Sacramento German Genealogy Society

What's New?

  • German Life German Life subscriptions will be available to purchase at the September and October SGGS meetings. Published six times a year, each issue usually features a city or region in Germany, Austria or Switzerland as well as articles on Germanic culture and history. There is an article in German with its English translation and much more. Buy a subscription or renew at the SGGS group rate and save – $17.95 for one year (an $8 discount), $31.00 for two years and $45.00 for three years. If interested, bring your checkbook! Click here for a preview of one issue. For more information, click here to email Gene Poch <>.
  • Facebook – Our new Facebook Editor, Liz Shaw, has greatly improved the look and content of the SGGS Facebook page. If you have a Facebook account, click here to view the SGGS page.
  • End-of-year FY 2014 financial documents posted – Go to the Society Documents page in the members-only section.
  • Der Blumenbaum wins NGS national newsletter competition  Look below for details.

October 28th Program

Baerbel Johnson, A.G.
will speak on

German Online Sources –

Newly Available Records from East to West


September 23rd Program

At the September 23rd meeting, Ingeborg Carpenter discussed traditional attire (Trachten) and her three models demonstrated some examples. Models: Barbara Meyer-Kielmann, Ute Lyon, and Gerd Rustmann.
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Der Blumenbaum Wins NGS Contest

Each year the National Genealogical Society (NGS)  holds a nationwide newsletter competition. Der Blumenbaum ediitor Shirley Riemer submitted copies of Der Blumenbaum for this year's competition and Der Blumenbaum was selected as one of the two co-winners for 2014. Shirley traveled to the annual NGS converence in Viriginia just prior to our May 10 annual seminar to accept the award. SGGS is a member of NGS and the prize is one year of free membership.

A Very Successful 2014 Seminar

Nationally known genealogy speaker Kory Meyerink addressed the latest and most useful tools for your genealogical research.
  • The New FamilyTree at the FamilySearch Library
  • German Church Records
  • Internet Sources for German Research

The current Der Blumenbaum issue is Volume 32, Number 1 (July, August, Sept. 2014). The next issue (October) is completed and expected to be in the mail by the end of October.
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Upcoming Events
Oct 3:
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.
Oct 28:
German Online Sources - Newly Available Records from East to West
Presented by Baerbel Johnson, A.G.
Includes information about obtaining church records from areas where permission to film had previously not been given.
Oct 31:
Reformationstag (Reformation Day)
[Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Thüringen]
The date of Reformation Day was based on the October 31, 1517 date when Dr. Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses against the sale of indulgences onto the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.