LLCGS 2019 Genealogy Conference

2019 Genealogy Conference 
Welcome to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society's 2019 Annual Conference!
German Genealogy, DNA, and the Frontier
Guest Speaker
Gail Shaffer Blankenau
National genealogy consultant,
 speaker, and writer 
Saturday, July 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. 
First Lutheran Church, 1551 S. 70th Street, Lincoln, NE
Member cost $55  —  Non-member cost $65
Conference price includes lunch and a digital syllabus.
A printed syllabus is available for $5.
Raffle and Door Prizes! 
Sign-up and Brochure Coming Soon!
This Year's Sessions

Marrying the Farm: It's Complicated


Disappearing German ancestors?” Hofnahme, “farm names” may be the answer. We will look at primogeniture, ultimogeniture and more. German farm families used inheritance strategies to benefit the entire family and keep the farm productive. Your ancestor may have married the farm—common in Westphalia, Lower Saxony, Lippe-Detmold, Oldenburg, Hesse, Alsace, and Silesia.


A Frontier Odyssey: Marriages, Murder, and Vigilantes

Although historians say that characterizations of a “wild and wooly” frontier are exaggerated, borderlands were often places of social fluidity. In the context of changing borders, moving frontiers, territorial issues and waves of settlement, borderland settlers and their multiple migrations present interesting research challenges. The dramatic story of Colorado pioneer Harriet Gilbert Baker and her family illustrates a complex range of issues, records, and approaches.


Applied DNA: Case Studies


We will look at ways that you can begin to answer specific research questions using your DNA results. Case studies demonstrate the effective use of Y-DNA, Mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA, as well as how to combine them to solve genealogy puzzles

Deciphering German Script


German parish registers are an indispensable resource in German genealogy. Yet, many of us hesitate because of the difficulties in reading these rich mines of information. Not only are they in German, but the Germanic script has been compared to chicken scratches. Despite these challenges, you can train yourself to read and interpret enough of the records to make substantial progress on your genealogy. We will explore tools, tips and ways of thinking about puzzling out those problem words.

Gail Shaffer Blankenau Biography:
Gail Blankenau is a professional genealogist, speaker, and author, specializing in German genealogy, land records, and lineage research. She first became interested in family history by looking for treasures in the attic when she was growing up. As a teenager, she started labeling old family photographs and things progressed from there.
As a professional, some of her recent client projects have taken her to Salt Lake City, Utah, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Illinois, Texas, and Missouri, as well as numerous projects in Nebraska. Her own roots are from almost every state east of the Mississippi.
In addition to performing private client research, Gail enjoys speaking and writing about genealogy. Her articles have appeared in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, The Genealogist, Everton's Genealogical Helper, Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, The Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly, and Nebraska Ancestree. Gail is also a charter member of the Great Plains chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
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Raffle and Door Prizes! 
Don't miss out on the opportunity to win some great door prizes! 
Raffle items will be on display all day and door prizes will be called between sessions. There are some AMAZING raffle items and prizes so make sure you get your raffle tickets and listen for your name in between sessions! 
Raffle tickets are $1 each or $5 for 6 tickets.