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 or newsletters during July and August**
Nov. 1, 2018
"Searching for Germanic Roots: How to use American sources to locate the place of origin of your immigrant ancestor."
Presenter - James E. Pelzer, JD
Connecting immigrant ancestors to records in German-speaking areas of Europe requires you to explore American sources to build a persuasive case that they came from a particular place in the old country where records about them can be found. Jim recommends using the so-called “jurisdictional approach” to research in American sources that can identify the European place of origin of your ancestor. His talk will discuss those jurisdictions and the kinds of useful records that may be found there. Using examples from his research, he’ll show how clues in records here are used to construct a convincing proof that an ancestor is the same person as one named in sources found in a European place of origin.
Jim is a lawyer who retired as Clerk of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in Brooklyn after an almost 40-year career with the New York State Court System. He is now in private practice. Inspired by his grandfather and father to delve into his family’s history, he has been researching in American and German sources since the late 1970s. Together with Richard Haberstroh he served as a volunteer at the Plainview Family History Center on “German Night” for about a decade, assisting its visitors with their research.
Dec 6, 2018
Come and enjoy our Christmas Celebration. Share in the music, singing, good cheer, good food and good company.
If you can, please bring something to share: cake, cookies, cheese, crackers, cider, or whatever you feel would be enjoyed by all.
Jan 3, 2019
"Show & Tell"
Members are encouraged to bring along favorite finds, artifacts, family heirlooms, clothing, and/or stories to share with fellow members. Enthusiasm is catching and new ideas often spawn more successful approaches to our research.
Feb 7, 2019
Presenter: Phyllis Sternemann
You can play or be an audience member! Join in the fun as a contestant on Genealogy Jeopardy. Two teams will compete for points in categories like “Where There’s a Will…” and “Any Port in a Storm.” Remember to phrase your response in the form of a QUESTION. Teams are forming now. A scorekeeper and technical operator to display the Jeopardy slides are also needed to help the game run smoothly with no commercials!
Mar 7, 2019
"City Directories: No Town Too Small, No Clue Too Little"
Presenter: Thomas MacEntee
Most genealogists aren’t taking full advantage of all the clues available in city directories. Learn how go beyond a mere “lookup” of your ancestor and their family. Understand how city directories were created, the secrets of various abbreviations, and how to use the F.A.N. Club approach to getting the most information possible. Participants will learn the history of city directories, how important they were to even the smallest town, and how to extract every possible clue for your genealogy research. We’ll cover digital/online directories, how to deal with numbering grid and street name changes, what those “weird codes” mean and more.
Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional based in the United States who is also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.
Apr 4, 2019
"To Honor Fallen Heroes, How a Small German-American Village in New York City Experienced the Great War"
Presenter: James E. Haas
More than six hundred fifty men from College Point, Queens, NY served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and the Merchant Marines during World War One. Twenty-eight died. To Honor Fallen Heroes is a historical and biographical study of the men from this compact village who rendered valuable service to their country in the great war. Author James E. Haas will describe how the men and women in this small village, primarily settled by working class people of German origin, experienced the war. Mr. Haas will provide a glimpse into the lives and deaths of several of the men who sacrificed their lives for this country through some of the genealogical records and resources he used to research the book.
James E. Haas was born and raised in College Point, and is a graduate of St. John’s University. He lives with his wife Lynne in Severna Park, Maryland. Mr. Haas has written four books on the history of College Point the first titled, This Gunner at His Piece: College Point, NY and the Civil War with Biographies of the Men Who Served. It was followed by Conrad Poppenhusen: The Life of a German-American Industrial Pioneer, and St. Fidelis Parish in College Point, NY: The First Seventy-Five Years, 1856-1931. His latest book and focus of this discussion is To Honor Fallen Heroes, How a Small German-American Village in New York City Experienced the Great War. All four of the books, signed by the author, will be on sale at the GGG meeting on April 4, 2019 for $20 each.
May 2, 2019
To be announced
June 6, 2019
To be announced
**There are no meetings during July and August**
Sep 6, 2018
“Just Three Generations”
Presenter – Judy G. Russell, JD, CGsm, CGLsm
Our oral family history can be lost in just three generations. Following genealogy’s best practices can help us keep those losses from happening with our own families - and with our own stories.
A Certified Genealogist with a law degree, Judy G. Russell 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.
Oct. 4, 2018
"St. Malachy's Home and Orphanage
Presenter - Joseph Coen, C.A. - Archivist at R.C. Diocese of Brooklyn
This presentation will discuss researching the records of the old St. Malachy’s Home, a residence for orphaned and destitute children. St. Malachy’s opened in Brooklyn in the 1870s and later moved to the Rockaways, where it was known as St. Malachy’s Ocean Home. It closed in 1943. His presentation will include information about what records are available and how to request them.
Joseph Coen has been an archivist since 1986 and a Certified Archivist since 1990. In 1993 he became the Archivist of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. His previous work experience includes the N. Y. C. Municipal Archives, and Western Suffolk BOCES. A published poet, he enjoys walking, nature and bird watching. His family roots are in Ireland and Germany.