Conference of German-Australian History and Heritage 2018: Australisches Deutschtum

17 August 2018 09:00 to 19 August 2018 17:00 (Australia/Adelaide)

University of Adelaide, Australia

Genealogy SA Research Centre Tour

  • 17 August 2018 10:00
  • SAGHS Library

Take a tour of the Library and Research Centre of the South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society to find just what German related records and indexes are available. This tour is limited to 10 people. ...

In search of my Prussian great grandfather

  • Peter Brinkworth
  • 18 August 2018 11:30
  • Rumours Room

A presentation on the process used to discover the life and times of the presenter's great grandfather (Ernst Siekmann) who came to South Australia in 1853. He was not aware of his existence until 1978 when a brief description of his life was published in a book of my (Brinkworth) family history. There were some obvious errors, and in 1980 Peter began to investigate Ernst's origins. It was not until 2002, when Peter had retired, that he began his quest to discover who Ernst was. That quest took ...

Workshop: Finding Forebears in Poland: Researching German family history in present day Poland

  • Janette Lange
  • 17 August 2018 09:30
  • TBA 1

Researching overseas can seem a daunting prospect, even more so for family historians wanting to trace Prussian ancestors whose homelands lie now in present day Poland. This session will highlight websites and provide detailed advice on researching from home, contacting or visiting archives in Poland and Germany, and planning family history travel in Poland. Focus on the former Prussian provinces of  Pomerania, Posen, Brandenburg and Silesia. This workshop has 15 places only, is available only ...

Workshop: Introduction to deciphering German cursive (Schrift) in church records

  • Lois Zweck
  • 17 August 2018 13:00
  • TBA 1

This interactive workshop will provide an introduction to reading and deciphering records written in old German cursive (Kurrentschrift). It will provide an introduction to the individual letters, and then cover words and terminology commonly found in church registers. Some knowledge of the German language is helpful, but not a prerequisite. This workshop has 15 places only, is available only to full conference registrants and must be pre-booked with your conference booking. ...

Using DNA for German Family History Research

  • Cate Pearce
  • 18 August 2018 13:30
  • Rumours Room

DNA testing is most helpful for breaking through family history brick walls in cases where the paper trail has been exhausted. Furthermore, DNA testing connects us with our genetic cousins who share a common ancestor and who might have information, photos or documents that can broaden our research. This presentation is not about the science of DNA, it is about how you can use this valuable tool for your family history research. DNA case studies are presented that focus particularly on German fam...

Emigration from Hamburg to Australia in the 19th century

  • Andrea Bentschneider
  • 19 August 2018 15:30
  • Rumours Room

Emigrants from Germany to Australia during the 19th century needed a have number of traits: a lot desperation, persistence and mental strength but also a lot of hope about changing their lives at the end of the world. After a brief insight into the German history of emigration and the general emigration patterns within Europe, this presentation will show the reasons for emigration, provides detailed information on costs and lengths of the voyage. It  will also focus on the inhuman...