Thursday, July 3, 2008

Learn more about GRANDMA and genetics

This may not be quite what you think. "GRANDMA" stands for the Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry, and it's just one topic to be touched upon in an Introduction to Mennonite Genealogy workshop later this month in Casper.

The workshop is offered as part of the five-day-long International Convention of Germans from Russia that will be staged at the Parkway Plaza Hotel and Convention Center. Presented by Tim Janzen of Portland, Oregon, the workshop is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 31st in Ballroom B. It will provide an overview of research pertaining to Mennonites of Russian and West Prussian ancestry. The most important of the Mennonite genealogical source materials for Russian and Prussian Mennonites will be discussed.

Dr. Timothy Janzen of Happy Valley, Oregon is a family practice doctor at South Tabor Family Physicians in Portland. He grew up on a farm north of Salem, Oregon, earning a Chemistry degree from George Fox University and a medical doctorate from the Oregon Health Sciences University. He’s had an interest in genealogical research for over 30 years and has been particularly involved in Mennonite research for the past 12 years. He has a website that summarizes many different sources available for Mennonite genealogical research. You’ll find it at (along with interesting information about bird watching, another of his pursuits). Tim has given many presentations about Mennonite genealogy in the United States and Canada.

Tim is married to Rachel Janzen. They have four children.

In addition to this workshop, Dr. Janzen is also presenting Genetic Genealogy, A New Tool for Genealogists at 3:30 p.m., on Friday, August 1st in Ballroom A, and (KET) Kherson Taurien and Ekaterinoslav Region (with Debbie Bieck) at 8:30 a.m., on Saturday, August 2nd in Adrian's Room near the front of the Parkway Plaza Hotel and Convention Center.

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