This year the International German Genealogy Conference will be “An immersive, 8-day virtual experience” and will feature world-class lecturers offering more than 50 talks from other German-genealogy experts. Some of which will be subtitled and some will not. Expect that many of the presenters will speak in English, and some other presenters will be in German.
The conference committee – a dedicated team from around the world – has been crafting an event that’s as close to “being together” as is possible in the virtual world. The theme of the conference is “Researching Together Worldwide / Weltweit Gemeinsam Forschen,”and will feature a virtual exhibit hall available, headlined by the conference’s Gold sponsor MyHeritage along with other sponsors and vendors. The marquee roster includes Roger Minert, Diahan Southard, Michael Strauss, Katherine Schober, Timo Kracke, Ute Brandenburg, Wolfgang Grams, and Judy Russell.
During the week in between, more than 50 prerecorded On-Demand sessions will be available for viewing online. This lineup includes Roland Paul, Irmtraud Tiemann, and Dirk Weissleder from Germany; Benjamin Hollister from Australia; Andre Hammann from Brazil; and Gail Blankenau, Fritz Juengling, and Michael Lacopo from the U.S. No matter a genealogist’s skill level, they’ll be able to find presentations or people who may be able to help them with all aspects of German genealogy.
There will be a live Q+A periods after our marque presenters’ talks on both Saturdays on July 17th and 24th. Zoom breakouts called “Connections” sessions (a nod to the successful micro-gatherings held at the Partnership’s previous biennial conferences in Minneapolis and Sacramento) and a couple of “virtual happy hour” mixers on the days in between the marquee talks will round out this years sessions.
Packages offering just the marquee speakers or the On-Demand sessions are available but the best value is the “Combo” package offering all the presentations plus access to the exhibit hall, Connections sessions and bonus “demo presentations” from sponsors and exhibitors.
The top-of-the-line package, called the “USB Works” package includes all of the Combo items plus a preloaded USB flash drive with all the conference sessions for an early bird price of just $249.
The full listing of speakers can be found at https://www.iggp2021.org/speakers.
Registration can be completed at the following link: https://playbacknow.regfox.com/iggp2021.
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