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SCGS INTEREST GROUPS - German Interest Group

German Online Resources

Below are links from the German Interest Group (GIG) that are commonly used in German research. Also listed are documents (in .pdf format) of handouts created by GIG.

German Surname List - created by SCGS's German Interest Group

German Online Research Sites
For those sites written in the German language use Google Chrome browser and translate into English.
Umbrella organization of genealogical and heraldic associations in Germany (in German)
Run a search from the "Metasearch" menu by surname and place.
Newspapers in Germany
Offers quick and easy access to the collections of the 48 National Libraries of Europe and leading European Research Libraries.
Search by name or place for info on vital records of German ancestors.
Search on-line heritage books that list family books by region.

GIG meeting handouts
General Genealogy sites Conferences Videos
    The world's largest collection of free videos. Search for "German genealogy" topics.

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The German Research Team and German Interest Group at SCGS can help you navigate the unique challenges of researching your German ancestors.

Germans form the largest group of immigrants to the America. Germans were among the settlers of Jamestown in 1608; and the first permanent German settlement was established in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1683. Since then, some eight million German immigrants have entered the United States.

The specialized German Collection of the Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library includes over 3,000 books, CDs, maps, manuscripts, and databases. The cornerstone of SCGS's Germanic section is the 30-year personal collection of F. Walter Hilbig, formerly with Heritage Quest magazine and the Salt Lake City Family History Library. Many of our volumes are very rare and have never seen the light of a scanner or digital camera. If you have been working solely online, we may have some surprises for you. We can help you prove your findings.