Joan Lowery

Joan Lowrey is a professional genealogist specializing in German research. She has been a speaker on computer genealogy and German genealogy topics at numerous local and national seminars and conferences. She has a B.A. in mathematics with a minor in German from Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia. In 1986 she started a Personal Ancestral File user group and in 1988 founded the Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego, of which she is a past-president and former editor of COMPU.GEN. In the 1990s she self-published several editions of the Personal Ancestral File Users Guide and co-authored A Guide to Genealogy Software (Genealogical Publishing Company, 1993). She is a past president of the German Research Association in San Diego and former editor of The German Connection. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and numerous other genealogical societies. She served on the GENTECH Board of Directors, Ancestry Inc.'s Advisory Board, and was a Regional Co-Director for the California State Genealogical Alliance, which in 1998 gave her a Distinguished Service Award for contributions and services to the genealogical community.

February 6, 2016

11:00 AM - Passenger Lists - Did They Really Come on That Ship?

You found your immigrant on a U.S. arrival passenger list. But can you be sure he or she was actually on that ship, or that the ship really arrived on that date, or at that port? How accurate are the various indexes? Eight cases will be shown of some of the errors that have been found relating to arrival lists, and, if the ship left from Hamburg, how to verify whether the arrival list is accurate.

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