IGGP Conference 2019 - Sacramento, California


Beginning on Saturday, June 15, 2019, Sacramento will host the second international conference of the International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP). More than 700 people are expected to attend the conference to focus on the history and genealogy of those with German ancestry, wherever they live in the world.
The conference there, STRIKE IT RICH! with Connections 2 Discoveries, follows on the Connections theme of the 2017 inaugural conference.
The “gold” theme is especially appropriate given Sacramento history. John Sutter, born as Johann August Sutter in Baden, in what is southwestern Germany, eventually settled in Sacramento Valley and built a sawmill where gold was found in 1848.  That discovery set off the California Gold Rush. 

The 2019 International German Genealogy Conference, to be held in downtown Sacramento at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, will offer three days of German-centric presentations in multiple tracks –Geographic, Technology, Advancing Your Research, and more. Attendees will learn from genealogists, authors, historians, and archivists who are top presenters with advanced proficiency in their fields of study. It’s a sure bet that more than one visitor will shout “EUREKA!” upon learning something that breaks through a brick wall or offers new understanding of their family’s history – German and non-German researchers alike.

Ms. Amy Chidester from San Diego, California, and Chair of the Presenters’ Team, says, “The IGGP International Conference has emerged as one of the top international Germanic genealogy conferences. We are working hard to exceed the standard set in 2017. If you are interested in the genealogy of the German-speaking peoples, this is a conference you cannot miss.”

IGGP comprises more than 100 organizations around the world. IGGP’s mission is “to facilitate German genealogy research globally as the internationally-recognized federation of German genealogy organizations.”

IGGP held its first international conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2017. Participants travelled from Europe, North America, South America and Australia. German genealogy expert and columnist for German Life Magazine, James M. Beidler from eastern Pennsylvania, observed. “I’ve been coming to genealogy conferences around the country for nearly 20 years. The first IGGP conference in 2017 was the best I’ve ever attended in terms of organization, facilities, program and sheer energy. I’m looking forward to Sacramento in 2019 to be even better!”

The conference is hosted by the Sacramento German Genealogy Society supported by a consortium of Germanic Genealogy Societies across the Golden State.

For more information, email us at conference@iggp.org.

Leadership Day 2019

2017 IGGP Leadership Day Attendees
We are pleased to be holding special sessions for IGGP partner representatives and organization leaders on Friday, 14 June, 2019. This is not open for all attendees. Leaders desiring additional information may send an email to info@iggp.org
There is a fee of $25 per person. Attendees will be contacted about payment options.
These sessions will take place in the Capitol View Room in the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
7:30 – 8:00 am          Registration (Breakfast will not be provided. Coffee service only.)
8:00 – 9:00 am          IGGP Benefits and Opportunities for Partners
9:20 – 9:50 am          Partner Business Meeting
9:50 – 10:20 am        DAGV Research Presentation
10:40- 11:40 am       Building Research Connections
11:40 – 12:30pm       Lunch (is provided with registration)
12:30 – 1:30pm         Strengthening Partner Organizations
1:30 – 1:45pm           Closing Remarks

Conference Updates

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Presenters and Topics

Select “Presenter Videos” to meet the presenters online before the conference.
Advancing Your Research
Tips, techniques, and skills for novice to advanced researchers;
searching in ancestral homelands; German script; and much more
Regional Focus 
Austrian Empire, Bavaria, Posen, Prussia, Saxony,
Switzerland, areas beyond present-day Germany borders
Finding and confirming Germanic relatives with DNA
Websites, software, sharing your research
History and Culture
Historical influences, migration, religion, rites, and rituals;
daily life including work, ethnic foods, the role of women
Other topics and discoveries relevant to your searches!

Dr. Fritz Juengling

Fritz received his Master’s and Doctorate in Germanic Philology with minors in English and Linguistics from the University of Minnesota. He is an Accredited Genealogist® for Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Sweden, certified by the Verband deutschsprachiger Berufsgenealogen, and a German, Dutch, and Scandinavian Research Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Dr. Michael Lacopo

Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana.  Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals.  A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range.

Dr. Roger Minert

With a doctoral degree in German language history, Prof. Minert (Brigham Young University) has more than 150 publications and has spoken at family history conferences since 1991. He directs the research program “German Immigrants in American Church Records” and recently published books on German census records and residential registration.


Vendors, Exhibitors, and Sponsors


IGGP thanks all sponsors, vendors, and exhibitors for their support
of the 2019 International German Genealogy Conference.
Users, click on text or images to go directly to the sponsors’ websites.