Germanic Genealogy Society

Welcome to Our Website!

GGS offers information, educational opportunities, publications, and association with others researching German roots.  This includes areas that are outside of the current borders of Germany.
However, GGS does not have records for your specific German ancestors. Our extensive library does include various indexes with individual's names, as well as how-to books and background information on places where your German ancestors may have lived.
Our goal is to help you learn how to find and use records of your German-speaking ancestors.

FamilySearch Creates Community Groups

FamilySearch has created a new tool for researchers to get help with their family history research from their own homes.  This new site, called Community Groups, is a site where people can
  • ask questions
  • upload documents and get help with translation
  • participate in discussions
  • learn about upcoming webinars
  • discover new resources
Of course, it is free and there is no obligation. 
Also, if people have special knowledge and skills, they can
  • answer questions
  • translate documents for others
  • share new resources
Of particular interest would be the ‘Germany’ group, but we have groups for other countries as well.
We hope that this tool will be a valuable resource for those interested in their family history. 
For more information about how to sign up, use the site, and see a list of some of the groups.

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February 27
GGS Webinar - Annette Lyttle
How Advertising Brought Our Ancestors to the Midwest Learn how massive advertising efforts by states, railroads, and others in the 19th and early 20th centuries enticed people to leave Europe and other U.S. states for the Midwest. Advertising sought to create “pull” factors to entice people to migrate. Register     ...
March 14
Sharpen Your German Genealogy Research Skills
Community Room 3   The March GGS meeting will provide an opportunity for you to sharpen your genealogy research skills and provide you with a bit of German history.   8:30 registration   Three morning presentations: US Census – Kim Ashford  Fire, Water, and the 1890 U.S. Census; Researching Beyond ...
March 21
German Language Study Group
At this open group meeting, we try to help others read the old German Script, while sharpening our own skills. Please bring any images you'd like help with on a flash drive so we can project it on a TV or overhead projector. All meetings are at MGS, but ...
March 26
GGS Webinar - Melissa Barker
That’s in the Archives: Digging Deeper into Archived Records Genealogists use archives every day to locate records about their ancestors. Are there records that you are not accessing because you don’t know they exist? Not all records are online, indexed or microfilmed. Digging deeper in the local archives to find unique and relatively unknown records just might ...