September 26: Roger Minert, PhD, AG
- IGGP International 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.
- SGGS Online Store is again available! – You are again able to purchase the laminated guide, German Card and Der Blumenbaum back issues online.
- GIACR Volume 20 Now Available! – Covers the second half of Missouri not including the city and county of St. Louis. For more information, scroll down this page to the GIACR article or go to page 118 of the January 2017 Der Blumenbaum.
- New SGGS Organization Structure – Click here to display SGGS' new organizational structure. It started with a bylaws change at the June 2016 annual membershp meetings with the detailed implementation plannng taking place at the Nov. 15 Strategic Planning Committee meeting. Click here to display that page.
- Digitized Pedigree Charts Index being improved – New pedigree charts editor Marilyn Simleness is improving the index, making it more complete and easiler to use.
- 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 one 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.
- 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.
"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
Available for purchase
and soon to be provided by
SGGS to the Sacramento
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
Vol. 12: Illinois Central
Vol. 13: Illinois South
Vol. 14: Illinois St. Clair
Vol. 15: Michigan, excluding
Vol. 16: Detroit, Part I
Vol. 17: Detroit, Part II
Vol. 18: Minnesota, North &
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 (excluding St. Louis city & county)
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 Family Roots Publishing (expected to be the new supplier).
posted Oct 2016, rev 9 May 2017 rh
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The current Der Blumenbaum issue is Volume 35, Number 1 (Jul/Aug/Sep 2017).
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"A Newly Organized German Resource"~Roger Minert, PhD, AG
Our friend Roger has chosen SGGS as the first organization to hear his announcement about a newly organized German resource, one which might just provide the answer to that pesky family history riddle!
Tag der Deutschen Einheit (Day of German Unity)
This holiday commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990 when the goal of a unity of Germany that originated in the middle of the 19th century, was fulfilled. An alternative choice of date could have been the day the Berlin Wall came down – November 9, 1989, which coincided with the anniversary of the proclamation of the German Republic in 1918 and the defeat of Hitler’s first coup in 1923. However, November 9 was also the anniversary of the first large-scale Nazi-led pogroms against Jews in 1938 (Kristallnacht); therefore, that day was considered inappropriate as a national holiday.
German-American Day (Deutsch-Amerikanischer Tag)
This day celebrates German American American heritage and commemorates the date in 1683 when 13 German families from Krefeld, near the Rhine, arrived in Philadelphia. These families late founded Germantown, Pennsylvania, the first German settlemnt in the original thirteen colonies. In 1688, they organized the first petition in the English colonies to abolish slavery. Originally known as "German Day", the holiday was first celebrated in 1883 in Philadelphia on the 200th anniversary of the immigration of Krefeld settlers and was later celebrated in other parts of the USA. During World War I, the custom died out due to anti-German feelings that ...