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Roger P. Minert

Professor of Church History and Doctrine

210 F Joseph Smith Building

Brigham Young University

Provo, UT 84602-5644

Phone: (801) 422-2370

rpm@byu.edu

 

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Education

Ph.D.

1991

The Ohio State University: Second Language Acquisition

M.A.

1987

The Ohio State University: German Literature

B.A.

1977

Brigham Young University: German Language

 

Professional Experience since Appointment at BYU (2003)

2011-present

Professor, Church History and Doctrine

2003-2011

Associate Professor, Church History and Doctrine

 

Brigham Young University

 

Responsible for all courses associated with Germanic family history research; Religion 261, Religion 293, History 351R, History 422

2002-2003

Visiting instructor, Church History and Doctrine

 

Taught Religion 261 and Religion 266

 

Visiting instructor, History

 

Taught History 400 (now History 422) and History 409

 

Significant Administrative Experience and Service

Co-chair, 39th Annual BYU Family History and Genealogy Conference, 31 July-3 August 2007

 

Awards and Honors

Mormon History Association “Geraldine McBride Woodward Award for Best Publication in International Mormon History” (2010): In Harm's Way: East German Latter-day Saints in World War II

Harvey B. Black and Susan Easton Black “Religious Education Outstanding Publication Award” (2010): East German Latter-day Saints in World War II

Division of Religious Education “Richard Lloyd Anderson Research Award” (2010)

 

Professional Memberships

Mormon History Association (2010-present)

International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, Salt Lake City (2000-present)

Member, Palatines to America (1992-present)

Member, Modern Language Association (1990-93)

Member, Ohio Foreign Language Association (1989-92)

Member, American Association of Teachers of German (1977-present)

Teaching certification: Basic Professional for secondary schools in Utah (1977-87)

Member, Utah Foreign Language Association (1977-82)

 

Presentations since 2003

Greater Omaha Genealogy Society, Omaha, NE, April 28, 2012 (four presentations)

Sacramento German Genealogy Society, Sacramento, CA, February 28, 2012: “Family History Research in Vienna and Austria”

Brigham Young University Genealogy and Family History Conference, Provo, Utah, July29, 2011: “German Immigrants in American Church Records”

Santa Barbara Genealogical Society, Santa Barbara, CA, April 9, 2011 (five presentations)

The Sacramento German Genealogy Society, Sacramento, CA, April 16, 2011 (six presentations)

Missouri State Genealogical Association, Jefferson City, MO, August 13-14, 2010 (four presentations)

Arbeitskreis Familienforschung Osnabrück e.V., Osnabrück, Germany, July 17, 2010: “German Immigrants in the United States“ and “German Immigrants in American Church Records” (both in German)

Brookings Area Genealogical Society, Brookings, SD, April 10, 2010 (four presentations)

Sacramento German Genealogy Society, Sacramento, CA, March 23, 2010: “The Revised Law of the German Civil Registry and Its Impact on Family History Research”

BYU Religious Studies Center 2010 Church History Symposium, Provo, UT, February 26, 2010: “The Succession of Leadership in the East and West German Missions in World War II”

Sacramento German Genealogy Society, Sacramento, CA, October 27, 2009: “The Role of Social Status in German Family History Research”

Sacramento German Genealogy Society, Sacramento, CA, July 28, 2009: “Effects of the Feudal System on our Family History Research”

International Hite Family Association, Middletown, VA, July 25, 2009: “A Day in the Life of Your German Ancestor”

Hamburg, Germany LDS Stake, Bremen, Germany, June 13, 2009: “The East German Mission and the Bremen Branch in World War II” (in German)

Central Europe Area Offices, Friedrichsdorf, Germany, June 10, 2009 (four presentations to church service missionaries)

Greater Omaha Genealogy Society, Omaha, NE, April 25, 2009 (four presentations)

Sacramento German Genealogy Society, Sacramento, CA, October 28, 2008: “The Development of German Church and Civil Records Through History”

Religious Education, Brigham Young University, October 10, 2008. “The East German Mission in World War II”

National Genealogical Society Conference in the States, Kansas City, MO, May 14-15, 2008 (five presentations)

Sacramento German Genealogy Society, Sacramento, CA, April 26, 2008 (four presentations)

Mid-Atlantic Genealogical Society, Williamsburg, VA, April 19, 2008 (three presentations)

ICAPGEN Conference, Provo, UT, November 3, 2007 (two presentations)

Sacramento German Genealogy Society, Sacramento, CA, October 26, 2007. “How events following the Religious Reformation affect our work in German family history”

Federation of Genealogy Societies, Fort Wayne, IN, August 15-18, 2007 (four presentations)

Brigham Young University Genealogy and Family History Conference, Provo, Utah, July31-August 3, 2007 (six presentations)

Palatines to America Society, Morgantown, WV, 2007 (four presentations).

