Sacramento German Genealogy Society

August 23, 2016

Fleshing Out Your Family Using City Directories
Presented by Lisa Gorrell
City Directories are a wonderful source to help fill in details of your ancestor’s life between the census years. City Directories give information about a resident’s address and occupation but the directories also have lots of other information. Come hear about how to use the directories to aid in your research and where to find them in person or online. Remember, even small towns often had published directories.
Click here for more information
about this program.
Lisa Gorrell

Every day it's raining renewals – in SGGS' mailbox!
Never fear, we're keeping up with the flood
– and waiting to process your renewal too.
Keep'em coming!
If you have recently recently submitted your membership either by mail or online and have noticed that your renewal date has not yet changed, rest assured we will soon be processing your renewal. From late May through end of June we receive over 800 membershp renewals. Any processing delay on our part will not impact your Der Blumenbuam subscription or ability to log into the website.

What's New?

  • July Der Blumenbaum (update)  – For those with bulk mail delivery, our printer mailed those July 28. Note that bulk-mailed issues may take multiple weeks to reach the eastern U.S. For those paying extra for First Class delivery, those are expected to mailed early next week (week of August 1st). We apologize for the delay but this is the season for vacations and trips.
  • 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.
  • 2016 Spring Seminar Successful!  – Approximately 125 people attended. Photos are now posted using the website's new photo gallery feature.
  • 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.
  • 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' 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).
 16 Mar 2016 rh

The current ​Der Blumenbaum issue is Volume 34, Number 1 (July/Aug/Sept 2016).
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Upcoming Events
Aug 23
“Fleshing Out Your Family Using City Directories”
Presented by Lisa Gorrell.   City Directories are a wonderful source to help fill in details of your ancestor’s life between the census years.  City Directories give information about a resident’s address and occupation but the directories also have lots of other information.  Come hear about how to use the directories to aid in your research and where to find them in person or online.  Remember, even small towns often had published directories.
Sep 27
"Methods for Identifying the German Origins of American Immigrants"
Presented by Dr. Michael Lacopo, DVM. If all you know from conventional records is "Germany" as the place of origin, then Dr. Lacopo will suggest additional resources to consider utilizing in your search to discover WHERE your ancestor came from in Germany.  
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 will be finished and awaiting publication by this meeting.  He will share his knowledge of this important new records source.