James M.   Baker, Ph.D., CG

Retired from the aerospace business career and has also been an adjunct sociology professor at UCLA and USC. Dr. Baker is a Board-Certified genealogist (CG), has written articles for the NGS Magazine and NGS Quarterly and has given genealogy presentations both nationally and regionally. He specializes in German and Midwest US genealogy.


June 28, 2013
6:00 pm : German 203 – Understanding German Words and Reading German Script

(Experienced) This class describes the basic genealogy vocabulary required to work with German records. The most common genealogy words and phrases found in both German and Latin records are covered. Also, the class serves as a tutorial in reading the old German script, which can be extremely daunting for a German genealogy researcher. Login First

7:20 pm : German 202 – Solving the Most Common Problems in German Genealogical Research

(All Levels) The most common German research question is: “I know my ancestor came from Germany but I don’t know where. How can I find his town?” This class offers several strategies to help researchers answer that basic question. It also deals with solutions for the related question: “I know my ancestor’s town but I can’t find any pertinent records for that town.” Login First

June 29, 2013
1:30 pm : Having a Great Visit to Your Ancestral Town

(Beginner) This presentation discusses the preliminary steps to take to maximize your enjoyment of your visit to your ancestral town, wherever that town may be. Login First

2:50 pm : Strategies for "Finding the Un-findable" Seven Case Studies

(All Levels) This presentation goes through step-by-step procedures to illustrate seven strategies for finding the most challenging data. Examples are presented for using a variety of strategies including collaboration, search engines, family organizations, the tomes, property records, broadening your search, on-site hard-copy, and DNA evidence. Login First