Sacramento German Genealogy Society
The following categorized lists of links pertain to German-related research and local resources. Member websites are listed in their own category. If you know of a useful German genealogical research website not listed, please email us about it.
 
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The Pommerscher Verein Central Wisconsin exists to preserve the language and heritage of its member's ancestors who immigrated primarily from the Prussian Provinces of Pomerania, West and East Prussia, and Posen as well as Mecklenburg (not a province of Prussia); to record the rich history of the settlers; and to be a resource for genealogy research. A further objective is to provide opportunities for fellowship, friendship, and Gemütlichkeit for members and the community at large.
[Located in Category: Genealogical & Hist. Societies]
Projects consist of information from various archives placed online. Immigration archives include German Immigrants 1850 - 1899 (links below) as well as Finnish, Italian, Russian, and UK immgrants. In addition, there is a Historical Military Collection with information from the Civil War to the War in Viet Nam.
[Located in Category: Immigration]
[Located in Category: Immigration]
[Located in Category: Immigration]
[Located in Category: Immigration]
[Located in Category: Immigration]
[Located in Category: Immigration]
A searchable database of Germans who applied for emigration permits from the middle of the 18th to the early 20th centuries. English can be selected by clicking on it in the upper right.
[Located in Category: Immigration]
Addressbooks of Breslau from 1701 to 1937 (with gaps). In German language. Requires DjVu viewer available at download.cnet.com.
[Located in Category: Genealogical Research]
Database of Austrian newspapers from 1704-1872 (with a few gaps). Placed on line by the Austrian National Library. In German.
[Located in Category: Genealogical Research]
Maintains a genealogy library in San Francisco containing over 38,000 reference materials from around the world.
[Located in Category: Libraries]
A California regional genealogical organization whose members mostly are genealogical societies.
[Located in Category: Genealogical & Hist. Societies]
Online listing of German casualties during WWI. Contains about 8.5 million entries. In mixed German & English. For more information or instructions, see Der Blumenbaum: List of German Casualties in World War I, Vol 32, No 2 (Oct/Nov/Dec 2014)
[Located in Category: Genealogical Research]
[Located in Category: Genealogical Events]
This link brings up the Germany category from what is the world's largest database of genealogical and historical websites.
[Located in Category: Internet Portals]
[Located in Category: Member Websites]
This branch of the huge Family History Library in Salt Lake City provides local access to much of that collection. SGGS member and German research expert Michael Mayer-Kielmann serves as a volunteer on Thursdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. During that shift, he is available for mentoring, transcribing German script and German language translation.
[Located in Category: Libraries]
[Located in Category: Member Websites]
Website of the Familia Austria genealogical association. Searchable databases include Vienna newspapers and a marriage index. Data are limited for non-members. In German, but clicking on the "Internationale Versionen" link in the upper right will bring up Google Translate.
[Located in Category: Genealogical Research]
[Located in Category: Genealogical Events]
Lists useful German research websites.
[Located in Category: Internet Portals]
A national genealogical organization of which SGGS is a member.
[Located in Category: Genealogical & Hist. Societies]
A local genealogical umbrella organization of which SGGS is a member.
[Located in Category: Genealogical & Hist. Societies]
A general purpose local genealogical society located in the city of Sacramento.
[Located in Category: Genealogical & Hist. Societies]
This is a link to a downloadable, 43-page genealogical dictionary in PDF format by the Austrian professional genealogist Felix Gundacker. It includes many Latin terms and regional southern German terms. It will not replace Ernst Thode's dictionary, but can be a useful augmentation. The dictionary is free for private use.
[Located in Category: Tools]
Gazetteer provided by the Verein für Computergenealogie. Covers over 850,000 location in areas of the former German Empire and some foreign settlements. Includes churches, church districts, places, districts, regions and more. In English and German.
[Located in Category: Gazetteers]
Provides a number of free databases (e.g., searchable gazetteer for historic Germany, Austria and Switzerland).
