Past Events

2010 German Institute

This two and one-half day institute featuring John T. Humphrey, CG, provided in-depth study of German records, resources and repositories for genealogical research.




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  • Thursday, July 22: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Friday, July 23: 10:30 am - 4:45 pm (lunch included)
  • Saturday, July 24: 10:30 am - 4:00 pm (lunch optional)

    Material covered included:

    • A Primer on German History
    • Background on Germans in this Country
    • German Language Skills
    • German Handwriting Skills
    • German Church Records
    • Finding Places of Origin in Germany
    • German Typefaces and German-American Newspapers
    • Other Published Sources: Myers Orts und Verkehrs Lexikon, Deutsches Familienarchiv, and Ortssippenbüchern.
    • Records on Germans at the National Archives
    • Researching Germans in American Repositories and Libraries


    This event was held at the J. Erik Jonnson Central Library in the Auditorium on the 1st floor (Directions)


    Our Presentor:

    John T. Humphrey, CGJohn T. Humphrey, CG, is recognized nationally and internationally for his lectures on German genealogy. In 2010 he was invited to give a presentation on researching Germans in America at Schloss Dhuan in the Rhineland Palatinate; in 2008, at the request of the German Embassy, he gave the keynote address at the 400th Anniversary Celebration commemorating four centuries of German immigration in to the United States. He has appeared on national television and public radio.

    Mr. Humphrey’s research specialties include eighteenth-century Palatines, Pennsylvania, and nineteenth century Germans. He specializes in German research at the Library of Congress, the National Archives and record repositories in southeastern Pennsylvania. Locations in Germany where he has researched include the Prussian Library in Berlin, church archives in Boppard and Berlin, the Institut für pfälzische Geschichte und Volkskunde in Kaiserslautern, the Stadtarchiv in Hamburg, the Zentralarchiv der Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz in Speyer and the Landesarchiv in Darmstadt.

    John Humphrey is the past president of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society, a past vice president of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, and the leader of the National Genealogical Society German forum. He is the former director of the NGS Learning Center and author of numerous books including the sixteen-volume set of Pennsylvania Births listing over 195,000 in fifteen eastern Pennsylvania counties and Understanding and Using Baptismal Records.

    His most recent publication is Finding Your German Ancestors: A Practical Guide for Genealogists. In 2011 he will be the instructor for the German track at the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University.


    Provided below are the links to web sites suggested by Mr. Humphrey in his seminar:





    Dallas Genealogical Society
    P. O. Box 12446, Dallas, Texas 75225-0446
    1-866-YOU2DGS (866-968-2347)