Thursday, August 26, 2010


It is a pleasure to introduce the Sacramento German Genealogical Society as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

The Sacramento German Genealogy Society (SGGS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 1983. It promotes the search for family histories of those who have a German heritage, provides educational resources for those seeking to learn how to research their German ancestry, and seeks to increase the public's understanding of the cultural history of life in the German-speaking areas of Europe and United States.

SGGS holds week-day monthly lectures featuring local and out-of-town German genealogy experts. At those meetings attendees can purchase German genealogy research books, maps and tools. Attendees can also browse member pedigree charts, use the books in the SGGS library, discuss research problems with volunteers at the help desk and engage in a question/answer discussion with local experts or the featured speaker. Establishing additional monthly meetings on Saturday is currently under consideration.

SGGS also runs a monthly workshop, weekly mentor sessions, an annual seminar and occasional special events. The monthly workshop is a small-group meeting where you can discuss your research problems with the experts leading the meeting and the other attendees. The mentor sessions occur every Thursday afternoon at the Sacramento Regional Family History Center where volunteer mentors will provide personal assistance in the use that research facility. The annual seminar is an all-day Saturday event with lectures from one or two out-of-the-area speakers. SGGS occasionally hosts special events such as its 25th anniversary which local featured German folk dancers and singers. The monthly meetings are free and open to the pubic. The annual seminar and special events are fee-based.

In addition to meetings, SGGS also provides a number of services such as an informational website, a list of approved German translators (charge a fee), surname queries and customized handshake packets. SGGS volunteers create useful publications that are subsequently sold to meeting attendees. These include a reference catalog to the German resources available at the Sacramento Regional Family History Center and a comprehensive index for all of the Der Blumenbaum journals (since 1984).

You are invited to join us. Guests are always welcome at our meetings. Joining the organization entitles you to receive the award-winning quarterly journal Der Blumenbaum, annual seminar and special event registration discounts, e-mailed notifications and the right to submit your pedigree charts and surname queries. Since SGGS is a public charity, a portion of your dues is tax-deductible.

We are excited about being at Family History Day and look forward to talking to you at our exhibit about your German ancestry research.

Sacramento German Genealogy Society
P.O. Box 660061
Sacramento, CA 95866-0061
(1) 361-2956

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