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, 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

28 June Webinar Recording Is Now Posted

GGS members can now view our June Webinar with Luana Darby! 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".
June 28, 2018 8pm CST: Luana Darby, AG® - "They Came by Way of Ontario"
Many German immigrants chose Ontario, Canada as a stop on their journey to the U.S. Learn why they came, where they settled, and how to find them. Make those connections that will help you find their place of origin in the “old” country.

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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July 21
German Language Study Group Meeting
Bring your German language documents on flash drives to translate.
July 27 - 29
Milwaukee German Fest
GET YOUR DEUTSCH ON! GERMAN FEST 2018 ON MILWAUKEE’S LAKEFRONT Summerfest Grounds Friday, July 27th – 3pm-Midnight Saturday, July 28th – Noon-Midnight Sunday, July 29th – Noon-9pm
July 28 - 30
OGSA Conference
August 18
German Language Study Group Meeting
Bring your German language documents on flash drives to translate.