Sacramento German Genealogy Society
2017 Spring Seminar
 

TOOLS GALORE

FOR FINDING YOUR GERMAN ANCESTORS

 

 

Saturday, April 8, 2017
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at
Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church
11427 Fair Oaks Blvd
Fair Oaks, California 95628
 
Our Spring Seminar will feature Dr. Michael Lacopo who will speak on using DNA during the morning followed by a presentation about how to break through those German-American research brick walls. Take home tips, clues, and discoveries about your German ancestry – all in one day!
 
Mark your calendars now! 
You won’t want to miss this event.
 
Click here to download the event brochure.
Dr. Michael Lacopo, DVM
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Online Pre-registration is Open.

 
 
Press the button to the left to display an online registration form. Payment can be made using most credit cards and some debit cards. Payments are processed by PayPal.
 
 
Press the button to the left to download the event brochure with includes a mail-in form. The form along with your check or money order can be mailed to SGGS or provided in person at any SGGS meeting.
 
Note: To print or download the displayed brochure, move your cursor to the bottom of the window where a floating toolbar will appear. Then press the applicable tool button (print or download).

 

 

For more information, click on the applicable link:

 

Program Descriptions and Schedule

 

Activities and Exhibits

 

Registration Prices and Check-in Information

 

Important Notices

 

Nearby Eating Places

 

Facility Layout and Parking

 

Getting There (Map)

 

Lodging

 


Program Descriptions and Schedule

 

Using DNA Testing
to Further
Your Family Tree
As commercial DNA tests become a financially reasonable means of research, how can we utilize them and what do they all mean? This lecture will give a basic overview of autosomal DNA, y-chromosomal DNA and mitochondrial DNA, and how they can be invaluable to good genealogical research.
Overcoming Brick Walls
in
German-American
Research
Several case studies will be presented showing lesser-utilized research tactics, as well as repositories and resources used to find information about our German-speaking ancestors. This lecture covers 18th to 20th century problems and resources.

 

TIME ACTIVITY
8:00 – 8:45 Registration / Check-in
8:45 – 8:55 Welcome / Introductions / Announcements
Session 1
9:00 – 10:15
Using DNA Testing to Further Your Family Tree
Part 1
10:15 – 10:30 Break (15 min.)
Session 2
10:30 – 11:45
Using DNA Testing to Further Your Family Tree
Part 2
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch (1 hour)
Session 3
12:45 – 2:00
Overcoming Brick Walls in German-American Research
Part 1
2:00 – 2:15 Break (15 min.)
Session 4
2:15 – 3:30
Overcoming Brick Walls in German-American Research
Part 2
3:35 – 3:45 Final Comments / Evaluations
3:45 – 4:00 Book Sales (15 min.)

 

Book sales will be open during registration, lunch and all the break periods.

 

The Speaker
Dr. Michael Lacopo, DVM
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    Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana. He takes the same scientific approach to his genealogical research as he does to his profession.
    Researching since 1980, he retired from his medical career in 2013 to pursue genealogical research professionally. He has lectured internationally and appeared in numerous journals and periodicals. He has written or co-written several single name studies since 1985 and blogs at Roots4U.blogspot.com.
    Michael's interests and stengths include Mennonite, German and Swiss research, especially as it pertains to the 18th century immigration to Ameerica. He is proficient in reading German script and devotes a considerable amount of time to European research.
 

 Activities and Exhibits
 
Activities
Book Sales German history and genealogical research books, historical maps, useful tools and much more will be for sale. Cash, checks or credit/debit cards are accepted.
Lunch
(one hour)
Your registration badge has your lunch selection printed on it. Please display it when picking up your lunch selection. Lunches can be eaten anywhere in the presentation hall or outside. We always order a few extras for each type of lunch and those will be for sale after all lunches have been distributed to attendees. Lunch is an extra cost option and can be selected only if you pre-registers. Lunch cannot be guaranteed for late or at-the-door registrations.
 