Nuremberg, Germany LDS Stake Family History Conference, Nuremberg, Germany , May 26, 2007 (three presentations; German)

Sacramento German Genealogy Society, Sacramento, CA, March 27, 2007. “Communicating with Agencies and Individuals in Europe”

ICAPGEN Conference, Provo, UT November 4, 2006 (two presentations)

Sacramento German Genealogy Society, Sacramento, CA, October 24, 2006. “The Why's and Wherefore's of German Record-keeping”

Pennsylvania Family History Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, September 29-30, 2006 (three presentations)

Sacramento German Genealogy Society, Sacramento, CA April 8, 2006 (five presentations)

Sacramento German Genealogy Society, Sacramento, CA, October 24, 2005. “Recording German Place Names”

Religious Education, Brigham Young University, October 14, 2005. “ Gedenkbuch : Identifying LDS Church Members in Germany Who Died in World War II”

Darke County, Ohio German Genealogical Society, October 1, 2005 (four presentations)

Brigham Young University, Genealogy and Family History Conference, July 29, 2005. “A Day in the Life of Your German Ancestor”

Nuremberg, Germany LDS Stake Family History Conference, Nuremberg, Germany, May 21, 2005 (four presentations in German)

Minnesota German Genealogy Society, Minneapolis, MN, May 5-6, 2005 (five presentations)

Southern Florida Genealogical Society, Port St. Lucie, FL, February 22, 2005 (four presentations)

National Genealogical Society, Phoenix, January 19-20, 2005 (three presentations)

Sacramento German Genealogy Society, Sacramento, CA, October 26, 2004. “Fact or Fancy: Client Misconceptions Noted During Twelve Years as a Professional German Researcher”

Mid-Atlantic Genealogical Society, Gettysburg, PA, October 16, 2004 (three presentations)

Brigham Young University Genealogy and Family History Conference, Provo, Utah, August 3-6, 2004 (four presentations)

German Interest Group, Janesville, WI, July 10, 2004 (four presentations)

Nuremberg, Germany LDS Stake Family History Conference, Nuremberg, Germany, May 22, 2004 (four presentations)

Ohio Genealogical Society, Wilmington, OH, April 22-24, 2004 (four presentations)

Genealogical Society of Sarasota, FL, February 28, 2004 (four presentations)

Sacramento German Genealogy Society, Sacramento, CA, October 28, 2003. “Asking for Help, Then Getting Your Money's Worth from Professional Researchers”

 

Professional Accreditation

Accredited Genealogist (Germany), Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007

Accredited Genealogist (Austria), Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008

 

Publications since 2000 (partial listing)

 

Monographs

Under the Gun: West German and Austrian Latter-Day Saints in World War II. Provo, UT: BYU Religious Studies Center, August 2011. 526 pages, hard.

In Harm's Way: East German Latter-day Saints in World War II. Provo, UT: BYU Religious Studies Center, 2009. 545 pages, hard

Silesia Place Name Indexes: Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes. Provo, UT: GRT Publications, 2006. 138 pages, soft [completing a series of 21 such indexes]

Alte Kirchenbücher richtig lesen [How to Read Old Church Records]. Wuppertal, Germany: E. und U. Brockhaus, 2004. 226 pages, hard

Deciphering Handwriting in German Documents: Analyzing German, Latin, and French in Vital Records Written in Germany. Woods Cross, UT: GRT Publications, 2001. 192 pages, soft

Spelling Variations in German Names: Solving Family History Problems Through Applications of German and English Phonetics . Woods Cross, UT: GRT Publications, March 2000. 96 pages, soft

 

Books with Other Authors

The German Research Companion 3 rd ed. with Shirley J. Riemer and Jennifer A. Anderson. (Sacramento: Lorelei Press, 2010)

Germans to America and the Hamburg Passenger Lists: Coordinated Schedules with Kathryn Boeckel and Caren T. Winters. Westminster, MD: Heritage Books, 2005. 164 pp., soft

Researching in Germany: A Handbook for Your Visit to the Homeland of Your Ancestors with Shirley J. Riemer. Sacramento: Lorelei Press, 2001. 264 pages, soft

 

Edited Books

German Immigrants in American Church Records: Vol. 11: Cook County Protestant . Rockland, ME: Picton, 2012. 557 pp., hard

German Immigrants in American Church Records. Vol. 10: Illinois North Protestant . Rockland, ME: Picton, 2011. 571 pp., hard

German Immigrants in American Church Records. Vol. 9: Iowa Southeast Protestant . Rockland, ME: Picton, 2010. 547 pp., hard

German Immigrants in American Church Records. Vol. 8: Iowa Northeast Protestant . Rockland, ME: Picton, 2009. 443 pp., hard

German Immigrants in American Church Records. Vol. 7: Iowa West Protestant . Rockland, ME: Picton, 2009. 471 pp., hard

