German language tanslation consultations were provided by:
• Ingeborg Carpenter
• Michael
Event Photos
The following photos capture some specific moments of this all-day event. During the breaks, attendees could visit various exhibits or browse and purchase German genealogy books and tools.
Dr. Roger P. Minert presenting during the morning.
Susan Sirrine
Kelsee Jackson
Peggy Carpenter 
Anne Leishman
Ingeborg Carpenter and her historical exhibit
Old maps exhibit
Consultations sign-up
Surname cards posting display
Book sales
Closing comments (Susan was
busy finishing up a consultation)
This seminar was possible only because of the committment and labors of a large number of volunteers. Only some of them appear in the foregoing photos.