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 or newsletters during July and August**
Sep 6, 2018
“Just Three Generations”
Presenter – Judy G. Russell, JD, CGsm, CGLsm
Our oral family history can be lost in just three generations. Following genealogy’s best practices can help us keep those losses from happening with our own families - and with our own stories.
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.
Oct. 4, 2018
"St. Malachy's Home and Orphanage
Presenter - Joseph Coen, C.A. - Archivist at R.C. Diocese of Brooklyn
This presentation will discuss researching the records of the old St. Malachy’s Home, a residence for orphaned and destitute children. St. Malachy’s opened in Brooklyn in the 1870s and later moved to the Rockaways, where it was known as St. Malachy’s Ocean Home. It closed in 1943. His presentation will include information about what records are available and how to request them.
Joseph Coen has been an archivist since 1986 and a Certified Archivist since 1990. In 1993 he became the Archivist of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. His previous work experience includes the N. Y. C. Municipal Archives, and Western Suffolk BOCES. A published poet, he enjoys walking, nature and bird watching. His family roots are in Ireland and Germany.
Nov. 1, 2018
"Searching for Germanic Roots: How to use American sources to locate the place of origin of your immigrant ancestor."
Presenter - James E. Pelzer, JD
Connecting immigrant ancestors to records in German-speaking areas of Europe requires you to explore American sources to build a persuasive case that they came from a particular place in the old country where records about them can be found. Jim recommends using the so-called “jurisdictional approach” to research in American sources that can identify the European place of origin of your ancestor. His talk will discuss those jurisdictions and the kinds of useful records that may be found there. Using examples from his research, he’ll show how clues in records here are used to construct a convincing proof that an ancestor is the same person as one named in sources found in a European place of origin.
Jim is a lawyer who retired as Clerk of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in Brooklyn after an almost 40-year career with the New York State Court System. He is now in private practice. Inspired by his grandfather and father to delve into his family’s history, he has been researching in American and German sources since the late 1970s. Together with Richard Haberstroh he served as a volunteer at the Plainview Family History Center on “German Night” for about a decade, assisting its visitors with their research.
Dec 6, 2018
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.
**There are no meetings during July and August**
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.