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.
 



Saturday, September 8 - James Beidler

 
 
Saturday, September 8
Fall Meeting  (GGS Meetings)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Northwestern Hall auditorium in Luther Seminary
1501 Fulham Street, St. Paul MN
Full day meeting with presentations by Jim Beidler:
 
 
 
 
9:15 am                German Internet Research: A Launching Place for your Research
10:50 am              “They Wrote It Down…” Pennsylvania German Documents
1:00 pm                Newspapers and Genealogy
2:30 pm                Secondary Uses for Primary Sources
 


July Webinar Recording Is Now Posted

GGS members can now view our June Webinar with Jim Beidler! The recording and handout have been placed in the GGS Member's Only section of the website. Members will need to sign in to access them. After logging in, click on Member Login tab to find "Webinars".
 
"Online German Church Registers, Duplicates and Substitutes" - by James M. Beidler is now available for viewing.
This webinar is geared towards those just getting started with online research of German records. No genealogist with German-speaking ancestors avoids using church records, and the good news is that many more of them are coming online in digital form. It’s important, however, to know whether you’re looking at originals, duplicates or extracts from these records – this presentation will explain the differences.
 
Get a preview of our Fall Meeting speaker and then join us in September to meet him in person while enjoying several of his other presentations!
 


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.


Awesome GGS Volunteers!

Here is our registration packing crew for the International Germanic Genealogy Conference. What a great group!
GGS members have a great time together and make volunteering fun!
 


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UPCOMING
EVENTS
August 16
How German History Makes a Difference in Your Family History Research
Warren Bittner will be presenting 2 Hours of German History in an Hour! Hold onto your seats! Register Now! Handout is posted for GGS Members in the Members only section.
August 18
German Language Study Group Meeting
Bring your German language documents on flash drives to translate.
August 22 - 25
FGS Conference
September 8
Fall Meeting
Full day meeting with presentations by Jim Beidler:     9:15 am German Internet Research: A Launching Place for your Research 10:50 am “They Wrote It Down…” Pennsylvania German Documents 1:00 pm Newspapers and Genealogy 2:30 pm Secondary Uses for Primary Sources   Register Via PayPal Earlybird Pricing good through August ...