 Exhibits
Freebies Table SGGS receives a lot of other society newsletters, genealogical event announcements and product advertisements. Pick up any that interest you.
Historical Map Display Various maps of Germany and related areas, both historical and contemporary, will be on display.
Images of Germany
(slideshow)
Shirley Riemer and Ingeborg Carpenter have made numerous trips to Germany and returned with more than just new material for Der Blumenbaum. They also brought back a lot of photos. We expect to present that as a slideshow on the main screen during lunch and all the break periods.
Surname Cards The Surname Bulletin Board will be present to offer participants the opportunity to share specific family history information in the form of surname cards. All cards will be posted alphabetically by surname. Print each of your surnames on a 3” by 5” index card for review by seminar participants. But please place only one surname on each card. Include your contact information such as an email address or telephone number. Extra blank index cards will be available for your use.
 

Registration Prices and Check-in Information
 
Registration Prices and Options
 
 
Pre-registration Price
(received by April 1)
At-the-Door Price
(on April 8)
Type of Admission Member Non-member Everyone
Individual $50 $60 $75
Couple $60 $70 $75 per person
 
Special pre-registration offers for non-members:
• Non-members may purchase a seminar registration at reduced member rate when they
   also pay for a new one-year society membership.
• A member with a non-member companion msy register at the special rate of $65
   ($5 off the non-member couple rate).
These special offers are available when you pre-register online or by mail.
 
Options:
• Purchase of bag lunch costs $8 per person. Lunch includes a choice of four sandwich types 
  (turkey, roast beef, ham, veggie) plus chips, a cookie and a bottle of water. To be guaranteed
  a bag lunch, pre-registration is required.
 
All such pre-registrations must be received by SGGS no later than April 1st. We have to place the lunch order s a week prior to the event. After April 1st, the at-the-door price of $75 per person will apply.
 
 
 
Press the button to the left to display an online registration form. Payment can be made using most credit cards and some debit cards. Payments are proceessed by PayPal.
 
 
Press the button to the left to download the seminar brochure which includes a mail-in form. The form along with your check or money order can be mailed to SGGS or provided in person at any SGGS meeting.
 
Note: To print or download the displayed brochure, move your cursor to the bottom of the window where a floating toolbar will appear. Then press the applicable tool button (print or download).
 
Check-in
 
An attendee who pre-registered can pick up an event badge and syllabus in the lobby area on the morning of the event. If the optional lunch was purchased, the sandwich selection will be noted on the event badge. If you arrive late, contact any event volunteer who will then get you checked in.
 
Walk-in registrations are accepted. But a bag lunch cannot be guaranteed. We will have a limited number of extra lunches available for purchase.
 
Cancellation
 
Registration fees are non-refundable. Registrants who are unable to attend the event will be mailed a syllabus.
 

Important Notices
 
As respectful guests of the Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, we've agreed to observe the following facility rules:
  • Smoking is not permitted on Church property.
  • Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited on Church property.
 

Nearby Eating Places
 
For those of you who plan to eat lunch out, see the below map for a number of nearby fast food establishments.
 
 

 Facility Layout and Parking
 
 
SGGS' Spring Seminar will take place at the Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church. You can park anywhere in the parking lot surrounding the building. Parking is free. Please enter the event building through its front entrance. There is wheelchair access to all rooms. Water is available from drinking fountains or the kitchen. All event activities take place on the first floor. A presentation area navigation diagram will be included in the attendee syllabus. Click here for a facility parking and layout diagram.
 

 Getting There (Map)
 
Street address: 11427 Fair Oaks Blvd, CA 95628
 
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Parking: The church has a huge parking lot which surrounds its buildings. Parking is free.
 

 Lodging
 
For those who plan to stay overnight, click on the link below to display a hotel list and map. All are located about a ten-minute drive south of the event location. They are just off Highway 50.
 
Click here to display a hotel list and map. Click on the hotel's URL to go to its reservation website.
 
 

 
There is plenty of room. Come on in!
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