Speaker Baerbel Johnson: How to Find & Use German Regional Historical Newspapers & City Dir. (SGGS Meetings and Events)
St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 2391 St. Marks Way, Sacramento - MacMurdo Hall
Baerbel Johnson will present to us a program on how to find and use German regional historical newspapers and address books. (Note that German Adreßsbücher are what we Americans refer to as “city directories.”)
Having discussed newspapers in her 2016 SGGS presentation on digital libraries, she will this year delve deeper into German local newspapers – showing us how it may be possible to find in these newspapers items such as notices of births, marriages, or deaths; property sales; inventions; requests for business licenses; notices of intention to emigrate; and more. One may even find an ancestor mentioned in a news item, or even in a magazine!
The historical information found in these resources can be helpful in understanding the world of one's ancestor, by adding color to your family history – including such items as local events, grocery prices, and advertisements.
Johnson will also include information about “Anno,” a collection of newspapers at the Austrian National Library, which includes newspapers from Vienna and other parts of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire – especially Bohemia and Moravia.
This presentation will be rich in information and examples that you can put to use right away!