Sacramento German Genealogy Society

What's New?

  • October Der Blumenbaum Mailed – Scroll to the bottom of this page for current status and its table of contents.
  • 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
  • German Life German Life subscriptions will be available to purchase at the September and October SGGS meetings. Published six times a year, each issue usually features a city or region in Germany, Austria or Switzerland as well as articles on Germanic culture and history. There is an article in German with its English translation and much more. Buy a subscription or renew at the SGGS group rate and save – $17.95 for one year (an $8 discount), $31.00 for two years and $45.00 for three years. If interested, bring your checkbook! Click here for a preview of one issue. For more information, click here to email Gene Poch <>.
  • 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.

October 28th Program

Baerbel Johnson, A.G.
will speak on

German Online Sources –

Newly Available Records from East to West


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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Upcoming Events
Oct 28:
German Online Sources - Newly Available Records from East to West
Presented by Baerbel Johnson, A.G.
Includes information about obtaining church records from areas where permission to film had previously not been given.
Oct 31:
Reformationstag (Reformation Day)
[Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Thüringen]
The date of Reformation Day was based on the October 31, 1517 date when Dr. Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses against the sale of indulgences onto the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.
Nov 1:
Allerheiligen (All Saints Day)
[Baden-Württemberg, Bayern, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland]
All Saints Day celebrates all the saints, known and unknown.