Germanic Genealogy Society

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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.

IGGP Conference - Don't forget to Register!

GGS is hosting the International German Genealogical Conference that will be held in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota July 28-30, 2017 and current registration numbers are reflecting the excitement about this unique event.
You may register on the new International German Genealogical Partnership website :
Don't miss out on this landmark event, register now as onsite registration is not expected to be available.

International German Genealogical Partnership

We are pleased to announce the new name of our partnership!
“New member societies are coming into the Partnership from around the world. There is a growing international participation in the Partnership, and our members decided on a new name that better describes the organization’s international presence,” said Kent Cutkomp, a Minneapolis resident and co-founder of the partnership.
Our goal is to have Germanic Genealogy societies unite in ways that strengthen each individual society and to bring additional benefits to all of our members. There are currently 29 organizations that have agreed to become partners.
The next partnership meeting will be held Thursday May 18, 2017. It will be conducted as a web conference call. We invite IGGP Partner Representatives to participate and interested Germanic genealogy leaders may request to attend also. Updates on the Partnership are given and there are several committees that are very active and are seeking volunteers.  Stay tuned!
2017 meeting dates: January 19, March 16, May 18, June 15* (early because of conference), September 21, November 16
Please see the IGGP website for menu item for additional details.  We will continue to add information as it becomes available.  Questions at this time can be sent to or
2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 28, 29 and 30, 2017.


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May 15 - 19
Western European Family History Conference
The Family History Library and the research specialists of the European Reference team invite you to a free week-long conference focused exclusively on Western European research. The conference, which will be held May 15-19, 2017, is perfect for beginning and intermediate genealogists interested in learning about records of Western European ...
May 20
German Language Study Group Meeting
Bring your German language documents to translate.
June 17
German Language Study Group Meeting
Bring your German language documents to translate.
July 8
MCIGS 2017 Summer Conference
McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society's 2017 Summer Conference   Speakers include: Mary Tedesco - Genealogy Roadshow host seasons 2 and 3.  Founder of ORIGINS ITALY. Thomas MacEntee - Creator of Paul Milner - Specialist in British Isles and U.S. research Michael Lacopo - Specialties include: Adoption, emmigration , ...