German Immigrants in American Church Records. Vol. 6: Nebraska Protestant . Rockland, ME: Picton, 2008. 416 pp., hard

German Immigrants in American Church Records. Vol. 5: Wisconsin Southeast Protestant . Rockland, ME: Picton, 2007. 672 pp., hard

German Immigrants in American Church Records. Vol. 4: Wisconsin Southwest Protestant . Rockland, ME: Picton, 2007. 667 pp., hard

German Immigrants in American Church Records. Vol. 3: Wisconsin Northeast Protestant . Rockport, ME: Picton, 2007. 677 pp., hard

German Immigrants in American Church Records. Vol. 2: Wisconsin Northwest Protestant . Rockport, ME: Picton, 2007. 554 pp., hard

German Immigrants in American Church Records. Vol. I: Indiana Protestant . Rockport, ME: Picton, 2005. 873 pp., hard

 

Chapters in Books

“Succession in German Mission Leadership During World War II” in David J. Whittaker and Arnold K. Garr (editors), A Firm Foundation: Church Organization and Administration (Provo, UT: BYU Religious Studies Center, 2011).

“German Immigrants in Indiana Church Records: Personal Details on 15,375 Immigrants,” in J. Gregory Redding, German-American Influences on Religion in Indiana, Part 2. (Indianapolis: Max Kade German-American Center, 2011). (Statistical analyses in this article demonstrate the importance of this series of books—see above—in the identification of the home towns of German immigrants.)

 

Major Articles

“The Transition from German to English in Protestant Churches in Indiana.” Indiana Genealogist, 23:1 (March 2012), 5-26.

“The Revised Law of the German Civil Registry and Its Impact on Family History Research.” The Palatine Immigrant, 35:2 (2010), 13-18

“The Fate of the East German Mission Home in World War II.” Mormon Historical Journal, 10:1 (Spring 2009), 101-110

“Computer Translation of Old Church Book Entries: What Quality Can We Expect?” Everton's Genealogical Helper, 62:4 (July/August 2008), 56-60

“The Evolution of Content in German Church Records: A Case Study.” With Erin Clark Collins. The Palatine Immigrant, 33:1 (2007), 2-13

“Privacy Laws and the German Civil Registry: The Case of Col. Gen. Alfred Jodl.” German Genealogical Digest, 21:2 (Fall 2005), n.p.

“The State Archive ( Landesarchiv ) at Speyer, Germany.” The Palatine Immigrant, 30:2 (2005), n.p.

“Professional Family History Researchers and Their Clients: Working Together for the Common Good.” The Palatine Immigrant, 30:1 (2005), n.p.

“Recording German Place Names.” With Jennifer A. Anderson. Heritage Quest Magazine, vol. 20:4 Winter 2004/2005, 56-68.

 

Book Reviews

"Mormons as Citizens of a Communist State" by Raymond Kuehne. Mormon Historical Journal, 12:1, 176-79.

 

Publications Currently in Preparation

Genealogical Research Among Catholics in Vienna, Austria with Rebecca A. Smith. Accepted for publication by Pal-Am Immigrant in June 2012.

German Immigrants in American Church Records: Vol. 12: Illinois Central Protestant. To be published by Picton Press, Rockport, ME, in Summer 2012. Approx. 550 pages.

German Immigrants in American Church Records: Vol. 13: Illinois South Protestant. To be published by Picton Press, Rockport, ME, in Fall 2012. Approx. 650 pages.

German Immigrants in American Church Records: Vol. 14: Illinois St. Clair County Protestant. To be published by Picton Press, Rockport, ME, in Fall 2012. Approx. 650 pages.

 

Editorial Experience

Editorial board for the Pal-Am Immigrant, the quarterly journal of the Palatines to America Society of Columbus, Ohio, 2001-present

Associate Editor of the German Genealogical Digest (quarterly journal published in Salt Lake City, UT) December 1997 to September 2000

 

LDS Church Service (in reverse chronological order since 1977)

Gospel doctrine instructor (currently), high priests group leader; high councilor responsible for family history work, high priests group family history committee chair, family history Sunday school teacher, stake clerk, ward clerk, high priests group instructor, assistant to high priests group leader, Sunday school instructor, high councilor, counselor to elders quorum president, ward executive secretary, ward financial clerk, young men secretary, regional name extraction director, stake athletic director, young men president, Sunday school instructor

 

Biographical

Born March 8, 1952 in Lincoln, Nebraska; residence in Nebraska, California, Utah, Ohio, and Europe (above)

Spouse: married in 1974 to Jeanne Gardner (B.A. German, Brigham Young University, 1975)

Daughters: Melanie (36), Julie (34), Stephanie (32), and Cassie (29).

Grandchildren: twelve

 

Websites

 

www.rogerpminert.com

www.germanimmigrants.org

www.germanldsinwwii.org

www.grtpublications.com

www.germanresearchcompanion.com