27 April, 2013
Speaker Spotlight - Michael D. Lacopo
Hello fellow genealogists! This is Dr. Michael D. Lacopo, one of the many talented and experienced lecturers eager to meet and teach you at the 2013 FGS Conference. I am thrilled to be speaking in Fort Wayne, as I am a born-and-raised Hoosier. I am a retired veterinarian from the South Bend, Indiana, area, and I have been chasing ancestors since 1980. I have lectured at a local, state, regional, national and international level and have been associated with several past annual FGS conferences since 2005. I am a true American mutt with an Italian last name, but a varied ancestry. I do love my German-speaking ancestors!
Come to Fort Wayne to here me discuss “Mennonite Research: The Forgotten German-Speaking Swiss.” Indiana boasts the third-largest Anabaptist population by state, and this population of German-speakers gets left out of most discussion regarding Germanic immigrants to the United States. With large Mennonite populations in the Fort Wayne-Berne, Indiana, area, several of you may have Swiss backgrounds!
Once you find your connection in Switzerland – Mennonite or not – learn more with “Beginning Swiss Research.” If your German-speaking ancestor came from what is now present-day Germany, let me help you track them down with “Methods for Identifying the German Origins of American Immigrants.” Let me help you cross the Atlantic – it’s not as scary as when your ancestors did so!
Find out more about me and contact me via www.Roots4U.com or find me on Facebook at Roots4U. I look forward to seeing you in Fort Wayne!
Michael D. Lacopo's sessions at FGS 2013:
T-214 - Beginning Swiss Research
Thursday 2:00-3:00 pm
F-348 - Methods for Identifying the German Origins of American Immigrants
Friday 5:00-6:00 pm
S-443 - Mennonite Research: The Forgotten Swiss Germans
Saturday 3:30-4:30 pm