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Genealogy Speaker Series: “German Immigrant Waves: Contrasts and Sources,” by James M. Beidler


September 24, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

100 E Main Street

Bartow, Florida

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The 1700s “Pennsylvania Germans” were a different breed than the “German Americans” who immigrated in the 1800s. This presentation illustrates the differences in geography, economic class, religion and aspirations of the two great waves of German immigration. A review of the basics and sources of German genealogy is also included.

James M. Beidler, the interim executive director for the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, is the author of four commercially-published genealogy books. He also writes for “Roots & Branches,” an award-winning weekly genealogy publication. As a lecturer, Beidler was part of the acclaimed Commonwealth Speakers Program from 2002-2009 for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

Reservations are required. For Zoom details, contact Preston Petermeier at (863) 534-4604 or

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