Sacramento German Genealogy Society
On Tuesday March 28, 2017
 
11 am - 12:30 pm
1 pm – 2:45 pm
 
Study Group meeting and other activities
Baerbel Johnson:
How to Find and Use German Regional Historical Newspapers and Address Books
 
     Baerbel Johnson will present to us a program on how to find and use German regional historical newspapers and address books. (Note that German Adreßsbücher are what we Americans refer to as “city directories.”)
      Having discussed newspapers in her 2016 SGGS presentation on digital libraries, she will this year delve deeper into German local newspapers – showing us how it may be possible to find in these newspapers items such as notices of births, marriages, or deaths; property sales; inventions; requests for business licenses; notices of intention to emigrate; and more. One may even find an ancestor mentioned in a news item, or even in a magazine!
     The historical information found in these resources can be helpful in understanding the world of one's ancestor, by adding color to your family history – including such items as local events, grocery prices, and advertisements.
     Johnson will also include information about “Anno,” a collection of newspapers at the Austrian National Library, which includes newspapers from Vienna and other parts of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire – especially Bohemia and Moravia.
     This presentation will be rich in information and examples that you can put to use right away!
Baerbel Johnson
 
Can't attend this meeting? The speaker's handout is usually posted for a month on the Society Documents page in the website's members-only section within a day or two afterwards. One will be posted only if a handout was used, it contains useful content and the speaker grants permission.
 
At 11 am: The Study Group workshop begins. Bring to it your questions, problems, brickwalls, discoveries, successes and failures to discuss with the group and local experts. Often, the featured speaker will also be present to participate.
 
During the Study Group meeting, Michael Mayer-Kielmann will again be providing individual consultations. Registration is required. Contact one of the officers at the beginning of the Study Group meeting for instructions and to sign up.
 
You can also do the following (assuming sufficient volunteers are present):
• purchase merchandise (cash, check, credit/debit cards accepted)
• browse the SGGS library books
• browse the freebies table
• use member services (address membershp issues, discuss volunteer opportunities,
   register for the seminar)
 
Feel free to bring your brown bag lunch to eat prior to the 1 p.m. lecture.
 
At 1 pm: The main program begins and all other activities end. After the meeting adjourns and if the speaker's travel departure time permits, you may be talk to the speaker or speakers in person by coming to the front of the room.
 
If there is sufficient time and volunteers available, merchandise sales will reopen until 3 pm.
 
Both meetings take place in MacMurdo Hall at St. Marks Methodist Church on Lusk Drive at St. Marks Way, east of the Country Club Plaza Shopping Center (2391 Saint Marks Way, Sacramento). MacMurdo Hall is on the basement level. An elevator is available. Parking is free. Park in either the church's lot or along the street. 
 
St. Mark's United Methodist Church
2391 St. Marks Way 
Sacramento, CA 95864 
http://www.stmarksumc.com/ 
 
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Guests are welcome and admission is free.
We look forward to seeing you!