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 2:00 p.m.
Virtual GIG meetings using GoToMeeting:
Contact: for more information.

Location: 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504
Southern California Genealogy Society building
*Programs are subject to change without notice.

Goal: 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 family lineage.

Meetings: The group meets at the Library the third Saturday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Meetings include presentations on a wide variety of research topics, highlights of German resources available in the library, on-line research tips, group help with brick wall problems, highlights of discoveries, and personal research time with the help of other members.

German Resources in the SCGS Library: 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.

  • German Online Resources: Our group posts links to common German resources on this page.

2021 GIG Calendar of Events:

March 20, 2021: “Chasing a Surname: How DNA matches found the true identity of a man's father” (Chris Greene), New Fold3 collection: Germany, Military Killed in Action, 1939-1948 (Walt Sturrock)

April 17, 2021: “German Abolitionists in Texas” (Jan Bickel), and “A stubborn brick wall” (Milt Radant)

May 15, 2021: “Luxembourg info” (Jacquie Shatner), and “Civil War Ancestor” (David Burde), and ?

June 19, 2021: “Hesse: A Grimm Place for Farms and Factories” (Melanie Gnad-TENTATIVE), and ?

July 17, 2021: “My Research Trip to Germany” (Mary Kus), and “My German immigrants” (Doska Ross)

August 21, 2021: Dirk Weissleder (not confirmed)

September 18, 2021: “Bavaria: Land of Ludwig and Lederhosen” (Melanie Gnad), and “My Experience with Hiring a German Genealogist” (Mary Kus)

October 16, 2021: “The Grand Duchy of Baden: In the Shadows of the Black Forest” (Melanie Gnad), and ?

November 20, 2021: “My Swiss Grandmother's Birth Record” (Heidi Arno)

December 14, 2021: No meeting, enjoy the holidays!

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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.