Celebrating a Genealogy Giant

By James M. Beidler

When Annette K. Burgert died earlier this year at age 90, there was a natural sense of sadness both because of and despite her having lived a long, well-regarded life.

Burgert wrote many books and monographs during a two-decade span (1983 – 2000) that brought together European and American information on immigrant families by documenting the origins of thousands of First Wave Germans. (I consider her part of a “top sources of published origins quartet” with Henry Z “Hank” Jones Jr., Don Yoder, and Werner Hacker.)

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