Geidel Family, 1930s. Geidel Family Papers and Photographs, MSS 744, Detre Library & Archives at the History Center.

German Genealogy Workshop

Sunday, June 30, 2019 • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Heinz History Center
$40 for general registration and $30 for members | Register

Add to Calendar06/30/2019 09:00 AM06/30/2019 05:00 PMAmerica/New_YorkGerman Genealogy WorkshopJoin nationally-renowned genealogist Dr. Michael Lacopo for the History Center’s first German Genealogy Workshop.Heinz History CenterHeinz History CenterfalseMM/DD/YYYY

Join nationally-renowned genealogist Dr. Michael Lacopo for the History Center’s first German Genealogy Workshop.

Benefiting beginners and seasoned genealogists alike, this in-depth, hands-on workshop will examine a multitude of historic records and electronic resources that will advance your German genealogy research.

Workshop presentations include:

  • Methods for Identifying the German Origins of American Immigrants
  • Finding and Using German Church Records
  • German Genealogy on the Internet: Beyond the Basics
  • Pennsylvania German Social History: Furthering Research by Understanding Your Ancestors

Representatives from the History Center’s Detre Library & Archives, the Archives & Records Center of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Department, the University of Pittsburgh Archives and Special Collections, as well as other local genealogical and heritage organizations will also be on hand to share insights and best practices with workshop attendees.

Participants will also have the opportunity to attend a special curator-led tour of the History Center’s German American Collection on display within the museum’s fourth floor Special Collections Gallery.

Registration & Admission

Registration for this program is $40 per person for general admission and $30 for History Center members. Please register online.

If you are a History Center member, please enter the membership code MEMBER in the Promo Code box to receive the membership discount. You will be asked to present proof of your membership at check-in.

Boxed lunches are no longer available.


For more information, contact Sierra Green at 412-454-6361 or

A warm and heartfelt thank you to our program partners: Allegheny City Society, Archives & Records Center of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Department, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh, Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society, North Hills Genealogists, Rodef Shalom Archives, Smithfield United Church of Christ, Teutonia Männerchor, University of Pittsburgh Archives & Special Collections and Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society.

Dr. Michael D. LacopoAbout Dr. Michael D. Lacopo

Dr. Michael D. Lacopo was born and raised in northern Indiana surrounded by extended family always willing to tell tall tales. Intrigued by his maternal family’s claim to be kinfolk of Abraham Lincoln, and his paternal family’s stories of murder and mayhem, he took to genealogical research in 1980 to substantiate these family stories. Genealogical research as a hobby was in its infancy in the 1980s. Combing libraries, archives, cemeteries and courthouses as a teenager, Michael gained the skills needed to become a keen researcher. His first major challenge in the world of research was tackled by finding his adopted mother’s birth parents in 1982. You can read about this adventure at his blog.

Although a budding genealogist in the 1980s, Michael completed his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1991 while still spending time honing his research skills. As befitting a doctor, Michael treats his genealogical research as he would medicine – carefully, methodically and completely. Several genealogical journal articles and publications appeared along the way. In 2013, Michael retired from his medical career to pursue genealogical research full-time as a profession.

He has contributed to numerous periodicals and has helped numerous people in their quests to locate their relatives – living and dead. He appeared in USA Today in 2000 discussing genealogy and the proposed destruction of the federal census tabulated in that year. His national lecturing began in Sacramento, CA, at the National Genealogical Society’s national conference in 2004, and has continued with several local, state, national, and international conference speaking engagements to this present day.

Michael’s interests and strengths include Mennonite research, German and Swiss research, especially as it pertains to the 18th century immigration to America, among many other topics. He makes many trips throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest states chasing ancestors in primary repositories, and also devotes a considerable amount of time to European research, being proficient in reading German script. Having ancestors from many geographic locales as well as immigrants spanning the 17th century to the 20th century, Michael has a wide variety of proficiencies. He believes that as genealogists we should tell the tales of our ancestors and is a vocal proponent for learning the social history that interweaves our ancestors into the fabric of the past.