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.

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.

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October 5 - 7
Deutsche Genealogentag
October 12 - 13
WSGS Fall Seminar
October 13
Library Workshop
Location: Concordia University Library & Technology Center 1282 Concordia Ave. St. Paul, MN Room 213 9:00 Registration Cost: $10 9:30 Presentation "Beginning Germanic Genealogy at Concordia Library" by Diane Schmidt The remaining time will be available for individual help from knowledgeable GGS members and an opportunity to become familiar ...
October 20
German Language Study Group Meeting
Bring your German language documents on flash drives to translate.