Sacramento German Genealogy Society

What's New?

  • October Meeting Handout Posted – At the October 28 meeting, speaker Baerbel Johnson A.G. distributed and discussed a comprehensive 14-page list of new German research links. That handout is posted on the Society Documents page in the members-only section of this website until the end of November.
  • German Holiday Traditions (a series of classes) – The German Language School at the Sacramento Turn Verein will host a series of evening classes from from October 22 through December 17. Cost is $100. Note that the first class starts October 22nd. So register soon. Click here for more information.
  • Deciphering German Handwriting (a series of classes) – Ingeborg Carpenter will be repeating her popular class during four Saturdays in 2015.  Cost is $100, space is limited and registration deadline is January 24, 2015. Click here for more information
  • Facebook – Our new Facebook Editor, Liz Shaw, has greatly improved the look and content of the SGGS Facebook page. If you have a Facebook account, click here to view the SGGS page.
  • Der Blumenbaum wins NGS national newsletter competition  Look below for details.

January 27, 2015

Robert P. Minert, Ph.D., A.G.
will speak on

German Immigrants

in American Church Records


September 23rd Program

At the September 23rd meeting, Ingeborg Carpenter discussed traditional attire (Trachten) and her three models demonstrated some examples. Models: Barbara Meyer-Kielmann, Ute Lyon, and Gerd Rustmann.
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Der Blumenbaum Wins NGS Contest

Each year the National Genealogical Society (NGS)  holds a nationwide newsletter competition. Der Blumenbaum ediitor Shirley Riemer submitted copies of Der Blumenbaum for this year's competition and Der Blumenbaum was selected as one of the two co-winners for 2014. Shirley traveled to the annual NGS converence in Viriginia just prior to our May 10 annual seminar to accept the award. SGGS is a member of NGS and the prize is one year of free membership.

A Very Successful 2014 Seminar

Nationally known genealogy speaker Kory Meyerink addressed the latest and most useful tools for your genealogical research.
  • The New FamilyTree at the FamilySearch Library
  • German Church Records
  • Internet Sources for German Research

The new Der Blumenbaum issue is Volume 32, Number 2 (Oct., Nov., Dec. 2014). It was mailed to all bulk mail recipients on October 13. Members who purchased the first class mailing option have their copies separately mailed. That was done on October 15. Check back here for additional status updates.
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table of contents.
Color and other enchancements added:

Upcoming Events
Dec 6:
Saturday, 12/6/14 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.  
Sunday, 12/7/14 from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Admission: Free with a coat donation; otherwise, $3.00
In the tradition of the German outdoor Christmas markets, come browse the the little booth stores.  Enjoy Christmas music, arts, crafts, ornaments, German Lebkuchen and Magenbrot and German baked goods for sale, Nurnberg sausage dinner, Gluhwein (mulled wine), and appearances by Saint Nick and the Christkind.  SGGS will be hosting a booth both days.  Stop by to say hello and browse our merchandise.  Buy some unique, German gifts for family or friends.  Give an SGGS membership as a gift!  
Dec 25:
Weihnachten (First Christmas)
In preparation for Christmas, an Advent calendar is set up four Sundays before Christmas, and on December 6 the Weihnachtsmann (St. Nikolaus) arrives to fill children’s shoes. On Heiligabend (Christmas Eve) the Bescherung (exchanging of gifts) takes place. A big meal is served on Christmas day.
Dec 26:
Weihnachten (Second Christmas)