Sacramento German Genealogy Society

October 25, 2016

German Census Records
Presented by Dr. Roger P. Minert
In January 2016, SGGS friend Roger P. Minert returned from a six-month sabbatical in Europe where devoted his efforts to a blockbusting task – the first ever book on German census records.  He and his wife visited archives all over Germany to collect images of census enumerations from 1816 to 1916.  The book, German Census Records, has been published and is available at the SGGS book table  Dr. Minert will share his knowledge of this important new records source.
Click here for more information
about this program.
This is the last meeting of 2016!

What's New?

  • October Der Blumenbaum (update)  – The October issue is expected to be provided to the printer later this week. It should be in the mail sometime next week.
  • 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.

SGGS' May 24 Meeting

The morning Study Group meeting followed by a 1 pm presentation by Jim Baker, Ph.D, C.G., focusing on non-church records (especially town anniversary books). The handout for this presentation is posted for one month on the Society Documens page in the members-only section of this website.

SGGS' January 26 Meeting had Cake!

SGGS hosted a combined Study Group and general meeting with a brown-bag lunch and free cake.
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Topic for the general meeting was the new German-American Genealogical Partnership, a project that started last year. Click here for more information about SGGS and the GAGP. Two out-of-town guests were present. Dirk Weissledger (Chairman of DAGV and President of BdF) from Germany and Gordon Seyffert (Editor for the Immigrant Genealogical Society) from L.A.
Dirk Weissleder lecturing about GAGP.
Gordon Seyffert (Immigrant Genealogical Society) helping Study Group attendees.

Christkindlmarkt 2015

SGGS hosted a booth at the Dec. 5 & 6 Christkindlmarkt event at the Sacramento Turn Verein. Booth volunteers gave German genealogy advice to visitors, sold merchandise and membership specials. The membershp specials were dressed up as Christmas presents.

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.

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
Volumes not yet Completed
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.
Vol. 19: Missouri
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).
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The current ‚ÄčDer Blumenbaum issue is Volume 34, Number 2 (Oct/Nov/Dec 2016).
Click on the image
to display its
table of contents.

Upcoming Events
Oct 25
"German Census Records"
Presented by Dr. Roger P. Minert, Ph.D., A.G.   In January 2016, SGGS friend Roger P. Minert returned from a six-month sabbatical in Europe where devoted his efforts to a blockbusting task – the first ever book on German census records.  He and his wife visited archives all over Germany to collect images of census enumerations from 1816 to 1916.  The book, German Census Records, has been published and is available at the SGGS book table  Dr. Minert will share his knowledge of this important new records source.  
Oct 31
Reformationstag (Reformation Day)
[Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Thüringen] The date of Reformation Day was based on the October 31, 1517 date when Dr. Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses against the sale of indulgences onto the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.
Nov 1
Allerheiligen (All Saints Day)
[Baden-Württemberg, Bayern, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland] All Saints Day celebrates all the saints, known and unknown.