German Holidays Calendar – Click on Calendar and you'll see the new "German Holidays" menu option appear directly under it.
New German genealogy articles posted – New material has been posted on the German genealogy articles archive page in the members-only section (Nov. 25).
October speaker handout posted – Baerbel Johnson's handout from her Oct. 22 presentation is posted on Society Documents page in the Members-only section for 30 days.
Christkindlmarkt – Want to do a bit of German Christmas shopping? Come to the local Turn Verein on Dec. 7 or 8. Look below for details.
Family History Day – SGGS staffed a table at this highly successful event (see below).
2014 programs being posted – You no longer have to wait until the January Der Blumenbaum to see what's happending next year. Programs are being posted in our Calendar as they become confirmed.
SGGS 2014 annual seminar – Speaker, date and location identified. Click here for more information.
Shirley Riemer's latest creation – See below for a description of the laminated genealogy guide Searching for Our German Ancestors, now for sale at meetings and available by mail order.
Warren Bittner, C.G. – Jan. 28, 2014
Christkindlmarkt (Dec. 7 & 8)
During the first weekend in December, the local Turn Verein on J Street hosts a two-day German Christmas event called Christkindlmarkt.
Come on Saturday or Sunday to do a bit of shopping, watch some live dancing and enjoy an authentic German lunch. SGGS will be hosting a booth offering free research advice and selling German genealogy books, maps and tools. The photo shows last year's SGGS booth. Rex Smith is sitting in the back by the banner.
Family History Day
The California State Archives in Sacramento hosted the annual Family History Day event on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Free genealogy lectures and facility tours were provided throughout the day. Then during the breaks between lectures, attendees were able to visit with the representatives of Sacramento regional genealogical societies, historical societies, museums and libraries.
SGGS staffed an informational table, providing free German-research consultations and selling Der Blumenbaum back issues, German Cards, laminated Searching for your German Ancestors brochures, The German Research Companion (books) and memberships. Thanks go to Shirley Riemer, Kristy Cola and Rick Hanson for helping out with the booth. Ingeborg Carpenter did the very difficult job of volunteer coordinator for the entire event. Shirley Riemer was one of the class speakers.
For more information about the event:
Searching for Our German Ancestors
This is Shirley Riemer's latest creation – a laminated fold-out guide which is the the take-along companion for German genealogy researchers. It is printed on laminated legal-size paper and three-hole punched to allow it to be inserted into a standard binder. There are eight panels of information, four on each side. Content includes:
• Useful how-to tips
• Usage information for German documents
• Two Second German Empire maps
• Old German alphabets
• Terminology and abbreviations definitions
• German language vocabulary definitions
• Key websites and resources.
This is the perfect gift for the beginner German genealogist and a useful reference for the more experienced researcher.
It will be sold at the monthly meetings for $8. It is also available mail order for $10.
Click here to go to the Catalog page where you will find a detailed description of this publication.
The current issue of Der Blumenbaum is Volume 31, Number 2 (October, November, December 2013). It was mailed in early October. Unless the member paid extra for first class mail, it will be received by bulk mail. Delivery time for bulk mail ranges from one to several weeks.
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to display its table of contents.