Germanic Genealogy Society

Welcome to our society’s home page!

GGS aims to assist descendants of German immigrants find and understand their ancestors. To reach this goal, GGS offers educational webinars, meetings and conferences, study groups, a library collection, a monthly E-News, and our GGS Journal which features research of members and the knowledge of professional genealogists. GGS was founded in 1979 in Minnesota.
 
GGS Membership includes a complimentary hour of research assistance, webinar handouts, online access to past Journals and E-News, and reduced rates at meetings.
 
GGS is a founding member of the International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP). This partnership includes the umbrella organization of many of the genealogical societies in Germany today, - the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände (DAGV). Other IGGP member societies represent areas of German settlement in countries around the world.
 
We at GGS invite you to begin, or continue, your pursuit of your people. The map shows what they left.
 

The time period and jurisdictions of the Norddeutscher Bund / North German Confederation 1866 – 1871 
 
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UPCOMING
EVENTS
July 21
Katherine Schober - "A Wealth of Websites: Deciphering the German Script Made Easy"
Registration to be posted
August 18
Introduction to the Genealogy Sources at Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
An "Introduction to the Genealogy Sources at Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center - highlighting German and German-American Resources" to be presented by one of the Genealogy Center librarians.   The Allen County Public Library is located in Ft. Wayne, Indiana which will be the site of the 2023 International ...
October 8
GGS Library Workshop
  Diane Schmidt will present "Dealing with Mangled Place Names"   There will be several volunteers to assist with using the large GGS Collection. No pre-registration is required. A $10 fee for room rental and presentations will be collected at the door.    Registration opens at 9:00 a.m.
October 27
Gail Blankenau “Using German Parish Records – Part I”