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 Monday, March 11.
The presenter for this program will be 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.
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, 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.
The doors open at 6 p.m. for refreshments and fellowship. The formal program runs from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. For more information, go to www.inwvgs.org or call 812-230-0631.