Germanic Genealogy Society

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GGS aims to assist descendants of German immigrants find and understand their ancestors. To reach this goal, GGS offers educational webinars, meetings and conferences, study groups, a library collection, a monthly E-News, and our GGS Journal which features research of members and the knowledge of professional genealogists. GGS was founded in 1979 in Minnesota.
GGS Membership includes a complimentary hour of research assistance, webinar handouts, online access to past Journals and E-News, and reduced rates at meetings.
GGS is a founding member of the International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP). This partnership includes the umbrella organization of many of the genealogical societies in Germany today, - the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände (DAGV). Other IGGP member societies represent areas of German settlement in countries around the world.
We at GGS invite you to begin, or continue, your pursuit of your people. The map shows what they left.

The time period and jurisdictions of the Norddeutscher Bund / North German Confederation 1866 – 1871 

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October 8
GGS Library Workshop
  Diane Schmidt will present "Dealing with Mangled Place Names"   There will be several volunteers to assist with using the large GGS Collection. No pre-registration is required. A $10 fee for room rental and presentations will be collected at the door.    Registration opens at 9:00 a.m.
October 27
Gail Blankenau “Using German Parish Records – Part I”
November 10
Fritz Juengling presents "Latin Handwriting: an Introduction"
  This will include reading Latin in German records, Latin genealogical word list and how to decline Latin personal names.   Register
November 19
GGS Annual Meeting - "German POW's in Minnesota"
Matt Carter will present "German POW's in Minnesota".