[Located in Category: Internet Portals]
Contains a variety of databases created by the Austrian GenTeam. Access is free but registration is required. English language can be selected by clicking on the flag symbol in the upper right.
[Located in Category: Genealogical Research]
For an entered surname, provides location distribution (based on phone books), spelling variations, surname queries and links to similar resources for other countries.
[Located in Category: Genealogical Research]
A large number of German-related fonts (mostly freeware) are posted for downloading. Of particular interest are the "18th Century Kurrent" font used in old church books, and "Sütterlin" which is a stylized version of Kurrent. There are also a number of Fraktur fonts available. Just enter "Kurrent", "Sütterlin" or "Fraktur" in the search window.
[Located in Category: Tools]
Includes--but is not limmited to--several searchable data bases of early immigrants in the New York area.
[Located in Category: Genealogical & Hist. Societies]
Download public domain fonts including a contemporary German Gothic. Available for Windows and Mac. If you want the historic Fraktur font, go to the Fontasy web site above.
[Located in Category: Tools]
Contains lists of both general-use and German genealogy websites.
[Located in Category: Internet Portals]
At this website, you can enter a name or word and choose one of seven different types of old German handwritten or printed letters in which to display it. This feature is useful for seeing the image of a name in script before searching for it in a church register. In German.
[Located in Category: Tools]
A national German-American historical society of which SGGS is a member.
[Located in Category: Genealogical & Hist. Societies]
Contains about 3000 individual records covering 1792 -1900 from Michael Mayer-Kielmann's grandmother's village called Tinz (located in Breslau county, Niederschlesien, Germany). Michael is an SGGS member and mentoring volunteer at the Elk Grove Family History Center (Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.).
[Located in Category: Location-specific]
Gazetteer covering provinces of East Prussia, West Prussia, Brandenburg, Posen, Pomerania and Silesia. Location results include email addresses of other researchers and their names of interest in that location. Visitors to this site can add their email address and names of interest to locations. In English.
[Located in Category: Gazetteers]
A general purpose local genealogical society located in Bakersfield, California. Specialized research into Kern County records is available for a nominal fee.
[Located in Category: Genealogical & Hist. Societies]
Meyers Geographical and Commercial Gazetteer of the German Empire, known as "Meyers Orts" for short. Lists all locations that were part of the German Empire before World War I. For best results, use the keyword instead of the location box. In Fraktur font and in German.
[Located in Category: Gazetteers]
[Located in Category: Genealogical Events]
A national genealogical organization of which SGGS is a member.
[Located in Category: Genealogical & Hist. Societies]
Digital library containing books about Germans emigrating to Russia during the 19th Century and their descendants.
[Located in Category: Genealogical Research]
Permits basic and advanced searches for locations in Germany. Results include information about the location plus a link to Wikipedia. Does not include locations in the former Eastern German possessions. Contains advertisements. In English.
[Located in Category: Gazetteers]
A general purpose local genealogical society located in the Citrus Heights area.
[Located in Category: Genealogical & Hist. Societies]
A general purpose local genealogical society located in the city of Roseville.
[Located in Category: Genealogical & Hist. Societies]
This branch of the huge Family History Library in Salt Lake City maintains an SGGS-provided collection of German genealogy research materials. Formerly named the Sacramento Family History Center. SGGS mentors are there Thursday afternoons to assist people with their German-related research.
[Located in Category: Libraries]
This city library has an large collection of genealogical research materials.
[Located in Category: Libraries]
Library room contains books and document pertaining to German culture, literature, language and history, as well as the history of the Turn Verein itself.
[Located in Category: Libraries]
Here you can conduct searches of numerous genealogy data bases and websites in a single step.
[Located in Category: Internet Portals]
Information about the German Norka colony in Russia, plus Germans in Oregon and Washington states.
[Located in Category: Genealogical Research]