Historian Gerhard Buck to be GerSIG guest speaker at DC 2011 #germany
JewishGen German Research Division Coordinator
Gerhard Buck (pronounced book) will be GerSIG's honored guest speaker and
research consultant during the IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy in
Washington (DC 2011) in August.
GerSIG Directors and Conference Event Coordinators Jeanette Rosenberg
in England and Nancy Adelson in suburban Seattle have put
together a grand program for the August meeting. It is great in both
quality and quantity with more lecture sessions specific to research
in Germany than at any IAJGS Conference in my memory.
We expect the Conference organizers to have the complete program
posted and searchable at http://www.dc2011.org/ soon and will
announce the posting in this Forum.
At the moment I'm delighted to announce that the GerSIG program will
include a lecture, a lecture-workshop and research consultations with
Obermayer German Jewish History Awardee Gerhard Buck >from Idstein in
Hessen/Nassau (near Darmstadt, Mainz and Frankfurt in Germany.)
Mr. Buck is a frequent and generous participant in this Forum. He's
given many GerSIG members enormous help with our research. His
remarkable language and archive research skills and the massive data
base he's created on Jewish families in Hessen/Nassau enable Mr. Buck
to reconstruct fascinating details of Jewish life there. For example,
Gerhard found that in 1768, my 3 G grandparents "celebrated their
marriage with musicians and dancing. For this day they had to pay a
fee of 6 Gulden."
Mr. Buck's illustrated lecture will show where and how such
information can be found in various German archives. His workshop will
offer hands-on instruction and practice in reading the handwritten
documents to be found there.
Gerhard Buck is just one of an unprecedented number of German Jewish
history scholars who will share their expertise during the August 14 -
19 Conference in Washington. News about the others will appear in our
Forum in the weeks ahead.
A prieview of Mr. Buck's presentations follows:
*** Old German Script, Especially of the 19th Century ***
Like our families, the characters used in West European writing
have a pedigree. They originated in ancient Rome, where they
had simple, clear forms. In the course of time, nations and individuals
created lots of variations.
In Germany, the most complicated lettering was reached in the 19th
century. After a short survey of the preceding times, this workshop
will concentrate on the 19th century German script. It was in this form
that the vast majority of surviving documents of interest for Jewish genealogy
The knowledge of this sort of script will help you to understand the
simpler writing of later old German script. It will also offer an access
to the writing of the preceding 18th century.
Learn the basics of reading this Old German Script in this hands-on
*** Reconstructing Historical Jewish Communities in Nassau ***
In many German local history books, Jewish families and communities are
mentioned for only a short period of their long presence. In order to
honor this minority, Gerhard Buck has created a database in which
German Jewish families are reconstructed. Several different sources
provide genealogical information and also reveal all
aspects of Jewish social, legal & religious life.
This talk shows genealogists the wide variety of available archival
material and its importance for discovering details of the lives of
our German Jewish ancestors. These records show how our forbears
were as integral parts of local history.
Historian Gerhard Buck will provide examples of Nassau Jewish
communities and explain how local genealogical data sources can help
reconstruct their history. In this session, you will learn about historical
research techniques, about your family's rightful place in its local
history and learn more about Jewish history in Nassau.
Join us at the
31st IAJGS International Conference
on Jewish Genealogy
August 14-19, 2011 Grand Hyatt Washington DC USA