Sacramento German Genealogy Society

February 23, 2016

Genealogy Tech Tips and Utilities
Need to speed up searches, write a citation painlessly, generate a list of records for a given place and time, or determine just how you are related? Genealogist Kathryn Marshall will discuss handy utilities, hardware, mobile apps, and search tips for major web sites. Discover how easy it is to use two monitors, get more out of your handheld devices, create an instant hotspot for your laptop when you have no wifi access, transfer precious memories on aging VCR tapes to uploadable digital format, remove background noise from audio tape recordings, and how to simplify life with voice recognition software and OCR.
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Dr. Kathryn Marshall

What's New?

  • 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.
  • GAGP Explained at SGGS's Jan. 26 Meeting  – The historic partnership of American, German and British German genealogical socieites was addessed at SGGS' Jan. 26 meeting. For more information, see the corresponding article posted below.
  • German Cards  – German Cards are again being sold online by SGGS. Go to our Online Store page.
  • Christkindlmarkt Successful  – SGGS hosted a booth at the Dec. 5 & 6 Christkindlmarkt event at the local Turn Verein providing free German genealogy advice and selling both merchandise and memberships. See below for a photo.
  • 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 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

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 6, 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).
Click here for Picton Press (going out of business).
 6 Feb 2016 rh

The current ​Der Blumenbaum issue is Volume 33, Number 3 (Jan./Feb./Mar. 2016).
Click on the image
to display its
table of contents.

Upcoming Events
Feb 23
“Genealogy Tech Tips and Handy Utilities”
Presented by Dr. Kathryn Marshall.   Need to speed up searches, narrow things down, use fuzzy filters, write a citation painlessly, generate a list of records for a given place and time, or determine just how you are related?  Genealogist Kathryn Marshall will discuss handy utilities like Evernote, easybib, TreeConnect, Google Chrome extensions, online research log templates, password encryptors, mind maps, and great features which you may have missed on major web sites.  
Mar 22
“Using Digital Libraries to find your German Ancestors”
Presented by Baerbel Johnson, A.G.   Learn to use digital libraries to solve German research problems and enrich your family history. You may find town pictures, address books, newspapers, histories, maps, biographies, historical calendars, and more. Occasionally, images of church- and civil records have also been published in a digital library. Most publications are free of copyright, so the images and stories found can be used to enrich your family history.  
Apr 30
2016 Spring Seminar: "Focus on Our German Heritage"
Presented by Dr. Fritz Juengling, Ph.D., A.G. He will discuss the following four topics: 1. German Surnames:  Their origins and geographic distribution 2. Extracting Information from German Church and Civil Records:  How to read and use these records 3. Learning More from German Guild Records: A possibility for filling gaps when church records are missing 4. Emigration to America: Beyond the Obvious Reasons: Practical and social decisions for emigration to America