13 August 2023

The Wall Breaker: Dark Histories & Sad Truths

Note: Unfortunately, this conference has been cancelled. There were not enough registrants to make it viable this year.

The annual Wall Breaker Conference organized and hosted by Robyn Morales is always a must-attend. Going on its fifth year, it has really come into its own, taking its place among the well-known conferences hosted by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia and the Germans from Russia Heritage Society. Without the formality and pomp and circumstance, the Wall Breaker is like a days-long conversation with friends. It’s 100% virtual, relaxed, and always has topics that you don’t find in other German-Russian conferences. Robyn has a way of convincing the most interesting people to share what they know and start the conversations. And, the best part, the days are packed with topics. I'm talking 21 presentations over three days. There is no better deal out there for $75 CAD. You can register here

The final line up has been posted, and it is a good one!

Friday, September 8, 2023

  • Murder at the South Dakota State Archives   —Matthew T. Reitzel
  • In the Trenches - Searching Digitized First World War Records at Library and Archives Canada   —Marie-Eve Robert
  • Orphan Train Records   —Kaily Carson
  • Breaking Down Brick Walls – The GPS Approach   —Janice Nickerson .
  • Tales That Auntie Told Us: Family Lore & How to Deal with It   —John Althouse
  • Quarantined! – Genealogy, the Law and Public Health   —Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • Resource Reviews   —Robyn Morales
Saturday, Sept 9, 2023
  • Death Demystified (North America)   —Robyn Morales
  • Where the Murderers Roam   —Daniel Hubbard
  • Stalin's Arrest Files   —Dave Obee
  • Where There Is – or Isn’t – a Will   —Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • How Old Did He Have To Be…?   —Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • “Death by Undue Means” – Coroner’s Records   —Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • Criminal Cases Locally   —Stacy F. Kaufeld, M.A.
Sunday, September 10, 2023
  • “May The Universe Be Your Home!” a graphic novel about the GR community in Kazakhstan   —Lena Wolf
  • Breaking the Walls of Time and Distance by Visiting Ancestral Villages in Germany and Russia   —Dr. Mila Koretnikov
  • Crimean War   —Merv Weiss
  • ABC … 123 … EWZ! Using Einwanderungszentralstelle Records   —Carolyn Schott
  • Church Records – Broken Faiths   —Reuben Bauer
  • Genocide through Forced Labor: The Case of the Russian Germans in the Labor Army   —Otto Pohl
Hope to you there!

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