** Member of the Genealogy Speakers Guild **

I offer 1 hour presentations for genealogy groups on the following topics:

  1. Tips and Tricks of Deciphering German Handwriting – Introductory lecture for deciphering records in the elusive German script. 
  2. Tips and Tricks of Deciphering German Handwriting for the Intermediate – Advanced Student – Lecture for those who have already had some exposure to the old German handwriting and are looking to increase their skills. 
  3. Journey into German Genealogy – Useful tips and tricks for those getting started in German genealogy research. Tips on finding and using the multitude of records available online and in print to track down your ancestors in America and across the pond. 
  4. The Magic of German Church Records – Learn to extract the information you need from those valuable German church records.

If you are interested in scheduling a presentation for your genealogy group, contact me here. 



“If you are looking for a presenter for an upcoming meeting for your genealogical society, Katherine Schober is an excellent choice.  She spoke to our German Interest Group on the subject of “Tips and Tricks of Deciphering Old German Handwriting.”  Her material was top notch and her visuals were well done.  She presented in such a way as to engage both the beginners and the more advanced German researchers in our group.  The feedback from our German Interest Group members has been very positive.  Katherine was a delightful guest speaker.”             — Amy Chidester, SDGS German Interest Group Chair, San Diego, California

“Katherine presented an engaging program about researching German ancestry at the public library in Andover, MA.  She drew a large crowd and held their attention with her deep knowledge of German history and  culture.  Her genuine enthusiasm for researching German ancestry and deciphering old handwritten German documents is what made her presentation so enjoyable. I’ve had several patrons request that I invite her back.”  — Stephanie Aude, Genealogy and Local History Librarian, Memorial Hall Library, Andover, Massachusetts

“Katherine’s advice on websites and other resources for getting started in German genealogy was straightforward and very helpful in targeting the most useful places to begin your search.  Likewise, she provided numerous tips, tricks and shortcuts for deciphering that difficult German handwriting with lots of instructive class exercises.”  — Gina, Colorado Palatines to America, Denver, Colorado 

“With a lack of robust German census records available to most researchers, it’s nice to take a look at alternative records. Genealogy researcher and translator Katherine Schober has uploaded a fantastic video appropriate for beginning and intermediate genealogists online for free. She’s a great presenter, and I hope she updates her YouTube page with more videos in the future!” – Fountaindale Public LIbrary, on video upload of “Journey into German Genealogy” Presentation