IGGP - February 2017 Update
 
Founded as the German-American Genealogical Partnership with leading roles by the Minnesota-based Germanic Genealogy Society and the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände (an umbrella organization of genealogical and heraldic associations in Germany), societies from around the world have sought to join, making the “German-American” name seem limiting. The organization is now known as the International German Genealogy Partnership.
 
The Partnership originally scheduled its first international conference to have a leadership day and two days of presentations with vendors.  Now scheduled to run four days, July  28-30 (leadership day on July 27), the“2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference,“ overall theme is “Connections: International. Cultural. Personal.”
 
The Conference will be held in Minneapolis at the Marriott Northwest Hotel. Pre-registration began February 1st and is exceeding expectations!  The conference hotel is already fully booked. Additional room blocks have been obtained at alternate local hotels in the area. Early discount registration continues through March.  Individuals belonging to member organizations receive an early fee of $225. Non-members, $250.  April 1st: $299.
 
There will be 70+ presentations by Germanic genealogy experts worldwide, including such luminaries as Baerbel Johnson, Paula Stuart-Warren, Timo Kracke, Earnest Thode, Steven Morse, Roger P. Minert, Shirley Riemer, James Beidler and Dirk Weissleder, a number of whom have spoken to us at the SWFLGG conferences. 
 
The conference will have a surname and locality database to match with others attending. There will be  study rooms with computers and expert personal assistance will offer help with German script, language and research. There will be impromptu gatherings by region or special interest and a large field of vendors and exhibitors. On the evening of July 27, the conference will sponsor a “Biergarten at Germanic-American Institute” in St. Paul, providing shuttle service to the participants.
 
Register by completing and mailing a printed form or by completing the online form available at the Partnership website www.IGGPartner.org.  Print forms can be downloaded from the website and are also available through local member genealogy societies. 
 
A 12-page registration booklet containing specifics on the conference, including daily schedules and presentations, is available on the website and in print from local societies.