The well-known Germanic Genealogy Society (GGS), a world-wide organization based here in Minnesota, is now offering webinars. The live webinars are open to the public, however, attendance is limited. Be sure to sign into the webinar early.
If you are a member of GGS, you have access to the handouts and recorded videos. These are accessible to signed-in GGS members under the Member Login. Join Now to gain full access. GGS also has great educational meetings and publications. I have been a member for many years.
This Thursday, April 26 at 8:00 p.m. CDT, I am the webinar presenter for GGS.
“They Joined, They Wrote, They Associated: Finding Records of Germanic Organizations and Other Collections.”
U.S. libraries, historical societies, archives, and university libraries special collections sections hold the records from many organizations that our Germanic ancestors joined. The organization may have been a German heritage, charitable, religious, resettlement, political, social, or other organization. Additionally, as parts of our families migrated around the U.S., so did the records. Frequently genealogists think that there may be no records for some of the family. However, there may be substantial information buried away in a manuscript collection.
Finding these collections with records of membership, donations, necrologies, stories, activities, and more has become easier in recent years. Many finding aids online and off lead you to these research nuggets that represent hundreds of years of material. This presentation covers the finding aids, what the descriptions tell us, how to use the descriptions and suggestions for accessing the Germanic family nuggets promised by the cataloging and indexing. The visuals will demonstrate the fantastic ancestral details found in such records, including places of origin in Germanic localities beyond the U.S.
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