Sacramento German Genealogy Society

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.

2017 IGGP Conference

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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News release dated Nov. 1, 2016
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* GAGP is in the process of changing its name to International German Genealogy Partnershp (IGGP).

What's New?

  • 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
Click here for for a July 28, 2016 genealogy blog that discusses the series and mentions when Volume 19 is expected to be available.
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).
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to display its
table of contents.

Upcoming Events
Dec 24
Heiligabend (Christmas Eve)
December 24th begins as a regular workday. But by 2:00 pm, often even earlier, businesses close in preparation for the holiday celebration, a large part of which occurs on Christmas Eve in Germany.  The traditional evening meal includes carp and potato salad. Families sing Christmas carols together and may read the story of Christ's birth aloud.  Family members exchange gifts. The tradition of opening gifts on Heiligabend was started by Martin Luther in the 16th century in favor of a celebration than honored Christ rather than a Catholic saint. 
Dec 25
In preparation for Christmas, an Advent calendar is set up four Sundays before Christmas, and on December 6 the Weihnachtsmann (St. Nikolaus) arrives to fill children’s shoes. On Heiligabend (Christmas Eve) the Bescherung (exchanging of gifts) takes place. A big meal is served on Christmas day.
Jan 1
Neujahr (New Years Day)
Winter celebrations have been common for thousands of years in Europe, tracing back to the need to entice the sun back to the earth during the long winters of the northern hemisphere. Until around 143 BCE, the ancient Roman New Year was celebrated on March 1 in the area that is now Germany.