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**

    "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 - CANCELLED - TO BE RESCHEDULED
    “Using FamilySearch for Genealogical Research”
     Presenter – Ruth Becker Cipko      

Whether you are unfamiliar with the FamilySearch.org 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.

   March 5, 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.

April 2, 2015 - Meeting will be held in the VFW as usual, NOT in a pub as advertised by Newsday.
“German Case Study
Presenter – Richard Haberstroh

The lecture will be a detailed account of a German-American research project, in which the family of a son of German immigrants is identified and traced back to their hometown in Europe. The talk will highlight the wide variety of records that were used in the research as well as the many surprises that were discovered along the way.

   May 7, 2015
   "German Research Online"
   Presenter - James M. Beidler

Searching for German-speaking ancestors is undergoing a paradigm shift in which the resources of Ancestry, FamilySearch and European-based Genealogy.net are all major players and German church records are being digitized. Learn about the many websites that can help you break down brick walls and find the villages of origin for your ancestors! 

Mr. Beidler’s book The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide will be available at the meeting for purchase price of $15.00. Mr. Beidler is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Long Island’s own Hofstra University and writes a column for German Life magazine.