Apr 4, 2019
"To Honor Fallen Heroes, How a Small German-American Village in New York City Experienced the Great War"
Presenter: James E. Haas
More than six hundred fifty men from College Point, Queens, NY served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and the Merchant Marines during World War One. Twenty-eight died. To Honor Fallen Heroes is a historical and biographical study of the men from this compact village who rendered valuable service to their country in the great war. Author James E. Haas will describe how the men and women in this small village, primarily settled by working class people of German origin, experienced the war. Mr. Haas will provide a glimpse into the lives and deaths of several of the men who sacrificed their lives for this country through some of the genealogical records and resources he used to research the book.
James E. Haas was born and raised in College Point, and is a graduate of St. John’s University. He lives with his wife Lynne in Severna Park, Maryland. Mr. Haas has written four books on the history of College Point the first titled, This Gunner at His Piece: College Point, NY and the Civil War with Biographies of the Men Who Served. It was followed by Conrad Poppenhusen: The Life of a German-American Industrial Pioneer, and St. Fidelis Parish in College Point, NY: The First Seventy-Five Years, 1856-1931. His latest book and focus of this discussion is To Honor Fallen Heroes, How a Small German-American Village in New York City Experienced the Great War. All four of the books, signed by the author, will be on sale at the GGG meeting on April 4, 2019 for $20 each.
May 2, 2019
"Finding Lost Family... A Genealogy and DNA Journey"
Presenter: Patricia Ann Kellner
This presentation is about a journey. It’s a path of discovery, and surprise, and shock and bewilderment; and at the end of the jaunt is a story of JOY. Come hear how Patricia Ann Kellner used traditional Genealogy and DNA to FIND LOST FAMILY and prove Sarah was her Grandma’s Sister. In this quest, she will explain how to use the German Genealogy Group search engine... good for anyone with NY ancestors, wild card searches, researching on FamilySearch.org, DNA cousin matching, DNA Painter, Google and Facebook.
Patricia Ann Kellner has found lost family members using Genealogy and DNA, reunited adoptees to their families, and developed successful Genetic Genealogy strategies. Patricia manages over 35 DNA tests, runs Facebook DNA/Genealogy groups, has hosted family reunions, and created an extensive family tree. Patricia is President of the DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island and is a founding Board Member. She has presented numerous lectures on a wide variety of Genetic Genealogy (DNA) topics to the Long Island community. Patricia is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and has a B.A. in Speech Communications.
June 6, 2019
To be announced