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.

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.

Meeting Dates:


February 16th, 2019:
"German expert Dirk Weissleder at SCGS and IGS!"

The Immigrant Genealogical Society and the German Interest Group of the Southern California Genealogical Society (both located in Burbank) will together host as special speaker and "brick wall" consultant Mr. Weissleder from Laatzen, Germany. He is the national chairman of the DAGV, the German equivalent of our Federation of Genealogical Societies. He is also known for being a founding partner and now 2nd vice president of the International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP).

To promote cooperation between our two groups of German researchers, and help individual researchers understand and appreciate the potential of a global partnership in our area of German research, he will be available at IGS in the morning for 1-on-1 consultations, and in the afternoon two presentations at SCGS.

1-on-1 Brick wall consultations at IGS (10 a.m. - 12 noon) Immigrant Genealogical Society, 1310 W. Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA, 91506 Take this rare opportunity to have a 20 minute session with Dirk to review your German brick. Sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis. A $20 donation is recommended. Proceeds will be split equally between the two Burbank societies.

Two presentations at SCGS German Interest Group (1-3:30) Southern California Genealogical Society, 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, 91504 Attendance at these lectures is free, but there will be a donations jar available for those who wish to show their support. Proceeds will be split equally between the two Burbank societies.

1. The Pribislaw - A vehicle through stormy times, or what a sailing ship can tell. This ship's story will help you understand what emigrants went through, both at sea and arriving at new shores. Learn how it is now possible by today's means to reconstruct historic situations present in the mid-19th century. Most importantly, discover how projects that help both you and others to open doors to new dimensions in your genealogical research.

2. Overview of on-line Germany research docs and websites, and how German boundaries have changed This two-part lecture will address the best on-line German research sites from the German perspective. It will describe records that go beyond Birth/Marriage/Death, such as census records (a growing interest in the past year!), and tell you what survives and how it may be accessed. Also of interest to many will be a discussion of the important boundary changes of the 19th and 20th centuries. From this lecture you will receive a brief but thorough overview of successful genealogical research in Germany today.


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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.