Sacramento German Genealogy Society

December 5 & 6, 2015

Christkindlmarkt at the Sacramento Turn Verein takes place this year the first weekend in December. SGGS hosts a booth there where we sell merchandise, offer new-member specials (Christmas presents that include many extras), display all of our maps and have volunteers present to answer questions. Come by to visit us and then go on to do some of your Christmas shopping. The Turn Verein offers a German lunch and usually schedules two dancing troupes (German folk dancing on Saturday, Irish line dancers on Sunday). Tip: The 40-car parking lot behind the building fills up quickly but there is plenty of street parking.
2014 SGGS booth. Rex Smith and Ingeborg Carpenter
are standing. Click on the image for a larger view.
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January 26, 2016

The Plan for Collaboration
between German and American Societies
German and American genealogical societies (including SGGS) are beginning a historic collaboration. What is going on? How will it benefit your genealogical research?
Come and find out from the person best able to answer those questions.
Click here for more information.
Dirk Weissleder
of Hanover, Germany
This lmage is not the
official logo of GAGP.
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GAGP button
on the left to
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about SGGS'
To listen to a 14-minute podcast in English from Dirk Weissleder about the German-American Genealogical Partnership, click on the above icon to display the podcast webpage. Then after the recording completes loading, press the play button (triange with a circle around it).

What's New?

  • Teresa Steinkamp McMillin Handouts Posted  – Both of her October meeting presentation handouts are now posted on the Society Documents page in the members-only section of this website.
  • New Merchandise Store Page Now Available  – Our merchandise and services sales pages have been revised. The merchandise page now allows payment by credit and some debit cards.
  • Digitized Pedigree Charts Posting Compete!  – Don't want to wait for a meeting to access all the member-submitted pedigree charts in the brown binders? Now you can instead go to the "Pedigree Charts & Index" page in the For Members Only section of this website. Thanks go to Milt Kelly for massive amount of work required to make this available. The name index is is presently incomplete but that will eventually be brought up to date by a different volunteer  28 Aug 2015
  • Der Blumenbaum Index B Revised  – A complete index to Der Blumenbaum issues (through March 2015) was posted in the members-only section a couple months ago. Shirley Riemer just brought index B of that set up to date. The updated copy can be found on the Society Documents page in the members-only section.   11 July 2015
  • New SGGS Tech This year is one of technological change. See the two SGGS Tech articles below for details.

Sept. 22nd Panel of Experts

Panel of experts: Shirley Riemer, Michael Mayer Kielmann, James Baker, Ph.D., C.G.
At the SGGS September meeting, a panel of genealogical experts addressed audience-submitted questions in the form of mini-presentations which included informational handouts. Each of their handouts can be found on the Society Documents page in the members-only section of this website.

New SGGS Tech – Online Forms

SGGS provided an online registration form as an option for people pre-registering for the 2015 Spring Workshop. It was well received, with 55% of attendees using it. Consequently, we have created two other forms. SGGS members have already received the survey form by email. And the latest one is for a membershp purchase & renewal. It will be available later this week (no later than May 8) on the "Join SGGS " page. When used to purchase something (e.g, membership, seminar registration) the customer first fills out the form and is then sent to the PayPal website to provide payment using either a credit or debit card. The customer receives two emailed receipts, one from SGGS describing the purchase and another from PayPal documenting the payment. But the big advantage is that your purchase is immedidately received. No concerns about returned mail, or the Post Office putting it in the wrong box, or misreading the address, etc.  And when used by non-U.S. customers, PayPal does currency conversion. Use of this service is free.
Depicted above are the upper parts of the online forms for Spring Workshop registration, memership purchase and a survey.

New SGGS Tech – Credit & Debit Cards

Some of you who have attended recent monthly meetings or last month's Spring Workshop have noticed volunteers Brian Hansen and Bill Cole using their smartphones to accept credt and debit card payments. Treasurer Alex Shaw opened a nonprofit account with the Square payment service. With that came a free app for smartphones and free magnetic strip readers (pictured at the right) which make all of this work. Use of this service is free.
Note that SGGS cannot guarantee that this service will be available at any particular meeting since such is dependent on either of the foregoing volunteers being present and their equipment being in working order. Not all credit and debit cards are accepted by Square.

The current ​Der Blumenbaum issue is Volume 33, Number 2
(Oct., Nov. Dec. 2015).
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to display its
table of contents.

Upcoming Events
Dec 4
St. Barbara's Day
In Germany, "Barbarazweig is the custom of bringing branches off cherry trees on this date, placing them in a vase of water to bloom on Christmas Day. In some areas, it is the day to bake Kletzenbrot. 
Dec 5
17th Annual Christkindlmarkt
Hours: Saturday, December 5th, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Sunday, December 6th, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free with the donation of a coat or $3.   In the tradition of the German outdoor Christmas Markets, the Sacramento Turn Verein offers the community an annual Christkindlmarkt for holiday shopping and entertainment. Highlights of this festive weekend-long event include:  28 booths featuring local vendors; Lebkuchen and Magenbrot; traditional German baked Christmas treats; Glühwein, also known as mulled wine; daily appearances of Santa Claus and the German Christkind; Christmas Music, Arts, Crafts, Ornaments, Cookies and Cakes, Nürnberg sausage dinner & Glühwein for sale.   Visit us at ...
Dec 6
St. Nicholas Day
St. Nicholas of Myra is a popular Christian Saint among children across Europe because of his reputation as a bringer of gifts.