Southern California Genealogical Society
SCGS INTEREST GROUPS - German Resources and German Special Interest Group

German Interest Group

Meets: 3rd Saturdays of most months* (check calendar)
Hours: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Contact: for more information.
Location: 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504
Southern California Genealogy Society building
*Programs are subject to change without notice.

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.

2015 Meeting Dates:

  • July 18, 2015: - flyer
    ~ Lois Wildman presents: "The Blender Family" from Sigmaringen, Wurttenberg
    ~ Melanie Gnad presents: The Geiser Family from the area of Aachen, Obersasbach, Baden, Germany
    ~ Barbara Burkholder presents: The Schwartz Family from Sasbachwalden, Baden Ittersdorf Saarland

    August 15, 2015
    ~ Priscilla Pruitt presents: The Klumph Family
    ~ Marian McHale presents: The Platzbecker Family from Eschweiler, Rhineland
    ~ Gordon Seyffert presents: Ballasejus from Gaitzjhnen, East Prussia and Ballaseyus from Ueckermunde, Pomerania
    ~Alene Neff presents: The Gentzsch & Strubin Families

    September 19, 2015
    ~ Carol Thomas presents: Her Bailey Family from the Alsace Region
    ~ Walt Sturrock presents: The Yung-Yeager Family

    October 17, 2015
    - The German Interest Group will hold their annual Potluck in October rather then November. Starts at 12:00 PM in the meeting room...
    ~ Mary Daly presents: Her German Family...
    ~ Allene Aubertin presents: The Meyer & Bernasco Families from Trier & Alsace, Rhineland

    November 21, 2015
    Is set aside for a special guest speaker to be announced at a later date...

    December 2015 - No Meeting

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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.