June 27, 2024

Join us on June 27, 2024 to hear Bernard N. Meisner, Ph.D., CCM present “Pushes, Pulls, and Records: The Waves of German Immigrants to the United States.”

Pushes, Pulls, and Records; The Waves of German Immigrants to the United States: German immigration to the United States can be grouped into four waves, based on time period. The waves can be differentiated by the pushes and pulls that drove the immigrations, and the types of records produced during each wave. Learn the factors that may have drawn your German speaking ancestors to the United States, and the most likely records where they can be found.

Bernard N. Meisner is a genealogist and lecturer based in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. He began researching his family almost 30 years ago and enjoys sharing lessons learned from that experience, including his mistakes. He has the strong right wrist typical of long-time genealogists; the result of endless hours cranking microfilm readers in the years prior to the Internet! Although he knew only one grandparent (his maternal grandfather) he has successfully identified all of his great-great grandparents and several triple- and quadruple-great grandparents. He is past president and social media chair of the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society and is a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Texas State Genealogical Society.

Bernard earned a B.S. in physics/German from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in meteorology from the University of Hawaii. He has attended the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh each of the last three years, completing courses in Irish and German research.