Germanic Genealogy Society

Who We Are

The Germanic Genealogy Society is a non-profit organization that was 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: Barbara Pieh
Vice President: John Schulte
Secretary - Recording: Beverly Finley
Secretary - Corresponding: Beverly Finley
Treasurer: Gary Heyn
Board Members
Member at Large (2020-2021): Juliene Furst
Member at Large (2020-2021): Yvonne Schaefer
Member at Large (2021-2022): Gail Blankenau
Member at Large (2021-2022): Mike Wismer
Past President: Thomas Furst
Committee Chairs
Archive: Vacant
Event: Vacant
IGGP Partnership: Kent Cutkomp
Journal: Kent Cutkomp
Library: Diane Schmidt
Membership: Joan Lorentz
Pommern Group Rep: Margie Deutsch
Program: Kent Cutkomp
Publicity: Gail Blankenau
Research/Regional: Barbara Pieh
Sales: Mike Wismer
Technology: Joseph Eickhoff
Volunteer: Joyce Thompson
Webmaster: Joseph Eickhoff
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