Sacramento German Genealogy Society
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Next Meeting: January 23

Enjoy the holiday season while looking forward to
exciting, innovative SGGS programs
and events that begin again in January!
 
But if you are looking for something to do on December 2nd or 3rd, you can do worse than visting the all day
event at the Sacramento Turn Verien. SGGS is hosting a booth there during both days (Saturday and Sunday). Includes shopping, snacks, folk dancing and a German lunch.
SGGS booth


What's New?

  • It is Not Too Late! – Didn't attend the 2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference in July? Leftover syllabus books can be purchased while the supply lasts. You can also purchase audio recordings of presentations from the vendor.
  • SGGS Meeting Handouts & Videos – Beginning with the Sept. 26 meeting, presentation handouts and videos appear on a separate meeting page in the members-only section of this website. The meeting page will remain posted for a month following its posting date. The Oct. 21 program is currently posted.
  • 2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference (July 28 - 30, 2017 in Minneapolis) – The very first international conference of the International German Genealogy Partnership was a huge success. Attendence of 700 exceeded expectations. In 2019, tha conference will take place in the Sacramento area, hosted by your very own SGGS with a lot of help from the other IGGP member societies. Over 850 photos of the conference were taken with the best posted on the IGGP page on this website. A short 9-minute video from the SGGS Aug. 22nd meeting is also posted.


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 Minert and his group at Brigham Young University have been transcribing, indexing and publishing German-American church records in a series of volumes called German Immigrants in American 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
Available for purchase
and soon to be provided by
SGGS to the Sacramento
FamilySearch Library
Future Volumes
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. 9: Iowa Southeast
Vol. 10: Illinois North
Vol. 11: Illinois, Cook County
              and Chicago
Vol. 12: Illinois Central
Vol. 13: Illinois South
Vol. 14: Illinois St. Clair 
             County
Vol. 15: Michigan, excluding
              Detroit
Vol. 16: Detroit, Part I
Vol. 17: Detroit, Part II
Vol. 18: Minnesota, North &
             South Dakota
Vol. 19: Missouri (excluding St. Louis city & county)
Received by SGGS on 2 Feb 2017 and will soon be provded to the FamilySearch Library on Eastern Ave.
 
Vol. 20: Missouri
Expected late Summer 2017:
 
Vol. 21 & 22: St. Louis City & County
 
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
270K JSB BYU
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).
 
posted Oct 2016, rev 20 Nov 2017 rh


Interested in Helping SGGS?

Click here to visit the volunteer opportunities page.
 
Click here to visit the organizational structure page.


The current ‚ÄčDer Blumenbaum issue is Volume 35, Number 2 (Oct/Nov/Dec 2017).
 
 
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to display its
table of contents.
 
 


Upcoming Events
Dec 2
18th Annual Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market)
Free with Coat donation; otherwise, $3. ~28 Vendor Booths with German ornaments, pastries/cakes and gifts for sale.  ~Visit SGGS's booth and give a SGGS membership as a gift.  ~Christmas music, arts, crafts, St. Nick and Christkind appearances  ~Nurnberg sausage dinner, Gluhwein  
Dec 3
18th Annual Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market)
Free with Coat donation; otherwise, $3. ~28 Vendor Booths with German ornaments, pastries/cakes and gifts for sale.  ~Visit SGGS's booth and give a SGGS membership as a gift.  ~Christmas music, arts, crafts, St. Nick and Christkind appearances  ~Nurnberg sausage dinner, Gluhwein  
Dec 4
St. Barbara's Day (Barbarazweig)
In Germany, "Barbarazweig is the custom of bringing branches off cherry trees on this date, placing them in a vase of water to bloom on Christmas Day. In some areas, people bake Kletzenbrot. This day remembers St. Barbara who was locked in a tower by her father to preserve her purity whenever he left town.  There were two barred windows. However, after her baptism, Barbara ordered a third window to be made in honor of the Trinity.  Her father had her executed for this because she didn't get his permission.  A branch of a cherry tree got caught in her dress before her imprisonment.  She watered ...