German Interest Group
Meets: 3rd Saturdays of most months* (check
Hours: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
for more information.
Location: 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504
Southern California Genealogy Society building
*Programs are subject to change without notice.
The German Research Team and German Interest Group
at SCGS can help you navigate the unique challenges of researching your German
Drawing from the SCGS Library's main collection and online databases, as well
as one of the most extensive collections of Germanic research materials in the
United States, our experienced researchers will assist in locating your ancestors.
10:00 Library open to the public
1:00 German Interest Group Program
2:00 Assistance with research
4:00 Library closes promptly
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.
The goal of the German Interest Group is to provide
a wide range of resources both inside and outside the SCGS Library to help trace
German families. The group meets at the Library every third Saturday from 1pm
to 4pm. They often have a speaker on German research and they offer assistance
with your German research problems. New members and guests are always welcome.
If you bring your family information (pedigree charts and family group sheets
with as much information as possible), the group members will be better able
to assist you in locating information you need to find your German ancestors.
Members of the German Interest Group are busy compiling Research
Guides for the various German states and regions. These research guides
will be invaluable resources for the genealogist who is trying to locate ancestors
in The Old Country.
With over 3,000 volumes of the collection of the German Genealogical Society
of America held within the SCGS Library, this group has an abundance of resources
at its disposal. The knowledgeable, experienced members of the German Interest
Group are always willing to help navigate the challenges of researching in Germany.