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John T. Humphrey

Portrait of John T. Humphrey B.A., Government and Public Administration

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John T. Humphrey, CG, is recognized nationally and internationally for his contributions to German genealogy. In 2010 he was invited to give a presentation on researching Germans in America at Schloss Dhaun in the Rhineland Palatinate; in 2008, at the request of the German Embassy, he gave the keynote address at the 400th Anniversary Celebration in Williamsburg, Virginia commemorating four centuries of German immigration into the United States. He has appeared on national television and public radio.

Mr. Humphrey's research specialties include eighteenth-century Palatines, Pennsylvania and nineteenth-century Germans. He specializes in German research at the Library of Congress, the National Archives and record repositories in southeastern Pennsylvania. The Prussian State Library in Berlin, church archives in Boppard and Berlin, the Institut für pfälzische Geschichte und Volkskunde in Kaiserslautern, the Stadtarchiv in Hamburg, the Zentralarchiv der Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz in Speyer and the Landesarchiv in Darmstadt are among the locations in Germany where he has researched.

John Humphrey is the past president of the Mid- Atlantic Germanic Society, a past vice president of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, and the leader of the National Genealogical Society German forum. He is the former director of the NGS Learning Center and author of numerous books including the sixteen-volume set of Pennsylvania Births listing over 200,000 births in fifteen eastern Pennsylvania counties and Understanding and Using Baptismal Records. His most recent publication is Finding Your German Ancestors: A Practical Guide for Genealogists.

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