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**

September 4, 2014 
"Adventures in Genealogy, Close Encounters" 
Presenter — Ken Bausert

How I found some of my living relatives that I never knew before, during my research - both in the US and abroad - and the results of our meetings since contacting them. The primary focus is on my German relatives and meeting them during a September, 2012, journey to Europe.

    October 2, 2014
    Photographs and Family History:  Tips for Dating and Identifying Family Photos
    Presenter — Maureen Taylor  

A photograph is an important genealogical document if you know how to read the clues—photographic method, photographer’s work dates, fashion and family history. Adding up the evidence can reveal new pieces of your family history or lead you to new sources.

    November 6, 2014
    “Finding the Only Child’s Niece” - Truth and Fiction in Genealogical Sources
    Presenter – Debra Braverman

Sometimes when researching family history, it becomes evident what we think we know to be true is, in fact, not true. What resources and research techniques can be used to prove or disprove “facts?” How do we reconcile what we find with what we have been told?

Professional genealogist, Debra Braverman, will present a variety of case studies to illustrate the process of evaluating and reconciling family stories and research findings. Ms. Braverman is a forensic genealogist, specializing in research for probate and intestacy, and in 19th and 20th century NYC research. She regularly testifies as an expert witness in Surrogate's Court hearings.

    December 4, 2014 -  MEETING BEGINS AT 7:00 PM THIS MONTH ONLY
    Christmas Celebration

An enjoyable evening filled with music and good food.  
Members and their guests generously share their favorite German foods and baked goods to be enjoyed by all.

    "Show & Tell"
    Presenter — YOU!

January is Show & Tell month and it is a favorite of many. Take this opportunity to share your family treasure with others who appreciate what is meaningful to you.

    February 5, 2015
    “Using FamilySearch for Genealogical Research”
     Presenter – Ruth Becker Cipko      

Whether you are unfamiliar with the FamilySearch website or a frequent user, you’ll benefit from this presentation which was created by Ms. Dorothy Dougherty, Public Programs Specialist for the National Archives at New York City. You’ll be introduced to the website which will be covered from A to Z, beginning with opening the site to signing in and exploring all the categories that are available to a researcher. And there are many, including help and free online classes! With new records and images of original records being added for all countries around the world on a daily basis, this is a presentation that will help you make the most of this wonderful resource and help lead you to finding those long-ago ancestors.