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INTRODUCTION TO THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION (NARA)
Tuesday, February 28
INTRODUCTION TO THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION (NARA)  (SGGS Meetings and Events)
1:00 pm
Sacramento FamiliySearch Library 2745 Eastern Ave., Sacramento, CA and Zoom
This lecture gives you an overview of the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). It identifies which records of each branch of the federal government NARA holds, provides examples, and tells you where those records are housed, differentiating between central office records held in the Washington, D.C. area and those held by NARA’s regional archives facilities. It points to descriptions of NARA holdings, emphasizing those you can access online to guide your research. It suggests research strategies and effective ways to use NARA’s website. The speaker will also discuss some recently digitized records that family historians can use. He will highlight underused records of the Pension Bureau, the Department of State, the Department of the Interior, the Congress, and the General Land Office.
 
Kenneth W. Heger is an experienced researcher and lecturer, who has a Ph.D. in history.  He was a senior lecturer in the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies (the iSchool), until his retirement in 2020. While at Maryland, he lectured to and mentored students in the graduate school covering a wide range of topics including archival processing, archival description, and using digitization to facilitate access to records.  Dr. Heger’s duties at the iSchool included being the director of the Archives & Digital Curation specialization in the College, and the director of the digitization lab in the Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC).  He was the principal investigator of the Global Journeys, Local Communities Project.  The Project focuses on the period 1860-1914 and uses cultural collections, such as correspondence files, pension files, appeals files, government reports, postcards, etc., to create dynamic datasets, essential for documenting the movement of people, especially Americans traveling abroad and America’s wounded warriors who emigrated after their military service.  Dr. Heger continues to work on the Project.  Prior to joining the faculty at Maryland, Dr. Heger worked at the National Archives and Records Administration for 32 years in a variety of positions, including managing the research facility of the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Heger has spoken at numerous regional and national conferences; he is a regular instructor at the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records.  Dr. Heger spoke at all three conferences of the International German Genealogical Partnership (IGGP).  His articles have appeared in state and regional genealogical periodicals throughout the country.  Currently, he is president of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society (MAGS) and is a member of the IGGP executive board.
 



GERMAN FORTY-EIGHTERS IN AMERICA: CHARACTERISTICS AND CONTRIBUTIONS
Wednesday, March 15
GERMAN FORTY-EIGHTERS IN AMERICA: CHARACTERISTICS AND CONTRIBUTIONS  (SGGS Meetings and Events)
1:00 pm
This is a Zoom only event!
SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY GERMAN INTEREST GROUP AND THE SGGS PRESENT THE PREMIER OF DON HEINRICH TOLZMANN’S PRESENTATION ON “THE GERMAN 48ERS IN AMERICA: CHARACTERISTICS AND CONTRIBUTIONS!’
 
March 2023 marks the 175th anniversary of the 1848 Revolution in Europe. It began in France and spread throughout the states of the German Confederation and Austria, lasting until 1849. After its failure, thousands of Forty-Eighters, as refugees of the revolution were called, fled and immigrated to the U.S. Who they were and what their contributions were to American society in general, and to the German element in particular will be discussed, preceded by an overview of the conditions in Europe that led to their emigration.
 
Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann is the author and editor of numerous books on German-American history and culture. He has received many awards, including the National Award of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Ohioana Humanities Book Award, the Distinguished German-American of the Year Award, the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Society for German-American Studies, and is listed in Who’s Who in America. At the University of Cincinnati he served as Curator of the German-Americana Collection and Director of German-American Studies, and is well known as “Mr. German-Americana.” He has been on the board of many national and international organizations and institutions. He serves as Book Review Editor for German Life Magazine, and has edited a monographic series dealing with German-American history: Neue-Deutsch-Amerikanische Studien/New German-American Studies (34 vols.). He also has assisted in the production of several PBS programs, including: “The German-Americans” and “Zinzinnati Reflections.”
 
 
 
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The fabulous presentation will not be recorded, so make sure you register now. You won’t want to miss it!



DECONSTRUCTING YOUR FAMILY TREE: REEVALUATING THE
Tuesday, May 23
DECONSTRUCTING YOUR FAMILY TREE: REEVALUATING THE "EVIDENCE"  (SGGS Meetings and Events)
1:00 pm
Sacramento FamiliySearch Library 2745 Eastern Ave., Sacramento, CA and Zoom
When information passed on from researcher to researcher doesn't "addup," it's time to tear down the walls and rebuild anew. This methodology lecture shows how erroneous conclusions can sneak into our research uncontested. This lecture is pertinent especially today with so many online family trees that get cut and pasted into our own research.
 
Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana. He takes a scientific approach to his research as he does to his profession. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals.  A self-described “all- American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range.