Germanic Genealogy Society

About Us

The Germanic Genealogy Society is a non-profit organization established in 1979 as the German Interest Group by people who had a common interest in their Germanic heritage. In 1981, it became a branch of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. The current name of the organization was adopted in 1992.
GGS is now an independent 501(c)(3) organization. It is one of the most active genealogical societies in the Midwest, having more than 900 members worldwide. In 2000, it became a member of the Federation of Genealogy Societies. It is also a member of the National Genealogical Society. In 2015, GGS was one of the founding members of the International German Genealogy Partnership (formerly the German-American Genealogical Partnership.)


Our Mission Statement

  • To provide a national association of those interested in German/Germanic Genealogy
  • To provide opportunities for the exchange of genealogy ideas and information
  • To hold regular meetings for the instruction and interest of members
  • To encourage interest in German genealogy
  • To publish a quality genealogical journal
  • To collect and publish genealogical, biographical, and historical material relating to German genealogy worldwide
  • To encourage the establishment of Germanic genealogical resources in libraries

President: Diane Schmidt
Vice President: Joseph Eickhoff
Secretary - Recording: Beverly Finley
Secretary - Corresponding: Beverly Finley
Treasurer: Gary Heyn
Board Members
Member at Large (2023-2024): Gail Blankenau
Member at Large (2023-2024): Mike Wismer
Member at Large (2024-2025): Kristine Lyon
Member at Large (2024-2025): Fred Sauer
Past President: Barbara A. Pieh
Committee Chairs
Education Committee: Jean Andrews
Event: Vacant
IGGP Partnership: Kent Cutkomp
Journal: Kent Cutkomp
Library: Diane Schmidt
Membership: John R. Schulte
Pommern Group Rep: Jim Neuenfeldt
Program: Kent Cutkomp
Publicity: Gail Blankenau
Research: Barbara A. Pieh
Sales: Mike Wismer
Technology: Joseph Eickhoff
Volunteer: Joyce Thompson
Webmaster: Bob Rowe


We're always looking for people to volunteer locally in Minnesota and around the globe. Contact us at and tell us what your skills are, what you like to do, or you can simply say you want to volunteer and we'll figure out how you can help!