KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Those wondering who your great, great, great grandfather was can get help in obtaining such information Saturday at a free family history seminar.

Kaiserslautern’s Family History Center, which is operated by volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will offer the seminar at Lauterstrasse 1 from 9 a.m. to noon for both German- and English-speaking participants.

Sessions will be held on starting your family organization, Hungarian/Austrian/Serbian research, American Indian research and the history of Rheinland-Pfalz.

In addition to printed material, the center has computers that can access databases on genealogy and family history research.

“The very first place anyone has to start is with their own family,” said Anne Kratzer, assistant director of the Family History Center in Kaiserslautern. “Call your mom. Call your dad. What information do they know? What do they remember? Basically, what you’re doing is gathering all the bits and pieces that you might have.”

Based on just a grandfather’s name and current address, the Kaiserslautern center was able to track down a great-grandfather’s name, his occupation and the year he immigrated to the States.

“There is a feeling of identity that you get that comes with understanding who your family is,” said Kratzer, whose husband is an Army officer in the area.

One of the resources the center uses is FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to a press release. FamilySearch maintains the world’s largest repository of genealogical resources, accessible through, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and more than 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries, according to a press release. There are 100 centers in Germany alone.

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