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May: My Ancestor’s Journey goes USA!

In 2023, I am so excited to be traveling back to the US. It’s been a while. My last trip across the big pond was back in 2017. So far, I have been on three trips to the US in 2011, 2015 and 2017. I have relatives there both from my mother’s side and my dad’s side. And they live all over the country! So I got around a bit on my past trips to the USA.

On this year’s trip, I will be in the US for three weeks.

On 24th of May I will travel to New York City again together with my mom Elisabeth and my aunt Maria.

From May 31st, we will be in the Cincinnati area in Ohio. We have relatives here because my maternal granddad’s sister emigrated to Covington, Kentucky (near Cincinnati) as a young girl in the 1920s.

Afterwards, in mid-June, we will be in Fort Wayne, Indiana for the annual International German Genealogy Partnership conference (see below).

Me in front of the Statue of Liberty in New York City

June: IGGP (International German Genealogy Partnership) Conference 2023 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

From the 9th to 11th of June 2023, my mom Elisabeth and I will travel to Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, for this year’s International German Genealogy Partnership conference. This conference is all about German emigration to the USA.

In 2023, the conference will be hold both virtually and in-person in Fort Wayne, Indiana. So even if you can’t make it to the conference in person, you can see our presentations online if you sign up to the virtual version of the conference.

My mom and I got approved for holding three presentations (both in person and virtual) about the emigration history from Germany to the USA. We will also have an exhibitor booth at the conference live event.

My presentation will be called:

Walk in your ancestors’ footsteps: Emigration-themed virtual tour through northern Germany (in English with Live Q&A)

This presentation will be a virtual walk with pre-filmed videos and live commentary. We will virtually walk through the emigration port cities in northern Germany, including Bremen, Bremerhaven, Hamburg and Cuxhaven.

My mom’s presentations will be called:

1. Passages to America – Old and New Emigration in the 19th century (in English with Live Q&A)
2. From a poor farmer’s son to a wealthy, respected citizen of San Francisco
(in German with English subtitles and Live Q&A)

If you happen to be around (both virtually or in-person at the event), we look forward to connecting with you!

Would you like to chat about your upcoming ancestry trip to Germany at the conference or virtual event? Feel free to send us an email beforehand to

See you soon (bis bald) in Indiana!
Sonja & Elisabeth

Tour guides Sonja Irani and Elisabeth Irani in Papenburg, Germany
My mom and I on a summer day in Papenburg, Lower Saxony, Germany

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