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.

2020 GIG Calendar of Events:

June, 20, 2020: (Melanie) on German singing societies in the US. Roger Minert (videos) on German language church records in the US.
July 18, 2020: Daniel Horowitz from MyHeritage on German records (live from Israel!)
August 15, 2020: Overview of Trupbach, Siegen by Doska Ross
Sept 19, 2020: Overview DNA research and methods (Beth & Deborah), Overview of Old Bohemia (Ruth)
Oct 17, 2020: Oktoberfest potluck. Share recipe of German food. Walt takes photos of your German food for your recipe in our GIG recipe book
Nov 21, 2020: Peter Hapke German family discoveries, Overview of Saar Rheinland Triangle (Charles)
Nov 28, 2020: German lunch/dinner, Wirthaus (La Brea Ave, LA)
Dec 19, 2020: 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.