Sacramento German Genealogy Society

SGGS 2017 Seminar registration is open! Click here to go to the registration page.

January 24, 2017

I Thought He
was My Ancestor
Avoiding Six Major Genealogical Mistakes
Presented by
James M. Baker, PhD, CG
Where Does the Future of Genealogy Lie?
Presented by
Mr. Dirk Weissleder,
National Chairman of  Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbänd e.V.), or German Federation of Genealogical Societies
Click here for more information on these programs.

IGGP Conference Registration Opens Feb. 1

Formerly the German-American
Genealogical Partnership.
The first International German Genealogy Partnership conference takes place in Minneapolis on July 28 - 30 of 2017. There is a special hotel room conference price. See the below-posted conference flyer and news release for more information.
Note: Make your hotel reseverations as soon as possible since the allocated number of rooms is filling up.
Dirk Weissleder lecturing about IGGP
at the January 2016 SGGS meeting.
Conference Flyer
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Click here to access the
conference registration page.
Press Releases:
Click on date to display the press release.
Jan. 11, 2017: Registration Opens February 1st. Early Bird registration ends on March 31.
Nov. 1, 2016: 2017 International Germanic Genealogy 'Connections' Conference Features All-Star Lineup of Speakers

Christkindlmarkt: December 3rd & 4th

SGGS' booth at the Dec. 3rd and 4th Christkindlmarkt event at the Sacramento Turn Verein was again successful. SGGS sold memberships, merchandise and dispensed a considerable amount of free information.
Thanks go to a number of SGGS volunteers for serving in the booth and working to make this participation possible.
Two unexpected, though temporary, booth volunteers appeared: the Christkind and St. Nikolaus. The Knecht Rupert was nowhere to be seen. See the Oct. 2006 Der Blumenbaum (page 76) for the complete story about these historical characters.
The SGGS booth (a panoramic image). A complete set of images for this event can be found on the Photo Archive page in the website's For Members Onlly section.

What's New?

  • Online 2017 Spring Seminar Registration Now Open  Click here to go to the SGGS seminar registration page.
  • New SGGS Organization Structure  – Click here to display SGGS' new organizational structure. It started with a bylaws change at the June 2016 annual membershp meetings with the detailed implementation plannng taking place at the Nov. 15 Strategic Planning Committee meeting. Click here to display that page.
  • Digitized Pedigree Charts Index being improved  – New pedigree charts editor Marilyn Simleness is improving the index, making it more complete and easiler to use.
  • Study Group Changes Made Permanent  – For the past couple of months the study group has been meeting in the large downstairs MacMurdo Hall instead of in the upstairs classroom. This has just been made permanent with once change. The meeting will start at 11 am instead of 10:30. For more information see the "Study Group" page located under the Home menu.
  • GIACR Volumes  – Available at the Sacramento FamilySearch Library thanks to SGGS. These volumes are a new resource for finding your German ancestors in American church records. For details, scroll down to the GIACR Project article below.
  • German Cards  – German Cards are again being sold online by SGGS. Go to our Online Store page.

GIACR Project

"This series is one of the most important, most professional, immigrant identification databases published in the last 100 years."
Publisher Lewis Bunker Rohrbach
Since 2005 Dr. Roger P. Minert and his group at Brigham Young University have been transcribing, indexing and publishing German-American church records in a series of volumes called the German Immigrants in America Church Records [GIACR]. A current list is presented below
This table will be updated as new volumes become available.
On the Shelf
at the Sacramento
FamilySearch Library
Soon to be provided
to the Sacramento
FamilySearch Library
Other Volumes
Vol. 1: Indiana
Vol. 2:Wisconsin Northwest
Vol. 3: Wisconsin Northeast
Vol. 4: Wisconsin Southwest
Vol. 5: Wisconsin Southeast
Vol. 6: Nebraska
Vol. 7: Iowa West
Vol. 8: Iowa Northeast
Vol. 10: Illinois North
Vol. 11: Illinois, Cook County
              and Chicago
Vol. 15: Michigan, excluding
Vol. 16: Detroit, Part I
Vol. 17: Detroit, Part II
Vol. 9: Iowa Southeast
Vol. 12: Illinois Central
Vol. 13: Illinois South
Vol. 14: Illinois St. Clair
Vol. 18: Minnesota, North &
             South Dakota
Feb 16, 2016: All of these volumes are now in SGGS' possession and will soon be donated to the FamilySearch Library.
Just Released (Jan. 2017):
Vol. 19: Missouri (excluding St. Louis)
Not yet completed:
Vol. 20: St. Louis
Vol. 21: St. Louis
This project has been funded by Brigham Young University and some private donors. Unfortunately, said funding has lapsed beginning 2016. So last year SGGS provided a donation to help sustain their 2016 operation and appealed to readers of Der Blumenbaum to do the same. Click here to view a thank-you from the project staff. As volumes became available, SGGS has been purchasing one of each for the Sacramento FamilySearch Library (on Eastern Ave).
For SGGS members, more information can be found on page 11 of your July 2015 issue of Der Blumenbaum. But the donation instructions in that article turned out to be incorrect. If you would like to make a personal donation to this project, mail a check payable to "Religious Education BYU" to the following address. Be sure to also mention you're donating to the GIARC project.
Prof. Roger P. Minert
Provo, UT 84602-5669
Some GIACR volumes are sold by SGGS at its meetings. Online sources follow.
Click here for a list posted on GRT Publications.
Click here for Family Roots Publishing (expected to be the new supplier).
posted Oct 2016, rev 11 Jan 2017 rh

Interested in Helping SGGS?

Click here to visit the volunteer opportunities page.
Click here to visit the organizational structure page.

The current ‚ÄčDer Blumenbaum issue is Volume 34, Number 3 (Jan/Feb/Mar 2017).
Click on the image
to display its
table of contents.

Upcoming Events
Jan 24
I Thought He Was My Ancestor: Avoiding the Six Biggest Genealogy Mistakes - Speaker James Baker
Dr. James Baker, Ph.D., C.G., and longtime SGGS member will describe how to avoid the biggest genealogical mistakes using case studies to address the following issues: putting too much trust in family lore, in public family trees, believing all original records are correct, connecting erroneous "same name" persons to your family tree, trusting "genealogical snake oil" salesmen, and failing to test the "reasonableness" of data from every source.  After Jim Baker,  Dr. Dirk Weissleder of Germany will also speak for 15 minutes.
Feb 28
Bads, Bergs, Burgs, and Bachs: A Tool Kit for finding places in Germany -Speaker Warren Bittner
Presenter Warren Bittner, A.G. will help with tools when you still can’t find that location?  Learn to solve challenging locality problems using indirect sources, reverse sorts, and map guides.  Warren will discuss ways to search for a place, especially when there is more than one town with the same name or it is misspelled in a document.  
Mar 28
Speaker Baerbel Johnson (Topic to be announced)
Baerbel Johnson will speak on a topic to be announced.