GGG - German Genealogy Group

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**

Sep 1, 2016
  “Hidden Inheritance” 
  Presenter – Heidi Neumark

This presentation will discuss the discovery made by the daughter of Heidi Neumark, a Lutheran pastor, that she had hidden Jewish heritage. Heidi will take us on her journey as she finds out about her roots in Germany, the Czech Republic to Brazil, and newly found cousins in Los Angeles.

Oct 6, 2016
 "Newspaper Research Using Old Fulton NY Post Cards"
  Presenter — Laura H. Congleton

This quirky website is the best, free online resource for the US newspapers. More than 34 million scanned pages represent 25 states, Australia, the Bahamas and Canada. The bulk of the material is from New York State. This talk offers navigation and search tips to improve your use of the website. 

Nov 3, 2016
 “NARA Mythbusters”
  Presenter — Judy Russell

Your family IS in the Archives. “All the military records were burned in the fire.” “There isn't any birth, marriage or death information in federal records.” “There aren't any details about ordinary families at the National Archives.” These kinds of myth-statements stop genealogists from breaking down all kinds of brick walls using the wealth of information in NARA records. Join the mythbusters with the treasures the National Archives holds for your family.

Dec 1, 2016
Come and enjoy our Christmas Celebration and share in the music, singing and good cheer.
If you can, please bring cake, cookies, cheese, crackers, cider, or whatever you would like to share.

Jan 5, 2017
"Show and Tell"

The meeting this month will feature the ever-popular “Show & Tell.” Bring along your favorite finds, artifacts, family heirlooms, clothing, and stories to share with your fellow members. Enthusiasm is catching and new ideas often spawn more successful approaches to our research.

Feb 2, 2017
"Fact, Fiction or Fishtale? Proving Family Stories"
Presenter - Kathleen McGee

Family stories are often the foundation of our genealogical research but are these tales fact, fiction or just exaggerations of the truth? So how can you prove if your family stories contain some truth and separate the facts from the fishtales? This lecture will show you how the presenter found the grains of truth in her family stories and uncovered more fascinating tales then she could have imagined.

Kathleen McGee has been tracing her family history for the past twenty five years. Her interest in family history began when she was a girl listening to the stories her grandparents told her about her family. When she became an adult she attempted to document the stories she was told as a child and discovered the fascinating hobby of genealogy. Kathleen is the moderator of the popular Genealogy Tips and Tricks classes presented before the Irish Family History Forum meetings at the Bethpage Library every month. She has been a volunteer family history librarian at the Plainview Family History Center for over twenty years where she helps people uncover their family history. Kathleen is a Board member and program coordinator for the Genealogy Federation of Long Island. She has presented genealogy talks at many libraries across Long Island. Kathleen is a graduate of St. John's University where she earned a Master of Science degree in education. Kathleen worked in the telecommunications industry before retiring recently allowing her to devote more time to her favorite pastime. You will find her on Thursdays at the FHC in Plainview showing people how to get started with this addictive hobby.

Mar 2, 2017  
“Exploring Long Island's Jewish Heritage”
Presenter - Rhoda Miller, Ed.D., CG®
Rhoda Miller will explore Long Island’s rich and fascinating Jewish heritage from a historical and genealogical perspective. There will be a local history focus regarding the connection between the German and Jewish communities. Books will be available for sale after the meeting at a cost of $18.00. Cash or checks made out to JGSLI can be accepted.  All profits from sales go to JGSLI.

Ms. Miller has been a Certified Genealogist since 1998, specializing in Jewish research and Holocaust studies. Rhoda is a Past President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island (JGSLI) and continues her leadership as a board member. With JGSLI, she led the award-winning project of publishing the Arcadia Images of America book, Jewish Community of Long Island. She is an active volunteer in various JewishGen projects. She has experienced research and travel in countries such as Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, England and Israel and is a regular presenter at the annual conferences of the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies (IAJGS).

Apr 6, 2017 
"The Geissenhainers, Influential Lutheran Pastors of New York City. Their Lives and Legacy to the Genealogical Community."
Presenter – Bob Greiner, GGG member

The Rev. Frederick W. Geissenhainer Sr. and Jr. – father and son – were prominent Lutheran pastors in New York City for over 70 years in the 19th century. They had a profound influence on the lives of German immigrants in the city, to whom they ministered. The pastors also left a legacy of records that are a gold mine for genealogists whose ancestors came through New York City during a period of escalating German immigration. This presentation will describe the lives of the pastors, the records they produced, and their contributions to society. It will also examine the early history of St. Matthew's and St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Churches.

Bob Greiner has been researching his family history for over 25 years. He specializes in the analysis of German church records, including handwritten Gothic script. He transcribed and published the church books of the village of Herschberg, Germany for the years 1755 to 1872 and he maintains a website containing descendants of hundreds of 19th century immigrants from southwestern Germany. Mr. Greiner transcribed and indexed the pastoral records of Rev. Frederick W. Geissenhainer, Jr. in New York City spanning the years 1827 through 1879. The latter is available as a searchable database of over 18,000 records containing more than 52,000 names. Mr. Greiner has a Master’s degree in Computer Science. He is on the executive board of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society, and is a member of the Howard County, Maryland Genealogical Society, German Genealogy Group (NY), and the Roots Users Group (VA).

May 4, 2017 
"Kleindeutschland: Little Germany in New York"
Presenter – Dr. Richard Haberstroh,AG

This talk will describe the history and institutions of the first major German enclave in New York City, which developed in the half century covering roughly 1830-1880 and beyond. Details regarding the nature of the German-American population and its growth will be discussed, as will be the establishment of German churches in the area, whose records can be so important to family research. 

Richard Haberstroh, an Accredited German Genealogist, has been doing family history research in the U.S. and Germany since 1984, and is a frequent lecturer on topics in German and New York genealogy. Aside from various smaller articles, Richard has published his family’s German-American genealogy in the NYG&B Record, contributed a chapter on the history of Lutheranism in New York State to the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer, and is the author of the book, The German Churches of Metropolitan New York: a Research Guide.

June 1, 2017
2nd Annual Round Table Event 
Many members have asked for a return of a very popular meeting from last year. We will be having 'hosted' tables with each host covering a specific topic. The scheduled hosts are Ken Bausert, Ruth Cipko, Barbara DeOliveira, Don Eckerle, Richard Haberstroh, Kathleen McGee, Steve Nathan and Jo Ann Schmidt.

Some of the table topics will be Cemeteries, GGG Databases, DNA, Using, Land/Wills/Estates, and more.    


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