Sacramento German Genealogy Society

2014 Spring Seminar


The 2014 seminar took place May 10th at the Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church. Titled Spotlight on the Latest German Research Tools, nationally known speaker Kory Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA, presented one track consisting of three topics – the new FamilyTree, German church records and Internet sources for German research.

Instruction on the new FamilyTree, including
• Using FamilyTree to research your ancestors
• Collaborating with relatives across cyberspace
• Interacting among researchers to support correct documentation
  of ancestry
• Attaching links and photos to sources 
• Gaining access to billions of free records on FamilySearch 
German Church
German Church Records.The most popular, and most useful, source for tracing most of our German ancestors are church registers.Often these are the only records in which we find information about our ancestors and families in the old country.
Internet Sources for German Research
Internet Sources for German Research. A growing number of Internet sites are providing significant help for German researchers. From gazetteer sites to translation sites, as well as locality sites where you can contact local archives, churches, and even researchers, it’s getting easier to do this research right at home!

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Note: The wide photos look a bit distorted because they are panoramic images.


Guest speaker
Kory Meyerink


Attendee check-in and walk-in registrations took place in the lobby.


For a nominal charge, attendees could start the day with coffee and a pastry.


Attendees could sit in the chair rows or behind large round tables.


German-related maps, diagrams and posters were on display. Also present: a free-items table,

pedigree charts table, and a continuous video presentation of photos from Shirley Riemer's prior

trips to Germany.


A view from the left side of the hall. The surname cards tables can be seen on the right side of the image.


A view from the right side of the hall. The book sales tables can be seen on the left side of the image.


During the presentation the lights above the screen were turned off to provide a brighter image.



During the major breaks, attendees could browse and purchase German genealogy related merchandise.



This seminar was possible only because of the labors for the following dedicated volunteers (listed in alphabetical ordery by first name).

Alice Morrow, Alex Shaw, Alton Sissell, Bill Cole, Bob Walden, Brian Hansen, Carole Richardson, Charlotte Alexander, Diana Kelly, Ed Goering, Gene Poch, James Bussee, Jane Kadie, Janet Wilson, Joan Gray-Fuson, Ingeborg Carpenter, Kathi Robertson, Kristy Cole, Lisa Gorrell, Liz Shaw, Lois Goering, Maryann Allen, Milt Kelly, Phyllis Stewart, Rex Smith, Rick Hanson, Robert Roof, Shirley Riemer, Shirley Williams, Stu Wilson, Susan Rogers, Suzanne Hill.