Germanic Genealogy Society

GGS Research

We are a German genealogical organization based in Minnesota. Our goal is to find and understand our German ancestors. We support the process of research through in-person educational programs, events and conferences, webinars, monthly e-news, the GGS Journal, participation in IGGP, other projects, and this website. See Research on this website.

In addition, members can submit a specific research question for one-hour of assistance from volunteers. There is no fee for this assistance. Log-in through Members on the website and submit your request to the appropriate Regional Research Contact, or, email the Research mailbox –

One hour of research assistance is available to non-members at a fee of $20. This can be paid through Paypal on our website. See our website Store, and choose the item - Research Time.

Paper requests for research assistance can be mailed to GGS, PO Box 16312, St. Paul, MN 55116-0312. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Our Library collection at Concordia College in St. Paul is open to all but is non-circulating. Search CLICsearch   for books or the GGS Collection for books, journals, and maps. If you are unable to visit the library and wish to make a request for a search there, the request may be submitted by email or post as above and it will be forwarded to the Library committee. Please search one of the catalogs first to find out about our holdings and request searches of specific resources rather than general queries. Please note that the library has very few vital records or other resources for searching individuals. See Library on our website for further directions.



For Genealogy Forms in PDF format see our Free Documents

GGS Library Research Help

Planning a Research Trip



See our list of Translators should you have a need for one.