Friday, January 22, 2010

Morning Sessions at Mesa

Lunch time at the 2nd Annual Family History Expo in Mesa. Luckily, there's a bloggers' lounge area in the exhibit hall so I can write posts from here.

The first session I went to was "German Genealogy on the Internet," taught by Baerbel K. Johnson, AG. She diverted slightly from her syllabus in order to share some of the latest web sites on German genealogy research. In her session, she mentioned, (digital library for Rheinland-Pfalz), and (go to "Germany", then "digital resources"). If you are at Mesa, but didn't attend this session, check out the syllabus. It's filled with great links about German research.

The second session I attended was "Avoiding Mistakes in German Research," also by Baerbel Johnson. Many of the main points about research mistakes really apply to all languages and regions. Johnson did provide some slides with records to show examples of how easy it is to make a mistake in German research.

I vow not to be intimidated by a language I don't understand. I'm glad I went to these German sessions and look forward to applying what I learned to my own research.

Now back to hanging out with the bloggers.


  1. Ooooo, thanks for the update! Say "hi" to the bloggers for me, though they probably have no idea who I am! LOL

    Just wanted to let you know I'm reading ya! :)

  2. Thanks for such good reporting about the Expo!

  3. Sure wish I had been in that class Amy! I will check out those links also. If ever you need any help with the language, my mom is a phone call away, she can help translate, she doesn't mind helping at all. Mom was born and raised in Germany and still has her accent after being here for over 50 years! We are always working on our German family history. Thanks for sharing your time at the Expo.

  4. Nice to read the report, and thanks for the links to the German sites. Hope your weather improves! Have fun.

  5. Gini, thanks for the offer of your mother's help. I may need it someday. The speaker works at the FHL and seems to know German research very well. I'm keeping her name in my contacts just in case I need it.