Speaking Topics

Carolyn Schott has been speaking on genealogy-related topics since 2007. She's been a regular speaker at:

  • International German Genealogy Conventions
  • American Historical Society of Germans From Russia Conferences/Meetings
  • Foundation for East European Family History Studies Conventions

She's also spoken at Genealogy Jamboree, the Ohio Genealogical Society, Allen County Library, Colonial Dames, and several genealogy societies in Washington.

2 June 2023

Eastside Genealogy German Interest Group

9-11 June 2023

Intl German Genealogy Conference

1-4 August 2023

Carolyn Schott, Author

General Interest Topics

  • Walking in the Footsteps of Your Ancestors: Learn strategies for making the most out of a visit to the places your ancestors lived.
  • Expanding Your German Research Beyond Ancestry and FamilySearch: All genealogy roads lead to FamilySearch and Ancestry. But sometimes, it pays to take a less well-traveled road when researching your German ancestors.

Germans in Eastern Europe Topics

  • ABC … 123 … EWZ! Diving into Using EWZ Records for Your Research: Discover EWZ (Einwanderungszentralstelle) records for researching German families repatriating from Eastern Europe during WWII.
  • From Church Archives to KGB Archives: Follow the tale of a German family that immigrates to Russia. Two branches diverge—one to peace in the U.S. and one to suffering during the Soviet regime.
  • Discovering Your Black Sea German Ancestors: Learn the complicated history of Germans in the Black Sea region and the genealogy records available for researching them.
  • The Road Less Traveled: German Enclaves in Galicia, Bukovina, and Bessarabia: Learn about the Germans who settled in three little-known eastern regions and how to research these families.
  • Black Sea German Website: Take a tour of this research website that focuses on Germans from the Black Sea region.
  • Voyages of the Donauschwaben: Learn to research this group of adventurers who immigrated eastward to find homes in areas once considered Hungary.
  • German Wanderers: Migrations to/from the Black Sea Region: Germans have often been adventurers, seeking out new opportunities in far-off places. For some Germans seeking new lands, their paths led them through Poland before settling in the Black Sea region.

Other speaking topics can be customized on request.

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