International German Genealogy Partnership

Board Members

photo of Ingeborg CarpenterPresident: Ingeborg Carpenter
Ingeborg Carpenter, MA, was born and raised in Germany, and is a U.S Air Force veteran. She has been president of the Sacramento German Genealogy Society for the last 6 years. Ingeborg has been conducting German genealogy research for more than 30 years. She often presents on the lives of our German ancestors, and translates and teaches the old German script.
Photo of Kent Cutkomp1st Vice President: Kent Cutkomp
Kent Cutkomp is a co-founder of IGGP and frequent moderator of IGGP partner calls. He was chair of the committee that developed the initial structure for the partnership and was co-chair of the first IGGP conference held in Minneapolis. Kent lived for several years in Bavaria and Austria and speaks German fluently. He Is past president of the Germanic Genealogy Society and currently serves as program chair among other volunteer activities.
photo of Dirk Weissleder2nd Vice President: Dirk Weissleder
Dirk Weissleder, born in Hannover, Germany, took his first steps in genealogy in 1982. He is co-founder of the WEISSLEDER family association and was just re-elected chair of the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände (DAGV), the umbrella of genealogical societies in Germany. Dirk is another co-founder of IGGP, and became General Secretary of the International Confederation for Genealogy and Heraldry (CIGH) in 2019 — further demonstration of his goal to connect genealogists worldwide.
photo of Edie AdamSecretary: Edie Adam.
Edie Adam is a retired journalist and IT specialist whose German ancestors lived in the Russian Empire. Her relatives emigrated to the U.S. after World War II, and she has been researching her family history for more than 25 years. Edie has been a volunteer in several record indexing projects related to Germans in Russia and Poland, and is a past president of the Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe.
photo of John SchulteTreasurer: John Schulte
John Schulte has been interested in genealogy since the mid 90’s and has been researching locally and overseas for a number of years as a hobby. He has held various board posts for the Germanic Genealogy Society in Minnesota, and is the current treasurer. John also is a member of the Gottscheer Heritage and Genealogy Association and the Westphalian Society for Genealogy and Family Research.  

Directors at Large
photo of Andre HammannAndré Hammann was born in Três de Maio, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, studied mechanical engineering and business management, and works in the agricultural machinery industry as Project Manager. He speaks Portuguese, English, German and Spanish. Genealogy is a hobby for André, and no wonder: 84 ancestors emigrated from different German speaking places between 1825-1897. He serves on the board of GenealogiaRS, and is a member of DAGV and VFFOW.
photo of Barbara SchmidtBarbara Schmidt was born and raised in Germany, and has been doing genealogy for more than 25 years. She is a member of several German societies and hosts the German versions of ancestry hour (AhnenforschSTUNDE) and genchatde on Twitter. Barbara works as a professional genealogist upon request. Her real job is internal communications, Social Media management and people engagement for a large German bank. She also works as a trainer and moderator on everything dealing with cultural change and new work.
photo of Eric KopittkeEric Kopittke is a family historian, presenter, and author. He has been researching his family since 1985 – in Australia, England, Germany and former parts of Germany that now lie in Poland. For over 20 years he has convened the Queensland Family History Society’s Central European Interest Group and is part of the German-Australian Genealogy and History Alliance. He is completing certificates in German and English genealogy with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies in Canada.
photo of Ken HegerKenneth W. Heger holds a Ph.D. in German History and was a senior lecturer in the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies (2014-2020), directing the Archives & Digital Curation specialization. Ken worked at the National Archives and Records Administration (1983-2014) as an archivist and program manager. He is president of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society.
photo of Timo KrackeTimo Kracke is a hobby genealogist who has more than 20 years of experience in genealogy. He volunteers for several German societies and is a board member for Oldenburgische Gesellschaft für Familienkunde e.V. Since 2012 Timo has been the voice of the German Podcast "der Genealoge" and in 2014 he started the Kids-Genealogy project "die Familienforscher" where he publishes guides and ideas about involving kids in genealogy.
photo of Garry FinkellGarry Finkell was born and grew up in Albany, New York. He has a master's degree in Industrial and Management Engineering and for much of his career did social research for the state of New York. For the past 15 years, he has worked as a medical researcher. He became a member of Palatines to America in 2009 and has held various positions in the New York Chapter. He maintained the YouTube channel for PalAm, in addition to the Facebook page for the New York Chapter. Garry created and maintains the IGGP YouTube channel, and is collecting videos for the playlist promoting the partner societies.