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
Map & Driving Directions
**There are no meetings during July and August**
Sept 3, 2015
The German Community at the Woodlawn Cemetery
Presenter – Susan Olsen
Director of Historical Services
In the late 19th and early 20th century, many German families bought lots at the Woodlawn Cemetery. These families built some of the most significant mausoleums, employed sculptors from their homeland and contributed to the expansion and culture of New York City. This “walk through Woodlawn” will share the stories and memorials of such well known figures as conductor, Leopold Damrosch, brewer George Ehret, retailer Isidor Straus and many others.
Susan Olsen is the Director of Historical Services for the Woodlawn Cemetery a 400 acre historic site established in 1863. In 2001 she began her work in historic cemeteries serving as the first Executive Director of the Friends of the Woodlawn Cemetery. Her experience is in the field of historical museums and properties having held the positions of Chief of the Bureau of Historical Museum with the Florida Department of State, Director of Woodlawn Plantation and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope Leighey House a National Trust site and Director of the Key West Art and Historical Society. Ms. Olsen received her BA in History from Rhodes College, did graduate work in American History at Vanderbilt University and holds a Masters in Fund Raising from NYU.
Oct 1, 2015
“NO VITALS/ NO PROBLEM! - Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence
Presenter – Judy G. Russell, JD, CGsm, CGLsm
A Certified Genealogist with a law degree, Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, 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.
Nov 5, 2015
Stories from Ellis Island, Part I
Presenter – Fred Voss - Tour Guide and Researcher at Ellis Island National Park
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 3, 2015
Enjoy the music, fun and refreshments. If you can, please bring something to share; cake, cookies, a German dish, or favorite treat.
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.