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**
Sep 7, 2017
Presenter – Lorraine Avitable
Ms. Avitable is a GGG Member, Vice President of the Freeport Historical Society, a member of the Hempstead Historical Society, as well as a CG candidate.
The topic of this meeting will be "The Donauschwaben." Are they Hungarian Germans or German Hungarians? If you are researching ancestors in New York, Ohio, Florida, California, Missouri and Illinois, you may have a Donauschwaben connection.
Oct 5, 2017
“Martha Benschura – Enemy Alien”
Presenter – Judy G. Russell, JD, CGsm, CGLsm
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.
Ms. Russell's presentation focuses on the fact that not all our ancestors were naturalized. The ones who didn’t suddenly became suspect when war divided their native countries from their new residences, creating the kinds of records genealogists’ love.
Nov 2, 2017
"More Stories From Ellis Island: Those Who Were Held" .
Presenter – Fred Voss - Tour Guide and Researcher at Ellis Island National Park
In his “real” job, Fred has spent the last 25 years consulting and training Fortune 1000 companies on Internet Identity and Security technology. In recent years, he has been winding down this business and spending more time on genealogy and historic research. He has successfully completed the Boston University online Genealogical Research class (OL13) and is a frequent lecturer at libraries and genealogical societies. This fall he will be teaching Genealogy 101 at Bergen Community College in New Jersey. Since early 2014, he has been volunteering at Ellis Island, including leading tours of the recently re-opened hospitals on the island's Southside.
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 7, 2017
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.