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Harvest Time for Genealogists Workshop

September 21, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Photo of Speaker Michael Lacopo

Due to popular demand, lecturer Dr. Michael D. Lacopo returns for our Seventeenth Annual Harvest Time for Genealogists all day workshop.

Michael is a retired small-animal veterinarian – born and raised in northern Indiana. He takes the same scientific approach to his genealogical research as he did to his profession.  Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals.

A self-described “all-American mutt,” Michael’s research skills cover a broad range including Mennonite research, and German & Swiss research, especially as it pertains to the 18th century immigration to America.

Michael 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 developed a wide variety of proficiencies.

He believes that as genealogists we should tell the tales or our ancestors and is a vocal proponent for learning the social history that interweaves our ancestors into the fabric of the past.

Registration is still only $30 per person which includes all lectures, lecture handouts, morning refreshments, and a luncheon.  Sign up using our Registration Form.  Walk in registrations will be accepted but cannot be guaranteed an immediate copy of the course handouts if demand exceeds supply.  Although the workshop does not start until 9 am, you can complete registration and pick up your handouts (and your morning refreshments) starting at 8 am.

Join us for the following lectures, all designed to aid your research:

  • Mennonite Research: The Forgotten Swiss Germans

Mennonites came to America in two “waves” – primarily the 18th century migration from Germany to America and the 19th century migration from Switzerland to the Midwest. Learn how research techniques and repositories in America and in Europe can help you locate your Anabaptist ancestor!

  • Finding Dead Ancestors is Easy: Finding the Living can be a Challenge!

Genealogists focus on the long-dead ancestors of our past, so why should we look for living relatives, even those remotely related? Who knows where the family Bible ended up, or which of our third cousins has all the old photographs?  But in an era where DNA can answer so many questions, we need to know how to find those who carry the answers to our questions!

  • Using Y-DNA Testing For Advanced Genealogical Problem Solving

Have you or a male relative tested your Y-DNA only to be disappointed with the results? How can Y-DNA testing bring you success in your genealogical research?  How do you interpret those confusing results?  And is Big Y testing an expensive option that gives you only anthropological information, or can you crack open your long-standing family tree dilemma by coughing up the cash?  Learn how to make Y-DNA testing work for you!

  • Using Mitochondrial DNA Testing for Genealogical Problem Solving

Utilizing this form of DNA testing in genealogy garners a lot of negative advice. Learn how vitally important this kind of testing can be when you use DNA as an active tool in the genealogical toolbox.  This case study will show you how pairing good research and DNA testing can be the perfect marriage.

Register online today!  If you prefer not to pay online, download a registration form and send it in by mail.


September 21, 2019
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Ehrlicher Research Center
719 N 11th Street
Pekin, IL 61554 United States
(309) 477-3044


309 477-3044