Germanic Genealogy Society

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GGS offers information, educational opportunities, publications, and association with others researching German roots.  This includes areas that are outside of the current borders of Germany.
However, GGS does not have records for your specific German ancestors. Our extensive library does include various indexes with individual's names, as well as how-to books and background information on places where your German ancestors may have lived.
Our goal is to help you learn how to find and use records of your German-speaking ancestors.

IGGP Conference Registration Now Open!

We at GGS are pleased to announce that the registration for the International German Genealogical Conference that will be held in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota July 28-30, 2017 has now opened.
You may register on the new International German Genealogical Partnership website :
GGS members (as all members of IGGP partner societies) can select the Early Bird Partnership Pricing.  Take advantage of the savings and register early.  

International German Genealogical Partnership

We are pleased to announce the new name of our partnership!
“New member societies are coming into the Partnership from around the world. There is a growing international participation in the Partnership, and our members decided on a new name that better describes the organization’s international presence,” said Kent Cutkomp, a Minneapolis resident and co-founder of the partnership.
Our goal is to have Germanic Genealogy societies unite in ways that strengthen each individual society and to bring additional benefits to all of our members.  There are currently 29 organizations that have agreed to become partners.
The next partnership planning meeting will be held Thursday January 19, 2017. It will be conducted as a web conference call. We invite Germanic genealogy leaders to attend remotely from home. There are several committees that are very active and are seeking volunteers.  A new IGGP website will be revealed in early 2017!  Stay tuned!
2017 meeting dates: January 19, March 16, May 18, June 15* (early because of conference), September 21, November 16
Please see our German Partnership menu item for additional details.   We will continue to add information as it becomes available.  Questions at this time can be sent to
2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 28, 29 and 30, 2017.


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March 30 - 2
Euro-Atlantic Conference; Legacy of 1848; Through Today
Don Tolzmann, Gitta & Yogi Reppmann and team are arranging this a multi-faceted conference that will cover a number of topics of interest to attendees ranging from the Legacy of 1848 to Untold Stories: The Holocaust Boxcar – a German History. Please see Euro-Atlantic Conference for more details.
April 2
Sissi & Brunch
Are you a Sissi- or a Romy Schneider fan? Have you watched all three Sissi movies every Christmas while growing up? Maybe you haven't seen them, but would love to find out what the buzz is all about? Romy Schneider in Sissi,  Sissi: Die Junge Kaiserin & Sissi: Schicksalsjahre einer ...
April 15
German Language Study Group Meeting
Bring your German language documents to translate.
April 22
Minnesota Genealogical Society’s 2017 Spring Conference
One-day genealogy conference showcasing the branches, interest groups and affiliates of MGS. 5 session times with 2 options at each. Conjuring Up The Past: My Folk Doctor Ancestors from Norway - Jeffrey Huset or Pommern and Its History - James Neuenfeldt Danish Genealogical Research: Online Exploration - Edward J. “Ed” ...