Germanic Genealogy Society

Who We Are

The Germanic Genealogy Society is a non-profit organization that was established in 1979 as the German Interest Group by people who had a common interest in their Germanic heritage. In 1981, it became a branch of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. The current name of the organization was adopted in 1992.
GGS is now an independent 501(c)(3) organization. It is one of the most active genealogical societies in the Midwest having nearly 900 members worldwide.  In 2000, it became a member of the Federation of Genealogy Societies.  It is also a member of the National Genealogical Society. In 2015, GGS was one of the founding members of the International German Genealogical Partnership (formerly the German-American Genealogical Partnership.)

Our Mission Statement
  • To provide a national association of those interested in German/Germanic Genealogy
  • To provide opportunities for the exchange of genealogy ideas and information
  • To hold regular meetings for the instruction and interest of members
  • To encourage interest in German genealogy
  • To publish a quality genealogical journal
  • To collect and publish genealogical, biographical, and historical material relating to German genealogy worldwide
  • To encourage the establishment of Germanic genealogical resources in libraries

President: Thomas Furst
Vice President: Thomas Foerster
Secretary - Recording: Vacant
Secretary - Corresponding: Vacant
Treasurer: John Schulte
Board Members
Member at Large (2017-2018): Juliene Furst
Member at Large (2017-2018): Lori Zimmerman
Member at Large (2018-2019): John Leier
Member at Large (2018-2019): Beverly Finley
Past President: Kim Ashford
Committee Chairs
Archive: John Schulte
Event: Kim Ashford
IGGP Partnership: Kent Cutkomp
Journal: Thomas Furst
Library: Diane Schmidt
Membership: Joan Lorentz
Pommern Group Rep: Jim Neuenfeldt
Program: Kent Cutkomp
Publicity: Karen Schroeder
Research/Regional: Barbara Pieh
Sales: Mike Wismer
Technology: John Leier
Volunteer: Joyce Thompson
Webmaster: Bob Rowe
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