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. From 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.
  • July Der Blumenbaum – Members have reported receiving this issue starting July 29. Scroll to the bottom of this page to view its table of contents.
  • End-of-year FY 2014 financial documents posted – Go to the Society Documents page in the members-only section.
  • Annual Meeting took place on June 24 – SGGS's annual meeting included the election of a new board of directors. You will see some new names on the website's Contact Us page.
  • Der Blumenbaum wins NGS national newsletter competition  Look below for details.

September 23rd Program

Ingeborg Carpenter

will speak on

Clothes our German Ancestors Wore –

At Home, Work, Festivals, In Church –

And Associated Traditions


July Der Blumenbaum and Late Renewals

In prior years, people who renew their memberhips late (after June 30) are not included in the initial mailing of the July issue of Der Blumenbaum. When a late membership renewal is received, a volunteer must expend time and labor to do an individual mailing of the July issue to that member. SGGS also aborbs the first-class mail cost difference. This situation also made estimating the July printing volume difficult and usually resulted in the mailing of this issue being later than usual.
Beginning with this issue, every SGGS member on record as of June 30 will get a July Der Blumenbam. Those who have not yet renewed or sent in their renewal late will see an "EXPIRED" on the first line of the address label. Also, non-renewing and late members with the first-class mailing option will instead receive this issue by the slower bulk mail. This new approach will save SGGS volunteers a significant amount of time and labor since those special mailings will no longer be necessary. Plus, the non-renewing members will get one last reminder.
If you see an "EXPIRED" on your mailing label and have renewed, your renewal was likely processed after mailing labels were generated. Check your membership date by logging into the website and going to the Your Member Record page in the members-only section.

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 next Der Blumenbaum issue is Volume 32, Number 1 (July, August, Sept. 2014). Members have started receiving this issue as of July 29.
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Upcoming Events
Sep 23:
Clothes Our German Ancestors Wore - At Home, Work, Festivals, In Church - And Associated Traditions
Presented by Ingeborg Carpenter
Here, we will see many examples of German attire which Ingeborg has collected over many years, with some of it modeled by members.  This presentation will provide a basic understanding of the "messages" inherent in various styles of clothing as well as the role of tradition in preserving such styles.
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.