Sunday, February 24, 2013

CVGS Program on 27 February Features Hank Jones!

from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
At Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) Auditorium

Henry Z. “Hank” Jones, Jr., FASG – 

“Tracing the Origins of Early 18th Century Palatine and Other Emigrants”

This talk is an outgrowth of Hank's forty-plus years experience in chronicling those hearty German "Palatine" emigrants who came to colonial America in the 18th century.

Every genealogist wants to find his or her forebear overseas in their ancestral home. This talk is a lively discussion of how to accomplish this. A close examination of important American emigration sources is made. Suggestions are given as to which sources are the best, and which should be viewed with suspicion. Emphasis is given to doing one's American homework first before plunging overseas to look for ancestors.

Absolutely crucial to this discussion is the fact that "They Came Together: They Stayed Together!" Group emigration is stressed, and suggestions made as to just how to look for "clusters" of emigrating settlers. Sponsors at baptisms, witnesses to wills and deeds, and names on unalphabetized lists are all examined as to clues for origins.

Methodology used in writing the two volume set The Palatine Families of New York - 1710 is described. Over 600 of the 847 Palatine arrivals in colonial New York in 1710 were found overseas via ongoing German village-to-village investigations, as well as over 1500 later arrivals in the second wave of emigration 1717-1776: we look at how this was accomplished, and suggestions are made for others who wish to utilize these methods in discovering ancestral origins – no matter what ethnic background or time-frame. 

Henry Z ("Hank") Jones, Jr. has been actively climbing family trees since the age of eight, and, since his graduation from Stanford, has specialized in tracing 18th century German emigrants. Hank has written several books and many articles over the years.  He received the NGS Award of Merit for "Distinguished Work in Genealogy" and has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, of whom there are only fifty. 

There will be a short business meeting before the presentations.  Finger food and snacks are available before and after the meeting.

Guests and visitors are welcome at all CVGS meetings.  If this program interests you, please attend and enjoy the presentation and the society members.

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Celia Lewis said...

Darn! You're a little too far away for me to just slide down the coast! My Kuhn ancestors from 1732'ish who came from ?Wurtemburg? in a wave to Pennsylvania will just have to wait for me to learn much more!! Sigh. You guys have great speakers, I must say.

CarmenMJ said...

I just wrote my blog last night on the Palatines...One of these days, I'm going to have money saved up to by Henry Z Jones book about the NY Palatines. Almost all of my 3rd Great Grandmother's ancestors were Palatine Germans who settled in the Schoharie-Albany areas. Wish you were closer to me so I could see the presentation.

Carmen Johnson