Upcoming Meetings

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**

Jan 7, 2016
  "Show & Tell" 
   Presenter - You!

We all have some family treasure, picture or family story that others would enjoy seeing or hearing about. Please help to make this meeting special by sharing them.

Feb 4, 2016
  "Where Have All My Records Gone"
  Presenter - Allan E Mallenbaum

Learn how you can preserve and maintain your family records for future generations.

Allan E. Mallenbaum has invested countless hours during the past two decades exploring the world of genealogy.  His collection of documents includes thousands of photographs, some of which go back to his 19th century European family. He is past-President of The Computer Genealogy Society of Long Island and has held the positions of Board Member and Program Chairman of the Jewish Genealogy Society of L.I. which he joined more than 20 years ago. In the course of his genealogical research, Mallenbaum discovered that his previously unknown second cousin had been a heroine of the almost-forgotten Sonderkommando Revolt inside the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp on October 7th, 1944. He established the not-for-profit Rosa Robota Foundation to honor her deeds and to educate the public about the little-known history of Jews who fought back against the Nazis.

Mar 3, 2016
  “How to Protect Your Online Family Photos”
  Presenter - Maureen Taylor

Posting pictures of family members past and present is a national hobby, but sharing them with just family and friends isn't protection enough. It's really easy to copy a photo online and use it without attribution. It happened this year to a young couple when their engagement picture ended up on a book cover. Before your photos become a plot line in a TV series, take steps to prevent it. Watermarking your images is easy. There are apps for i-devices, android ones and web apps to help make it difficult to lose control over your images. Examples will illustrate how to add a watermark and what to include.

Apr 7, 2016
  “Researching Opa, a German Immigrant’s Story” 
  Presenter - Jo Ann Schmidt

This presentation will include the research that helped to put together an accurate description of the journey from Hannover to New York and the life that followed for Lambert Schmidt. Part of this presentation will include an introduction to the German pastime of the Schutzenfests, which were popular in the US until World War I. 

Jo Ann Schmidt has a long history of a passion for family story and relationships. She has been actively involved in genealogy since 2005. She is a retired professor of nursing from Nassau Community College and currently teaches at Adelphi University. Jo Ann holds a PhD in nursing research.

May 5, 2016
  “The Hamburg Passenger Lists: Ins and Outs”
  Presenter – Richard Haberstroh
This talk will review the nature and usefulness of the Hamburg passenger lists in the context of German-American genealogy.  Points covered will include what they are, where to find them, how best to make use of them, and more.                  

June 2, 2016
  Round Table Q & A
  Hosts – Ruth Cipko, Barbara DeOliveira, Don Eckerle, Richard Haberstroh, Steve Nathan

Do you have questions or need guidance? The hosts will be available to answer your questions on a variety of topics.

July & August
  There are no meetings or newsletters. We will be back in September and look forward to seeing you!