Germanic Genealogy Society
Member Benefits
  • Germanic Genealogy Journal (since 1996): The research-focused 56-page Journal, with contributions by members and professionals, appears semi-annually in print and pdf format, and is archived and downloadable from our website. Sample Issue
  • GGS Webinars and Handouts (since 2018): Webinars presented by well-known speakers are scheduled almost monthly. Members have access to the speaker handouts and to the webinar recordings archive on our website.
  • GGS E-News: The monthly newsletter features a president’s message, current society news, upcoming events and webinars, volunteer opportunities, book and journal reviews, beginner research topics. Past E-News are archived on our website.
  • GGS Library Collection: The GGS collection is located at the Minnesota Genealogy Center (MGC), 1385 Mendota Heights Rd, Ste 100, Mendota Heights, MN 55120. GGS members have free access to all MGC library resources, which include being a FamilySearch Affiliate.
  • German Document Translation Group: The open group meets at MGC on the third Saturday of every month to help each other learn to read and translate the old German script in church and civil documents. Participants provide images of records they have found to be displayed on a screen for all to review.
  • Regional Research Resources: The GGS website has resources for beginners through advanced researchers including research aids and links to many Germanic genealogical websites.
  • Research Assistance: Complimentary research assistance of one hour is offered to new members. Any member can submit questions or request assistance. Donations are much appreciated.
    Contact Research.  A Research Request Form is available if desired.
  • Surname database: The surname database has 2,000+ surnames being researched by GGS members. Members are encouraged to add their surnames and connect with each other. Surname page 
  • International German Genealogy Partnership ( A partnership of Germanic genealogical societies, resources, and professional researchers which makes connections possible to the current and former regions of Germany, and other countries of German immigration.
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