Ruth Ellen   Maness, AG

35+ years experience in Germanic & Scandinavian records, Former Senior Research Consultant at the Family History Library. Co-compiler, Passport to Paradise: The Copenhagen "Mormon" Passenger Lists, Legacy of Sacrifice; lecturer for NGS, FGS, BYU, UGA, ICAPGen conferences; Former instructor at the Salt Lake Institute; Germany, Poland, England, South Africa, and Eastern/Southern/Mid-Western U.S. research trips; contributor to Everton's Genealogical Helper.


September 21, 2015
8:00 am : Introduction to German Research and the Internet

(All Levels) This introductory class will prepare you to begin your German research and includes information on more than twenty Web sites that provide information and resources for German research. The Internet can be a helpful tool in every phase of the investigation.

8:00 am : German Naming Practices and the Importance of Feast Days in German Research

(All Levels) Learn the naming practices for surnames and given names for Germanic families and how feast days affected the way dates are recorded.

8:00 am : Understanding German Words and Reading Germanic Gothic Script

(Beginner) “Copy machines” in the 15, 16, 17, 18 and perhaps even the early1900s consisted of a human armed with a feathered quill pen and homemade ink. Want to learn how to read what they wrote? Come to class and we’ll give you the principles and procedures for learning to read the writing style they used, PLUS practicum (practice)!

September 22, 2015
8:00 am : Effective Use of Germanic Gazetteers

(All Levels) A gazetteer is a place name index and/or description source. It contains names of small places which are generally in alphabetical order in the language of the country. It shows jurisdictions a place belongs to. The class will focus on the benefits of and how to use a gazetteer.

September 23, 2015
8:00 am : German Church Records and "County Level" Vital Records

(All Levels) Learn the details of church records and other county level vital records written in German.

8:00 am : Find Your German Ancestors Now!: Solving German Research Problems

(Experienced) Case studies demonstrate research principles and creative use of various resources, including the Internet. Learn how to find the places of origin, identify localities, and deal with possible name changes.

September 24, 2015
8:00 am : Using Family Books in German Research

(All Levels) This class will introduce you to two main types of “Family Books.” One was created by and is found at the local parish or parish district level for some parts of Germany – it is part of the church books. The other is a printed/digitized source, also generally covering a local parish, created from information found in church and civil records – perhaps with information from land, tax, census and other records added to it. Pictures of landowners, estate houses, farm areas and so forth might be found in this latter source.

8:00 am : German Research Tips and Strategies

(All Levels) “Which one is my Mary Mauer?” “Do I still need to search the church records even though I have a printed town genealogy?” “My ancestor had five sons named Johann…” Learn how to avoid common mistakes by understanding the strengths and weaknesses of sources used in German genealogical research.

8:00 am : Printed Sources for German Research

(All Levels) You will gain an understanding of printed sources available to assist with your German research.