Researching Your German Ancestry

  • 11 Mar 2019
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Vigo County Public Library, Rooms A, B & C, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN

Researching Your German Ancestry:

Some Helpful Hints

By Ron Dunbar

Monday, March 11, 2019

    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

   VCPL Rooms A, B & C

6:00 p.m. - Refreshments & Socializing

As we all know, most of our ancestors immigrated from some other country as they made their way to the United States, often referred to, especially by immigrants, as the “Land of Opportunity”. Perhaps because of World War II, many Germans made their way to the USA. As a result, many of us have some German heritage in our ancestral line.

While many have an intense interest in their German ancestry, deciphering another language can often be very difficult. To help with this dilemma the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society will be offering a presentation entitled “Researching Your German Ancestry: Some Helpful Hints”. This program will be presented in the Vigo County Public Library lower level conference rooms on Monday, March 11, 2019.

The presenter for this program will be Dr. Ronald Dunbar, Professor Emeritus of German and Linguistics at Indiana State University, where he served for 20 years as Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics.

Professor Dunbar received his BA degree from Valparaiso University and his Master’s and PhD from the University of Wisconsin. His areas of specialty are the history of the German language, German Dialects and the history and culture of Germans in America.

During his presentation, Dr. Dunbar will cover a wide-ranging and fully illustrated look at German immigrants to America: when and why they came, where they came from, where they settled, what they did, and how they lived when they settled here.

Dunbar’s presentations will include other helpful insights into names, religions and occupations before and after immigrants arrived in America, as well as useful resources for your own research. If time permits, there will also be an introduction to deciphering old German script handwriting.

This program promises to be an interesting and informative presentation by an internationally known expert on virtually all aspects of German culture. Make sure to mark Monday, March 11, 2019 and plan to join us.


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Wabash Valley Genealogy Society 

Based in Vigo County, Terre Haute, Indiana. Serving Clark, Crawford and Edgar Counties in Illinois.

Clay, Greene, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo in Indiana


P.O. Box 7012

Terre Haute, Indiana 47802-7012


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