Please check the schedule for meeting dates and speakers
The German Genealogy Group meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month from September through June. Orientation begins at 7:00PM. Meetings begin at 7:30 PM. Building doors open at 6:30. The meetings are open, and YOU are invited to attend! Please feel free to drop by and check us out.
Hicksville VFW Hall - Post 3211
320 S. Broadway (Route 107)
Hicksville, NY 11801
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**There are no meetings during July and August**
May 3, 2018
"Secrets of the US Federal Census - – How Did Enumeration Really Work?"
Presenter - Thomas MacEntee - This will be a remote presentation
Every US Federal Census had its procedures as well as its quirks. Do you know how to tell who was the “informant” in the 1930 or 1940 US Census? Do you know how to access the instructions given to enumerators for each census? Do you know what all the different “codes” mean? Do you know what happened to the population schedules once they were submitted by the enumerator? Learn the fascinating journey of US census data from the census planning phase to the final tabulation. Participants will gain a better understanding from the perspective of both the enumerator AND the enumerated how the US Federal Census worked for particular years. With this knowledge, as a genealogist you can better evaluate the census data for your ancestors.
Thomas McEntee was born in New York, and after living in Northern California for close to 20 years, he currently resides in Chicago. He does speaking and lecturing, online webinars, is the author of 7 genealogy books and editor of close to 100 books and guides, among other endeavors
June 7, 2018
Round Table Discussions
If you have questions or need guidance, come join the table of your choice. Amelia Schiller and John Felbinger will help you with SHORT translations. That means no long documents/letters/etc. Do you need advice on finding towns of origin in Germany? Jim Pelzer will help you. If you have Surrogate Court (Will & Estate Records), or Land Record questions, see Steve Nathan. Need help with searching our many databases? See Don Eckerle. Barbara DeOliveira will be discussing DNA. Mark Waldron will offer help on using FamilySearch.org and Ken Bausert will give you "tips on restoring/repairing old photos."
**There are no meetings during July and August**
Sep 7, 2017
Presenter – Lorraine Avitable
Ms. Avitable is a GGG Member, Vice President of the Freeport Historical Society, a member of the Hempstead Historical Society, as well as a CG candidate.
The topic of this meeting will be "The Donauschwaben." Are they Hungarian Germans or German Hungarians? If you are researching ancestors in New York, Ohio, Florida, California, Missouri and Illinois, you may have a Donauschwaben connection.
Oct 5, 2017
“Martha Benschura – Enemy Alien”
Presenter – Judy G. Russell, JD, CGsm, CGLsm
A Certified Genealogist with a law degree, Judy G. Russell is a lecturer, educator and writer who enjoys helping others understand genealogical issues ranging from how to use DNA in family research to the way the law affected our ancestors’ lives and the records they left behind. A graduate of George Washington University and Rutgers School of Law-Newark, Judy is a Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on her mother’s side and entirely German on her father’s side. She’s written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and National Genealogical Society magazine and speaks to genealogical groups around the country.
Ms. Russell's presentation focuses on the fact that not all our ancestors were naturalized. The ones who didn’t suddenly became suspect when war divided their native countries from their new residences, creating the kinds of records genealogists’ love.
Nov 2, 2017
"More Stories From Ellis Island: Those Who Were Held" .
Presenter – Fred Voss - Tour Guide and Researcher at Ellis Island National Park
In his “real” job, Fred has spent the last 25 years consulting and training Fortune 1000 companies on Internet Identity and Security technology. In recent years, he has been winding down this business and spending more time on genealogy and historic research. He has successfully completed the Boston University online Genealogical Research class (OL13) and is a frequent lecturer at libraries and genealogical societies. This fall he will be teaching Genealogy 101 at Bergen Community College in New Jersey. Since early 2014, he has been volunteering at Ellis Island, including leading tours of the recently re-opened hospitals on the island's Southside.
Did you have relatives who came through Ellis Island? Did the inspectors detain them? Were they treated at the island’s hospitals? Did your family names get changed by the inspectors? Mr. Voss will give an illustrated talk about the past, present and future of this iconic American landmark as well as share some of his favorite immigration stories.
Dec 7, 2017
Come and enjoy our Christmas Celebration. Share in the music, singing, good cheer, good food and good company.
If you can, please bring something to share: cake, cookies, cheese, crackers, cider, or whatever you feel would be enjoyed by all.
Jan 4, 2018 - CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW!
"Show & Tell"
Members are encouraged to bring along favorite finds, artifacts, family heirlooms, clothing, and/or stories to share with fellow members. Enthusiasm is catching and new ideas often spawn more successful approaches to our research.
Feb 1, 2018
"Historic New York State newspapers online"
Presenter: Jean King
Ms. King will present an overview of where to locate historic New York State newspapers online. She has found many interesting articles about her own family in newspaper archives such as the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Newsday and the New York Times. She will focus the presentation on the free websites but will also spend some time talking about the pay sites that are available.
Mar 1, 2018
"Show & Tell"
Presenters: GGG members
Our traditional January Show & Tell meeting was cancelled due to snow. And so the meeting this month will feature the ever popular “Show & Tell.” Bring along your favorite finds, artifacts, family heirlooms, clothing, and stories to share with your fellow members. Enthusiasm is catching and new ideas often spawn more successful approaches to our research.
Apr 5, 2018
"The Pfalz and Palatine Research"
Presenter: Richard Haberstroh
This talk will delve into the many varied resources, including those on the internet, available for researching one's ancestors in the Palatinate, the origin of so many German immigrants to the U.S. A little bit of the history of the area will also be discussed, in order to put the genealogical records and their locations into perspective for the researcher.
Richard Haberstroh, an Accredited German Genealogist, has been doing family history research in the U.S. and Germany since 1984, and is a frequent lecturer on topics in German and New York genealogy. Aside from various smaller articles, Richard has published his family’s German-American genealogy in the NYG&B Record, contributed a chapter on the history of Lutheranism in New York State to the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer, and he is the author of the book, The German Churches of Metropolitan New York: a Research Guide.