Germanic Genealogy Society

Germanic Genealogy, 3rd edition sale price!

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Germanic Genealogy is on sale for $27 to our members             (and for $35 to non-members). This is $20 off the usual price and the lowest price ever offered.

Germanic Genealogy book cover
Guide to Worldwide Sources and Migration Patterns, 3rd Edition
By Edward R, Brandt, Ph.D., Mary Sutter Bellingham, Kent Cutkomp, Kermit Frye, Patricia Adams Lowe, and Paul Sternberg.
A comprehensive 660-page handbook for Germanic family history researchers written and published by GGS.  The book is  highly recommended by librarians and researchers.
Take advantage of the reduced price for a limited time!
MEMBER PRICE is only $27 but you must be logged in to get that price.

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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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December 19
German Language Study Group
At this open group meeting, we try to help each other 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 screen. All meetings are at MGC, but the room ...
February 25
Diane Schmidt: "Seeking Johann Schmidt: A Germanic Genealogy Case Study"
One of my emigrant ancestors was named Johann Schmidt, which is about the most generic German name possible. The ups and downs of researching his ancestry provide a good case study in how to use the advice that is often given to beginning genealogists.