A Guide to Overseas Genealogy

Florida State Genealogical Society February Poolside Chat Webinar

Thurs. 8-9pm EST – 19 Feb 2015 – Jacqueline Krieps Schattner


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Presenter: Jacqueline Krieps Schattner has been actively researching her family’s ancestors since 1996. She was a 15 year volunteer for the Family History Center, Schaumburg, IL and currently volunteers at the Arlington Heights Library Genealogy Room. She teaches genealogy for District 211 and 214 Adult Continuing Education in the Chicago Northwest Suburbs and beginning genealogy classes at area libraries and churches. Her presentations are enthusiastic and thorough. She is active in several genealogy societies, including CAGGNI and Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society. Jacquie received her B.S. degree from the University of Illinois. She works as a school secretary, allowing her free time in the summer to pursue new information. Blog address: http://seedstotree.blogspot.com/

Overview: Crossing the pond is easier than you think. We’ll present the history of immigrant travel into the US and how to find genealogical records in most European countries. A list of books and over 70 American and European websites for genealogical research and a guide for translating records will be provided. This presentation covers five areas of overseas genealogy: 1) emigration 2) voyage details 3) immigration, 4) naturalization and 5) websites both American and European.

Presented first is the preparation needed to come to the United States. While Americans want to learn about the immigration of our ancestors, Europeans are interested in their ancestors who left. Was it push (because of something unpleasant in Europe) or pull (because United States offered an opportunity)? Emigration records and websites are introduced. Included are tips to find the town your ancestor came from. Once you find the town, you learn how to obtain copies of their records. Also ways to locate records, even if the town no longer exists will be presented.

Next we discuss what the voyage experience was like throughout the 1600-1900s. The experiences differed greatly depending on the time period. Included is where to find ship records and how to analyze passenger lists to learn more about your ancestors. Immigration includes what travelers experienced as they entered the United States and how they arrived at their final destination. Lastly we discuss various websites, both American and European where a researcher may find records of their family, including church, civil, archive, census, and cemetery records.

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