Speaker Biographies 2024-2025

The following biographies of speakers we are planning for the programs for the 2024-2025 program (September 2024, November 2024, (possibly January 2025), March 2025 and May 2025. We have the following speaker(s) confirmed for the next new years programs. More will be posted here as they are confirmed:

September 9, 2024 – Paula Stuart-Warren, “They Joined, They Associated: Finding Records of Germanic Organizations and Other Collections”

U. S. libraries, historical societies, archives, and university library special collections sections hold the records from many organizations that our Germanic ancestors joined. The organization may have been a German heritage, charitable, religious, resettlement, political, social, or other organization. Additionally, as our parts of our families migrated, so did the records. Frequently genealogists think that there may be no records for some of the family. However, there may be substantial information buried away in a manuscript collection. Finding these collections with e records of membership, donations, necrologies, stories, activities, and more has become easier in recent years. Many finding aids online and off lead you to these research nuggets that represent hundreds of years of material.

November 11, 2024 – Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, Certified Genealogist®

January 13, 2025 – Allen County Public Library – either Allison Singleton or John Beatty- Germanic Resources at the Allen County Public Library

We are in process of finalizing the speaker and the content but it will primarily focus on what we can expect as resources for the Allen County Public Library (ACPL). This library was just one of the hosts for the IGGP 2023 Conference.

March 2025 – TBD – currently in contract negotiations as soon as we have a signed contract we will publish the information.

May 2025 – TBD- currently in contract negotiations as soon as we have a signed contract we will publish the information.

We are still finalizing some topics and speakers for completed this our 2024-25 program – we will have more info as available. The three speakers listed are locked in for those dates with the Topics TBD!