Sacramento German Genealogy Society

What's New?

  • Complete index to Der Blumenbaum posted – A topic index for the entire Der Blumenbaum collection from 1983 through March 2015 is posted on the Society Documents page in the website's members-only section. Thanks go to Shirley Riemer for bringing it up to date.
  • 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 editor 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 conference 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 3 (Jan., Feb., Mar. 2015). It was submitted to the printer on December 18. We expect to mail it early January. Check back here for additional status updates.
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to display the January issue's
table of contents.
Color and other enchancements added:

Upcoming Events
Feb 7:
Deciphering German Handwriting Class
Instructor: Ingeborg Carpenter
Ingeborg will be repeating her popular class for 4 Saturdays (2/7, 14, 21, 28) in February 2015.  
Tuition: $100.  Send your check payable to "Ingeborg Carpenter" to 4531 North Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95821.  
A small materials fee will be added for materials to be used in the classroom, to be paid on the first class session. 
Ingeborg, born in Germany, is known by German family history researchers for her many translations of records and correspondence written in the old German handwriting--all to assist SGGS members.
Feb 24:
The Peripatetic Germans: German Emigration and Immigration (1693-1914)
Presented by James M. Baker, Ph.D., C.G.
This presentation describes the two significant waves of German emigration to the US, (a) from 1693 to 1790, and (b) from the early 1800's to 1914.  Departure and arrival ports and their data are spotlighted along with key online sites that are helpful for identifying emigrating ancestors. The major immigration books are also discussed.
Mar 24:
Getting the Most from the Family History Center
Presented by Michael Mayer-Kielmann
How to use the Family History Center (FHC) and FamilySearch as a first step in getting started with genealogy research.  The presentation will include the location of and resources available at local FHC centers' situations including the availability of special tutoring from SGGS volunteers.