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P. O. Box 157
Belgium, WI 53004-0157
Phone: 262-476-5086
Fax: 262-476-5087



Cultural Conference



“Beyond Names and Dates: An In-Depth Workshop on Genealogy and Family History”



AUGUST 9 & 10




This day-and-a half conference will feature presentations by the following expert genealogists:  Jean Ensch of Luxembourg; Lisa Oberg of Seattle, Washington; and Bryna O’Sullivan of Middletown, Connecticut.


The first half-day event, 12:00 noon – 4:30 p.m., Thursday August 9th will be a ‘hands-on’ workshop on reading original documents in the original language:  French, German and Latin. Jean Ensch, an expert in paleography, will lead this workshop assisted by Lisa Oberg and Bryna O’Sullivan. Participants will be guided as they explore the vocabulary, writing styles, and intricacies of legal documents useful in exploring the history of one’s family. There will be practice opportunities and small group work.  



The day-long continuation of the conference on August 10th will allow participants to choose from a variety of workshops. The program will begin at 8:30 with registration. Attendees will be able to choose three workshops, each 75 minutes long.  The workshops will deal with topics, such as:



Luxembourg population census

Luxembourg American resources

Notary records

Beyond Names and Dates – Family history as social history

Using Family

Finding Luxembourg Civil Records and Parish Records

Using U.S. Census Records

Catholic Catechism: Researching Your Catholic Ancestors

Using Newspapers for family research



A final general session on special topics and challenges in genealogy and family history will close the day at 3:00 p.m.

Whether you are just beginning your family research or have been pursuing your ancestors for years, this conference will have something for everyone.


John Magerus will once again serve as host of the event.

Henry J. Leir Luxembourg Program
Fernande Hastert Kuykendall Honorary Consul of Luxembourg in Arizona -