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German Genealogy Group

German Genealogy Seminar

A Series of 4 Webinars on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm EDT in October 2020

Free of charge for all GGG Members

Featuring  Katherine Schober, MA

German - English Genealogy Translator and member of the Genealogy Speakers Guild

Oct. 6      Tips and Tricks of Deciphering German Handwriting

Don’t let that scary German handwriting stand in your way! In this webinar, you’ll learn the top tips and tricks for deciphering
the old German script from a professional genealogy translator.
You’ll walk away knowing: 

·         How you can easily recognize certain letters in the old German handwriting
·         How to tell those tricky letters apart
·         What those pesky abbreviations mean in historical documents
Spelling variations you need to know to decipher the words of your ancestors
·         Why names might look different than you expect
·         Plus much more!

You’ll be amazed what you can do after only an hour of learning. 

Oct. 13   A Wealth of Websites: Deciphering the German Script Made Easy

Does the old German handwriting seem overwhelming to you? Does that script seem like a terrifying obstacle in your German genealogy journey? It doesn’t have to be! In this webinar, learn the top online tools and resources to make deciphering the German handwriting easier - and more fun. With websites that offer fill-in-the blank help, surname and town verification, and much more, the resources taught in this session will have you deciphering that script in no time.

Oct. 27 From the Cradle to the Grave: Extracting Information from German Vital Records

German vital records offer a goldmine of clues into your ancestor's life – names, dates, relationships, occupations – and sometimes even exact addresses of where they lived. In this webinar, we’ll take a close look at those vital birth records, marriage records, and death records, and you’ll learn how to extract the information you need from these information-filled documents – it’s a lot easier than you think!

Free of charge for all GGG Members

Membership is open to all for $15 per year.

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Recordings will be available to members until December 22, 2020.


Cemetery Crawl

10th Annual GGG Cemetery Crawl

It is hard to believe that the German Genealogy 10th Annual Cemetery Crawl is approaching! We will be visiting the Long Island National Cemetery at 2040 Wellwood Avenue in Farmingdale on

June 7, 2020 at 10:30 in the morning by the main entrance. There are so many interesting stories and even symbolism to be found in this National Cemetery which was established in 1936.

To celebrate the 10th Crawl, those who are interested may want to join together at the Black Forest Brew House which is nearby the cemetery. Lunch, snacks, or a celebratory drink would be on your own.

As usual, JoAnn Schmidt will be taking “Cemetery Reservations” at her email Please sign up so that any updates can be passed directly to you.

Hope you join us, since we all enjoy the “crawl,” sharing each other’s stories, and learning about the residents of the cemetery.

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