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.

  • May 21: History of Alsace Lorraine presented by Kathy Holland
  • June 18: My Trip To Germany presented by Gordon Seyffurt
  • July 16: The Great Winter/Frost of 1709 in Europe presented by Walt Sturrock
    Brick Wall "How did my ancestors get here?" presented by Kathy Tryon
  • Aug 20: German Farm Life and Traditions" presented by Kathy Wurth
  • Sep 17: Jamboree 2022 recap: presented by whomever attended
    Research using Social Media presented by Annette Adams
  • Oct 15: Using familysearches Wiki, Learning Center, Community, Online Consultations, Lookups presented by Becky Adamson
  • Nov 19: History of German Festivals presented by Melanie Gnad
    To Be Announced

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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.